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Trish Breeding - Director
525 N University Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Meet the Team

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Trish Breeding, MS LADAC II

Trish Breeding was appointed as Director of the 16th Judicial District Recovery Courts in May 2020 by Mayor Bill Ketron. Prior to her appointment to this position, she served as the Assistant Director of the Davidson County Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Courts. Trish has spent over 18 years working with justice involved individuals seeking recovery. After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University, Trish moved to Tennessee where she soon completed her master’s degree in human services, with an emphasis in criminal justice through Capella University. Trish completed her LADAC licensure in 2017 and currently serves on the board of the Tennessee Association of Recovery Court Professionals. She has a passion for serving the citizens of her community who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues. Trish will gladly tell anyone who will listen the important role problem solving courts play in the community. She also enjoys spending time on her family farm in Kentucky, playing outside with her dog, and curling up with a good book.



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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is the Recovery Court Program Assistant. He works with people in the community that have substance and/or mental health issues. The team he works with gives people with legal issues the option of recovery and self-betterment instead of jail time. Ryan takes care of the day to day operations at the Recovery Court. He believes in the work done at the Recovery Court and knows that if a person is willing the team at this facility can help unlock their true potential. He is inspired knowing that one life changed has a ripple effect that is beneficial not only to that client participating in the program but also their families, the people they work with, and the community of Rutherford County. When Ryan is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, working on his salt and freshwater fish tanks, and trying to keep things alive in his garden. You can reach him at [email protected].



Mental Health Court

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LaChelle Stayton

LaChelle Stayton is a graduate of Liberty University, in Lynchburg, VA, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. LaChelle then went on to obtain her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. LaChelle has been working the field of mental health for over 10 years starting in Raleigh, NC where she began working at a group home for youths with behavioral issues. She then went on to work at the state correctional facility in Baltimore, MD for 5 years as an Addictions Counselor before transitioning to Re-Entry Coordinator. LaChelle moved to TN in 2014 where she started working at the Mental Health Cooperative doing case management before being promoted to team lead. This vast experience led to her being offered a position in December of 2016 as a case manager for the 16th Judicial District Recovery Courts. In this position, LaChelle worked with city leaders and local agencies to create and implement the current Mental Health Court program in Rutherford County. LaChelle has a heart for mental health and those who are in the correctional institutions.



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Kaylin Flamm, MSOT, OTR/L

Kaylin attended the University of Southern Indiana where she earned her bachelor's degree in Health Administration with a concentration as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She then worked as a neurorehabilitation Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in Florida. After 3 years, Kaylin moved to Nashville, TN to complete her master's degree in Occupational Therapy. She continued her work with survivors of domestic and sexual assault during this time and became the first Occupational Therapy intern with the Mental Health Court of Rutherford County. Upon completion of graduate school in 2018, Kaylin accepted a position with the Recovery Court program as a Mental Health Court case manager. This role also allows Kaylin to provide Occupational Therapy services to all Recovery Court participants. Occupational Therapy assistance in this setting includes supporting clients in their recovery by establishing improved habits, roles and routines, developing life skills, providing sensory interventions, and promoting positive transition into the community. In addition to working for the Recovery Court program, she is an Adjunct Professor for South College and the Mental Health Chair of the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy.



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El Smith, BSW

Elcindra Smith is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her bachelor’s in Social Work. She then went on to pursue her master’s in Social Work at Middle Tennessee State University, and will obtain this degree in August 2020. Elcindra has been working as a Mental Health professional since 2014 and has worked with other populations in the field of social work within various internships and previous agencies of employment since 2004. She started her career with the mental health population in 2014, where she started working at the Guidance Center as a case manager, was promoted to Team Lead, then transitioned to the role as a case manager of the Mental Health Court of Rutherford County in November of 2019. Mental health is Elcindra’s passion and she hopes to be able to continue to broaden her horizons in the field.



Drug Court

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Lori Flippo, BS

Lori Flippo is a graduate of Kansas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Lori has worked in the mental health/social service field for over 10 years. Lori has worked in research labs with her professors, worked as a psychosocial rehab provider for at-risk youth with behavioral issues, and worked with a safe-house for survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to provide safety planning and crisis intervention services while living in Kansas. Lori then moved back home to TN where she began working at Mental Health Cooperative, Inc. as an intensive case manager. When Lori was introduced to Recovery Courts, she quickly saw the benefits of problem-solving courts for her community and the population she serves and knew she had to get involved. Lori is currently serving as a case manager for the recovery court program, while actively pursuing her LADAC. Lori has a heart and passion for working with and advocating for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.



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Ricardo Jones, Case Manager, CPRS, CPS

Ricardo joined the Rutherford County Recovery Court in 2016 as a volunteer facilitating Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He was hired as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in 2018 and then transitioned to a Case Manager in 2019.

Ricardo has over 20 years in Recovery and is certified in many areas of treatment, and is currently pursuing his licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADAC). Ricardo attended Indiana University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.



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Deborah Bowles Lee, LADAC II, CADAC, QCS

Deborah serves as an alcohol and drug counselor assigned to the Recovery Court. She has been in the field of addiction since 1992. Deborah has provided substance abuse treatment and case management services to both adolescents and adults in a variety of agencies ranging from a school setting, a therapeutic community within a prison, a probation department, and many other outpatient programs. Her belief is that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect while given the opportunity to reach full potential. This is the primary reason she went into the addiction field. When Deborah is not working, she spends time at her home with her husband, Mike, and her son, Allen. They enjoy doing outdoor activities and taking care of their dogs Daisy Mae Lee, Tater Lee and their cat Aurora Lee.



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Rayne Satterfield, LMSW

Rayne has been a therapist with the Rutherford County Recovery Court since June 2018 and is a member of the Drug Court Team. She moved to Murfreesboro to attend MTSU in 2006 and has stayed connected to the community ever since. She graduated from MTSU in 2010 with a bachelor's in social work and again in 2014 with a master's in social work. She has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field for over 10 years in various roles. Rayne has been a therapist since finishing her master's program and is currently working towards clinical licensure, under the supervision of a local LCSW. Her experience has included domestic violence programs, community mental health agencies, criminal justice programs, and a residential addiction treatment center. Through the Recovery Court she provides individual and group therapy which focus on addiction, mental health, and trauma. She leans heavily on the therapeutic modalities of DBT, EMDR, and Mindfulness and Compassion based therapies. Rayne is passionate about helping her clients reconnect to who they are and heal old wounds so they can thrive.



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Gayle Emery, LPC

Gayle Emery has worked in the counseling field since 1992, initially maintaining a private practice. She was hired to develop the men’s program for the Rutherford County Drug Court in 2001 by the Guidance Center where she served as the Alcohol and Drug Program Director until 2006. She was hired by Rutherford County in 2006 to continue to provide therapeutic services to Recovery Court participants on site. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from MTSU and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Liberty University. Her licensure includes Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Her certifications include National Certified Counselor, Certified Trauma Professional, EFT, and EMDR. She is an active member of Tennessee licensed Professional Counselors Association and Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals.



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Jan Watson, BS

Jan Watson is an 8th generation native of Rutherford County and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She then went on to pursue her Master’s in Criminal Justice at Middle Tennessee State University and will obtain her degree in December 2020. Jan has her Victim Advocate Certification and is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.



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Lisa A. Eischeid, Rutherford County General Sessions Judge Part IV

Judge Eischeid graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988. Afterwards she attended the University of Tennessee School of Law and obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1992. Later that year, she was admitted to practice law by the Tennessee Bar Examiners. From 1992 until 2016, Judge Eischeid practiced law all over the Middle Tennessee area and in 2011 also became a Licensed Rule 31 Family Mediator and conducted several hundred mediations.

In August of 2016, Judge Eischeid was elected in Rutherford County Tennessee as the General Sessions Judge Part IV. In this position, Judge Eischeid presides over misdemeanor and felony cases by either conducting preliminary hearings or accepting guilty pleas. In May of 2018, Judge Eischeid became the recovery court judge presiding over the DUI Recovery Court.



DUI Court

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Sami Behles, MCJ

Sami attended Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Sami previously worked investigator counselor with the Adult Protective Services division of The Department of Human Services. Sami came to work for Recovery Court in Fall 2019 as a Case Manager for DUI Court. Sami’s role includes assessing applicants, providing resources, ensuring program compliance, facilitating Moral Recognition Therapy groups, and guiding clients through the program. In her free time Sami enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, going to concerts, and being by the water.



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Marcus Jemison - Alcohol and Drug Addition Counselor LADAC II, QCS

Marcus joined Rutherford County Recovery Court in May 2008. He has 20 years of training and experience in the addiction field. He has love and compassion for those suffering with addiction. Outside of work, Marcus enjoys sports, reading and spending time with family. Marcus and his wife have a daughter and four grandchildren.



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Demetria Corlew LPC-MHSP-T

Demetria joined the Rutherford County Recovery Court in November 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Austin Peay State University and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Before joining the Recovery Court Team, she was the Director of Family and Children’s Services at a women’s residential facility. Demetria has over 10 year’s experience of serving men, women and children with mental health and addiction diagnoses. She is currently pursuing her full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider Designation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, participating in church activities, and serving on the Executive Board for her local sorority chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.



Re-Entry Program

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James King III, MA

James serves the Rutherford County community as the Re-Entry Coordinator. Through this position, James oversees a treatment focused program that promotes a love of recovery, freedom, and virtue. James utilizes an evidence-based curriculum, coaching, and case management to furnish those incarcerated in the Rutherford County Work Center and Adult Detention Center with requisite skills to live more responsibly and overcome adversity after incarceration. He has a master’s degree from Regent University where he also engaged in post graduate studies with an emphasis in education and advanced leadership studies.



Veterans Treatment Court

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Kathy Ward, BS

Kathy Ward has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with master’s level work in counseling and education. She has been a Case Manager at the Veterans Treatment Court since 2018 and she enjoys giving back to those who have served our country. Kathy has 6 years previous experience working with Veterans at the Tennessee State Veterans Home. She is certified for Alcohol and Drug, Trauma and Veterans’ Service treatment. Kathy plans on continuing to pursue a master’s in psychology with a clinical concentration. When at home, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years, her adult children and especially enjoys reading a good book.



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Anthony Yanis MSW, LADAC II, CCTP, ORDM

Anthony has a master’s degree in Social Work, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and a certified clinical trauma professional. He has been an active part of our Recovery Courts since 2013. Anthony’s alma maters are MTSU and NYU. Some of the professional fields Anthony has worked in are: DCS Juvenile Justice, the Board of Education, Physical Therapy, and Minister for a NYC congregation. Anthony’s passion is working with people, helping them develop mentally, physically, and spiritually. Outside of work, Anthony loves spending time with his wife and five adult children, playing board games, taking strolls, watching movies, and walking his dog. Don’t be fooled by Anthony’s strong NYC accent, because he proudly claims to be a Tennessean for the past 14 years.

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Judge Ben Hall McFarlin

Ben McFarlin was born in Murfreesboro and graduated from MTSU with a BS in Political Science in 1970. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1972 as a Doctor of Jurisprudence. McFarlin served in the US Army Reserve and taught in Rutherford County for 30 years.

McFarlin has served numerous organizations in Tennessee for the past 50 years. He has raised over 1.5 million dollars for Rutherford County charities and has presided over more than 15,000 domestic assault cases.

McFarlin will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary this year with his wife, Brenda. They have two children.



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Leslie McBride

Leslie McBride graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. She earned her J.D. from the Nashville School of Law.

An internship with The Rutherford County Public Defender's solidified Leslie's desire to become a criminal defense attorney. Shortly after graduation, Leslie clerked for the Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge, The Honorable Donna Scott Davenport. She then returned to the Public Defender's to begin her career as an Assistant Public Defender.

When the Veteran's Treatment Court started in Rutherford County in 2015, Leslie was invited to join the treatment team & the same for Mental Health Court when they started in 2017. She now has the privilege of working with all the Recovery Courts & she finds this work to be the most rewarding part of her job!



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Amy Montgomery

Amy Montgomery is a licensed clinical social worker, currently working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville, Tennessee. Amy received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She began her professional career in 2007, working for Mental Health Cooperative and the Davidson County Sheriff’s office, providing mental health treatment to incarcerated individuals throughout the five correctional facilities in Nashville, Tennessee. Amy began her work with the Veterans Administration in 2012, and in her current role of Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist in 2014. In this role, Amy serves as a member of the treatment teams for multiple Veterans Treatment Courts across middle Tennessee, serving as liaison between the justice-involved veteran, the VA, and the court system.



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Ricardo Jones, Case Manager, CPRS, CPS

Ricardo joined the Rutherford County Recovery Court in 2016 as a volunteer facilitating Narcotics Anonymous meetings. He was hired as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in 2018 and then transitioned to a Case Manager in 2019.

Ricardo has over 20 years in Recovery and is certified in many areas of treatment, and is currently pursuing his licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADAC). Ricardo attended Indiana University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.