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Trish Breeding - Director
615-217-7124
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].


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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, MSW

Elcindra Smith is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she received both her bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work. El 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 worked 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 El's passion, and she hopes to be able to continue to broaden her horizons in the field.


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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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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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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 as an 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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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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Jolie Shipley, BS, CPRS

Jolie is a long-term resident of Rutherford County and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Child Development & Family Studies/Psychology. Upon graduation, Jolie served as a Foster Care Case Manager for the Department of Children Services, then moved on to a long-term career with State Farm Insurance where she was employed for 11 years prior to her resignation. Jolie is someone who has self-identified as being in recovery from a co-occurring disorder and completed specialized training recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse on how to provide peer recovery services based on the principles of recovery and resiliency. Jolie provides direct peer-to-peer support and helps participants achieve their personal recovery goals. Jolie is a member of the Prevention Coalition for Success and serves on the committee for Rutherford Recovery Fest. She is a leader within the recovery program, Transformation Life Group, at Family Worship Center Murfreesboro and is a member of 100 Women Who Care, Rutherford County. Outside of work, Jolie is busy being a full-time mom and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


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Letitia Greene, BS

Letitia is an alumna of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. Shortly after graduating, she began her career in the mental health field as a Case Manager with The Guidance Center. During her 7 years of serving the community with Volunteer Behavioral Health, she has held different titles such as Care Manager, Mobile Health Community Liaison, Care Management Team Lead and Office Manager. After this tenure, she went into a different aspect of healthcare at Hospital Corporations of America (HCA) for a few years but always missed the community mental health mission. After hearing about the Recovery Court, she knew this was the perfect chance to serve the community again and jumped at the Mental Health Court Case Management opportunity. In Letitia’s spare time she enjoys freelance photography, spending time with family and indulging in music.


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Tameika Gray, MS

Tameika Gray is a graduate of Murray State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She continued her education at Liberty University and obtained her Master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration on Marriage and Family therapy. Tameika has worked in the social services field for 20 years with nine of those years being at the Department of Children’s Services. She has a genuine ability to connect with the clients she serves which allows her to work effectively with those who have unique circumstances. In her free time, Tameika enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying to recipes, and watching sports. She is especially excited to be a part of the Mental Health Court Team.


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Janet Cleckner-Mattingly

Janet Cleckner-Mattingly joined the 16th Judicial District Recovery Courts in July of 2021. She began her work with recovery courts in 2016. Prior to joining the 16th JDRC, she served as Interim Clinical Director with Educare, a treatment provider for several recovery courts in Williamson County, TN. Janet received her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and holds her LMSW. She is currently in the application process for her clinical license. She knows that, with the help of the Director and the strong team members, the 16th JDRC can be one of the exemplary programs in the nation.

Janet loves what she does. She is guided by a belief in the innate worthiness of all people, and that each interaction is an opportunity to show compassion and build connection. As a social worker she is led by a strong set of ethics, an understanding of the systems we all live within, and the importance of advocacy. She is passionate about holding hope for those suffering. Janet doesn’t prescribe to any formal treatment modality, but rather works alongside each client to develop a plan for the therapeutic process. Janet is trained in trauma treatment, CBT, and ISPR and, when appropriate, will suggest these modalities for treatment.

Janet’s other passion is time with her children, family, and friends. In her downtime she enjoys research, reading, antiquing, and laughing with her loved ones.


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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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Nich Lyle, MS

Nich Lyle attended Lindsey Wilson College where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Counseling immediately followed by his master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. He worked with all ages in both acute mental health and substance use counseling at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Kentucky before returning home to middle Tennessee. Here he became a clinical therapist at a residential facility for adolescent boys who were struggling with behavioral issues as well as mental health diagnoses. Nich joined the Rutherford County Recovery Court because he believes in bright futures for those suffering with addiction and believes that everyone deserves to have someone listen to their story with compassion. Outside of work, Nich enjoys live theatre, the martial arts, and creative writing.


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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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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.


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Judge Jimmy Turner

A West Tennessee native, Judge Jimmy Turner graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Administration. He graduated from Nashville School of Law in 2011. As an attorney, his practice focused on criminal defense. From 2019 to 2021 he also served as the City Attorney for Eagleville, Tennessee.

On January 12, 2021, Judge Turner was appointed by Governor Bill Lee as Circuit Court Judge, Division II, for the 16th Judicial District. Judge Turner presides over a criminal docket involving all types of felony and misdemeanor crimes. He also presides over Drug Court. Jimmy and his wife currently reside in Lascassas, Tennessee with their two sons. His wife is an elementary school teacher for Rutherford County Schools.