Jordan Hussey is a person in long-term recovery and makes it her life’s mission to help others who are facing similar struggles. During her early recovery from Substance Use Disorder, she found many people didn’t talk about recovery, wellness or the resources that are available. Today, Jordan speaks about that struggle and uses her experience to advocate and empower others and to connect them with the resources they may need.
Before joining J’s Place, she worked with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Peer Recovery Coach at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Prior to this she was a Substance Abuse Tech at Twin Lakes Recovery Center.
She is Certified as a Peer Specialist in Addictive Diseases, Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist, in Medication Assisted Treatment and Trauma Informed Care as well as Whole Health Action Management.
Katie Dunagan, Recovery Coach
Katie Dunagan is a woman in long term recovery who’s finally living her dream. After graduating from Hall County Drug Court in 2013, she discovered her passion for helping others. She is a peer recovery coach and a native of Gainesville, Georgia. She loves this community and is enthusiastic about helping those who struggle with substance use disorder. She has achieved many of her lifetime goals in recovery and wants to show that if you want it, it’s possible. She graduated from University of North Georgia in 2020 with a B.S. in psychology and sociology. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Addictive Disease and Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist with training in QPR and Trauma Informed Care.
Her focus is to empower other people in recovery with the tools they need to survive and thrive, especially single parents. Addiction affects every community, and Katie knows how debilitating addiction-related stigma can be for peers. She uses her life as an example that people with SUD are worthy of grace, love, and respect and wants to show that recovery is a journey, not a task.
Danielle Murphy, Recovery Coach
Danielle Canada Murphy is a woman in long-term recovery. She was born and raised in Hall County and graduated North Hall High School. She graduated from Lanier Technical College in 2010 with a diploma in Medical Assisting.
Danielle became a participant in Hall County Family Treatment Court in 2019. Though she stumbled, she finally found her pathway in recovery and thrived. After graduating the program in January 2022, she realized she had a strong desire to give back what was so freely given to her. She is a Peer Recovery Coach and is excited to carry the message of hope to the community she loves. Danielle has volunteered with the Georgia Council for Recovery hosting All Recovery Meetings. She enjoys Celebrate Recovery and is strong in her faith. She is eager to create new meetings and groups and various outreach activities. With the support of her husband and close-knit family, Danielle has become the mother to her children that she always aspired to be.
Lauren Ringwall, Recovery Coach
Lauren Ringwall is a person in long-term recovery who has recently joined the J’s Place team. As both a family member of loved ones in recovery and as a current member of the recovery community, she uses that experience to reach out to others who are beginning or continuing their journeys.
In addition to her work as a Peer Recovery Coach at J’s Place, Lauren also teaches music at the University of North Georgia and serves as Minister of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.
Lauren holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Georgia Southern University and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia.
Lauren is in the process of applying for the next Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist training course, and looks forward to learning as much as possible about recovery resources in order to share with peers and assist them in their journeys.