Dedicated Professionals

Marcia Smith, LPC, NCC

Program Director

Marcia graduated from Argosy University in 2007, earning her master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She started her career in the field of addiction treatment while completing her internship at Café 458, where she serviced disabled homeless men and women dealing with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Soon after completing her internship, Marcia joined MARR’s Right Side Up program as an Employment Specialist. Over the past five years, Marcia has held other positions with Right Side Up, including Intake Coordinator and Primary Counselor. In 2013, she accepted the position as Program Director.

Tanya Avery

Program Coordinator - Fulton

In August of 2003, Tanya Avery began working for Right Side Up as a Therapeutic Child Care (TCC) Case Manager. Within a year, Tanya became TCC Program Coordinator; a position that she held for 12 years. During her tenure as the TCC PC, Tanya decided to pursue a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University, and received a Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behaviors in 2012. In August 2016 Tanya was afforded the great opportunity to grow and move into a new role as Program Coordinator for Right Side Up – Fulton. Tanya has always had a passion for helping others reach their full potential; she works on a daily basis personally, professionally, and spiritually to share wisdom, guidance, and understanding to the women of RSU. Tanya counts every day as a privilege to be a part of the journey of the women she works with and serves. Tanya uses as her daily mantra a quote by Maya Angelou, ``My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some humor, some compassion, some passion and some style.``

Dena Lee, LPC

Program Coordinator - Dekalb

Dena Lee, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master Addiction Counselor certification. Dena also has training in Moral Reconation Therapy. Dena started with MARR as a primary counselor in 2008. In 2013, she transitioned into her current position as the Program Coordinator for MARR’s Right Side Up DeKalb Site. Dena has a passion for her profession and for recovery. Dena works to ensure that the women and their children coming into residential care have an environment conducive to focusing on the whole person and overall lifestyle changes, not simply abstinence from drug use. One of her life motto is “It’s All about the Journey, Not the Destination.”

Nechelle Babb, MS

Intake Coordinator

Nechelle joined the Right Side Up team as an Intake Coordinator in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Alabama State University, and went on to earn her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. Nechelle has been working in the field for eight years, and she has specialized in working with adults and children who have been affected by substance abuse and have physical, developmental, or learning disabilities, or severe mental illness. Nechelle create a comforting and encouraging environment that promotes positive growth for individuals we work with.

Cinneathea Springer, LAPC, NCC

Intake Coordinator

Cinnethea had been a part of the Right Side Up team since 2015. She is an LAPC and a NCC, and she has been a counselor for eight years. Cinnethea is passionate about helping women find their “why” in life. She believes that everyone deserves a second chance and is grateful to be able to help them make the best possible decision for their future. She knows that everyone just needs someone to listen to them without judgement, and that is what she offers to clients. Cinnethea is dedicated to providing positivity so that our clients can grow in ways they never imagined possible.

Gail Rogers, MSW

Intake Coordinator

Gail joined MARR’s Right Side Up as an Intake Coordinator in March 2015. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work in 2000, and her Masters of Social Work in 2002. She continued her education, and in 2014, received a CARES certification. Gail has worked with numerous underrepresented populations. In her 15 years of dedication, she has worked with homeless women and children, first generation college students, a supportive housing program for men re-entering their community after suffering from substance use disorders, and provided therapeutic counseling to first time male juvenile offenders. Gail is passionate about recovery and for her the professional is personal!

Alisa Sawyer

Therapeutic Childcare Coordinator - Fulton

Alisa Sawyer is committed to fighting addiction from a holistic standpoint, understanding that planting seeds of hope in mothers facing addiction and their children is a major component on the road to success for these families. Alisa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and has worked with children and families for over 20 years. Unwavering in her passion and diligence for helping others Alisa has worked vehemently with Right Side Up for over 12 years serving as both a Therapeutic Child Care (TCC) Case Manager and TCC Program Coordinator.

LeAngie Talley

Therapeutic Childcare Coordinator - Dekalb

LeAngie Talley has been with MARR’s Right Side Program for 11 years working in the Therapeutic Child Care Program at DeKalb Site. She started out as a Therapeutic Childcare Tech assisting with the needs of RSU children. After working 3 years in that position, she transitioned to TCC Case Manager where she began to work more one on one with helping provide the mothers’ with parenting tools and techniques to become better parents. In November 2016, she was promoted to Therapeutic Childcare Coordinator. Ms. Talley believes in providing the women and children that we service a safe and caring environment that allows our children an opportunity to experience a childhood by giving their mothers’ the knowledge and support they need to become active parents while remaining drug free. Ms. Talley received her credentials in Family Development to become an advocate that support children while they are rebuilding a bond with their parents.

Jackie Poindexter

Residential Manager - Fulton

Jackie Poindexter is a true believer that recovery does work and is possible for everyone. Jackie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Relations. Dedicated to helping women deal with life issues, she has worked effortlessly over the last 8 years to aid those struggling with substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and homelessness. Since coming to Right Side Up in August 2016 Jackie has delivered this same enthusiasm and energy in her role as Residential Manager.

Preva Mitchell

Residential Manager - Dekalb

Preva Mitchell has been employed by MARR, Inc. since 2006. She began her employment as a Resident Assistant. Preva has been a CNA since 1991 and has been instrumental in developing others on their journey to recovery and sobriety for over 20 years. Preva is RSU’s Residential Manager at our DeKalb site. As RM at the DeKalb site, Preva oversees a residential staff of 10 as well as oversees the residential development that houses a capacity of 30 women and their children. She is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) as well as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in Behavioral Health who continue to advocate for long-term recovery & Mental Health.

Brandi Leichmann, LPN

Staff Nurse

Brandi joined the Right Side Up team in 2017. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse, and she is also BLS (Basic Life Support) certified. She is passionate about helping clients realize their full potential in recovery and guiding them with support and motivation. Brandi works to build trust and instill hope in everyone she works with, as she provides the tools for clients to take control of their own health and well-being.

Yolanda Banks, LPN

Staff Nurse

Yolanda joined the Right Side Up team as a staff nurse in 2019. She has over 17 years of nursing experience. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse, and she has a CPR Certification, an IV Therapy Certification, and a Wound Care Certification. SHe has specialized in pediatrics, psychiatrics, and IV therapy throughout her career. Yolanda instills positive energy in everyone she comes into contact with. She believes that a compliment or a smile goes a long way! She tells clients that no one is perfect, we all go through storms in life, and it is up to us to change our thinking, our actions, and our outlook.