Patti Shipp is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. She has been working in the addiction field for over 20 years with experience in the acute hospitalization and outpatient treatment environments. She specializes in treating those with addiction and their families. Her approach to treatment is to treat the whole being; mind, body and spirit. “It’s all about choices. We can choose to believe that a power greater than our self (God) can restore us (mind, body) to sanity and live a life filled with purpose and fulfillment or not. It’s your choice.” By using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, strategies from the 12-Step program with a Christ-centered focus, treatment and recovery are tailored made for the individual to help them make healthy choices for their life.
Kim Castro Owens, MSCM, MAC, CAADC, CACII, CCS
Family Recovery Director
Kimberly Castro is the Family Recovery Director for 3D Teen Recovery and is committed to helping teens rewrite their stories as well as developing the clinical program by utilizing cutting edge treatment modalities to offer a good standard in clinical treatment. For over a decade, Kimberly was the Executive Director of Recovery Outfitters, Inc. Kimberly is a certified master’s level counselor and certified clinical supervisor who instructs counselors seeking, or maintaining, credentials. Kimberly earned a master’s degree in Conflict Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kennesaw State University. Kimberly is recognized as a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in the field of addiction, even helping to revise the international master’s level certification for addiction counseling. Kimberly is known for combining both Biblical and Clinical approaches to addiction treatment. Having personally experienced family members suffering from addiction, she has a special love for working with families. She is also known for her candid, energetic, inspirational and open approach while helping people in their challenge to discover and attain their gifts, goals and mission in life. Developing leaders is one of Kimberly’s passions that arose from her continuous quest for learning and personal growth.
Kimberly lives in Woodstock, GA with her best friend and husband Kirk. She has 3 children (25, 17, & 15 years old) and 2 stepchildren (22 & 24 years old), all of whom she is crazy about. She loves animals, even bringing her rescue German Shepherd Kai to work with her. She is passionate about rescuing animals as well as people. She loves lacrosse as all 3 of her kids are award winning players. Kimberly loves to read, travel and explore. Kimberly’s personal mission in life is to glorify God and help further His Kingdom.
My name is Kyle Kersey, Program Director at 3D Teen Recovery. I’m 36 years old and blessed to be married to my wife Jessica. We have two-year-old identical twin girls Charla Grace and Maddison Lee. I was a drug addict for 12 years of my life. My drug of choice was opiates. in 2014 I went to the Jericho House. A yearlong Christ centered regeneration program. After graduating, I stayed on another year teaching classes and serving in any other way I could. I came on at 3D last year in November and although challenging, I love what I do. To see these boys, want to change their lives and follow path God is laying out for them is amazing and I feel so blessed to be a part of it.
“When I was a child, I was afraid of the dark, until I found out I was a light. And now the dark is afraid of me…..” EPH 5:8
Director of Operations
Shaun Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Operations at 3D Teen Recovery. He’s married to Lauren Atkinson; they have three children: Kaily (15), Knox (9) and Eli (5). Before joining 3D Teen Recovery, he served six years in the U.S. Army as an 89B (Ammunition Specialist). He served one tour in Iraq from December 2008-Decmeber 2009.
In 2017, after battling a 20-year addiction that began as an early teenager, he was arrested for drug trafficking. It was then, he found himself at a crossroads facing a 15-year prison sentence and coming to the realization that he couldn’t do this life on his own and surrendered his life to Christ. His mission now is to serve the Lord and help teenagers who suffer from addiction and give hope to the lost.
Director of Recruitment
My name is Jessica Kersey. I grew up in Auburn, Georgia in a very low-income neighborhood. Knowing I had to make a better future for myself, I moved to Flowery Branch and began college in 2008. There I met my husband, Kyle Kersey. He overcame a strong opioid addiction in 2014 which sparked my passion in addiction recovery. We got married in 2016 and had identical twin girls in 2017. I received my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Georgia Gwinnett College. While in school I worked as a pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy. I thoroughly enjoyed working in pharmacy and building relationships with patients for over ten years. I then pursued my master’s degree in public health. My goal was to work in addiction research. While pursuing my MPH, I began doing volunteer work with 3D Teen Recovery. I have been a volunteer in many capacities, but by far my favorite has been directing family recovery for the last year. My passion has been to find a way to help people out of addiction and 3D Teen Recovery has been a way for me to be able to pursue that passion.
Lauren Atkinson is wife to Shaun Atkinson and mother to their three kids. She shares the same passion for addiction recovery as her husband. Lauren oversees the volunteer program at 3D to ensures all presence on property is at the spirit of excellence level, quality and holds the same set of values 3D teaches and requires. As a wife to an addict for over 17 years, she has a spousal and mother perspective on restoring the addict back to health. As a husband and wife team they come together and teach selfless and biblical characteristics form different sides of the isle, as to encourage the boys become men in all areas of their lives. From husbands to fathers and from fathers to men of God, in hopes to lead their own family with a healthy mind in the future. Lauren still practices Respiratory Therapy at North East Georgia hospital on days off from 3D responsibilities and had been doing so for 8 years.
Natalie has been an administrative professional for over 20 years. She has supported executives, board of directors and staff in both the private and public sectors throughout her career. She has experienced mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings. Working for companies both large and small, from the software industry to the real estate industry, has afforded her extensive knowledge in business and office management. Natalie also became a licensed real estate agent in January of 2017. She graduated from Cape Cod Community College in 2008. She resides in Gainesville, GA with her miniature dachshund, Norm. Her adult daughter and son both reside in Flowery Branch. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys renovating her home, building things, knitting/crocheting, and spending time with her family.
Tyler is a Georgia native, a United States Marine, and CEO of United Logistics. Tyler, and United partner with 3D because they believe these boys deserve a chance to experience the unconditional Love of Jesus Christ. Through the staff, and the programming at 3D. United is a Logistics company, but logistics isn’t “who we are” it’s just the vehicle that allows us to expand God’s footprint through transportation. "United is God’s company first.”
Growing up with a father who suffered from the disease of addiction, Tyler saw first hand how the disease can turn a house built on solid ground to a home in shambles. He believes that 3D can help these young men make that change in their life and have a generational impact that is felt across our nation. He believes this nation is in need of Godly Men, and it starts with 3D.
Tyler resides in Hall county with his wife Brandi. They have 3 children, Breckyn, Ben, Charlie. They are active members of 12stone Church in Flowery Branch, Ga. He enjoys being active with his family whether that means a CrossFit workout or wrestling in the living room floor he’s happy wherever they are as long as its together.
RESIDENT CARE STAFF
Growing up I saw what drug and alcohol addiction could do to somebody. I eventually lost my father to his addiction. I vowed to never follow his footsteps and to never put my family through what he put us through. I started using hardcore drugs at the age of 15 and it slowly got worse and worse. I had fell into addiction just like my father. Last year, I graduated from the Jericho House regeneration program. I am blessed to say that I have overcome my addiction. I want to be there for the guys as 3D and be the person for them that I needed when I was there age.
Tim is a Georgia native who has had a dynamic career in security within various entities of the Government. Tim began his career serving as a correctional officer in the state prison system. During his time there, Tim worked in the mental health ward for five years providing safety and security of all individuals within the unit. A short time later, Tim continued his working career in the local jail and was able to expand his experience by being able to care for hundreds of other individuals including some who were suffering from addiction.
Currently, Tim works as a contract Federal Emergency Response Official. Tim has various duties within the Department of Homeland Security providing for various locations pertaining to the contract. Time graduated from Rabun County High School. Since graduating, he has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education within his field. Tim enjoys lending a helping hand to others and completing small projects that involve tools and wood. When he is not busy building things Tim is normally hanging out with his wife, kids, and grandchild. Tim chooses to work for 3D Teen Recovery to be an example to the young men. To show them that Christ can change their lives if they will let him into their hearts. Tim believes if they have breath that there is hope for change and restoration. Thank you for letting me be a part of 3D Teen Recovery.
My name is Johnny Souane. I am 38. I was born in Texas. My parents are from Laos. They came to America as refugees of the Vietnam war. I am a divorced father of a 15-year-old son, Vincent Tyler Souane. I am here at 3D because I know God has called me to help young men around me. I was a troubled teen myself. I made some bad choices that led to my joining a gang, getting addicted to meth and even ending up in prison at the age of 16. In 2010, at the age of 28, God made a way for me to go to treatment at Victory Home. There I received the help and support I needed to become the man I am today. I believe in Christ centered recovery because I am a changed man due to one. Now I am passing on to others what God has given to me. A child of God is who I am. Thank you for letting me be a small part of the big dream.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
3DTeen Recovery is governed by an independent Board of Directors. Our Board is made up of business & community leaders. The Directors sacrifice their time, energy, & resources to make sure that 3DTeen Recovery remains on an upward trajectory. The Board also ensures that 3D stewards our many gifts with the utmost care.
ADVISORY BOARD: Ricky Martin • Rustin Smith • Bill Eubanks
Bob Kopesky - Chairman SureLock Technology
Bob has been in the IT industry for over 18 years.. Bob’s responsibilities include the revenue of a customer base that generates $27 Million in sales to Technology Integration Group. His focus is to protect the customer base, grow with customers and increased revenue, and Acquire new accounts. Bob’s experience in providing technology solutions encompass many areas of hardware and software technology solutions. This invaluable experience gives Bob a unique add to the organization in the way of tactical marketing and grass roots expertise to drive fund raising and overall exposure to Three Dimensional Life.
Bob and his wife live in Flowery Branch, GA. They have two older daughters Autumn 21 and Julianne 17 as well as two young children Jessie 6 and William 2. Bob and his wife are excited about the future of the Three Dimensional Life organization and the many great things in the works for the future.
Jarrod Black - Vice Chairman Rochester and Associates
Jarrod D. Black is a Vice President for Rochester & Associates, Inc. in Gainesville, Georgia. He is a registered Professional Land Surveyor with over 22 years experience in the profession. Jarrod obtained his degree from Indiana University.
Jarrod enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and resides in North Forsyth. A life long Hoosier basketball fan, he will not miss a game. Jarrod has recently been enjoying mountain biking and sporting clays in his spare time. He and his family attend Browns Bridge Church in Cumming, GA.
Ryan Gerrald Ace Mechanical Heating and Air
Ryan is originally from south Georgia. After losing a close friend and his father to addiction, Ryan moved to Gainesville to seek treatment for his own addiction. Through treatment, Ryan was set from from a life addiction through the love, grace and mercies of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Ryan is currently the owner of Ace Comfort, a HVAC company. He is thankful that the Lord has allowed him to open multiple businesses in Hall County. He is able to provide his employees with a safe, drug-free, & spiritually centered environment. Ryan is continually blown away by all of the blessings the Lord has given him. He has a passion to help others be set free from addiction & to experience God's love and grace.
Jay Parrish Gainesville Chief of Police
Jay Parrish is a lifelong resident of Hall County, where he resides with his wife Katie and two children, Grayson (13) and Wyatt (7). He is a 1995 graduate of North Hall High School. He graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He honorably served six years in the United States Marine Corp Reserve. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute Management Development Program. He is a graduate of the 260th session of the FBI National Academy. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Gainesville Police Department where he has been employed as a police officer for 18 years.
Jay has a deep understanding of the issues and heartaches caused by drug use. He see the effects of drug abuse in his daily task at the police department, as well as, having family members that struggle from addiction.
Kimberly Ragan Matt Pruitt Insurance Agency
Kimberly Ragan, a native of Gainesville, GA is an insurance agent with the Matt Pruitt Allstate Agency in Gainesville. Kimberly’s son graduated from Three Dimensional Life in October 2017 and then did the internship program for 6 months. After seeing the impact that 3D had on her son’s recovery and all of the other boys in the program, she was happy for the opportunity to be able to give back by serving on the Board.
Kimberly and her husband, Greg, live in Gainesville and attend Concord Baptist Church. They have a blended family of 8 kids and 5 grandkids. Kimberly enjoys attending her kids sporting events, watching Georgia Bulldog football and hosting family game nights for their family.
Tyler Mixon United Logistics
Phillip Hayes Connect Logistics
Business Office 700 Oak St Gainesville, GA 30501
Recovery Home 4141 Old Cornelia Hwy Gainesville, GA 30507