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Lead Facilitator and Owner

I am a graduate of Eckerd College with a major in Human Development, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor I, a Certified Peer Support Specialist Workshop Facilitator and an MSW candidate with a focus in clinical trauma.

I have 20+ years of combined training & development and social services experience  in the corporate sector, substance use recovery programs, and mental health. I have worked with large brand organizations as well as with the homeless population, at-risk families, substance use disorder and recovery programs, and mental health support programs.

I am trained in learning methodologies and instructing techniques as well as course material development to meet any of your professional training needs.


Lorna Simmons

Owner CE Training Workshops,
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (I),
Certified Peer Support Specialist Workshop Facilitator, MSW Candidate Specializing in Clinical Trauma

Training Instructor

Erich Freywald Priest, MSW, LCSWA recently moved to North Carolina from Connecticut, where he completed his Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Group Work, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health. For the past 15+ years he has provided trainings, programming, and support to community care organizations throughout Washington, California, New York, and Connecticut to help improve cultural competency and decrease barriers for LGBTQ+ clients and their families.

Erich specializes in strengths-based, recovery focused, and empowerment approaches when working with clients with co-occurring disorders, complex developmental trauma, and those living with HIV/AIDS. He currently works as a co-located Licensed Clinician at a non-profit organization providing direct services to adolescents, adults, and families in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and in the Chapel Hill Outpatient Clinic.


Erich Freywald Priest, MSW, LCSWA

CE Training Facilitator,
Master Degree in Social Work with Focus on
Group Work, Mental Health and Substance Abuse,
and LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health

Training Instructor

Justin Garrity has a passion for working with those in recovery and has lived experience in this area. He currently works as the Rapid Responder Administrator at Healing Transitions which is a program that works with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to follow up with opioid overdose survivors within 24-hours of the overdose episode to build rapport with the individuals and link them to needed resources such as harm reduction, treatment services or primary health care.

Justin will be completing the NC State’s MSW program (’19) and also serves as the co-chair of the Recovery Initiation and Maintenance sub-committee of the Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition which has brought together local treatment providers to bring solutions to Wake County’s opioid crisis.  Thoroughly enjoying his exercise and recovery, Justin, along with another Healing Transitions program graduate, established the Oak City Recovery Run Club which connects Raleigh’s running community to Raleigh’s recovering community.


Justin Garrity, MSW Candidate

CE Training Facilitator

Training Instructor

Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang involved youth.

After transitioning from education to full time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believe strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.

Shannon Facilitator


Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional