Nicky Fadley

Executive Director

Nicky Fadley

Nicky Fadley is the founder and Executive Director at Strength In Peers. Grounded in her lived experience with mental health recovery and overcoming trauma, she focuses on developing peer recovery support programs and advocating for individuals who struggle with behavioral health challenges. Nicky has over 12 years of experience in the field of nonprofit public health, including seven years in grant writing and program management. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

Ragan McManus

Director Of Operations

Ragan McManus

Ragan is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and serves as Director of Operations at Strength In Peers. Ragan joined the team in 2017 and has provided peer support through all of the organization’s programs. She is a certified Supervisor of Peer Recovery Specialist and utilizes various recovery models including 12-step recovery, W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) and Motivational Interviewing. Ragan has been sober and in recovery since May 28, 2008. In addition to her work as a Peer Support Specialist, Ragan holds a Master’s degree of Fine Arts from CalArts and a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to working at Strength In Peers Ragan served as Chief Curator and Director of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach. In her spare time Ragan enjoys hanging out with her family, making art, and working with homeless populations.

Jenni Collings

Adult Programs Coordinator

Jenni Collings

Jenni serves as Strength In Peers’ Adult Programs Coordinator. In her role, she supports Peer Specialists that work for the organization’s Drug Court, Women Rise, and Back on Track programs. Jenni is passionate about helping other people find recovery so they may have a better way of life. She has worked a program of recovery since 2006. Prior to Strength In Peers, Jenni was as a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is trained in W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Chronic Pain Management, Chronic Disease Management, HIV and Hepatitis C Testing/Counseling, and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys spending time with her family, guiding women through their recoveries, and cooking.

Veronica Ryman

Youth Programs Coordinator

Veronica Ryman

Veronica is the Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Mentor for the school program located in Shenandoah County Southern Campus. She is passionate about working with children and helping them talk about challenges they face and helping them develop coping skills to deal with those challenges. Veronica is also trained as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training). She has lived experience with recovery in mental health, trauma and substance use. She is studying for her Associates degree at Lord Fairfax Community College in Human Services. Veronica joined Strength In Peers in May of 2018. Her hope is to be able to make a difference in people’s lives through her passion of work for recovery.

Mary Beth Hill

Resource Center Coordinator

Mary Beth Hill

Mary Beth Hill is the Coordinator of the Community Resource Center. She has a background in social work and worked with the Head Start Program before coming to Strength in Peers. After losing her infant son in 2014, Mary Beth became active in the Sadie Rose Foundation, a local organization providing support for child loss. This is where she was first introduced to non-clinical peer support and the healing that comes through peer support groups. Recently, Mary Beth also completed the Peer Support Recovery Specialist training offered by the VBHDS. Through the Community Resource Center, Mary Beth offers one-on-one support to help connect community members with local resources. She enjoys listening to people’s unique stories as they work towards improving their lives.

Tony McClenney

Enrollment Specialist

Tony McClenney

Tony serves as Enrollment Coordinator at Strength In Peers. He primarily works with the local jails to enroll qualified participants into the organization’s Back on Track program. Tony has years of personal recovery and is trained in Peer Recovery, Motivational Interviewing and W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). Prior to coming to Strength In Peers, Tony worked as a Master Plumber and is a Veteran of the United States Army. He enjoys hosting barbeques, spending time with his family and hanging out with his dogs.

Ryan Kirby

Community Outreach Specialist

Ryan Kirby

Ryan is Strength in Peers Outreach Specialist, trained in the core skills of a Community Health Worker (CHW). Ryan coordinates both the Street Outreach and HIV and Hepatitis C testing. In this role Ryan applies his unique understanding of the culture and population of this community to provide health education, testing and information on services that Strength In Peers provides. Ryan joined Strength In Peers because he says, “his heart was telling him to be more involved in the community and the people of this area.” He graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in May of 2016, with an A.A.S. in Administration of Justice. His real passion and love is giving back to the Harrisonburg community as it has been so kind to him since he moved here in 2012, from Northern Virginia.

Richard Jackson

Peer Support Specialist

Richard Jackson

Richard is a Virginia Certified Peer Recovery Specialist who moved from Florida to Virginia in 2002. It is his desire to assist others in achieving their life goals and overcome addictions, trauma and mental health issues. He and his wife are Statewide Volunteers with the Virginia Department of Corrections, conducting Christian services in prisons. He is also associated with Kingsway Family Outreach/Prison Ministry. Prior to being employed with Strength In Peers in November 2015, he worked with Open Doors Shelter and saw the great need in the community for hope and recovery.

Alex Boudreau

Peer Support Specialist

Alex Boudreau

Alex is a Peer Support Specialist with Strength in Peers who is from the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She currently works on Strength In Peers’ Alcohol and Drug program serving Page and Shenandoah Counties. Alex is in long term recovery from substance use. She pursued being a peer specialist because she has first-hand experience seeing how Peer Support has helped her life. Now she enjoys being able to use her lived experience to help others move forward in their recovery. She is trained in SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), has gone through Peer Recovery Support training, and is currently working toward being state certified.

Jordan Fisher

Peer Support Specialist

Jordan is a Peer Recovery Specialist who thrives on using his own unique experience to help others. As a Harrisonburg native, he is committed to improving lives within the community that raised him and has worked with numerous nonprofits in the area, while also serving on several Boards of Directors. Jordan is devoted to the idea that all people are tremendously valuable and deserving of recovery, and believes that quality peer support has the power to truly change the world. A graduate of Harrisonburg High School and Eastern Mennonite University, his dream is to one day open a peer-run recovery center which provides housing, employment, transportation, and all the other necessities for positive life transitions within the beautiful nature settings of the Shenandoah Valley. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with his wife, Kim, and their dog, Butters.

Julie Grubbs

Peer Support Specialist

Julie Grubbs

Julie is a Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and is working towards her state certification. Julie started working at Strength In Peers in November 2018, on the Women Rise program and with the Harrisonburg Drug Court. She is in long term recovery and believes her lived experience with substance use, and trauma will assist her in helping others find their own unique pathway to recovery. She believes that all humans are valuable and are worthy of love, kindness and deserve to live their best life. Julie lives in Woodstock with her daughter Alora and their two dogs Spike and Roscoe.

Betsy Edmonds

Peer Support Specialist

Betsy Edmonds

Betsy is a Peer Support Specialist with Strength In Peers. She works in our Alcohol and Drug program, which services Page and Shenandoah Counties. Betsy also works in our school mentoring program at North Fork Middle School. Betsy was hired based on her lived experience, as well as being in long term recovery status from substance use. She has been trained as a Peer Support Specialist, and also has experience working with children that have trauma-related challenges. It has always been her heart’s desire to help anyone she can so they may see that recovery and hope are attainable. She enjoys working with children and adults from all walks of life, using her lived experience to help in any way possible.

Katie Thompson

Peer Support Specialist

Katie Thompson

Katie is a Peer Support Specialist originally from the DC area and recently relocated to the Shenandoah Valley. For the last 10 years she has been traveling and working primarily in Africa, but also parts of South East Asia, and Sweden. Katie has a BA in Theatre & Dance from George Mason University, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from The George Washington University. She is a certified yoga instructor who loves the beach, surfing, and all things creative, especially movies. She is in long term recovery and enjoys helping others to heal and recover from trauma, mental health challenges and addiction. She is currently in the process of completing her Peer Recovery Specialist certification for the state of Virginia.