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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - Atlanta, GA


Additional panelists to be announced.



Gina de Peralta Thorne, MS
Vice President of Marketing
Lakeview Health

Gina de Peralta Thorne is a graduate from Florida State University in School and Community Health Education. In 2000, she received an advanced degree in Health Education and Management from the University of West Florida. She has 19 years of experience working in health communications and health promotion for not-for-profit organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning in Florida, New York, Ohio and Virginia.

Ms. Thorne has leveraged over one million dollars in grant funding to support addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. She has provided local, regional and national leadership in coalition development addressing population-level change with substance use disorders.

Gina has implemented social norms marketing and branding campaigns, developed and coordinated program planning and evaluation to determine the impact of health promotion and educational programs on specific populations. Gina was the Director of Business Development and Marketing for the Farley Center at Williamsburg Place in Virginia and is currently the Vice President of Marketing for Lakeview Health providing support to individuals and families to learn more about the addiction treatment services offered on their campus.


Lori Albert-Walker, MSW
Clinical Coordinator, Young Adult Addiction Program
Ridgeview Institute

Lori Albert-Walker, MSW is the Clinical Coordinator of Ridgeview Institute’s Young Adult Addiction Program. She has been with Ridgeview for 21 years and was instrumental in the creation and development of the Young Adult Addiction Program. Lori graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida State University.

She has worked with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families since 1979.  Lori co-authored an article entitled “Treating the Young Adult” published in the Ridgeview Institute quarterly newsletter, A View From the Ridge, in November 2003. She is a songwriter and musician, often displaying this talent for the pleasure of staff and patients alike.  Lori is also trained in Okinawan Karate.


Beth Fisher, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS
CEO / Executive Director
Hope Homes, Inc.

Beth Fisher is a passionate advocate for recovery residences. She has worked in the field of addictions recovery since 1987 as a social worker, addictions counselor, and family therapist. In 1996, she founded Hope Homes, a recovery residence system offering NARR Level 1-3 homes for men and women, with locations throughout the Southeast.

She provided much of the impetus for the founding of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, a dynamic association whose mission is to promote standards and equip residential providers with professional tools to operate effectively in the recovery support continuum.

Beth served as founding NARR President, and now sits on the board of directors as the Affiliate Chair. Additionally, Beth sits on the editorial board of Addiction Professional magazine, and is a frequent contributor. Beth often speaks at national conferences on issues related to recovery residences, continuum of care, and addictions recovery. 


Jennifer Angier, CAC-II, NCAC-II
Chief Operating Officer
Black Bear Lodge - Foundations Recovery Network Atlanta

Jennifer Angier is the Chief Operating Officer of Black Bear Lodge Treatment Center, which is part of the Foundations Recovery Network Atlanta region.  She has over two decades worth of experience in the behavioral health field. Jennifer is a Level II national certified addictions counselor and is also Level II certified with the Georgia Addiction Counseling Association.

A nationally recognized speaker on addiction treatment techniques, she regularly provides educational presentations for numerous healthcare and community organizations. During her career in addiction treatment, Angier has worked in case management, crisis response and in private
practice. Before accepting her current position, Jennifer served as program director of a stabilization unit at a hospital in Atlanta. She was also a clinical outreach coordinator for a young adult program.

Jennifer has held a number of positions within the behavioral health field. She began as a clinical case manager for a Partial Hospitalization Program, coordinating the structure of communcations for patient care through the course of treatment. Her work included documenting treatment plans and interacting with external medical personnel, hospitals, employee assistance programs and employers. Jennifer led groups, provided on-call emergency intervention and developed continuing care plans for patients, in addition to managing halfway houses for as many as 90 patients at a time.

After that, Jennifer became the director of an evening outpatient program, where she was responsible for providing intensive outpatient treatment to dually diagnosed adult patients. She facilitated group therapy, individual counseling and education.

Jennifer has also worked as a crisis response coordinator, marketing to referral sources such as treatment facilities, therapists in private practice, attorneys and members of the judicial system. She was responsible for assessing the level of care needed for clients in crisis and facilitating patient transfer to the appropriate facility.


Douglas J. Edwards, MBA
Publisher of Addiction Professional

Douglas J. Edwards is Publisher of Addiction Professional, having formerly served as editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional.  Edwards has been serving the addiction treatment community since 2000 in multiple editorial and marketing roles.  Edwards will serve as moderator of the discussion.