Originally from Casey County, Larry began his training in structured structured recovery in Los Angeles in 1990 with Jerry Polcaro, PhD at New Life and then later with Robert Mellan, PhD at Liberty House. Larry has gained competencies in running nonclinical processing and feedback groups as well as implementing the Gorski Method of Relapse Prevention within the structure of his transitional living, resulting in remarkably lower relapse rates. Larry has continued to work alongside many professionals in the field including James Woods, PhD of Promises Treatment Center and Bernard McInerny, PhD. and Romana Zvereva, M.D. of Betty Ford Treatment Center. Considered an expert in the field, Larry has paved the way for many other professionals to utilize structured transitional living programs as a support vehicle for long-term sobriety.
Brandy N. Corder is the Clinical Program Director at Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development, and is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. With a unique ability to integrate psychotherapy with standardized substance abuse treatment, Brandy has demonstrated superior performances in creating specialized treatment plans that are tailored to the needs of each client. With an orientation based in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivation interviewing, and reality-choice therapy, Brandy runs clinical groups and provides one on one counseling to clients at the Rehabilitation Center. Her experience has taken her to community based mental health services, substance abuse residential and outpatient treatment, and crisis services.
Maggie is the Director of Operations and oversees management at the men’s and women’s facilities at The Liberty Ranch. Working closely with Larry, Maggie is responsible for ensuring each facility is maintaining Ranch protocol, providing training and supervision to staff, implementing policy changes, and strengthening communication between across the facility. Originally from Liberty, Kentucky, Maggie is a graduate of the women’s program and began working as an admission coordinator. Through her dedication to helping others, her leadership skills, and her understanding of the philosophy behind the structure, Maggie was quickly promoted. Says Maggie, “My life was completely miserable before I got here: in and out of rehab, in states custody and constantly battling with the court system. Now getting to watch these women come in broken and begin to turn their lives around, just as I did, is an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.”
Katie is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and a resident manager at the Liberty Ranch and a technician at the Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center. Katie is responsible for supervising the residents and supporting Kristi and Carissa in implementing the structure. She is also responsible for driving residents to and from appointments as well as to their therapy sessions at Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation center. Having gone to school for culinary arts and hospitality management, Katie is dedicated to keeping the Ranch an environment that is safe, supportive, and geared toward helping the women change.
Originally from Casey County, Loretta works as the weekend manager at the Women’s House. Loretta found sobriety through the help of her brother Larry, became a graduate of the Ranch, and has been working at the women’s house for the past 8 years. Most known for her compassion and her designated role as “house mom,” Loretta is a seasoned manager who provides guidance and expertise not only to the residents but to the staff as well. “I enjoy passing along my experience, strength, and hope to everyone at The Liberty Ranch, and over the years helping countless women find sobriety, safety, and happiness.”
Carissa is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and a resident manager at the Liberty Ranch for Women. Carissa is a nationally certified medical assistant with extensive experience working with doctors, lab technicians, and patients. Carissa is responsible for supporting Kristi in implementing the structure of the house, maintaining an open line of communication between staff and family members, updating resident charts, and assisting Kristi in facilitating non-clinical groups. Carissa fell victim to addiction and struggled for years until she came to the Ranch. “Going to The Ranch was the best decision I have ever made, my entire life has changed. The Ranch has given me the tools to lead a life full of purpose. I get to keep what I have been given by helping other women in their own recovery, which is the best feeling in the world.”
Lisa assists residents in attaining self-sufficiency through advocacy and identification of resources, services and programs. She enjoys being a part of a successful program that brings hope to those who have a true desire to change. Lisa has spent 15 years working in the community mental health field and another 5 years working with individuals with traumatic brain injuries. With both of those opportunities, she has seen the devastating effects that addiction can have on the individual as well as their families and have felt fortunate to be a part of the healing process. Lisa hold a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master’s in Public Health Education.
A former CPR certified nursing assistant, Kristi is uniquely qualified to maintain resident and facility safety while using her own experience in recovery to support and guide the women. She is responsible for facilitating non-clinical groups (daily check-ins, processing, and feedback sessions), resident supervision, and assisting residents in self-care and other living skills. As a mother, Kristi reflects on her experience: “The Ranch taught me how to be a caring, attentive mother today. I am grateful I took the chance to save my own life.”
Stephen is a weekend manager at the Liberty Ranch and a technician for the Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center. A navy veteran and a former aerographers mate, Stephen has extensive experience working in mine warfare. He received a War on Terrorism ribbon as well as International Defense ribbon, all while secretly battling a heroin addiction. He eventually surrendered and came into the Ranch where the structure and discipline within a safe and supportive environment helped him to flourish. “This program saved my life. Out of all my previous accomplishments, nothing compares to becoming a graduate of The Liberty Ranch.”
A Kentucky native, Priscilla initiates assessments and works with clients on goal setting while simultaneously monitoring their progress during treatment. Priscilla holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Campbellsville University and is currently working toward her masters. Priscilla has prior experience working in the Grayson and Morehead school system as a ASL class interpreter for the deaf and hearing impaired. Although she carved out a promising career path as an interpreter, her heart was more in helping those afflicted with addiction. “Being 4 years sober myself, working with the addicted population is rewarding and helps me stay grounded in a program of recovery. Working at the Ranch has afforded me the opportunity to find real purpose and meaning in my career.”
Originally from Mason, Ohio, Katie is a technician at the Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center and a graduate of the women’s program. She also used to be an intake coordinator working alongside Ben. Katie is responsible for supervising the residents and driving them to appointments as well as their therapy sessions at the IOP. Considered a role model for the current residents, Katie is highly involved in groups and provides support and feedback to the women that are struggling, both in the van and at the house. “I enjoy being sober today because it gives my life purpose. This job is rewarding in the fact I can help others but it also holds me accountable to my own program of recovery.”
Teresa is originally from Casey County and has been a bookkeeper and advocate for The Liberty Ranch since 2009. She is responsible for payroll, paying bills, and keeping the finances in order. Prior to that, she was a quality supervisor for Oshkosh for 13 years as well as worked at Phillips Lighting for 5 years. Growing up with alcoholism in her family, Teresa became a grateful member of Al Anon and has been involved in family groups at the Ranch for years. “Working at Liberty Ranch has been rewarding. I enjoy checking in with the residents that come to the Recovery Center and seeing them change over the course of their time here. It gives me hope that people do recover from this disease.”
Originally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Jackson came to Liberty Ranch to find sobriety and a new life. As a graduate and a certified peer support specialist, Jackson utilizes his personal experience and training to support residents in getting through the multiple issues they struggle with in early sobriety. Getting sober in his late teens, Jackson reflects on his experience; “Although getting sober as a teenager was challenging, I found that it was ultimately the best decision I ever made. I enjoy being able to help some of the younger guys in the house who are also struggling with the same concerns I had walking this path.”
Amanda has an extensive background in human resources, accounts payable and receivable, as well as insurance and billing. Amanda reflects, “I know what it’s like to want that person back to how they used to be before the addiction took hold. I am excited to be a part of the Liberty Ranch Rehabilitation Center to help families make that dream come true.” She lives in Shopville, Kentucky with her husband Scott and her kids.