About the WVCBAPP
The West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP) is an organization which is instrumental in determining the standards and credentialing process for addiction and prevention professionals in the State of West Virginia. As a credentialing body, we believe that both experience and training are vital components of having an addictions-field workforce which is skilled in providing service.
Certification identifies those individuals recognized by their profession as qualified to serve the public. The purpose of establishing standards and a voluntary system for professional certification of addiction and prevention professionals is threefold:
- For the client: To promote the availability of competent service providers
- For the public at large: To provide competent professionals who have met those standards required for third party underwriting; to promote effective treatment and prevention services for persons with chemical and behavioral dependencies and their families; and to promote effective prevention services in a variety of target areas.
- For the professional: To provide a method whereby the highest professional standards can be established, maintained, and updated, through a system of competency based testing and approved training; to enable the professional to easily obtain reciprocal credentials in other states, territories and countries.
Hernando Escandon, President
Hernando Escandón has provided outpatient counseling services to local clients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues since 1994. He received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Ohio University.
In addition to the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Supervisor and Certified Criminal Justice Professional credentials, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor (with the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor designation) in WV. He also holds all of the equivalent credentials that are offered by the state of Ohio.
He has provided group counseling for domestic violence perpetrators since 1995 and served on the committee formed by the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence which both developed a Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) curriculum and trained new facilitators throughout WV in its use. He was a contributing author to the most recent revision (2010) of the best practice standards for Batterer’s Intervention published by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network.
Mr. Escandón is currently the Director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Day Report Center (DRC) in Parkersburg, and has worked at that facility since 2005.
David Bailey, Past President; CCJP
An independent contractor for counseling services, chiefly addiction counseling, David provides services in a variety of settings including Concord College University Counseling Center Athens, WV, Federal Probation/Parole Princeton, WV, and, the Mercer County Fellowship Home Bluefield, WV. Additionally, he provides substance abuse training services for WVDHHR Protective Service Professionals through agreements with Concord and Shepherd Universities. All total, David has provided service to the alcohol and drug counseling field for the past 34 years.
A Certified Addiction Counselor since 1987, David currently holds both the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) credentials via the West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP) and a West Virginia License in Social Work (LSW). The Immediate Past-President to the WVCBAPP, David has served this board in a number of capacities over the years including: Board President; Treasurer; and, board member. In the early 1990’s David served on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors for an approximate 7 year period, four years as board treasurer and 3 years as board member.
PO Box 336 Athens. WV 24712
Home: 384-8842 | Cell: 304-921-1881
Cathy Coontz, M.A., M.S., C.P.S. II -- Prevention
Cathy currently holds the position of Executive Director for The Taylor County Collaborative. She is formerly the National Prevention Network Leader for West Virginia and held the Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse before taking the TCC Director position. Her history includes professions such as Community Development, Therapist, University Professor and Instructor. Coontz has over 27 years of experience in the prevention field as well as the addictions/mental health treatment realm. She holds an M.S. in Community Health Promotion from the WVU School of Medicine and an M.A. in Counseling from WVU. She has been a Certified Prevention Specialist II since 2003. In 2008, she became the Prevention Chair for the WV Board for Certified Addiction and Prevention Professionals. Currently, Cathy provides leadership on several community Boards and the WV SADD Executive State Advisory Board. She utilizes her skills to provide training on informational topics surrounding chemical dependency and addiction as well as providing technical assistance to state entities, youth coalitions, and community groups.
Kay Lambert,LSW,AADC, Re-Certification
Retired as a full time substance abuse counselor from Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, Mullens, West Virginia, Kay now works part time for Southern Highlands CMHC in Welch, West Virginia as a substance abuse counselor and DUI instructor.
Gregory Perry, Secretary
Greg Perry PR, 50, is a person in long-term recovery from addiction/alcoholism first and foremost. A 2012 graduate of The Healing Place of Huntington/Recovery Point of Huntington's peer-to-peer program. Following the completion of the Recovery Point program, Perry went on to work in a peer-to-peer capacity at Prestera's Pinecrest facility in Huntington, then returned to Recovery Point as first a detox monitor, then progressing to the title of Project Coordinator. In that role, he helped oversee a multiple-year SAMHSA grant that funded Recovery Point's expansion efforts in Huntington.
In addition, he helped create and facilitate Recovery Point's recovery coach (PR credential) training curriculum, utilizing distance-learning and online learning management systems to deliver peer recovery to those across the state of West Virginia who desired to attain a PR credential through WVCBAPP. The curriculum trained over 70 peers in recovery to meet or exceed the credential's requirements in just two years.
Utilizing his former career skills (multimedia, design, photography), he also helped with the organization's name change (from The Healing Place of Huntington to Recovery Point of Huntington) and re-branding efforts, ultimately designing the new Recovery Point logo.
Four years after entering recovery via the Recovery Point program, Perry returned to his previous career as publisher of Herd Insider Magazine, which he founded in 1998 and which covers Marshall University athletics. The magazine recently switched to a glossy magazine format upon Perry's return, and thus far, things are going well. He also does freelance video and photography work for local media and production companies such as Trifecta Productions.
Perry continues to be heavily involved advocacy and education by teaching Peer Recovery at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, a curriculum he helped start at the college in 2015. He currently serves WVCBAPP on the board of directors as the organization's secretary.
Originally from St. Albans, WV, Perry graduated from Marshall University with a BA degree in Criminal Justice/Corrections with a minor in Latin, in 1989.
Haley Herron-Walker, ADC
2012 Associates Degree in Community Behavioral Health Technology with a specialization in Addictions and also received a Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Graduated Magna Cum Laude as Student Government President and gave the commencement speech at graduation.
As a woman in recovery and a 2009 graduate of Rea of Hope Fellowship Home she started working part-time at Rea of Hope as a fill in House Tech in January of 2010 and began to assist in the office shortly thereafter. In November of 2012 after obtaining her degree, she was hired full time as Program Admissions Assistant; promoted to Admissions Coordinator in June 2013, and in April 2014 was promoted to Program Case Manager, where she continues to work today.
Ronni Rittenhouse, Ph.D., Certification
Dr. Ronni Rittenhouse is retired (mostly) from a private practice in Wheeling, West Virginia. A therapist for more than 44 years, she holds a B.A. in speech pathology from Adelphi University, an M.S. in special education from Hunter College, City University of New York, a Ph.D. in Human Services and Counseling from Pacific Western University and a doctoral Certificate of Advanced Study in counseling from West Virginia University.
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Certified Social Worker, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Dr. Rittenhouse serves on the Care Committee of the WV Medical Professionals Health Program and the Board of Directors of the WV Lawyer Assistance Program. She is the past president of the West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP) on which she still serves as the Certification Chair, and has been on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors.
Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Northern Panhandle Prevention Consortium
Jaime Cantley, MHA, ADC-S, NCAC2, SAP, CCM, President-elect
Jaime is passionate about substance abuse treatment and the people that are touched by the disease of addiction. Her objective is to be of service to the field by encouraging and supporting the next generation of therapist, case managers, and peer recovery coaches who are seeking certification. Certification has given her the ability to provide quality care to clients, by providing services both professionally and ethically. Her passion is to assist as many qualified professionals through the certification process as possible, in an effort to improve the quality of the services provided to our clients.
Jaime is a 2004 graduate of West Virginia University receiving a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology with a minor in communication studies and gerontology. In 2014, she received her Masters in health care administration from Ohio University. She has over 10 years of experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities.
Jaime is currently employed as the Director of Residential Substance Abuse Services at FMRS in Beckley, W.V. She earned her clinical supervision credential (CS) and has been providing ADC supervision to her team. She serves on the WVCBAPP board where she is a part of the certification committee. Her next big adventure will be pursuing a doctorate degree health care management.
Jaime was previously employed as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Beckley Treatment Center earning her state alcohol and drug counselor (ADC) certification, substance abuse professional credential (SAP), and national certification in addiction counseling (NCAC 2). Jaime is also a certified case manager (CCM).