Launch Team


The Launch Team’s mission is to launch and sustain South Carolina’s first recovery high school. Members of the team come from all walks of life: educators, social workers, plumbers, ministers, students, accountants, health care professionals, and architects. Some of us are on our own recovery journey; most of us have loved ones whose lives have been significantly affected by substance use disorders. We all believe students in South Carolina deserve a better chance at staying sober than currently awaits them if they return to their own high school after treatment. In general, we meet from 6:30-8 p.m. the first Monday of the month to work through our priorities and set tasks for the following month. Our meetings are open, and we’d love to have you join us. Contact us to confirm the location.

We need people interested in helping us achieve our priorities this year.

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Launch Team Members

Robbin Jones, Executive Director-elect
Alternative Academy

Ashton Doby
Recovery Specialist

Rev. David Fellows
Executive Director
Life Center International

Deborah Phipps *
Strategic Communication Consultant

Gwen Reed *
Special Education Transition Teacher

Harry Ward *
Financial Consultant
Marlowe Ward Financial Services

Joe Kligman *
FRS Columbia

Brooke Chehoski *
Ph.D. student
USC College of Social Work

Amiee Hourigan *
Director, Substance Abuse
Prevention & Education USC

Nathan Tate
Recovery Services Coordinator

Laura Truesdale *
Clinical Program Coordinator
Palmetto Health Adolescent Recovery Center

Mike Scartz
Southern Pride Plumbing

Bridget Williams
Southern Pride Plumbing

Layla Ballard-Sholly
Office of the State Auditor

Laurie Rodney *
Dutch Fork High School

* Indicates elected member of the board of directors