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About Us

Mission Statement

"The mission of the Burke Recovery is to work collaboratively with community partners to provide education/prevention, treatment and recovery support services to all citizens of Burke County, regardless of their ability to pay."

— Burke Recovery

Board Of Directors 

Bruce Burdick, Board Chair

Kevin McKenna, Board Vice-Chair

Eddie McGimsey, Treasurer

Steve Schoeberle, Secretary 

Jerry Buchanan

Wendy Cato

Derrick Reynolds

Carol Ervin

Nyoka Mazaleski

Chae Williams

Felicia Griggs

Our History

Burke Recovery was started as the Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency in 1966 by a group of concerned citizens who were looking for an agency to provide some education to the community and the school system about alcohol. At that time, the agency was called the Burke County Council on Alcoholism. The first money was initiated by the ABC Board and the County Commissioners.

BCACD started the Student Assistance Program in 1987. This is when the name was changed to Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc. In 1989 the Student Assistance Program had expanded into all of the middle and high schools in the county. In 1985-86, the council had become a United Way Agency. For the last 20 years we have had 3 Student Assistance Counselors. In 2009 we expanded our adolescent treatment services when we became the substance abuse provider for the JCPC (Juvenile Crime Prevention Council).

Because the scope of our mission centers around recovery, our name was changed to Burke Recovery in early 2015.

Besides continuing to work with young people, Burke Recovery has initiated a Comprehensive Adult Clinical Services Program to meet the growing need for mental health and substance abuse services for adults in Burke County, particularly the underserved and uninsured. This program started in the fall of 2010 and allows BCACD to serve a full range of Burke citizens who need prevention/education, treatment and recovery support services.

Burke Recovery provides prevention and education services through the school system, other agencies and directly to the public with lectures, workshops and professional training.

Burke Recovery wants to be the portal for prevention/education, treatment and recovery support services in Burke County. We take referrals from medical professionals, human service agencies, law enforcement and also self-referrals by clients. Call 828-433-1221 for more information.



Joe Marks, MS

Executive Director


Tabitha Phillips, AAS    

Clinical Assistant



Kellie Turnmire, AAS, SAPP

Office Assistant and DWI Administrative Assistant


Clinical Staff / Counselors

John Alspaugh,MRE, LPC, CAS
Clinical Director

Matikia Robinson, CSAC
SAP Counselor

Sam Shade, CSAC 

Derrick Reynolds, CCJP, CSAC



Kevin Norris, CSAC                  

Flynn Home Manager



Sarah Dergins, BS, MSW Student

Prevention Specialist



Bernice Gragg

Finance Director


Tax Information

"Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency, Inc." is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (3) , tax-exempt organization. Our federal tax identification number is 56-0862624. Our most recent 990 tax return is available for viewing at our offices."

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