These are the members of staff here at Oconee Addiction Recovery & Solutions
Director David Ashley Williams - OARS Director of Clinical Operations Ashely Williams is a life-time resident of Oconee County. His relevant work experience includes Pastoral Counselor Christ Centered Counseling, Christ Central Ministries Oconee - Walhalla, SC December 2017 to Present. Specializing in: Premarital/Marital Counseling, Substance Abuse/Recovery Counseling, Individual Counseling, Life Coach Mentoring/ Counseling Approach, Biblical Counseling, Person Centered, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family System. Peer to Peer Certification. Integrative Director Christ Central Ministries Oconee - Walhalla, SC August 2008 to Present. Direct daily operation of Christ Central Ministries Oconee which has included ASHTREE Men's Recovery Home, Oconee GED, Families Fighting Addiction Support Counseling, local feeding programs to individuals in need, and Oconee Addiction Recovery and Solutions Center focusing on substance abuse, homelessness, transitional housing and life skills. Education: Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Pentecostal Theological Seminary - Cleveland, TN 2015 to 2018; Bachelor's in Pastoral Studies Holmes Bible College - Greenville, SC 2011 to 2015; Church of God School of Ministry in Minister's Licensing Greenville, SC. Church of God Ordained Bishop October 2008 to Present. Ashley and Tiffany Williams have been married for 24 years with four kids, Dawson 18, Xander 16, Jacob 14, and Debra 5. Ashley Williams is currently a LPC working with Fortitude Counseling and the Director and Supervising Counselor at Christ Central Ministries Oconee/OARS which oversees Mental Health Assessments for the Oconee County Detention Center
Evening Counselor/CPSS My name is Shawn Carroll, I have been set free from alcohol and drugs by the Love, mercy, and amazing grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am a 47-year-old that had lost everything several times and was suicidal with no hope. Thank God that he leaves the 99 and comes after the one lost, Matthew 18:12 and in John 15:5 You can do nothing without me. And i could do nothing without him, O I tried many times. Today I am pleased and honored to say, I work for Christ Central Ministries Oconee at the OARS program as live-in counselor. I have been clean and sober since September 2020, only because with God all things are possible, with man it's impossible, Matthew 19:26 I had given up and everyone that knew me had also and I had nowhere else to turn but up, and as the scripture also say in Hebrew's 13:5 @ Deuteronomy 31:6,8 I will never leave you or forsake you, and that's how I'm here to help others today... Jesus Christ saved me from the power of sin that nothing could save me from.. Thank you, Jesus!
Administrative Director/Community Liason/CPSS My name is Frankie ( Frank Richard Messana ) and this is my story. I am a Father of 4, Husband, Son, and Brother. I have a wonderful wife (Magan Luzzi Messana) and wonderful parents (Kathleen Moran Messana and Frank Messana) who are very supportive. Though I spent many years in active addiction (nearly 18 years). I put a lot of strain on my relationships and caused a lot of destruction to my own life. I nearly lost my marriage of 4 years. After 2 years of counseling with Ashley WIlliams I decided to put my substance abuse behind me. I joined the program at O.A.R.S. in February of 2022 and graduated in March. Upon graduation I was offered a job at O.A.R.S. as administrative assistant/social media outreach coordinator and have since obtained my certification for Peer Support Specialist and have moved into the position of Case Manager. I have been sober for almost 2 years and not looking back as my life has improved drastically. My family and I are living in a new home we purchased and moved into on Christmas 2021. My job keeps me involved in the support community allowing me to help others as I was helped. And my marriage is going great. I thank the Lord for all he has done in my life as well as Ashley Williams for providing me the opportunity to change my life.
My name is Andrew Shelton. I was born in Hamilton, Ohio in February 1966. I was raised on the outskirts of Hamilton in the little country town of Auburn, where my dad and Grandfather owned a country store. I am blessed with mechanical abilities. I went to Technical College and found a career in repairing vehicles in the trucking and transportation business. In this career I became a Master Mechanic, and an instructor teaching classes on Add-On Equipment and repairs of all wheeled vehicles for the military. I had a wonderful marriage and raised two well-mannered children. My children grew up and moved on with their lives and my wife passed away, after which I fell into heavy drinking for many years. The Lord led me down here to South Carolina to be with my daughter and my grandchildren, but I found myself drunk and homeless. So, God placed an angel in my path and brought me to OARS in August of 2022. After completing the program, I was unable to find gainful employment in my chosen profession, so I was offered a position at OARS doing maintenance, which I gladly accepted. Now I am happy to be a part of the team here working daily on renovations, vehicle repairs and maintenance, and heading up new construction where needed. I also attend nightly meetings here in Oconee County and give back to my support community. And I am happy to have my daughter and grandchildren in my life as well. I thank God for what he has done in my life.
Community Engagement/Event Planning
Leslie Spearman, a resilient individual, overcame a history of addiction and brushes with adversity. The transformative power of drug court, AA, NA, and community involvement guided Leslie towards recovery. Now a certified peer support member at Oars/Magnolia House, Leslie is dedicated to offering others the same opportunities that sparked a positive change in her own life. Gratitude and a passion for helping others define Leslie's journey.
Jesse Salerno, living in Oconee County since 2018, has taken a passion for social rehabilitation to vulnerable members of the Upstate. Taking a faith-based and carefully curated approach to the nuance of recovery and personal maintenance, Jesse hopes to inspire residents in OARS to meet their full potential.