Our Leadership

The faces and stories behind the experts working to lead you down the right path to recovery.

Leading to Recovery

The Welwynn team of caring professionals includes licensed and certified clinicians, fully trained in the treatment of substance use disorders. They are carefully selected to have extensive experience and expertise in working with the range of issues particular to high-functioning executives and professionals. All staff members who provide wellness services are also considered experts in their field.

Will Guest, CADC

As CEO, Will plans to continue Welwynn’s primary mission of being the premier treatment facility for executives, professionals and their families dealing with the aftereffects of drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues. “I was extremely pleased when Will agreed to come aboard. The addition of someone of Will’s reputation and character to our already extraordinary team of dedicated professionals will allow Welwynn to continue to grow, prosper and serve even more folks in need over the coming years. The future is, indeed, a lot brighter with Will at the helm! - Lewis Finch, Founder and Former CEO”

Will’s background as a clinician, administrator, and executive with over 2 decades of experience in the field of addiction and mental health treatment makes him a great fit to lead Welwynn’s future growth trajectory. As a person in long term recovery and the former facility director and treatment supervisor of a multi-location addiction treatment concern, he brings a knowledge base to the table that belies his 42 years of age. And as a family man – his wife, Jennie, and two daughters, he possesses the empathy needed to make every client and their support feel like Welwynn is where they need to be!

“Our philosophy is one of empowerment, and our vision for you is lasting sobriety. We have structured a program of modalities and a staff of clinicians that have helped many executives, professionals and their families. As a recovering professional, I am committed to helping you realize that recovery, health and happiness are possible.”


Autumn Stewart

Autumn joined Welwynn Outpatient Center as a clinical intern in September of 2021. Autumn was born and raised in Mocksville, NC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Autumn will receive her LCMHC-A licensure along with the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) certification upon graduation.

Autumn recently took on the role of Director of Clinical Outreach. Autumn will continue to establish and foster relationships within the community of employers, therapists, and other treatment providers locally, regionally, and nationally. Her goal is to expand brand awareness utilizing personal relationships and clinical experience.

Autumn resides with her fur-child, Blu, a rambunctious 2-year-old Dalmatian in Durham, NC. Autumn loves a good book, quaint coffee shops, and traveling. Contrary to most suspicions, Autumn prefers summer so she can spend time at the lake.
Director of Admissions

Shannon Ware

Shannon Ware is the Director of Client Services at Welwynn Outpatient Center. Most recently Shannon worked in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins Medicine International as their Corporate Relations Client Specialist. While there she developed and managed relationships with high profile patients and corporations around the world, facilitating and coordinating their medical care.

Prior to her stint at Johns Hopkins, Shannon planned and facilitated promotional activities for a large regional non-profit in Baltimore, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as Special Events Coordinator.

Shannon’s role as the Director of Client Services stems from her almost three years of tremendous impact on Welwynn’s growth as the Director of Community Outreach. She works directly with prospective clients and their families ensuring the smoothest possible transition into recovery. Shannon knows the priceless effect of collaboration from her experience working at Johns Hopkins Hospital and here at Welwynn; therefore, she facilitates connections between referring providers and Welwynn clinicians. Treating the entire person by seeing the entire person is Shannon’s goal for each client and family member in Welwynn’s care.

Shannon graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN with a BA in Economics and furthered her studies at Lincoln College at Oxford University in Oxford, England through a Sewanee-affiliated European Studies.

She relocated to Raleigh in 2017. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter: traveling, any activity where they can soak up the sun, exploring local cultural opportunities, and at the end of the day, grilling a delicious dinner.

Tiara Totten

Tiara has been a professional counselor since 2014. She obtained a master’s degree in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Military Trauma Counseling from East Carolina University in 2014. She is certified as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. Tiara provide services for adults, specializing in addiction and mental health treatment.

Her experience has been helping individuals reduce fears, anxieties, and depression; manage anger, guilt, and shame; curb destructive impulses and behaviors; regulate emotions and tolerate distress; set limits and build structure; explore personal values and beliefs; practice communication skills; and generally, improve quality of life and well-being. Tiara utilizes an eclectic counseling approach. The style which she primarily relies on includes a Person-Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral approach.

When Tiara is not working, she enjoys working out, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beach.

Cindy Stober

Cindy Stober is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) in North Carolina. Cindy joined Welwynn with 20 years of experience working with persons dealing with substance use and mental health disorders. Cindy worked with clients with a range of problems and concerns related to substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, stress management trauma, PTSD and more. Cindy is trained and certified in working with Problem Gambling Disorders.

Cindy’s approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered therapy in a safe therapeutic environment. Cindy’s counseling style is warm, engaging, and interactive. Cindy believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Cindy focuses on developing a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients. Cindy validates all clients concerns and issues while helping them, identify their strengths, resilience, and healthy problem-solving skills to achieve a quality of life they desire and deserve. Cindy works with individuals to develop coping skills, to improve relations through better communication, and to disrupt unhealthy patterns of thoughts and/or behaviors.

My own interest includes health and wellness, spirituality, gardening, running and home improvement. My true love is for my husband, our five sons, a handful of grandkids and of course our dogs Roman and Roxy and Nelson the cat.

Stacey Gobins

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the State of NC, NY, and FL, with an additional addiction license in the state of NC (LCAS-A). I have worked in the field of addiction for over 20 years specializing in treating Executives and high net worth individuals and their families. I am a 200-hour certified Yoga & Meditation instructor, certified in Yoga for 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression. I am further trained in various other Clinical methodologies such as EMDR and Schema therapy targeting complex trauma, attachment trauma, and loss and bereavement. Research indicates Addiction is a disease and no longer thought of as a moral defect. Addiction also affects the whole family system and the more we include the whole family unit in the Clients treatment the better the long-term outcomes are. I am an advocate for helping families learn to trust again and do this through Family Systems work and Gottman Couples Counseling trained at level II.

I enjoy working with people who are interested in utilizing Holistic skills towards self-healing and empowerment. I am open-minded and informed to how Mindfulness increases cognitive awareness, decreases depression and anxiety, provides freedom from addictive behavior, increases our power to communicate, and provides an intrinsic sense of well-being and peace. It is important to me that I offer Clients a sacred space to share feelings about experiences that are difficult to talk about while providing support identifying specific barriers to change and healing. My first goal is creating an authentic connection where lasting healing can occur.

Stacey enjoys walks and lounge time with her Tibetan spaniel “Lionel Richie” and is woken up in the early morning by her cat “Sangha”. Stacey loves the beach, being out on the water, enjoys yoga and meditation, and believes food is medicine. Stacey enjoys learning about Ayurvedic medicine and frequently cooks using these ancient methods of healing.

Mackenzie Almond, LCMHC

Mackenzie Almond is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist in North Caroline. Mackenzie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University Graduate School. She received Dialectical Behavior Therapy training through Psychwire in 2019 and has facilitated multiple adult and teen/parent DBT groups as well as full-model individual DBT sessions. Mackenzie has worked in intensive mental health services since 2016. She has extensive experience working with people who experience severe depression, anxiety, personality disorders, grief, existential despair/crisis, suicidality, NSSI (non-suicidal self-injurious behavior), bipolar disorder, and trauma. Mackenzie feels it is most important to meet her clients where they are in the room. Therapy is a collaboration, not a power struggle. She believes her clients have lived expertise and she is here to witness their story, walk or sit with them in it, and when they are ready, guide them through to the other side personalizing skills to their life along the way.

Through specialized training, conferences, and over seven years of working with crises and suicidality, Mackenzie is committed to helping those experiencing emotional despair, distress, and/or suicidality navigate their struggles in an environment of compassion and understanding. She has focused her training on the risk assessment, intervention, and treatment planning of those with passive, active, acute, and chronic suicidality, aiming to help individuals across the entire spectrum of suicidality. Mackenzie volunteers with People Address and Understanding Suicide Experiences (PAUSE), American Association of Suicidology, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and provides crisis support for NAMI’s Survivor’s of Suicide Attempts support group (SOSA), amongst other special projects dedicated to driving the suicide prevention and advocacy movement forward. Mackenzie also spends time speaking to other mental health clinicians and graduate programs about how to work with suicidality.

Martha Hawkins

Martha Hawkins has been in the addiction field since 2012 and is motivated by a deep desire to instill a sense of hope and healing in those suffering from substance use disorders and mental illness. Martha is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and holds a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice (treating co-occurring disorders) from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN

Martha applies a humanistic and behavioral perspective and integrates Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Rogerian therapy approaches. Martha provides services for individuals with addiction and mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress management, and trauma. Martha has experience in many aspects of addiction treatment including problem gambling,
psychoeducation, medication assisted treatment, harm reduction, grief counseling, crisis management, mental health, supervision, an array of group therapy, and management of a 131-bed residential treatment center. Martha has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and 12 years professional experience as a licensed real estate broker working in commercial property management.

Martha lives in Raleigh with her two Basenji dogs, Kodiac and Zaliki. She enjoys cooking, reading, fishing and time with family and friends. Martha has been in recovery for almost 20 years.

Kristen Johnson

Kristen brings over 10 years of experience in massage, bodywork and energy medicine to the Holistic Wellness Program at Welwynn.  She received her massage education from Arizona School of Integrative Studies, and has training in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute), Qi Gong, Reiki, and Sound Healing.

Kristen believes addressing the physical and subtle bodies is a crucial component of the comprehensive and lasting healing of addiction.  Trauma is recorded in our physical beings as well as our energy fields, and these grooves of pain often are the underlying drivers of addictive behavior.  The therapeutic engagement of the body and biofield can bring awareness and insight to the places words exclusively cannot reach and enable individuals to access their innate resilience.

On a foundational level, massage, reiki and sound healing therapies reduce stress and pain levels, and facilitate the experience of grounding, emotional release and self-regulation.  These are marvelous allies in one’s own Hero’s Journey.

In her spare time, Kristen enjoys flower gardening, hiking the numerous trails in the Triangle, and subjecting friends and family to her culinary experimentations, which usually (but not always) turn out well.

Andrea Budd

Andrea Budd has 13 years of extensive experience working with individuals suffering with alcohol and drug addictions as a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor in both North Carolina and Florida. Andrea has held numerous positions in the recovery field for affluent populations since 2010, including Residential Manager, Program Director, Director of Operations, Group Counselor, Admission specialist, Human Resources, and assisted in Case management. Andrea is an integral part of the executive team at Welwynn and specializes overseeing the day-to-day operations, developing, and implementing Policy and Procedures as it relates to patient care and safety and maintaining confidentiality with poise. When taking on her role at Welwynn, Andrea embarked the journey of CARF accreditation and succeeded her goal in obtaining the initial credentialing for CARF three-year accreditation as of February 2022.

With solid experience in rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling, Andrea possesses a comprehensive skill set and compassionate understanding necessary to affect positive outcomes for those seeking help. Andrea’s purpose is to heal, restore, and transform the lives of clients through highly personalized, nurturing and understanding interactions.

Andrea resides with her two pets Moongirl and Rehab in Raleigh, North Carolina. In her free time, she practices yoga, enjoys nature walks/runs, attends support groups for Alcoholics, and explores the city for good vegetarian cuisine.

Matt Sargeant

Matt joined the team at Welwynn in December of 2020 after graduating from a yearlong recovery program. With previous experience working in the hospitality business staff realized the excellent customer service skills he presented, and Matt soon became a valued staff member at Welwynn. Matt skillfully manages administrative duties and client relations for his colleagues at the Welwynn Outpatient Center.

As an Administrative Assistant Matt has also taken on the roll of Health and Safety Team Manager. Matt ensures the smooth operation of the office with his robust knowledge and works closely with his superiors to ensure we are providing service at the highest standards. Matt is efficient in handling all client inquiries, consultations, and scheduling appointments. Matt provides support to the team in fulfilling their ongoing professional development, training workshops, and seminar presentations.

Matt adores spending time with his son and vacationing at his favorite spot (Lake Gaston) with his family. Matt is passionate about maintaining a healthy balanced diet, working out at the gym, and offering hope to all who are struggling with addiction.
Founder and Former CEO

Lewis Finch

Lewis has enjoyed a long and outstanding career in advertising and marketing. He built a successful advertising agency that grew from a single-employee start-up over his garage, to a multi-million-dollar marketing firm that was voted the fastest growing business in Raleigh-Durham, NC in 1999.

Several years ago Lewis faced a turning point in his life when he confronted his alcohol addiction. He realized he needed help and left home and business for rehabilitation. Through his recovery and later while consulting for an addiction recovery clinic, Lewis recognized that many professionals are not able or willing to leave home and work to get help for their addictions. He also observed that high performing professionals responded better to therapy when participating with their peers.

His answer to this discovery is Welwynn Outpatient Center. Welwynn is the very first individualized intensive outpatient treatment center serving specifically executives and professionals, and providing the highest level of care in a setting with people to whom they most closely align.

Macon Moye

Macon has worked as the Director of Business Development at Welwynn for almost 2 years now. With decades of experience working for corporations, he also struggled with addiction to opiates and alcohol for 15 years before taking the journey to become sober. After 3 months spent in the hospital due to health issues related to his addiction, he has now been sober for 9 years with the help of his family, friends, rehab centers, and Alcoholics Anonymous. After his first AA meeting, Macon,“felt like maybe [he] had a chance at life again. An actual real-life second chance at life. A successful, happy, sober life with success and happiness redefined and sobriety being a new way of life.” He now wants to help others to find the strength to seek help and find the path to recovery which is why he is at Welwynn.

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