Lewis Finch, Welwynn Founder & CEO/President
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.
“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.”
Macon Moye - Director of Business Development
Andrea Budd - Human Resources/Director of Operations
Andrea Budd is a Certified Addiction Counselor and has worked in the treatment industry for 11 years specializing in program development, compliance, and Human resources. Andrea has held numerous positions in the recovery field for affluent populations since 2009, including Clinical Support Director, Residential Manager, Group Counselor, Director of Operations, Program Coordinator, assisted in Case management, and managed a sober living facility in Delray Beach Florida. Andrea is an integral part of the executive department, handling many sensitive issues.
Andrea recently joined Welwynn Outpatient Center 8 months ago as Director of Operations. Andrea’s goal this year is to obtain accreditation by CARF and with the help of all Welwynn employees we can accomplish this. Andrea has attended numerous training with KIPU (EMR) and has earned the credential as Administrator of the EMR with the ability to train staff, build forms, audit reports, and audit the overall EMR to adhere to CARF guidelines.
With solid experience in rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling, Andrea possesses a comprehensive skill set and compassionate understanding necessary to affect positive outcomes. Andrea’s purpose is to heal, restore, and transform the lives of those who lost their way.
Andrea resides with her two pets “Moon girl” and “Rehab” in Raleigh, North Carolina. In her free time, she practices yoga, explore the beautiful North Carolina hiking trails, and attends support groups for Alcoholics.
Shannon Ware - Director of Community Outreach
Shannon Ware is the Director of Community Outreach 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.
As Welwynn’s Director of Community Outreach, Shannon will be responsible for establishing and fostering ties with employers, therapists, and other treatment providers locally, regionally, and nationally. In her role, she will be responsible for helping to navigate those effected by drug and alcohol addiction to their appropriate level of care and spreading the word about Welwynn’s unique treatment differences.
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 program.
She, her husband, and young daughter relocated to Raleigh in 2017.
Tiara Totten - Director of Clinical services
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.
Matt Sargeant - Administrative Assistant
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 is active in the recovery community and takes his recovery seriously by attending meetings and sponsoring those in need of help. Matt’s goal is to assist in helping clients heal and restore their lives.
Matt adores spending time with his five-year-old son and vacationing at his favorite spot (Lake Gaston) with his family. Matt’s passions are body building, maintaining a healthy balanced diet and saving lives.
Cindy Stober - Primary Therapist
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.
Shandra Ross – Primary Therapist
Shandra joined Welwynn Outpatient Center in February 2021. Shandra was born and raised in Kittrell, North Carolina; just 30 miles north of Raleigh. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Shandra began her professional career in North Carolina State Government with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 1996 for eight years. In 2004, Shandra transitioned from the criminal justice field to the mental health and substance use disorder field. Shandra has held various positions with public mental health and addiction agencies, private practices, and a local psychiatric hospital where she provided treatment to acute patients in an inpatient setting and sub-acute patients in an outpatient setting.
Shandra been a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist since 2014. She became intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, the company started by the founder of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan in 2015. In the same year, she became a Certified Hypnotherapist. These experiences, licenses and certifications help laid the foundation of Shandra dedicating her professional life to helping people reveal the best version of themselves. Shandra brings light, positive energy to Welwynn and is passionate about recovery.
Shandra enjoys spending time with her family, especially time with her daughter, who she calls her “Love Muffin”. They enjoy their time at Hilton Head Island for summer vacations with extended family and friends.
Stacey Gobins - Primary Therapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the State of NC, NY, and FL. 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 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 Holistic methodologies such as EMDR and Schema therapy targeting trauma and grief therapy.
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 long walks with her Tibetan spaniel “Lionel Richie” and is woken up in the morning by her early rising cat “Sangha”. Stacey enjoys yoga and meditation and believes food is medicine. Stacey believes in Arvada medicine and frequently cooks using these ancient methods of healing.