Who We Are
Fellowship Hall was begun as the dream of four recovering alcoholic businessmen who wanted to help others suffering from the disease of alcoholism. Fellowship Hall’s treatment program, focusing on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, was modeled after the program used at Harbor House in Memphis, Tennessee. Fellowship Hall opened for business on December 21, 1971.
Fellowship Hall was first surveyed by a national accreditation body, The Joint Commission in 1974, and has been continuously accredited by the organization since that time. The facility has the distinction of being the first Alcohol and Drug Treatment Specialty Hospital licensed by the State of North Carolina.
Fellowship Hall is a 99-bed private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) facility treating adult men and women. The original program has expanded to serve those suffering from drug addiction, utilizing the Narcotics Anonymous principles and steps. The Board of Directors, through careful management of resources and prudent long-range planning, has kept the fee for services significantly lower than that of comparable facilities.
Fellowship Hall is a mission-driven and value-oriented organization that is considered by professionals in the field of addiction as “the grandfather of treatment” in this area of the country. Fellowship Hall has earned the reputation of being a center of teaching excellence. We provide substance use disorder training to Duke University Health System’s Psychiatric Residency Program, as well as training to local universities’ nursing and counseling programs.
There are many things unique about Fellowship Hall, and we are different for a reason – to afford our guests the best possible opportunity to find the answers they seek. The goal of providing exceptional, cost-effective care ensures that each guest is treated with dignity and respect, and is given the opportunity to begin recovery in a serene environment.
Fellowship Hall has treated over 28,000 guests. The Board of Directors continues to provide the leadership and resources to perpetuate the dream on which Fellowship Hall was founded – to provide a “Gateway to Freedom.”
How we operate… Our Mission, Vision & Values
It is the mission of Fellowship Hall to help people who suffer from substance use disorder, and to provide compassionate, cost-effective care while maintaining our commitment to a Twelve-Step philosophy.
It is our vision to be a recognized leader in substance use disorder treatment by ensuring every individual we serve receives exceptional, cost-effective care.
The Board of Directors of Fellowship Hall believes the success of the Hall is directly related to a set of collective values we hold, share and practice. These values form a basis for every action we take toward guests, family members, volunteers and each other. They are: integrity, honesty, dependability, quality, responsibility, attitude, and service.
Fellowship Hall’s new three-year Strategic Plan will provide a guiding framework for the operations and initiatives of this longstanding and highly regarded organization. We have great opportunities to build stronger partnerships and serve new populations amid changing healthcare trends and brisk competition. The plan identifies five goals to attain over the next three years:
1) Leadership… Empower staff, board, and directors
2) Financial Stability…Set financial goals and maintain with a balanced budget
3) Service… Provide the highest quality of care to guests, families, staff and stakeholders
4) Facilities… Create and implement a facilities improvement plan
5) Partnerships… Develop stronger partnerships and collaborations
Our Strategic Plan
In 2017, we began working our three-year strategic plan to achieve five goals:
- Leadership…to empower our staff, board, and directors to strive for excellence and engagement
- Financial Stability…to maintain a balanced budget by effectively managing income and expenses
- Service…to develop and enhance care, treatment, and services for our guests, families, staff and stakeholders
- Facility Improvements…to improve or upgrade facilities as we are financially able
- Partnerships & Collaborations…to develop ongoing partnerships, collaborations, and relationships with stakeholders
Our Leadership Team
At the helm of Fellowship Hall is our Board of Directors. Currently, our Board is made up of 13 community volunteers who keep the organization on mission with an eye toward attaining our vision.
Board of Directors, left to right
Back row: Robert Lazorik, Richard Miller, Ronnie Yeatts
Middle row: Jerry Shelton, Matt Burkett, Russ Robinson, Bob Whitley, David Guise, Jake West
Front row: Don Comer, Tina Harris, Mike Yow, Michelle Thompson, Lee Healy
Mike Yow, LCAS – President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike Yow began his career in substance abuse treatment in 1988 at the Crawford Center in Greensboro, NC. Mike brings a broad range of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and extended treatment services. He has been certified by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board since 1993 and licensed since 1998. He holds a BA from Greensboro College and a Masters from UNC Greensboro. Mike joined Fellowship Hall in 1993 and has served as Assistant Clinical Director since 2001. He helped implement Fellowship Hall’s Extended Treatment Program in 2011 and has facilitated the program for the past 5 years. Mike has served as President & CEO since 2016 and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Greensboro. In 2018, Mike earned his Certificate of Nonprofit Management from UNC-Greensboro.
Mike Washo, MD – Medical Director
Dr. Washo arrived as Medical Director at Fellowship Hall from RJ Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner, NC, where he served as staff psychiatrist.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds a second Board Certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Through Fellowship Hall’s teaching relationship with Duke University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Washo was no stranger to Fellowship Hall as he completed a clinical rotation here in the mid 2000s as part of his psychiatric residency at Duke.
Kelly Scaggs, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, MAC, ICAADC – Clinical Director
Kelly joined the staff of Fellowship Hall in 2008 as a family therapist, and assumed the role of Clinical Director in 2015. She has over 25 years of experience in behavioral health and has practiced in both Florida and North Carolina. Prior to coming to Fellowship Hall, Kelly was part of the Cone Health System for over 10 years. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor, Kelly is also an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has extensive experience with inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance abuse, women’s issues, co-occurring disorders, grief therapy, and family therapy.
Sandra Barclay, RN – Director of Nursing
Sandra has nearly 20 years of Addiction nursing experience. Sandra joined the Fellowship Hall Nursing staff after an internship in 1994 led to an employment opportunity working as a part-time staff nurse while continuing her education. After graduation and Board examination, Sandra joined the FH nursing team full time in 1995. As a new graduate, Sandra felt compelled to gain experience in critical care whereas, she was employed with Moses Cone Hospital’s Neuro-Science ICU from 1996-1999, remaining part-time at the Hall. “I could never detach myself completely from what I felt to be the work I was meant to do”.
Sandra returned to the Hall full-time in 1999 where she remained a staff nurse until assuming the Director of Nursing role December 2011. Her nursing background and experience in the field of addiction nursing help her instill a culture of compassionate care throughout the organization. Sandra’s passion is to advance excellence in addiction treatment. Sandra is a member of the International Nurses Society on Addiction and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.
Jessica Sheetz, MS, CPA – Director of Finance
Jessica Sheetz joined Fellowship Hall in 2010. Jessica is a native of the Greensboro area. She is a graduate of Saint John’s University where she earned a Master of Science in Accounting and also attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Jessica became a CPA in 2006 and specialized in auditing nonprofit organizations in the public accounting arena prior to joining Fellowship Hall. Jessica is a member of the NC Association of Certified Public Accountants and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Greensboro.
Altina Layman, Director of Development
Altina joined Fellowship Hall in 2015. Her previous experience included serving as Director of Marketing and Community Affairs and interim president of the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro (now known as Arts Greensboro). She received a BA in studio art from Campbell University and completed the Executive Director’s Academy at the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium as well as the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Lori Hancock, SPHR – Director of Human Resources
Lori joined the Fellowship Hall team in April of 2013 as a Human Resources Assistant and moved into the Director role in 2016. She moved to the Greensboro area in 2008 and began working in the recruiting industry which solidified her passion for working in the human resources field. She graduated from Erskine College in Due West, SC in 2005 with a double major in English and Psychology. She is a member of SHRM and a graduate of Leadership Greensboro and enjoys being involved in volunteer and outreach projects that serve the Greensboro area.
Warren Lowder, CPA – Director of Business Development
Warren joined Fellowship Hall in 2012 and moved into his current position in 2016. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and became a CPA in 1977. His previous experience includes 17 years in public accounting and 17 years in private industry as Chief Financial Officer in various companies. He is a member of the NC Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Billy Wyrick – Director of Facilities
A native of Gibsonville, Billy has been a familiar face around the Hall since the mid-90s. He first began working with the Hall as an outside contractor, and formally joined the team in 2002. His previous experience includes many years as a residential contractor, and he still holds a North Carolina Residential Contractor License. As Director of Facilities, Billy manages and oversees the maintenance of all Fellowship Hall property, buildings, equipment, vehicles, grounds, and other physical resources used by Fellowship Hall staff, visitors, and guests. He also oversees the Dietary Department and works with the Chef and Dietary Supervisor to ensure that the department runs smoothly. When he’s not on-call, Billy enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and restoring vintage tractors.