Gratitude Program Staff

Gratitude Program Staff

The staff members of Pine Grove’s Gratitude program are some of the country’s premier experts on sexual addiction. Read on to learn more about their individual credentials and qualifications.

Gratitude Program Staff

At Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, our treatment staff are known for their leadership and expertise in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of addictive diseases and psychological disorders. Learn more about the background and experience of each Gratitude staff member by clicking on their image below:

Greg Futral, Ph.D., CSAT-S, NCC

Dr. Greg Futral is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the Gratitude program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services where he previously served as Clinical Director. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. He began working for Pine Grove in 2000 on the adult psychiatric inpatient unit as a Clinical Therapist, and he served as a therapist on the alcohol and drug inpatient unit as well. Dr. Futral completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, providing assessment and clinical services to veterans with various difficulties, such as PTSD, depression, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. His dissertation research was in the area of motivational enhancement interventions and anger. His background includes work with individuals in acute crisis, with a range of severity of psychological problems, with chemical addictions in a residential setting, as well as training and experience with cognitive-behavioral treatment for problematic anger. Dr. Futral has been working with the Gratitude program since 2009. He is Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S) and a National Certified Counselor.

Leah Claire Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Leah Claire Bennett is a licensed psychologist with Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as the organization’s Clinical Operations Director. In this role, she provides clinical direction and supervision for Pine Grove’s addiction treatment programs including the Women’s Center, Gratitude, and Next Step. Dr. Bennett also oversees Pine Grove’s professional treatment programs, including the Professional Enhancement Program, known as PEP, and Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track, which is designed for the organization’s addiction treatment patients who hold a professional license. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Bennett has worked with the Professional Enhancement Program since 2005 where the focus is working with professionals with vocational and relational issues, maladaptive personality problems, addiction, disruptive workplace behavior and sexual issues. Dr. Bennett’s primary focus is to help patients who have struggled in a variety of ways live their lives in a manner where they are able to engage at their highest potential.

Chaz Richardson, DO

Dr. Charles “Chaz” Richardson is a graduate of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Blacksburg, VA and completed his psychiatry residency at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Dr. Richardson completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Mississippi State Medical Association. Dr. Richardson joined the Pine Grove staff in 2018 and currently evaluates and treats adult patients for Pine Grove’s inpatient and residential treatment programs.

Jennifer McAdory, PMHNP

Jennifer McAdory is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, IL and graduate degree from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. McAdory worked as a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS before joining Pine Grove as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2021.

Amanda C. Watts, Psy.D., BCBA

Amanda Watts is a postdoctoral psychology fellow at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Watts currently works in the Gratitude and Next Step Programs, and has also worked at Pine Grove’s Professional Enhancement Program, Professional’s Recovery Track, Evaluation Center, Employee Assistance Program, and Legacy Program. She has worked in a number of other areas including inpatient acute psychiatric care, integrated primary care, community mental health, substance abuse treatment with college students, and the comprehensive assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Watts completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with Master’s degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis (dual track in Organizational Behavior Management) and Psychology. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, program development, and the assessment and treatment of addiction, trauma, and personality disorders.

Stewart Eaton, LPC, CSAT

Stewart Eaton is a clinical therapist with the Gratitude Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Stewart earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi with over 14 years of experience as a therapist. Stewart is skilled in treating a variety of concerns including mood regulation difficulties, sexual addiction, chemical addiction, and healthy boundaries and communication skills for families.

Gloria Cannon, MS, NCC

Gloria Cannon is a Clinical Therapist with Pine Grove’s Gratitude Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in History from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. Gloria completed her internship at Pine Grove’s Professional Enhancement Program and now serves as a Clinical Therapist for Pine Grove’s Gratitude program. She has also completed training with The Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) in Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model Training.

Kyle Birdwell, LCSW

Kyle Birdwell earned his Bachelor of Science in Religion from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. He later earned his Master of Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Before coming to Pine Grove in November of 2020, Kyle worked for five years with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources as a school-based clinician serving both children and families in office, school, and home based settings. He also has previous experience working as a local and state coordinator for suicide and drug prevention. Kyle approaches therapy with a strength-based, person-centered method that places focus on the individual’s value and worth to overcome problems and challenges.

Deborah Schiller, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT-S

Deborah Schiller is a Clinical Consultant at Pine Grove’s Gratitude program. She began working at Gratitude in 2006 as a Clinical Therapist, later becoming the Clinical Director and then serving as the Program Director from 2011 through 2018. She is a native of Huntsville, AL, where she attended The University of Alabama before finishing her degree at Montevallo University. Ms. Schiller taught school for three years before getting her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Stanford University. She continued teaching and later returned to school while raising three children, earning her Master’s degree in Counseling from The University of South Alabama. Ms. Schiller subsequently completed an Internship at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg, AZ and became a therapist there. In 2004, Ms. Schiller joined Pine Grove and worked initially as a Clinical Therapist in the Professional Enhancement Program for two years prior to transitioning to the Gratitude program. She retired from full time work with Pine Grove in 2018 but remains an active consultant, trainer, and speaker in addition to working with current patients. She maintains a private practice in Daphne, AL in which she sees clients who struggle with addiction and with families of addicts. She also supervises therapists who are working toward becoming Certified Sex Addiction Therapists.

Thomas Pough, MS, CSAT, CMAT

Thomas Pough has worked as an addiction professional for more than 30 years. Pough has treated individuals struggling with chemical dependency, compulsive gambling, compulsive sexual behaviors, sexual offensive behaviors, and co-dependency. Currently, Pough is busy treating patients in private practice in Hattiesburg, MS., and he works with Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services as a consultant for its Gratitude program, which treats sexual addiction. Thomas Pough earned his Master’s degree from William Carey University, and has obtained certifications in sex addiction therapy (CSAT) and multiple addictions (CMAT).

Stephen Alfonso MT-BC

Stephen Alfonso MT-BC, is a board certified Music Therapist. Alfonso earned his degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and he has worked with clients who have experienced sexual trauma, sexual compulsivity, eating disorders, and other addictions since 1995. Alfonso is experienced with using non-verbal, expressive modalities. He has conducted psychodrama groups with sexual trauma clients, those with sexual compulsion, and clients with eating disorders since 1997. During the last five years, Alfonso has also worked with male eating disorder clients. Alfonso is classically trained in voice and he is a professional drummer and band leader with a popular band in the New Orleans area. He has also presented several lectures on the use of Expressive Therapy with survivors of trauma, eating disorders and sexual compulsion. Additionally, Alfonso uses his musical talents during drumming workshops to promote community and healing.

Mimi Leeds, MS, ADTR

Mimi Leeds holds a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s Degree from Hunter College. Currently, living in Houston, Texas, she works as a certified Life and Wellness coach in private practice. She also has an established Skype therapy practice focusing on addiction, trauma resolution, lifestyle coaching and as a facilitator of her individualized healthy weight, and balanced life program. Her past experience includes working as a department head and therapist for River Oaks Psychiatric hospital in New Orleans for seventeen years. She has also been a group leader for onsite workshops in Nashville TN, and as a group therapist for Arizona Family Therapy Intensives. She has been a national speaker and created workshops focusing on the use of creative arts therapy in the treatment for adult survivors of trauma as well as self-care, compassion and nurturance as a means to healing and growth.

Roland Johnson

Roland Johnson has worked for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services since 1993. He currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Pine Grove’s REACH Program, which stands for Realistic Experiences and Challenging Horizons. REACH is an experiential therapy ropes course for Pine Grove’s residential patients. Each participant accomplishes key goals by pushing themselves past their personal comfort levels. This experience enhances the patients’ self confidence, communication skills, and self esteem while increasing their teamwork and trust building skills. After graduating from The University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration, Johnson completed his certification as a ropes course facilitator and trainer. In 2012, Johnson received the “We C.A.R.E. Award” presented by Forrest General Hospital. This award recognizes staff members who make a positive impact on the patient’s experience.

Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D.

Ralph Carson, R.D. B.S., B.H.S., Ph.D., is a nationally recognized clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Dr. Carson is a frequently requested speaker on a variety of nutritional topics for medical groups, pharmaceutical companies, universities, athletic training camps and corporations. He has a successful clinical practice as well as being a faculty member of The University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years. Dr. Carson is also a nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments including The University of Tennessee National Basketball Champion Lady Volunteers. Dr. Carson received his B.S. from Duke University, his B.H.S. in pathology from Duke University Medical School, and his Ph.D. in nutrition from Auburn University.

Brooke Helton, Dietitian

Brooke Helton works as a Registered Dietitian and has been a part of Pine Grove’s team since 2007. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi State University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Brooke works primarily with the dual diagnosis patients in meeting their nutrition goals and challenging their eating disorders.

Tammy Kolbo BA, BSN, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

Tammy Kolbo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, both from The University of Mississippi. As a Registered Nurse, Tammy has worked with patients suffering from neurological disorders and practiced as an Intensive Care Nurse at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS and at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS. Kolbo also has an extensive background in the Fitness Industry and first became certified to teach in 1984 through the Kenneth Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX. For over 35 years she has taught group fitness, personal training and private instruction. Kolbo integrates the practice of Yoga and Mindfulness in her program “Behavioral Health Yoga Therapy”. She is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapy and is certified at the highest rank with Yoga Alliance. Kolbo joined the Pine Grove treatment team in 2005 and began her work at Gratitude in 2006.

David Sellers, M.Div.

David Sellers served as associate pastor at Parkway Heights from 2005 to 2011. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, a member of the Order of St. Luke and part of SDI (Spiritual Directors International). He has over 20 years of experience in ministry as a youth director, retreat leader, hospital chaplain and church pastor. He received his M.Div. from Emory University with emphasis in Spiritual Formation. David facilitates group and one-on-one spiritual direction across all programs at Pine Grove.