Staff Leadership

The Family Effect is a philanthropic organization, raising funds and recruiting volunteers for programs at The Phoenix Center of Greenville that focus on children and families.  We run a tight ship and stay focused on our objectives.

Adam Brickner, MPA  :  Executive Director

You can reach Adam at (864) 467-3915, or send him an e-mail.

Adam Brickner is the Executive Director of The Phoenix Center of Greenville, the designated substance abuse authority for Greenville County, South Carolina and a service of the Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  He is also Executive Director for The Family Effect.

Adam has been working in the field of addiction treatment for more than 25 years. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the first Director of the Mayorís Office on Drug Strategy in Denver, Colorado. He was then hired as President and CEO of Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, which is the designated substance abuse authority for Baltimore, Maryland.

In 2008, Adam and his family moved to Greenville and he became Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, which provides treatment services to nearly 4,800 people each year. He is charged with implementing Greenville Countyís plan for addiction prevention and treatment, and with ensuring that services provided are effective, efficient and results-based.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he was a three-time All-American rugby player. He earned a degree in Sociology, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Clemson University.  He is the past President of South Carolinaís Behavioral Health Services Association, and a current member of the Greenville Rotary Club. Adam recently received recognition as a South Carolina Palmetto Patriot by the Lieutenant Governorís office.  He is married to a talented artist and has a beautiful daughter.

You can find Adam's profile on LinkedIn HERE.

Allison Safford, MPA : Director of Community Engagement

You can reach Allison at 864-467-3748, or send her an email.

Allison is responsible for building community support for Phoenix Center programs through comprehensive marketing, advocacy, and development initiatives.

Allison is new to the Greenville area, having just recently relocated from Boston.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and most recently was the Assistant Director of Development at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She is currently living in downtown Greenville with her husband, Kyle, and enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring all that the area has to offer. 

We are excited to have her on our team and utilize her skills to help reduce substance use disorders as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children in South Carolina. 

You can find Allison's profile on LinkedIn HERE.

Aileen Gallagher:  Community Engagement Coordinator

You can reach Aileen at (864) 467-3704, or send her an e-mail.

Aileen enjoys connecting people to their passion and providing ways to undertake meaningful acts of generosity. Aileen works closely with community donors to ensure they have the best possible experience with our mission. She has a strong history of volunteerism, and previously served The Family Effect by leading our volunteer program.

Before joining The Family Effect, Aileen worked in Case Management at Serenity Village. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work, she brings an interesting mix of clinical knowledge and advocacy experience to The Family Effect. Aileen serves as the VP of Communications on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals South Carolina, Piedmont Chapter..

Aileen brings compassion, enthusiasm and an extensive amount of recovery knowledge to the position. She has been an active member of the Greenville recovery community for several years. In her free time, Aileen enjoys spending time with her family and watching scary movies.

You can find Aileen's profile on LinkedIn HERE.

Sarae Smith: Community Engagement Specialist

You can reach Sarae at: (864) 238-0229, or send her an email.

Sarae manages our very active volunteer programs at Serenity Village and White Horse Academy. She is very passionate about our cause and is committed to providing the best possible experience for the volunteers and clients served by the mission of The Family Effect. 
Since 2012, Sarae has served on the board of Defenders For Children, where she has been an active volunteer committed to helping with projects that bring awareness and education to the community regarding child abuse. She brings compassion, enthusiasm, and experience to this position.  
 Sarae is excited to assist you in having an impactful volunteer experience at The Family Effect.

You can find Sarae's profile on LinkedIn : HERE

Staff Leadership:  Phoenix Center of Greenville

The Phoenix Center of Greenville is a service of The Greenville County Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, and provides addiction treatment to about 5,100 people each year across a variety of programs.  You can learn more about The Phoenix Center and its programs by clicking here. 

James Campbell, CAC II, SAP  :  Manager, Adolescent Residential Services

James Campbell has been healing children and mending broken families since 1995.  He is the Child and Adolescent Services Manager at The Phoenix Center, which includes the day-to-day management of The Academy.   He is a Certified Addictions Counselor II and is also certified as an Instructor of De-escalation Techniques and Personal Safety. 

James earned a BA in Psychology from Anderson University (cum laude), and also earned his MA in Leadership and Management with honors from Webster University.  He enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and piano, fishing and camping.  He also enjoys helping young people discover their own interests outside of alcohol and drugs.

Becky Lee Maddox, MPA  :  Deputy Director, Phoenix Center

Becky has been working in the substance abuse field since 1991.  She started as an adolescent and DUI counselor, and eventually moved into leadership positions in administration.  Becky has been with The Phoenix Center since 2003 and earned her Masters in Public Administration from Clemson University. 

Her passion for her work is driven by the loss of several family members to alcohol and other drug related deaths.  She is married, with two young children and three dogs.

Michael McLain, NCAC II, CAC II, SAP  :  Director, Outpatient Services

Mike has served in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 1992 and is a State and Nationally-Certified Addictions Counselor.  Mike supervises all adult outpatient programs at The Phoenix Center, including Outpatient Counseling, ADSAP (The Phoenix Centerís DUI program), and DOT (Department of Transportation) program. 

Outpatient Services welcomes referrals from various community organizations, churches, family members, and self referrals.


Curtis Reece, CPS  :  Director, Prevention Services

Curtis Reece and his team work to coordinate community alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention for Greenville County.  Curtis has worked in the Alcohol and Drug Prevention field since 1995, serving as County Prevention Director, State Coordinator, Community Prevention Specialist, and as a Regional AmeriCorps Leader.

Curtis holds the State and International Certified Prevention Professional credential, and serves on a variety of state and local boards including the South Carolina Governorsí Council, the South Carolina Underage Drinking Action Group, and the South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates.  He can also grow huge sweet potatoes.