Staff

Jerod Thomas

President/CEO

Jerod Thomas M.Ed., CADC, has been the President, CEO of the Shepherds House since January 2016. Jerod began his treatment career as a drug and alcohol counselor at WestCare Kentucky, a non-profit substance abuse program located in Ashcamp, KY. He was later named the Program Director for WestCare, at the Boyle County Detention Center.  Jerod was ultimately promoted to Deputy Administrator at WestCare. He supervised and managed the day-to-day operations at all of the treatment facilities in the state of Kentucky. This included one inpatient treatment center, two prison programs, two day reporting programs, two transitional living programs, two homeless shelters, and a university student assistance program.

Connie Milligan

Clinical Director, LCSW 

Connie P. Milligan has 35 years experience in the mental health field with expertise working with people who are dually diagnosed, and justice involved. She has served on the Shepherd House Board for 25 years. For much of her career she worked in Community Mental Health moving from direct services into executive leadership as Corporate Director over numerous regional and statewide programs. She is responsible for the development of innovative programs including the KY Mental Health Crisis Network for Jails, the Fayette County Mental Health Court and the following boards, serving as Chair/Past President: KY Suicide Prevention Board, KY Community Crisis Intervention Board, Bluegrass Re-entry Council and the Fayette Co.
 
Decriminalization Council. She is the Past President of the Kentucky Society of Clinical Social Work and has been honored with numerous awards. Currently, Connie provides clinical consultation to the Fayette County Mental Health Court and consultation and training for the SAMSHA GAINS Center, in addition to having a private practice, Spectrum Transformation Services. Connie is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky with a masters degree in social work, certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Chris Chaffin

Chief Operating Officer  

After 21 years with Traditional Bank, commercial lending and private client services, I joined the Shepherds House in June 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer.  Chris grew up in Murfreesboro, TN and graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, in 1991.  In 1994, Chris returned to Lexington to make Central KY my home.  Prior to joining the Shepherds House team, Chris served on the Board for 3 years and has been volunteering at the Shepherds House since becoming sober in May 2007.  Chris and his wife, Candice, have been married for 24 years and have a daughter, Keeley, who is currently attending Transylvania University.  Chris says "God's grace and sobriety has saved his life".  Chris' life motto today is "Keep it in the fairway... In life and on the golf course".

Sean Schomp

Director of Operations

Sean Schomp was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky where he attended Lexington Catholic High School.  He earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University.  After graduation, Sean acquired his Kentucky Real Estate license where he managed shopping centers and rental properties in the Central Kentucky area.  Sean entered the Recovery field from his own battles with the disease of alcohol and addiction.  Recovery allowed Sean to experience a life he did not think was possible away from drugs and alcohol. Through Sean's journey a strong passion for recovery awakened in him that he wants to pass onto other people struggling with this devastating disease. Sean works in our transitional residential treatment programs in Lexington, and still practices real estate part time.

Alyssa Dickens

Therapist, CSW 

Alyssa received her Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Alyssa has a license as a certified social worker in the State of Kentucky.   Alyssa has facilitated a partial hospitalization program and served as an individual therapist working with the at-risk youth population that suffered from serious mental illnesses at a behavioral health institution in Lexington Kentucky.   Alyssa has experience in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders, this work included: family, individual, and group therapy.  Alyssa work with our clients in our transitional residential treatment program in Lexington.  

Tanith Wilson

Vice President, Program Director Boyle Co. IOP, TCADC 

Tanith is University of the Cumberlands graduate. She has a bachelors degree in psychology, a bachelors in human services and a minor in criminal justice. She has recently been accepted into the graduate program at UC where she will be pursuing a duel masters in mental health counseling and addiction counseling.
Tanith began her journey in recovery in 2006 when she graduated from a long term treatment center. Soon after, she decided helping others achieve sobriety is what she wanted to do with her life. She began her career working at a long term treatment center, where she was employed as the Director for 8 years. She has also worked for drug court and has now been with the Shepherds House for almost 3 years. She has 12 years of sobriety as well as 11 years of experience in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Tanith supervises our correctional facilities SAP programs in Boyle, Fayette, and Grant counties.

Christian Countzler

Target Case Manager, House Manager

Christian served in the US Army as a Blackhawk Crew Chief. Today, he's the Shepherd's House House Manager at our Maxwelton residence.  This is where all of our clients begin their road to recovery.  Christian is also our Target Case Manager for our transitional residential recovery program.  Christian is a graduate of the Shepherd's House and works tirelessly to serve men in recovery.

Blake Hobson

Danville/Boyle County IOP Office Manager

Blake is a graduate of the Shepherd's House transitional residential treatment program in Lexington, KY.  Upon graduating, Blake experienced some stable employment barriers.  He approached the Shepherd's House about a career in the recovery field and as we do with graduates who have a desire to give back, we welcomed Blake to our staff full-time and consider him a strong asset to our organization.  Blake works at the Boyle County non-residential community treatment center.     

Roger Fox

Community Outreach Coordinator 

Roger is a graduate of the Shepherd's House transitional residential treatment program in Lexington, KY.  After graduating from the program, Roger had the desire to pursue a career in counseling and helping others who are affected by SUD.  Roger has served the Shepherd's House in various roles over the past 4 years.  He currently is working in Boyle County's non-residential Community Treatment Center, managed by the Shepherd's House, and he works to develop dynamic community relationships in Danville and throughout Central KY.

Board of Directors

Chairman
Guy A. Huguelet III
 
Secretary
John McDonald
 
Treasurer
Chris Chaffin
 
Legal Counsel
John Williams
 
Chairman Emeritus
Fred J Hood
 
Board Members
Connie Milligan
Liz Bancroft
Anthony Samaan
Woody Snowden