Positive social changes require a bold new approach and commitment to making them a reality. At Navigate Recovery Gwinnett, our bold new approach is changing the way we treat addiction in our community.
OUR VISION is a community that treats addiction as a chronic condition and those who suffer with dignity and respect.
OUR MISSION is to serve individuals and families suffering from addiction by connecting them to the support they need and removing barriers that prevent them from getting well. To do this, we:
We act as an advocate for change in the community to move the model of addiction treatment from acute care to chronic care. The scientific and medical establishment agree: Addiction is a primary, chronic condition with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors.
We are devoted to collaboration—connecting our community’s talented people and organizations in new ways to solve the problem of addiction. Imagine when all people in Gwinnett understand addiction as a chronic condition, work together to remove barriers to people seeking recovery, provide proven and sustainable recovery services for dramatically more people and enjoy the economic and social benefits of a healthier and safer Gwinnett.
Navigate Recovery Gwinnett aims to build up an environment in Gwinnett County that recognizes addiction as a chronic condition and that promotes a continuum of care for sufferers and their families. We are removing the stigma associated with addiction by raising our voices—including many on our team who are themselves in long-term recovery—to show a community struggling with addiction that we care and that we can move forward. Through a shift in our approach to treating addiction, we can dramatically improve the quality of life for those who are suffering and for the community as a whole.
Farley and Susan Barge | CO-FOUNDERS
Farley and Susan Barge are both people in long term recovery from addiction. They have been happily married since 2004 and are parents to five beautiful daughters ranging in age from 28 to 21 years old and grandparents to one granddaughter 7 years old.Their passion to change the way we treat addiction is rooted in their own experiences as they searched to find help for loved ones in their own family. They have started and been in leadership with faith based recovery support groups at three different churches. Most recently they co-founded a parent support group at a local mega church to help parents in similar circumstances learn about addiction and support one another. While serving they discovered that many others were struggling to overcome many of the same barriers to wellness they had experienced. From these experiences they felt compelled to start Navigate Recovery Gwinnett. Their passion is to help others suffering, and their families, by connecting them to resources they need to get help and maintain wellness.
The BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Richard Schrader | CHAIRMAN
Richard has been actively involved as a steering committee member and supporter of Navigate Recovery Gwinnett since it’s inception. His business acumen and guidance has been a valuable asset to the organization at every step in the formation and execution of our model for changing the way we treat addiction. Richard is married to Kathryn Schrader and father to three children, 2 boys and 1 girl. He has been active in Gwinnett County for several years. Richard is the CEO of Kona Ice of Gwinnett.
Susan Barge | SECRETARY
Susan Barge is serving as acting Secretary. She is highly qualified person in long term recovery (31 years) who has worked in the private sector as a human resource director for a local internet company with excess of $20 million dollars in annual revenue and over 50 employees, and as a support and recovery ministry leader in the faith community for the past 12 years. Susan has also received training from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and is a C.A.R.E.S. 17 graduate.
Bruce Hardy | TREASURER
Bruce Hardy is currently the Administrative Pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. He has served in that role for the last 13 years and helped to start the church in 2003, with Pastor James Merritt. Cross Pointe now has two campuses in Duluth and Flowery Branch and is soon opening their third campus. His background in ministry spans 31 years in a variety of focus areas, including, worship, discipleship, Biblical guidance, missions, education, and administration. He has a passion for people and a desire to see people grow in their walk with Christ as well implement systems that help his team members work more efficiently on a day to day basis.
Farley Barge | PRESIDENT
Farley Barge is serving as Acting Chairman of the Board. Farley is a person in long term recovery (14 years) who has worked in the audiovisual industry for over 30 years serving in a variety of middle and senior management positions. Along with his wife Susan, he has served as support and recovery ministry leader in the faith community for the past 12 years. Farley has also received training from the Georgia Council of Substance Abuse and is a C.A.R.E.S. 20 graduate.
Mike Landrum | MEMBER AT LARGE
Mike Landrum is currently serving as the Executive Vice Chairman of Diversified, LLC after the acquisition of Technical Innovation by Diversified. Landrum was formerly CEO and an Owner of Technical Innovation, LLC.Prior to Technical Innovation, Landrum served multiple simultaneous roles from President, to VP of Finance for various entrepreneurial companies in the Risk Management/Insurance industry.Outside involvement includes Chairman of She is Safe, a Christian ministry serving women and girls in oppressive places around the world.Landrum graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974, majoring in Accounting. He was a member of the National Honorary Business Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.He is a member of Perimeter Church.
Cindy Price | MEMBER AT LARGE
Cindy Price has been a volunteer for Navigate Recovery since it started and has a passion for helping families who have loved ones who suffer from Addiction. This desire to work with families comes from her own family struggles. She has been involved with family recovery groups for 10 years and currently leads a Family Anonymous group every week. Cindy has a long 27 year career in Telecommunications with BellSouth and AT&T as a Client Solutions Executive primarily Government and Education. She has spent most of her career building relationships with Gwinnett County Government and Education Officials. She is married to Joe Price and has a blended family of 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Joe Price | MEMBER AT LARGE
Joe Price has been a volunteer for Navigate Recovery since it began and has a passion for helping those who are suffering from addiction. He has been involved with helping his wife in family groups for the past 10 years after experiencing the struggles within his own family. He serves in a Families Anonymous group weekly. He is married to Cindy Price and has a blended family of 4 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Joe is President/Owner of JPC Marketing, a distribution company that services convenient stores in Georgia for the past 13 years.