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Robynn Moraites, NC Lawyer Assistance ProgramV-Card

Robynn Moraites

LAP Director
312 Rensselaer Ave, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203
704.892.5699 (Charlotte Office)
919.706.4992 (Raleigh Office)
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Robynn Moraites is a medical educator and a lawyer. She graduated from Florida State University, magna cum laude,with a BS degree. Her work as a medical educator at the University of Miami School of Medicine included running a public health program where she developed continuing education programs for medical professionals and organized events for targeted, hard-to-reach professional populations.

Robynn attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and in 2004 earned her JD with honors along with a masters degree in city and regional planning. Her first position after law school was with what is now McGuire Woods, formerly Helms Mulliss & Wicker, where she worked with the litigation and environmental practice groups. From there she transitioned to an in-house counsel position with Premier, Inc., a national health care company. Subsequently, she joined the firm of Bringewatt & Snover, where she developed a general commercial practice, specializing in municipal, education, and health care law. She left Bringewatt & Snover in 2011 as a partner to take the position of director of the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program.

Robynn is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the ABA. Previously, she was an active LAP volunteer. She enjoys volunteering time to organize and develop retreats and recovery conferences and has organized numerous such events over the years.

Robynn and her husband Mike love the outdoors: cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. Hunter, their well-behaved, trail-running dog, travels with them as often as possible.

Towanda Garner, NC Lawyer Assistance Program
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Towanda C. Garner

Piedmont Clinical Coordinator
PO Box 25908 (27611-5908)
217 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
919.719.9290
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Towanda C. Garner started employment with The North Carolina State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) as the Piedmont LAP coordinator on March 28, 2005. Her educational background consists of the completion of undergraduate studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where she acquired a BA in Psychology, Minor – Child Development and Family Relations; completion of graduate studies at North Carolina Central University with an MA degree in Psychology, Concentration – Clinical. She is also a licensed clinical addictions specialist. Her professional experience includes working as a clinical director and a program director at a drug rehabilitation treatment center in North Carolina.

Towanda enjoys working with people and witnessing the joy of recovery and emotional healing from chemical addiction and mental illness. As the Piedmont LAP Coordinator, she says, “I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that provides support and services to protect the public by assisting lawyers and judges who are professionally impaired by reason of substance abuse, addiction, or debilitating mental conditions; to assist impaired lawyers and judges in recovery; and to educate lawyers and judges concerning the causes of and remedies of such impairment. I thank lawyers, judges, and law students who allow the LAP to assist them, because I adamantly believe we need each other to survive in this life.”

Towanda resides with her husband and daughter in Clayton, North Carolina.

Nicki
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Nicole Ellington, LPC, LCAS

Eastern Clinical Coordinator
217 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
919.719.9267
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Nicole “Nicki” Ellington is the Eastern Clinical Coordinator with the Lawyer Assistance Program and has been a counselor since 2005. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS). Nicki received her MA in Counseling at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and her BA in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. She has served a wide variety of populations including adults and adolescents, couples, families, and active duty service members. She has helped clients suffering from both substance abuse and a wide variety of mental health disorders. Nicki attended an intensive training at Duke University in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on utilizing mindfulness, improving interpersonal relationships, being able to identify and process emotions effectively and having an overall balanced life. Her professional experience includes intensive in-home counseling, out-patient substance abuse and mental health counseling, out-patient counseling for the United States Army and working in private practice. Through her diverse range of clinical experiences, Nicki has been able to continuously discover and nurture her passion for providing therapeutic services in the community. She is committed to assisting clients on their journey of self-discovery, working through life’s struggles and developing a life that’s worth living. Nicki resides in Fuquay Varina, NC with her husband and son.

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Cathy D. Killian

Clinical Director
Western Clinical Coordinator
312 Rensselaer Ave, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203
704.910.2310
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Cathy Killian is the clinical director and western clinical coordinator for the Lawyer Assistance Program, and has been a counselor in the Charlotte area for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has a BS Degree in Zoology/Pre-Med from NC State University, a BA Degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte, and a Master of Education in Counseling Degree from Winthrop University. Cathy has worked in a variety of mental health and substance abuse areas, including private practice. Her area of expertise is with trauma-based disorders, specifically substance abuse and process addictions. She has conducted numerous trainings and workshops both locally and nationally, and provides clinical supervision on both an individual and facility level. She was a college instructor for 17 years, and a program chair for five of those years.

Cathy is a current board member for Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, a former board member for the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, former board member for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals, and former president and board member of the Eating Disorders Education Project.

Cathy lives in Charlotte with her son Patrick, Old English Sheepdog Beau, her cat Lily, and her Japanese Bobtail cat Yuki.

Susie Taylor, NC Lawyer Assistance Program
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Katherine ‘Susie’ Taylor

Special Projects Manager;
Office Administration for the Western Region

312 Rensselaer Ave, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203
704.892.5699
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Susie Taylor joined the LAP as the Office Administrator for the Western Region in the summer of 2013. She is the Special Projects Manager for LAP sponsored events such as the LAP Annual Meeting, the Minority Outreach Conference and the 12 Step Retreat. She has a BA degree in Communications (with a focus on Public Relations and Marketing) from the University of Arizona and attended Belmont Abbey to earn a BA in Business Management.

Susie has worked in the legal field and/or with attorneys for over twenty years as a Paralegal, a former North Carolina licensed Private Investigator and former Associate Director of the Mecklenburg County Bar. Susie’s passion is fighting for the rights of under-privileged children. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards and committees involving children, including being a Guardian ad Litem, as well as a licensed foster parent for the past seven years and President of the Mecklenburg County Foster Parent Association for five of those years.

Susie resides in Charlotte and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Delia Brown
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Delia Brown

CLE Coordinator;
Office Administration for the Eastern and Piedmont Regions

PO Box 25908 (27611-5908)
217 E. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
919.719.9269
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Delia Brown is the CLE Coordinator, Office Administrator for the Eastern and Piedmont Regions and is the LAP Communication and Information Administrator. In her role, she assists the LAP director and clinical coordinators with the daily functions and confidential operating procedures of the program. She serves as the primary communication hub between staff and statewide stakeholders and provides database and infrastructure support for the LAP clinical team. Delia also coordinates all LAP CLE speaking engagements.

Delia enjoys interacting with people and has a supervisory background in customer service within the telecommunications and banking industries. She joined the Lawyer Assistance Program in the spring of 2014 and says she was drawn to an organization that provides support and services to assist a community of peers.

Delia loves to read and strongly believes that literacy is the key to success; if you can read you can learn anything. She enjoys promoting literacy and reading to children at a young age. She likes working with youth and has held fundraisers for local day cares and the Community Boys Club to raise awareness and funds for educational materials.

Delia lives in Raleigh and has a young adult daughter and son.