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The Forrester Center
  • Sue O'Brien Director at The Forrester Center

    Sue O'Brien, MA

    Executive Director
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    Sue was born and raised in upstate New York, although got the SC bug when living in Charleston in the early 80s.  She brings nearly 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field both as a clinician and a leader, and specializes in Organizational Leadership and Change Management.  Sue lives in Duncan with her husband, Doug, and is the proud mother of 2 children, 3 step-children, 3 granddaughters, and 1 grandson.
  • Mardy Wall

    Mardy Wall

    Deputy Director, Finance and Administration
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    Mardy Wall is the Deputy Director of Administrative Services. Mardy began her career at The Forrester Center in 1990 as an Administrative Secretary. Mardy has received several promotions throughout her 25 year tenure at the agency. She is responsible for oversight of the agency's budgets, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and also oversees the Administrative staff in the main reception area.   

  • Patty Nodine, LPC, LAC, MAC, CACII, SAP

    Deputy Director of Criminal Justice Programs
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    Hi, I’m Patty Wheatley, Deputy Director of Clinical Services at The Forrester Center. I’m credentialed as a Master’s level counselor with a State and National Certification in Addictions Counseling and as a Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional. My professional experience includes private and public substance abuse treatment settings. I’ve worked in Medication Assisted Treatment as well as court ordered and self-referred programs to encompass an array of clinical services designed to meet the needs of the clients.

    Although I am not a native of South Carolina, I consider this state my home. I settled in Spartanburg as an adolescent, after my father retired from the United States Army. I’m passionate about my family, community and the field of Addictions. 

  • Joe Pinilla

    Joe Pinilla, MPH, CSPS, CHES

    Deputy Director of Prevention and Community Engagement
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    (864) 707-2804
    Joe is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of all prevention activities, fostering community partnerships, and promoting all services of The Forrester Center. Joe has a Master of Public Health Degree from The University of South Carolina, is a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist, and a Certified Health Education Specialist. 
    Joe is a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg (2016), and The Riley Institute's Diversity Leaders Initiative (2018). He lives in Spartanburg with his wife and two children.
  • Jamison Smith, CACII

    Deputy Director of Treatment Services
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    (864) 707-2846
    Jamison is a Certified Addictions Counselor II with a BA in psychology and nearly 17 years of experience focusing on substance use and/or mental health. In his time at TFC he has worked in drug court, as assessment and adolescent coordinators, and has been part of the development of Spartanburg’s first Juvenile Drug Court. He received the Jim Readling Memorial Counselor of the Year award in 2017 from the Region 1 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Agencies.

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