Involved & Empowered Employees: 7 Staff Members Graduate

Jun 26, 2024Blog

At Hudson, our leadership and staff are guided by a set of core values that support our vision of being a recognized leader in the provision of quality behavioral health treatment and recovery programs. Our values can be seen in action every day in our administrative offices, on our residential campus, and in recovery housing throughout Maryland and Delaware.

We recently celebrated the graduation of seven staff members, and their accomplishments put a spotlight on our value of having involved and empowered employees.

Involved & Empowered Employees

Our employees are skilled and passionate about their work. To this end we provide ongoing training and supervision, which allows them the opportunity to grow and succeed.

Melissa Barone is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has been with the organization for two years. She graduated from Salisbury University in May with her bachelor’s degree in social work and plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree beginning this fall.

“I felt incredibly supported by Hudson while pursuing my bachelor’s degree. They were flexible with my school schedule, and the close-knit, family atmosphere meant that everyone was willing to help when needed,” said Melissa. “From my Director, Susan Forrest, to CEO Leslie Brown, they are all wonderful people to work for. They are always available and genuinely want to see us succeed. They will do whatever they can to help us achieve our best.”

Ranada Pritchett was an intern with Hudson for nearly a year before she was hired as a Residential Addictions Counselor in May. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Delaware Technical Community College, earning her associate of applied science degree with a concentration in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. This fall, she plans to begin her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wilmington University.

“My supervisors took the knowledge that I gained in college from books and showed me how to apply it in real life. This hands-on education was invaluable, and it feels good to have a job where I’m excited to come to work,” said Ranada. “Helping people fight through an addiction and gain sobriety is my passion, and it seems that everyone here at Hudson has the same mentality. I feel like I’ve earned a bonus family!”

Josie Gilliard is a Residential Counselor and has been with Hudson for five months. In May, she graduated from Chesapeake College with an associate of applied science degree, concentrating on behavioral health. Her future plans are to attend Salisbury University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“Susan has been so supportive and insightful, and her supervision has helped me apply my educational gain to real world dilemmas and high-risk situations we sometimes face at Hudson,” said Josie. “Working here has allowed me to make a huge impact in the lives of others. I have built so many therapeutic relationships and there is nothing I enjoy more than watching clients achieve the goals they put on pause because of active addiction. The empathy I have for others pushes me to go above and beyond for every client I encounter.”

We’d also like to congratulate the following staff members on their graduation:

  • Rebecca Hall, Master of Social Work
  • Donna Evans, Master of Accounting
  • Jabria Leggett, Associate of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Rachel Donoway, Associate of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency Counseling

We take pride in employing supportive and caring individuals dedicated to helping people achieve recovery. These women exemplify our values through their skill, passion and ambition, which drive the success of our organization.

Melissa Barone graduated from Salisbury University with her bachelor’s degree in social work

Ranada Pritchett graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with her associate’s degree in drug and alcohol counseling.

Josie Gilliard graduated from Chesapeake College with her associate’s degree in behavioral health.

We threw a party to celebrate the graduates in June!

About us

Hudson Behavioral Health was formed in 1980 (as Hudson Health Services, Inc.) to bring the first residential recovery program to the Eastern Shore. Today, thousands of patients later, we remain the leader in recovery programs and resources, with our staff of 100 committed to serving each patient as an individual.