Lisa Lunsford, BSW, CACII, CAMS, CRPS
Founder and Executive Director
Imagine Women’s Recovery, LLC
Lisa Lunsford has worked in the substance abuse field since 1990. In long-term recovery herself, Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor II through the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist and Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, has served on a multitude of Boards, and has received many accolades and awards for her dedication and achievements in the recovery community.
Lisa helped found one of the first residential substance abuse adolescent programs in the Southeast in 1990. Subsequently, in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, she moved to San Francisco to serve as Executive Director of a non-profit organization serving that particular population. After her return to Atlanta, she served as Program Director of Safety Net Recovery Women’s Program from 2015-2019. In 2019, she purchased the women’s program and founded Imagine Women’s Recovery, a recovery residence/sober living community in the metro Atlanta area.
Lisa has built a strong reputation in the recovery community with her “no- nonsense” approach to recovery and has been quoted as saying “we must tell the truth as this is a matter of life and death, we don’t have time to play games with people’s lives.”
Ausrine “Ocean” Nevins
Ausrine Nevins, affectionately known around Imagine Women’s Recovery as “Ocean”, is originally from Lithuania but grew up in Marietta, GA. She has worn many hats in her life and finds the most gratifying work is helping and teaching others. She graduated in 2008 from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French and is a Certified TESOL/TEFL teacher.
In a way, the field of addiction recovery chose Ausrine. Through her own lived experience with the disease of addiction, she came to know how life-threatening and painful it is without help. She wants to shed light on the disease of addiction, removing the stigma and shame that surrounds it. As a former client of Imagine Women’s Recovery, formerly Safety Net Recovery Women’s Program, Ausrine knows that a sober living program which provides a supportive community emphasizing structure and accountability is fundamental in increasing the chances for successful long-term recovery.
Ausrine is currently pursuing her certification for Addiction Counseling. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends (and their pets) and loves road trips, trying new recipes, crosswords, and being in nature.