Otter Creek Academy

Staff

Candeda Gilmore – LPN Facility Nurse M.Ed.
Graduated from Somerset Technical College with an A.A.S. in Nursing in 2000.  She has 20+ years in the medical field where she worked with Lifeline  and various nursing homes. She also worked for Cardiologist Dr. Velagaldilia.

Mary Davis – Chief Operating Officer (Otter Creek & Foothills Academy)M.Ed.
Mary has been at Otter Creek since the beginning.  She has a Bachelor degree in social work and received a Master of Science in Correctional and Juvenile Justice studies.  She also is certified in Juvenile Sexual Offending counseling. Mary came to Otter Creek after working over 14 years with the state.  During her time  she worked abuse/neglect investigations with DCBS.  She also worked with DJJ youth who were on probation and those who had been committed.  In 2013 Mary moved to the position of Executive Director of Programs for both Otter Creek and Foothills Academy.

Samantha Simmons – Executive Director
Samantha graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, with minors in Sociology and Child & Family Studies.  She also received a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University.  Samantha is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Kentucky and has experience in the mental health/substance abuse field.

Ashley Riddle – Case Management/Intake Coordinator
Ashley graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2009 with a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a Social Work concentration.  She started working at Otter Creek Academy in April 2010 as a youth worker and in February 2011 was promoted to Case Manager.

Lisa Roberts – LPCC Treatment Director
Lisa is a 2005 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education-Learning and Behaviors Disorders, and Elementary Education. Lisa went on to earn a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling and Human Development, from Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling in 2010. She is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and serves as Treatment Director.

Aimee Flynn – M.Ed., NCC, LPCC
Aimee is a 2007 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services and Counseling. Aimee went on to earn a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling and Human Development, from Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling in 2009. She is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Nationally Certified Counselor.

Lyndsey Newcomer – Newcomer  is currently a Doctoral student at Grand Canyon University pursuing her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in cognition and learning. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2016, as well as her Master of Science degree in Psychology in 2017. Lyndsey is currently a Certified Christian Counselor and has a Doctorate of Divinity (DD). She is a veteran of the United States Navy, and served the residents of Kentucky as a Social Worker prior to joining Otter Creek Academy in August 2017. 

Paige Pauley – M.Ed., LPCA, NCC
Paige Pauley is an alumni of Lindsey Wilson College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services/Counseling in 2009, as well as her Master of Education degree in Counseling/Human Development in 2015. Paige is currently  a Licensed Professional Counselors Associate (LPCA) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She has been working in the mental health field for a total of three years.

Brittany Renaker LPCC — Transitional Living Coordinator
Brittany is an alumni of Lindsey Wilson College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services/Counseling in 2011, as well as her Master of Education degree in Counseling/Human Development in 2013. Brittany is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and also serves as the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths trainer and Trauma Informed Care trainer for the organization as well. She served the residents of Otter Creek Academy as a counselor from 2013 until October 2016, and now performs the role of Transitional Living Coordinator, working to prepare residents for transition and relapse prevention in the final phase of our program.

Jennifer Burks – Daily Operations Director
Ms Burks has been with Otter Creek Academy since 2010. She began her career here as line staff and was promoted to cottage supervisor in 2012. She accepted the role of Daily Operations Director in 2014. Ms Burks completed her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Somerset Community College.

 Brandi Myers– Executive Administrator
Brandi has been involved in the development of Otter Creek Academy from the beginning.  As Otter Creek Academy was being built, she was completing her internship at Foothills Academy and working with the Executive Director on developing an administrative plan for Otter Creek.  Brandi has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Somerset Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College.  Brandi has worked in the community mental health system previously and has over 5 years experience in the mental health field.

Contact Information

1440 Old Bethel Church Road
Monticello, KY 42633
Phone: (606) 343-0203
Fax: (606) 343-0301
GPS address is
1440 Old Bethel Church Road
Alpha, KY 42603

36.783811,-84.978213