Semper Liberi is committed to empowering people in recovery to live with freedom and purpose! We help those in early recovery with transportation, housing, and workforce entry. We believe recovery is a "we" program so our community based efforts help those who seek recovery from substance abuse, have what they need to get their lives back on track.
What We Do
Semper Liberi provides services for people in recovery including:
- transitional planning
- resource provision
- and ongoing follow-up support
Semper Li provides:
- Transportation: We help those who need assistance getting to addiction treatment, whether its rehab, outpatient appointments, 12 step meetings, and work.
- Re-entry resources: We help provide clothing such as work uniforms and boots, financial assistance for certification programs, and housing.
- Lifeskillss such as vocational rehabilitation, money management, and parenting training.
- Peer support.
These resources are available to people in recovery from substance abuse to help them live with freedom and purpose.
Who We Are
Semper Liberi President
Neil McLaughlin began serving in the role of Vice President of Operations at WVU Medicine -Jefferson Medical Center on November 2, 2015. He has served in healthcare leadership roles over the past 30 years in WV, NC and PA. For the 5 years immediately prior to his current position, Neil was concurrently president of two WV hospitals.
An Eastern Panhandle native, Neil holds master’s degrees in business administration (WVU) and adult education (Penn State) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Alderson-Broaddus College. Early in his career, Neil was very active in pre-hospital and emergency care and for fourteen years he was engaged at the national level in the organ and tissue procurement and transplantation field. He presently serves on the boards of several area civic and public organizations and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Semper Liberi Treasurer
Tina Combs is the treasurer of the Semper Liberi advisory board. In addition to her dedication to Semper Li, Tina is the President and CEO of the Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce since 2004. She has worked in several public departments for over 20 years and earned her Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management. Tina actively serves her community as a member in a number of committees including the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership Executive Committee and the Health and Human Services Collaborate Steering Committee.
Semper Liberi Secretary
Helen Hartiens is the secretary for the Semper Liberi Advisory Board. Helen works for Berkeley County Schools as a Special Education Teacher, and will soon be completing her Master’s Degree from West Virginia University. She has been married to her husband for 29 years, and they have three children. Helen is an active member of Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, and she sees firsthand as a teacher, the impact of the opioid crisis on the children of our community. Helen and her husband are driven by their mission to point people to a life of freedom and hope.
Jonathan Hartiens, Ph. D.
Dr. Jonathan Hartiens is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. He fully operates Mountaineer Behavioral Health in Martinsburg, WV. MBH currently provides outpatient treatment. In 2018, Dr. Hartiens was awarded the Ryan Brown Grant for $3 million which has been used to fund Mountaineer Recovery Center. The recovery center will expand services to provide residential treatment as well as outpatient treatment. He has over 30 years experience and developed expertise in the treatment of addictions. In addition to being a prominent therapist, he is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and general audiences on addiction treatment.
Kevin Knowles is currently the Berkeley County, WV Recovery Services Coordinator and Peer Recovery Coach trainer. He oversees the Berkeley County Recovery Resource Center and serves on the Berkeley County Adult Drug Court Team. Kevin plans, coordinates and collaborates with various public, private and non-profit agencies responsible for delivering a wide variety of resources relating to the treatment of and recovery from alcohol and substance abuse disorder. He lives with his wife Dana, and they have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He is serving in his second term as Ward 2 Councilman for the City of Martinsburg and is the Secretary for the West Virginia Municipal League (A Statewide WV organization of City & Town elected officials), President, West Virginia Association of Recovery Residences and President, West Virginia Association of Recovery Centers. In 2019, he was also awarded the US Attorneys Award Recipient for work done in the Opioid Crisis.
Brandt Williamson is a member of the Semper Liberi Advisory Board. He works at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV on the Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine team. He has received his American Board of Emergency Medicine Certification and is actively involved in the community in helping to combat the opioid epidemic.
Angie Gray, BSN, RN
Angela Gray, BSN, RN is the Nursing Director for the Berkeley-Morgan County Board of Health. In this role, Angie oversees clinical staff and operations in the Berkeley County Health Department, located in Martinsburg, WV and in the Morgan County Health Department which is located in Berkeley Springs, WV.
Angie earned her LPN license in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006 at Mountain State University. She taught Community Health clinical for Shepherd University’s BSN program from 2009-2011 and continues to sit on the WV TB Advisory Committee which she joined in 2011.
In addition to being a longtime member of the West Virginia Public Health Association, where she has served in many elected roles on the Nurse Executive Committee, Angie is devoted to the health and wellbeing of West Virginians in her professional and personal life. Angie continues to spearhead the Harm Reduction efforts for the Berkeley-Morgan County Board of Health and is often sought after for interviews, knowledge sharing and best practice approaches by other organizations.
In her spare time, in addition to serving as a board member on the grass roots non-profit, Life or Drugs, Tri-State Support, that provides support, awareness, education and prevention opportunities locally, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, nieces, nephews and country cousins.