Meet Our Team


Billy Young

Chief Executive Officer

A founding partner of Oxford Treatment Center, Billy has been involved in the treatment of addictive disorders for more than 30 years. His past experience includes successful tenures as Executive Director of Pine Grove Recovery Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Executive Director of a CRC Health facility in Nashville, Tenn.; and CEO of Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz. A native Mississippian, he holds an undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and obtained his master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

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Chip Peterson, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CADC

Interim Clinical Director

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chip provides oversight for all Oxford Treatment Center’s clinical operations. He has served as outpatient services manager and provided direct patient care in all clinical programs, as well as serving as a group facilitator for our Family Program. His prior experience includes working at the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of Northeast Mississippi (NCADD) in Tupelo. Chip holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and a master of education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Delta State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP).


Barbara Cox, MS, LSW, MAC

Interim Manager of Outpatient Services

Barbara, a licensed social worker and Master Addiction Counselor, oversees clinical services at Oxford Treatment Center’s three outpatient offices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Union University and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Kentucky. Prior to joining Oxford Treatment Center, she served clients through Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, working with the disabled and with those in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. She has served on the advisory board for Ability Works in Oxford and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


Garry Riefers

Founding Program Director

Garry developed the clinical content of Oxford Treatment Center’s residential program and provided supervision for all counselors and therapists. A 30-year veteran of the substance abuse treatment field, Garry served as Program Director for The Haven House in Oxford from 2000-12. There, he worked to transform the size and scope of the program and was instrumental in creating the first medically assisted detoxification program for a Mississippi Department of Mental Health substance abuse treatment program.


Mary L. Smith

Director of Admissions

Mary assists patients and families in entering the medical detox and residential programs of Oxford Treatment Center. Her experience in the addiction-recovery field includes working as a clinical assistant, family program counselor and admissions officer at New Life Lodge in Tennessee and volunteering with 23rd Judicial District Drug Court in Dickson County, Tenn. Her experience also includes managing sober-living homes for women.


Joshua Fortune

Director of Human Resources

A native of north Mississippi, Joshua holds an undergraduate business degree from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in human resource management. His experience in HR management prior to joining Oxford Treatment Center includes positions in industries and healthcare institutions.


Juliette Lawrence

Discharge Planner

Juliette works with therapists, patients and families to place new graduates of The Oxford Center’s residential treatment program into appropriate follow-up care. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from the University of Mississippi, where she was lab coordinator of clinical research in social psychology during her studies. She is working toward a master’s degree in clinical psychology, specializing in personality disorders.


Mandy Ladner, CPSS

Discharge Planner

Mandy attended Millsaps College and graduated from the University of Mississippi, with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. She has volunteered and worked in the recovery community since 2010. She is certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health as a Peer Support Specialist.