Who We Are
Get to know some of the key staff members that help make Launch Pad the foundation for successful recovery. These are just some of the incredible people who work together to help each client find their path to recovery and launch out on their new life, sober and clean.
Wayne Ray, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Launch Pad Director
We at Launch Pad are experienced and knowledgeable in many facets of recovery, as well as the syndrome of addiction. We are constantly learning and teaching the best practices that have been found effective for individual recovery plans. We believe the best way to engage and sustain recovery is a holistic approach that involves psychological, biological, sociological and spiritual components. We encourage vocational and educational pursuits. Our goal is to support the individual resident with an environment balanced in consequences and privileges. Our staff models and promotes an engaged and vigilant recovery.
Having been closely and extensively involved with 12-step support systems and service for over 30 years, I am pleased to be a part of the leading edge of Recovery Management strategy…the ‘New Life’ Launch Pad.
Joshua S., CSAC-I
Men's Signature Plan/Events Coordinator
“Enhancing the maturity of young men through a disciplined program of recovery, accountability and recreation.” Josh brings to Launch Pad personal skills as an accredited Chef with years of managerial responsibility. These life-skills add to his effectiveness in building camaraderie and friendship. To participate in an event he’s created is to experience a special, purposeful and emotional, sense of belonging.
Cecily Boyd Herring, MSW, LCAS-A
Recovery Coordinator & Counselor, MSW, LCAS-A
A person in long term recovery, Cecily has been a part of the Wilmington recovery community since 2007. She works with Launch Pad residents at our recovery residences as well as our sister facility Launch Pad Wellness. A recent graduate of UNCW, Cecily is pursuing dual licensure as an LCSW and LCAS. She enjoys working with Launch Pad residents and their families through the facilitation of group, individual and family therapy; special events; crisis management and more.
"The understanding and acceptance of a responsible lifestyle was imparted to me through the structure of Launch Pad. I now have the opportunity to serve the members of Launch Pad professionally and personally."
13th Street House Manager
On August 25th, 2016 I arrived to Launch Pad with a clean date of August 05, 2016 determined to complete a one year transformation from a life that was out of control. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC I had always found serenity at the beach. So, I enrolled into a Cosmetology Instructor Program so I can further my career while in Recovery. With the help of Launch Pad's structured program I learned tools and spiritual principles that allows me to succeed in life.
After 9 months of recovery I was offered the Manager position at 13th Street and i am truly honored to give back that which was so freely given to me.
Former Sunnyvale House Manager
"After several failed attempts at achieving long term recovery, I arrived at Launch Pad in December of 2016 defeated and skeptical. Fortunately for me, what I found here was unlike any of my previous experiences. Hindsight is 20/20 and many of the missing components to my prior attempts were both readily available and easily accessible here at Launch Pad. I found that my willingness to embrace the Launch Pad lifestyle was all I needed for success here in this widespread recovery community. Where other programs offered either too much restriction, separating me from family and society, or too little restriction, allowing an easy path back into relapse and my old life, Launch Pad offered a structure level that was exactly what I needed. They helped me integrate into a new way of living by positively enabling the necessary changes for a better life.
Today I manage the women's Sunnyvale location. I am able to see my daughter every week and never miss an important event in her life. I am able to navigate the roles of motherhood, seek a stable career path, and focus on myself and recovery. All while being supported by a loving community that has become like family to me. Before I was full of despair and life had seemed daunting, bleak and unmanageable. Today I am filled by a sense of hope and confidence, that if I continue on this path, like so many others around me, I will have a safe and stable life 'beyond my wildest dreams'. I know this to be true... because it is already happening!"