Denise is a native of Marlboro County and began working in the field of addiction and behavioral health in 1986. Denise started her career path with the Marlboro County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Bennettsville, SC as a SCIP coordinator and later in she worked with the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse LRADAC in Columbia.
The majority of her work has been in the North Carolina Mental Health system where she has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor, and Inpatient Director. She has been employed with Southeastern Regional Mental Health, CASCADE Services in Charlotte. Pathways Mental Health in Gastonia, NC and Daymark Recovery Center Monroe/Kannapolis, NC.
Denise has also worked as an adjunct professor with Robeson Community College and Barber Scotia College in Concord, NC. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Winthrop College and a Masters of Arts degree from Webster University in Human Resource Development and Management. She also obtained her Certified Substance Abuse Counselor credential from the state of North Carolina in 2001.
Denise joined the Rubicon staff as their second Executive Director in June of 2016.