Dr. Suzanne Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of New Vision's Addiction Education
Dr. Suzanne's goal is to lay a foundation dedicated to drug recovery. Her methodology presents current scientific research based in nuclear medicine which has proven that drugs change the brain. Toxins decrease brain activity, change the structures, pierce holes, create dents, blacken regions and create disease. She teaches that drug recovery begins with understanding the medical aspects of mental illness. Dr. Suzanne writes about Christ, the Healer. Some of the positions she holds and has held are:
Her work at New Vision represents her life’s dream. She feels radically blessed to see hurting individuals rescued from the drug culture and transported to Christ centered environments.
Susanne Moody Cooper, Ministry Liaison
Susanne grew up in Columbus, Mississippi and later graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from MS State University in 1982. In 1995, Susanne and her family moved to Corinth through a job transfer with her company. Susanne has been a Manager in the Finance industry for over 30 years. She currently serves on the Board of Deacons at 1st Presbyterian Church, Corinth, MS. She also serves as a member of the Women’s Ministry leadership team, the Missions Committee and has served as a facilitator with GriefShare ministries since 2013.
Susanne loves the Lord and has experienced firsthand the saving power and restoration that only Jesus can bring. She loves to pray and encourage others. After 30 years of marriage, she experienced the loss of her husband in 2012. She now is blessed to share her grief journey with others so that they too can experience the healing that only comes from Jesus. She is the mother of Beau Cooper, who along with his wife Sarah, have 3 children, Deegan, Mollie and Amelia. Susanne has a large extended family with whom she loves spending time with. She is an amateur iphoneographer/photographer and enjoys the outdoors, especially the beach.
Randy Garza, Founder and Director of New Vision Outreach
I went through my transformation from a beaten down, strapped in bondage substance abuser to being set free by the power of Jesus Christ. On 10-5-09, God worked through my great-niece and nephew, who told me they were tired of watching their uncle get drunk every day. I have never looked back, nor do I intend on going back to the destructive lifestyle that I once lived for 35 years of my life.
I immediately began an aggressive approach on my recovery by attending approximately 10 faith based recovery meetings a week over the next year, along with getting involved with a local church, and having strong spiritual men in my life. In 10-1-2010, a group of Christians and I began a ministry, Loving Life, to assist people struggling with drug addictions. I was a part of that ministry for 4 years before leaving and taking a year to establish relationships with 22 residential recovery programs in 7 different states. Through God's guidance, I began New Vision Outreach on 3-1-2016 with a group of God fearing volunteers. Our goal is to rid our community from the destruction that drugs cause families. We just want to get people's minds clear from the toxicity of the chemicals induced in the brain and point them toward Jesus so they will have hope and strength while in recovery.
Diane McGee, Jail Ministry Coordinator
Diane McGee has been married to her husband Mike for 38 years. She has been a business owner for 38 years. Diane is a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Savannah, TN. She has served as a facilitator and Board Member for Tennessee Valley Teen Challenge for 20 years. Diane presently does jail ministry twice a week at Hardin County Correctional Center. One class she leads pertains to ‘life controlling issues’ and the other is a Bible study. On Monday nights, Diane leads a support group through Christ Home.
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Patsy McGee Powers, Secretary/Treasurer
Patsy grew up in the Corinth, Mississippi area. After graduating from Biggersville High School in 1983, Patsy studied further at North Mississippi Community College, along with taking additional business classes online. She has served as Administrative Assistant at Tate Baptist Church in Corinth for over 20 years. She considers her service at Tate and to the members there a ministry. Patsy is also active with the Bread Of Life Food ministry at Tate Baptist.
She is the mother of Sara Jolly (Matt) and Stacy Ricks (Evan) and is the proud grandmother of Zeppy Powers. Patsy is known for her kindness and love for others. She gives of herself to others and has been an absolute blessing to the ministry of New Vision Outreach. Patsy is also an amateur photographer, enjoys the outdoors and is an excellent cook.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.