Borba, McCourt, and Shepard graduate from Adult Recovery Court


Judge Kevin P. Braig and the Logan County Court of Common Pleas Adult Recovery Court (ARC) Team are pleased to announce the graduation of Evelyne Borba, Dessie McCourt, and Keith Shepard from the ARC.

“Evelyne Borba has become a strong mother who bravely handles the challenges she faces,” Judge Braig said. “Dessie McCourt is a delightful, down-home West Virginia gal. She has brought so much joy to the ARC and is an inspiration. Keith Shepard is a talented artist. I think you will see his work in exhibits around town and elsewhere.”

The ARC treatment team, treatment providers, and friends and family of the graduates celebrated at Myeerah Nature Preserve in Bellefontaine. Judge Braig presented both a certificate of graduation and a guitar pick inscribed “ARC Walk the Line” as a token remembrance of his time in ARC and graduation. Judge Braig presents all graduates with this inspirational pick as a reminder that country music star Johnny Cash once suffered from a substance abuse disorder but with the help of his wife, June Carter Cash, and her family walked the line of recovery.

The ARC treatment team works within the framework of the traditional Logan County Common Pleas Court. The ARC’s mission is to achieve specific, rehabilitative objectives. The objectives of the ARC are to monitor the treatment for substance abuse disorder of ARC participants, encourage and incentivize ARC participants to achieve rehabilitation and personal accountability and decrease criminal activity and the need for incarceration.

The ARC provides its participants with the support of Judge Braig, Treatment Coordinator and Program Manager Annette Deao, Compliance Officers Jim Pleasant and Mandy Wilber, and treatment providers from TCN Behavioral Health Services, Community Health Wellness, the Justice Reinvestment Grant, Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Erin Rosen, local attorneys Natalie Bahan and Greg Harvey, and others. The members of the ARC Team share the goals of: (1) empowering ARC participants through treatment, accountability, and responsibility, (2) assisting ARC participants in achieving recovery from substance abuse disorder, and (3) helping ARC participants lead useful and productive lives.