Founder & CEO
Having earned his Ph.D. in humanity from the University of Hard Knocks, Shawn Baker, president, CEO, and founder of Freeman Recovery Center, immediately became aware of a void in Dickson – aftercare for persons in recovery. It began humbly enough, one man sleeping on an air mattress at the foot of Mr. Baker’s bed in his mother’s home. A backyard shed served as the next backdrop for clients seeking refuge from their hometown environmental storm. Then came the trials and tribulations associated with launching the business of assisting others. In 2008, FRC purchased its first house, and for the next four years, served as a sober living atmosphere, followed in 2012 with contracts for a variety of professional and social services. But in 2014 and 2015, with licensure from the state’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and accreditation by the Joint Commission, the highest achievement level available for healthcare institutions, FRC catapulted into its exponential growth experience. Today, FRC constitutes 200 beds for detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and sober living programming. It has become a model for treatment across the state. “I had an extremely challenging childhood, that without them [parents] I wouldn’t have made it at all,” Mr. Baker said recently. “We’ve done this because it matters . . . because people matter. I want to provide people the ability to shatter that poverty state of mind, to measure their lives in outcomes, not their past. I want people to feel they can be loved for who they are.” Shawn views Tennessee as uncharted territory but believes the Freeman Recovery Center approach to recovery is applicable across the United States and the globe. His goal is a soup-to-nuts life reconstruction formula that includes education, jobs and job services, life skills, housing, investment opportunities, inpatient and outpatient treatment, acute psychiatric care, missions, and entire sober living complexes – a community comprised of recovery.
Tabatha Baker, Pastor
Tabatha Baker, Pastor
Co-Founder & Chief Compliance Officer
Extensive contributions during a 10-year period participating in the construction of a top-tier company from the foundation to the steeple, Tabatha Baker, co-founder and chief compliance officer at Freeman Recovery Center, LLC, brings knowledge, experience, and leadership to enhance substance use and mental wellness care access at the decade-old company. Serving in a variety of capacities over the course of its voluminous growth, Mrs. Baker found her niche in compliance – it’s about ensuring FRC performs at a level exceeding expectations and setting the standard for substance use disorder treatment across the state, country, and worldwide. Having obtained her minister’s license, Mrs. Baker provides pastoral services for clients and staff alike as precipitated. Tabatha and husband, Shawn, founder of FRC, have two children and live in their Dickson, TN, hometown. Delving into diverse cultures and experiences, the family thoroughly enjoys adventures traveling to new destinations that provide unique encounters.
A Dickson, TN, native, Brien Lunn is the Executive Administrator at Freeman Recovery Center. Passionate about providing insight and assistance to others through his own personal recovery and professional experiences, Brien brings a plethora of advantages to the Freeman team through his background managing and manifesting a multitude of departments involving direct patient care and administrative functions. Acting in a supervisory capacity across a variety of facets at Freeman over the past three years, Brien is well-equipped, in his current role, to facilitate effective communication and problem resolution among the departments and their respective supervisors to ensure exceptional client care remains Freeman’s focus as it undertakes exponential growth.
Robbyn Griffin, MBA
Robbyn Griffin, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer
Health, both pet and human, has always been at the forefront of Robbyn Griffin’s mission for contributing to the community in which she was raised. A native of Dickson, TN, Robbyn spent a decade in the veterinary field sharing her experience through the animals she served and the people who love them. It wasn’t enough, she determined and endeavored into a new chapter of life through behavioral health. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and psychology, with a minor in sociology, from Tennessee State University, Robbyn earned an MBA in healthcare administration from Western Governors University in 2016 and is nearing completion of a bachelor of science in nursing from Aspen University. Married to the love of her life, Adam, since 2006, they share three beautiful daughters, Peyton, Brooke, and Elyse, and reside in White Bluff, TN, among a bevy of pets. When she finds time for leisure activities, Robbyn enjoys reading, spending time in nature, and being near the water.