D.J. RAMBO, LCDCI
Residential Counselor Intern
D.J. obtained her Associate’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychology, and Sociology in 2016 at Odessa College. She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and will begin working toward her Master’s Degree in 2019. D.J. is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern; her experience consists of detox, intensive outpatient treatment, and the residential level of care. Guiding others through the recovery process is D. J.’s passion and she believes all people have the ability to achieve success, live to their fullest potential and fulfill all of their dreams. “Living the Dream”
STEPHEN ELLISON CI
Residential Counselor Intern
Stephen graduated from Midland College with an Associate’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in May of 2017 and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Stephen completed his practicum hours and received his counselor intern license while working in areas such as Detox, Residential, and Intensive Outpatient treatment. He relies on cognitive behavioral therapy as well as applying other counseling theories. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
JULIE CHAVEZ, LCDC
Julie obtained an Associate degree specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2015 from Odessa College. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and has had the opportunity for the last 3 years to work in a variety of settings including Detox, Inpatient, and Outpatient services, as well as Family Program. Julie was given the professional opportunity from The Springboard Center to expand after completing her practicum. Julie has gained extensive clinical knowledge and understanding in treating addiction with the experience she has received working in the field. She recently made the transition from working in Adult Inpatient to working in Adolescent Intensive Outpatient. Julie is currently working toward her Bachelors of Psychology through The University of Texas of The Permian Basin. Her great passion is bringing awareness and help to those affected by addiction and mental illness. “Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
JUDY GONZALES, LVN
Judy has been an LVN for 24 years with experience in med/surg, long term care, the methadone clinic, and home health, but the one she enjoys the most is taking care of people while they are in detox. Of the 24 years she has been a nurse, 14 of them have been in detox. Judy loves spending time with her 8 year old granddaughter and her dogs. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling when she has the time. “We have a great team here at the Springboard Center and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
KAREN SEVERANCE, LVN
Karen is a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She worked in the oilfields until 1993 when she completed nursing school. She has been with The Springboard Center since 2014.
PEDRO REYES, LVN
Pedro graduated from an LPN program in Las Vegas, NV and was subsequently awarded an LVN license by the Texas Board of Nursing after moving back to his home state in 2012. He has worked since 2014 at SBC in the Detox Unit directly with clients in their first days at Springboard Center. Pedro has focused his entire 7 year nursing career in behavioral health. His nursing experience includes experience administering Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol in an outpatient setting. Additionally, he has worked in an inpatient hospital for patients suffering from psychiatric illness in active crisis situations. Pedro is bilingual (English/Spanish) and prides himself on providing culturally competent care with compassion and relentless optimism.
BETTY ALVARADO, LVN
Betty, known by all that love her as “Sissy”, is a Texas State Nursing Board licensed LVN who has been practicing nursing for 26 years. In those years, she has done almost everything imaginable, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from cognitive to physical rehabilitation nursing, from med/surg to psych, and more! Sissy was an Assistant Director of Nursing for a long-term care facility in the Permian Basin for several years. She is also a Texas Board Certified Pharmacy Technician with three years of pharmaceutical experience. Finally, Sissy has settled at The Springboard Center as one of the valued detox team members. Here she enjoys putting all her knowledge and experience to work servicing her local community and providing kindness and encouragement to those entrusted to her care.
Marcus has been with The Springboard Center since 2016 as the fitness instructor, and recently started doing meditation classes with the clients. Marcus has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. Marcus is passionate about helping others and enjoys seeing the clients’ progress through the program.
Beth began work at SBC in May of 2009, 2 months after the center opened. She has seen much growth and change for the good while she has been here. She has worked in many fields during her working career from school bus driver, driver’s education teacher, church secretary, and MMH admissions. Beth loves people and loves to see them get a new lease on life here at SBC and has witnessed many miracles. She is helpful from “the other side of the aisle”. Following the guidelines of Matthew 25:36 she began asking people to clean out their closets and donate clothing to us when she noticed how many clients needed it. Then she got SBC to build a storage shed for them. She believes in filling a need when she sees it. She feels she is paying forward the help her family members received when they were suffering in their addictions. When asked when she is going to retire she answers, “Never, I hope!”
Cecilia is active in the local recovery community with a passion for helping newcomers. Prior to working at The Springboard Center, her back ground was mainly in the hospitality Industry. Cecilia is a Lead Recovery Tech with multiple years of experience in the recovery field and is in the process of obtaining her Peer Recovery Specialist certification which will further enhance the benefits she can provide to clients of The Springboard Center. Cecilia has the experience, compassion, and patience it takes to work with people who are battling the disease of addiction. “I believe with humbleness, sincerity, and keeping it simple that everyone can achieve their dreams”.
Quata has been with The Springboard Center for three and a half years. She helps new clients in the Detox Unit with signing of all their consents and reviews the rules with each new client. Quata enjoys assisting each and every new client that comes into Springboard. “I want each and every new client to feel welcome here at the Springboard Center!”
RUBEN VARELA, PRS
Ruben is attending Odessa College where he is studying for his Associate’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Ruben has obtained his Peer Recovery Specialist certification (PRS). Ruben will be taking his practicum hours and will be receiving his counselor intern while working in areas of counseling such as Detox, Residential, as well as Intensive Outpatient treatment. Ruben’s previous positions in the field have included Residential monitor prior to working at The Springboard Center. Ruben strives to increase his knowledge to continue to help others with addiction disorders.
Benita has been with The Springboard Center for just over one year. She enjoys her job and has come to learn a lot of new ideas and has come to understand addiction. She hopes to continue here at Springboard for many more years to come. “You’re never promised tomorrow, so make the best out of life, and tell those you love what they mean to you.”
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Alicia has been with The Springboard Center since April 2017. She has 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Her hobbies include watching TV and dancing.
Bryson is a life-long Midlander. His passions include his wife and step-daughter, and anything sports related. He has worked in the food service industry for the past 16 years. His love for Springboard was instantaneous the moment he saw the artwork on the walls! “I’ve seen all these prints before, in the Museum of the Southwest, where my father worked as a curator during my childhood.” “Regardless of what science says, your mind is your biggest muscle. So exercise it and realize you have the power to lift the world up.”
Armida has been with Springboard housekeeping staff since January 2018. She enjoys her work around the facility. She feels confident in knowing that the positive environment she works in is not only clean, but comfortable for the staff and clients. Aside from work, Armida enjoys coaching volleyball for the Boys and Girls Club, spending weekends out with her family of 3 kiddos, and hitting the gym.
Wilson was rescued from a shelter, but now he’s doing the rescue work himself. Wilson provides emotional support, as well as much needed tail wags, to the clients in our Residential and Detox programs. His gentle demeanor and caring eyes help our clients to feel more at home while in treatment. He can often be found walking the hallways of the building looking to provide love to those in need and, when not doing this, enjoys spending time in Serenity Park chasing tennis balls, exercising with clients, seeking belly rubs, or just basking in the sun.
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