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Counselors

Charles “Chuck” McKnight, LCDC

Residential Counselor

Chuck received his degree from Howard College in December of 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Technology and Chemical Dependence Counseling Specialization.  As an intern he worked at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsel of the Concho Valley (ADACCV) and Turning Point of Odessa.  He received his license at ADACCV and has been with Springboard since June 2017. He has worked with other people attempting to get and stay sober for over 12 years. “I’m a firm believer in no matter how old we are or what we have accomplished in our lives, we can always gain more through continued education.  No matter what is going on in life, we don’t give up!”

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”

Shannon Brandt, CI

Residential Counselor Intern

Shannon graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX with an Associate’s Degree of Addiction Studies in Human Services in 2013.  Shannon completed her practicum with a state residential program.  She will continue to increase her knowledge in the field of counseling in areas of Detox and Residential. She is passionate about helping others and grateful to be given the chance to change lives. “Find happiness in the little things.”

Stephen Ellison Ci

IOP 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.”

Teresa Myers, LCDC

IOP Counselor

Teresa graduated in 2012 from Texas State Technical College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She was awarded her License in Chemical Dependency Counseling in January 2016. Her experience includes working with Inpatient Detoxification programs, State Residential Programs, Therapeutic Communities and has been working with the Intensive Outpatient Program here at Springboard for the last year. Teresa strives to increase her knowledge to continue to help others with addiction disorders by not only sharing her book knowledge but by also sharing her own personal experience, strength and hope. Her passion is her clients and helping others.

Julie Chavez, LCDC

Adolescent IOP Counselor

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.”

Mary Ashleigh Johnson

Adolescent & Family Therapist

Mary Ashleigh obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tarleton State University in 2012 and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health in 2016. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults both in inpatient and outpatient settings. She has educational and clinical experience in relational, addiction, grief, and crisis and trauma counseling. She is passionate about helping clients work through life transitions or struggles. “As a team we can begin to sort through the pain or discomfort in a safe place by rewriting your life story with hope and healing.”

Nursing Staff

Judy Gonzales, LVN

Nurse

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

Nurse

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

Nurse

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

Nurse

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.

Admissions

Leslie Jasso, PRS

Lead Admissions Specialist

Leslie has over 10 years’ experience working in many different capacities at not only The Springboard Center, but other treatment centers in Texas. She has extensive experience working in the Mental Health Industry as well as sober living environments. Leslie brings the dedication she puts forth in her own personal recovery as a member of the Twelve Step Programs to The Springboard Center’s Admissions team. “I am dedicated to helping others to achieve successful long term recovery from substance abuse. It all starts with a decision to change your life, and I can help you get started.”

Kenneth Ligon, PRS

Admissions Specialist

Kenneth has been active in the recovery community since February of 2016. Before being employed at The Springboard Center he served in many different areas of the oil industry. Kenneth received his Peer Recovery Specialist certification in 2018. Kenneth is passionate about recovery and sharing the spiritual values that helped him in his recovery process. Kenneth believes that no one is too far gone to reach recovery and that all things are possible through God.

Ashley Hoppman

Admissions Specialist and Business Development Specialist

Ashley is a self-starter who recognizes that hard work will pay off for those who put in the effort. Ashley grew up in Midland, TX and started her journey to recovery at the Palmer Drug Abuse Program where she later was the coordinator for the Midland Coalition which focused on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and marijuana use in the local youth. Ashley encourages prospective clients to see their purpose and to highlight their talents, thereby showing how they can change their world. Ashley now spreads the message for The Springboard Center working in a dual role of Admissions and Business Development. “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young, be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Callye O’Reilly

Receptionist

Callye was born and raised in the Permian Basin and lives in Odessa. She graduated from Permian High School and attended classes at Odessa College. She and her husband Braden have a beautiful two and a half year old daughter and are both active members in their local recovery community. She has been with The Springboard Center since July of 2018. Callye strives to bring hope and comfort to those affected by alcoholism and drug addiction. “Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.” -Jacob M. Braude. So come let us help you learn the skills needed to help yourself.

Fitness

Marcus Jackson

Fitness Instructor

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.

Techs

Beth Emfinger

Tech

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 Reyes

Lead Recovery Tech

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 Allison

Tech

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

Recovery Tech

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.

Rebecca Morales, CMA

Med Tech

Rebecca has been working in nursing for over 24 years. She has worked closely with Veterans for over 13 years where she has had training in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She has been a certified nurse’s aide since2002 and a certified medication aide since 2006. “I have a heart for helping people and joining Springboard in 2017 has put me in a position to do that every day.”

Kitchen

Benita Quiroz

Cook

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.”

Alicia Knox

Assistant Kitchen Manager

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 Mitchell

Cook

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.”

Housekeeping

Armida Apodaca

Housekeeper

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.

Ida Tabares

Housekeeper

Ida is a member of our housekeeping staff. She has worked in housekeeping for over 18 years and enjoys her job because she feels she contributes to the positive environment around her. Her favorite activities outside of work are reading fashion magazines, watching Fixer Upper and Animal Planet. When she arrives home from work she is greeted by her two bundles of energy, Mighty and Rage. Her Boston Terriers always make her smile.

Good Boys

Wilson

Emotional Support

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.

Admission Application

You can speed up the admissions process by submitting your pre-admissions screening online.

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