Springboard Staff

Counselors

Casey Estrada, LCDC
Residential Counselor

Casey Estrada is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2009 and will be starting her Master of Social Work in 2018. Casey has had the opportunity to work in a variety of positions in the field of addiction which have allowed her to continue to grow as a counselor and gain an expanded knowledge of addiction and recovery. Casey has 7 years of experience as a counselor in the field of addiction and recovery. Casey’s previous positions in the field have included Residential coordinator and Residential Director prior to working at The Springboard Center.

Charles McKnight, LCDC
Residential Counselor

Charles graduated from Howard College in December of 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He received his LCDC license in the summer of 2016 while working in the Outpatient program with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsel of the Concho Valley. Prior to this, he had work with Turning Point of Odessa as an intern during 2014 and the beginning of 2015. He has worked with assisting others in recovery for over 11 years. He has grown to believe the need to remain abstinent is just as important as the air he breathes.

Julie Chavez, Ci
Residential Counselor

Julie obtained an Associate degree specializing in Alcohol and Drug Addiction in 2015 from Odessa College. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and has had the opportunity 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 knowledge and understanding in treating addiction clinically with the experience she has received working in the field. 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.”

Stephen Ellison, Ci
Residential Counselor

Stephen graduated from Midland College with an Associate’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in May of 2017. Stephen completed his practicum hours and received his counselor intern while working in areas of counseling such as Detox, Residential, as well as Intensive Outpatient treatment. He relies on cognitive behavioral therapy as well as applying counseling theories.  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Angela Overton, LCDC
Outpatient Counselor

Angela Overton obtained an Associate degree specializing in Alcohol and Drug Addiction in 2008 from Odessa College. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient services as well as therapeutic community (TDCJ). This diverse experience has provided Angela with much knowledge and understanding in treating individuals who present with addiction issues. Angela feels that this line of work is her calling and does it with passion. She believes in recovery because it changes lives.

Teresa Myers, LCDC
Outpatient Counselor

Teresa Myers 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 Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Teresa strives to increase her knowledge to continue to help others with addiction disorders. Her passion is her clients and helping others.

Penny Warner, Ci
Outpatient Counselor

Penny Warner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2012 and is pursuing a Master of Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin currently. A native Texan, she is a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient and Girl Scout Lifetime Member.  Penny is passionate about working for The Springboard Center and helping others to improve their lives. With energetic interest, warmth and compassion she brings a personal message of hope to working with individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction.  “Together we can change the way we think so that we can change the way we live.”

Nursing Staff

Judy

Judy Gonzales, LVN

Judy graduated from the nursing program at Western Texas College with her nursing degree in 1994. She has over 12 years of experience working in the field of substance abuse; specifically detox. She also has experience in med/surg, long-term care, and home health. Judy currently works in the detox unit of The Springboard Center.

Dallas Lann, LVN

Dallas is a 2005 graduate of the Midland College licensed vocational nursing program.  His 12 years of nursing experience include hospital staff and education nursing, cognitive and physical rehabilitation nursing, psychiatric and behavioral health nursing, and three years of pediatric home health nursing. Dallas entered into a new facet of his career when he brought his years of training and experience here to the Springboard Center in December of 2015 to become part of our much valued Springboard nursing team.

Pedro

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 works in the Detox Unit directly with clients in their first days at Springboard Center. Pedro has focused his entire 5 year nursing career in behavioral health. His nursing experience includes working in an inpatient hospital for patients suffering from psychiatric illness in the midst of crisis situations. Additionally, he has experience administering methadone, suboxone, and vivitrol in an outpatient setting. Pedro is bilingual (English/Spanish) and prides himself on providing culturally competent care with compassion and relentless optimism.

Karen

Karen Severance, LVN

Karen graduated from Odessa College School of Nursing in 1993 and has 21 years of experience. Karen also worked in the West Texas Oil industry in the field for 14 years.

Operations Staff

Michelle Johnson
Admissions Specialist

Michelle is a Midland native who has worked at treatment centers in California as well as other centers in Texas both for adults and adolescents with a combined experience of over 6 years. In her time at the Tarrant County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Michelle worked both at a youth group home and volunteered with the local crisis/suicide hotline. Michelle has a passion for horses and has volunteered with Wings of Hope in Burleson, Texas as well as locally with Horses, Hearts, and Hands in Midland, Texas who provide equine assisted activities to those with special needs and Veterans. “I want anyone who contacts me to have the opportunity to live sober and experience the growth, healing, and restoration that comes with a life in sobriety. You do not have to take the journey alone.”

Leslie Jasso
Admissions Specialist

Leslie has over five year 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 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. “

John Cottle
Business Development Specialist

Known in the industry as “Boston John,” he has more than ten years experience in the treatment industry including direct care, Admissions, and Business development. John brings his years of expertise to the Springboard Center to assist in creating new avenues for potential clients and referral sources. John is always aiming to be of assistance to those still suffering through addiction personally and professionally.

Carroll Prejean
Tech Supervisor

Carroll is a dedicated member of the local addiction treatment and recovery community and prior to working at the Springboard Center worked mainly in the hospitality industry. There he focused on customer service and held many different management positions which aided in his interpersonal development.  Carroll is responsible for aiding our Inpatient as well as Outpatient clients in learning and understanding the process of twelve step modalities, including the tools necessary for long-term recovery and became certified as a Peer Recovery Specialist in April 2016. Carroll’s no-nonsense attitude along with a demeanor of spiritual gratitude have been the main attributes which have benefited a substantial number of clients in their recovery in the time he has been at The Springboard Center. “I feel that the most important thing I can do for a client is show them love, compassion, acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness until they can show it to themselves.”

Zach Neuser
Compliance Manager & Sober Living Coordinator

Zach is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist, graduated from Midland College with an associate degree in alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in business administration in management at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. He has been with The Springboard Center for two years and is passionate about helping those on the road to recovery, like himself, to create the life they always dreamed of living. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Socrates

Wilson
Emotional Support

While Wilson was rescued from a shelter, 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 program.  His gentle demeanor and caring eyes help our clients to feel more at home while in Residential 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 a tennis ball, exercising with clients, seeking belly rubs or just basking in the sun.