As co-founder of Brazos Intensive Outpatient Program LLC, Brazos Recovery Center LLC and Ebby’s Place LLC, Ben Patterson brings the vision of hope to all three organizations.
Ben’s vision to offer quality recovery and accountability to the on-going journey of newly recovering addicts and alcoholics has become the basis for hope for the many recovered addicts that have come through his organizations. Through Ben’s own 23 years in and around the treatment industry, his recovery has brought about an experience that he now passes on to others, not only those tied with Brazos Recovery Center and Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program but in all aspects of drug and alcohol treatment and recovery. His passion is in chasing addicts and drunks and showing them that there is a new way to live. Ben is very passionate about the recovery process that has saved his life and countless others. Ben believes in residents transforming their lives through living by and following the 12 steps and developing a personal relationship with God.
Josh came to us from a nationally known treatment facility. He brings to Brazos a wealth of passion and experience. Josh has served on the front lines, battling addiction for over four years. He brings his personal recovery experience, winning his own war over clinical dependency. He dedicates his life to helping others achieve the freedom he has been given.
Josh is a strong advocate of meeting people where they are at and being an example for them as he lives what he teaches. He brings a no nonsense approach laced with love and compassion to help reach those who are lost as Josh once was. Josh is currently pursuing his degree in business and is certified by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist. Josh is an invaluable member of our team.
Kim began pursuing her LCDC certification after watching the devastating effects that drugs had on a friend’s life.
Kim’s heart and passion for those in recovery are a vital component of the Brazos Recovery Services support team. Passionate about the healing power of God in her own life, Kim also brings spiritual insight to the recovery process of each resident. Kim has first-hand experience of what it takes to re-create your life through God and is more than willing to share this. Kim is a devoted mother, wife and spends a great deal of her energy on helping family members that have loved ones struggling with addiction.
Business development director
Raul Cartagena comes to Brazos after experiencing a full range of treatment experiences, from state funded facilities to predominantly known private residential centers. Along with his loyalty, he brings to the Brazos team a high caliber of love and compassion for the real deal addict and alcoholic. His wealth of knowledge and experience with recovery and treatment contributes greatly to the Brazos treatment model. Raul is dedicated to the pursuit of equality of the addict and alcoholic worldwide, and he is on the front lines for mental health reform. With his ability to be straightforward and dependable, he influences the Brazos family to continue to be motivated to help our clients.
Aside from being a leader at Brazos, Raul is a family man and celebrates his children. His sole vocation and devotion to carrying the 12 step message is what keeps him driven and continue in this field.
Director of operations
Dana Audette brings to the Brazos team a wealth of accounting experience and operational abilities. Dana holds dual degrees and has a keen grasp of finance and checks and balances. Before making Brazos her professional home, she was Controller of a major real estate company in Dallas for over 20 years. Dana keeps up to date with the latest financial rules and regulations and has been a driving force in the day to day operations of Brazos since joining the Brazos family. She loves being part of an organization that is dedicated to helping others and hopes to put her skills and strengths to good use and help Brazos to continue to grow.
When not working, Dana is a wife of 17 years and the mother to a 15 year old and a 10 year old. She plays an active role in her children’s extracurricular activities and is an avid reader and loves movies and outdoor activities.
LCSW, LCDC, VICE PRESIDEnt
Executive Clinical Director
Briana has been working in the addiction field since obtaining her Master’s Degree in 2004. The experience she has gained from moving up from entry level counselor through program direct and now executive clinical director has allowed her to identify and rely on what works and letting go of what does not work. Briana’s passion in helping others find their truth and be set free has only increased since beginning in the field over ten years ago. Not only does Briana relish working with the clients at Brazos Intensive Outpatient Program, LLC, but she also enjoys working with the family members/loved ones and takes pride in the amazing staff that has grown up about Brazos since the program opened.
Briana also enjoys spending quality family time with her family and watching her niece and nephew grow up. She also enjoys reading, movies and a new found love of traveling, passport in progress!
Mellissa Bruce, RN, BSN, CARN
director of nursing
Mellissa Bruce, RN joins the Brazos team with over 7 years of experience (including being an ICU nurse). She earned her Bachelors in Science in Nursing from Tarleton State University. Her knowledge of the disease of addiction and alcoholism opened the door for her to be passionate about her work in coordinating medical care with kindness and consideration. Mellissa makes sure our clients are stable and safe so they are able to focus on the work they need to do here. She believes, detoxing or not, our clients deserve to be comfortable in order for them to recover from this insidious disease. She is steadfastly dedicated to assuring the best care for any and all clients that come to Brazos Recovery.
Mellissa is a mother to 3 young boys and is a devoted wife. She enjoys working out and makes it a point to make it a family activity. She is currently studying to become CARN Certified.
Emily Violet Lusk
admissions administrative assistant
Emily Violet is originally from San Antonio and got sober by way of Kerrville, Texas. She has had multiple treatment episodes and stints of sobriety before she was able to maintain long term results. Emily is now consumed with passion for recovery and is a firm believer that involvement is where change becomes possible. “I had been to so many 12 step classes and could practically recite The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, but I could not stay sober. It wasn’t until I involved myself in this way of life and showed up and owned up in ways I hadn’t before, that I was able to stay sober and above all, learn!”
Emily joined the Brazos team from another prevalent treatment center and she brings a wealth of knowledge on all levels of care. Her experience in addiction and the demonstration of the Power of Recovery gives our clients an opportunity to bear witness to the promises made by the 12 step program. She is devoted to giving our clients the care and attention they deserve to recover from this disease. When she’s not helping her fellows, Emily Violet is a new mother. She has a passion for her art and art history and enjoys collecting eclectic antiques and going to trade shows.
continuum care director
Thomas has a passion for this field after spending 18 years in and around the treatment industry. Thomas spent 21 years fighting his own battle with alcoholism and addiction. After experiencing the miracle of freedom from active addiction and alcoholism, Thomas feels that his divine calling and real purpose is to help fellow alcoholics and addicts achieve long term sobriety through practical application of the 12 steps and a spiritual way of life. Thomas wholeheartedly believes in our team and our no nonsense approach to breaking the cycle of addiction.
transitional living/discharge coordinator
Will is originally from Dallas, TX. He entered a treatment center late in 2011 and has stayed sober since then. Will has had experience working with several treatment centers in the past, but found his home at Brazos Recovery Center. He has a real passion for helping others achieve long-term sobriety. Will is also passionate about fitness and nutrition. He has trained alongside some of the top fitness experts in Texas.
LCDC / COUNSELOR
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Jimmy attended school at Texas Tech University and Weatherford College. He battled drug addiction and repeated relapses for 22 years before discovering spiritual solution through the 12 steps. Jimmy has worked in the field of addiction for over 15 years and maintains a strong belief that anyone, no matter how bad things have gotten in their life, can and will recover from drug and alcohol addiction, provided they are open, honest and willing to take direction. Jimmy is a firm believer in service work, carrying the message and growing closer to God. In his spare time, Jimmy loves to play golf and visit family and friends.
Trey Peveler is originally from Valley Mills, TX and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Paint and Auto Collision Repair. After many years struggling with his addiction and many attempts to stay sober through state-funded and privately-owned facilities, Trey finally got to a point where he felt that change was necessary. Like most of us, Trey was introduced to a solution-based concept of the 12 steps and he now celebrates multiple years of sobriety and recovery!
“I make it a point to be willing to do whatever to help guys find a new way of life.” Aside from being a family man, Trey continues to participate in his own 12 step recovery, helps run two different self-help groups and enjoys spending his free time with his family.
lead recovery advocate
Bryan Hill joins the Brazos Family from Alvarado, Texas. Bryan’s light-hearted approach and ability to be a good listener allows him to be helpful and accommodating to our clients. “It’s important for my own recovery to be willing to do whatever it takes to help, both inside Brazos Recovery and outside. I am dedicated to being of service.” Bryan’s personal faith is what opened the door for his own recovery. Aside from being a Personal Advocate, Bryan enjoys making music. His devotion to being of service makes him a pillar in his church community.
Garrett (Rett) Byrne
Rett came to Brazos Recovery Services one and half years ago from California as a client needing recovery. While in California, he was a contractor with many trades. After going through treatment and working the program, he made a lifelong decision to stay sober and start working toward his future. After finishing the program, he was asked what he was going to do with his life and he chose to continue to help others in the sober lifestyle.
Rett made the decision to stay with Brazos Recovery Services as an employee in a maintenance capacity. He has continued to stay sober and successful with Brazos, as he is now the head of maintenance and oversees two other workers. Rett has become a great asset to the company and continues to help the company grow.
Kat McGinnis is originally from Arlington Texas. She brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to the Brazos team. Her heartfelt cooking paired with an unparalleled sense of humor is a breath of fresh air! She is keen on giving our clients high quality food served with a smile. With that goal she is able to put smiles on our clients’ faces. In her spare time, Kat relishes in her passion for landscaping and working outside in general. She is a self-taught carpenter and enjoys making the most of her home environment.
Sue Wigglesworth comes to Brazos Recovery from upstate New York and has 14 years of personal sobriety. Her cooking and hospitality experience is what separates her from the norm! Her motto is “I cook everything like they’re coming to my house!” She has the ability to maintain a positive attitude in all of her endeavors.
Sue is steadfast in her spirituality and her recovery and makes it a point to be of service to others. Her go-getter personality is an asset for the Brazos team. In her spare time, she enjoys tending to her animals, which include dogs, cats, fish, birds and even a raccoon! She is currently enrolled in school and enjoys participating in additional 12 step programs designed for families. She is a firm believer that “Change is Good.”
Tyson Womble, LCDC-I
Tyson Womble was raised in Lubbock, TX. He graduated from Texas Tech University and is a passionate Red Raider. He battled with alcoholism and addiction for 18 years. He went to treatment and suffered relapse. He got reconnected spiritually through the 12 steps and has been sober ever since. His passion for recovery lead him back to work for the treatment facility of which he is alumni. He began his career in addiction and recovery there and met his fiancé. He is the newest member of the Brazos Clinical Team and is pursuing his LCDC. Tyson enjoys fly fishing, camping, and spending time with his son and family.
Tara Pannell, LMSW, LCDC
Tara Pannell was raised in Garland, TX. She graduated from Texas A & M University where she studied her first passion, Theatre Arts. After a long battle with alcoholism she went to treatment and was introduced to a design for living via the 12 steps. She built a foundation of recovery in Kerrville, TX. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Baylor University and began her career in the field of addiction and recovery. Tara is a Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor and a Licensed Master Social Worker with a specialization in Collegiate Recovery. Tara enjoys live music shows, the outdoors and spending time with her dog, Peanut Butter. Tara recently celebrated 10 years of recovery and got engaged to the love of her life.