Jonathan WatersVICE PRESIDENT
Dana AudetteCFO DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Emily Violet LuskADMISSIONS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Thomas McConathaEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jimmy Crowley LCDCWEEKEND COUNSELOR
Sheila TurnerPRIMARY COUNSELOR
Bryan HillDIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES/ALUMNI
Terry BussePRIMARY COUNSELOR
David CarrollDIRECTOR OF UTILIZATION REVIEW
Cindy CasasDIRECTOR OF NURSING
Jamie HuffierDIRECTOR OF NUTRITIONAL SERVICES
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.
Jon has an incredible passion for helping people who suffer from addiction. Jon has battled with this disease for over ten years, trying to find a way out. After finding a solution to his own problem, he feels as though his main purpose in life is to pass along what he has been so freely given.
Jon is passionate about the 12 Steps and a spiritual way of life and is spending much of his time in the trenches helping those who are afflicted. He is an International Peer Recovery Specialist by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. He is originally from Fort Worth, TX and enjoys playing sports and spending time with his wonderful family.
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.
Emily Violet Lusk
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.
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.
Jimmy Crowley LCDC
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.
Sheila is originally from Crowley, Texas and has been working in the addiction field since 2008.The experience she has gained from her own long battle with alcoholism and building a foundation and a design for living via the 12 steps has allowed her to identify and rely on what works and letting go of what does not work. Sheila’s passion in helping others find their truth has only increased since beginning in the field over 10 years ago. Not only does Sheila relish working with the clients at Brazos but she also enjoys working with the family members/loved ones. Sheila also enjoys spending quality family time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow up. She also enjoys reading, movies and a new-found love of gardening!
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.
Cindy is originally from Chicago, IL and has nearly 25 years Nursing experience in areas of Trauma, Psychiatric, and Emergency. Cindy has seen addiction in all of these ranges and has a firm understanding of what clients should expect when being treated medically for substance abuse. As Director of Nursing, Cindy partners with the Medical and Clinical team, to provide personal and professional medically managed services, human-to-human, for our clients. In addition to her extensive Nursing and Medical experience, Cindy is a passionate dog owner, mothering 3 Pomeranians.
Jamie was raised in Cleburne Texas. She graduated from Cleburne High School where she studied her first passion Veterinary Services. Jamie has worked in hospitality for 30 years and has developed a thoughtful and thorough passion for providing clients with nutritional and heartfelt meals. In her spare time Jamie enjoys gardening her roses, the outdoors and spending time with her dogs Beggar, Bobo and Bella.