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Patrick McGowan

President

Patrick’s life has been touched by addiction and recovery in many facets, most significantly by being in recovery himself. 

As an active member in both the substance abuse field and recovery community, Patrick has a unique passion for staying active and promoting TAAP’s statewide mission statement.

 

Patrick currently holds a Business Development position at Origins Behavioral Healthcare which has men's and women's gender specific treatment centers in Florida & South Padre Texas. He will bring my collective knowledge and experience from multiple years in the field to help the Austin Chapter of TAAP continue to grow along the lines of their mission. 

 

EDUCATION: Bachelors Degree,The University of Kansas in Sports Management; Minors in Business & Political Science.

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David Hutts, M.S.

Past President

David got his start in the recovery industry more than 5 years ago, where he started out as a tech and has done most jobs in the recovery field.  David has been in business development for 3 years and currently works for La Hacienda Treatment Center. 
 
He enjoys spending time with friends and his dog, Charley.  David enjoys reading, movies and snow skiing.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree, Samford University in Journalism; Master’s Degree, The University of Denver in Advertising.

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Brittany Bass

Vice President

Brittany Bass is a proud native of Austin. She has a passion for helping others not only find recovery, but also a life of purpose and meaning. Brittany also holds the belief that healing is not a one way street, that there are multiple facets and ways to get there. 

 

Brittany works for The Last Resort in Smithville, TX, a treatment center for men as their business development representative. 

 

Aside from working and being active in the recovery industry, Brittany is a mom to an active four year old son. Her hobbies include being outdoors—the lake, the beach, or the mountains, exercising, and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Brittany is currently working on obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, as movement is a huge part of her own recovery. 

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Kim Harrison, CPA

Treasurer

Kim began working in the recovery industry two years ago when she accepted the role as CFO with The Last Resort Recovery Center in Smithville, TX. She is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. Kim started her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young, and has also worked in the Toxicology, Marketing, and Hospitality industries. She feels honored to work in an industry dedicated to improving lives everyday.

 

Kim is dog and horse lover. Her dogs, Harper and Otis, accompany her to work at The Last Resort every day.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor's Degree (Accounting), East Carolina University

Master's in Professional Accounting, The University of Texas at Austin

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Lorelei Gonzalez, MPA

Co-Secretary

Lorelei is a passionate advocate for women’s issues and a communications expert based in Austin, Texas. Lorelei is the Program Director of HERdacity, a local nonprofit dedicated to female empowerment through career development and confidence building. Lorelei also launched her own communications consulting company, Siren’s Song Consulting, in 2019. She specializes in helping small businesses and start-ups refine their messaging and presentation styles.

Lorelei obtained her Bachelors from the University of Arkansas and her Masters from the University of Colorado; additionally, she is certified in nonprofit management. Lorelei is an active volunteer serving Austin’s recovery community, currently on the Board of the Austin chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. When not working, she is decompressing at the movies, spending time with her spouse, adoring her cats, or generally being an extrovert about town!


EDUCATION:


Bachelor’s Degree, The University of Arkansas; Master’s Degree, The University of Colorado in Public Administration with a Certification in Non-Profit Management. 

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Kyle Withrow

Co Secretary

Kyle has a strong history of management, marketing and business development over the past 20 years. He has an extensive background in entrepreneurial endeavors and been an investor and founding member in 5 start-ups. He started his work in recovery community in 2014 in Business Development for a National Recovery program. 

 

He currently holds a Business Development position with Rock Spring Behavioral Health Hospital. 

 

He is a husband and father of 2 boys that loves to travel and see the world with his family. 

 

He studied at San Diego State University and holds a BS in Early Childhood Development.

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Brittney Lollis

Diversity & Inclusion Chair

Brittney Lollis Tolar, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF-C is the Clinical Director at Spearhead Lodge. Spearhead Lodge is a 90 day residential program for young adult males. It is part of the BRC Healthcare. She began working in the field of addictions in 2012. After completing her Masters Degree in Social Work from Savannah State University in 2016, Brittney moved to Austin, Texas to expand her career and knowledge in the addictions field. Over the past 3 years Brittney has worked to share her knowledge by speaking at various conferences around the country such as the Austin TAAP conference, the Texas Social Work conference, and was a keynote at 2020 Mississippi Trauma Informed Care Conference. In 2019, Brittney became certified in the Daring Way, curriculum written by Brene Brown around shame, vulnerability, and courage. Brittney believes in the healing of the whole body; outside of the therapeutic setting she holds space for others as a yoga teacher at a local studio in Austin.

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Savannah State University in Behavior Analysis

Masters Degree, Savannah State University in Social Work

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Leah McIlrath

Membership Chair

Leah McIlrath is the director/owner of Grace Recovery ATX, in Austin Texas. She is a certified peer recovery coach and is in pursuit to become a Licenced Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Leah works daily to help women recover from the disease of addiction, in all areas of their life. Having family roots embedded in alcoholism and addiction, and being a woman in recovery herself, drives her passionate desire to help others find freedom from addiction, and is what led her to this work. At her core, Leah believes that great change is always possible.

Leah is a very grateful mother of four beautiful children, together they live in Austin, Texas.

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Chrissy Glenn

Legislative Chair

Chrissy struggled with addiction majority of her youth and into her adult life. After losing her mom to the disease of addiction, she had a spiritual awakening and knew her purpose moving forward was to help guide others to the solution of sobriety. She now has achieved long term sobriety by the grace of God. She is passionate about her role in TAAP because she has seen how members of her family with substance abuse and mental health disorders be treated by our judicial system and wants to change that. Chrissy started her career in Admissions and quickly moved through the ranks to become Director of Business Development at Infinite recovery, where she has been for almost 3 years. When Chrissy is not working, you can find her on the volleyball court or exploring Austin with her boyfriend and pups. 

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Chris Quaglino, LCSW, LCDC

Member At Large

Chris has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of At-Risk Youth ages 16 to 30 for over a decade working as the 24/7/365 full time and on-call mental health coordinator for Gary Job Corps. He continues to gain the knowledge and skills needed to assist his clients with substance misuse, mental health issues, goal setting, communication concerns and life aspirations.

Prior to a career in mental health, Chris worked in the high-tech electronics semiconductor industry for over 23 years. This electronics experience enhances his unique ability to combine real-life troubleshooting methods with proven psychotherapeutic treatment skills.

Chris is currently in private practice in Austin, Texas where he is continuing his passion for assisting others in having a great life experience.

EDUCATION:
Digital Electronics Certificate from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. And a Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin (now the Steve Hicks School of Social Work).

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Ashley Olson

Member at Large

Ashley’s passion for helping others find quality patient care comes from her own experience overcoming alcoholism and an eating disorder through the treatment centers that assisted in her recovery. She has worked in the substance abuse industry for over five years in marketing, operations, account management, and community relations. In her current role at Shadow Mountain Recovery, she is responsible for clinical outreach in the state of Texas. 

 

Her hobbies include enjoying friends, family, outdoor activities, music, animals, travel, and she is actively pursuing a degree in nursing.  Success to her means leading others to their own health and happiness.

 

Education 

Bachelor’s Degree, San Diego State University in Journalism  

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TJ Sachdev

Member at Large

TJ Sachdev entered the behavioral healthcare space with a keen focus and passion to increase access to quality medical and clinical care. She has served on boards as an advocate for women professionals in addiction recovery seeking leadership roles. TJ currently works at Discovery Behavioral Health as a Strategic Relations Manager working to mobilize the healthcare model within organizations and help destigmatize addiction and mental health in the workplace. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Human Development from UC Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California.  

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Angel Landrum, MA, LPC-S, LCDC, MAC

Member at Large

Angel Landrum is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  She graduated from St. Edwards University with her Masters in Arts in Counseling. Angel’s career started in the corporate world after she received her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her experience includes working with substance use disorders and mental health; additionally, she is  an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified EMDR therapist and works extensively with trauma, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders within this modality.

 

Giving back to her profession is a passion, whether it’s through her supervision, consultations or volunteering with the Austin Chapter Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. Angel enjoys being outside, especially in a city as amazing as Austin.  You will find her and her wife, out on their E-Bikes, riding around downtown Austin and Ladybird Lake.