Hannah’s House Staff

Stephanie J. Smith, LPC, LCDC -
Hannah’s House Clinical Coordinator

Stephanie Smith_SmStephanie Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin. However, after winning the war against her own battles with drug and alcohol addition, Stephanie decided to make addiction counseling her career choice. As part of her recovery, Ms. Smith was in charge of managing a sober house in Kerrville, Texas, but has since then progressed and has received her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) certification from the Institute for Chemical Dependency Studies in Houston, TX. She then continued her educational pursuits, earning a Masters in Clinical Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Stephanie is also well-versed and trained in the use of EMDR during the course of treatment.

Leaving behind her career as an Investment Counselor was an easy choice for Stephanie, as she can now experience and aid the daily growth of her clients. She guides clients through the recovery process to help them gain freedom, both from their addictions and from the struggles of their lives. Stephanie draws upon her past experiences along with her training to better relate with her patients, providing an empathetic shoulder that the women in Hannah’s House can trust and rely upon. The care that Stephanie provides allows each patient to grow at their own pace, and in their own way. Stephanie is a wonderful example of the happiness recovery can bring to a person; she continues to maintain her lifelong interest in music and the joy she feels while exploring the outdoors.

Julie Willingham, LCDC – Transitions Coordinator for Hannah’s House

Julie Willingham-SmJulie Willingham received a B.A. in Sociology from Pomona College. Since that time, Julie has served in the addiction treatment field in a variety of positions. Over a 25-year span, she worked as the Regional Marketing Coordinator for Sante Center for Healing, the Program Director for Burning Tree Programs, a Counselor and Clinical Director of the Adolescent Program for Dallas-based Solutions Outpatient Services, and a Counselor and Community Service Representative for La Hacienda Treatment Center. It is the gratitude she feels for her own recovery (since 1985), and her fear of complacency that fuels Julie’s passion to help others to recover.

Julie is best known for her counseling style, blending compassion with candor. Using one of her own analogies, Julie likes to turn sprint racers, who look promising coming out the gate but never make it around the first lap, into long-distance runners who can handle life’s unexpected course of ups and downs. Ms. Willingham’s specialty is working with clients who are too smart, too sensitive, or too charming for their own good. Her personal commitment is to never give up on anyone and to never ask a client to do something she would not be willing to do herself.

Amber Church, LCDC, PRS – Weekend Clinical Care Coordinator

- Adult Case Manager

AmberAmber Church earned her bachelor’s degree at University of North Texas in Community Counseling, an associate’s degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Texas State Technical College, is certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialis, and is currently more than halfway through her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Following her own addiction recovery in August of 2005, Amber began working in the field of addiction treatment. It was her own recovery that helped her realize her passion and life dedication to helping others recover from this devastating disease. She truly believes in better our world, and she is dedicated to passing along the benefits of the modern 12-step program of recovery used at Origins Recovery Centers.

After receiving her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) certification her in 2008, Ms. Church worked in both outpatient and inpatient (residential) treatment programs; she worked in crisis stabilization programs; and she specialized in programs working with people with HIV/AIDs. She has also worked directly with court programs and child protective services (CPS) to help her clients, and to educate the community on addictions. Amber is particularly proud of her volunteer work in a program which made national news for its efforts to help prostitutes get off the streets of Dallas and find refuge in treatment. It is this type of work which helped Amber discover her passion for working with female clients. She truly understands that the female population has very different, specialized needs in terms of recovery, and she aims to provide that specialized care.

For fun, Amber she enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs Bastian (Boxer) and Madonna (Chihuahua). She also enjoys volunteering at the nearby Sea Turtle Rescue Center to help injured sea turtles. Meditation, existentialism, listening to the sounds of the waves, eating Asian cuisine and laughing with friends are all part of her life experience. In Amber’s own words, “I am extremely grateful to be alive and have the ability to help the world be a better place.”

Lara Lohman, LMSW – Adult Case Manager

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Tara Pannell, LMSW, LCDC – Adult Case Manager

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Michelle Ramirez, LPC, LCDC-I – Adult Case Manager

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Jamie Sousa – Transitions House Adult Case Manager

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Allison Wynn – Recovery Advocate Supervisor

Allison Wynn-SmWith her father having been recovered for more than 25 years, Allison virtually grew up around 12-step meeting rooms. When it became apparent to her family that she too needed help, they took to heart the concept of passing along the message of helping others and started taking her to meetings. After almost a year of attending meetings with her family she saw the need to ask for help. She actually began to work the 12-step process for the first time and hasn’t looked back since.

Allison is a firm believer in service work, which has been a huge part of her recovery. Her own experience with addiction, together with her involvement with volunteer work at Austin Recovery has lead her here, to Origins, where she enjoys guiding others like herself through the process of ridding themselves of addiction. Her main goal of working here is to help as many people as she can. It has become “the light of my life”, and she thrives on the indescribable joy when she begins to see the light of recovery in the eyes of the women she works with. “I love the experience already and cannot wait to learn more and grow so that I can reach more women!!”

Sharon Sauer – Transitions Recovery Advocate

Sharon Sauer_SmBorn and raised in Houston, Texas the youngest girl of eight children, Sharon knows a little about growing up surrounded by the disease of alcoholism. After tragically losing two uncles to this disease, Sharon’s parents did not hesitate to intervene on her behalf when they recognized the signs and symptoms of alcoholism showing up in her life. Sharon began her new life in sobriety after spending time in a rehab in the hill county. Nine years later, she has discovered peace of mind and has a passion for helping others.

Sharon began sponsoring women at five months sober and took on service commitments at 6 months sober. Early on in sobriety, Sharon lived in Austin, Texas and was an active member of La Hacienda alumni group as well as serving on the board of her home group of Western Trails Group. Shortly after graduating with a Master in Business Administration from St. Edward’s University, Sharon moved to her hometown of Houston, Texas. While in Houston, she served as the Treasurer of Houston City Wide Group and General Service Representative for Primary Purpose Group.

Sharon’s background and skills provide the credibility needed to cultivate strategic alliances and partnerships with critical stakeholders. Sharon has over 16 years of experience working as a Development Director, Marketing Director, Grants Manager and Human Resources Manager. She is well rounded and can motivate staff to perform at optimal levels. Sharon looks forward to combining both professional experience and sobriety experience to enhance the women’s lives at Hanna’s House.

Allison Hale – Recovery Advocate

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Gina Hansen – Recovery Advocate

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Allison Hart – Recovery Advocate

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Sara Hinojosa – Recovery Advocate

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Stephanie Horst – Recovery Advocate

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Naomi Hoshino – Recovery Advocate

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Dawnya Janousek – Recovery Advocate

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Jessica McMillan – Recovery Advocate

JessieOriginally a native of San Antonio, Jessie McMillian relocated to Dallas in 2006 to enter into recovery and get sober. Since that time, Jessie has been involved in recovery-based groups in the DFW-area. She has a distinct passion and singular purpose for working with women who have a sincere desire to seek wellness and recovery from addiction. She also has a strong desire to one day work with children and adolescent patients whose lives have been affected by drug addiction and alcoholism

Jessie knows no greater joy than sharing her experiences, strengths and hopes with those in the early stages of sobriety. To her, seeing the light return to the formerly sad and dark eyes of those suffering as they recover constitutes the essence of spiritual and professional fulfillment. Jessie has been incredibly blessed in her own life, and she is completely grateful for the opportunity to work with the female patients of Hannah’s House.

In her spare time, Jessie enjoys reading, writing, dancing (ballroom, country and western), as well as spending time with her dog, Captain. Jessie fully intends to complete her degree so that she may fulfill her desire to work with children and adolescent patients. 

Nicole Mullowney – Recovery Advocate

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Amanda Murphy – Recovery Advocate

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Sonia Pineda – Recovery Advocate

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Carol Plumb – Recovery Advocate

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Patricia Rangel – Recovery Advocate

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Lila Simmons – Recovery Advocate

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Kristen Utley – Recovery Advocate

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Alicia Watkins – Recovery Advocate

Alicia Watkins-SmAlicia Watkins is a native Texan; she was born, raised and remained in Garland, Texas until 2011, when she moved down to The Rio Grande Valley. Growing up with some family members struggling under the burden of addiction, she has since dedicated her life to helping those in need; clearly demonstrated by her having been a foster parent over the years for over 30 drug-exposed newborns. In addition, she worked with the Texas Dept. of Child & Family Services (TDPRS) for many years, providing her with extensive knowledge and experience working with children and adults who were often affected by drug or alcohol abuse.

Her zeal for helping others continues with her work here at Hannah’s House, where her training and experience can be brought to bear in helping the diversity of clients who come here to overcome addiction, learning to lead happy and productive lives without chemical dependence. She loves to watch them emerge from their experience here having changed and grown past the need for drugs or alcohol just to feel normal. It supports her heartfelt belief that it is her mission in life to help others, and to give them the wisdom of her years of experience in this field without judgment of their past. In her own words, “I feel very blessed to be a part of the Origins family and having the opportunity to work with such high-energy, caring and compassionate ladies.” In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and absolutely loves to travel. Living here on South Padre Island also allows her to enjoy her favorite hobbies; kayaking, boating, photography, snorkeling/diving, landscaping… to name just a few.

Hailey Webster – Recovery Advocate

Hailey Webster-SmHailey is a Texan through and through, growing up in Ft. Worth, Texas, and studying Social Work at the University of Texas, Arlington. Having been through her own struggle with addiction she understands the toll it takes, as well as what it takes to successfully embrace the recovery process and to continue life free from chemical dependence. After learning to properly incorporate a 12-step program of recovery into her life during treatment in Hunt, Texas, she decided to actively practice the concept of passing along the message of recovery to others suffering from the disease of addiction. She hasn’t looked back since. During her post-treatment stay at a sober living facility in Kerrville, TX, she became heavily involved with the 12-step community, holding a number of service positions and even becoming the manager of the home in which she lived. Hailey loves being able to provide others with the same care and understanding she was given during her journey through recovery, and she can fully realize this objective by working with the women at Hannah’s House who have come seeking treatment for the same disease she has successfully overcome. As with many of the other staff members, Hailey provides a shining example of what a recovered lifestyle can bring to those previously living only with hopelessness and despair.

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