Jay Kelley – Recovery Advocate Supervisor
Jet Johnson – Shift Lead Recovery Advocate
Brent Thach -
Recovery Advocate Supervisor for Men’s Transitions Program
Daniel Bartlett – Transition’s Recovery Advocate
Art Litteken – Transitions Recovery Advocate
Chris Anderson – Recovery Advocate
Bio Coming Soon!!
Thomas Barrera – Recovery Advocate
Originally from Austin, Texas, Thomas is one of the Recovery Advocates here at Origins. Being raised in an urban environment, he saw how drugs and alcohol ruined and took the lives of people close to and around him. Rather than use this experience as an excuse he decided to turn his life around, and discovered fitness as an outlet for energy which could just as easily taken his own life down a similar path. As a Certified Personal Trainer he knows how to help others find a healthy lifestyle that not only maintains physical well-being, but provides a basis for the mental discipline necessary to refocus the recovering addict into a positive way of seeing their future as addiction free individuals. Never one to slack off on maintaining his own strength and fitness, most of his spare time is spent on an extremely active lifestyle and continuing his education related to physical fitness.
Colin Clevenger – Recovery Advocate
Aaron Colbert – Recovery Advocate
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Pablo Garcia – Recovery Advocate
Jeff Goodwyn – Recovery Advocate
Bio coming soon!!
Austin Hart – Recovery Advocate
Bio coming soon!!
Thakur Jee – Recovery Advocate
Thakur was born and raised in the neighboring town of Port Isabel, TX. Growing up he was involved with outdoor activities, especially sports, and very centered on helping his family. Like many, however, his life began to spiral on a downward path and he quickly found himself involved with drugs and alcohol. Determined not to duplicate his father’s prematurely short life due to alcohol abuse, it was through the help of his family, his strength of will and the support of a strong recovery community that he pulled his life together. Now, having had firsthand experience with addiction, he uses his understanding of this disease to help guide others like himself fight to regain control of their life and to enjoy it, free from the addiction that had beaten them down. As the overnight RA here at Origins, he makes sure our clients are well taken care of and safe through the course of the night. He really enjoys working with the clients and spreading the positive message of hope, letting them know this treatment is real and works to save lives. On his free time he enjoys fishing, spending time with family and strength training.
Jim Livingston – Recovery Advocate
Jim is a recovered alcoholic, having been sober since December 3, 1988. He originally became involved with recovery, in Port Huron, MI, but now applies his extensive experience and knowledge to working with the clients here at Origins, where his easy going style and manner help him provide an enduring example of what a future free from addiction can be. Jim is very active in the 12-step community, both locally and when he travels. He has helped start new 12-step groups and has continued to support them in various communities. He very much likes to help newcomers discover a new way of enjoying life without the burden of addiction, and providing an example of how service work and maintaining active involvement in the community play a major part in any successful recovery process. In his spare time he likes to work on his vehicles and is known to always have new joke ready to deliver when the situation calls for one.
Todd Palermo – Recovery Advocate
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Preston Satchwell – Recovery Advocate
Derek Stone – Recovery Advocate
Josh Nevore – Recovery Advocate
Though born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, it wasn’t until he moved to Enid, Oklahoma, that Josh finally found sobriety at a sober house there in 2006. He has been gratefully recovered ever since. He immediately set out to return the favor and the lessons his fight through recovery had taught him. With the help of his church he became very involved in the recovery community, honoring the 12th step by passing the message of hope to other addicts, and giving selflessly of himself by helping out the homeless with donated food and clothes. This was how he learned that he really enjoyed reaching out to those in need of help, whether it be with material goods, or by teaching through his own experience as an addict to others suffering as he had. He now provides his knowledge to the patients here at Origins, where his understanding of what to be wary of helps our patients deal with the often conflicting and raw emotions that arise during rehabilitation and recovery. His confidence in them gives rise to confidence in themselves.
Rosa Dominguez, LFH – Director of Food Services
Rosa has been a professional chef for over 30 years. She is responsible for all facets of food services at Origins. Over the course of her career, she has served in virtually every aspect of restaurant and food services operations. She received her gourmet training and spent the majority of her career at the esteemed Yacht Club on Texas’ Gulf Coast – often frequented by celebrities and dignitaries. She is especially creative in the kitchen and takes great pleasure in satisfying diners. She has a soft-spot for the chemically-dependent and enjoys being around clients and teaching basic kitchen skills. Chef Rosa loves spending time with her beautiful children and traveling to the interior of Mexico.
Charles McGarty – Fitness Coordinator
Bio Coming Soon!!
Andrew Riley – Lab Liaison
Tharin Smith – Alumni Support
From the historical old city of Charleston, SC, Tharin (mother’s maiden name) has used his own experience as a recovered alcoholic to express his dedication to helping men in crisis. His recovery journey began at the Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR), and since then has served as a volunteer at both Peachford Hospital and Purple, Inc. He has led spiritual meetings and facilitated 12 Step studies to large groups throughout the U.S. Through diligent adherence to the 12 Steps and the doctrines they prescribe, he has enjoyed sobriety for eight years. A lifelong lover of the coast, Tharin likes beachcombing and photographing ocean sunrises and sunsets. He keeps in touch with family and is the favorite uncle to two nieces and a nephew. He says, “I’m pursuing my passion and living my dream.”
Aziza Charlotte A. Barker-Stanton – Yoga Instructor
Ms Barker is a Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide and Healing Conductor. Being a Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist with the American Massage Therapy Association, she is also a Massage Instructor and Continuing Education Provider. She has been keenly attuned to the study and teaching of the body-mind-spirit connection through Hatha yoga, meditation and dance since 1970, and is a graduate of The Suluk Academy; Sufi Order International’s esoteric school. Aziza strives to create a learning environment with a respectful and distinctive approach to health and recovery, emphasizing ones natural unfolding through the cultivation of balance and integration. Her passion is to inspire her students and to develop a teacher-training manual for yoga and recovery. In her spare time Aziza enjoys dancing the Argentine Tango, traveling, Ayurvedic cooking and ceramics.