Our Staff

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Awakenings Recovery is proud of our certified and award-winning staff. They are committed to giving every woman the best, individualized addition treatment. Take a look below at the team who will be with you during your stay at our beautiful Texas Hill Country location.


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Rebecca (Becki) Cook
Program Director

Rebecca Cook has been involved in the field of Addiction Recovery for over 24 years. She currently holds the following license and certificates: License Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Qualified Credential Counselor (QCC), Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS), Texas Trainer of Recovery Coaches and Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorder Specialist (COPSD).   Rebecca is a member of NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals and TAAP Texas Association of Addiction Professional.  Rebecca comes to Awakenings with a working knowledge of the 12 steps, an extensive history working with families, relapse prevention planning and using a holistic approach to recovery.  Rebecca loves having a small part in the process of assisting women and their families’ break the bondage of addiction; a gift that keeps on giving. One women helping another woman recover is POWERFUL!

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Holt
Medical Director

Dr. Holt was born in Kerrville and grew up in Comfort, where he graduated from high school in 1996. He received his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin, then went on to the University of Texas at Houston medical school. He then completed his Family Medicine residency training at the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program. He returned home to the Hill Country in 2008, and joined the Fredericksburg Clinic. In addition to his busy family medicine clinic, he has worked in the field of addiction medicine since 2008, when he started working at Serenity House Drug & Alcohol treatment facility. He received board certification in Addiction Medicine in November 2014 and became the medical director of the One-Eighty detox service at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in May 2015. He also accepted the position of medical director at Awakenings Hill Country, which opened in August 2015.

Dr Holt enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and he also enjoys camping and fishing. He lives here in Fredericksburg with his wife and their four sons. He loves spending time with his family.

Ann Martin
Executive Consultant

Awakenings Recovery was designed by our Executive Consultant Ann Martin. Ann has over 30 year’s sobriety. She worked for the Betty Ford Center providing relapse and relationship workshops for 17 years, along with continuing care work, while managing a private practice in southern California. She is an imago/relationship therapist, workshop presenter and a PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) presenter. She has presented nationally and internationally for lawyers and physicians in recovery. Ann is also a SEP practitioner (somatic experiencing) for trauma work as well as a certified addiction counselor in Oregon and California. She has been teaching relapse prevention and facilitates our couple’s workshop here at Awakenings.

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Brenda Gibson LVN
Nurse

Brenda has been an LVN for 30 years. She joins the Awakenings Hill Country team with experience in both long term care and alcohol & drug rehabilitation. Married for 34 years, Brenda has 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren.  She enjoys swimming & trips to the beach. Nursing & helping others is Brenda’s true passion. She looks forward to working with you at the best Texas drug and alcohol treatment center created for women.

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Haley Goldman LCDC

Haley received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2012 from Liberty University, Summa Cum Laude. She received her full LCDC licensure in 2015. She has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for almost 5 years, first as an LCDC-intern, then as a licensed practitioner. Haley is currently working on my Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma with the goal of becoming an LPC because so many people with chemical dependency also have trauma. Her passion is to help people become happy, healthy, and free from dependency on substances.

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Ann Haygood
Counselor

Ann Haygood has been working in the field of Chemical Dependency, with women for 24 years. She is licensed as (LCDC) Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and (QCC) Qualified Credentialed Counselor. She comes from a background of employing as a program director and training other staff members for their license, as well as working with women and addiction. She is experienced in Chemical Dependency Groups, Relapse Prevention, Cognitive and Family Education. She has working knowledge of the 12 Step program, being in recovery herself for 27 years. She has been honored and humbled to have been allowed to work with women fighting addiction and hopes to continue to be beside the women in need.

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Jacqueline Katz MA, LPC, LCDC, RYT 200

Jacqueline is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Jacqueline holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from Saint Louis University. Jacqueline has extensive experience in the field of Addiction and Trauma. She is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. Jacqueline is also a Reiki practitioner and registered yoga teacher with a specialty in Meditation, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR). She has worked in residential, outpatient treatment and private practice settings. Jacqueline is strongly influenced by therapeutic approaches that empower individuals to find solutions and heal the whole self. As a therapist, Jacqueline believes that every woman possesses an ability to heal; mind, body and spirit. She enjoys helping women develop the tools and insight to face life’s challenges and find true happiness.

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Debra Lane

Debra grew up in Kerrville, TX, moved away after high school, and returned to the beautiful
Hill Country in 1996 to raise her 2 children.
She had struggled with her own addiction for many years. Once she got the help she
needed to recover, her life changed enormously. She now has multiple years of sobriety
and is blessed to be a part of the team of women here at Awakenings Hill Country. She started out as a
recovery advocate, but now is doing what she loves: creating wonderful and nutritious
meals for the women who come here for treatment.
She also enjoys making jewelry and working with metals, especially copper. Debra spends her leisure
time going to antique and thrift stores looking for items that she can change into something
new and different. Debra also likes to watch the Food Network and loves trying out new
recipes.

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Diana Parten
Lead Recovery Advocate

Diana, our Lead Recovery Advocate, came to Awakenings from Stephenville, TX and has over 5 years experience in the field of substance abuse treatment and recovery services. She teaches 12 step groups in addition to being a part of the miraculous transformation of women at Awakenings Hill Country.

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Melinda Villarrial
Recovery Advocate

After having retired from Kerrville State Hospital with 27 years, Melinda found a new beginning at Awakenings Hill Country. Although not having a recovery addition, she shares experiences and training with dual diagnosis and mental illnesses. Melinda brings a compassion for helping women in need that makes her job rewarding and meaningful. “FROG”

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Chanell Wedemeier
Recovery Advocate

Chanell Wedemeier has been a member of the Awakenings team since January 1st. Her journey with recovery began several years ago when she truly dedicated her life to bettering herself and helping other women. She is passionate about what she does and uses her own experience to help the women who come through this treatment center. Not only is she excellent at her job, she uses what she has learned about the program of recovery to encourage the women who come through these doors to get connected spiritually and make the most of their time at our facility.

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Dorene Brodsgaard
RA

Dorene has been with Awakenings, Hill Country, now for almost 2-1/2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed having the privilege of working with women in recovery. Her own 22 year sober history has given her much insight into the challenges and blessings that accompany the marvelous journey(s) of struggling and overcoming addicts/alcoholics! The teamwork that is necessary for ongoing healing and growth and “progress, not perfection” is found in this job. Dorene is just one of many testimonies that twelve step recovery principles really do work when we work for them.

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Cynthia Cruz
Housekeeping

Cynthia Cruz, a native of Galveston, Texas, grew up in Fredericksburg and still resides here.  Cynthia keeps our six buildings fresh and clean, also helping with other Facility duties.  She loves people and loves what she does here for our clients and staff.  Cynthia says she always “Fully Relies On God.”

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Robin Monroe
Weekend Cook

Robin joined the Awakenings Hill Country team in 2017, and enjoys cooking for others. “I see the women that come to AHC to heal, and cooking for them is one way to show them how much we care.” She believes hanging around the kitchen is nourishing for the spirit, soul and body.

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Sue Nett
Facilities, Office, and HR Manager

Hailing from Houston, Sue comes to Awakenings with over 30 years of experience in Health Care Administration. Sue helps support the staff so that they can focus more diligently on the care of the wonderful women that come to our Women’s Rehab Center in the Hill Country.

Please check back shortly for more biographies of the staff devoted to addiction treatment designed for women!

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