Cottonwood Tucson's Staff

A Team of Caring Experts

At Cottonwood Tucson we are grateful to have been able to gather, from across the country and around the world, a group of uniquely talented individuals who have hundreds of years of combined experience in the treatment of behavioral health disorders.  Please take some time to meet these highly trained and seasoned clinicians, many of whom are leaders in their fields.  A number of our medical and program staff currently hold faculty positions at area colleges and universities, including the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

Even as important as our professional qualifications, many of our addiction treatment professionals and clinical staff have felt the same pains and problems you or your loved one may now be experiencing.  Some of us have suffered from depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, co-dependency, trauma, and other issues.  For each of us, our greatest growth has come through facing our pain and learning the skills necessary to successfully overcome it.  Through confronting and understanding the problems in our lives through addiction services or dual diagnosis treatment, we have become happy, confident people.  Our personal successes in recovery are a direct result of the ongoing effort each of us has put into developing the attitudes, beliefs and values that bring wholeness to our lives.  Our hard work in the recovery process has been rewarded with contentment, balance and joy, and we are eager to share the benefits of our hard-won insight with you.  Those of us who work at Cottonwood believe that nowhere in the world is there a better place to make the discovery of a happier, more productive you.

Administration

Brian Welch, CEO Cottonwood Dual Diagnosis Treatment CenterBrian Welch, MBA

Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2005

In charge of day-to-day operations at Cottonwood, Brian has worked in several capacities during his time at Cottonwood including as a patient care facilitator, marketer, and administrator before becoming the Chief Executive Officer. In the footsteps of his father, Brian continues to work to create an environment where Cottonwood’s focus can be the patient.

Brian is a long-time resident of Tucson and likes to spend time with his wife and three children. Active in the Tucson community, Brian serves on the board of directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of The Tucson Conquistadors.

Lauren Dubs, CFO Cottonwood Addiction Treatment, Depression Treatment CenterLauren Dubs

Chief Financial Officer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 1999

A longtime resident of Tucson, Lauren began her career at Cottonwood by managing the book store on campus while attending college at the University of Arizona. During that time she decided to pursue a degree in accounting and so later moved into the accounting department at Cottonwood to assist with accounts payable and learn the financial side of the business. Upon completing her degree she took a job in Phoenix with the accounting firm Ernst and Young. After a year in Phoenix and another two in St. Louis, Missouri, Lauren and her husband moved back to Tucson when Lauren was hired as the Chief Financial Officer for Cottonwood. She now oversees all financial operations at Cottonwood and is part of the senior management team.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, skiing, golf, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Mary BeckerMary Becker

Human Resources Director
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2002

Mary began her career at Cottonwood in a clerical support position which gave her hands on experience in various departments throughout Cottonwood. She eventually left Cottonwood for a few years when she moved to Clarksville, Tennessee with her husband while he was serving as an active duty Medic in the Army. During that time Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting through the University of Phoenix. She subsequently returned to Cottonwood as a staff accountant which provided her with the opportunity to learn the financial side of the business. In that roll, she also worked as the Payroll Manager and the Human Resources Assistant. In 2015 Mary was promoted to her current position as Cottonwood’s Human Resources Director.

In her spare time Mary enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Eileen Jacobson, Addiction Services and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Eileen Jacobson

Health Information Systems and Compliance Director
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2011

Originally from Chicago, Eileen has over 16 years of experience as the Director of Health Information Management in both an acute care and a clinical setting. She earned her Registered Health Information Technician Certification in 2000, through the Independent Study Program at the American Health Information Management Association. Eileen is enthusiastic about her chosen profession and passionate about maintaining complete accurate confidential health information for each resident at Cottonwood Tucson.

Eileen enjoys spending time with her family, Tucson’s warm climate which offers extended time for outdoor activities including hiking Southern Arizona’s trails and golfing at Tucson’s numerous courses.

Clinic Staff

James Seymour

James Seymour, MD, SEP

Medical Director
Member of the Clinic Team from 2002 to 2010 and 2016 to Present

James Seymour, MD SEP joined the Cottonwood staff as Medical Director in September, 2016. Dr. Seymour is board certified in Psychiatry as well as Addiction Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in 1983 and his psychiatric residency from the University of Virginia in 1987.

Dr. Seymour has practiced psychiatry in a wide variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, medical consultation –liaison, nursing homes, jails, Indian Health Service, in home visits, methadone clinics, and for the past 16 years in addiction and behavioral health residential treatment facilities.

Previously he was the Associate Medical Director of Cottonwood and then served as the Associate Medical Director and the Director of the Program for Trauma Recovery at another holistically oriented residential treatment program.

His special interests include trauma, addictions, nervous system regulation models of diagnosis, and somatic therapies. He has been trained in and practices Somatic Experiencing which is a mindfulness approach focusing on the body- mind connection to assist helping others heal from psychological trauma. Dr. Seymour is constantly amazed at the resiliency of us as human beings to come back and live healthy, happy and productive lives no matter how severe our trauma experiences. He believes that we have a natural capacity to heal and that the role of the psychiatrist is to help people remove those obstacles that may be interfering with the natural healing process.

Tab W. Hoyt, Cottonwood Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

Tab W. Hoyt, MSN, FNP-C

Chief of Medical Services / Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 1991

A member of Cottonwood’s nursing/medical team for over 25 years, Tab received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona followed by a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner training at the University of Phoenix. He is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified by the State of Arizona. When he can, Tab likes to take off to the great outdoors and is a nationally recognized archer.

Jane LeDoux

Jane LeDoux, PharmD, BCPP

Director of Pharmacy
Member of the Clinical Team since 2015

Jane grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy. She received an award for research from Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and completed a specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy. She is a board certified psychiatric pharmacist.

Jane has worked with developmentally delayed adults with psychiatric disorders and seriously mentally ill patients in the public mental health system.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to exotic places to scuba dive with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren. She has two rescue Great Danes and an African Gray Parrot that keep her entertained.

Susan Swan

Susan Swan, RN-BC

Director of Nursing
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2009

Susan Swan is native to Montana. She graduated from Montana State University at Northern in 1976 and came to Arizona in 1983 to escape the harsh Montana winters. Her 40-year career as a registered nurse includes extensive acute care medical and psychiatric experience with an emphasis in nursing leadership, education, management, and health care administration. Susan is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse and holds an array of professional certifications, one of which is in the biofeedback modality of HeartMath™. Susan is a HeartMath™ Certified Trainer (HMCT) and has been teaching HeartMath™ to Cottonwood patients since 2012.

Shri Drake

Shri Drake, PhD (NH), CTN, LAc

Acupuncturist
Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2010

Shri Drake completed her PhD in Natural Health and is a Certified Traditional Naturopath as well as a nationally certified and state licensed acupuncturist. She has studied Western, Eastern, Ayurvedic, and Native American herbology. She also maintains tuina (Oriental medical massage) credentials through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and was honored to be selected to study Medical Qigong from the Wang Juemim family lineage. Dr. Drake has worked in the behavioral health arena for six years and loves educating individuals about mental-emotional-physical-energy connections and how they are all related. She retired from the United States Navy after 24 years of service.

In her spare time, Shri is an avid vegetable and herb gardener, and spends time with her German Shepherds. Although retired from the sport, she still holds several state and national powerlifting records.

Sue Grant

Susan Grant, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, RN

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Clinical Team since 2016

Sue received a Masters of Science degree in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her interest in working more directly with patients led her to pursue an Associates in Arts and Sciences from Marymount University and she became a Registered Nurse. 

Sue continued her nursing education, obtaining a Masters of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the following years she received Nurse Practitioner training at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is board certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC), and she is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the states of Arizona and California.

In her free time, she enjoys travelling in the Southwest and spending time with her rescue dog, Grace.

Marla Perry

Marla Perry, PhD, NP

Nurse Practitioner
Member of the Cottonwood Clinical Team since 2017

Dr. Perry is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Psychologist. Her career includes having taught psychiatric nursing at the University of Arizona from 1979 to 1984. Upon completion of her PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology, she worked as a neuropsychologist in a brain injury recovery center for six years.

Since 2001, Dr. Perry has served as a member of Psychiatry Departments in settings including in-patient psychiatric hospitals, out-patient clinics, residential treatment centers, and in a private practice. Her areas of interest include trauma recovery, addictions, and resiliency building. The impact of trauma on neurophysiology and mood, and the benefits of trauma-informed care continue to be areas of study.

Dr. Perry witnesses human capacity for learning and healing. Her goal is to meet individuals where they are, and nurture their capacity for insight, compassion, and the making of skillful choices.

Lisa MacDonald, Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Lisa MacDonald, MPH, RDN

Dietitian
Member of the Clinical Team since 2007

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Arizona, followed by a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She brings to Cottonwood over 20 years of experience in nutrition counseling. Lisa specializes in teaching how nutrition can affect mood and recovery from addictions as well as a non-diet approach to weight management. She works with eating disordered residents on creating a more compassionate relationship with food and body.

Lisa has written articles on nutrition, weight management and nutrition and recovery for Family Circle, Shape, The Nest and Arizona Together magazines and was a contributing expert for the Conscious Cuisine Cookbook. She has served as an adjunct professor of nutrition in the culinary program at Pima Community College here in Tucson. Lisa is a member of the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

In her free time Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her two sons at sporting events, cooking, traveling and playing with her dog.

Amanda Bell, BS

Amanda Bell, BS

Milieu Manager
A member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Amanda was born and raised in Tucson. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University in 2006 and she is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Healthcare Management. She joined the Cottonwood staff as a Patient Care Facilitator in 2008 and then moved into the Milieu Manager position in 2016. As the Milieu Manager, Amanda’s responsibilities include supervising the patient care facilitator staff, supporting the daily direction of the milieu, patient advocacy responsibilities, and overseeing the resident leadership program. Amanda enjoys working with the residents and seeing the amazing transformations that take place in their lives.

In her spare time, Amanda loves spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and developing new recipes.

Program Staff

Kim Sines, Addiction Services Arizona

Kim Sines, MFA, LISAC

Vice President of Clinical Services
Member of the Clinical Team since 1994

Kim has worked in the field of behavioral health counseling since 1977 and joined Cottonwood’s clinical team in 1994. Originally from Wisconsin, Kim received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University where he was a teaching fellow. He is licensed as an independent substance abuse counselor in Arizona and specializes in the treatment of addictions and eating disorders.

Kathleen Parrish, Addiction Treatment Professionals

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Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC

Clinical Director
Member of the Clinical Team since 2002

Kathleen Parrish is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. Kathleen has worked in private practice, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment settings. Her work with trauma survivors spans over 25 years, focusing on story, mindfulness, and self-compassion. She has written articles for Counselor, Addiction Professional, Addiction Today and Arizona Together magazines. Kathleen has presented seminars on trauma and eating disorders in the United States and Europe, and she is the co-author of “The Essence of Resilience: Stories of Triumph over Trauma,” (HCI Books, 2016).

In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, kickboxing, playing the piano, and running.

Katia Cardenas

Katia Cardenas

Fitness Consultant
Member of the Clinical Team since 2016

Katia was born and raised in Costa Rica where she started her career in fitness and health, attending the University of Costa Rica and Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica. She moved to the United States in 2000 and continued her career in fitness and health. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Katia has extensive experience helping individuals with all types of health issues and conditions to achieve their health goals. Katia’s diverse repertoire includes certifications as a fitness coach, functional specialist, personal trainer, Parkinson’s specialist, and water specialist. She enjoys teaching fitness classes as well and has many certifications including fitness instructor, Yoga instructor, water aerobics instructor, and Zumba instructor.

When she is not working, Katia enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Wendy B. Corrales, M.Ed.

Speicalty Therapist
A member of the Clinical Team since 2013

A Tucson native, Wendy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education in School Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona.  She is an avid learner with the philosophy that one never stops learning.  In 2013 she returned to the University of Arizona for additional Master's level courses specializing in Mental Health and Addictions. Wendy is passionate about helping individuals recover from addictions, and applies mindfulness, Gestalt therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and spirituality in her work. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, praying, volunteering, reading, snowboarding, and being in the ocean.

Kristen Przewlocki

Kristen Doe, LPC

Specialty Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2010

Kristen received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and families dealing with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. She works to help patients discover self-compassion, empowerment and inner strength. Kristen believes in the healing power of meditation, quieting the mind and listening to the soul. Kristen is passionate about recovery and helping those in need find their own recovery. 

Kristen is a Tucson native. In her spare time she loves playing sports with her son, hiking the mountains of Tucson and traveling to Hawaii to surf.

Charles Gillispie, Addiction Treatment Professionals

Charles Gillispie, MFA, LISAC

Program Specialist
Member of the Clinical Team since 1993

Charles Gillispie is a licensed independent substance abuse counselor (LISAC) with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction. Charles specializes in the use of expressive arts therapy, experiential learning and the practice of spiritual direction. He has published articles describing his work at Cottonwood in Addiction Professional, Arizona Together, Journal of Poetry Therapy, Labyrinth Pathways, and the Therapeutic Recreation Journal. He is an active member of the Labyrinth Society, the National Association of Poetry Therapy, and the Tucson Quaker House Dream Council.

Charles has received two professional development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in support of his work with therapy and writing in Donegal, Ireland and Zurich, Switzerland. He is a founding member of the San Pedro River Pilgrims, a backpacking club dedicated to the pursuit of spirituality through wilderness adventure. Charles’ first collection of poetry, The Way We Go On, was published by Backwaters Press in 2010.

At home, Charles and his wife enjoy the challenge of tending to a herd of nine horses and two very, very, good dogs!

Lauren Golombek

Lauren Golombek, MA, LAC

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2011

Lauren was born in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University. Since 2006, Lauren has been working in diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, juvenile probation and adolescent residential.  She believes that building therapeutic rapport is the essential foundation of healing. Moreover, Lauren recognizes the importance of allowing clients to grow in their own time, while holding space for their process. Her goal is to promote a safe and comfortable environment for clients to work through past wounds and help in building resilience. She works from an empathetic and empowering approach. Clients often enter therapy with a great amount of fear and shame. Lauren integrates Shame-Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral and Strength-based interventions to aid in healing. She is also certified in Level 1- and Level 2 EMDR. Lauren helps clients minimize the barriers that impact their ability to live full lives. She loves being a part of a client’s journey and is passionate in aiding the process of them becoming their authentic self.

In her own time, Lauren finds herself involved in the recovery community. She is passionate about applying the tools she shares with others in her own life. Lauren also enjoys spending time with her family and Siberian Husky, Mya.

Mark Levine, Addictrion Services Arizona

Mark Levine, BA

Evening & Weekend Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2000

Mark is a native of Massachusetts and a resident of Tucson since 1970. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1976, and has been involved in the helping professions since the early 1970's. He served as a teaching assistant in the Personality Lab Program at the University of Arizona, and he was also an Adjunct Instructor in the Psychology and Social Services Departments at Pima Community College for over 20 years. Mark supervised a Help-On-Call/Crisis Line in Tucson for 25 years.

In his free time Mark enjoys watching Red Sox games, especially those he knows they have already won!

Emily Mattimoe

Emily Mattimoe, MS, CTRS

Recreational Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Emily was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She subsequently received a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee, though she remains a loyal UGA fan.

Emily has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist since 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, camps, community centers and inpatient behavioral health and addictions treatment programs. Emily uses recreation, leisure and play as therapeutic modalities to support clients in improving their quality of life. She specializes in experiential education groups that enhance the recovery process, such as indoor rock climbing, low ropes course facilitation, art exploration groups, mindfulness, and community volunteering. Emily believes that compassion and safety are key elements in the transformation process. She helps clients step outside of their comfort zones and practice new behaviors through play in order to facilitate growth and change.

Emily is also a Wilderness First Responder. She loves to introduce clients to the healing energies of the outdoors. As a mother of two, Emily adores watching the power of play in her own children and appreciates the opportunity to learn and grow through them.

Maggie Morton, Addiction Services

Maggie Morton, LCSW

Trauma Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 1999

Maggie earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Arizona State University in 1992, and has held a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Credential since 1994. Maggie began her career doing in-home family therapy with at risk families. She has also worked with individuals, couples and groups. In her many years at Cottonwood she has provided group and individual counseling with a strong trauma focus. Maggie guides each participant to explore not only the “story” of their trauma, but the myriad effects and lessons of trauma that persist today. Maggie is also trained in intimacy/sexuality issues and facilitates groups focused on each person's emotional connection with themself.

In her spare time Maggie loves to travel and sing, and has recently become a (very) novice hobby welder. In addition, she has become a Certified Fitness Instructor, teaching classes from Boot Camp to Zumba. She and her husband are the happy parents of a small menagerie.

James R. Naughton, MA, LPC, LISAC

James R. Naughton, MA, MAC, LPC, LISAC

Specialty Therapist – Trauma/ Family Program Facilitator
Member of Clinical Team from 1998 to 2007 and 2015 to Present

James is a native of Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with an elective focus on behavioral disorders, learning disabilities and addiction. He has been in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for over 19 years and has worked in many different facets of inpatient care including case management, intensive workshop facilitation for childhood/adult traumas, continuing care coordination, family program facilitation, clinical coordinator of an extended care programs for trauma/addiction and sexual compulsivity, and as a trauma resolution specialist. James has a Master’s Certification in Addiction from the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and is trained in two different types of trauma resolution therapy including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

In his free-time James enjoys reading various kinds of fiction and hanging-out at local coffee houses, hiking in the Arizona White Mountains, leisurely strolls with his dog, cardio and core-training at the gym, and traveling to cool northern climates.

Charlotte Holst Reilley

Charlotte Holst Reilley, MA, LAC, CRC

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2017

Charlotte has spent over 20 years in the health and wellness field, moving naturally from body therapist to psychotherapist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling, both from the University of Arizona. She specializes in trauma work, particularly with sexual abuse and eating disorders. She is trained in Level 2 of EMDR, and also uses expressive and somatic skills in her approach to addiction and trauma. Charlotte is certified in Trauma-informed yoga, and uses writing therapy to help patients find their voice and intention. Charlotte believes that it only takes a little bit of light to shift out of darkness and despair. She nurtures strengths and hope, reminding patients that they are so much more than the addiction or trauma they have carried in with them.

Charlotte spends her free time with her husband, three children, and their Jackapoo. She loves gardening, pottery, and watching her boys do skateboard tricks. She travels to Denmark whenever possible, and likes to spread “hygge” wherever she goes.

Thomas Schaefer

Thomas Schaefer, MA

Primary Therapist
Member of the Clinical Team since 2014

A native of Minnesota, Thomas migrated to Tucson in 2013 with his wife. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Saint Cloud State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He continued his studies at Hazelden, graduating in 2010 with a Masters of Arts degree in Addictions Studies. Thomas believes in a solution focused approach and has worked with both adults and adolescents. After completing graduate school, Thomas received specialized training to facilitate Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Thomas has been involved in the recovery community since 1998, holding positions on various boards for non-profit organizations focused on recovery issues. Thomas has two adult children. Currently Thomas and his wife share their home with two rescue dogs and a rescue cat. In his free time Thomas enjoys running in marathons, motorcycle rides, and hiking.

Janine Walter

Janine Walter, SEP, Taoist Healing Energetics Instructor

Specialty Counselor
A member of the Clinical Team since 2008

Janine has worked as a mind/body facilitator at Cottonwood since 2008. She has been in the field of mind/body healing for over 20 years, practicing and teaching both nationally and internationally. Her broad area of expertise and training includes certification at the instructor level in a specialized form of mind/body healing called Chi Nei Tsang.  She is also certified as a Somatic Experiencing (or SE) Practitioner and is an ordained Interfaith Minister. 

Janine’s focus of expertise is supporting people in reconnecting to their bodies, where true healing can take place.  Part of being human is that we experience trauma and stress.  When trauma is not fully processed or digested, the energy released in the body to support us when under a stressful or traumatic experience stays locked in the body.  SE is a skillful body of trauma work that helps people become aware of their bodies and where trauma might stored and helps bring about nervous system regulation.  Chi Nei Tsang also supports the mind/body connection using specific breath and energy practices and the wisdom of the Taoist 5 element teachings.  Janine’s background  includes being a long-time  mindfulness meditation practitioner/teacher,  yoga teacher, and Tai Chi/Qi Gong instructor.

When not working, Janine enjoys playing with her son, being outside in nature, and being awed by this mystical  journey of life.

Lalo Ochoa

Hilario "Lalo" Ochoa

Administrative Assistant - Scheduling
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2007

Lalo Ochoa is a native of South Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in history/geography from Texas A&I University (now part of Texas A&M University) and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. After retiring from the United States Army with 20 years of service, he worked for several Arizona County and State Agencies. He retired from the State of Arizona in 2006.

At Cottonwood Lalo puts together the master daily schedule and individual daily patient schedules for participation in the Residential Program. He also conducts lectures and coordinates with and schedules Cottonwood Family Program participants.

When he is not at work, Lalo enjoys spending time with his family, and fishing andtraveling.

Trasie Clingan

Trasie Clingan

Bookstore Coordinator/Buyer
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2014

Trasie Clingan is the Coordinator/Buyer for Cottonwood Treasure’s Books, Gifts and More. She is originally from Illinois where she attended Lincoln Land Community College. Trasie has a passion for design and creativity which lead her to open Custom Design Concepts. The business allowed her to be creative while offering various services to the local communities.After several years she was ready for a new challenge when she decided to help a similar company, Creative Flair, become more profitable. Once she felt she had helped the company thrive, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where she became a store manager for Joann Fabric and Craft stores.

Trasie enjoys volunteering and for several years helped plan the MDA street fair and auction in Little Rock. She also assisted with the city’s pARTty in the Park festival and she was a member of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. She loves spending time with her family, and in her spare time she enjoys being creative, bowling, and west coast swing dancing.

Family Program Staff

Ed Rusnak

Ed Rusnak, MS, LISAC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor – Family Program
Member of the Clinical Team since 1999

Ed is originally from Connecticut and relocated to Tucson in 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in Counseling at Western Connecticut State University.  Ed is also a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor.  He has facilitated a number of professional trainings in the United States and in London on the use of a communication tool known as “Listwork.” Ed has been director of Cottonwood’s Family Program since 2006. 

When Ed is not working, he enjoys physical exercise such as running, hiking and weight lifting.  Additionally, he has a passion for animals and enjoys spending time playing with his Labrador Retrievers. 

Marketing Staff

Musomi McDowell

Musomi McDowell

Director of Marketing
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2000

Musomi has lived most of his life in Tucson. His experience at Cottonwood consists of nearly two decades of multi-level leadership.  His experiences as a Patient Care Facilitator, Milieu Manager, and Patient Advocate afford him a unique perspective and skill set that is invaluable in his current role. In addition to his role as Director of Marketing and Admissions, he coordinates educational seminars sponsored by Cottonwood.

Musomi enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and their two children.

Joel Fry

Joel Fry

Marketing Representative
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2010

Joel is a native and lifelong resident of Tucson, Arizona. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he studied Linguistics with a focus on Japanese language and literature. Joel joined the Cottonwood staff as a Patient Care Facilitator and also worked as a Patient Advocate prior to joining the marketing team. He enjoyed working closely with residents, getting to know them, and seeing them change their lives in positive, powerful ways. Now he has the privilege of representing Cottonwood Tucson in the Pacific Northwest, where he thoroughly enjoys the rainy weather, beautiful green surroundings, excellent coffee, and fantastic bookstores. He also serves as representative and point of contact to southern California and the southeast U.S.

In his free time, Joel enjoys spending time with family, playing with his cat, reading, sketching, watching movies, and playing a variety of musical instruments. Joel also loves to travel, learn about different cultures, and eat delicious food from around the world.

Dawn La Carte

Dawn La Carte, BA, CASAC, CRC

Marketing Representative
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2013

Dawn is a dynamic and passionate addictions and behavioral healthcare professional with over 25 years in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from University at Albany-SUNY, and she earned her Leadership Certification through the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Dawn is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, as well as a Certified Recovery Coach. She is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as a non-psychiatrist in a therapist role, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation professionals.

As a trained clinician, Dawn understands the needs of professional referents and finds her work of establishing and maintaining relationships with referring therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians to be an honor and a privilege. She was drawn to Cottonwood Tucson based on its stellar reputation as a family-owned, ethical, industry leader.

Dawn resides near Saratoga, New York with her husband, their daughter, and their two Shih Tzus. As a person in long term recovery, Dawn enjoys fellowshipping in the recovery community and volunteering at the Coalition for Family Wellness.

Andrew McIntyre

Andrew McIntyre

Marketing Representative and Alumni Coordinator
Member of the Cottonwood Team since 1996

Andrew has worked at Cottonwood in several capacities including his current position of Marketing Representative and Alumni Coordinator. In addition, he has worked at Cottonwood in the position of Admissions Coordinator, Milieu Manager and Behavioral Health Technician. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Human Resource Certificate from the University of Phoenix.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking.

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