The Chapter House team consists not only of the Sober Living House and the Counseling Center, but it also involves the local community of experts in the areas of medical, psychiatric, nutrition, fitness, education, and vocational services. This team, along with the local 12-step community, creates a comprehensive recovery oriented system of care.
Michael Smith achieved sobriety at the age of 23 (2003) and has dedicated his life to helping others find recovery. As the Director of Marketing for a long term treatment center specializing in chronic relapse, Michael became one of the leading industry advocates for abstinence based recovery. Michael was most recently the CEO of an extended care program for men in New England. He was a founding member of a national addiction conference, and currently serves as a planning committee member for the largest addiction treatment conference group.
Michael currently conducts the day to day operations engaging with the residents throughout all aspects of life development, recovery lectures and health and wellness curriculum. A real sense of his commitment to Chapter House occurs when family members and loved ones reach out to Chapter House and find Michael on the other end of the phone, or when conducting a tour of the property. Michael sums this up by stating, “I find working with the men day to day satisfying. Even more so helping families heal in their own process just as rewarding.”
Heidi Voet Smith is a licensed professional counselor in both Texas and Maine and is also a licensed counselor supervisor. With nearly 13 years of working specifically with addiction and chronic relapse, Heidi has become a trusted voice, author, and blogger on treating individuals suffering from addictive disorders. She had a featured article in “Addiction Professional Magazine” in both 2012 and 2014 and is currently a featured blogger. She has been featured in A&E’s “Intervention” as well as the National Geographic series “How Drugs Work.” In addition, Heidi has presented at the Cape Cod Symposium for Addictive Disorders, the National Association for Addiction Professionals Annual Convention, the Texas Association for Addiction Professionals Annual Convention, as well as numerous other national and local addiction conferences. After completing graduate school, Heidi worked at a non-profit women’s treatment center with pregnant and parenting women struggling with addiction. Heidi joined the staff at a long-term treatment center for chronic relapse early in 2007 and served as the Clinical Director until 2014. Heidi has also worked with thousands of families of addicted individuals through co-facilitating family program workshops. Heidi resides in Dallas with her husband Michael and their 3-year-old son Elliott.
Heidi is an adjunct professor at both Criswell College and UTSouthwestern where she teaches addiction counseling.
Jeff Gould is the Chief Operations Officer of Chapterhouse Recovery Services. His background in the field started thirteen years ago, working in a position in a community detox hospital, where he would frequently counsel with a large section of the addicted community in Southern Arizona; later he would go on to manage an eight bed program for war veterans affected by PTSD, and with co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders.
In 2006, Jeff began working with young populations, serving as an Executive director of a program in Tucson, and later becoming a Special Projects manager of a large therapeutic boarding school in Tombstone. Jeff helped launch a twelve step curriculum that shifted the culture of the program, and spearheaded efforts to provide disaster relief to areas of the country ravaged by natural disaster: New Orleans & Tuscaloosa among them. Jeff has been published by AAWS and was known for his blogs on topics in recovery, as well as having been a key-note speaker at many conventions & symposiums globally. Jeff still enjoys scuba diving, ice hockey, music and travel when he is not in the trenches helping others.
Chapterhouse’s Director of operations- Aaron Stacey, grew up in Buxton Maine playing basketball, studying horticulture, and working in the culinary arts. Aaron excelled in sports & work both, before falling into the clutches of the crack-cocaine epidemic, and later abusing heroin. Having had several short periods of sobriety, Aaron eventually was saved by the grace of a scholarship to a long term treatment center, where he worked a 12 step program and found a way to live by spiritual principles.
Aarons wisdom & knowledge of treatment work extends well beyond his six years in the field, where he has worked in various high-level capacities as Director of Admissions, and Operations Manager, & Resident Managers for numerous facilities of good repute. Aarons attention to detail, and well-rounded skill set help provide both structure, and a quality experience for all our residents, insuring that every detail of their treatment plan is met to perfection. Aaron in his spare time stays busy with sports, sponsorship, and raising his 11-year-old son, Dylan.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Gary Coffman has been a strong recovery advocate and active 12 step member since 1984, having begun a lasting and vibrant sobriety in Los Angeles at a young age. Gary has a wide base in both business development and management, and has worked for many reputable and thriving firms who deal in annuities & investments.
Gary’s infectious energy and upbeat nature, coupled with his vast knowledge of programs and personnel in the recovery field have molded him into the perfect Outreach person, who very often is the principle point of contact with those whom we serve. Gary provides calm reassurance to those seeking treatment, and helps place those in need to the proper level of care with which to receive this most wonderful gift of sobriety.
Ken Kobylinski, our Operations Manager of our continuum of care, is the charge who oversees our upper phase Chapterhouse clients and helps them bridge their recovery successfully to independence. Having ten years of recovery himself, Ken’s caring and thoughtful approach has been key in many of our resident’s process, and he has a gift for active listening, and offering valuable feedback.
Ken in his spare time enjoys building mainframe computers and linking these with the latest cutting edge technologies; his brilliance in i.t. and electronics has helped Chapterhouse as a whole stay at the forefront in terms of both security and technology, affording us that much more time to donate to our resident’s care.
Was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Michael Paul grew up wanting for nothing; after getting kicked out of prep school Michael Paul found crystal meth and quickly became a daily user for the next 13 years. After several suicide attempts and another on the horizon, he was directed to the rooms of 12 step recovery at twenty-eight years old, and has been sober ever since. It took a year of intensive work in the rooms of recovery, working the steps & obtaining a service position to find recovery; since then he has become active in sobriety groups throughout the US, before he found employment at Chapter House where his experience and dedication to 12 step recovery allows him to help the residents transition to graduation and independent living.
Michael Paul currently oversees all day to day operations of our Morning Glory home, and his fastidious and outgoing nature help ensure all our late stage residents are given the precise tools they need to transition to independent living. In his spare time, Michael Paul is now active in service to local LGBT recovery, as well as service at the state and world level for crystal meth addiction.
Parker has been sober since May 22nd of 2011. He went to a treatment center in Dallas when he was nineteen years old. Since then he has been involved in a twelve step community, and carries the message of recovery to a rehab facility weekly. Parker is a new father, and gets the opportunity to practice the spiritual principals he has learned in recovery in his professional and family life.
Parker continues to sponsor men in the twelve step program and do everything he can to be helpful to the addict and alcoholic that still suffers. At Chapter House he gets the privilege of doing this every day.
Kent Exum is a recovered addict who found the incredible gift of sobriety on June 9th, 2014. Kent was born in Indianapolis, and had much academic success before succumbing to methamphetamine addiction which would later ravage his life. In his formidable years, Kent would elevate himself in the art of cuisine working as a professional chef in the South
Pacific, as well as working in a host of fine dining establishments across the continental US- he now shares he passion for culinary arts with the clients at Chapterhouse.
Kent is a recent addition to our Chapterhouse family, but his enthusiasm, integrity & warm spirit has made him a favorite with the clients, and his tenuous hard work has helped launch our Alumni program that has brought all of our past residents together in a meaningful way. Kent enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid surfer & snow skier.
Born in Queens, NY, Joseph Sapienza is a gifted and talented musician with a zeal and passion for helping those struggling with addiction to find recovery. Joseph grew up in New York with two siblings, one being an identical twin, and was a graduate of Baruch College of Manhattan.
Joseph fell into the clutches of addiction in his thirties, making multiple trips to detoxes and rehabilitation centers before finally achieving the gift of lasting sobriety in Dallas Texas in 2014. He has been a wonderful addition to our Chapter House family!
Originally from Stoneham Massachusetts, Brian McCarthy is an impassioned and dedicated individual who is among the newest members of the chapter house treatment team. One of four siblings, Brian is a very family oriented and artistically creative individual who found the gift of recovery in April of 2015 from a disabling addiction to oxycontin.
Brian’s extensive interest in humanites and moral issues led him to reengage a scholastic path pursing a BA in psychology and addiction from Southern New Hampshire University; and with his good nature and drive, he sponsors many in the program. When not at work, Brian spends much of his time with his fiance’ and enjoys playing guitar, painting, sculpting, and catching up with family back in Boston.
Douglas Beard was born in Daytona FL, and as a young man Doug was very active in martial arts and skateboarding before discovering drugs and alcohol at the age of fifteen. Douglas did enlist in the US Army where he excelled as a Airborne infantry soldier before discharging to do EMS and paramedic services.
A car accident during those years would eventually lead to a hard to break dependence on pain killers which brought Doug to Texas to seek treatment. Douglass finally found the gift of a 12 step manner of living in April of 2016 and has become an integral and valued part of the Chapterhouse community. When not working, Doug enjoys playing a round of golf, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and playing guitar.
Born and raised in Ft Worth, Randall Ellis was a gifted and bright student who was heavily involved in athletics, before taking a dark turn into the world of addiction. After twelve years of drug abuse and multiple arrests, Randall found the miracle of recovery in April of 2016.
Randall has an awe inspiring gift and talent for poetry and hip hop music, and has started a small company- and blazed an online campaign with a heavy social media flowing- rooted in helping other addicts find what was freely given to him. He spends much of his time when not working collaborating with other artists and recording music.
Stephen Wilson grew up in Carrolton Texas, where he discovered drugs at the age of twelve which quickly escalated into methamphetamine addiction. After several unsuccessful treatment attempts, Stephan was involved in a traumatic incident that nearly resulted in loss of life, but served as the bedrock for motivation to change for which he now accredits his recovery.
Stephen is four years sober, has attended Richland College, and has a profound and reverence for helping the new addict who is struggling; he enjoys spending his free time with his significant other Amber, and their dog Stitch. Stephan also enjoys a good round of golf on the weekends.