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.”
Clinical Director at Chapter House Counseling Center
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.
Director of operationsDouglas 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.
Legal, Education & Career Liaison
Ken Kobylinski serves as our legal, education and career liaison. Many clients arrive at Chapter House with extensive legal dilemmas. Ken coordinates with probation officers for treatment status updates and check-ins. For our client’s scholastic needs, Ken organizes the paperwork for medical withdrawals from current universities but also helps our guys become re-enrolled when the time is right. Ken has developed a relationship with Texas Workforce Commission, enabling Chapter House to enroll our clients in career opportunities quickly and efficiently.
Ken got sober in 2006 at the age of 21. He will have 12 years of continuous sobriety in December of 2018. Ken continues to work the 12 steps and quietly but boldly welcomes other men into a life of recovery. He met his wife, Caroline, at the counseling center and they were married in March of 2018. In his spare time, Ken likes doing projects around their house, meticulously taking of the yard, and interactive gaming. He loves building computers, his wife’s cooking, and their two dogs: Morty Pfefferman and Stubbs.
Operations AssistantParker 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.
Brian Burcham found his sobriety on July 2, 2014 at the age of 49. Born in Dallas but raised in Tulsa Oklahoma. Brian enjoyed a great childhood filled with a wide range of interests from sports to motorcycles to literature.
Receiving a BS in Finance and Economics from Tulsa University in 1989 and returning to Dallas to pursue a career in business. While working in University Development at SMU, Brian completed a Master of Liberal Studies in 1999.
After starting an independent insurance agency in 2007, the struggle with an increasing dependence on cocaine resulted in a heart condition and the beginning of his consequences, ultimately leading him to seek a way forward in active recovery.
Brian is now pursuing a second career working in recovery and pursuing a LCDC Certificate (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) to be completed in 2018, using his passion for helping others to beat a life of addiction.
Stage 3 Manager
Jason was born Dallas, TX. Growing up he was involved in nonprofit groups and the theatre during high school. In his early 20’s he found crystal meth after some unfortunate major health problems. He found the rooms of Crystal Meth Anonymous through a good friend. Jason has been sober since July14, 2014 and is grateful for everyday he stays sober. Jason is in school at moment to get is LCDC. In his spare time, he loves playing card games and watching campy horror movies.
Stage 2 Manager
Marty was born in Bedford TX and has lived in the DFW area all his life. He found drugs and alcohol at the age of 15, dropped out of school in the 7th grade and got his GED in 2003. The next 15 years consisted of lots of jail time and 17 treatment centers. In May of 2018, He left a detox center for the last time and entered a sober living home. Through working a 12 step program and dedicating his time to helping others, he has remained sober. He has regained all the personal relationships that he had lost and has custody of my daughter. He views his lifelong experience of addiction as a gift he was given to be able to help the Chapter House residents achieve their goals and be successful. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dog and spending time with his family.