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Our Professional Team

A Leading Licensed & Accredited Non-Profit Rehab Solution for 60 Years.

The Beacon HouseSM employs a team of highly skilled professionals specializing in the field of recovery. Our licensed and certified clinicians and nurses are trained in the treatment of addiction, ensuring the highest quality care for all our clients.

Our well-rounded interdisciplinary team includes: addictionologists, psychologists, support technicians, chemical dependency counselors, marriage and family therapists, experiential specialists, holistic providers, yoga instructors, exercise, and nutrition specialists, as well as an executive chef. This team approach supports treating the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.

Our addiction treatment specialists represent a wide array of areas including but not limited to: detoxification; medication management; diagnostic testing, individual and group therapies, mood management, cognitive therapy, mindfulness, family dynamics, spiritual growth, meditation skills, and assimilation into 12-Step work, paving the way for transition after treatment.

Our holistic specialists teach and facilitate health and wellness as an integral part of life long recovery. Yoga and meditation classes, as well as nutrition and exercise programs support the importance of the mind and body connection in the recovery process.

Our experiential treatment specialists focus on reinforcing the principles of recovery with authentic experiences. Equine-assisted growth and learning at private stables, yoga, and meditation classes with our certified practitioners, as well as golf and recovery experiences allow our clients the opportunity to experience “real life” situations in a supportive setting without the use of alcohol or drugs.


Susan Cowen

Executive Director

Jerry McDonald, ACATA

Vice President Operations & Strategic Planning

Lee Larimer, PhD, FICPP

Director of Clinical Services

Lee Goldman, MD

Consultant & Addictionologist

Dana M. Evans, LMFT, LMHP, LPC

Regional Director of Admissions & Utilization Review

Laura Niedringhaus

Director of Business Development & Outreach

Joe Fletcher

Director of Development

Kurt Johnson, LPCC, CATC

Director of Outpatient Services

Bryan McAlister, LVN

Manager Support Technician

Jim Sapia

Director of Culinary, Facility & Fitness Services

Jane Staples

Sr. Director Finance & Compliance

Darryl “Flea” Virostko

Instructor, Surfing & Ocean Activities

Noah Greenberg, MSW, LCSW

Instructor, Surfing & Ocean Activities

Ducky O’Toole

Golf & Recovery Program Instructor

Connie Yost

Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Instructor

Sarah Cohen

Yoga Instructor

Bill Hill

Birding Instructor

Josh Noblin, M.Ed


Phoebe Young

Counselor/Case Manager

Noah Shumpert

Chemical Dependency Educator

Susie Winn, MA, LMFT


Ashley Walden

Admissions Coordinator

Barbara Waddle

Admissions Coordinator

Jacqueline Gall, MFT

Outpatient Counselor & Admissions Coordinator

Allyson Cumella, ASW

Outpatient Counselor & Case Manager

Denise McMahon, CADC-II, ICADC

Lead Admissions, Outreach & Care Coordinator

Kate Englund, CADC-II

Continuing Care Coordinator

Anissa Carranza, LVN

Support Technician

Lisa Szuch, RN

Support Technician

Sarah Wright, RN

Support Technician

Barbara King, RN

Support Technician

Laura Pendleton, RN

Support Technician

Donna Brown, RN

Support Technician

Sheila Johnson, RN

Support Technician

Belen Carrillo

Administrative Assistant

Cheryl York

Lead Tech & Staffing Assistant

Kelly Hammerschmidt

Billing Specialist