Helena Washington, M.Ed., LCDC, ICADC, MAC
Helena Washington, M.Ed., LCDC, ICADC, MAC, is a licensed addiction specialist, mental wellness, and behavioral health diversity authority, with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and preserving family systems. Due to Helena’s clinical rooting in mental health, her passion is working with a holistic and collaborative approach to mental wellness, as well as educating communities, organizations, and corporations. She has worked for treatment programs, in corrections, acute care settings, as a clinician, program manager, and many years in private practice. She obtained her Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Grambling State University, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2001, from Bowling Green State University, with a focus on brain trauma, addiction, mental and emotional health, physical wellness, diversity, adolescent, and women’s concerns. As a CBT/DBT trained practitioner, Helena is also trained in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy-Adolescents and Adults, a part of the Texas Children’s Collaborative Group for Trauma Care, and Trauma Informed Care. Presently, she runs her private practice and behavioral health consulting firm, BraveBird Recovery and Wellness, PLLC, in Houston, Texas. Additionally, Helena is the current President, Houston Chapter Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Board ( State of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, governed by NAADAC); on the Houston Harris County Office of Drug Policy Committee; NAADAC’s Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee, former Board of Directors, Liberian Association of Greater Houston, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
This dedicated mother of three, grandmother of one, immigrated to the United States from Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, as a child. She describes her greatest professional success as being an integral partner in the process of healing that takes place in those living with disruptive behavioral health challenges and promoting family preservation.
Kim Arrington, M.Ed, LPC
Kim Arrington, LPC is the Co Founder and Clinical Director of Woodlands Recovery Centers in Beaumont, offering PHP, IOP and OP substance use disorder treatment. Currently Ms Arrington also serves as the Interim Executive Director for The Council on Recovery for Southeast Texas and an Adjunct Instructor for the Lamar State college Port Arthur Chemical Dependency Counseling program. Ms Arrington holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Education Counseling and Development and began her career in mental health in 1991 at MHMR serving a population of adult chronic mentally ill in case management. Ms Arrington’s has an extensive clinical background spanning over 2 decades specializing in counseling and program development, neurological testing and research, and private counseling with various populations in mental health and intellectually challenged adults and children as well as many years working with and HIV/AIDS population research and counseling. Her most memorable experience that has launched her career into addiction field was in 2009 while living in Gaborone, Botswana. Living abroad Kim developed the first certified substance abuse counselor curriculum and trained the first cohort of substance abuse counselors the country had ever experienced. She was pivotal in the country receiving over 2 million dollars in grant funding from Ministry of Trade. Ms Arrington strongly believes serving in this capacity to the Botswana people was a magical moment within her career. Assisting BOSASNet in development and opening the country’s’ first Substance Abuse Counseling outpatient clinic and serving as their Clinical Director for 2 years became the impetus for opening her own clinic when she returned back home to Texas and making the career jump into addiction treatment. As a person in double decade long term recovery, Kim adheres to the philosophy of giving back in all of her endeavors. She is active in advocating the advancement of quality services for individuals suffering with a behavioral health conditions statewide and nationally. Ms Arrington is often asked to present on various clinical topics and speak on her recovery experience at local, national and international conferences. Presenting as a joint facilitator with FORUT and W.H.O. and being part of neuropsych research team was the highlight of her presentation career thus far. Balancing business operations, executive duties, clinical responsibilities and conducting advocacy work, Kim enjoys laughing and spending time creating memories with her nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Immediate Past President
Nichole Parker is the Manager of Marketing for the primary care service line at Memorial Hermann. In her prior role where she worked for close to 7 years she managed marketing and business development for Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC). She has been in the field of mental health since graduating with honors from Baylor University. After graduating and moving back to the Austin area, she went to work for a facility that specializes in child and adolescent treatment where she completed neuropsychological testing and eventually went into national marketing.
Nichole helped to create and later formalize a group called Greater Houston Area Treatment Providers (GHATP), one of the largest independent behavioral collaborative organizations in Houston. Nichole has served on the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) Board of Directors for close to six years, previously as the Chapter Secretary and currently as President-Elect. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Houston Chapter Jim Keesey Volunteer of the Year Award and also received the Texas Houston Chapter TAAP Member of the Year Award.
Nichole has a passion for recovery and mental health and truly believes that recovery is possible. She is personally motivated to help this cause having lost her mother to alcoholism.
Annette H. Martinez. LCSW-S, CEAP, LCDC, sap qualified
Annette is trained as a clinical social worker and has over twenty-nine years of experience, in the substance use disorder, EAP, and behavioral health field. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, detox, in-patient, outpatient, and residential treatment centers with a variety of populations including, medical staff, professionals, emergency responders, adolescents, homeless, criminal justice, and DOT (safety sensitive employees).
Annette is an Employee Assistance Professional and specializes in trauma informed treatment; substance use and other addictive behavior disorders; families impacted by substance use disorders; first responders and their families; CISM and crisis intervention; work and life balance; body and trauma informed yoga, and EMDR.
Annette had the honor of winning The Gulf Coast Chapter of NASW Lifetime Social Work Award in 2019. She is also a member of NASW and EAPA. Annette enjoys having fun, spending time with her family, dancing, classic R&B, and walking on the beach.
Gordon Meltzer, PSS, RSPS, MHPS
Recovering from the disease of addiction since 2012. When in the grip of substance use disorders, severe consequence were suffered by my family, businesses, and me, culminating in admission to treatment on 2/6/2012.
I’ve been clean from all mood and mind altering substances since 2/7/2012, the day I woke up on the Professionals inpatient unit at Menninger.
I am employed since 6/6/2016 by The Menninger Clinic as a certified addiction recovery specialist. This is a peer recovery support specialist role.
I mentor our patients individually, in support of our clinical staff; our MDs, PhDs, LCSWs, LCDCs, and our LPCs. These clinicians refer patients to work with me when appropriate.
Seeing private clients unrelated to the Clinic is a privilege and a joy. I am building a private practice and understand the challenges faced by sole practitioners; I am one of us.
Addictions Professionals are the gateway to restoring precious families, rebuilding lives worth living, and the key to prevention.
Sarah Bolton works in Business Development for The Last Resort Recovery. With 5 years of experience in the addiction recovery industry, she has worked in business development for both local and national treatment centers. She also has facilitated Mindful Art Programs for residential treatment centers.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Sarah started her career in Hotel Management and has worked as a Sales Manager and Event Planner. Ultimately, her passion to be a resource to a struggling population is what led her to healthcare.
Sarah is the founder of Sober Eve, Houston’s only alcohol-free, pop-up nightclub for New Year’s Eve.
She is a proud mother to a teenaged son, Jack, who attends the Marine Military Academy. In her free time, she enjoys painting, modern calligraphy, floral design, event planning and working out.
David Coles, LCDC, ADCIII
Sharon Hadley, PSS, RSPS
Sharon Hadley is a person in Recovery from Mental Health and Substance Use issues. She began Peer Support as a volunteer Recovery Coach for Santa Maria’s Path to Recovery program in June 2014. Sharon was able to go into Plane State Jail and offer her experience and support to the women incarcerated there until November 2017, first as a volunteer then as an employee.
Sharon is now the Peer Support Supervisor at Avenue 360, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, that is providing Recovery Support Services and affordable treatment by Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, while implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) through a 5-year SAMHSA grant.
Sharon is a passionate advocate for Recovery and a person in Recovery. She has testified and advocated to the efficacy of Peer Recovery Support Services to Representatives of the Texas House and Senate as well as the Rate Hearing for Recovery support Services by peers.
Ellen Horst, LCDC, LMT
Ellen Horst, LCDC, LMT, has been involved in the field of addiction treatment and counseling for over 29 years, during which time she has played an active role in its growth and development. She was called to this work from a personal passion for recovery and an inherent desire to help others find their own journey to sobriety from mind-altering chemicals. Her extensive education and experience with the treatment of the addiction disease are what makes Ellen an excellent choice to support clients and their families in the healing process.
She has been involved and head office on both the local and state boards of TAAP as well as on several NAADAC committees.
Lisa Webb, LCDC
Lisa A. Webb obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of North Florida and has decades of professional experience ranging from Human Resources, office administration, to proposal planning for a group of Architects. Lisa has worked in the Substance Use Disorder field for the last 12 years as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the Greater Houston area. She is passionate about helping people find recovery and advocates for those who struggle to find their voice.
After being laid off in 2020 due to the pandemic, Lisa found her way to the Baylor College of Medicine where she is working on a grant project as an Academic Detailer. This project is focused on bringing alcohol and drug treatment to primary care settings by providing the latest evidence-based treatment modalities.
Lisa has been married to her husband, Alan for 27 years and they have a 16-year-old daughter, Jade. Her hobbies are walking, riding her bike, horseback riding and fellowship with friends and family.