As the leader of our team, Brett has worked in the addiction field for over 12 years. He has knowledge of every department in treatment and working experience as a behavioral health tech, medical assistant, case manager, admissions coordinator/director and owner. As CEO of CVRC, he is committed to creating the premier treatment facility in North Carolina. His work and life experiences allow him to connect with those seeking help and assist his staff with being the best they can be. His experience allows him the opportunity to not only help the addict/alcoholic but to also lead the facility in its daily operations. As the CEO, he is committed to providing the best services to the clients, families and staff of CVRC.
With Dara’s enthusiasm about recovery and passion for this industry, she expressed interest in being part of CVRC as this business started. Her experience as an independent contractor has taught her money management, accounting and customer service skills. With her degree in Business Marketing, she knows what a business needs in order to run smooth behind the scenes. Her personal relations skills and organization help to make CVRC a wonderful environment for both our team and our clients.
Clinical Director, MSW, LCSW, NASW-CATOD, LCAS, CCS
Patrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.
Primary Therapist, MS, LCMHC, LCAS
Audrey obtained a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has worked in a variety of settings since then, and has found that her passion lies in working with those in recovery. Audrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate in the state of North Carolina. In her free time, Audrey enjoys hiking, reading, and photography.
Primary Therapist, M.A.Ed., LCAS
Tommy is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. He began working as a Substance Abuse Counselor in 1997. Tommy started his counseling career with the North Carolina Department of Corrections counseling young men ages 18-21 with addiction problems. After 3 years, Tommy transferred to a youth prison working with teenagers with substance abuse problems. He worked there for 5 years then moved into a wilderness program for substance abusing young adults. Tommy worked there for 10 years. From the wilderness program Tommy worked at an IOP and then a therapeutic boarding school. He began working here at Crest View Recovery Center in February 2019 where he facilitates the IOP program. During his free time Tommy enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, Disc Golf, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Mario J. Moraga
Primary Therapist, LCAS
Mario J. Moraga, LCAS is a native from Chile, immigrated to the USA in 1970. His experience is vast in that he has worked in various clinical levels of care such as: detox, residential, partial hospitalization as well as outpatient, MAT, as well as school therapeutic settings. Mario graduated from Montclair University, N.J. with a Psychology degree and moved to Asheville NC in 1989. He went on to obtain his CSAC then his license as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Special. In 1994 he began serving the Spanish language clients in NC. Mario also served on the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board for 6 yrs. He has a passion for wellness which include optimal mental and physical health. He utilizes Reality therapy, Motivational Interview techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and most recently the Community Resource Model (CRM) for assisting those who suffer from the disease of addictions. While working in the field of addiction is his passion, he also enjoys participating and volunteering as a youth lacrosse coach, golfing and mountain riding with his wife and children.
Primary Therapist, MA, LCAS
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and a Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Sarah started her counseling career in 2011 and has worked with individuals with substance abuse problems in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Portland, OR. If she isn’t curled up on the sofa with a good book, you can find Sarah hiking the beautiful trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains or spending time with her family.
Primary Therapist, M.Ed., LCMHC, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Jocelyn is originally from Asheville, NC. She has been working in the mental health and substance field over 15 years as a counselor and most recently a clinical supervisor for agencies and individuals seeking licensure as mental health and substance abuse counselors. Jocelyn graduated from The Ohio State University in Criminology and obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She also enjoys creative arts and likes to incorporate creativity in counseling and supervision.
Primary Therapist, CADC
Kristen is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 10 years’ experience in the substance abuse field. She has considerable experience in different areas in the mental health/ substance abuse field starting in sober living and working her way up to Director of a large treatment center in Florida. Kristen recently moved to Asheville from South Florida and is excited to get to work more one-on-one with clients. When she isn’t attending classes for her degree in Social Work, Kristen enjoys traveling, attending sporting events and spending time with her rescue dog.
Primary Therapist, BSW, CADC-R
Doug is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Bachelors in Social Work from Western Carolina University. Doug is passionate about addressing the unique needs of adolescents, young adults, and LGBTQIA+ people in the recovery community. He uses mindfulness, a strengths-based perspective, and the principles of recovery fellowships to inspire clients and design solutions. A graduate student pursuing his Masters in Social Work, Doug spends his down time trail running, painting, and hiking with his dog.
Community Outreach Coordinator
A valuable addition to our team, Melanie moved to Asheville from Charleston, SC. She holds a degree from the College of Charleston and has a background in sales and marketing. In SC, she held the position of Marketing Representative for a behavioral health and substance abuse hospital located in the Charleston area. Melanie has a passion for being a resource for referral sources, families and individuals seeking drug and alcohol treatment. She loves the culture and arts that Asheville has to offer and takes advantage of all of the hiking and outdoor adventure in the area with her family that lives locally and her Golden Retriever, Finn.