Brett Heimowitz

Chief Executive Officer

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 addiction treatment specialists 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.

brett@crestviewrecovery.org

Dara Heimowitz

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Dara ensures that all aspects of Crest View run smoothly and that employees are carrying out the organization’s vision each and every day. Whether it’s training addiction treatment specialists, helping colleagues deliver the highest quality of care, or identifying ways that Crest View can grow and evolve, she runs a tight ship!

If you ask anyone around here, Dara truly holds the heart of our facility together. As a mother of two children, she knows how important it is for people to feel seen, valued, and loved. She genuinely and compassionately cares for each client. Dara’s favorite part of each day is meeting new clients and guiding them into their recovery journey, or helping existing clients prepare to graduate from the program. Her mission is to ensure each individual feels as though they are a member of the Crest View family forever.

Dara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and has worked in the addiction field for over 15 years. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and traveling with her husband and children.

Sarah Consbruck, MA, LCAS

Lead Therapist

Sarah is one of our Licensed Clinical Addiction Treatment Specialists 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.

Mario J. Moraga, LCAS

Lead Therapist

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 Specialist. 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.

LuAnn Jefferson, LCMHC, LCAS

Primary Therapist

A Licensed Clinical Mental Health and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, LuAnn has worked in the field for 23 years and has a strong passion for helping others discover their path to recovery.  She has worked in outpatient settings, residential and partial hospitalization treatment centers, intensive outpatient and private practice.  LuAnn has a vast knowledge of the mental health and substance use disorder recovery landscape both professionally and personally.

As a primary therapist, I believe it is my job to help clients discover their inner strength to achieve the desired outcome they have identified. The decision to enter into treatment is a courageous and positive step toward dealing with life’s challenges and transitions. The substance use disorders and mental health issues clients present with can be an opportunity for personal growth and treatment and the counseling offered can empower them to learn to solve those problems. I will often incorporate art, and writing into therapeutic sessions when appropriate. My counseling style is nurturing and respectful. To endeavor to help individuals to create meaningful and fulfilling futures for themselves is the greatest reward in doing this work.

LuAnn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College with community mental health and psychology degrees.  She is a member of Psi Chi and earned the “Outstanding Service to the College” and “Academic Achievement” from Rollins College in 2000.
LuAnn loves spending time with her partner, her boys and her two dogs, Thor and Loki.  She is interested in writing having minored in creative writing as well as dabbling in art.  She loves to garden and spend time outdoors in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.

Chris Hart, LCSW, LCAS

Primary Therapist

Chris earned a BA in English Lit from Florida Atlantic University; where he graduated cum laude. He earned a Masters in Social Work in 2016 from Western Carolina University, where he graduated with the highest honors and was inducted into the Phi Alpha honors society.

Chris is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has honed his clinical skills and core practicums working with multiple populations at the VA, as well as in wilderness and outpatient settings. Chris attended the University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies, where he completed Gorski Relapse Prevention Training.

Chris was part of a multi-agency collaborative which sought to create a new, aggressive treatment modality that combines the best practices of Family Centered Treatment with the best practices of SUD treatment; this pilot is ongoing and Chris was integral to the development of its framework and implementation. Chris is also highly trained in Family Centered Treatment (a systems approach).

Chris is a former intelligence analyst, where he worked to develop counterterrorism security measures for deep-water ports and cargo ships. In addition, he has owned and operated a live music venue, and a mental health licensed substance abuse intensive outpatient program.

In his spare time, Chris is a photography enthusiast, musician, and filmmaker. He loves hanging out with his friends and family: hiking, sailing, scuba diving, and grilling in his backyard!

Charley “Char” Brown, LCAS-A

Primary Therapist

Char is an associate licensed clinical addiction specialist and a nationally certified counselor with over eight years of experience in the mental health field. He has worked in outpatient, partial-hospitalization, school, nursing home, and in-home settings working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Char currently holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. He currently provides individual therapy and groups focused on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy constructs and Dual Pathology (the connection between mental health and substance use) to clients at CVRC. In his free time, Char enjoys the outdoors which includes hiking and camping as well as attending music festivals and riding roller coasters at amusement parks.

Tommy Lee, M.A.Ed., LCAS

Primary Therapist

Tommy is one of our Licensed Clinical Addictions Treatment Specialists. 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.

Maggie Boyle MA LCAS-A

Art Therapy Facilitator, Clinician Assistant

Maggie earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College of Santa Fe. As Crest View’s Art Therapy Facilitator and Clinician Assistant, my role serves to help clients explore the creative process as a tool for developing a larger capacity to understand oneself and the ability to heal in recovery. I also assist clients in the pursuit of finding sober hobbies and interests through organizing weekend fellowship events.

Before I start a group session, I make sure to structure the chairs in a circle, leaving a chair open for one of my dogs to lay their head on a client’s lap. River and Skye serve as my co-facilitators, offering emotional support to the community.

As a visual artist and poet, my personal practice of focusing on the process over the product in art-making serves as a means for health,clarity and empathy.

Melanie Knight

Community Outreach Coordinator

Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing. Her outreach efforts have focused specifically on behavioral health and substance abuse for the past 9 years during which time she has worked to build relationships with medical professionals, treatment providers, and various other community partners throughout the southeastern region. She is passionate about being a recovery ally and a resource for those in need.

“As a Community Outreach Coordinator I educate healthcare professionals, community partners, families and individuals about the amazing services we provide to clients at Crest View. I strive to build strong partnerships within the community in order to make connections for others and to be a resource for anyone in need.”

Melanie lives locally in Asheville with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs (Bruce and Finn).  As a family they enjoy outdoor adventures, traveling, good music and fun with friends.

mknight@crestviewrecovery.org

Jessica White

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jessica White loves recovery stories and believes in making recovery a reality for as many as possible. For over a decade, Jessica has worked in multiple facets of behavioral health, including: operations, administration, professional development, and marketing, with particular focus on client experience and outcomes. She is passionate about connecting clients with the best, most clinically and financially appropriate care possible. Jessica is active in her faith, professional, and recovery communities and happily makes herself available to anyone looking for resources. She operates from a deeply held belief that “treatment resistant” clients are looking for an advocate, and not a fight, and is willing to work with clients, families and referral sources to get folks help when ready. She has served as Vice President of the Board for The North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies, and conference chair for Addiction Professionals of North Carolina.

Jessica lives in Charlotte, NC and is into gardening, functional fitness, early morning guitar practice, animal rescues, and quiet weekends in the woods or at home, with good books, family, good friends, and her office assistant (the perfect rescue min pin, Gretel).

jwhite@crestviewrecovery.org

Scott Langer

Admissions Coordinator

Scott Langer brings to Crest View years of professional and personal experience dealing with the disease of addiction. As an Admissions Coordinator, Scott acquired a thorough understanding of the rehabilitation business. In fighting for his own sobriety, Scott gained discipline, patience, and the wisdom of many hard-won lessons. A deep compassion fuels Scott’s dedication to helping individuals and families brave the storm of addiction. Scott enjoys the gym as an outlet as well going to see live music as much as possible.

slanger@crestviewrecovery.org

Chanse Harrison

Admissions Coordinator

Chanse joined Crest View early in the year of 2021. Chanse has been around the addiction field for 10+ years with a strong focus in admissions for 3 years.

Chanse comes from a family of one of four brothers. This instilled an attitude in him of “I am my brother’s keeper”. Chanse brings a no-nonsense approach to his job and life. There is nothing Chanse will not help out with. Chanse lives with his girlfriend, Marie and his 1 year old English Bull Terrier Neville.

As an admissions coordinator, I am caring and knowledgeable and help guide folks through the ins and outs of the rehab admissions process.

When not playing with his dog and working, Chanse likes to paint, hike, and listen to the Grateful Dead.

charrison@crestviewrecovery.org

Brittany Buchanan

Client Care Coordinator

Brittany started at Crest View as a Behavioral Health Technician over three years ago and has since been promoted twice to Case Manager and now Client Care Coordinator. Her previous work experience within a hospital setting, dealing with clients with a variety of medical issues made Brittany the perfect choice for her new role. As Client Care Coordinator, she assists the PMH-NP with daily tasks including making sure all of our clients medical needs are taken care of while they are in treatment. Brittany ensures clients have the medications they need and are refilled when necessary.  She will also handle any outside medical appointments they may have during treatment. She is organized, detailed oriented and always willing to help in any department when necessary.  Having had been in various roles at Crest View has allowed her to see multiple aspects of the wonderful care that is provided here and helps her play an integral part of the “team” in order to create the best experience for each and every client.

On her free time Brittany enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband hiking and traveling.  She is also a big fan of Duke Blue Devils basketball!!

Maren Hollyfield

Case Manager

Maren started at Crest View as a Behavioral Health Tech over three years ago and was promoted to case manager over a year ago.  Maren has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Old Dominion University with a minor in Psychology and had previously worked for an amazing domestic and sexual violence agency in Virginia.  Working with that population truly helped her to uncover her love of helping others and the need for a career with purpose and passion.

As case manager at Crest View, she meets with clients at intake and assess what case management needs they may during their treatment program.  If a client is working, she will assist them with leave of absence paperwork as well as provide documentation if a client has any legal issues such as pending court issues or probation.  She will also meet with clients to help them prepare their aftercare plans, including finding sober living or outpatient therapy for when they return to their community after their treatment episode.

Maren recently celebrated 5 years in recovery.  She says “Having gone through what our clients are going through helps me be able to connect with them and better assist them.”

In her free time she loves to cross-stitch, take care of way too many plants, and roller skate.

Candace Green

Behavior Health Technician – Supervisor

Candace has been with Crest View Recovery Center for 5 years, working as a Behavior Health Technician, Lead BHT and now the Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor. Candace’s experience, knowledge and dedication to our clients has helped her continue to grow within the company.   She hires, trains and manages our Behavioral Health Technicians and keeps them motivated throughout their shifts!  She also works with the clients to help them grow during their treatment journey.  Her passion for recovery and watching the clients achieve their goals is what brings true joy to her in her position.  Candace is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and is working on her certification for her CADC.

When Candace is not at Crest View Recovery Center, she enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying any outdoor activities and sports– especially softball!