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.
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. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, running, and traveling with her husband and children.
Primary Therapist, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CSI
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 one of our Licensed Clinical Addictions Treatment Specialists 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 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.
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 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.
Primary Therapist, MA, LCAS
Sarah is one 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.
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, MSW, LCAS-A
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
Melanie has called the mountains of Asheville home since 2015 when she moved here, from Charleston, SC to begin her journey with Crest View Recovery. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, Melanie serves as a resource for professionals, families and individuals seeking substance abuse treatment. In her outreach efforts, she drives community connection and collaboration through networking amongst statewide medical professionals, non-profit event involvement and discovery of recovery focused resources. In addition, she serves to educate others about the services offered at Crest View through informational presentations, on-site tours and face to face meetings.
Melanie holds an Education degree from the College of Charleston and has extensive experience in sales and marketing in the behavioral health industry. This coupled with her passion for helping others and building relationships makes her a natural fit in the role of Outreach. Her favorite thing to share with others about Crest View is the reality-based treatment programming and individualized attention that lead to the long term, sustainable success of program graduates.
Outside of work Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, and loves being a first-time mom to their baby daughter! She can often be found exploring the outdoors of Asheville and surrounding areas with the whole family including their black lab, Bruce, and Golden Retriever, Finn.
Primary Therapist, MSW, LCAS-A
Rachel obtained her Masters in Social Work from Western Carolina University. She has experience in a variety of settings, including a behavioral health crisis center and detox facility. Rachel enjoys walking alongside clients as they navigate a meaningful life in recovery. Rachel is one of our Licensed Clinical Addiction Treatment Specialists Associate (LCAS-A) and is pursuing her license in clinical social work. During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two cats, wandering in the woods, and eating veggies straight from the garden.