Our Austin staff is made up of a diverse group of individuals who each bring their own professional and personal recovery experience to the services we provide at Eudaimonia. Our staff members are all very dedicated, compassionate individuals who are devoted to changing lives through the healing power of recovery and sobriety. Please take some time and get to know our Austin team.
Executive Director – Colleen Culton
Colleen has worked in addictions counseling for almost 20 years and earned her credentials as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2000. She has extensive experience working with adults in both outpatient and residential treatment settings. Colleen’s approach to addictions counseling is founded on the belief that people can achieve long-term, positive change. Since 2009, she has worked in a supervisory capacity with both clinical and non-clinical staff. Colleen recently completed studies for American Sign Language Interpreting at Austin Community College. One of her future goals is to expand service options for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults who struggle with the disease of addiction. A lifetime bibliophile, Colleen can frequently be found immersed in the pages of a good book. Her other favorite activities include spending time with family and traveling.
Nick Tolar – Director of Operations
Nick worked in several different industries before accepting a position with Nova in April of 2013. He chose to pursue a career with Nova because he wants to do his part in helping people start their sobriety journey and be an example for others. Nick is in recovery himself and serves as the Director of Operations, overseeing the Eudaimonia Recovery Homes in Austin. Day to day, Nick gets to ensure that all the residents are held to a high accountability standards and provided with the necessary tools to succeed in recovery. When he’s not working, Nick likes to watch movies, travel, exercise, cook and try new foods. He also really enjoys driving around with no particular destination while listening to music.
Charles has been working in the chemical dependency treatment field since 1986. He has worked primarily in intensive outpatient settings but also has experience working in residential treatment centers and with criminal justice populations in prison, SAFP aftercare, and drug court. Currently, Charles is an IOP counselor at Nova and has facilitated evening groups since June of 2017. He enjoys working with the Nova team and spends most of his free time with his wife and extended family. Charles has two grown children, a son who lives in Colorado and a daughter who lives in Minnesota.
Lori received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services specializing in addiction counseling from Austin Community College in 2014 before receiving her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University in 2016. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Grand Canyon University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lori’s experience in the addiction treatment field began as a practicum student at the Ellen Halbert Unit, a substance abuse felony punishment facility. She obtained her Counselor Intern (CI) license and worked with men in the state jail facility before expanding her work experience at two other residential treatment facilities. Her industry experience also includes developing a training curriculum for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Interns. Lori joined the Eudaimonia team in June of 2017 as an IOP counselor. She firmly believes in the Eudaimonia mission to fight substance abuse by providing services that will help clients be productive members of their communities. When she’s not working, Lori enjoys relaxing by the fire at her lake property, completing arts and crafts projects, and antiquing.