Meet Our Austin Staff
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.
Director of Operations – Steven Long
Steven first began working in the addiction treatment field in 2012 and received his Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) certification in 2013. He started as a Resident Care Advocate at Benchmark Recovery Center and worked his way up to become the Director of Recovery Services at The Last Resort, where he created 12-step curriculum, facilitated group therapy, managed staff members, and most importantly, carried clients through a life-changing experience. Steven joined the Eudaimonia team in June of 2016 after recognizing the high quality of care that comes from the organization. “I have watched this company, time and time again, help people with nothing to their name. The absence of profit motive with so many of these guys and gals is an amazing thing to be a part of,” he says. As the Director of Operations, Steven is responsible for supervising all of the Program Coordinators, the maintenance and facilities department, and the Resident Care Advocates on staff at Eudaimonia. Steven enjoys spending his free time with his two children, Steven Jr. and Devon Beth, and his beautiful wife Carrie. His passion and purpose, other than his family, is his recovery, and he works with many individuals who are struggling with addiction outside of work as well. He is a recovered addict who invests much of his life in the 12-step process.
Before joining the Eudaimonia team in July of 2017, Nancy worked as a parent advocate for outpatient services in California. She advocated for parents who were at risk of losing custody of their children, offered services throughout the community to prevent the removal of children, and worked to help families get their children back if they had already been removed from the home. Nancy also worked as a counselor and case manager at an inpatient program for women and children before becoming a recovery advocate at Briarwood Detox Center. At Eudaimonia, Nancy handles case management issues and offers support to women while they begin the sober living process. Her recovery experience in eating disorders, gambling, dating, and shopping disorders, as well as her personal experience in dealing with issues such as divorce, child custody, child services, and government support, all allow her to guide clients through their recovery with the twelve steps. Nancy believes that her own experience in recovery allows her to give back those just like her. “I work with these women to break the cycle, to show them that telling the truth of our everyday issues not only brings freedom to self, but also to those around us that might feel alone in their secrets,” she says. Nancy enjoys spending time with her four children and making memories with activities like camping, hiking, and fishing. She is also very involved in 12-step activities and service work.
Jason Wilkins – AMP Coach
Jason’s sobriety began on June 4th of 2005 on the Big Island of Hawaii, when he left the place he had moved to drink himself to death to go to Treatment at Aloha House on the island of Maui. A little over a year later he began to work at the same treatment center. He began to see that the life he had lead of homelessness and train hopping, and addiction to which he had lost many friends over the years was no longer the way for him to live. Jason learned how to drive, began to go to college for counseling degree but also for the experience since it had been 22 years since he had dropped out of school, lived responsibly in a house and began to be a productive member of society. In 2010 Jason made the move to Austin TX, where some of his friends had gotten sober, many were not and his friends kept dying yet this time he was more able to be a part of and help others through hard times. Jason began working with Nova Recovery in April of 2012 as Recovery Specialist before changing positions to AMP Recovery Coach in May of 2016.
Jason continues to grow in his own recovery and apart from working on cars, riding motorcycles, continuing to be a part of the punk rock community, the sober community, he commenced even further spiritual growth by becoming a member of the Lakota community in Texas to which he sits on sings on a native American Drum for ceremonies and partakes in several ceremonies on this path. He has reestablished relations with his family which were lost through his years of homelessness.
Jason continues this journey with the same passion that he started it with “to treat people differently”. “I continue to sponsor others in the 12 step community and help them find the path to their own spiritual concepts and ideas, as well to their own identity. Working to help others has been the blessing in my life to which I never thought possible and is what helps me stay on the path of sobriety, spirituality, relationships and life. Sobriety to me today is about being able to live”.
Travis Pace – AMP Coach
He is a helper, role model and mentor. He guides clients to their true potential. When he’s not working on building hope for clients at Eudaimonia, he likes to Karaoke (even though he can’t carry a tune in a bucket), try every new taco stop he can and of course coloring books!
He is a quirky, outgoing, productive and caring person, although he’s also been known to be rebellious when forced to conform. The things he loves most in life are his Family, Friends, Recovery and his relationship with his Higher Power. He is an Ordained Minister, and he really loves it.
He has an extensive background in the recovery field. He started work for a substance abuse treatment center and worked his way from the bottom up. He loves what he does and who he does it for, his clients. He’s had struggles and setbacks in life but have not let those slow him down. He lost his brother in a tragic auto accident and has since found brothers in all of the men he gets to work with. Life is an experience and Travis believes in gaining that experience for continued personal and professional growth. He is ever the eternal optimist.
Jay Glauser – AMP Coach
Jay has been with Eudaimonia Recovery Homes since April of 2014. Born and raised in Houston, Texas Jay moved to Austin in 2005. In 2011, after years of attempting to manage his addiction Jay sought help and began his journey of recovery. Early on he was inspired by counselors and those with long term sobriety by their ability to help others make meaningful change in their lives.
In 2014 Jay completed his Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist training. Jay is attuned to the need of addicts and alcoholics to have a stable support system. He is passionate about helping others develop meaningful, long term recovery and supporting families through the process. Jay enjoys spending time with his wife and son, hiking, playing guitar and reading.
Aaron received his Associate’s degree in Human Services from San Antonio College. His first experience in the addiction treatment field was working with adolescents as a direct care staff member. After graduating from college, he accepted an internship with Starlite Recovery Center and worked as a counselor in the detox unit with the general population. He spent his last two years there working as a primary counselor for 18 to 28-year-old males. Aaron began working for Nova in August of 2016 as a counselor in the partial hospitalization program before moving on to work directly with Eudaimonia residents throughout their recovery support programming. He says he enjoys being a part of the Eudaimonia team because the company remains focused on high-quality client care. “I have seen the owners, directors, and other staff do everything they can to help the clients we work with. It is nice to know that the company is centered on helping,” he says. When he’s not working, Aaron spends most of his free time with his newborn son and his wife. He enjoys being active and loves outdoor recreational activities.
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.