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Clinical Staff Biographies

Melody Starkey, BA, CDP
Clinical Operations Manager

Ms. Starkey is a Chemical Dependency Professional and holds a degree from the University of Washington.  She is currently completing her Master's Degree.  Melody has been in the substance use disorder field for over 13-years.  She actually got her start in the field at Olalla Recovery Centers!  During her time in the field, she has filled many roles - including front line staff, support staff, counselor, case manager, recovery support coordinator, supervisor, trainer, educator, etc.  Within it all, she considers herself to be an advocate and champion for recovery.  She believes in reducing stigma and increasing accessibility to services for individuals living with substance use disorders.  She has a vast amount of experience in working with diverse populations including tribal communities.  Melody is a person in long-term recovery.  Her lived experience keeps her motivated to contribute to the recovery community in a meaningful way.  Melody is also a member of the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board and a member of the Washington Recovery Alliance.  She is committed to spending quality time with her family and friends.  Melody enjoys playing softball, camping, and other outdoor activities.  Her passion for the field and her joyful demeanor are two of her best qualities the patients and staff appreciate.

Terri Jones, MA, CDP
Quality Assurance Administrator

Terri Jones has worked in the chemical dependency field since 1988. She started out as a telephone volunteer for the Alcohol/Drug 24 hour Helpline while completing her undergraduate degree. Since then she has worked in outpatient and inpatient programs as a counselor and manager (also served as interventionist and relapse prevention specialist), has worked as a misdemeanor probation officer, has done consulting to treatment organizations, private practice counseling, contract assessments at Remann Hall, and continuing education workshops for counselors. She returned last year from 2-1/2 years of service in the Peace Corps where, in addition to her volunteer activities, she had the opportunity to learn about treatment for alcoholism in Eastern Europe.  Terri is back at Olalla Recovery Centers after an eleven year absence and is happy to be working with the organization on staff development and quality assurance initiatives as well as working with families seeking intervention services.

Steve Fischer, BA, CDP
Assessment / Utilization Review Counselor

Steve spent his first career working in the financial services industry helping people to plan and save for their retirement.  After 15-years in the financial industry, Steve wanted to do something different, but wasn't sure what path he should take.  Steve has dedicated much of his time volunteering for various organizations and also with his church, which is where he reconnected with two friends from his high school days.  They suggested Steve should volunteer at Olalla Recovery Centers.  Steve spent the next 6-months volunteering at Olalla, while still working another job.  When a position in our support services department became available, Steve accepted the position.  He worked in the support department for about 8-months while he was completing his degree in Psychology.  When a full-time counselor position opened up, Steve took it.  Over the next few years, Steve worked as the primary counselor for what was knowns as the Marble Group, now known as the Hawk Group, then ultimately Steve had the Phoenix Group.  Steve left ORC for a period to explore options at a couple of other treatment programs, but returned in 2016 as th assessment counselor.  Steve has a passion for helping others and is dedicated to helping patients in the addiction field.  In his free time, Steve loves spending time with his family, dining out, taking road trips, and going out on the water.  Steve's positive outlook is very contagious!

Cathy Hughes, BS, CDP
Treatment Supervisor, Inpatient

Cathy has selected the field of chemical dependency as she knows firsthand what drugs and alcohol have done in her own life and firmly believes she can help others.  She is affiliated with NAADAC and Blue Star Mothers.  Cathy enjoys working with children at her church in the AWANA program.  She also enjoys camping and hiking with her family and watching football.  Those who work with and around Cathy all say what a pleasure she is to work with and her knowledge of addiction and the effects on families is extensive. Cathy was recently promoted to Treatment Supervisor at our residential location. Cathy is currently completing multiple courses in Clinical Supervision and Leadership. Cathy has been with Olalla Recovery Centers since 2012.

Shaundra Lunore, BA, CDPT
Assistant Counselor, Inpatient

Shaundra joined Olalla Recovery Centers in August 2016.  Prior to joining us, Shaundra worked in the accounting field for over 25 years.  Her mentors encouraged her to pursue counseling, so she started her collegiate journey and discovered a love for learning and for helping others see their potential.  She chose this field to help strengthen families, as Shaundra lost her own parents to the disease of addiction, as well as watching her own siblings struggle with recovery.  Shaundra is the oldest of 12 siblings, so she definitely has experience and wisdom to share.  Her goal is to be a good example and to show others it is never too late to follow and accomplish your dreams.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping, movies, and spending time with her family.

Heather Metts, MA, CDP
Inpatient Counselor, Hawk Group

* Biography forthcoming

Christyn Modica, BA, CDPT
Outpatient Counselor

Christyn has dedicated her time to developing a diversity of experience and knowledge in chemical dependency and psychology, with experience in surrounding fields. She comprises her methods of support in eclectic form, with focus in mindfulness. Within the discipline of human services, Christyn has received training in domestic violence, sexual assault, crisis intervention, case management and mental health support. She has accompanied her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Certificate of Proficiency in Chemical Dependency and has devoted her efforts to providing support to individuals in recovery. Coming from a lifetime history of chemical dependency within the family, Christyn has developed an understanding of chemical dependency. She is devoted to professionalism and supports a diversity of eclectic methods to support individuals in a difficult place in their lives, including mindfulness. Christyn hopes to continue her education in co-occurring treatment and will provide a multitude of experience and knowledge to mental health and chemical dependency treatment.

David Nogle, BA, CDP
Outpatient Counselor

David has been with Olalla Recovery Centers since 2012. Prior to working for ORC, David spent over four years doing individual support for those dealing with family and personal trials through a Christian-based support program. David chose to work in the field of addiction treatment through his own personal experience with his family. He recognized the need for assistance in dealing with the chemically dependent is a growing and felt this field is where he could be of service to others. David volunteers at various non-profit organizations in the local area as well.

Ronald Ohnhaus, BA, CDPT
Inpatient Counselor, Phoenix Group

In 2015, Ron joined the Olalla Recovery Centers’ team. Ron comes to Olalla with a diverse background as a business owner and serving in the United States Navy. We are fortunate to have him with the Olalla Recovery Centers clinical team. Ron has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Substance Abuse. Ron volunteers his time with various activities and associations involved with helping people recover from addiction. Ron’s professionalism and knowledge of addiction are two of the many qualities the patients highlight after working with him. He is passionate about helping those struggling in addiction learn the vital coping skills to overcome their addiction and lead productive lives. His calm demeanor and confident outlook are noted by those who work with Ron.

Carol Potts, CDS III, NCAC I, CDP
Treatment Supervisor, Outpatient

Carol began her journey in the field of chemical dependency with Olalla as an intern in 1994 and became the inpatient women’s counselor in 1995. She is currently at the outpatient site, where she is serves as the Lead Counselor, the women’s counselor, as well as managing one of the intensive outpatient groups, plus aftercare and relapse prevention groups. Carol is very dedicated to her family and volunteers readily for recovery based activities and events. She is a member of CDPWS and NADAAC. Her laughter is contagious and her spirit is unwavering. Carol has been in the field of addiction treatment for over 21 years.

Peper Owens-Brown, BA, CDPT
Inpatient Counselor, Raven Group

*Biography forthcoming

Jennifer Vonwerner, MA, CDPT
Assistant Counselor, Inpatient

Jennifer has been with ORC since September 2015, while completing her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology (completed in September 2016).  Jennfer has also worked in the corrections field providing services for offenders with mental health & addiction issues, and also services related to crisis management.  She has over 5+ years of experience working with youth behavioral issues.  Jennifer grew up under the tables of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and firmly believes that life-long change is possible.

Noel Webster, MSW, CDP
Inpatient Counselor, Falcon Group

Noel has been in the field of addiction treatment since 2000. His educational background is primarily in group dynamics and individual counseling. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with additional training in child development and children/family issues. Noel has been sober for over 16 years and chose the field of addiction treatment because he likes helping people – especially those groups of people that society tends to ignore. He is passionate about animal conservation and enjoys activities such as music and movies. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family & friends.

Lois West, BA, CDP
Lead Counselor / Reiki Master

Lois began her internship in chemical dependency services with two agencies in Kitsap County. She joined Olalla Recovery Centers in 2006. Lois has been involved with various recovery based activities in addition to working with her patients here at Olalla. Lois has a gentle spirit and deep understanding of the issues our male patients endure while beginning a life of recovery. She is highly artistic and offers patients another avenue of expressing themselves via an artistic medium. Lois is also our Native American spiritual circle and smudging coordinator. She works with our Native American consultants in offering a native spiritual component to recovery and treatment. Lois is also a Level III Reiki Master / Teacher and is currently our onsite Reiki specialist. Lois is also a former professional ballet dancer. It is her grace and jovial sense of humor the patients enjoy while here in treatment.

Management Team

Christine Lynch, BA, Executive Director

Christine has been with Olalla Recovery Centers since 2000. Prior to her work in chemical dependency, Christine worked in the law enforcement and legal field for over ten years. She has a degree in psychology, business administration and human resource management. Christine oversees the organization as directed by the Board of Directors. She has a degree in Psychology, with minors in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. Christine is an active participant in the Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, the Washington State Association for Addiction Professionals, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Accountable Communities of Health.

Kevin Merrick, Board Chair

Mr. Merrick served as the General Manager for Olalla Recovery Centers from 1995 to 2013. Kevin brings a breadth of talent to the organization based upon his educational background in business and finance. Kevin is a dedicated to the service of families struggling with addiction and to the employees of the organization.

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