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Clinical Staff Biographies


Melody McKee, BA, CDP
Clinical Operations Manager

Ms. McKee 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 Roper, MA, CDP
Quality Assurance Administrator (Contractor)

Terri Roper 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, NCACII
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
Inpatient Counselor, Phoenix Group

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, CDP
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.

Jessica McBride, CDPT
Assistant Outpatient Counselor

Jessica joined Gig Harbor Counseling as an assistant counselor in December 2016.  She has completed some additional course work and trainings related to youth and adolescents, including Amazing Adolescent Brain; Seeking Safety; Trauma and Grief; Sexual Assault; and YWCA Victim Services Training.  Jessica is eager to learn and has compassion for working with both adults and youth in addiction treatment services.  She is in recovery herself and is an active member of Alcoholic Anonymous.

Derek Murphy, M-RAS, CDP, SAP, CSC
Treatment Supervisor, Outpatient

Derek came to Olalla Recovery Centers, Gig Harbor Counseling in the summer of 2017. Derek has an extensive background in working in the addiction and law enforcement fields.  He has a degree in Psychology/Counseling from Johnson State College.  Derek is a former law enforcement officer, that found himself transitioning to individual and community based social work and social justice movements.  He is a federally qualified substance abuse professional and a member of the Pierce County Opiod Task Force.  Derek enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities - including hiking, biking, swimming, camping and shooting sports.

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

Peper joined Olalla Recovery Centers in 2015.  She and her family moved to the West Coast during her last year of graduate school.  Peper came to Olalla via her graduate school as an intern, but soon grew a passion to help those struggling with addiction, and soon became an employee and is now our women's counselor.  As a survivor of domestic violence, Peper brings knowledge and understanding of the family of an addict, compassion and patience.  Peper chose this field when she realized what her father taught her was the way she wanted to live her own life - care for others simply because they have a heart and were put on this earth with a purpose; they only need help finding that purpose.  Peper is a majority member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.  In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Vonwerner, MA, CDP
Inpatient Counselor, Falcon Group

Jennifer has been with ORC since September 2015, She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology 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.

Buddy Bassett, CDPT
Assistant Inpatient Counselor

*Biography forthcoming

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. 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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