Leadership

Staff

Jason Howell

Founder and Executive Director
Jason Howell is a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use issues. He has an MBA from Texas A&M University and is a Peer Recovery Specialist and state approved trainer. In addition to being the Executive Director of RecoveryPeople, Jason is a founding member and former Board President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. Jason currently serves on the Texas Behavioral Health Advisory Committee and it's Block Grant, Policy and Ad Hoc Housing Subcommittees. In addition, he chairs the National Recovery Month Planning Partner's Evaluation Committee and SAMHSA BRSS TACS Steering Committee.

Pace Lawson

Program Coordinator
Pace is a person in longterm recovery. He along with his wife and three kids live in Amarillo, Texas. In early recovery, he volunteers at local homeless shelters and recovery programs, carrying the message and spreading hope. Recovery enabled him to attend college while working and raising a family. He graduated from WTAMU, that's West Texas A&M. Upon graduation, we worked as a Licensed Chemical Depencecy Councilor (LCDC), working with a range of individuals including those on methadone, on probation and/or who are veterans. In 2014, he founded Options Recovery, 501c3 NonProfit, which provide sober-living for men. Pace has a passion for increasing access to recovery support services, especially in rural areas.

Carl F. Hunter II, M.Div.

Peer Policy Fellow
Carl F. Hunter II, M.Div. is a person in recovery living in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and his Master of Divinity Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Carl was one of the original founders and served as Executive Director of the S.T.A.R.S Community Development Corporation, a community-based non-profit in the City of Asbury Park. As Executive Director of S.T.A.R.S CDC, he was instrumental in the design and implementation of workforce development and training initiatives in the City of Asbury Park and the development and implementation of a state-wide at-risk youth initiative called the New Jersey Youth Ambassadors. Carl has been a contributing writer for The Soul’s Remedy, an inspirational internet blog, where he has published three articles (“There Is Greatness in You”; And God Spoke All These Words Saying”; “Removing the Grave Clothes”). However, with all of his accomplishments his passion lies in working with urban youth. As a motivational speaker for college organizations and youth organizations such as P.A.C.E (PACE is the Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering, a science and engineering awareness program for local minority high school students to help prepare them for technical careers.), he focuses on helping them understand how their choices have far reaching implications on their lives. Carl has two adult children, Ashley and Isaiah, and a granddaughter named Khloe. His favorite pass times are his martial arts practices and being of service to others.

Kimberly Allen

Board President
As Founder and President of Big Blue Eye Consulting, LLC, Kimberly Allen helps behavioral health, peer-led, and recovery organizations to develop and implement strategies designed to maximize business opportunities, through forming and building strategic partnerships with managed care organizations, employee assistance programs and other strategic relationships.

Sandra Eames, Ed. D.

Sandra Eames is a consultant, evaluator, professor, counselor, grant writer and has worked in the field of substance abuse for over 20 years. She currently works as an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Austin Community College and as a consultant for Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas and SoberHood Austin. She has been a peer grant reviewer for SAMHSA, external evaluator for the Travis County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, past Chair of the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable and past Clinical Director of Austin Recovery. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a minor in counselor education.

Gail Zorne

As a mother, Gail witnessed the devastating effects of addiction and the miraculous healing of recovery for her son as well as for herself and family. This lead her to make a career change from being an executive in the banking and wealth management industry to providing business leadership in the addiction treatment and recovery support service industry. In addition to serving on the RecoveryPeople Board, Gail volunteers for several other nonprofits.

Kyle Infante

After finally achieving sobriety in 2013, Kyle’s made it his mission to help others in life. After multiple treatment center stays and repeated relapses, Kyle received a holistic approach to recovery and thoroughly worked the 12 steps. Prior to recovery and into his sobriety, he’s had a passion for helping others in the form of developing effective marketing and advertising strategies, on the agency and client sides. Kyle brings years of effective media strategies to RecoveryPeople because he believes anyone can get sober, whatever their circumstances. Kyle is also a part of the Forbes Communications Council and a contributing writer. Kyle credits all the miraculous things that have unfolded in his life to recovery: his marriage, rebuilding of relationships with family, and a passion for helping others recover from the disease of addiction.

Craig Crisler, MBA

Craig has over 20 years in marketing and operations management experience ranging from high tech start-ups to education to construction. After working in Silicon Valley in marketing and operations management, he spent many years working in Japan and the Pacific/Asia region including three successful exits for startup companies. His current work at SupportNinja as Client Services Director is to support clients, specifically start-ups, in a successful business process outsourcing. His focus and career draw upon a novel approach to technology integration from the point of view of a "digital immigrant" educator/innovator/thought leader while having the sophistication of an operational/fiscal manager. In addition, his non-profit board membership ranges from healthcare to education, focusing on "direct impact" to the populations to be impacted with fiscal responsibility and strategic planning. This includes consulting work with non-profits around financial diversification strategies and board management.

Former Board Members