Linda Werlein – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Clear Springs Ranch
Linda has 43 years of direct professional experience and key leadership responsibilities within the behavioral health field. In addition to serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Board of Clear Springs Ranch, she is a current board member of the National Association of Counties Behavioral Health Division. Additionally, Linda is President of the Board of the Mental Health Resources of Texas, which is an organization that certifies peers working in the behavioral health field.
Linda has a master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. Prior to joining The Ranch, she served as CEO of the Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disability Center for 16 years. While there, Linda designed and developed the only rural crisis stabilization unit in Texas, as well as programs for veterans and veteran peer services. Linda is also on the board of directors and has served as the past president of the National Association of Rural Mental Health.
While CEO of Hill Country Center, Linda also developed inpatient and outpatient substance use programs and worked extensively with the Texas legislature to promote behavioral health issues. Her programs have received national recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: The best piece of advice I ever received in management was from my boss of at least 18 years who said that when you are hitting a difficult time regarding making a decision and you are really confused about what decision to make — just wait. Either the answer will come to you or time will make the decision for you. If you don’t know what decision to make, don’t make it.
Q: What one word would the people who know you best use to describe you?
Q: What motivated you to choose a career in recovery?
A: I began my career in education. I was a high school teacher for a number of years and found that I was more motivated to work with young people about the things that were going on in their lives and listening to their concerns rather than dispensing information and having them regurgitate it back to me. From there, I started working with women with substance use issues who were in recovery at a halfway house. After that, I ran the rehabilitation department at a state hospital for adults with mental health and substance use issues. Then I worked in an outpatient setting with young people and adults with mental health and substance use issues.
Q: Besides working at The Clear Springs Ranch, what hobbies, sports, or activities do you enjoy?
A: I enjoy swimming, hiking and reading.
Q: Is there a personal fact you might share that would be hard for others to guess about you?
A: My husband and I climb 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado known as “14ers.” There are 52 of these climbing opportunities in Colorado. My husband has done 30 of these, and I have done 16. You have to make a 3000-foot summit for it to count, and climbers must go from 11,000 to 14,000 feet.
Q: What’s your favorite movie? What’s your favorite book?
A: My favorite movie is “Gone With the Wind,” and my favorite book is “A Woman of Substance.” Both of these are about strong women.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your personal story?
A: I’m a wife and the mom of a 10-year-old. My husband and my child are my priorities, and I also have a very strong Christian faith.