Clear Springs Ranch

The Ranch Team

Our Team

Robert Olivarez, LMSW
Director of Operations/COO

Robert became the Director of Operations in July of 2017. He brings over 20 years of operations and management experience to the Clear Springs Ranch community. Robert has worked in multiple settings in a leadership capacity, from the United States Air Force, to the car industry, to a small business owner. He got his B.A. in Human Services with an emphasis in Addiction in 2015 from the University of Phoenix and he was recently awarded a Masters in Social Work degree from Arizona State University.

Robert believes in the mission and vision of Clear Springs Ranch wholeheartedly. His desire to help others that struggle with addiction has been a driving force in his life over the last 12 years. Not only does he bring experience, strength, and hope from his own recovery experience, he comes from the heart.

In his off time, Robert is devoted to his family. He is blessed with 3 daughters and a wonderful wife. They enjoy sports, outdoors, farm life, and raising livestock together.

Alaina Lanier
Director of Human Resources

Alaina Lanier serves as the Director of Human Resources. She joined the Clear Springs Ranch team in July 2016, bringing over a decade of human resources experience with a specialization in talent management including policy design, workforce planning, recruiting, performance management, employee development and employee engagement. She also has significant experience managing employee relations, benefits, compensation and compliance issues. Alaina brings a depth of passion to The Ranch out of her own struggles with addiction. She is passionate about providing recovery through the avenue of treatment and believes strongly in extending strength and hope, inviting others to find freedom through recovery. Alaina is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As a part of her vision for recovery, she plans to open a recovery house for women.

Hallye Swoboda, LVN
Compliance/Quality Manager

Hallye was born and raised in Kerrville, Texas.  She graduated from Schreiner University’s Vocational Nursing Program in 2006 and began her career in substance abuse treatment as a staff nurse at a local drug and alcohol treatment center for adults and adolescents.
Hallye joined The Ranch team as a staff nurse, at its inception in 2012. Since her beginnings at The Ranch at Clear Springs, Hallye has collaborated with physicians, clinicians, and administration to craft a seamless approach to the treatment of addiction and build a strong and effective nursing department. As Nursing Supervisor, she brings over 10 years of experience in Chemical Dependency to the team of nurses at The Ranch, providing exceptional care to those seeking a life of recovery.

Chris Lacy Director of Rehab ITChristopher Lacy, CPHRM

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined Clear Springs Ranch at its inception as the Director of IT Services. He has a total experience of 15 years in the IT field and has worked in various positions of technical support and customer service for a wide range of industries. In his last position, as Executive support liaison at Texas Instruments in Dallas, which he held for 5 years, he was responsible for all technological requirements for the corporate leadership team there. This included meeting support , aircraft data connectivity, and remote technical support. In his free time, Chris likes to fish and read. His daughters keep him too busy for much else.


Rebekah Poynor, LPC-intern, LCDC-intern, ATR-provisional supervised by Heidi Tournox-Hanshaw, LPC-AT-S
Art Therapist

Rebekah graduated from Southwestern College in 2016 with her master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is passionate about using art and other creative means to support self-exploration, expression, and healing on the journey to becoming a holistically healthier person.
In the last two years she has used art therapy with Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls working on conflict resolution, co-facilitated veteran support groups, and has worked with men and women in addiction recovery. She has recently returned from India where she worked with orphans who have HIV/AIDS and women with significant traumatic experiences.
Rebekah is excited to bring her love of people and creativity together as she witnesses men and women discover their potential at Clear Springs Ranch. Outside of art therapy, she also enjoys creating her own art, kayaking, and exploring.

 Cassie Felkner
Recovery Advocate Supervisor

Cassie was born and raised in Waco, Texas.  After dropping out of high school and experiencing firsthand how drugs and alcohol can destroy any and all hopes and dreams, and several attempts at a sober lifestyle, Cassie went to treatment and finally found a solution in Alcoholic Anonymous.  After some quality time in sobriety, she applied to The Ranch as a Recovery Advocate.  She brings experience and hope, as well as the solution to our clients each and every day. Cassie is a valuable and integral part of what we do here at the Ranch. In her spare time, she is the mother of 3 beautiful children.

Todd Dugas, LCSW
Clinical Director

Todd joined the Clear Springs Ranch team as their Clinical Director in September 2017. He previously worked as The Arbor’s first Clinical Director and The Last Resort’s first Clinical Director and Executive Director.
Todd was first credentialed in Louisiana in 1992 as a Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and in 1998 as a LCSW. Over the past 28 years, Todd has progressively advanced administratively and clinically in addictive disorders and mental health agencies in the public systems, criminal justice systems and private sectors. He has held positions as Clinical Director or Executive Director since 1998.
Todd started his recovery journey in February 1984 and has been in continuous long-term sobriety since April 1988. Todd enjoys working with new-comers and old-timers. His other interest includes time with his son when he is in town on break from college and cycling on his road bike with his cycling team in the Austin or Waco area. Just beware, if you ask him about his recovery, his son or his cycling it may be a long and enthusiastic response.

Rosemary Lacy
Director of Business Development

Rosemary has worked in addiction treatment since 2004. Her experience as a marketer is a combination of personal recovery and working with families and clients from the viewpoint of hope. Her belief is that education, identification of trauma and other emotional issues, can be addressed and worked on with professional guidance and positive encouragement. Restoration of a healthier lifestyle, enhanced relationship skills, as well as the introduction , or return to, self-love are all keys to getting the life that we deserve. Clear Springs Ranch, which was founded by her father, has all of the qualities that she believes make recovery not only achievable, but also a powerful and enlightening journey.

When she is not working or volunteering with the John Lacy Foundation for Hope, she is a very happy mother of two beautiful, extremely supportive daughters, Lacy and Caroline. It is with a grateful heart that Rosemary says that their support and unconditional love has made her the person she is today.

Jennifer Crabtree
Alumni Coordinator

After over a decade of not living life on life’s terms, I was guided down a path of recovery that included residential treatment, direction from the legal system and strong suggestions that I found a recovery program that worked for me. Through the support of my family, friends and the 12 step recovery fellowship, I began the journey of contented sobriety. I have enjoyed 16 years of continuous sobriety and share the passion that comes from my recovery with addicts and their loved ones.
I am currently working on a Bachelors of Psychology and will begin working on my LCDC by the end of 2017.
I enjoy spending time with my family, children and granddaughter and I love the outdoors! I have many friends in the recovery community that are a huge part of my life and help to keep me grounded in a lifestyle of recovery. I have a passion for working with the alumni and oversight of their continuum of care. Watching people grow in recovery makes all the hard work and dedication worth every second.

Dave Dauber, LCDC

During the first 37 years of life, I was a Hair Designer for 21 years and was engaged in active addiction for 24 of my first 37 years. With a gentle nudge from Denton County Adult Probation, I went to my first Residential Treatment Program. Upon completion, I moved to Waco, TX, actively participated in a 12 step program and created a new life for myself with the help from a God of my understanding. I now work as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and own a Sober Living home with my wife of 7 years. I have celebrated 14 years of contented, continuous sobriety. Recovery has given me a life I never dreamed possible, full of peace, love, serenity and a spiritual connection that enables me to help others who suffer from the same spiritual malady that I embraced for too long. My purpose in life is to help all who struggle with addiction and their loved ones to start on a journey of recovery, with the hope of a spiritual awakening and a life of contented recovery.

Casey Meyers, LCDC-I

Casey lived in active addiction for 20 years and did not think there was any way out. From 2006 until 2014, she struggled with following suggestions from others in recovery. In 2014, Casey was introduced to the solution through intensive therapy, FAITH in a God of my understanding and a solid twelve step foundation.
Casey brings a holistic approach and a wealth of empathy and compassion to all her clients and their families. Her educational background includes a Bachelors of Social Work and she is currently a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.
She has a passion for helping men and women who struggle with the disease of addiction that includes giving them an introduction to the process of recovery and a lifestyle free from the maladaptive way of life that comes with addiction.

Dan Newby, Rehab Co-FounderDan Newby, Co-Founder



The founders wanted to build a treatment center that would deliver a program to meet the criteria for the treatment of addiction that had evolved from their discussions. This new facility would provide clients with the care and programs that would help them understand the nature of their disease in an environment that would facilitate their recovery. This understanding of the factors that led them down the path to addiction would provide them with a more complete set of tools in order for them to achieve success and return to their families and communities.

The founders located a 200 acre ranch in Aquilla, Texas, acquired it, secured the funding from a group of investors and recruited an experienced staff from their contacts of 50 years. In August of 2013 “Clear Springs Ranch” became a reality.

Dan Newby was cofounder and a senior executive at CRC Health Corporation the largest treatment provider in the US for nearly 20 years.