Clear Springs Ranch

The Ranch Team

Our Team

Chris Lacy Director of Rehab ITChristopher Lacy, CPHRM
Director of Operations

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.

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Alaina Parra
Director of Human Resources

Alaina Parra 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. 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.

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.

 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.

 John Lacy, Co-Founder

John Lacy, co-founder of Clear Springs Ranch, believed deeply that it takes a team to create and operate the ideal drug and alcohol treatment program. His vision was to establish a facility that embodied the knowledge,
experience and passion gathered during a 35-year career helping alcoholics and addicts recover. His legacy and spirit are felt each and every day through the hard work and dedication of an amazing team that has and will continue to honor his vision and legacy in everything they do.

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 2012 “Clear Springs Ranch” became a reality.

Casey Dexter, LCSW
Clinical Director

Casey has worked in the recovery field for 10 years. He began his career in the Arizona desert, participating in all aspects of the programs for which he worked, from teacher to wilderness guide to therapist.  Casey became part of the Clear Springs Ranch team after meeting the great people and seeing the beautiful environment on a trip to Texas.  Casey joined as a therapist, having a Masters in Social Work degree from Arizona State University as well as being licensed as an independent clinical social worker.  On off time, Casey is an avid reader and likes to run as well as hike.

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.

Melvin Bennett
Business Development Consultant

Melvin received his bachelor degree in Business Administration at Houston Tillotson University. After college, he began working with troubled youth in a residential setting, outside of Austin, TX. This is where Melvin found his purpose in life. He brings over 40 years of passion and service in the Behavioral Healthcare Industry to Clear Springs Ranch. Prior to joining the Business Development team at Clear Springs Ranch, he held the position of Director of Business Development at four of the largest Behavioral Healthcare Corporations in the nation.

He enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, restoring classic trucks and mentoring young men in his church.

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.
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.





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.

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