Your Recovery Team

Your Recovery Team

Amazing work is only possible with the support of an outstanding team. Our credentialed, licensed staff members are passionate about Vista Taos Renewal Center and our mission of recovery. No matter who you meet on our campus, you are sure to feel welcomed and cared for – every step of the way.

First Contact

Executive Director

John Beemer

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Executive Director John Beemer

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Director of Community Relations

Jeremy Lihte

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Director of Community Relations Jeremy Lihte

Jeremy brings a vast amount of experience and passion to his role at Vista Taos. He spent many years working in the addiction treatment industry around the country before putting down roots here in New Mexico. Jeremy is especially devoted to uniting members of the substance abuse treatment and mental health communities and has established himself as an important figure in our state as the founder of New Mexico Leaders in Recovery.

Jeremy is known for his highly personal approach and professionalism, along with his background and sense of purpose which combine to make him a perfect fit for Vista Taos. He is a tremendous asset in furthering our mission of providing treatment that delivers the change, hope, and healing that our clients need in order to make a long-lasting and sustainable recovery.

Jeremy wants you to know that he is always available to offer support and resources and to answer your questions. He can be reached anytime at (505) 414-8089.

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Admission Specialist

Amanda Merrill

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Admission Specialist Amanda Merrill

Raised in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, Amanda grew up with an appreciation for the sacred healing power found in the vistas of Northern New Mexico. It was here that she developed a passion for helping others reach their full potential through guidance and mentoring.

She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a dual-B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and she has since traveled the United States mentoring others in their professional and personal growth. In addition to first-hand experience with addiction, Amanda brings both a clinical and a marketing background to her position as Admission Specialist.

As the first point of contact for many of our clients, Amanda provides a knowledgeable, compassionate, and sincere voice on what is often the most difficult call anyone struggling with addiction can make. She is empathetic to our clients experiences before they reach our doors, and she is eager to make the journey as streamlined as possible.

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Medical Team

Medical Director

DABAM credential

Curtis R. Markham, M.D., DABAM

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Medical Director Curtis R. Markham, M.D., DABAM

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Director of Nursing

Tiffany Berger BSN, RN

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Director of Nursing Tiffany Berger BSN, RN

Tiffany has lived here in beautiful Taos NM for 15 years. Being a staunch social justice advocate, she thought there was no better avenue towards working with her community than through nursing. She received her associate and bachelor's degree in nursing through a dual degree program offered at the University of New Mexico-Taos. Addiction nursing became of interest to her during a clinical experience here at Vista Taos Renewal Center. After gaining experience in the hospital setting, she was eager to join the Vista team. Tiffany has also studied plant medicine for 20 years and has a balanced perspective between nontraditional healing modalities and Western medicine. She is passionate about helping people find stronger versions of themselves. Bearing witness to the positive transformations helps to fuel her dedication to her community. Her current role includes overseeing RNs and Recovery Advocates with the delivery of quality patient care in a supportive and empathic manner. She’s also responsible for ensuring Vista Taos Renewal Center provides the highest level of patient safety in an environment that is also safe and supportive to staff.

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Client Experience

Clinical Programming Supervisor

Jennifer Vocelka, LPCC, LADAC

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Clinical Programming Supervisor Jennifer Vocelka, LPCC, LADAC

Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with nearly a decade of experience helping individuals on their road to recovery. Through her own experiences, Jennifer has the deep compassion and drive needed to help people in early recovery participating in Vista Taos' extended care program.

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Chef

Calvin Williams

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Chef Calvin Williams

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Chef

Jessica Van Houten

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Chef Jessica Van Houten

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Residential Therapist

Shelley Goad, LADAC

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Residential Therapist Shelley Goad, LADAC

Shelley received her Associate Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2016 and earned her LCDC in 2019. She is new to New Mexico relocating from Texas. Gaining experience at several locations along the way, moving to Taos was an opportunity she just couldn't pass up. Continuing her education now in a Bachelors's Program, Shelley is invested in learning and growing both as a counselor and in her own recovery. She believes that getting to shine a light to help others find their way out of the darkness is the best way to live in gratitude!

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Residential Therapist

J.D. Schloss, LADAC

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Residential Therapist J.D. Schloss, LADAC

JD Schloss is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor with a passion for helping clients help themselves and find hope. He obtained his Masters Degree at The Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. JD worked as a counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in a residential setting before coming to Vista Taos.
JD’s own recovery has allowed him to find peace, joy, and contentment after years of chaos and despair. His mission is to help people recover from addiction and live the lives they want to live. JD’s strength is in helping clients find and nurture their inner strength and to build a connection with themselves as well as to the people and the world around them. JD is able to make the spiritual principles of recovery come alive through open sharing. His firm belief is that grief, anger, pain, and fear shared is halved; and that joy shared is doubled.

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Group Facilitator

Cynthia Freeman-Valerio, LPCC

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Group Facilitator Cynthia Freeman-Valerio, LPCC

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Group Facilitator

Jim Lengerich, LPCC

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Group Facilitator Jim Lengerich, LPCC

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Men’s Transitional Living Manager

Tucker Bennett

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Men's Transitional Living Manager Tucker Bennett

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Women’s Transitional Living Manager

Sonia Duran

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Women's Transitional Living Manager Sonia Duran

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Rosen Movement & Yoga Instructor

Linda Flory

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Rosen Movement & Yoga Instructor Linda Flory

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Acupuncturist

Ana Easter

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Acupuncturist Ana Easter

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Maintenance

Earl Salazar

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Maintenance Earl Salazar

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Housekeeping

Cristina Rosas Luna

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Housekeeping Cristina Rosas Luna

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Recovery Advocates

Recovery Advocate Supervisor

Arbret Thomas

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Recovery Advocate Supervisor Arbret Thomas

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Recovery Advocate

Deserie Romero

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Recovery Advocate Deserie Romero

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Recovery Advocate

Charles Woehler

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Recovery Advocate Charles Woehler

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Recovery Advocate

Josh Ellis

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Recovery Advocate Josh Ellis

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Recovery Advocate

Kathleen Steward

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Recovery Advocate Kathleen Steward

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Recovery Advocate

Antonio Lujan

Antonio Lujan

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Recovery Advocate Antonio Lujan

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Administrative

Administrative Director

Nicole Jackson

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Administrative Director Nicole Jackson

Nicole Jackson grew up in a small community North of Taos and joined Vista in the year 2000. Since that time, she has been a vital member of Vista’s growth and continues to assist in our efforts to achieve excellence in every area of our organization.
Amongst her other duties, Nicole interfaces with clients’ families and insurance companies to ensure impeccable communications between them. The thing that she likes most about her work is being part of a team that supports the transformation from addiction to recovery. Nicole has a real passion for her role on the team at Vista Taos.

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Administrative Assistant

Julio Alfaro

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Administrative Assistant Julio Alfaro

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