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

L. Jae Dennis, MA, LCSW

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Executive Director L. Jae Dennis, LCSW

Jae follows a philosophy that all life experiences contain wisdom, even those we want to forget. Recovery is a journey that seeks the wisdom of collective experience, and within that, a collaboration of stories that contain hope. Healing happens when one reaches across the hopeless abyss to hear the stories of lost obsessions, renewed opportunity, and new life. Jae’s passion for helping others heal themselves is to draw out these stories from the place where humans are overcome by the consequences of the disease of addiction. She understands that in the darkness, one is convinced that light no longer exists. Using experience, compassion, and non-judgement, she helps others to build systems of emotional and spiritual recovery that generate hope and well-being. As leader of the Vista Taos team, she hopes to foster wellness, collaboration, and mutual learning. In her own life, as well, she enjoys gathering in fellowship to seek the wisdom of others and to collaboratively address the needs of the community around her.

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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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Director of Admissions

Michael Wolff

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Director of Admissions Michael Wolff

Michael has been working with the Northern New Mexico recovery community for over thirteen years. After working as a Recovery Advocate, then as Residential Director, Michael took the role of Vista Taos' Admissions Director five years ago. His extensive knowledge of the day-to-day, hands-on recovery work that is core to our treatment program, gives him a valuable perspective and makes him uniquely qualified to help families get their loved ones into treatment. Michael works tirelessly in his role as Admissions Director often making himself available day or night.

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Medical Team

Medical Director

Terry Alley, MD

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Medical Director Terry Alley, MD

Vista Taos Renewal Center in Taos, New Mexico is delighted to welcome Dr. Terry Alley to our staff as Medical Director.

Dr. Alley comes to us with over 30 years in the addiction field. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his MD from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He began his career in Family Practice until 1985. At this time, Dr. Alley became certified as an ASAM Addictionologist and continues to be active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (Diplomat) over the many years of practice. Dr. Alley has served on multiple committees and professional organizations across the country, as well as the ASAM Board of Directors.

Dr. Alley has devoted his life to serving those suffering with substance abuse and addiction challenges. He recently relocated from Nashville, TN to the beautiful Taos Valley with his wife Michele.

We are very fortunate to have this gentleman with us - combining his rich history of experience along with his gentle nature to work with our clients here in the Southwest!

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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 ADN and BSN through a dual degree program offered through the University-Taos of New Mexico College of Nursing. 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

Executive Chef

Joseph Martinez

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Executive Chef Joseph Martinez

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Master of Meditation

Patrick Shendo

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Master of Meditation Patrick Shendo

Patrick is a Native American from the Taos and Jemez Pueblos. A lifelong musician, he was soon drawn back to Native American flute playing. Patrick toured with two PBS theatrical productions, collaborated on eight albums, one of which won a Grammy. Understanding the transformative power of music, Patrick returned to Taos to join the team at Vista. As our Residential Director, Patrick manages our staff of Recovery Advocates, oversees daily life for our clients, and leads our recreational outings. Patrick has a unique relationship with each of our clients. His morning meditation draws on his cultural experiences blending music and meditation to create a reflective space for recovery. His experiential outings are designed to connect our clients to their environment and their five senses. In his free time, Patrick enjoys fly-fishing, road biking, and camping with his family. His artistic pursuits include painting, sculpture, and woodworking.

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Residential Therapist

Shelley Goad

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Residential Therapist Shelley Goad

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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Spiritual Advisor

Richard Turnley

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Spiritual Advisor Richard Turnley

Born March 5, 1950. Graduated Woodlawn High School , Shreveport, La. USAF Veteran. Attended LSU in Shreveport. Spent the majority of my career with IBM, retired. Attended Millsaps College. Served as Pastor for the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference. Currently serving at Vista Taos where I have the opportunity to share God’s Love with people every single day.

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Men’s Transitional Living Manager

Craig Santistevan

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Men's Transitional Living Manager Craig Santistevan

A native of Northern New Mexico in a small village North of Taos, Craig has worked in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers for the past 8 years with Youth and Adults. He enjoys working with people of all ages and has a love for life and nature. He draws his inspiration from the transformation of a person- from the moment they walk into Vista Taos and as they lead a successful transition back to their community.

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Transitional Living Therapist

Jennifer Vocelka, LPC, LCDC

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Transitional Living Therapist Jennifer Vocelka, LPC, LCDC

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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Mindfullness Instructor

Jessica Arbour

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Mindfullness Instructor Jessica Arbour

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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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Cook

Calvin Williams

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Cook Calvin Williams

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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

Demian Derenthal

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Recovery Advocate Supervisor Demian Derenthal

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Recovery Advocate

Tammy Roybal

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Recovery Advocate Tammy Roybal

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Recovery Advocate

Charles Woehler

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Recovery Advocate Charles Woehler

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Recovery Advocate

Farah Marshall

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Recovery Advocate Farah Marshall

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Recovery Advocate

Josh Ellis

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Recovery Advocate Josh Ellis

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Recovery Advocate

Andrew Ortega

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Recovery Advocate Andrew Ortega

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Recovery Advocate

Ashleigh Peralta

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Recovery Advocate Ashleigh Peralta

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Recovery Advocate

Deserie Romero

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Recovery Advocate Deserie Romero

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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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COVID-19 update: The health and safety of our clients at Vista Taos is our top priority, for this reason we do now require that all clients show proof of full vaccination upon admission.
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