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The Fulshear Team

Our Team of Clinical and Operational Professionals

A central part of our therapy is building close relationships between the women in our program and our staff. Our staff are personally invested in your treatment. They are treatment veterans, with decades of experience working with women like you.

If you would like to know more about Fulshear’s staff, please call 888-317-9229, contact us directly through our website or chat live with a representative between the hours of 8am and 8pm central time, Monday through Friday.

 

Nikki Preece, LCSW
Executive Director

Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah; she then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. Throughout the past 12 years, Nikki’s professional responsibilities have included providing treatment for adults facing mental illness at the Utah State Hospital, running an intensive out-patient program at a drug and alcohol treatment center for adults, and supervising both clinicians and residential staff in several residential facilities. Since 2006, Nikki has served as the clinical director for a large residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Additionally she has maintained a private practice for many years.

Nikki is gifted clinician who is passionate about helping others. She has received training in a variety of mental health techniques including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), healing attachment, working with eating disorders, and family system approaches.

Nikki is best known for living a life of commitment and compassion. Her energy is contagious, and her enthusiasm has helped to motivate both the clients she serves and the staff she supervises. She is inspired by helping the clients she is working with achieve lasting change.

In her spare time, Nikki enjoys reading and riding her bike. She loves spending time with her family and vacationing anywhere there is a beach.

 

Dr. Norma V.L. Clarke, MD
Psychiatrist

Norma is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in acute care, residential and outpatient settings. Norma spent five years prior to joining Fulshear serving as the medical director for the Adolescent Treatment Program at the Menninger Clinic. She takes a highly relational approach to working with Fulshear students, stating she has “learned the value of careful history taking and slow and careful medication management for all diagnostic categories.”

Norma has expertise in diagnosing and treating bipolar disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. She believes that medications do not represent the end point in a treatment plan; Norma believes correcting dysfunctional habits of thinking and erroneous beliefs, and teaching stress management techniques are critical complements to psychopharmacology.

Norma takes a personal interest in every Fulshear student and says, “I love-and I mean it-watching the dramatic changes as the girls at Fulshear improve!”

In addition to her busy schedule as a psychiatrist, Norma finds time for hiking, nature, reading, cooking, and baking bread.

 

Kevin Randall, LMFT
Clinical Director

Kevin earned his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nebraska. Over the past decade Kevin has worked with clients in outpatient mental health, residential treatment, and with families as they transitioned from treatment back to their homes. Kevin has worked with a diverse range of clients experiencing issues related to personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and family relationship issues. Kevin is especially passionate about the work that can be done with an entire family in creating permanent, positive change. Kevin has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and has most recently worked at New Haven RTC, a sister program to Fulshear. 

In his spare time Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife of 19 years and his five children ages 16, 14, 12, 8, and 6. 

 

Allyson Smith
Residential Director

Allyson was raised in the Bay Area of California in a family with four brothers. She received a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in the summer of 2007 in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, with a minor in Nutrition. Allyson started working as a residential staff member at New Haven in 2007 and became a lead supervisor in 2009. She loves the InnerChange family, and looks forward to interacting and working with the students each day. Allyson excels in helping clients deal with trauma and depression. She is an example of Fulshear’s relationship model and how we balance love with healthy limits.

As a Residential Director, Allyson enjoys training and collaborating with the staff. She oversees all residential employees and communicates directly with parents to offer support and guidance.

One of her favorite activities is taking the women rock climbing or teaching them yoga classes. Allyson also enjoys hiking, doing triathlons and salsa dancing. Allyson is an avid rock climber and will go any time she gets the opportunity.

 

Kandace Nasis, BS
Education Director

Kandace Nasis brings to Fulshear more than 20 years of experience in program development and implementation working directly with youth and young adults. Kandace worked as a program coordinator in post secondary education for over seven years. The programs under her development and implementation were programs for youth and nontraditional students.

Kandace holds a bachelor’s of science in Human Services and a master’s in Organizational Management and  Leadership, both from Springfield College. Kandace taught emergency medical classes at the college level and has a Child Development Directors credential.

Her hobbies and interest include family, reading, swimming, camping, and her dogs. She is involved in volunteer services for multiple community and church programs. Kandace thoroughly enjoys her career with Fulshear and finds that the accumulation of all her past experiences a rich blend to compliment her current position at Fulshear.

 

Irene Kotter
Marketing Support Specialist

Irene has worked with InnerChange since 2004. She soon became the Program Director of New Haven’s North Campus, Fulshear's sister program and has been in admissions since 2009. 

Her first professional educational experience began in 1998 with the San Diego City Schools Administrative Department working for Special Education Early Childhood. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work at Utah Valley University. Irene feels that the most powerful way to influence others is through building honest, empathetic, loving and respectful relationships. She also believes the work the women do at Fulshear is both courageous and empowering.

When not supporting young women and families, Irene enjoys time with her family. She can most often be found spending time with her nieces and nephews.  She loves being an aunt and exploring the world through their eyes!  She also jumps at the chance to listen to live jazz, soul or blues music.   

 

Helaine Sandler
Admissions Director

Helaine spent the past six years working very closely with families of adolescent girls as an Outreach Coordinator for a residential treatment center in Utah.  Helaine provided parent support, was instrumental in implementing and growing their alumni association, provided marketing support, and contributed to their fundraising efforts. Helaine has a unique ability to understand and empathize with families as they begin the healing process. She has discovered that what makes life rewarding is being able to help others through difficult times -- to help give hope to families.

Helaine is passionate about the work families do during treatment and providing them continued support as they transition home.  She loves watching young women gain the skills, experience, and maturity necessary to reach their full potential.

Helaine and her husband have two beautiful daughters who are currently in the midst of their college careers in Southern California. She and her husband have recently moved to the Houston area with their two Basset Hounds. They are excited to bring a dose of Southern California to Texas.

 

Jeff Burgert, LMSW
Therapist

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University where he also studied literature and philosophy. He then went on to work at the Menninger Clinic as part of their nursing staff for more than five years. Jeff later completed his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Houston. Jeff is in the unique position of having worked as both direct care staff and clinician at residential treatment centers. He has gained valuable skills helping individuals cope with a variety of diagnoses and accompanying behaviors. The bulk of Jeff’s experience has been with teenagers and young adults, and Jeff is particularly familiar with and interested in treating young adults struggling with personality disorders, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder.

Jeff has a wide range of personal interests that he enjoys away from work. He is a former athlete and still enjoys both playing and watching sports. He is also quite fond of film, music, classic American literature and, of course, psychology and human behavior.

 

Diane Monroe, LCDC-I, LPC-I
Therapist

Diane earned a dual major in Psychology and Sociology in 2006. She then received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling at University of Texas, El Paso. Diane has years of experience working with dual diagnosis. She commonly worked with Borderline Personality Disorders in women.

For as long as Diane can remember she has had a passion for helping young women and children. After completing volunteer hours at a women’s transitional home, she knew she wanted to help women who were struggling with finding themselves and becoming independent. Diane enjoys helping women find out what they really want from their lives and develop healthy positive relationships.

Diane is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana. When she is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Stacy McCarty, LMFT
Therapist

Stacy received her Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She brings with her a wealth of experience of working with clients who have experienced trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, conflict resolution, parenting, and working with blended families. Previously, Stacy provided therapeutic services for at-risk families, individuals, couples, and juvenile offenders. She has extensive knowledge in family preservation, foster care, adoption services, and in juvenile detention, and has worked with clients in residential, home and office settings.

Prior to her role as an LMFT, Stacy earned her Bachelors degree in psychology and human development from the University of Kansas. She put this degree to great use working in early childhood education and conducting multicultural and diversity trainings.

In her private time Stacy can usually be found with a good book and a cup of hot tea.

 

Lucy Austin
Equine Specialist

Lucy earned her Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Certification in 2011. Lucy comes to Fulshear with 15 years of experience working horses. She grew up in Texas and was raised riding horse, rodeoing, softball, golf, and tennic. While attending college, Lucy rode at a collegiate level on a rodeo scholarship.

As the Equine Specialist at Fulshear, Lucy loves working with the young women and trying to help them reach their treatment goals while assisting them in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. She also enjoys helping and teaching the young women at Fulshear with caring for the animals at Fulshear and with Horsemanship Skills.

In her free time, Lucy enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and her horses and dogs. Lucy and her husband also enjoy rodeoing on the weekends and being outdoors.

 

Shawn Webb, MA, LCDC-I
Life Skills Coach

Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Lamar University as well as a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Houston. Following graduate studies, he worked for 11 years as the Director of Educational & Case Management Services with refugee and human trafficking populations. He also served as a adjunct professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston for four years specializing in gender & sexuality. Additionally, he has been an active volunteer in the recovery community of Houston for over two years serving those overcoming chemical dependency. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern as well as a Recovery Support Specialist through the Texas Department of State Health Services. His is passionate about assisting others in rebuilding their lives through educational empowerment.

Shawn enjoys spending time with family & friends, yoga, tennis, film and reading. He is also an avid traveler having visited 26 countries on five continents.

 

K. Jade Weaver, BSN, RN
Nursing Director

K. Jade Weaver received her Bachelor of Science in Health, minor in Sociology degree from Prairie View A&M University in 2006.  She was employed as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Texana Center working with children and adolescents with behavioral health issues. She went on to receive her LVN from Wharton County Junior College and worked with individuals with developmental disabilities. Following which, she received her Associate Degree in Nursing from The Victoria College in 2011.  Jade has participated in research studies as a Research Assistant-RN, and has correctional healthcare experience.  

Jade received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Houston-Victoria, and has has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse since then. She is passionate about working with young adult women.  Her commitment to caring for patients and the ability to be an integral part of a treatment team will allow her to make a valuable contribution to the tradition of excellence at Fulshear. She has proven to be a highly motivated nurse with the ability to remain focused and self-directed in very demanding environments. 

Jade is actively involved with her church and has served in various capacities. She loves spending time with her family and friends.