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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.

 

Irene Kotter
Strategic Development Coordinator

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.   

 

Mike Otufangavalu
Campus Manager

Mike has worked in the Residential Treatment Industry for over 13 years. Beginning his journey at age 19, he worked in a group home for adolescent boys. Over the following 3 years he found his passion in helping youth work through the tough moments of their lives and uncover the things that inspired them to be great, while he taught them how to set and achieve goals. Mike and his beautiful family worked as Family Teachers, living and working in a home with 11 adolescent girls 12-18 years old. He was responsible for treatment planning for each girl, teaching the girls behavioral, social, and coping skills. He also worked with the parents on developing parenting and communication skills to prepare them to successfully transition their daughters back into their home or on to college. Most recently Mike worked with an intensive in-home program with struggling families in Utah. Fulshear seems to align perfectly with Mike’s life experiences and career path. He is dedicated to the work he does with the young women at Fulshear and is excited to assist each of them to shift out of their ‘Core Issues’ into their ‘Core Meaning’ as they begin living their life, rather than merely surviving. Life can be great, and Mike knows it and genuinely wants everyone he works with discover what drives them to become the best version of them.

In Mike’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Monique and their 5 year old daughter Malia. He also enjoys participating in team sports such as basketball and rugby.

 

Jessie Hone
Campus Manager

Jessie Hone was born in Payson, Utah and is the youngest of four kids. Jessie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Utah Valley University in 2009 . Jessie spent eight years working at New Haven an InnerChange program for adolescent teenage girls. Jessie has always been passionate about helping others and building new relationships. She has taken a role in running service and peer connection groups to help teach these skills to those she works with. Jessie came to Fulshear in May of 2014 to further her passion of serving women and gain new experience working with young adults.

Jessie enjoys spending time with her family, being outside... especially in the mountains, vacationing, and anything that involves water.

 

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, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC-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.

 

Shawn Webb-Young, MA, LCDC-I
Recovery Program Coordinator

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 at a non-profit organization serving refugee and trafficked-persons populations. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston for four years specializing in gender & sexuality and psychological anthropology.

Additionally, he has been an active volunteer in the recovery community of Houston for several 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 and the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, respectively. He is incredibly passionate about assisting others in rebuilding their lives through recovery, and he has done so in diverse settings including hospitals, treatment centers, sober living homes, and 12-Step Programs.

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

 

Amber Day, A.D.N,
R.N.

Amber started her nursing career as a licensed vocational nurse graduating from Wharton County Junior College. She then went on to earn her Associate Degree in Nursing from Excelsior College. Prior to joining Fulshear, Amber has spent the last 8 years working in private practice, the correctional healthcare system, women's services and the emergency department. Amber joined Fulshear in May 2014, and her passion for building healthy and strong women with regards to their personal health and wellness is what drives her on a daily basis.

While working at Fulshear, Amber still enjoys the emergency department, but all of this is second to her love for her family. Her husband of 10 years, Timmy, works for National Oilwell Varco Tuboscope, and their two daughters, Emma and Erin,ages 6 and 4, along with their two pugs Jade and Jana reside in Needville, a place in which they are blessed to call home.

Amber loves water skiing, fishing, swimming,traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Molly Freemantle
Equine Specialist

Molly was awarded her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she also studied sociology. She has experience working with disabled youth and holds 8 year of practice with horses, including riding competitively. Previously, Molly supervised at-risk youth; fostered or homeless adolescents and juvenile offenders. She started as a residential staff at Fulshear Treatment to Transition and is very passionate about connecting women with horses while providing examples of strong healthy relationships.

Being an experienced rider and horse personnel, Molly is aware of the healing and growth that can be shown while working with horses. She has shown in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, instructed, trained, and ridden just for fun witnessing personal achievements along the way. Her heart is in showing others all that can be gained through working with these large, honest animals.

Molly is originally from Houston, Texas. When she’s not with the women in the barn or planning therapeutic activities with a horse, you can find her enjoying the outdoors such as camping, hiking, and fishing. She looks forward to maintaining the equine program and bringing the latest proven discoveries to Fulshear.