Sabine Kuenzel, Alumni Support

Sabine (pronounced “Sabina”) cares so much about helping others in recovery that she changed careers, leaving municipal planning and development to join La Hacienda in late June 2018. She holds a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and has served the cities of Kerrville and Sugar Land. But the opportunity to guide and help others encouraged a change. “I’ve always been good with people. I try to understand what they’re like, to see the world through their eyes,” she says. From her recovery as a patient at La Hacienda in January 2015, she knows there are “success stories and heartaches” in the process, but the transformation from the patients upon arrival to “seeing the light come back into their eyes” makes the work worthwhile. In her spare time, Sabine hikes, dances and does Tai Chi and Pilates with the help of her Chiweenie, Marlie. She admires tiny houses and would like to start a small home community. “People don’t need a lot of space to be happy.”