La Hacienda’s Executive Team
Executive DirectorArt discovered his interest in addiction treatment while working as a high school guidance counselor. In 1979 he moved his family from the coast of Central California to San Antonio, Texas to further study marriage and family counseling at St. Mary’s University. While completing his Master of Arts degree there, he joined the clinical staff at La Hacienda. A decade later Art’s career focus changed to administration when he accepted a position as CEO of a Developmental Institute. In 2002 La Hacienda’s owners extended an invitation to Art to return as Executive Director. “Our owners are dedicated to the healing of body, mind and spirit through excellent medical care, 12-Step recovery, individual and family counseling. Their commitment to the employee is equally impressive.” Art felt he had come home. Art’s favorite diversions are his family and sailing.
Chief Financial OfficerLori is a Certified Public Accountant who has devoted the last 20 years to safeguarding La Hacienda’s finances. She is a native of Fredericksburg, Texas and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Lori has remained at La Hacienda because of the owners’ passion for helping people who suffer from addiction and because they truly care about their patients. She loves working at a place that values something greater than the bottom line and is inspired by working in a setting where lives are completely changed on a daily basis. In spite of the fact that she is not involved with direct patient care, Lori still feels she has a little something to do with those miracles occurring every day at La Hacienda. When Lori is not crunching numbers at La Hacienda, she is very busy keeping up with her four children.
Nurse AdministratorAfter moving from Denmark to the U.S. in 1987, Rikke obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. During the recession in the early 90’s, Rikke landed a job on an acute detoxification unit in the Boston area and realized she had found her niche. She has worked in the mental health/chemical dependency industry ever since. In 1999 Rikke left the direct care field and landed a job in utilization management. She remained in this field until 2008 when she decided to relocate to Texas to accept the position as Nurse Administrator at La Hacienda Treatment Center.
Business Development DirectorElizabeth comes to us with a strong treatment background ranging from clinical support staff, admissions, local and national clinical outreach, director of business development and intervention. Elizabeth was formerly the Director of National Outreach with a facility in California for 10 years where she specialized in working with national accounts and assisting families with treatment options around the country. She excelled at each position thanks in large part to her dedication to recovery and desire to assist those in need. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of addiction. She has a BA in Psychology and holds a Substance Abuse and Eating Disorder Counseling Certificate. Elizabeth has been trained in 3 models of intervention and is also in psychodrama and experiential training. She is a La Hacienda Alumnus from 2000 and was born and raised here in Kerrville, Texas.