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The 19th Annual Burning Tree Alumni Reunion

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Carey Ferren Alumni
Carey Ferren
LCDC, Alumni Director

Alumni in Action

Our alumni express the experience, strength, and hope that Burning Tree holds for the chronic relapser.
As the nation’s only authentic, long-term treatment provider, our clients enjoy the opportunity to form life-long bonds that create depth, meaning, and a rich sense of fellowship. These relationships, formed as a result of life-changing experiences in treatment, are then further cultivated through the experiences shared as alumni.

Given their profound experience in recovery, our alumni are able to carry a message of hope to the alcoholic and addict who still suffers. Giving back to others, practicing selflessness, and living a life of service are just a few of the principles our alumni strive for.

We also like to have fun! Afterall, there is a lot to celebrate as a Burning Tree Ranch alumni. First among them, a lifetime of permanent sobriety.

Interview with Carey Ferren, LCDC, Alumni Director:

Insights, Professional advice & reccomendations
Carey, you serve as Alumni Director for Burning Tree Ranch. What can you tell us about yourself and your journey?
I got sober at Burning Tree Ranch as a client in 2004. The treatment I received there changed and reshaped my life completely. After completing treatment, I decided I wanted to become a counselor. I’ve been blessed to serve Burning Tree Ranch in multiple roles over fifteen years, including Counselor, Assistant Clinical Director, and now Alumni Director. Everything I learned as a client continues to be a part of who I am today. By the Grace of God, I now have the life I deserve and one that allows me to help others.

Carey, what is the difference between a Burning Tree Ranch Alumni and a Burning Tree Ranch Client?
Great question. A Burning Tree Ranch client is someone who is receiving treatment at our long-term, inpatient facility in Kaufman, Texas. A Burning Tree Ranch alumni is some who, after completing the inpatient portion of our program, is able to participate as an Alumni. We want all of our clients to become alumni.

Carey, Burning Tree places a big emphasis on family and family healing? As a clinician, why do you believe this is so important?
Addiction affects the whole family. Most people believe it’s an individual’s problem. My hope is that our families will be open to new information.

Carey, as a clinician, what message would you like to share with a parent who doesn’t know if they are offering too much or too little to help their addicted loved one?
We know it can be difficult to navigate addiction alone. During the long-term residential phase of treatment our focus is squarely on supporting the family system. Our goal is to provide the loved one and the family some separation and space to engage in their own work individually. Over time, as the clinical benchmarks begin to be met, we reunite them. We have had great success when both the loved one and the family are willing to do the work.

Carey, you've been treating addiction as a counselor for over 15 years. What are some of the top recommendations you have for someone who has recently completed treatment?
Stay involved in a twelve step and alumni community. We all need to stay connected, and we all need to remain accountable as we continue to grow. Those that do seem to do better for the long term.

Carey, your direct e-mail is shared on this webpage. Why did you choose to make this information public?
I have always enjoyed being helpful to those who need guidance. I never know who may need help. Luckily, all I need to do is make myself available and GOD will do the rest.

Carey, recovery can be really fun! What are some of the fun things you plan throughout the year for the Ranch Alumni Program?
The biggest events are the Annual Alumni Reunion held every October as well as our Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser. We hold an amazing Fireworks show over the 4th of July and every December we hold our Annual Alumni Christmas party. Throughout the year we host several dinners and outings. We also do a lot of impromptu social gatherings that allow us to be spontaneous and fun. Bowling, Go-Karts, Top Golf…we enjoy a lot of fun and fellowship.We hope you’ll join us!

Carey, what are some of the best ways to find out about the different Alumni events that you have planned throughout the year?
We have a private Alumni Facebook page that promotes a lot of our social activities. All you have to do is reach out to me and I will get you plugged in. We also send out emails and text messages and do everything we can to stay up to speed with one another. It’s a lot of fun to witness all the fantastic things our alumni do with sobriety.

Carey, you have attended quite a few graduation ceremonies at Burning Tree Ranch. What is your favorite part about witnessing a client graduate the program successfully?
My favorite thing about client graduation ceremonies is having all the families and clients together speaking about their collective experience from two different standpoints. A lot of joy comes from the graduation process at Burning Tree Ranch, and a lot of funny, uplifting stories!

Carey, with Ranch Alumni living all of the country, and even internationally, how do you help keep everyone connected?
It’s tough! Social media is helpful. I call and text a great deal. My main goal is to try and get our Alumni to participate in our events as a group. Nothing replaces face to face interactions!

Carey, you wear a gold ring with the Burning Tree Ranch insignia. Why do you and other alumni hold so much esteem for the Ranch program?
This gold ring is for employees with 10 years of service. As for why our alumni hold the Ranch program in such high esteem, the answer is simple: Burning Tree Ranch helped us change our behaviors and ultimately saved our lives. We’re grateful for that!

Carey, Burning Tree Ranch is known for specializing in the treatment of chronic relapsers. What wisdom can you share with someone who is ready to get sober for life?
It isn’t going to be easy, but if you want something different and you’re willing to follow directions, we can help.

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Gerad Davis, Admissions Specialist

Gerad Davis

Admissions Specialist
Gerad serves as a dedicated Admissions Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. Engaged in his passion for helping others, Gerad exudes a calm and attentive ear for every person seeking our support. By gathering insights, focussing on solutions, and identifying resources for our family members, he fulfills a vital service to those afflicted by the disease of addiction. In long-term recovery since 2018, Gerad is a grateful Burning Tree alumni whose mission is to serve the interest of those in need. In his spare time he enjoys writing, painting, and training for marathons.
Paulo Jacuzzi

Paulo Jacuzzi

Admission Specialist
Paulo Jacuzzi serves as Admissions Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. After graduating Burning Tree in 2001, he returned home to help manage the family business. Serving in various C-Level roles including President and CEO, Paulo declares, “It was an honor to be entrusted with my father’s legacy; a true gift of sobriety.” He rejoined the Burning Tree Team in 2023. “My passion is to help families struggling with addiction, and to aid them in finding the freedom we discovered.” Sober for more than twenty years, Paulo and his bride, Jennifer, live in Arkansas with their ever-expanding brood of rescue animals.
Holly Burnett

Holly Burnett

Admission Specialist
Holly Serves as Admissions Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. Having worked in various clinical roles throughout her career, what Holly most enjoys is connecting clients and families with the services they need to achieve their full potential in recovery. With the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed therapist, she is currently completing her degree in Social Work. Certified as a Mindfulness In Recovery Facilitator, she seeks to lend a sense of calm, diligent attention to the important needs of each and every loved one that seeks help from the Burning Tree organization.
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Jim Long

LCDCI, COUNSELOR
Jim Long Serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. A former U.S. Army Sergeant and Fire Department Captain, Jim enjoys collaborating with his clinical and psychiatric counterparts to help uncover and treat the root causes and conditions of addiction. Sober since 1994, he utilizes his own experience in recovery to help our clients gravitate towards a new way of living, a new sense of freedom, and a brand new happiness. As a highly trained EMT-P and first responder, Jim delivers a deep sense of confidence that the crisis of addiction can be overcome. Happily married for over 30 years, Jim shares 4 children and 2 grandchildren with his amazing wife, Shelley.
KRISTINA ROBERTSON, LMSW, LCDC

KRISTINA ROBERTSON

LMSW, LCDC | Counselor
Kristina Robertson serves as Counselor at Burning Tree Ranch. Holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, Kristina’s greatest joy is “watching our clients learn to love themselves again.” An avid equestrian, mother to twenty-one horses, and all-around animal lover, Kristina serves as a bright shining example of long-term recovery in action. Her commitment to whole person health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual makes her an invaluable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. As a distinguished Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Zeta member, Kristina believes deeply in each client’s pursuit of becoming their best selves.
Sarah Adams, Admissions Specialist

SARAH ADAMS

Admissions Specialist
Sarah serves as a dedicated Admissions Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. Known for her compassionate and insightful nature, Sarah is often one of the first friendly voices a client or family member will engage. “I like to meet people where they are at, listen and learn. It is always an inspiration to get to be the outstretched hand that someone is reaching for in need.” With a degree in biology from Stephen F. State Austin University, Sarah is constantly seeking to expand her education. Most recently, she has begun pursuing her counselor’s license. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, traveling, exercising and exploring the great outdoors.
Erik Jokinen, Admission Specialist

Erik Jokinen

Admission Specialist
Erik serves as a dedicated Admissions Specialist at Burning Tree Programs. Being in long-term recovery himself, Erik enjoys helping families and individuals find the same freedom that he and his loved one’s discovered on their shared journey to wellness. With over 8 years of professional treatment experience, Erik’s favorite part of his career is getting to support those in need as they engage in the inspirational process of asking for help. Erik has a 4-year old daughter, one dog and two cats. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and attempting to be decent at golf.
Sally LeBeau, Admission Specialist

Sally LeBeau

Admission Specialist
Sally serves as a dedicated Admissions Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. An alumna of Burning Tree Ranch, Sally believes that “by aiding our clients and families in the process of finding a program that best fits their needs, I get to play a small part in helping them accomplish a life beyond their wildest dreams.” Sober since 2005, Sally has over 5 years experience working as a professional in the treatment industry. She believes in the virtues of honesty, integrity, and compassion. Happily married, Sally enjoys the beach, reading, and eating her favorite icecream with her husband, Matt.

"A Message To Families"

Brook McKenzie, LCDCI, Chief Operating Officer

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Alexis "Lexi" Thomas

Admission Specialist

Alexis “Lexi” Thomas serves as Admission Specialist for Burning Tree Programs. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona, Lexi lends passion, knowledge, and insight to the admissions process. Treating every inquiry with a sense of tenderness and empathy, Lexi knows first-hand what the family member’s experience of addiction feels like. After losing her own family member to addiction, Lexi dedicated her life to helping others find the freedom they deserve. A native of Tucson, AZ., Lexi is happily married and expecting a baby. She counts one dog and a cat amongst her growing family.

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Jimmy Epperson

Chief Communications Officer
Jimmy Epperson serves as Chief Communications Officer for Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for helping communicate the philosophies of the Burning Tree brand, Jimmy utilizes his background as a journalist to develop meaningful content meant to inspire faith, courage, and hope. Demonstrating strong organizational skills nurtured by his professional background with AT&T and Facebook, Jimmy helps craft the executive communications that promote Burning Tree’s long-established vision of excellence. Married, with two boys, Jimmy’s sister and wife are both graduates of the Burning Tree Ranch; they are still sober to this day.
Lauren Juvers

Lauren Juvers

National Business Development Rep.
Lauren Juvers serves as National Business Development Representative for Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for acting as an ambassador of the program, Lauren’s duties consist of sharing her personal story of recovery, working with professionals who specialize in treating addiction, and giving hope to families who are desperate to help their loved ones. As an Alumnae of Burning Tree Ranch, she describes the program as a “nationally known, long-term residential treatment center for the chronic relapser and treatment resistant individual.” An avid animal lover and PADI-certified scuba diver, Lauren has been sober since 2011. She resides in Dallas, TX.
Julian Duran

Julian Duran

National Business Development Rep.
Julian Duran serves as National Business Development Representative for Burning Tree Programs. By educating families and providers on the unique program offered at Burning Tree Ranch, Julian seeks to create as many opportunities as possible for the chronic relapser. Prioritizing open-mindedness, teachability, and faith as the foundational principles of his own recovery, Julian helps our network of community partners continue to grow on a daily basis. Counted amongst his favorite hobbies are weightlifting, reading, dancing and service work. Sober since 2012, Julian resides in beautiful Arizona.
Patty Raymer

Patty Raymer

SR. National Business Development Rep.

Patty Raymer serves as Sr. National Business Development Representative for Burning Tree Programs. Active in the national recovery community since 1992, Patty has enjoyed over 30 years of sobriety, service, and excellence in her personal triumph over addiction. Today she helps guide families and clients in their own quest for meaningful, individualized treatment solutions. As one of the most recognizable names in our industry, Patty believes that enrolling in one’s own personal work is the best way for the family to heal from the wounds of addiction. Subscribed to the mantra of “Trust God, Clean House, Help Others,” Patty and her husband reside in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

KC Gooding

KC Gooding

National Business Development Rep.
KC Gooding serves as National Business Development Representative for Burning Tree Programs. An active committee member for NAATP, NAADAC, and CASA, KC engages with multiple organizations to help expand our country’s commitment to important policy decisions that affect those suffering from addiction. He prioritizes service to others as the cornerstone of his own recovery, and seeks to ensure that as many families as possible are aware of the broad range of services available to support their needs. Sober since 2012, KC and his wife reside in gorgeous Dana Point, CA. He is the proud father of two.
Eric Button

Eric Button

PRSS | Family Liaison & Sr. Business Dev. Rep.
Eric Button serves as Family Liaison & Sr. Business Development Representative for Burning Tree Programs. A customer service expert, Eric unites our families with the clinical process at Burning Tree Ranch, introducing each family to the support, education, and resources available throughout their loved one’s treatment process. As an alumnus, he shares his personal recovery story throughout the United States, helping connect as many families as possible to the wide network of professionals who, like Eric, are dedicated to improving the lives of others. An avid aircraft enthusiast and aviator, Eric has been sober since 2005. He and his fiancé reside in Austin, TX.
Anthony Morengo

Anthony Marengo

Chief Marketing Officer
Anthony Marengo serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for helping execute the organization’s strategic vision, Anthony leads a talented team of Admissions and Business Development professionals who represent Burning Tree’s three programs, Burning Tree Ranch, Burning Tree West and Renewal Lodge. With over 15 years of treatment industry experience, Anthony’s commitment to his own personal recovery has afforded him the opportunity to help countless individuals. Married with two boys and residing in Arizona, Anthony has been sober since 2004.
Olivia Wilder

Olivia Wilder

Director of Admissions

Olivia Wilder serves as Director of Admissions for Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for helping execute the organization’s vision of excellence, Olivia leads a talented team of admissions specialists dedicated to Burning Tree’s philosophy of “creating a life of excellence beyond sobriety.” Trained in multiple intervention disciplines, Olivia utilizes mindfulness, DBT skills, and a solutions-focussed approach to help achieve dynamic results on behalf of the loved one in need. Sober since 2014, Olivia is a proud alumna of Burning Tree Ranch. She counts her two children and loving husband amongst her greatest blessings.

Her intervention training includes a specialization Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Applied Suicide Prevention.

Jade Perry

Jade Perry

Human Resources Administrator
Jade Perry serves as Human Resources Administrator for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for coordinating functions related to the organization’s employees and contractors, Jade helps manage human resources policies designed to support the health, safety and welfare of all Burning Tree personnel. An expert at facilitating health care benefits, Jade is also one of the friendly voices our callers hear when inquiring with the Ranch. Happily married for 25 years, Jade enjoys her nine grandchildren every chance she gets. A proud Texas native, she has been with Burning Tree since 2009.
Kristie Mays

Kristie Mays

Finance Assistant

Kristie Mays serves as Financial Assistance Coordinator for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for a host of duties to include payroll and client billing, Kristie boasts a 25-year background in the financial services industry. Utilizing clear communication to assist the team mission of excellence, Kristie demonstrates her commitment to Burning Tree’s fiscal viability by the method of accurate accounting and financial modeling. Happily married for 26-years, Kristy has 3 beautiful children, a long-haired dachshund, cocker spaniel, and a 1-year-old terrier. She is a proud Texas native.

Cody Odom, MS, CEO

Cody Odom, MS

Chief Financial Officer
Cody Odom serves as Chief Financial Officer at Burning Tree Programs. With a Master’s of Science in Accounting, he is responsible for overseeing all financial operations within the organization, including budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting. He understands the financial burdens that families face when seeking treatment for their loved ones, and he is passionate about finding ways to make treatment more accessible and affordable. A native Texan, sober softball enthusiast, and parent to two adorable cats, Cody and his wife, Sarah, reside in Bastrop, TX. Sober since 2015, he is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction.
Shelia Sirls

Shelia Sirls

Client Care Manager

Shelia Sirls serves as Client Care Manager for Burning Tree Ranch. With a 30-year background in behavioral health, Sheila assists our clients in developing the needed life skills to support a full life in recovery. Blending kindness with practicality, Shelia demonstrates the virtues of personal responsibility by helping our clients coordinate their chores, weekly food shopping, supplies inventory, and menu planning. Known across the entire United States for her country fried chicken, Sheila joined Burning Tree Ranch in 2006. A native of Kaufman, TX she has two grown children and six beautiful grandchildren.

Keisha Miller

Keisha Miller

Treatment Tech
Keisha Miller serves as Treatment Tech for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for coordinating logistics, client transportation and scheduling, Keisha incorporates kindness and compassion to help facilitate a client’s journey through treatment. As a certified medical assistant, Keisha blends her background in the human services field with Burning Tree’s steadfast commitment to quality of life improvements. “Making a difference in someone’s life gives purpose to my own,” says Keisha. Born and raised in Kaufman, TX, she has been bringing value to the Burning Tree team since 2017.
Leroy Woldridge

Leroy Wooldridge

Director of Maintenance

Leroy Wooldridge serves as the Director of Maintenance for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for maintaining one of the most unique properties in the nation, Leroy manages all aspects of Burning Tree’s two-thousand acre ranch. With a professional background in commercial construction, Leroy employs a broad range of skills in his quest to maintain Burning Tree’s facilities at optimal functionality. Earning “employee of the year” multiple times since 2009, Leroy exhibits Burning Tree’s passion for “creating a life of excellence beyond sobriety.” He and his wife reside in Kaufman, TX, and are the proud parents of three grown children.

Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Operations Assistant
Donna Brown serves as Operations Assistant for Burning Tree Ranch. Dedicated to Burning Tree’s standard of excellence, Donna utilizes her administrative skill set to manage all facets of logistical planning, EMR integration, and internal clinical communications designed to support the health and welfare of every client. Whether scheduling appointments, managing patient records, or coordinating staff, Donna plays a vital role in the delivery of healthcare at Burning Tree Ranch. Originally from Kaufman, TX she counts two children and a beautiful grandchild amongst her growing family.
Shelley Long

Shelley Long

Operations Manager

Shelley Long serves as Operations Manager for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for upholding the core principles of the organization, Shelley utilizes a combination of efficiency and attentiveness to create a safe place for our clients to recover. Shelley has worked for Burning Tree for more than a decade. Shelley’s strengths are strong organization skills, taking initiative, and using her sense of humor in her day-to-day job. Shelley wants to help alcoholics and addicts find their way to a successful sober life. Shelley and her husband have four grown children and two grandkids.

Angie Buja

Angie Buja

Family Program Facilitator
Angie Buja serves as the Family Program Facilitator for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for co-creating Burning Tree’s nationally recognized family program, Angie is a practiced therapist who believes in treating addiction as a family disease, not an individual disease. By helping families navigate through the repeating patterns of relapse, Angie guides families in identifying how they can contribute differently to help achieve better, more meaningful results. Her presentations include humor, education, experiential exercises as well as sharing about her own “growth opportunities”. She also holds the license of supervisor and enjoys working with new clinicians as they pursue their professional development. Angie is happily married with a teenage son. She works and lives in Dallas, TX. and is the co-founder of Sparrow House Counseling.
David Elliot, Founder

David Elliott

Founder & President
David Elliott serves as the Founder and President of Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for architecting the vision of the organization, David’s chief mission is to promote lasting change in the lives of those suffering from chronic relapse. With a hands-on approach, involved presence, and unyielding commitment to excellence, David serves as the heartbeat of our organization’s steadfast commitment to long-term, progress-based treatment. “My favorite part of what we do is to witness the evolution that individuals undergo during the course of treatment at Burning Tree.” An avid dog lover, Mr. Elliott resides in Dallas, TX. He has been sober since 1992.
Dawn Wilson

Dawn WIlson

BS | Director of Transition Services

Dawn Wilson serves as Director of Transition Services for Burning Tree Ranch and has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from The University of Texas at Dallas. Responsible for extending Burning Tree’s standard of excellence into the transitional phase of the program, Dawn incorporates accountability, structure, and consistency to help our clients reintegrate into independent living. A weekly participant at Burning Tree’s Master Treatment Planning, Dawn is familiar with every client, from their very first week all the way to graduation. An active participant in the Down Syndrome Community, Dawn fundraises for the Down Syndrome Guild and The Rise School of Dallas, a non-profit that serves children with Down Syndrome. Happily married, she is the loving mother of 6 beautiful children. Dawn has been sober since 2004.

Carey Ferren

Carey Ferren

LCDC, Director of Alumni
Carey Ferren serves as the Alumni Director for Burning Tree Ranch. With fifteen years of service as a Ranch team member, Carey has participated in multiple roles throughout his career ranging from Counselor to Assistant Clinical Director. Today, as Director of Alumni, Carey incorporates his therapeutic background to engage our Alumni in a host of community-based activities designed to inspire a deeper sense of fellowship and connectedness. An alumnus of Burning Tree Ranch himself, Carey became sober in 2004. He is happily married and the proud father of two children ages 18 and 14.
Brook McKenzie, COO

Brook McKenzie

LCDCI, Chief Operating Officer
Brook McKenzie serves as Chief Operating Officer for Burning Tree Programs. Based at the Ranch facility in Kaufman, TX, Brook plays an everyday part in the lives of our clients and families. His leadership style is informed by his own experience as a Burning Tree Ranch alumnus. With compassion, understanding, and a deep insight into the mind of the chronic relapser, Brook gets to engage in the healing experience of every family that Burning Tree serves. Happily married with two young boys, Brook enjoys fatherhood, sobriety, and all the wonders of living a full life in recovery.
Ashley Martinez, Personal Trainer

Ashley Martinez

Professional Fitness Trainer
Ashley Martinez is a Professional Fitness Trainer at Burning Tree Ranch. With a background working for Camp Gladiator and a certificate in drug and alcohol counseling, Ashley’s goal is to make fitness fun and show her clients that they are capable of overcoming challenges. Ashley works on all types of fitness and sees a direct link between working out and growing stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. She finds her passion in seeing others overcome their addictions and struggles. Ashley also sings and plays guitar. She has been married 10 years, and enjoys her three beautiful children.
Colleen Quinn, Licensed Counselor Intern

Colleen Quinn

LCDCI, Clinical Team
Colleen Quinn serves as a valuable member of the Burning Tree Ranch clinical team. Utilizing her multi-year training in the behavioral health field, Colleen incorporates practical experience with sound clinical interventions to help facilitate the therapeutic process. Through Colleen’s own recovery, she has learned that once dysfunction has been addressed, lives can drastically change. Colleen’s goal is to help others discover what is not working in their lives and make lasting changes. Sober since 2017, Colleen is an alumnus of Burning Tree Ranch. She lives in Dallas TX where she participates in a vibrant women’s recovery community.
Meghan Bohlman, Clinical Director

Meghan Bohlman

LPC, LCDC, EMDR-Trained, Clinical Director

Meghan Bohlman serves as Clinical Director for Burning Tree Ranch. Holding a Master of Arts in International Disaster Psychology, Meghan’s therapeutic specialties include Trauma, Addiction and Family Dynamics. Her leadership style encourages the team to integrate objectivity with compassion while remaining consistently focused on the mission of offering ethical and authentic clinical interventions to the chronic relapser. A published researcher, Division I athlete, and EMDR-Trained therapist, Meghan embodies the Burning Tree standard of excellence. Happily married, she and her husband reside in Kaufman, TX.

Jesse Earwood, Executive Director

Jesse Earwood

Executive Director
Jesse Earwood serves as Executive Director for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for upholding Burning Tree’s core philosophy of “creating a life of excellence beyond sobriety,” Jesse’s primary function is to help the client community realize their full potential in recovery. His leadership style inspires trust, confidence, and security as our clients navigate through the difficult challenges of becoming fully and permanently sober. As an alumnus of Burning Tree Ranch himself, Jesse utilizes practical, real-life experience to help our clients establish their own “life of excellence beyond sobriety.” A scratch golfer, Jesse lives in Forney, TX with his wife and daughter. He’s been sober since 2010.
Jennifer

Jennifer Boofer

BA | Neurofeedback Technician
Jennifer Boofer serves as Neurofeedback Technician at Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for managing the program’s neurotherapy department, Jennifer works collaboratively with the clinical department to help address a host of brain-based disorders. Known for her charismatic smile and warm, easy-going demeanor, Jennifer holds degrees in both Health Information and Sociology. While the science of biological activity and behavior are her specialty, Jennifer also helps manage Burning Tree’s state licensing and compliance standards. A Texas native, Jennifer joined Burning Tree in 2007. She is happily married with two children and ten beautiful grandchildren.
Terry

Terry Busse

MS, LCDC | Counselor
Terry Busse serves as Counselor for Burning Tree Ranch. Holding a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Masters of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Terry believes that anyone suffering from addiction can make a full and permanent recovery. “The best thing about Burning Tree is that we address co-occurring and addiction disorders simultaneously. This allows us to focus on the big picture and the big result.” says Terry. “Supported by the gift of time, our clients finally get down to root causes and conditions; and because of that, they finally get to heal.” Originally from Minnesota, Terry has been sober in 1977.
Keyana

Keyana Lee

MS, LCDC | Counselor
Keyna Lee serves as Counselor for Burning Tree Ranch. Informed by her own lived experience in sobriety and supported by her advanced degree in psychology, Keyna offers invaluable insight to the client community as they engage their own opportunity for permanent recovery. Her dedication to the Burning Tree standard of excellence, coupled with a collaborative, teamwork approach help Keyna fulfill her shared goal of “offering quality care that makes good things happen for someone else.” Following a successful career in law enforcement, Keyna joined the Burning Tree team in 2016. She and her family reside in Kaufman, TX.
Drew

Drew McLaughlin

LPC-A, LCDC, EMDR-Trained | Counselor
Drew McLaughlin serves as Counselor for Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for helping advance the Burning Tree philosophy of love, service, and excellence, Drew blends clinical expertise with over twelve years of personal recovery experience to assist the client community in realizing their own “life of excellence beyond sobriety.” As a Burning Tree Ranch graduate, Drew feels privileged to get to help others find freedom from the bondage of addiction. A team member since 2013, Drew holds a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. He is most proud of being a sober father, husband, son and brother.
Dr. Leslie H. Secrest | Medical Director/Psychiatrist

Dr. Leslie H. Secrest

Medical Director, Psychiatrist
Dr. Leslie H. Secrest serves as Medical Director and Psychiatrist at Burning Tree Ranch. Responsible for helping uphold the organization’s commitment to excellence, Dr Secrest believes in a holistic approach to treating mental health and addiction. Specializing in Adult Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Psychotherapy, Dr. Secrest is board-certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Preventive Medicine / Addiction Medicine. A native of Dallas, TX his numerous awards and recognitions serve as a testament to his 20+ years of service in the field of medicine.
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Peter Piraino

Peter Piraino

LMSW, LCDC | Chief Executive Officer

Peter Piraino, LMSW, serves as Chief Executive Officer for Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for executing the vision of Burning Tree’s philosophy of excellence, Peter’s primary goal is to help as many clients as possible gain access to the treatment they need. A clinician by training, Peter incorporates sound, ethical business practices to help inform the organization of its duties to the greater community. By placing the needs of his staff and company ahead of his own, Peter leads with a team approach that continues to inspire the mission of Burning Tree Programs. A proud father, Peter and his wife count five dogs amongst their family members.