As owner and Chief Executive Officer at Casa Colina, Chico has a passion for connecting with and teaching others about an abundant life in recovery. As an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor as well as Certified Experiential Therapist, Chico has been in the field of addiction for over two decades. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Methodist University, he went on to receive his Masters Degree of Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. His own journey with sobriety began in August of 1989. His personal experiences both during and after treatment instilled in him a calling to develop a recovery community in Dallas of young men who are focused on the values of truth, service, accountability, spirituality, and love. He founded Gaston House transitional living in 2005.
His interest in education, combined with his desire to work with young adults and families, led him to serve as interim director for the Center for Alcohol Education at Southern Methodist University. He later accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer with a local, long-term residential recovery center in 2000. This position was instrumental in preparing him to lead, train and develop others by example. His experience as a private practice therapist over the years also has allowed him the incredible opportunity to engage and educate families and clients about addiction, treatment and recovery, all while offering hope and solutions.
His “joie de vivre” does not extend only to those at Casa Colina, it also includes his lovely wife, Shannon, and their two teenaged boys. As a South Texas native, you can often catch him wearing cowboy boots. Staying true to his roots, he emphatically supports the San Antonio Spurs. When he is not cheering exuberantly for them, you can find him cheering in the stands for his two boys.