Our Staff

Our Staff

Debbie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Walker Center and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Debbie became the CEO in July 2012. Prior to this she served as Clinical Director since 2007.  She has worked in the behavioral health field for 28 years in both mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, quality assurance, and Employee Assistance and has been a clinical supervisor for 15 years. Debbie earned her graduate degree M.Ed. in Community and Agency Counseling from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989.  She has a passion for helping others and enjoys teaching.  Her belief about treatment is that it takes patience, understanding and the entire family and community to work together with the treatment team to teach, coach and mentor to find the strengths and talents in order to avoid the dangerous, life altering negative consequences of addiction.  Treatment is about providing Hope! With regard to running an organization, Debbie focuses on servant leadership and looks to increase the emotional intelligence and resiliency of her teams while reducing barriers to success.  Debbie is committed to giving back and currently serves as the Chair of the Idaho Region 5 Behavioral Health Board; and is a member of the Advocates for Addiction Counseling and Treatment-Idaho (AACT-Idaho).

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Doctor Lofgran is the Medical Director of the Walker Center.  He is a board certified family physician through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).  Dr. Lofgran is also a board certified addictionologist (a physician who specializes in the medical treatment of addiction) through the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM).  He began working with addictions at the Walker Center in 2001 as a family physician.  In 2008 Dr. Lofgran became Addiction Medicine certified through the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and also accepted the position of Medical Director at the Walker Center.  He believes in compassionate treatment for those who struggle with addictions.  Due to the many advances in medicine, and the increasing knowledge of the biochemical process of addiction, Dr. Lofgran works under the belief that he can help those with addictions find a road to recovery.   With currently available medications it is possible to assist patients during the phases of drug withdrawal, cravings, and long term sobriety while they are utilizing counseling and other tools which will help them learn about their addiction, and learn how to overcome the effects of drug use, while staying sober.   Dr. Lofgran is actively involved in teaching about addiction prevention and treatment, as well as participating in community efforts to educate our youth about the dangers of addiction.

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Carmalin S. Resz has a Master of Science in Psychology and is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She has 21 years of experience working within substance abuse treatment, 19 of those years with Walker Center.  In 2005, Carmalin began to research the benefits of gender specific treatment and was vital in planning and implementing the highly effective gender specific programming at our residential center.  Her strong interests are in Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Organizational Psychology.

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Kevin Pettus is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor. His ongoing education provides a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, theories, and concepts gained from the study of psychology, addiction studies, and human services.  As a counselor, he is passionate about giving clients hope, utilizing evidenced based treatment interventions, building relationships, and helping people understand why they react to life the way they do. As a human services professional, Kevin’s vision for social change begins with helping people overcome the internal and external barriers that keep them from achieving their life goals. These people will in turn have a positive influence on society and know how to guide others to the path that leads to a healthier life. Kevin is a voice for under-served populations, and advocates for inclusive social policies that break down barriers to accessing services.

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Chris Comstock has worked at the Walker Center since 2014 as the Business Office Manager.  Chris spent 14 years in education as a Business Education Teacher and Administrator prior to coming to the Walker Center.  His passion for watching teenagers grow up and transform their lives has morphed to watching clients transform their lives.  He enjoys working in Gooding, Idaho where he grew up and now is raising his own family.  Chris enjoys crunching numbers and likes the challenge of balancing a budget for a non-profit organization.

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Asa started at The Walker Center in 2016. She received her degree in Human Resource Training and Development from Idaho State University. Asa’s first experience with The Walker Center was in 2011 as a Prevention Facilitator. During this time, Asa fell in love with The Walker Center’s mission, which later motivated her to return and become a permanent part of The Walker Center Family.

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Marsha Wells has been the Dietary Manager for the Walker Center for 13 years. She has over 20 years of experience in Managing Food Service Operations. Marsha and her dedicated team greet our clients three times per day with a warm smile and excellent meals. They accommodate dietary special needs and are known for “cleanliness beyond belief.”

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Gay Yow is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling. Gay has been employed by the Walker Center for 15 years. She works toward teaching clients the importance of mindfulness as a daily component of recovery.

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Marcia Hughes has worked at the Gooding facility since October 2003 in many different capacities. Her passion is for Experiential Learning and she has been facilitating the Experiential Activities (including the Challenge Course) since being certified in July of 2007. Marcia is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and her passion is working with people seeking recovery. She is an alumnus of the Walker Center and appreciates the mission statement of the program “offer Help, Hope and Healing” to those ready to make changes in their lives.

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John Mason is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in something completely irrelevant to his present career as an addictions counselor, but he is very proud of the fact that he paid off the considerable student loans in less than 20 years. After working as a journalist, a sales rep, and yes, a dishwasher (note the career decline thanks to a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol), he found his true calling as a counselor in the addictions field, for which he is extremely grateful. He is trained in the experiential Challenge Course, and has a heart for the fatherless men and women he often gets to counsel in this career he loves.

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Ben Wagner is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychotherapy. Ben works from a humanistic perspective with a strong focus on mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship. He has been working at the Walker Center since September 2015 and is certified to guide clients in experientials, including the challenge course. When Ben is not working he is enjoying the peace and quiet of his Fairfield farm while spending time with his wife, chasing his young son, feeding goats and chickens, and playing guitar.

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Justin Hirasaki is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor.  He has been working in this field since 1999.  He began his life’s mission in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was born and raised.  Justin considers himself to be one of the blessed to know and be able to follow what his true life’s purpose is, to help those suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism.  He lives in gratitude for the opportunity to utilize his passion at the Walker Center.

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Aime Clarice Muntz is an Idaho Student of Addiction Studies (ISAS) who became employed at the Walker Center in 2015. She is a Certified Challenge Course Instructor for our Experiential Therapy Program and facilitates our daily exercise sessions. Aime is also responsible for the Walker Center Outcomes Program in which she contacts clients after they discharge to collect survey information in order to maintain our data and statistics research. She is passionate about living a life of spiritual recovery and sharing her experience, strength and hope with other individuals seeking change.

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Michael Anthoney is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and has been with the Walker Center for 17 years and is the Treatment Supervisor for the Twin Falls Outpatient Team.  He has experience in both residential and outpatient settings with both adults and adolescents. Michael has special training in Motivational Interviewing, TruThought, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and the Idaho Model of Cognitive Self Change (CSC). Michael worked 11 years in the Residential facility in Gooding, Idaho. He transferred to the Twin Falls, Idaho Outpatient office in January of 2010. Michael’s passion is to help the addict/criminal change their thought process to where it is more conducive to a lifestyle change that promotes long-term recovery as well as a pro-social way of life.

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Gary Randall is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Idaho State University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Idaho. Gary has worked in the Addiction field for the past 12 years and for the Walker Center since April of 2015.  Gary has excellent Motivational Interviewing skills along with extensive experience providing The 12 Step Facilitation Model and Cognitive Self Change therapy groups.  Gary strongly believes in the disease concepts of addiction and states “everyone is valuable and deserves the opportunity to make the necessary changes to live happy, productive, substance free lives.  My goal is to motivate them to honestly look at their past and make the decision to choose a more positive future.”

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Danny O’Dell is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree with an emphasis in addiction. Danny is currently in graduate school where he is working towards a Master’s degree in counseling.  Danny has worked for the Walker Center since November of 2012.  Danny believes that it is important to work with clients in a way that makes them feel respected and understood; encouraging a therapeutic alliance based on equalitarian principles. Danny also believes that addiction is a family disease and facilitates two family groups per week at the Walker Center.

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Sarah Walling-Gifford is a Licensed Social Worker and believes in a strengths based perspective in building upon each client’s assets and meeting individuals where they are to move forward in improving their lives. She is an Idaho Student of Addiction Studies (ISAS) and is working towards her certification as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC). Sarah is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Social Work in hopes to better serve individuals with co-occurring disorders. Sarah has a passion for advocating and supporting each clients’ autonomy in navigating community resources and addressing barriers, while always treating every individual with dignity and respect.

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Fredy Zarate has been the Maintenance Supervisor at Walker Center for over 13 years.  Fredy ensures the facility is in excellent condition with warm, inviting and safe amenities inside and out.

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Nelida Zarate has been the Housekeeping Supervisor at Walker Center for over 14 years.  Nelida and her team take pride in ensuring that the clients are comfortable and have a clean facility on a daily basis.

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