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 the Vice President of the Woman’s CEO Global Alliance.

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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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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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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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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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Amy loves her position as a mental health counselor. For the past 7 years she has specialized in Addictions and Trauma Recovery.  One of her passions in life is empowering people to take control of their lives, improve their relationships with family and friends, live fully, and recognize their true worth and potential. During her 17 years of recovery and her time as a counselor, she has gained a true appreciation for the disease of addiction and the human spirit to prevail in recovery. In her spare time, she is a mother to 4 amazing kids and she loves the outdoors, unless it’s cold. Having grown up in Wyoming and now living in Idaho means she often spends the winter months playing with kids, reading, watching movies, playing with the family chinchilla, and doing any activity where she can create to her heart’s content.

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Danielle is a registered nurse. Graduated from Utah Valley Community College in 1993.  Has practiced in Telemetry, Labor and Delivery, and for the last 16 years as a clinic nurse working with her husband in his suboxone outpatient clinic.  Danielle joined the Walker Center in 2017 and loves working with the clients to manage their medical needs so they can heal from their addictions.  Danielle has just begun her continuing education to get her Associates Degree in Addiction Medicine in 2018.

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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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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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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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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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Sarah is a master’s level clinician with a background in Addiction Studies and Social Work. She has worked with The Walker Center since 2014. Sarah uses an eclectic approach based on client need to work with them in addressing their challenges and barriers in achieving their recovery goals. She is passionate about incorporating and educating families throughout treatment as recovery is a complex family process. Sarah is a person-centered counselor that is compassionate towards all clients and families as they navigate life’s challenges to develop a healthier way of living and define new beginnings.

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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 a Primary Counselor 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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Danny is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and holds a Master of Science in Counseling degree with an emphasis in mental health. Danny has worked in the addictions profession since 2005. After becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Danny quickly understood the need for higher education, and the one-time Twin Falls High School dropout, embarked on a strenuous journey that has resulted in his current degree as well as his eligibility to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Danny will take the National Counseling Examination in April of 2018 and plans on being licensed in May of 2018. 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 has a passion for the adolescent population and is the primary counselor for this population at The Walker Center. Danny also believes that addiction is a family disease and facilitates two family groups per week at The Walker Center.

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Mary is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor with over 20 years combined experience working in the behavioral health field in residential & outpatient chemical dependency centers along with acute mental health hospital experience.  Mary joined The Walker Center outpatient team in 2017 and is working with intensive outpatient treatment clients. Mary understands and believes in the importance of helping clients develop strong resources and connections in all their major life areas in order to ensure a robust and satisfying recovery. Mary is passionate about helping people discover the joys and responsibilities of recovery.

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Diana is a Licensed Social Worker with a social work baccalaureate degree from Boise State University. As part of the Clinical Team, she is eager to put her experiences and education to work to contribute to the overall success of The Walker Center. Her passion for helping clients through difficulties and challenges, as well as walking alongside them in their accomplishments and successes, is what drives her to empower clients to take charge of their lives. Diana is a great resource for the clinical team and clients.

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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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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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