Leadership & Board

The Council on Recovery is Houston’s oldest and largest non-profit organization providing support, information, and outpatient treatment to all who are adversely affected by alcohol, drugs, and addiction-related issues. Founded in 1946, The Council on Recovery is the leading provider of prevention, education, treatment, and recovery services in Houston.

We've gathered a dedicated team of experts in the field of recovery. At the helm of the organization is our administrative team, led by William M. “Mel” Taylor, MSW, President & CEO. All of our operations are run under the watchful eye of three boards - the Board of Trustees, the Foundation Board, and the Advisory Board. This structure is there to ensure that our community receives the best care possible.

Administrative Leadership

William M. “Mel” Taylor, MSW

President & Chief Executive Officer

Monica Brown-Broussard, MBA

Chief Advancement & Administrative Officer

Mary Beck, LMSW, CAI

Chief Strategy Officer

Sarah F. Searle, MSW, CPA

Chief Accounting Officer

Howard A. J. Lester

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Board Leadership (2017/2018)

Board of Trustees

David Taylor – Chairman of the Board

Cathy Herrington Hale – Vice Chairman

Jerry England – Treasurer

Angela Pisecco – Secretary


Devon Anderson

Bob Candito

Kathy Hood

Brad Lindig

Phil Lukefahr

Marvin Lummis

Joe Matula

Jeffrey Miller

Harlan Murphy

Jim Nastoff

Bob Newhouse

Gary Petersen

Lad Rack

Rick Renaudin

Brad Sears

Anne Singley

Diane St. Yves

Craig Taylor

Erika Tolar

Carol Trahan

Tony Valadez

Carol Warley

Dimitri Zgourides

Foundation Board

Dean Quinn – Chairman of the Board


Rob Arnold

Jim Braniff, IV

Jack Daniel

Carol Farnsworth

Maria Hendershott

Miriam McHenry

Marc Melcher

Jerri Duddlesten Moore

Advisory Board

Huston Able

Lauren Anderson

Lance Baird

Morgan Bomar

James (Brook) Brookshire

Kim Burnett

Fairalee (Lee) Carrier

Ray Childress

Kimberly Chojnacki

Victoria Constance

Meredith Cullen

Mark Deaton

Rev. Betty Divine

Mike Dokupil

Craig Fecel, II

Sarah Foshee

Susanne W. Galtney

Maggie Giles

Julie Goudie

Kari Hartmann

Robert Hendrix

Dr. Zach Hodges

Trenton R. Hrncir

Marjorie Hutcheson

Andrew Johnston

Judge Steven Kirkland

Joanie McLeod Kirksey

Will Kopp

Jes Kramer

Diane Larrivee

Barbara Metcalf

Kelly Miller

Keith Morris

Vanetta Murphree Peterson

Charlie Musslewhite

Chevo Pastrano

Jane Pendergraft

Amanda Polich

Meribeth Privett Rack

Christopher Rives

Dennis Robinson

Ellen Rutherford

Helen Sage Perry

Leila Sarmecanic

Jay Sitta

Dana Smith

Andrew Steptowe

John Stevens

Rachel Tova Winer

Margaret Vinson

Tony L. Visage

Robert Wagner

Nancy Wakefield