Leadership & Board

Dedicated to our cause, committed to our mission.

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 the Greater Houston area.

We have 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 ensures unwavering focus on our mission and total commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community.

Administrative Leadership

William M. “Mel” Taylor, MSW

President & Chief Executive Officer


Mary Beck, LMSW, CAI

Executive Vice President


Monica Brown-Broussard, MBA

Chief Advancement & Administrative Officer

Board Leadership (2019/2020)

Board of Trustees

Dean Quinn – Chairman of the Board

Joanie McLeod Kirksey – Vice Chairman

Joe Matula – Treasurer

Anne Singley – Secretary


Devon Anderson

Lauren Anderson

Bob Candito

Mark Deaton

Jerri Duddlesten Moore

Matthew Goldsby

Cathy Herrington Hale

Maria Hendershott

Robert Hendrix

Trent Hrncir

Patrick Keegan

Marvin Lummis

Richard Lynch

Harlan Murphy

Jim Nastoff

Gary Petersen

Amanda Polich

Rick Renaudin

Diane St. Yves

Lucy Thorp Suell

Erika Tolar

Carol Trahan

Manoel Urquidi

Foundation Board

Ellen Rutherford – Chairman of the Board


Rob Arnold

Jim Braniff, IV

Jack Daniel

John Kirksey, Jr.

Marc Melcher

Jeffrey Miller

David Taylor

Carol Warley

Advisory Board

Huston Able

Shannan Adler

Lance Baird

Morgan Bomar

Kim Boone

Cindi Boudreaux

Kim Burnett

Fairalee (Lee) Carrier

Rhett Carter

Victoria Constance

Meredith Cullen

Rev. Betty Divine

Mike Dokupil

Carol Farnsworth

Craig Fecel, II

Aaron Fink, MD

Sarah Foshee

Susanne W. Galtney

Pat Grimes

John Harrison

Dr. Zach Hodges

Kathy Hood

Thayer Hutcheson

Judge Steven Kirkland

Will Kopp

Jes Kramar

Laura Ladd

Sean McGuire

Miriam McHenry

Barbara Metcalf

Keith Morris

Charlie Musslewhite

Neeraj Parasher

Jane Pendergraft

Vanetta Murphree Peterson

Angela Pisecco

Meribeth Privett Rack

Lad Rack

Christopher Rives

Dennis Robinson

Brad Sears

Jay Sitta

Bradley Patton Allen Smith

Dana Smith

Craig Taylor

Chris Thomas

Tony Valadez

Margaret Vinson

Tony L. Visage

Robert Wagner

Nancy Wakefield

Rachel Tova Winer

Taylor Wright

Dimitri Zgourides

Honorary Lifetime Board

Greg Armstrong

Kirby Attwell

Hamilton Beazley

Dan Cartwright

Jerry England

Julie Goudie

L.A. Greene

Sara Haynes


John Hopper

Rick Laminack

Harry Lucas, Jr.

Candace McMurrey

Dan Neale

Whipple Newell

Austin O'Toole

George Pletcher

Anne McCullough Shallenberger

Sandy Sutherland

Gregg Thompson

June Waggoner

Marthann Masterson Weaber

Mary Worscheh

Nancy Younger