Meet our Amazing Team
The Faces Behind our Success
We Couldn't do it without them
Amanda Ferguson, LVN II
Program Director / Medical Services Manager
Amanda started working in recovery 7 years ago as a CNA. Over the next several years she became a licensed nurse and was certified in the field of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. As the Program Director at Tres Vistas Recovery, she utilizes her personal recovery experience coupled with her professional experience to oversee the Admissions, Clinical and Operational programs.
She believes that acquiring passion in sobriety should be the top priority for patients at Tres Vistas. As an avid hiker and Crossfitter, Amanda uplifts clients and staff alike, helping them to reach their physical as well as emotional sobriety goals.
Ashley Schenkel, LMFT
Bio and Photo Coming soon…
Alyssa Dean, LMFT
Primary / Family Therapist
Alyssa graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and an emphasis on cultural competency. Alyssa has since expanded her education to the field of energy psychology with trainings in areas such as yoga, reiki, somatic experiencing and emotional freedom techniques. Through utilizing concepts such as radical acceptance, non-judgemental awareness, and overall mindfulness, Alyssa is able to support her client’s through their journey of recovery.
Alyssa, the Primary Family Therapist at Tres Vistas, takes a “here and now” approach to the rupture and repair that happens throughout the family healing process. She considers herself to be an overall healer and her compassion and lightheartedness come across in her work with individuals, couples, and families at Tres Vistas Recovery.
On her off time you will find Alyssa at a spin class, making people laugh, or planning her next adventure.
Mitch Schulser, CADC-II
Working in the recovery field since 2013, Mitchell Schusler is the Case Manager for Tres Vistas Recovery. Mitchell completed his advanced study of addictive disorders at Health Staff Training Institute and is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. Due to Mitchell’s personal experience in recovery, he is able to connect with our residents on a personal level.
As a native Californian and San Clemente local, Mitchell has a passion for rock climbing, backpacking, and surfing. Mitchell is also known for his service work bettering the local community through leading by example.
George Hillyard, CADC-I
Case Manager / Counselor
George play an integral role here at Tres Vistas Recovery as a substance use counselor since fall of 2018, where he provided guidance and motivation to clients , as they transition into the IOP phase of the program and learn how to safely cope with triggers and overcome roadblocks as they build a solid foundation for lasting recovery. George has been a certified counselor for the last 3 years, prior to working at Tres Vistas he has worked in many different roles in the recovery community in the south Orange county area including program director, Counselor, driver, support staff, house manager,and detox staff. This wide variety of skill sets and “from the ground up” experience allows George to have empathy, and meet clients where they are at in the recovery process.
George has been an active member of the recovery community for the past 9 years and enjoys surfing, rock climbing, and getting out into nature with his wife and children.
Ottis Johnson, CADC- CAS
Family Recovery Specialist
Ottis has been working in the field of recovery for over thirty-eight years. He has been clean and sober for over forty years which gives him some unique insights into helping people transition from addiction into long term recovery. The one thing that Ottis has become acutely aware of is that addiction is not an individual disease but rather a family disease. Helping the addict to see themselves as part of a family that needs to be healed and learning what part they can play in the healing process is a critical tool in his work. He believes that involving the entire family in the recovery process offers the best possible outcomes. He has successfully created the Otis Loves You Family Recovery Program and he provides workshops and groups that create on-going support systems for the recovering addicts and their families.
Steve joined the Tres Vistas team in the fall of 2015. Prior to that, he worked for several years for San Diego County as a Counselor in addiction treatment. At Tres Vistas, Steve oversees the Operations, medication documentation and client transportation for the facility. In addition to being the liaison for all Resident Advisors, Steve is in charge of making sure the Evita house runs smoothly for clients and house staff alike.
He is an avid member of the Northern San Diego county recovery community and all-around outdoorsman. He also enjoys supporting his daughter in color guard.
Matthew joined the Tres Vistas team in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, he worked at another treatment facility in San Clemente as a behavioral health technician. At Tres Vistas, Matthew is our lead Resident Advisor where he oversees RA staff and the upkeep of facility maintenance. Overseeing these duties ensures that our Residents here at Tres Vistas have a safe and comfortable stay throughout their journey on their road to recovery.
Matthew is also an active member of the recovery community here in Southern California. His experience with the process of getting sober helps him to bring the compassion and understanding needed for his position in the company.
Chef Brian Zanella has over 20 years of experience working in kitchens all around Orange county. His journey started when he was hired as a busboy in 1998. He fell in love with the food scene and decided soon after that he wanted to become a Chef. He put in his time working for as many different Chefs as he could and eventually acquired the title of Chef in 2013.
In 2015, his substance abuse problem caught up with him and he knew that he needed to get professional help. After checking into treatment, he decided to take some time away from the kitchen. 2 and a half years into sobriety, he was fortunate enough to get back into the kitchen with a clear mind. This time his focus would be on giving back the gift of nutrition for people who are struggling as he once did. Today, his life is full of gratitude and compassion for anyone struggling with substance abuse. Tres Vistas Recovery has afforded him an amazing opportunity to combine his passion for cooking while helping patients get the best nutrition possible during their stay.
Geno is a lifelong gardener. He studied Environmental Planning at Western Washington University and has recently completed certification in Watershed Wise for Landscape Professionals. In addition, he has completed certification training in Permaculture from The Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano.
Geno teaches sustainability through organic gardening and offers residents a hands-on experience that replicates the human endeavor to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.