MEET OUR TEAM
Jason Chane CAP, ICADC – Owner, CEO
Jason Chane is a leader in the evolving recovery industry. He has worked in the field for six years now and brings much personal and professional experience to the world of recovery. Jason started as a Program Director at Mark Houston Recovery Center (now Benchmark Recovery Center) in Austin, Texas in 2008. Jason knew from this point that his life would be devoted to the service of men and women that struggle with addiction. He found the calling he had been searching for his entire life.
Jason also spent one year in Florida, working for Vince Carter Sanctuary as a Counselor and loved living in the city of St. Augustine dearly. Jason was asked to come back to Texas to be the Executive Director of the Men’s Program at Benchmark Recovery Center in November of 2011.
During Jason’s tenure at BRC, the program experienced growth and stability due to Jason’s peaceful and powerful approach to leading men. Jason left BRC in July to pursue the vision of starting a recovery and life center in St. Augustine, Florida with his lovely wife Lauren. Jason believes that any man or woman who desires to be sober or free of addictive behaviors can be. It just takes surrender, honesty, discipline and enthusiasm, four things that can be developed. It is Jason’s life purpose to revolutionize the field of addiction recovery. Jason is devoted to living a life of health, peace, and abundance in all ways, and is uniquely able to bring out the best in others. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. Jason is a LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) in Texas and is a CAP (Certified Addiction Professional) in Florida. Jason also maintains his ICADC (Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) designation.
Lauren Chane, MSW, CTT - Owner, Therapist
Lauren Chane was born in Austin Texas in 1983 to Tom and Liz Davis. Tom and Liz own three restaurants in the Austin area including two Green Mesquite BBQs and Scholz’s Bier Garten (founded in 1866 and in the Texas register of historic places). As she grew up in Austin, her husband was making his way in Marlin, Texas. They joined mutual friends at a local honkytonk and when they danced the chemistry was set alight.
Lauren has her bachelor’s from Texas State University and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. She entered recovery from drug and alcohol addiction 7 years ago and has dedicated her life to service and sobriety. She is currently active in Alcoholics Anonymous and sponsors other women in the program and takes them through the twelve steps. She has volunteered throughout her time in school with Heart to Heart Hospice, St. David’s Hospital, The Sims Foundation, Austin Recovery and the Austin Parks Cleanups.
She is an avid runner and completed her first marathon in February of 2012 where Jason rode his bike and held up grumpy cat signs to keep her spirits high. She is also an avid gardener and loves to grow organic food at home.
The love and recovery in their home is the foundation that they have built the mission for their business on. They believe in clean eating, physical exercise, connection to something greater than themselves, helping other alcoholics recover, equality and fairness for all creatures on earth, prayer, daily meditation, a daily review of character defects and continued personal growth and spreading recovery to all those who need it.
Dr. Sam Marathe, MD, JD, PhD, MBA, MPH, MHA, MS(Econ), FACP, CMD
- Medical Director
Bio coming soon!
Hollan Pugh, LMHC - Clinical Director
Hollan has worked in the field of substance abuse for the past decade. She served as Family Therapist at Vince Carter Sanctuary and Clinical Director at Serenity Springs before joining The Augustine. Hollan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Rollins College and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Hollan also specializes in the treatment of trauma and has advanced level one and two training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Hollan’s expertise in the treatment of trauma enables clients to address and resolve their trauma history which can prevent relapse. Hollan loves working at The Augustine, where she joins a team of skilled, recovery focused professionals who are dedicated to each member of the residential community. Prior to her involvement in the treatment of substance abuse, Hollan was the Executive Director for Help Now of Osceola and Safe House of Seminole. Hollan was appointed to The Governor’s Task Force Against Domestic Violence and served as President of The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In her free time, Hollan enjoys paddle boarding with dolphins and traveling with her teenagers and husband. Hollan is certified to teach Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga and enjoys sharing yoga with the residents / clients.
Ty Labenne-Program Director/12 Step Counselor
Ty Labenne hails from the tall pines and low swamps of Louisiana. He has been in long term recovery from alcohol and other drugs since 2008. After seeking a B.S. in Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ty relocated to Austin, TX where he realized his natural gifts and passion for working with individuals struggling with substance abuse, as well as their affected families. Confronted with a heavy weight on his heart pulling him to help people fighting this battle that was so familiar to him, he had to make a career choice. He chose to stand on the firing lines of this disease as an addiction professional, while using his education and experience to bring a scientific, spiritual, and therapeutic approach to his work. He promptly became a certified peer recovery support specialist and started earning hours toward his substance abuse counseling license. Over the years he has worked in several 90 day residential treatment centers for men, The Last Resort Treatment Center in Smithville, TX, and Benchmark Recovery Center in Austin. Ty has recently transitioned to Florida to work as an addiction professional at The Augustine Recovery Center, because he believes whole-heartedly in their specific mission, approach, and ideals. He is enrolled in the psychology program at Florida International University in Miami, and is working to obtain his CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor) certification.
Ty is a forward thinker with an extensive working knowledge of the 12 steps, and experience with various models of treatment and therapy. He is often thought of as a compassionate gun slinger when it comes to fighting the disease of addiction. He is talented in understanding the inner mechanics of the alcohol and other drug abuser’s mind, and refuses to let our residents go through our treatment center without addressing their unhealthy behaviors and telling them the truth about their disease.
Ty is dedicated to living an active and healthy lifestyle, and feels that doing so is an integral part of true sobriety. There is an intense commitment to his personal recovery which also involves helping others find their paths to freedom from substance abuse. When he is not slaying dragons, Ty is an avid surfer, runner, and tennis player. He also is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a dedicated interest and knowledge of music past and present. First and foremost, Ty is absolutely devoted to helping our residents achieve permanent sobriety, and to educate and navigate their affected families through the healing process.
Jeff Brakhage - MAPC Specialization in Trauma, Abuse, & Deprivation - Therapist
Jeff earned his Master's Degree in Professional Counseling with a specialization in Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation from Ottawa University in Phoenix, Arizona. He also holds an MBA and Bachelors Degrees in both Russian Language and Literature and History. Jeff's experience includes Lead Therapist at the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program in Phoenix, Therapist and Strategic Planning Consultant for Serenity House Substance Abuse Treatment Center, Central Peninsula Hospital Behavioral Health Department in Soldotna, Alaska, and Trauma Therapist and Family Programs Manager at a Florida residential treatment center specializing in trauma treatment. Jeff joined The Augustine after having seen their passion and commitment for supporting men in their healing and journey into a lifestyle of health and personal fulfillment and hearing of the integrity of their program in the recovery community. Before transitioning into counseling, Jeff was in eduction for 16 years as a middle school teacher, principal, and university lecturer, was a columnist and contributing writer for a magazine, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1998-2000.
Josh Aaron-Facilities Manager
As an active person in recovery Josh shares the tools he has learned by working to help others live a sober life through sponsorship, awareness, understanding and living in the present moment. Prior to moving to St. Augustine, Josh ran a sober living house.
His easy-going personality and compassionate nature lends itself to listening and assisting his peers to develop the necessary skills to live a sober life.
Josh contributes his own recovery to working a strong, solid 12 step program to maintain sobriety. In his free time Josh enjoys fishing, surfing, working out, reading and all things related to living at the beach.
Chris Blauvelt-Admissions Coordinator & Outreach
Chris is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been in recovery from drugs and alcohol since 2011. Falling in love with the recovery community here in St. Augustine, Chris has learned that entrenching yourself in service, practicing the principles of the 12 steps, and working with other addicts and alcoholics is the best way to stay on the path to sobriety.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in communications from Marietta College, Ohio, and has had a wide range of work experiences including primary and secondary education, athletics coaching, sales, marketing, and interpersonal communications. He is a member of NEFCADA, North East Florida Council Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and is currently serving on the board. Chris is also currently serving on the board for The Seraph Fund, a non-profit organization that donates funds to those seeking treatment.
Chris spends his free time with his beautiful wife (also in recovery), surfing, biking, stand up comedy, reading a good book, and staying active. He believes that his life in recovery is one beyond his wildest dreams, and is eager to share his experience, strength, and hope with the residents.
Tom Quigg - Case Manager/12 Step Counselor
Tom is born and raised right here in St. Augustine, Florida. He has been sober since September of 2014, and has become a mainstay of the St. Augustine recovery community.
Tom is a business graduate from University of North Florida, and holds job experiences in the service industry, sales, and the surfboard and skimboard manufacturing industry. He is excited to turn his efforts towards the Augustine Recovery Center, and help those in need.
Tom's hobbies include surfing, golfing, cooking nutritious and delicious meals, watersports, working out, and of course, eating!
Ken Be Baun - Case Manager
Ken De Baun is the newest member of our team. After attaining a Degree in Electrical Engineering he started a software development company in Orlando, FL which he sold in 2006. After selling the computer business he then created a successful painting company which he also sold in 2013. Moving to Saint Augustine Beach with his children he learned about The Augustine Recovery Center and the transformative personalities involved with the center. Being a part of the recovery process and supporting broken men healing from the debilitating disease of alcoholism is his passion. In his free time he enjoys art, gardening, comedy shows and most of all, his family. (His picture coming soon!)
John Huysman - Logistics Supervisor
John was born and raised on Long Island, New York. He grew up an outdoorsmen, spending many summers at the beach and in upstate New York. He spend his time upstate camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. After high school he worked in the Merchant Marines for a few years, sailing across the Atlantic on the training vessel Empire State 6. On this voyage he was awarded his "Blue Nose" award which goes to sailors who sail across the Arctic Circle.
John is a combat veteran, and spent six years in the US Army as a sergeant. He served first with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, and then served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. John holds his Associates Degree in Business, and has technical diplomas in motorcycles mechanics and advanced marine mechanics.
John is in recovery, and his gratitude for his new life knows no bounds. "I learned the price of freedom when I made the sacrifice to serve my country. But I did not experience personal freedom until I started working a program of recovery." John is working towards his addiction counseling credentials at The Augustine.
Jesse Espinosa - DCA (Direct Care Associate)
Jesse was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, and is the oldest of four. Shortly thereafter his family relocated to a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where he was raised. Jesse is a lover of animals, the arts, and loves staying active in the outdoors.
He loves spending time with and caring for with his 4 dogs, his cat, and his parrots. He has been in recovery since 2008, and is very active in the recovery community here in North East Florida. He believes in "sticking with the winners",practicing his recovery daily, working with others, and is eternally grateful for the blessed life he is part of today.
Bryan Day - DCA Supervisor (Direct Care Associate)
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Bryan has lived in St. Augustine for nearly seven years. His personal recovery comes first in his life, and he believes in the value of helping others who are trying to get sober. He spends his free time at the beach, surfing and body boarding. Bryan brings a strong enthusiasm for recovery to the team, and we're so happy to have him.
Carlos Tirado - DCA (Direct Care Associate)
Carlos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in New York and New Jersey City. He served his country in the US Coast Guard and while serving he received a commendation medal and ribbon for actions he took during and an engine room fire on his ship. He is also very proud of his twenty years of service at The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
Carlos moved to Florida with his beloved wife and cocker spaniel Bella to care for his aging parents. Little did he know that he had many people waiting for his love and truth. The Augustine Recovery Center has been blessed by Carlos joining the team.
Being immersed in his own sobriety since July 9, 1992 he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the center. Carlos has a keen intuition when it comes to dealing with suffering addicts and alcoholics and is an invaluable member of our recovery team.
Burton Quinn - DCA (Direct Care Associate)
Born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan, one of ten children. Attended the University of Detroit and majored in Business Administration. Was a metal manufacturing plant manager in Detroit, Michigan and Winsor, Canada for 20 years. Purchased, developed and managed the Greenbrier Golf Club un Mayville, Michigan for 20 years. In 2010 Burt retired and moved to Kona, Hawaii. He moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 2015 and begun working at The Augustine Recovery Center. He is a life long motorcycle enthusiast, amatuer billard tournament player, and avid golfer. A grateful member of the AA fellowship and in recovery for 28 years.
Desmond Cox - DCA (Direct Care Associate)
Originally from New York City, Desmond spent most of his childhood in Hempstead New York. After working in the newspaper industry for over twenty years Desmond began a new career in the criminal justice system. His first assignment was working as a Correction Officer in Nashville Tennessee. His second assignment was with the Franklin County Sheriffs Office in Columbus, Ohio. Desmond brings a wealth of experience and training in the areas of drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness and sexual abuse. He attended Bethel University in Tennessee and majored in criminal justice. Desmond has been happily married to Mildred for almost thirty years. Together they have four daughters and twin grand babies. He enjoys fishing, sports and loving on his family.
Zach Gonzalves - Facilities
Bio and pic coming soon!!