Our Story

Newly sober and living together in a halfway house, co-founders Michael Jones and John Bowden both experienced over a decade ago what it’s like to be new residents at a Sober Living Home. There were fourteen people living in a four-bedroom home, near constant relapses, little sense of community or staff engagement, and a “one-size-fits-all” methodology.

In 2016 they partnered to create Lighthouse, an intentionally designed, individually tailored, and community-focused approach to aftercare.

James Michael Jones staff member
James Michael (“Mike”) Jones

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Mike has been a part of the Dallas Recovery Community since 2009. With nearly a decade of operating experience within Sober Living Facilities, Mike has held positions ranging from Assistant Residential Manager to Chief Operating Officer, as well as writing and restructuring many of the Sober Living programs in Dallas. From intake to discharge, Mike is responsible for the continual development of the Lighthouse Program and works closely with residents, their families, and their treatment teams across every aspect of the Lighthouse Program, helping to ensure the best treatment for each individual.

Aaron Stacey Director of Operations
Aaron Stacey

Director of Operations

Aaron has been a part of the Dallas, TX and Portland, ME Recovery Communities since 2009. Now approaching 10+ years of operating experience within Sober Living Homes and Extended Care Facilities, Aaron has held positions such as: House Manager and Recovery Tech, Admissions and Marketing, Case Manager, and Director of Operations. With a keen sense of “meeting the client where they’re at,” Aaron specializes in Program Operations and Conflict Resolution. Aaron has a passion to help clients develop life-long skills in recovery such as: financial management, career goals, education, relationship building, and physical health.

staff member portrait
Jordan Mills

Chief Marketing Officer

Jordan has been a part of the Texas Recovery Community since 2012. Jordan started his career in the Addiction Treatment as a Sober Living House Manager and worked his way up through a multitude of roles such as: Business Developer, and Director of Admissions and Marketing. Jordan’s reputation is built on an ethical and humanistic philosophy that has flourished into a diverse set of relationships across the industry, both in Texas and nationally. Jordan works with families and clients during intake and discharge, fosters ongoing relationships with likeminded providers, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Lighthouse brand.

Stephan Marion addiction recovery staff
Stephan Marion

Director of Beacon Recovery Services (coming soon)

Stephan came from Canada to Texas in the summer of 2010 to get treatment after multiple failed attempts and has been sober ever since. He has worked in a multitude of positions over the years including: Housing Manager, Recovery Technician, Intake (Admissions) and Discharge Specialist, Business Development and Marketing, Director of Alumni, and Head of Finance. Stephan regularly speaks at conferences on topics such as “Finances in Early Recovery” and “Finances as related to Mental Health.” He has a passion for helping individuals and their families build happy and productive live and with nearly nine years in the field, Stephan is able to offer support and guidance in the many areas that help people back to wellness.

Alex Castine staff member
Alex Castine

General Manager

Alex currently serves as the General Manager at Lighthouse, but has previously worked in various roles such as Admissions, Financial Management, and Resident Placement. Prior to Lighthouse, he worked as a Recovery Lead Tech at an Inpatient Facility. Alex has found a passion for serving those in their recovery and his strong sense of loyalty and compassion drives him to empathize with clients, their families, and the struggle they all experience. He is an attentive listener who wants his clients to see a brighter side of life. Says Alex, “addiction is a serious and life threatening disease and I enjoying working to help each and every client reach fulfillment and joy in their lives.”

Jon Juhlin staff member
Jon Juhlin

Primary Therapist at Bluffview Counseling Services, M.S., L.P.C., CSAT (C)

Jon received both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Counseling degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Professionals, as well at the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, and The International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals. Jon believes that it is important to understand that the challenges of recovering from addiction affect not only the addict, but the entire family system as well. The focus of Jon’s practice is work with recovering addicts and their families in both individual and group settings.

Carey Farren addiction recovery staff
Carey Ferren

Counselor at New Life Balance, L.C.D.C.

Carey is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of North Texas in Dallas. He owns a private practice, New Life Balance, and works as Assistant Clinical Director and Counselor at Burning Tree Recovery Ranch. For the last ten years, he has worked with chronic relapse clients and their families helping to treat the family system, not simply the addict/alcoholic. Carey exudes compassion, communication skills, problem-solving, self-awareness. He is proud to be part of the recovery community in Dallas since 2004.

man staring out
Nathaniel (“Nate”) Maxfield

Community Manager

Nate didn’t realize he had a problem with drugs and alcohol until he was nearly 30 years old. Having had a family intervention, he went to both Inpatient Treatment and Sober Living, since becoming willing to do “whatever it takes” to stay sober. He has been working in recovery since he got out of treatment and loves all aspects of the field. Nate also has a large network of friends who work in recovery in Dallas. As a Community Manager, he is responsible for helping the residents in the community build structure in their lives and mentoring them as they grow in their recovery.

Jeff Ruffin addiction treatment staff
Jeff Ruffin

Community Manager

Jeff was a highly successful husband, father, and corporate executive before losing everything to the disease of alcoholism. He struggled for 10 years in his addiction whilst attempting multiple prominent treatment courses, treatment facilities, group counseling sessions, individual counseling sessions, sober living, and AA meetings. It wasn’t until Jeff found that the combination of these resources was the solution that worked for him. Jeff came to work for Lighthouse based on the comprehensiveness of the program. Jeff now enjoys a wonderful relationship with his children, family, and friends. He is able to give back to the community by leading AA meetings at a local homeless shelter and sharing his story of redemption with others.

Ryan Tesnow staff member
Ryan Tesnow

Community Manager

Ryan struggled with alcoholism throughout his 20’s and was unable and unwilling to find a solution to his problem until he was 30. After Graduate School, he found success in managing Non-Profit Organizations but his alcoholism had progressed to the point he eventually lost his career, health, and direction. He finally sought help, went to treatment, and became a long-term resident at Lighthouse. During this process, Ryan found relief, purpose, and a drive to help others. Ryan sought to work for Lighthouse not only because he believed in its mission, but because he had lived the benefits of the program first hand. As a Community Manager Ryan provides Residents with direction and insight.

Colby Floyd addiction recovery staff
Colby Floyd

Community Manager

Colby originally went to treatment for opiates, eventually substituting for alcohol, and attended Inpatient Treatment six times. Alcoholism led Colby to serious depression and hopelessness. It was the finding and working of the 12 Steps that brought a sense of direction and purpose back to his life. The combination of the 12 Steps and a new environment (Dallas, TX) allowed Colby to reach a point where he was able to have a true spiritual awakening. In his words, “working with others has been crucial to my recovery and I enjoy is giving back what was so freely given to me.”

Garrett Price addiction recovery staff
Garrett Price

Community Manager

Garrett is originally from Alabama and has lived in Dallas since 2016. Beginning in his teens and early adulthood, Garrett struggled with addiction and found himself at both rock bottom and at a crossroad. He decided to “pack his bags” and began treatment in Dallas, where he has flourished in recovery and found a new love for life. Garrett enjoys connecting with others in recovery and he stays active in the local recovery community. He is currently in pursuit of his Bachelor’s in Accounting and will graduate in 2021. A former Lighthouse Alumni, Garrett enjoys helping, connecting with, and developing honest relationships with residents.

Administrative and Advisory

John Bowden

Co-Founder & President

John graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Economics with Financial Applications and minors in Philosophy, History, and Art History. He began his professional career in Texas creating marketing platforms for a variety of real estate, oil and gas, and technology companies. In June of 2014, John co-founded Coalition, an investment firm, overseeing strategic growth. John works closely with the Lighthouse team providing operational support, growth strategy, marketing strategy, and program design.

Robert Tobolowsky

Director of Finance and Real Estate

Having graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Economics with Financial Applications, Robert began his professional career at Pegasus Ablon, a Commercial Real Estate investment and development company in Dallas, TX. He then moved to Powder Mountain, UT to join Summit Series. Within his role on the development team, he coordinated acquisition financing. In January of 2014, Robert co-founded Coalition, an investment firm, as a Managing Partner overseeing operations and finance strategy. At Lighthouse, he’s responsible for consulting on both the financial and real estate components of the business.

Michael Van Deventer

Program Advisor

Michael has been active in the Los Angeles Recovery Community since 2014 having finally found success in recovery through a stay at an extended care program, after numerous failed attempts at Primary Treatment Centers. After six months at the extended care program, Michael was hired to help oversee programming aspects of the community, before starting work as a Sober Mentor and Companion. Michael worked closely with a variety of clientele and their families, providing personalized 24hr care and guidance. He is currently enrolled at Loyola Marymount University working towards a degree in Addiction Treatment.