President: John Havenar
VP Of Hurwitz & Associates
John H. Havenar graduated from University of Houston, Clear Lake in 1995 with a BS in Finance and started working for The Associates in Financial Planning (AFP) Group in early 1996. He has 30+ years of experience in the world of finance serving a vast cross section of the Houston area populace. In 2016 he was asked to serve on the leadership team at Hurwitz Associates Inc.
John founded Cease Addiction Now (CAN) Inc., a non-profit 501c3 in 2007 after becoming aware of the void of viable resources within the community of Baytown. Along with currently serving as the President and CEO, he is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and facilitates a CJAD accredited Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) when needed. John has been active in the treatment process for patients and has implemented unique old school techniques resulting in outstanding recovery results.
Financial expertise coupled with understanding substance use behavior are a skill set used proficiently to direct families with wealth transfer and preservation concerns as well as counsel family members through elements of the addiction process.
John has seven children with his wife of 36 years, Denise, along with seven children. John was an active member in Boy Scouts of America and received the Eagle Scout Award. His personal hobbies and interests include learning languages (Spanish & Hebrew currently), building renovation/design, history, tennis, and jogging. He has also volunteered as a mentor for inmates at the Texas Criminal Justice System for the last nine years.
Treasurer: Mike Wilson
VP Texas First Bank
Mike Wilson was renowned as the Baytown Citizen of the Year in 2007. He has been living in the city for about 43 years now with his Wife DiAnne, his three children, and three grandchildren. He is a board member and the “O” Team founder for Cease Addiction Now, along with being the Senior Vice President for the Texas First Bank. Mike gives back to his community as an elder at the Faith Presbyterian Church and by being active in numerous civic groups.
Board Member: Steve Levine
Editor At SBT Magazine
Steve Levine holds a few different positions. He is the President/CEO of Legacy Publishing Group, LLC and the Executive Publisher of Small Business Today and Health Under Government Employment (H.U.G.E.). Steve has been in Publishing/Advertising Sales for over 39 years and has also additionally founded The Metro Houston Apartment Guide, The Jacksonville Communities Guide, and the Perfect Wedding Guide.
Steve’s clients in Business, Property Management, Real Estate, Federal Unions, Entertainment and Sports read like a “Who’s Who” in each related industry. Speaking of “Who’s Who”, Steve has been featured in both “Who’s Who in Sales & Marketing” and “Who’s Who in Professional Speaking”.
Steve brings his expertise in providing cost efficient results and a reputation for excellence to every publication and project that he is involved with.
LCSW, Clinical Supervisor: Linda Kelly
Linda has over 40 years of experience holding different licenses such as an LCSW, LPC, and LCDC. She has worked with people from varying cultures and has counseled on a wide range of issues. She has also worked as a probation officer in the state of Texas. She is trained to offer services to individuals, couples and families, and she believes in utilizing several different modalities for mental well-being including using play therapy with children. She maintains Diplomat status with the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Linda spends a great deal of time with her husband and family. She is a Certified Dive Master and is a Tai Chi Chuan enthusiast.
LPC: HOPE BROWN
Hope Brown is certified by the Texas State Board of Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Hope has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Prior to her education in counseling, Hope served in the Army Reserves and received training as a Respiratory Therapist, working in the medical field in this role for 12 years.
Hope obtained counseling experience working in various settings, to facilitating parenting and depression/anxiety groups at churches and hospitals. Hope also worked in inpatient psychiatric care, where she facilitated groups for coping skills and chemical dependency, conducted family and individual sessions, and routinely assessed those who deal with chronic and new onset mental illness for their need for crisis care and stabilization.
She has completed Resilience for Youth Training and combines elements of Person-Centered, Emotion-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, and Existential approaches to counseling. Hope believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is key to achieving growth in the counseling process. Hope wants to empower clients with the ability to realize their potential and know that their past does not determine their future.