LONG-TERM RECOVERY AND WELLNESS
The Prairie’s mission is to serve individuals and their families in achieving healing and long-term wellness from the devastating effects of addiction and mental health issues.
NEW STANDARD OF PATIENT CARE
Our vision is to create a new standard for patient care in the behavioral health industry through innovation and integrative practices.
The Prairie is a part of Ethos Behavioral Health Group, which oversees treatment entities in Texas and Illinois designed to offer specialized and personalized mental health care for everything ranging from substance use disorders to mood and personality disorders. Within Ethos, levels of integrative care range from inpatient to outpatient treatment.
our people-first, principle-driven approach puts patients and team-members above all else, always
we work collaboratively with patients to create meaningful connections that positively impact their lives
everything from the design of our spaces to our clinical programming is created with a specific intention
CO-FOUNDERS AND MANAGING PARTNERS
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- ROBERT HILLIKER, LCSW- S, LCDCCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERROBERT HILLIKER, LCSW- S, LCDCCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Robert is driven by a deep commitment to serve others, and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, the co-founding of The Lovett Center in 2014 and the co-founding of Ethos in 2018.
Throughout his educational and professional careers, Robert has gained valuable experience and impactful recognitions. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, which went on to honor him as a 50 for 50 Alumni in 2019 for embodying the college’s social justice vision. Robert’s education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic, while his resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Daring Way, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston and The Menninger Clinic. At the latter, he earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree.
- CECI HUDSON TORN, LPC-ICHIEF OPERATING OFFICERCECI HUDSON TORN, LPC-ICHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
An exemplary, long-spanning career in mental health and finance has put customer-centered-care at the heart of Ceci’s work. She gathered a wealth of experience at one of the nation’s largest residential summer camps, which provides her with a unique lens to approach treatment in a residential setting. Ceci received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Social Work from The University of Southern California, with a focus on high-risk behavior in adolescents and young adults.
- WILL DAVISCHIEF BUSINESS OFFICERWILL DAVISCHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER
Will’s passion for functional, welcoming spaces to serve a variety of industries led him to a career in commercial real estate spanning over 15 years, parallel to a decade of business development and management. In 2014, he co-founded The Lovett Center with Robert Hilliker, and then went on to co-found Ethos. The driving force behind his professional journey is a passion for connecting people for a shared, greater good. His thoughtful hiring and leadership style has helped build countless strong, creative and united teams that produce positive results.
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- LESLIE DOWNING, LCDC, NCIP, CGRSEXECUTIVE DIRECTORLESLIE DOWNING, LCDC, NCIP, CGRSEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Leslie Downing graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Nationally Certified Intervention Professional, and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist who has worked in the addiction treatment field for fifteen years. Leslie’s background in operations management, clinical work and business development offer a well-rounded outlook in her Executive Director role.
Currently Leslie is working on a Master of Science in Leadership, which is driven by her desire to cultivate and sustain healthy treatment cultures. Leslie believes the best way to ensure employees are providing the best care possible is to provide and encourage a healthy work environment for them. In addition to focusing on culture, Leslie recognizes the importance of developing organizational structure that supports optimal client care and coordination for long-term recovery.
- GREGG WORKMANMEDICAL DIRECTORGREGG WORKMANMEDICAL DIRECTOR
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- STEPHEN PUCKETTOPERATIONS DIRECTORSTEPHEN PUCKETTOPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Stephen is passionate about investing in the lives of others through day-to-day programming. His 23 years of experience in the education field as a teacher and a coach in various Texas cities, along with a 7 year career as Assistant Director of Programming at Camp Ozark have shown him the ropes to teaching others compassionately, and with purpose.
- LORI PUCKETTCASE MANAGERLORI PUCKETTCASE MANAGER
Lori believes that all people truly desire to be loved, to be accepted and to be productive—with this basis, her passion is serving others. She has over 22 years of experience as a public educator and 12 years of experience as a counselor and office administrator. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Counseling.
- KATHY ZINGELMANNHOSPITALITY COORDINATORKATHY ZINGELMANNHOSPITALITY COORDINATOR
Kathy says, “there are no strangers in life, only other family to connect with. If I can make someone smile or be happy, I have done something.” She loves people and feels it is her calling to help others. By way of her previous roles surrounding mental health and retardation, hospitality and retail, she feels that her work has taken her where she is needed most. Kathy’s 5 children and 4 grandchildren are her greatest joy.
- DANNY RIEBELINGFACILITIES DIRECTORDANNY RIEBELINGFACILITIES DIRECTOR
Danny learned carpentry from his father at an early age, which eventually led to his expertise in the field. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to construct, remodel, reshape and transform diverse spaces in Houston’s Medical Center, the historic Houston Heights and Round Top.
Daniel currently resides at his country place in Fayette County with his wife Andrea and their dog Glory. He is involved with various fundraisers in the Round Top area, among them the Family Library. His many interests include gardening, cooking, music, social gatherings and volunteer work.
- LANCE FEGENCULINARY DIRECTORLANCE FEGENCULINARY DIRECTOR
Bio coming soon
- SUMMER STEELERA TEAM LEADSUMMER STEELERA TEAM LEAD
- MELISSA LACKEYDIRECTOR OF NURSINGMELISSA LACKEYDIRECTOR OF NURSING
Melissa Lackey, MSN, RN is a Registered Nurse with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, including women’s health services, adolescent and community health, and mental health and substance abuse disorders. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She serves as the Director of Nursing and strives to promote a client-centered approach to nursing care. Her collaboration with clinicians and patients provides individualized nursing support as clients move through the process of restoration and recovery. She strongly believes in the importance of access to recovery services and serves on the Texas Health and Human Services Mental Health Condition/Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.