Meet Our Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Since founding Central Recovery in 2003, Mr. Smith continues to lead its vision and strategic direction towards excellence in addiction and pain recovery services and published materials.
Mr. Smith has been active nationally in a number of organizations focused on healthcare and recovery issues including serving as Board Member, At-Large for Faces and Voices of Recovery, a leading recovery advocacy organization.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms Gatski has almost twenty years of experience within the medical field and has been with the Company since February 2004. In her current role of COO, she manages the corporate finance, I.T. and maintenance departments along with human resources, compliance and operations. Through Ms Gatski’s management and supervision, services are rendered which contribute to safe and effective client care on a daily basis.
Chief Financial Officer
Lynn M. Baumann is the CFO for Central Recovery, the parent company of Las Vegas Recovery Center and Central Recovery Press. Ms. Baumann has thirty-five years experience in the accounting field, working with both private and not-for-profit companies. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is licensed by the State of Florida as a Certified Public Accountant.
Sr. Vice President of Sales and Business Systems
Mr. Koop has over a decade of experience within the behavioral health field and has been with the Company since April of 2005. In his current role of Senior VP of Sales and Business Systems, he oversees advertising, web properties, business analytics and business process architecture for CR and its subsidiaries. In his off time, Mr. Koop is a husband, avid golfer and a father to boy/girl twins.
Human Resources & Compliance
Human Resources Manager
Hortensia DeJesus, CADC, NCACII, SAP
Corporate Compliance Manager
Compliance Office Assistant
Deborah Champine started with Central Recovery in 2004 in the Corporate Finance Department, joining a team of individuals with a passion for recovery from drugs, alcohol and pain management. She first began in the mental health treatment field at age 19, and has worked over 40 years in various finance and accounting roles. Debbie’s life has consisted of many adventures, including raising a daughter, hot air ballooning, and starting a boxer rescue program.
Accounts Receivable Accountant
Shirley Keel has been with Central Recovery for over 10 years. She previously worked for Blue Cross of California for 23 years and United Behavioral Health for over 9 years. Shirley is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been married for over 40 years, and has three adult children.
Melinda Hixon joined Central Recovery in 2015. She is a seasoned finance professional with more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience with companies like Levi Strauss, Symantec, and both local government and the Federal Government. She graduated from Linfield College where she played intercollegiate volleyball, and holds an MBA in Strategic Management. Melinda is a native Oregonian and an avid Oregon Duck Football Fan.
I’m originally from the east coast and I’m used to fast paced environments. I have several years of experience in public and private accounting, and I’m dedicated to accurate and timely information.
Jennifer Mutz is a multimedia specialist with experience in digital development and video editing. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Before pursuing her career with Central Recovery, she was a multimedia journalist for a CBS affiliate in Amarillo, TX. In her free time, you can find her hiking or volunteering in the Las Vegas Valley.
IT & Project Management
Director of Information Technology
Mr. Bishop has served as Director of Information Technology since May 2015. Since 1984, he has worked for a number of corporations, both public and private, and he has served in various capacities, from entry level to management. Mr. Bishop holds a B.S. in Business Administration (emphasis in Computer Information Systems) from Northern Arizona University
Senior Network Engineer
Bill has been working for Central Recovery since September 2003. He currently works in the IT Department where he handles network infrastructure, including firewalls, VPN, switches, door access systems, security cameras, and Mac servers. He loves owning and maintaining a 180 gallon salt water aquarium.
Lead Software Developer
Bio coming soon!
Carlos has been developing software since 2012. He started his journey in software development after graduating from ITT Technical Institute in Henderson, NV. He considers himself to be a student of the web, since he is constantly striving to stay up-to-date with the web industry. During his free time, Carlos enjoys playing billiards around the Las Vegas area.
IT Help Desk
Kip has served as Central Recovery’s resident IT Help Desk Technician since February 2014. He is responsible for providing desktop, printer, applications, and systems support to employees throughout the company.
Oscar runs the print shop at CR. He’s been in the printing field for some time, and he’s always open to learn more. He enjoys working at Central Recovery and appreciates his coworkers. In his spare time, Oscar likes running, swimming, bicycling, and being active in general.
In Memory Of
Bob Gray, Senior Vice President of Communications for Central Recovery and Publisher of Central Recovery Press (CRP), worked in the addiction and mental health field for over twenty years. He helped develop the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous (NA), directed the strategic marketing and communications policies for Central Recovery and Las Vegas Recovery Center, proudly served as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Foundation for Recovery, Inc., and guided Central Recovery Press to be a recovery company first and a publishing company second. Bob was much loved and will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor, and his dedication to recovery.