Prior to the launch of Alpha 180™, Bob Ferguson has served as founder and CEO of Jaywalker Lodge since 2004. Jaywalker Lodge is an extended care residential treatment and recovery community for men located in Carbondale, CO. Before that, Bob served for over 10 years in senior management positions at a number of the leading treatment providers in the addiction & recovery field including: Jaywalker Lodge, Promises Treatment Centers, Crossroads Antigua, and the Hazelden Foundation.
In addition, Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) since 2011. He is currently beginning his second two-year term on the Executive Committee, serving as Secretary for the NAATP Board. Bob also serves as Chairman of the Board for A Way Out, an Aspen-based 501c3 providing crisis referrals and treatment scholarships for families and residents in Western Colorado.
Bob divides his time between Austin, TX and his home in Snowmass Village where he lives with his wife and two college-aged kids. When he’s not at Alpha 180, Bob stays busy as a grateful participant in his own recovery from addiction, which began – one day at a time – on Feb. 12, 1992.
NICO DOORN, M.Ed
My name is Nico Doorn and I serve as the Executive Director at Alpha 180. I was born in the Netherlands, but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina before finding recovery in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Human Development Studies with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have a decade of experience working with young adults in recovery from substance use and mental health from residential treatment, recovery residences, and collegiate recovery programs in both client care and business roles. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, running and playing disc golf.
WES WARD, MBA
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Wes’s experience in recovery began in October 2005. After going to a treatment program, he got involved with a recovery community and began to rebuild his life. He acquired his Bachelor degree from Schreiner University in Kerrville. Wes enjoyed college and the inspirational environment it provided. He moved to Austin to attend Texas State University and graduated with his Master of Business Administration. He has worked in the addiction treatment field in both direct care and operations roles, and has a passion for helping individuals in recovery improve their lives. Wes lives in Austin with his wife Veronica. He enjoys reading, hiking, and building things.
Elizabeth Bickel-Rolfe, LPC-S, ATR, LCDC
My name is Elizabeth Bickel Rolfe and I serve as the Clinical Director at Alpha 180. I was born in Louisiana and raised in Colorado. I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, judicial services, residential, outpatient, and sober living. I was the Men’s Program Manager and the Clinical Director at a treatment center in Austin for the seven years prior to transition to Alpha 180. I am passionate about young adult recovery and individuals discovering and fulfilling their potential. In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and making art.
Jake Acosta, LPC-A, LCDCI
My name is Jake Acosta, and I serve as a Primary Therapist at Alpha 180. I was born and raised in San Antonio Texas where I grew up to find myself in a spiral of addiction. I found recovery in Kerrville Texas, and it was there that I was told about the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University. I decided to give college another try and completed both my bachelors and master’s degrees at Texas Tech in Lubbock Texas and I now call Austin my home. I am passionate about recovery and providing a platform for those in recovery to flourish! In my free time, I love to cook, spend time with my family and friends, and watch true crime shows.
Amy Alden, LCDCI
Family Recovery Specialist
My name is Amy Alden and I serve as the Family Recovery Specialist at Alpha 180. I am originally from Georgia and moved to Austin in 2012. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and have served in numerous roles throughout my career including as a Counselor, working in admissions and as a Family Services Manager. My passion is working with families, which is what drew me to my role at Alpha 180. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, kayaking, connecting with friends and family and playing with my dogs.
My name is Moore Woltz and I serve as the Case Manager at Alpha 180. Using a hands-on approach, I help our guys explore the possibilities of what a life in sobriety can bring while developing important life skills along the way. I attended NC State before transferring out to the University of Colorado at Boulder to participate in their Collegiate Recovery Program. I moved from Nashville to Austin in May of 2021. I’m passionate about working with people in early recovery and enjoy seeing our guys achieve, and exceed, goals they set themselves. In my free time, I like to exercise, do yard work, and play with my dog, Mabel.
My name is Bryan West and I serve as the Residential Technician at Alpha 180. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and found recovery in Austin in 2017. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and am currently pursuing my master’s in social work at Texas State. I have three years of experience working in residential treatment and transitional services. I have a passion for research, specifically emotional intelligence in regard to its relationship with addiction. In my free time I enjoy working out, hiking, and camping.
My name is Mac Breedlove and I serve as a Resident Advisor for Alpha 180. I was born in Russia and was adopted, alongside my sister, when I was 4. I am from Austin, Texas but discovered my sobriety in Southern California. My journey has led me back to Texas after 5 wonderful years in California in hopes of furthering my education. In the meantime, I have been sharing my experience and helping those in treatment, just like the many people who supported me on my road to recovery. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends or spending time with family.
My name is Drew Chibib and I’m a Resident Advisor at Alpha 180. I was born here in Austin, and after running away to pursue physics at Reed College in Portland, I came back to Austin to get sober. With Alpha 180’s help, I found long term recovery, a supportive community, and transferred into the University of Texas at Austin, where I am a senior majoring in Anthropology with a minor in philosophy. After I graduate, I plan to pursue law school. Experience with Anthropological fieldwork and recovery have taught me that learning and growing are intersubjective activities; New self-understanding and new passions or hobbies are only meaningful insofar as they are shared, as they influence and are influenced by other people. To which, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share in others’ epiphanies and their problems every day, as I think that solidarity for young men in recovery is crucial. In my free time I enjoy cooking, making music, golfing, playing cards, and reading.
My name is Will Hennessey and I serve as a House Manager at Alpha 180. I’m originally from New York, New York, but reside in Austin, Texas as a student now. I am currently a student at Austin Community College studying Psychology and have applied to The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edwards University in their Social Work programs. I got my start in recovery working as a Server but was drawn to Alpha 180 to serve others. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, outdoor activities, Italian food and reading good books with coffee
Community Operations Coordinator
My name is Ryne Linkowski and I serve as the Community Operations Coordinator at Alpha 180. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but have found home in Austin, Texas. I formerly worked in various roles in direct care and admissions at another facility from the time I got into recovery, to the time that I came over to Alpha 180. In my free time I enjoy working out, being outdoors, video games and drinking coffee.
My name is Becca Doorn and I serve as an Operations Coordinator at Alpha 180. I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska, but moved to Austin in high school. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned my BA in History. I gained nearly 10 years of experience in corporate accounting and decided that I wanted to change courses in my career and was called to Alpha 180. In my free time, I enjoy working out, cleaning, playing with my cute kids and spending time with my husband and our extended family.
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator
My name is Andrew Warren and I serve as the Outreach and Admissions Coordinator at Alpha 180. I was born in California and grew up in Southern California. I am currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Human Dimensions of Organizations and minoring in Business. I previously worked in direct client care at Alpha 180, but found my true passion was working with families and developing the program. In my free time, I love playing golf, running and watching shows on HBO.
LAUREN BAJWA M.ED.
Lead Educational Specialist
Lauren is founder and owner of Boutique Educational Services. After getting her masters degree in special education from The University of Texas at Austin, Lauren taught Special Education in AISD, where she helped coordinate the work of teachers, paraprofessionals, and related personnel in order to meet the individual needs of Special Education students. During that time she designed and implemented Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and attended Academic Language Therapy training, a systematic dyslexia remediation program. In addition to teaching, Lauren has experience consulting with program directors in private and independent schools, helping them develop best practice methods when identifying and accommodating students.
Currently, Lauren specializes in helping families prioritize next steps when their child is struggling emotionally, academically, or behaviorally. Lauren’s practice focuses on school avoidant children, particularly those struggling with debilitating anxiety and other related mental health challenges. Lauren is humbled by her own three vivacious daughters, and has a deep appreciation for the parenting experience. Lauren loves reading aloud to her girls, walking her dog, and cooking with her husband. She serves on the board at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School and Generation SERVE and is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. Lauren also represents children’s best interests in family law cases as a Guardian Ad Litem in Travis County.
JC SHAKESPEARE, LPC-S
JC Shakespeare, LPC-S has worked for over a decade in schools, treatment centers, IOP programs and in private practice, delivering compassionate counseling through a trauma-informed lens. JC believes that the human emotional system holds the key to healing and recovery; learning to identify, connect with, and regulate emotions leads to resilience and clarity. Through modes of treatment like EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, and mindfulness JC helps clients unblock old emotional pain and enter into a more vibrant, connected sense of self. JC has lived in Austin for 25 years. He has three daughters, and enjoys writing, bad golf and good movies.