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Thomas Hollmeyer

Thomas Hollmeyer

Eastern Vice President of Business Development
Thomas Hollmeyer Eastern Vice President of Business Development As the Eastern VP of Business Development for Resurgence Behavioral Health, Thomas Hollmeyer leads the East Coast Marketing Team. Thomas began his career within the Substance Abuse Treatment field in 2011 and has held various roles from operations to business development. Being in recovery himself, Thomas brings his own experience and passion for recovery along with his extensive group of connections, allowing him to assist in finding the best placement for anyone seeking help. He is passionate about treating addiction as a whole, assuring that each client gets the best possible care from all angles while including their families in the healing process. Thomas is equally as passionate about each individuals’ recovery in his professional role as he is in his personal life.
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.

Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine. Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he obtained a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine for his Medical Degree and stayed at UCLA for his residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in leadership roles since 2006 and is a Certified Physician Executive. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry, and served in Desert Storm. Among the long list of accomplishments, Dr. Tucker feels most accomplished with his blended family of 5 children and his wife of over 13 years. In addition, Dr. Tucker has a private practice in Newport Beach CA. His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis”. He uses a holistic model and incorporates sobriety, exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.
ZAC SPOWART, LAADC, MBA

ZAC SPOWART, LAADC, MBA

Executive Director

On his way to becoming Executive Director of Pearl of the Sea Retreat, Zac sought to strengthen his educational background and did so by obtaining degrees in different areas and specialties. His fascination with the human body along with physical, emotional, and behavioral development was founded in his undergraduate Kinesiology degree with a pre-medical course focus. From there, Zac proceeded to enhance his education by attending the highly acclaimed and internationally recognized Hazelden-Betty Ford master’s program which focused on addiction counseling and co-occurring disorder treatments. His experience at Hazelden not only solidified his passion for the field, but it provided elite and industry-leading fundamentals for addiction recovery and the supporting research. His clinical practicum allowed him the opportunity for on-site rotations that ranged from treating males and females of all ages, and various levels of care. This included adult and adolescent residential and detoxification, day treatment, intensive outpatient programming, and standard outpatient. These diverse levels of care provided well-rounded exposure and clinical aptitude for a wide range of behavioral, mood, and personality disorders that often accompany addictions and the subsequent best evidence-based practices for their treatment. Zac has since applied these foundational components to treat hundreds of clients and families who suffer from the disease of addiction. As he remained in the field, his passion to help others grew and he eventually sought his MBA from Pepperdine University. It is his core belief that this blend of clinical experience and business insight will lead to the greatest levels of success for all staff and clients who participate in Pearl of the Sea Retreat programming. Aside from his professional and educational experience, Zac also brings his own personal experience in recovery to Pearl of the Sea Retreat. Zac battled addiction at a young age, and consequently received treatment and became sober at the age of 21. His personal and professional ties to addiction have helped steer him towards seeking to assist others in any manner possible who struggle with the disease of addiction and other disorders. Zac has worked in various roles from Counselor/Case Manager, Program Developer, Group Facilitator, Director of Quality/Compliance, and Director of Operations at multiple mental health rehabilitation facilities across the United States. He is excited about his role at Pearl of the Sea Retreat and looks forward to using his skills and experience to help others struggling with all forms of addictions and any disorder that causes a client discomfort or pain. Engaging with the clients he encounters on a regular basis is what he loves most about his job. He enjoys learning about each client and helping bring out their best personality traits and qualities while on their journey to sobriety. In addition to establishing and growing relationships with individuals seeking treatment, he is also passionate about the development of other counselors and staff. He strives to create a professional environment that people are drawn towards and enjoy. After becoming sober, Zac obtained his helicopter pilot license, became scuba certified, and traveled to all the 50 states and Europe. In his free time, Zac participates in triathlons and marathons and trains for them regularly. He attributes these opportunities to his gift of sobriety and seeks to encourage others to have all they can dream of and more as they too recover.

Dr. Dina Macaluso

Dr. Dina Macaluso

Clinical Director
Born out of curiosity, cultivated by life experiences, nurtured by a genuine compassion for others, and fueled by devote persistence and passion, Dr. Dina Macaluso’s journey toward a career in psychology began in 1990. Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping people recover from addiction and mental health issues. Dr. Macaluso holds a doctorate degree in psychology, a master’s degree in sociology and marriage and family therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is licensed in the state of Florida as a mental health counselor supervisor; along with her certification as an addiction counselor and a Prepare-Enrich Family Facilitator. A significant part of Dr. Macaluso career has been involved in the administrative development of effective and efficient treatment programs by incorporating and acknowledging Standards for Behavioral Health Care. Hence, she finds a balance between integrating best practice standards, quantitative research, and conceding the importance of individualist patient care. Dr. Macaluso chooses to engage in her management role by creating an atmosphere of comradeship while recognizing the strengths of the team. Her philosophy is that everyone is a responsible contributor of being a social change agent, one person and one step at a time.
Megan Branstiter

Megan Branstiter

Director of Nursing RN, BSN
Megan Branstiter is originally from Asheville, NC, and has been in Florida for the past three years. She has a love for the outdoors, passion for exploration, and is a high achiever, internally motivated to pursue more and grow as a person and a professional. Throughout Megan's life, she has been drawn towards helping others, and being of service. Having a huge heart, designed to give to others, nursing has been a solidified calling for her to blend her passion of caring for others with an intelligence to ensure all client care needs are met medically. She is a strong team player, believes in leading by example, and works to ensure all of her team, and clients, are cared for on a daily basis. Megan is a proud mother of two children and finds balance in being a loving mother, as well as a caring nurse. Her passion for life is demonstrated in her love of travel, her desire to explore new places and activities, and a love for continued learning. She presently is furthering her education to become a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in psychiatric mental health, which is on track to be completed by 2022. Her desire to impact more lives positively fuels her incredible work ethic which she hopes will end with a Doctorate degree in Nursing. She was called to this industry through personal and familial ties, and is well versed in her own Al-Anon program. She looks forward to pursuing advancing in her career, growing personally, spiritually, and mentally with Pearl of the Sea, as well as impacting any and all lives she can touch along the way with this opportunity. “Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Ashley Janz BA, MA

Ashley Janz BA, MA

Therapist
Ashley Janz is a native of St. Augustine Florida. She received her BA in psychology and sociology at Flagler College. She then received her MA in professional counseling at Liberty University. She is currently a registered mental health intern with the state of Florida. Ashley has had a passion in the field for years. She started her career working with Department of Children and Family and developed a passion working in the field. She continued her education and skills in the psychology field and has 10 years working in the mental health field. She incorporates different methodologies in her treatment model. Ashley is passionate about helping people with recovery and strives for compassion towards those in Addiction. She has experience with accreditation and abiding by state regulations. Ashley continues to learn and develop in this field and has recently become a part of the leadership team. She strives on administrative work, compliances, Standards for Behavioral Health, structure, and supporting clientele. Her biggest accomplishment is recently becoming a first-time mother and wife for over 3 years. Ashley utilizes an integrative model for mental health and addiction. One of her philosophy is “Get to know a person before making a haste judgement, they might surprise you”.
Savannah James

Savannah James

Office Manager
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh Savannah is working on continuing her education to further help those in recovery. Although she works as an Office Manager she makes a point to meet clients and make sure they are taken care of during the early stages of their recovery. Savannah has had personal experiences with addiction and mental health ailments that have helped shape her into the woman she is today. Savannah has worked as a Peer Support Specialist and with the Department of Children and Families where she was granted the opportunity to grow and gain more experience in the field. Savannah believes having that little bit of courage to seek help will open up multitudinous opportunities.
Leticia Garner

Leticia Garner

Alumni Coordinator
Leticia was born in Louisiana, and has lived in Texas, Florida, and Arizona. She loves to travel and has been blessed to visit several states within the United States as well as Australia, Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Leticia loves kayaking, spending time with friends, family, and her fur baby Georgie. Leticia has always been in love with the arts, children, and teaching. She has a huge heart and a strong passion for helping others. While on her spiritual journey, she was gifted the opportunity to join her church on a mission trip to Guatemala. Being of service to others allowed her to feel true gratitude for the simple luxuries she previously took for granted in her daily life, such as clean water and food. Leticia grew up around addiction and knows the hopelessness that destroys and paralyzes lives first-hand. Her experience with Pearl of the Sea Retreat began as a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT), where she quickly transitioned into the Lead position. Her desire to help others, coupled with her real life experiences, proved to be the perfect combination in her new role. Leticia was then promoted to Discharge Planner as well as Alumni Coordinator, working closely with the Clinical and Operations team in Florida. Leticia has led a variety of groups as well as built relationships with local sober living houses and IOP facilities. As the Alumni Coordinator, she focuses solely on Alumni, clients who have graduated the program. A new project, Stay the Course (STC) allows her to focus primarily on building healthy lasting relationships with clients during and after their stay. She is one in a team; composed of dedicated, compassionate, and hopeful individuals who are located in California, Texas, and Tennessee. Weekly meetings, events, and a Facebook page, are just a few ways that Stay the Course maintains these connections with Alumni. Leticia obtained her A.A. in General Education, A.S. certificate in Marketing, Sales, and Service – Entrepreneurship, and is working towards completing her B.A.S in Supervision and Management as well as becoming a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS). She truly loves and appreciates the gift of sharing her experience, strength, and hope with others struggling with the effects of the brutal disease of addiction. Leticia knows there is hope, and a solution. She looks forward to telling you, "You are no longer alone." HOPE: Hang on pain ending.