Chemical Dependency Staff

Ryan Nichols, M.Div., CDP.
Director of Chemical Dependency Services

Prior to working in Substance Use Disorder counseling, Ryan pastored several churches in Tennessee and Oregon. He discovered his passion for counseling while volunteering with a street ministry, and has worked at ABHC since December 2013.

Lisa Avelar BA, CDP.
Bellevue Branch Lead Clinician

Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies, University of WA; Chemical Dependency Professional, Rio Salado College
Lisa is currently working towards her Masters degree in Integrated Recovery: Addiction Counseling at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She has worked for ABHC since February 2018.

Leslie Braggs AAS, CDPT
Leslie completed an Associates in Social and Human Services, with a certificate in Chemical Dependency at Seattle Central Community College in 2014, and is currently completing a BA in Behavioral Science at Antioch University. Her intention is to earn an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University in the near future. She has volunteered at a number of treatment facilities in the Seattle area before starting her work with ABHC. It is her intent and purpose to continue the educational process so as to stay current in all the evidence-based practices, focusing on the ability to be able to treat those living with mental health and substance use disorders. Leslie also speaks Spanish.

Kiah Shigeta-Koizumi, BS, CDPT
Bachelor of Science, Oregon State University; Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee, Bellevue College
After graduating from Oregon State University, Kiah joined the non-profit sector and worked closely with the Nevada Legislature to develop anti-sex trafficking bills. She spent time traveling across the country and pursuing art after moving out of Nevada before settling in Washington. Kiah developed an interest in substance use and addiction after interning at The Center for Rape and Domestic Violence and working with families who were affected by substances.

North Seattle
Susan Rubens LMHC CDP
Location: North Seattle

Susan is a Masters level clinician, dually licensed in both Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. Over the last 14 years she has worked with homeless youth and young adults living in Transitional Housing, with teens in Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and with women in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment. Susan has lived in both South Africa and Australia and has a background in theater and dance. Susan is delighted to have joined the North Seattle team at ABHC in October 2015.

Cuyler Simmons, MSW, CDPT.
Chemical Dependency Counselor

Master of Social Work, Mental Health Practice, University of Washington; Chemical Dependency Professional, Portland Community College
Prior to working in social work and substance use counseling, Cuyler worked in marketing and advertising in various consumer products industries in Colorado, Texas and NYC. She discovered her passion for counseling while living in NYC and volunteering with homelessness projects through New York Cares. She joined ABHC in March 2019.

Janna Johnson, CDPT
Prior to becoming a CDP, Janna worked in management in the casino gaming business for over 20 years. This provided her with a wealth of experience in working with people in active addiction, counseling them through gambling problems, and assisting in finding treatment and ways to reduce gambling debt. She has a strong desire to continue this work by counseling people with alcohol, drug and other addictions. Janna has been working at ABHC for over three years and is a fully credentialed CDP and approved supervisor for trainees. She is a mother of two adult children and whose hobbies include reading, cooking and marathon running. She is part of the Tacoma running community and has ran over 30 full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in the last four years.

Shawna Mokler, MA, CDP
BA from University of Washington, major in Sociology, minor in Criminal Justice
MA from Eastern Washington University, Masters in Addiction Studies
Shawna is new to being a CDP but not new to the field of addiction. She went back to school to get her Masters in Addiction Studies as a way to give back to the addicts who still suffer from the disease. She has seen first hand what the disease can do to a person and their families and the daily work that recovery takes. Her hobbies include anything having to do with her dog Denali, hiking, camping or being outdoors. She is always up for a good adventure!

West Seattle
Becky Price, BA, CDP
Lead Chemical Dependency Professional

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology-Seattle Pacific University, Chemical Dependency Professional-Bellevue College, Pursuing Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling-Northwest University
Becky has been in the substance abuse counseling field since 2016 but has prior experience with the field working with at risk youth at a homeless shelter. Becky got her passion for this work as an undergraduate studying psychology. Her therapy preferences are cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Becky will be continuing her education in the fall to enter the mental health realm to be a more well-rounded chemical dependency clinician.

John Maulding, MA, CDPT
Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling and Prevention, University of South Dakota. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Central Washington University. John is in his second year of substance use disorder counseling after spending five years of providing counseling informally in a faith-based recovery program. He has worked extensively with people experiencing homelessness and personality disorders. John studied America’s opioid crisis through Harvard University and considers the crisis an area of intense interest.