Our Staff

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Theresa Matthews, MS, BSN, RN, LCAC, ACRPS

Theresa Matthews is the eldest daughter of the founder, Ann Daugherty. She has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since its inception in 1985. Ms. Matthews has held many positions and has been instrumental in the development of each level of care. She received her Bachelors degree in Nursing at Indiana University and her Masters in Business Management at Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2003. Licensure and Certification: Ms. Matthews is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) through Terence Gorski’s Relapse Prevention School.

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Matthews is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Johnson County. She was chosen as an Honoree for the 2006 Speaking of Women’s Health. The women honored reflect individuals who have enhanced the quality of life in the community through their efforts in the field of women’s health.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

James D. Kozarek, M.D.

Dr. Kozarek has been Tara’s Medical Director since June 1996. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Licensure and Certification: Dr. Kozarek is a Board-Certified Family Physician.

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Kozarek is a member of the Indiana Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Kozarek is affiliated with the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana and the Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana.

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Brian K. Nichelson, PH.D., HSPP, LCAC

Dr. Nichelson has been Tara’s Clinical Director since 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana State University in 1991.

Licensure and Certification: He obtained a Certificate of Proficiency in the treatment of alcohol and psychoactive substance use disorders in December 1997 from the American Psychological Association, and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Dr. Nichelson is endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology and is licensed as a Psychologist by the Board of Examiners in Psychology by the State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau.

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Nichelson is a member of the American Psychological Association, Indiana Psychological Association and the Allied Health Staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin, Indiana.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Karen Arnold-Fitzgerald, LCSW, LCAC

Karen Fitzgerald earned both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work, concentrating on Mental Health and Addictions, at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Karen has worked extensively in assessments, conducting audits and providing therapy via individual, group and family therapy in both residential and outpatient treatment modalities. She has experience with both CARF and Joint Commission Accreditations and has Team and Clinical Lead experience in gender-specific residential treatment programming in both Indiana and Illinois. Karen has a strong connection with the 12 step recovery support community in addition to being well integrated in the substance abuse treatment profession. Karen has recently been active in opioid overdose education and prevention resource availability in treatment settings.

Personal interests include riding motorcycles and enjoying family time with her husband Berny, their children, grandchildren and their dog Max.

WOMEN’S PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Jennifer Parker, BSW, LAC, ACRPS

Ms. Parker has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since 1997. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work from Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1997.

Licensure and Certification: Ms. Parker is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) through Terence Gorski’s Relapse Prevention School. Ms. Parker is a Certified Team Building Instructor.

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Parker has been involved in many professional and civic organizations including Johnson County Step Ahead Council.

WOMEN’S PROGRAM COUNSELOR

Amber Hoff, MSW 

Ms. Hoff has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since July 2007.  She previously coordinated Tara’s Outpatient Programs. Amber obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Franklin College, Franklin Indiana. Ms. Hoff received recognition as outstanding Sociology student in 2002. In 2013, Amber received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Indiana University. 

MEN’S PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Barbara Warner, MSW, LCAC, LCSW

Ms. Warner has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since April of 2007. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, Indiana in 2003. Ms. Warner received her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2007.

Licensure and Certification: Ms. Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and a Certified Team Building Instructor.

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Warner is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

MEN’S PROGRAM COUNSELOR

Ariel Underwood, MS

Ms. Underwood has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since January of 2017. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods in West Terre Haute, Indiana in 2014. Ms. Underwood received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2016. Ms. Underwood has previous experience in running Intensive Outpatient groups, focused in addictions and has worked with individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities for over eight years.

 

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Underwood is a member of the American Psychological Association.

 

SENIOR PROGRAM COUNSELOR

Annie Novotny, BS, LCAC, ACRPS

Ms. Novotny has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since 1991. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1997.

Licensure and Certification: Ms. Novotny is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) through Terence Gorski’s Relapse Prevention School. She is also a licensed Adult Probation Officer.

Professional Affiliations: Ms. Novotny is a member of the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA).

 

OUTPATIENT PROGRAM

Lacey Miller, BS

Lacey Miller began working at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. in 2016. Lacey comes with experience in corrections in both the adult and juvenile population as well as experience as a home based caseworker. Through both of these experiences Lacey comes with experience in running Intensive Outpatient Programs as well as working with the Woman Recovering with A Purpose program. Lacey received her Bachelors of Science degree in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan in 2014.

 

FAMILY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Tony Brenner, MSW, MSOM, LCSW, LCAC, LAc

Mr. Brenner obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Purdue University in 1990, his Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University/ Purdue University of Indianapolis in 1992, and his Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 2005.

Licensure and Certification: Mr. Brenner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). He has worked in a variety of settings providing substance abuse and/or mental health treatment services since 1992.

Professional Affiliations: He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Indiana Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

COMMUNITY LIAISON

Bill Kindle, NCAC I, CEAP, LAP-C

Mr. Kindle has been employed at Tara Treatment Center, Inc. since 2006. Previously, he worked for General Motors Corporation as Coordinator for their Employee Assistance Program, retiring after 34 years of service. He is our liaison for referral sources and community members. Contact Bill about your organizations EAP needs, and how Tara may be of service.

Licensure and Certification: Mr. Kindle is a National Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC I), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a Labor Assistance Professional-Certified (LAP-C).

 

Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Certified by the State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction as an Addiction Services Provider and Managed Care Provider for Chronically Addicted.

Preferred Provider for many insurance plans.