Additional panelists to be announced.
Robert Pfeifer, MSW
Founder and Managing Partner, Sober College
In 2000, after developing and managing programs in the fields of education and chemical dependency treatment, Robert Pfeifer set out to create an innovative and effective treatment program for what he considered to be an underserved population of young adults struggling with addiction.
Utilizing his resources and more than 26 years of experiences, Robert was able to identify what other treatment facilities lacked, and in doing so, he- and a select team of experts- created a solution…Sober College.
In 2005, Robert officially opened the doors to Sober College: A one-of-a-kind, dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment program focused on healing and rebuilding the lives of young adults and from its first day, Sober College redefined rehab for its clients, and their families, by combining college and rehab under one roof.
Since then, Robert has continued to invest in young adults struggling with addiction by providing them a safe, effective and, as important, a fun and sober environment. A place where life doesn’t stop; it goes on thanks to a program that is flexible enough to fit the evolving needs, interests and passions of each client.
And as a result, Sober College has become a program where sobriety is considered a celebration rather than a chore. Married to Sober College’s Co-Founder Mindi Levins-Pfeifer, Robert is also the father of two children, Ben and Sarah. In his spare time, Robert enjoys yoga and hiking: Two past times that served as inspiration for the development of Sober College’s yoga therapy program in 2013.
Barbara Woods, LCSW (TX), ACSW
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Barbara Woods, LCSW (TX), ACSW, has worked in the field of mental health for 35 years. She has specialized in the field of substance dependence and co-occurring disorders having served both as a Primary Counselor, Admissions Director and Director of Clinical Services in a number of residential drug and alcohol treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals across the U.S. In addition, she has worked as an EAP in the Workplace Services department for a major managed care organization and was EAP for Southwest Airlines and UPS. She is also a trained interventionist.
Prior to coming to Casa Palmera, Ms. Woods served for a number of years as National Director of Marketing for Valley Hope Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Rehabilitation from Troy University, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. In addition, she received specialized training and certification from Rutgers University in the field of substance dependence. This blend of direct service, supervision and senior management responsibility, managed care and national marketing expertise brings a unique benefit to Casa Palmera. She also serves as consultant to treatment centers regarding best practices for treatment and discharge planning for airline pilots and other personnel.
Barbara is one of twenty five board members of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP) and was recently elected to serve on the Executive Committee. She actively participates on industry committees, board meetings and task force to ensure that those in need of treatment are provided the best possible care.
Judy Saalinger, Ph.D., MFT, CAS
Executive Director/Co-Founder, Lasting Recovery
Dr. Saalinger is a licensed marriage and family therapist and holds addiction counseling certification through the American Academy of Healthcare Providers. She is a respected advocate for individuals and families and has helped them heal and overcome the effects of addiction for over 30 years. Her book and curriculum, Fearless Change: Embrace the Choice to Reinvent Your Life, is an integral part of Lasting Recovery’s programs. In 2004, Dr. Saalinger co-founded Lasting Recovery, San Diego’s premiere outpatient substance abuse treatment facility. She personally assesses everyone who is interested in admitting to the program, oversees the treatment staff and coordinates many of the clinical and administrative functions of the center.