Ashley English, CADACII, LAC

“It’s not who’s right, it’s what’s right. And If you always do what’s right, you can never be wrong.” – Mark E. English

Ashley began her career in the addiction field in 2004 and opened the doors to The Willow Center on August 6th, 2012. She wanted to create the most welcoming and innovative treatment center in Central Indiana, and through recruiting talented, passionate, and dedicated staff she has done just that.
Since opening The Willow Center, Ashley has been very influential in bringing together the Hendricks County recovery community and has been working tirelessly to break the stigma that surrounds substance use disorders. Inside the walls of The Willow Center, she assists individuals in finding their purpose by showing them how to create meaningful and rewarding lives so that substances won’t ever be an option again. She sets that example by spending time with her fiancé, Danny, and son, Austin, taking vacations, and experiencing new things like concerts and plays outside of work.
Ashley is no stranger to substance abuse and understands that overcoming addiction to drugs and alcohol cannot be done alone. She was able to change the direction of her story in 2004 and realized soon after that her purpose was to work with others who also wanted to find hope. She feels that there is no “job” more powerful or rewarding than witnessing families be restored after being torn apart by addiction.

Mandy Beikes, MSW, LCSW, LCAC

“When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” – Brené Brown

Mandy has been with The Willow Center since 2013, coming on board just a few months after we opened. She graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s in Social Work in 1999 and began working in mental health and addictions. Her clients include adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She is also a trauma-trained therapist in EMDR.
Mandy works personally with clients and families as a therapist and is also our Clinical Supervisor. She specializes in building those relationships through a holistic approach, incorporating Acu Detox into her work as an added benefit. Outside of the office, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children, attending the many activities her kids are involved in.
Mandy believes that there are many factors that envelope a person’s ability to cope with life. She understands that asking for help can be difficult and identifying a need for change can induce some fears. She is here to help identify changes needed and to offer encouragement and support through a person’s journey of self-preservation.

Danielle Burkett, CAPRCII, CHW/CRS, MATS

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brené Brown

Dani has been a part of our Willow family since 2017 and most recently took on the role of Lead Peer Recovery Coach in 2019. She completed her Bachelors in Addictions Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University and is planning on completing her Master’s degree soon.
As a Recovery Coach, Dani helps facilitate our Recovery Management program and our groups at Hendricks County Jail. She loves having the opportunity to work with the incarcerated population and to be able to help those who are often overlooked by many.
Dani is a mother of three boys and a lover of books and dogs. The love that she has for animals is just a small part of the compassionate person she is. She came into the field because of personal experience and stayed here because she wants to help people just like her.

Emily Koehler, LMHC

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung

Emily joined our team in 2017 after spending 12 years with college students studying abroad, helping them with mental health and crisis response. She received her MS in School Counseling and Mental Health from Butler University and is also a certified instructor of Yoga for 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) and Holistic Health Coach.
Emily is the women’s therapist and is also our Y12SR facilitator and yoga teacher. When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Matt, and their retired racing greyhound, Javi. She loves reading and practicing yoga and you can usually find her on the Monon any given weekend.
Here is what Emily had to say about working here at The Willow Center:
I love supporting clients as they embrace their true nature and learn to value themselves. When clients make peace with the parts of themselves and their story that have been buried underneath drugs and alcohol/unhealthy patterns, they grow, heal, and thrive. It’s an honor to hold space for women on this journey and meet them wherever they are.

Steve Roberts

Steve joined The Willow Center team in 2019 after retiring from the Hendricks County Probation Department. He spent 32 years there as a probation officer and the Director of Home Detention. His experience working as one of our close partners for many years made his transition here very seamless.
Steve currently facilitates our Anger Control and Domestic Violence groups, bringing years of training and experience into the program. Steve doesn’t run on idle very much, but when he does, he is usually camping with his wife of 30 years or watching an Ohio State Football game.
Steve says that he really loves working with our clients, so much that he came out of retirement for it! He loves being in a position where he can make a difference in helping someone turn their life around.

Shelby Rothenberger, MSW

“The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

Shelby started working with us in 2019 after obtaining her bachelor’s and Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. Her previous experience working as a treatment specialist for adolescents made her realize just how much she enjoyed being able to fight for someone who couldn’t always fight for themselves.
Shelby currently runs our outpatient programs at the Hendricks County Work Release Center, where she can assist those clients in setting themselves up for success upon release from a structured living facility. When she’s not doing that, she stays busy by spending time with her family and her favorite thing in the world, a dog named Winnie.
Shelby feels blessed to be able to be an addictions counselor and help others because of her personal experience. She wants to do everything she can to help break the stigma that is attached to those living with addiction and show people that there is hope in recovery.

Sherry Spycher

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

Sherry came to The Willow Center in 2013 after spending 23 years in the hospitality industry. Most of that experience was in restaurant management, so she understands the importance of service and loves taking care of others, especially our clients.
Sherry is our office manager and she is usually the first face you will see when you walk into The Willow Center or the first voice you will hear when you call us. When she’s not at work, she enjoys getting outdoors for various activities, traveling, or finding a new favorite spot to eat; sometimes all three of those things at the same time since she is the best multi-tasker we know!
Sherry loves working at The Willow Center because she loves supporting those in treatment. She does her best to influence change within each of our clients and hopes to be able to break the societal stigma this society has toward addiction. She truly is an advocate for recovery.

David Wright, MSW, LSW

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers

Dave began his tenure at The Willow Center in 2019, bringing experience in domestic violence, anger management, gambling, and substance abuse treatment. He attended the Indiana University School of Social Work for both his bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work.
Dave is our men’s therapist. He facilitates all our men’s groups and also meets with them individually. When he isn’t working, he likes spending time with his fiancé, Matilde, and their son, Frank. He is usually on the sideline of every game his son plays, no matter what the sport is.
Dave knew he wanted to be an addictions counselor very early in his career. He had personally seen people recover from addiction and said he had never experienced more happiness or joy; that is when he realized it was what he was meant to do.

Alisha Wyland

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

Alisha started as our Administrative Assistant in 2019 after deciding she wanted to work in the treatment industry. She calls Hendricks County her home and knew that she wanted to be able to give back to her community.
Alisha lives with her husband, Mitch, and they have two fur babies, Kion and Paisley. She never has any problem filling her free time, as they are avid campers most of the year. Every chance she gets, she is also vacationing to the beach or on a cruise. We have no doubt she will end up living on a body of water at some point in her life!
The calling to the addiction field is personal for Alisha because she has family members who suffer from substance abuse disorder. She eventually wants to go back to school and get her degree in addictions counseling.

Chase Cotten

“The shadow proves the sunshine.” – Switchfoot

Chase joined The Willow Center team in March 2020 and serves as their Executive Director. It is his role to support our staff members, to improve and manage our programs, and to oversee strategic development. Chase earned his Bachelors Degree of Science in Public Health from Purdue University in 2015. Prior to joining The Willow Center, he spent 3 years in the nonprofit sector coordinating volunteers and managing the media and communications department of an international humanitarian aid organization. Following this, Chase spent 2 years as a public health educator with the Hendricks County Health Department and coordinated the Hendricks County Health Partnership. Currently, Chase also serves as the voluntary president of the Hendricks County Substance Abuse Task Force. Chase considers it his personal mission in life to provide people “freedom and family”— freedom from what may be holding one back (like the disease of addiction), and familial belonging (which one can find in community-oriented recovery). He is excited to serve the clients and the staff here, and feels his personal mission directly aligns with the mission of The Willow Center. When he isn’t working, Chase volunteers on the board of directors for two local nonprofit organizations, loves to write and record music, and frequently spends time outdoors either long-boarding, mountain-biking, or hiking with his two adorable dogs, Moose and Badger.


Therapy Dog

Willow became a part of our team in 2014 for the sole purpose of serving our clients and offering emotional support during their time with us. She is a happy, charming, gentle, affectionate, independent, and white little snowball.

Willow is a certified emotional support dog. She is a Bichon Frise and is hypoallergenic and does not shed. She intuitively knows the needs of each individual and provides them with comfort and calmness. She has also been attending court with clients, assisting them with stress and anxiety reduction by bringing an overall sense of calmness to them.

Willow enjoys collecting rocks, pine cones, and sticks. She looks forward to her daily walks, so she can meet even more people and bring smiles to their faces. She is looking forward to meeting you!