About Us

Sober Living in Austin With over 25 years of sobriety combined, our staff has provided recover services for several years in Austin. We have a shared mission to provide a structured and supportive environment for those looking for more individual attention, community, and accountability. Post residential treatment, many of us are not equipped with the necessary life skills and recovery tools to live balanced, sober and happy lives. Our founders have created an environment that has the fundamental building blocks for recovery as well as the life skills and spiritual guidance that will provide our residents with the solution to achieve permanent sobriety and lifelong recovery.
Ascension House is a unique and intimate setting nestled in the beautiful upscale Tarry Town neighborhood located in downtown Austin. Our extended care residence works together with different PHP and IOP centers around the Austin area who’s services can include comprehensive assessments, weekly psychiatrist visits, 12-step education, CBT, health and nutrition education, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. While our weekdays are focused on meetings & therapy, our curriculum in the home focuses on taking our residents through the 12-steps, spiritual healing, life skills, fitness, and therapeutic recreation.

A message from our founders

It is our calling and privilege to live lives of service. Our core values of Integrity, Service, Love, and Recovery speak to our mission to serve our residents by sharing our personal experiences of how we’ve recovered from the disease of alcoholism and addiction. By leading with compassion first and strong boundaries second, we’re able to serve with excellence in everything we do.
Our Promise: If you or a loved one completes our 90-day program, you will leave having worked all 12 steps, developed essential life skills, gained tools for living a life of recovery, with a discharge plan that will continue to support your recovery goals after you leave our care. We hope to lead you towards your own personal spiritual awakening, while helping you find a new outlook on life, with a renewed sense of hope, and freedom.

The Ascension Team

Meet our Team

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Co-Founder/COO

Scott Smith, co-founder and COO, brings to Ascension House six years experience in the recovery field and ten years of public health experience. In the public health field, Scott specialized in case management and care coordination, communicating with families and health professionals to ensure proper care and treatment was provided to individuals in need. In recovery, Scott has 10 years of personal sobriety. He has helped many men and women find their way in early sobriety, beginning by serving on the Austin chapter board for Oxford House in 2006 and going on to open a successful sober living company with his wife, Carrie, in 2010. Scott has dedicated his life in recovery to helping others succeed. Ascension House is a product of our team’s commitment to do just that.

Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith

Co-Founder/Program Director

Carrie Smith, co-founder and Program Director, has been been committed to recovery and service since 2006.  Carrie has sponsored many women and has been continually involved in service to the recovery community at large for many years. In 2010, Carrie opened Brightside Sober Living with her husband, Scott, and served as the Women’s Director.  In that role, Carrie has been involved in hundreds of women’s journey into recovery.  Carrie’s knowledge of the 12 steps and her ability to mentor women in a firm but nurturing manner is a key part of the programming that Ascension House provides.

David Naylor

David Naylor

Co-Founder/CEO

David Naylor began his sobriety journey at the age of 17, going into treatment for the first time for a cocaine, marijuana, pill and alcohol addiction.  After 10 years of trying to do recovery his own way and experiencing hundreds of bottoms & sabotages, he finally surrendered and encountered his first true spiritual awakening and psychic change on Dec 21, 2009 after losing everything, including his father. He got sober at a long term treatment center based on the principles of the 12-steps along with trauma & shame experiential therapy/Family of Origins work. After becoming a house manager in 2013 while working for Google, Naylor has worked to encourage, promote and inspire residents to grow, heal and change; to face reality, do their spiritual work and overcome addiction. Since then, David has gone on to build 9 sober living homes and 3 Recovery Organizations in Texas.

Sharon Sauer

Sharon Sauer

Executive Director

Sharon Sauer is a seasoned MBA professional with over 20 years in business development and marketing in both or for-profit and non-profit organizations. Sharon thrives in new environments. Having led a long career in project-based consulting projects, she invites the challenges of growing organizations. Sharon is a woman in long term recovery who infuses integrity and hard work into everything she touches. As a relationship oriented visionary leader, Sharon has helped several companies to operate out of the red and into the black.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended undergraduate at Texas Tech University and went on to get her Masters in Business
Administration from St. Edward’s University. Most recently, Sharon completed over 80 hours from The International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches to become certified as a Professional Recovery Coach. Sharon has a passion for helping people obtain
long-term sobriety and uses her expertise to help clients. Sharon has worked in the behavioral health field for the last five years serving in
roles as Led Recovery Advocate, Clinical Care Marketing Director and finally as Executive Director at Ascension House.

Skylar Mayeux

Skylar Mayeux

RA - Recovery Advocate

Skylar is 23, 10 months sober with a 2 year old son.  She began her sober journey in 2016 at a 90 day women’s treatment center.  She then completed a 90 day IOP program.  After a short relapse she came to The Ascension house.  She stayed for 3 months and has been sober ever since. She is now back working at Ascension because she says it’s her ” Home away from home .” Her love for giving back the help she received from ascension is what makes this job her passion!
Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas

Male's House Manager

Tim Thomas, males house manager, brings to Ascension House a sincere passion for mentorship and service work for our clients. He is an Alumni of Christian Farms Treehouse treatment center and also of Bright Side Sober Living. Since he begin his journey in recovery in the early summer of 2017 he has completed the 12 steps with his sponsor and has began sponsoring other men and helping them to find the spiritual awakening to which he accredits for the new found happiness and sense of purpose that is in his life today. Tim has plans to start working towards a degree in social work at ACC in the spring. He is committed to helping his fellows achieve long term sobriety and find a way of life which manifests true happiness.
Shaun Mian

Shaun Mian

Lead Tech

Shaun is the Lead Tech at the Men’s Ascension House

He has been in Austin for a little over two years and has been sober for just under three years. He has been in the industry for over a year and a half and is happy to call Ascension House home now. Shaun is from Dallas and is fortunate enough to now be able to go back and see the family that he has worked so hard to get back in his life. Shaun starts school in August to get his LCDC so he can continue to help others how he has been helped.

Paul Vernon

Paul Vernon

Men's House RA

Paul is fifty years old from Houston Texas. Growing up he attended private schools yet came from a lower income family, worked hard at his education and was an athlete for most of his life. He attended college later in life at the Univeresity of Texas Arlington. He began drinking at the age of fifteen but his addiction didn’t take hold until his mid twenties when life became unmanageable, he had become powerless over his addiction and alcohol ruled his life. He attempted recovery in several rehabilitation programs and was very successful within these programs only to leave and discover he was not able to deal with, “life on life’s terms,” he had no value, or so he thought within society so he drank every time he left, he realized it wasn’t the alcohol it was him. After a year in prison and being homeless of and on for three years he was taken to a program where, through living the twelve steps and finding self-love through a balance of the four pillars of life, the Mental, the Physical, the Emotional and most importantly the Spiritual aspects he built a foundation to have sustainable recovery, a foundation and the tools to deal with, “life on life’s terms.” Today, he sees the beauty, the spirit that resides in everything and everyone around him knowing that everything happens for a reason, there is always a lesson in every experience and things happen for him not to him. Today he lives in integrity from the heart with love, compassion and understanding always being of service to anyone, at anytime and in anyway that he can, always doing his best, always looking within.

Amanda Greiner

Amanda Greiner

Women's House RA

Amanda has lived in Austin since 2005. She is currently active in AA and sponsors other women in the program. She credits her recovery to AA, the selfless help from the fellowship, and her Higher Power. She has chosen to stand on the firing lines of this disease as the house manager at Ascension using her professional and personal experience to bring a compassionate and spiritual support to the women residing at the house.
Jael Strauss

Jael Strauss

Lead RA for Women's House

Jael Strauss has multiple years of sobriety and a continuous interest in deepening her spiritual connection. She came to Austin in 2012 seeking freedom from addiction, suffering and hopelessness. Here she found community,  support and recovery beyond her imagination.  Her only desire became to spread the hope she had come to know and love.  She attempts to instill compassion,  confidence,  and passion for healing inside and outside of her career on a daily basis.  Jael has worked in the treatment field around 4 years. At The Ascension House she not only found an inspiring work environment, but a loving home as well.