Ascension House

About Us

Meet Our Team



Scott Smith, co-founder, and COO brings to Ascension House 11 years of experience in the recovery field and ten years of public health experience. In the public health field, Scott specializes in case management and care coordination, communicating with families and health professionals to ensure proper care and treatment is provided to individuals in need. In recovery, Scott has 16 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 as founders, 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.

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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.


Hi I’m Chris Mosher I’m 59 yrs old and have been sober since 9/8/2014 I have 3 daughters and 2 sons . I moved to Austin Texas 7 years ago to get sober. Never did I ever plan on staying here but God had other plans. I have helped many men and women over the years find their path to recovery and have a passion for helping others in sober living and client care here at the Ascension house.
Hi, my name is Selena Alvarez and I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas…a true “Austinite.” In college I was a collegiate athlete where I played soccer at Angelo State University and studied communications. I have always taken an interest in people and had the desire to want to understand those around me better. I grew up in an environment where I saw the struggles first hand of those battling addiction. Being in recovery myself, it has given me a sense of gratitude and a new passion to help those just like me. Recovery and sobriety is the ultimate goal and I want to give back as I learn and grow in my own sobriety.

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Hi, my name is John Swartz, I have the privilege of being given a new chance on life. I am an Ascension House alumni and went through the program in may of 2018. Growing up in the area I have gained another family in my recovery, the Ascension family. Seeing the struggles of addiction in and around my life has continued to push me into giving folks the same love and direction that was given to me. Continuing to discover and rediscover old passions that were way out of my reach and mind. I got sober to live, I don’t live to be sober and want to support others on this journey of life as well.