Meet our Team
Co-Founder/COOScott 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.
Co-Founder/Program DirectorCarrie 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.
Executive DirectorSharon 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.
RA - Recovery Advocate
Male's House Manager
Lead TechShaun 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.