The 2018 "Mac" McLester Award Winners!

2018 Spirit of Recovery Award – Lynn Sherman
2018 Spirit of Recovery Award – Lynn Sherman

Lynn Sherman has a passion for recovery and for helping others. For over 20 years, he has dedicated countless hours as a volunteer in the Austin community. A licensed attorney by trade and in long-term recovery himself, Lynn generously gives his time and expertise serving on boards and in advisory roles with a variety of recovery and community organizations. With a special affinity for young adults and families struggling with addiction, he has worked extensively with the Center for Students in Recovery at UT and has been instrumental in the progress of the Youth Recovery Network and University High School. He currently chairs the Austin Recovery board of directors, where his vision, wisdom and servant leadership has been invaluable to the organization’s growth and stabilization. A native Texan and long-time resident in Austin, Lynn is the proud parent of not one, but two sets of identical twin daughters.

2018 Champion of Recovery Award – Raul Garcia
2018 Champion of Recovery Award – Raul Garcia

As an educator, mentor and community leader, Raul Garcia has inspired and touched the lives of students, clients, and colleagues for over 20 years. A licensed chemical dependency counselor with a masters in social work, Raul spent eleven years with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, managing outpatient services for incarcerated men and women. As a volunteer, he has been a key contributor in the development and growth of the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) organization, serving as Chair for four years. A common thread in all of Raul’s work is his deep belief in community collaboration and holistic long-term care for people seeking recovery. In his teaching as an Adjunct Professor at ACC, his involvement with Austin’s new Sobriety Center, and his extensive work with the ROSC organization, Raul has consistently and compassionately advocated to build and improve recovery services for those suffering with addiction, their families and the community at large. A native Texas and Austin resident since 2002, Raul has a nine-year- old daughter and is looking forward to a new marriage in May.

2018 Champion of Recovery Award – Cole Shiflet
2018 Champion of Recovery Award – Cole Shiflet

A native Austinite, Cole Shiflet is no stranger to the devastation of addiction and has his own miraculous story of redemption from hard drugs, a criminal record and legal disasters. After numerous treatment facilities and relapses, his sobriety solidified at Mark Houston Recovery and subsequently launched his career in the Recovery industry. Having worked in a wide variety of client care and staff positions, Cole founded The Last Resort Recovery Center in Bastrop and in 2015, launched his dream program for men, Solstice Recovery, a small 12-bed non-profit in Wimberley. His passion and deep love for helping others struggling with addiction is extraordinary, admitting over 300 men in less than three years with 90% scholarships from partial to full. Whether it's the extra mile or any length, Cole gives despite the obstacles, 24/7, no matter where or why. His wife, Tara, and two children, are his anchors and greatest source of joy.