2019 Mac McLester Awards

Nancy Hohengarten, JD

Travis County Court at Law #5 Presiding Judge and visionary of the Sobering Center serving Austin/Travis County

Judge Nancy Hohengarten has dedicated her entire judicial career to diverting individuals with behavioral health disorders from jail to treatment. She has served as presiding judge of Travis County Court at Law #5 for the past fifteen years. In 2005, Nancy helped establish a treatment court, Project Recovery, for defendants repeatedly arrested for public Intoxication.  The program offered residential treatment and aftercare, resulting in the dismissal of criminal charges.  Through this experience, Nancy learned jail didn’t always motivate recovery, so in 2012 she began working to establish a facility designed to accommodate publicly intoxicated individuals as an alternative to jail and emergency rooms.  The Sobering Center came into fruition and opened their doors in August 2018.  She is currently the Board Chair of the Sobering Center and a well-respected leader among substance use, mental health and criminal justice colleagues.

A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and licensed to practice law since 1988, Nancy has worked as an Assistant Attorney General for Texas, Assistant District Attorney for Travis County, and in private practice as a criminal defense attorney.  Nancy grew up in North Texas and has been in Austin for over 30 years along with her husband, Jack, and two sons. She is an avid supporter and attendee of ACL and her courtroom features many festival posters.

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC

CEO of BRC Recovery, highly-recognized recovery speaker and respected leader in addiction recovery field

Marsha Stone integrates her own battle with and triumph over addiction into providing the most effective and quality rehabilitative process possible to those struggling with addictive disorders.  Marsha is the Chief Executive Officer of the BRC Recovery Family of Programs – BRC Recovery, Spearhead Lodge, Makana Path, and Segue, with over 185 beds for men and women in the Austin community. Ten years ago, she was asked by the late Mark Houston to create and establish the Women’s Program at Mark Houston Recovery.  Through hard work, dedication, vision and a passion to be the change, she transformed the small local program into BRC Recovery, an internationally-known and respected treatment organization. BRC Recovery actively supports the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) and regularly provides sponsorships to conferences, events and recovery organizations in the Austin community and throughout Texas. Marsha regularly speaks at top industry conferences and in addition to frequent guest appearances on A&E Intervention, she has appeared on Dr. Phil and The Doctor’s.

In long-term recovery, Marsha carries the message to people all over the world, works an active 12-Step program and is a renowned recovery speaker, visionary and respected leader in the addiction recovery field. Originally from Georgia, she resides in Round Rock with her husband, Jonathan, and two of her five children. She holds a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.