Meet The Team

Mr. Denton has been the Executive Director of Homeward Bound, Inc., since the founding in 1980. Homeward Bound, which began as a pilot program for young first offenders in need of job placement, housing, and guidance, has grown into one of Texas’ largest substance abuse and mental health treatment agencies with support from private donations, foundations and funding sources such as the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the City of Dallas, Dallas County, the Veterans Administration, El Paso County, MHMR of El Paso, and Health Maintenance Organizations.

Mr. Denton has held numerous leadership positions related to behavioral health policy in Texas, including Substance Abuse Representative to the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, President of the Texas Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), Provider Representative to the Department of State Health Services Texas Smoking Cessation Leadership Summit, Chairman of the Provider Advisory Council for the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, Texas Recovery Initiative Planning Council, and participant in both the Dallas and El Paso Areas Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Mr. Denton holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Urban Affairs (Criminal Justice Counseling and Administration). He is licensed by the State of Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).

Douglas W. Denton


Executive Director

Jeffrey R. Fuller


Assistant Director, Director of Outpatient Services, and Human Resources Director

Mr. Fuller serves in multiple roles. As human resources director for more than a hundred employees, he oversees staff training and continuing education. In addition, he directs Homeward Bound’s extensive outpatient program, which is an essential part of Homeward Bound’s commitment to complete wellness for our clients.


Mr. Fuller’s service as pastor for four congregations in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio brings a compassionate, non-judgmental, spiritual component that has great value in dealing with chemical dependency and mental health. Mr. Fuller has extensive therapeutic experience in methadone treatment, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, and family counseling.

Charlie Garcia

Program Director for Trinity Center, El Paso

Mr. Garcia, who brings more than 20 years of experience working in the chemical dependency and mental health fields, oversees our El Paso treatment facility. He has built Homeward Bound El Paso into a regional life-saver for clients seeking treatment in Far West Texas. Clients include Native Americans from the Tiqua Reservation, U.S. military veterans as well as direct referrals from local drug and DWI courts. 

Ms. Cade began her professional career in 2009 as a case manager at the Union Gospel Mission helping women, children and families access community resources to move out of homelessness. From that position she broadened her experience at the Phoenix House of Texas, coming to Homeward Bound in 2012.She assumed the position of Clinical Program Director in 2016 overseeing the Detoxification Unit and programs for men, women and those who are HIV+.

In 2017, we were awarded a grant for Recovery Support Services and more recently, the Texas Targeted Opioid Response. With Ms. Cade’s oversight and management, the targeted response has become one of the most successful recovery efforts in the state. In 2019, she supervised the creation of a medically supervised treatment center for opioid users that utilizes Suboxone, one of the most effective treatments available for opioid users. That treatment program was funded by a $500,000 grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund with the Communities Foundation of Texas. 

Melissa Cade


Clinical Director for Residential Substance Use Disorder Programs and Recovery Support Services.

Karla Sweet


Clinical Director for Mental Health Services and Mental Health Peer Services.

Ms. Sweet began her mental health career in 2010 as a counselor at the Phoenix Houses of Texas helping families and adolescents with substance use disorders and other psychiatric issues to access community resources. In 2014, Ms. Sweet took the position of Intake and Referral Supervisor for Hickory Trails Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in the greater Dallas area.  She assumed the position of Clinical Director for Mental Health Services in late 2016. She has helped build the Psychiatric Crisis Residential Unit to a full 18-bed program and created the Psychiatric Crisis Residential Unit, which has been certified as a Comprehensive Mental Health Provider by the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority.  

Board of Directors

Jesse Oliver, Chair, Board of Directors

Mr. Oliver, retired deputy executive director of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), has a diverse background with experience in management, labor and employment matters, public finance, legislative processes, legal expertise, and transit development. A former Texas legislator and judge, Mr. Oliver co-sponsored the legislation that created Dallas Area Rapid Transit. He was later appointed by the city of Dallas to the DART board and served for 10 years as a member and chairman.

Thomas A. Turnage, Ph.D., Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Turnage is executive director of Dallas Services, an agency dedicated to helping people with sight-related disabilities and other needs achieve their potential by fostering inclusiveness and independence throughout their lives. Dallas Services operates a Low Vision Clinic and two Day Schools, among other services. Before he joined Dallas Services, Dr. Turnage was the clinical director of the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Scott Burns, Member

Mr. Burns is the Dallas Morning News financial columnist. After his first retirement as a syndicated financial columnist, he co-founded AssetBuilders, an investment advisory group. 


His Couch Potato Cookbook, which he calls “lazy” investment planning, is a no-cost alternative to paying fees for investment counseling. He has written several books on investing, including The Household Economy: Its Shape, Origins, and Future; Spend ’Til the End: A Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard – Today and When You Retire; The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Economic Future. Mr. Burns’ articles and columns have appeared in Worth, Boston, Playboy, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities and biology.

Dan Pryor, Member

Dr. Pryor has a long career helping individuals and organizations become more productive, more whole and more fulfilled. His work has taken him throughout the United States as well as parts of Australia, Canada, and Europe. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit and faith-based organizations, educational institutions and associations. In addition to his consulting, seminar work and speaking, he is currently a lecturer in business communication at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently writes and distributes the online newsletter, “Speedbumps-a Cerebral Tap of the Brakes” ( Dan received his doctorate from the University of North Texas where he researched system approaches to learning.

Dr. Pryor’s professional career includes tenure with Atlantic Richfield, EDS and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Texas State University, Truett Seminary, the University of Texas at Dallas and St. Edward's University.

John Proctor, Member

Mr. Proctor retired as President and CEO of Coverall Management & Associates, an Environmental and Demolition General Contractor, founded in 2001. He is the founder of Coverall 2nd Chance Foundation, hiring ex-offenders throughout the DFW Metroplex.


A member of the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers, Mr. Proctor has also served on the First Fair Park Board of Directors, Regional Black Contractors Association and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. 

Melanie Wells, Ph.D., Member

Dr. Wells is a psychologist in private practice who formerly worked with the Highland Park Independent School District in two elementary schools assessing autism spectrum disorder, emotional disturbance, attention difficulties and functional behavior. 


She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and an M.S. in applied psychology from Texas A&M-Commerce, an M.S. in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington and a B.A. in Education from the University of Dallas.

Jeff Agee, Member

Mr. Agee is a Certified Public Accountant and is the recently retired Chief Accounting Officer of a Dallas-based private investment firm.  His business experience includes accounting, financial reporting, internal control design and financial planning in energy-focused private equity investments, and electric utility construction and operations.  Mr. Agee currently serves as Executive Director of a non-profit corporation that supports new ministers working in Christian ministry.  He is actively involved in pastoring and teaching young people in his local church.  Mr. Agee is a 1987 graduate of Abilene Christian University.

Ivan Martinez, Member

Mr. Martinez’s extensive background in higher education included serving at Brookhaven College, Richland College and Cedar Valley Colleges as division dean, vice president of Academic and Student Development and interim president. He was also vice president of Instruction at Olive Harvey College of the City Colleges of Chicago. As a small business owner, he operated a coffee vending machine business and a power washing company.


Mr. Martinez taught at Eastfield College 12 years, moved to the Texas Attorney General Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and returned to teaching at the Anderson County campus of Trinity Valley Community College. He moved into administration as the Testing Center director at Brookhaven College. Born in Guines, Havana, Cuba, Mr. Martinez came to live in the United States with his older sister and brother-in-law at the age of 10. He earned BS and MS degrees in political science at Florida State University. 

Jeffrey Lindley is the director of operations for AmerisourceBergen Corporation. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Montana State University. He has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, an ABC Wellness Committee member and a Little League soccer coach. He has served as a deacon at West Plano Presbyterian Church. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification.

Jeffrey Lindley, Member


Homeward Bound Inc.

P.O. Box 222194

Dallas, TX 75222-2194



Dallas: 214-941-3500

The Colony: 214-469-1911

El Paso: 915-772-9111

Corsicana: 214-941-3500

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