The Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University
Ann Marie Casiraghi, M.S.
For over 20 years, Ann Marie enjoyed a career in the floral industry, ultimately owning her own floral shop in Austin for 8 years. For three years, she worked at a residential drug and alcohol treatment program that worked with women and their children. Ann Marie and her husband, Paul Curran, moved to the Lubbock area in 1998 to work as houseparent's at Cal Farley's Girlstown USA. She then attained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Human Development & Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She has been involved with the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC) in various capacities since 2002. Currently, Ann Marie holds the position of Manager, facilitating the financial aspects of the CCRC. She enjoys gardening, going to concerts and spending time with her husband and daughter, Michelle. She is an avid fan of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and the San Antonio Spurs professional basketball team.
George Comiskey, Psy.D., LCDC, ICPS
Associate Director - External Relations
Faculty: Texas Tech University, Community Family and Addiction Sciences
George began teaching in inner-city Kansas City, MO in 1983. He is a person in long-term recovery. He has lived in Lubbock since 1988 and has worked in the prevention and addiction field since 1990. George worked as a prevention specialist for the Lubbock Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and for 13 years with the Lubbock Independent School District. Dr. Comiskey is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He is a certified Trauma and Loss Specialist. He has the honor of working at the Center at Texas Tech University since 2002, where he teaches, works with recovering students, develops programs and provides outreach to the community. George is most proud to be married to Megan and father to Dominique, India and Brett.
Karen V. Garbowski, B.S.
Unit Event Coordinator, Event Planner
Karen Garbowski is a unit coordinator and the event planner for the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. She has worked for the College of Human Sciences since 2006, joining the Center in 2008. Karen is the initial contact for many who reach out to us for information and provides direct support to students. Karen has been married to Ed Garbowski for 36 years and has two children. Having raised her own two children to adulthood, she continues to serve as a surrogate mom to members of our recovery community.
Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT
George C. Miller Family Regents Professor
Thomas G. Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT, is the George C. Miller Family Regents Professor at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Dr. Tom, as he is known by his students, has received numerous teaching awards for his courses on families, addiction, & recovery. He is the author of several peer reviewed articles on addiction and recovery and has presented on recovery related issues across the nation. He is the co-author of the book, Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery. Dr. Kimball has been married to his spouse Melissa for 24 years and has five children.
Vincent C. Sanchez, M.Ed., LCDC, LPC
Vincent Carlos Sanchez, III, is the Associate Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Starting as an undergraduate assistant in 1994, Vince is the longest tenured employee of the CRC. Vince received his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech and later earned his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2008. He is a licensed professional counselor. Vince provides academic advising, recovery support, and directly oversees our collegiate recovery program. He is beloved by his students and their parents who seek after his wisdom and guidance.
Emmy Lu Trammell, Ph.D., RDN, LD
Emmy Lu Trammell is a registered dietitian nutritionist and research associate at the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC). She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Texas, her Master's at Lamar University, and her Ph.D in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies at Texas Tech University in 2016. She worked in the clinical setting for several years in Corpus Christi, while remaining actively involved in community outreach regarding nutrition. Since moving to Lubbock in 2012, she has been providing nutrition and eating disorder support to the CCRC. Another aspect of Emmy Lu's role is research development for nutrition and eating disorder related issues. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her two miniature schnauzers, and going for a run.
Anna L. Trevino, M.Ed., LCDC, LPC-Intern
Chairperson for P.O.W.E.R.
Anna L. Trevino earned her Bachelor's Degree in Community, Family & Addiction Services from Texas Tech University in 2012. She has been an active member in the recovery community for over ten years and has a strong passion in helping those who have been affected by Chemical Dependency. In December 2014, Anna graduated with her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University and has been a member of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities since 2009. In April 2015, Anna began working at the CRC as an Assistant Director. Anna also works part time at The Ranch at Dove Tree where she has been an employee since 2011. In her free time, Anna enjoys spending time with family, friends and enjoying reality shows such as A&E's Intervention, one of her favorites.
McKenzie T. Wilkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Director - Eating Disorders and Special Projects
McKenzie Wilkes is an assistant director for the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University. She oversees the eating disorder program within the Collegiate Recovery Community and works on special projects such as research clusters, presentations and publications. McKenzie finished her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016. McKenzie worked as a research associate for eating disorders at the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities for two years prior to her current position and has managed the eating disorder program within the CRC since 2011. She also worked as a research associate for the Covenant BodyMind Initiative through the Center for Adolescent Research for a year. McKenzie worked as a graduate research assistant for the Covenant BodyMind Initiative for three years after working for the United Future Leaders and Supportive Adolescent Services for a year.