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Leadership

Tony Renello – Executive Director: Tony’s job is simple; he keeps Virtue Recovery running and fulfilling its mission statement. Tony manages everyone. Tony has a Master of Science degree and is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). Tony has assisted several Arizona facilities in starting up, and he has the experience and knowledge to lead Virtue Recovery Center.

Jennifer Hughes – Operations Director: Jennifer is responsible for anything and everything to do with the facility. She manages all staff responsible for Virtue Recovery Center’s operation, works with all vendors, and generally knows everything that is going on at all times at Virtue. She is also a Coast Guard Veteran.

Dr. Mark Walmer, MD Addictionologist – Medical Director: Dr. Walmer is board certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Walmer has practiced Addiction Medicine for over thirty years. Dr. Walmer is our Medical Director at Virtue Recovery Center. He is also board-certified in internal medicine. He is the founder of East Valley Internal Medicine and has been practicing since 1984. He specializes in addiction medicine, preventative medicine, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes. Dr. Walmer earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He completed his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the president and medical director of East Valley Internal Medicine.

Ron Fritz – Clinical Director: Ron is responsible for everything clinical. This covers both addiction and mental health issues. Ron manages the therapists, behavioral health technicians, and the psychiatric team. Ron has a Master of Science degree and is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).  He is also a Navy Veteran. Ron has 33 years of recovery from substance use.

Cara M Lohff – Executive Chef: Cara comes from an Italian family. Being raised in New York, her mom and grandmother cooked up savory dishes. Her Grandmother is Sicilian from Palermo, Sicily. My parents both worked, and when I would get home from school, she would help her grandmother cook. That is where her passion for cooking and creating food art comes from. Not realizing how much she loved her home in the kitchen, she decided to be in the beauty industry for 20+ years, where she traveled the country as a platform artist for a major hair product manufacturer.

One day she had an opportunity to return to school and achieve her Associate’s Degree in Culinary and Business. She continues to earn her Bachelors of Applied science in Nutrition and Business.

Cara previously has been an Executive Chef / Director of Dining for 8+ years. She has worked at Compass Group, one of the largest food service vendors/companies worldwide.  She was most recently the Director of Dining for a senior living community where she created the menus and implemented Covid dining procedures & policies for the company. To ensure the safety of the residents & staff.

Cara is a wife, mother of 3, and an animal lover! She has 4 dogs, 1 puppy, 2 cats & 1 desert tortoise.  You can find her spending time with her family on the weekends, either camping, fishing, practicing archery and traveling abroad.

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