Erin Jaeger, LPC, NCC

Clinical and Executive Director

Erin has been working with people who have substance use disorder since 2007. She started out as a tech, then as a counselor, then as a clinical coordinator. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Clinical Director at VRC in Sun City West. Over the years, Erin worked with adults and juveniles in detox, residential, IOP, OP, MAT, hospitals, and schools. The strength, resilience, and determination that our clients display make them some of the most inspirational people she knows. Erin is very grateful to work with such amazing staff and clients at VRC.

Sherri Rhodes


Sherri Rhodes is a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in treating children and adults suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Post-Traumatic Stress, ADHD, and Compulsive-related disorders. Sherri is also a data-waived provider that specializes in addiction psychiatry with experience treating people suffering from Opioid Use Disorder, Alcohol Use Disorder, Amphetamine Use Disorder, and other disorders related to substance use. Sherri is a compassionate practitioner and she truly cares about positive patient outcomes and client success.

Jane Meier, LCSW, CCTP

Clinical and Executive Director of Virtue Recovery Center in Chandler
Dr Michael Vines

Dr. Michael Vines


Dr. Vines is a licensed psychiatrist in the state of Arizona. Dr. Vines completed his education at the University of Georgia and Mercer University School of Medicine before completing psychiatric residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr. Vines is the Medical Director at Virtue Recovery Center.

Andrea Vaughan, RN, MHA, BS

Director of Nursing

Andrea has 18 years experience working as a RN in various behavioral health settings. She has held different nursing leadership roles in addiction treatment and in acute psychiatric facilities. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population. A life long learner, Andrea received her undergraduate and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. Andrea enjoys working with people and is passionate about promoting and educating the public about mental health.

Andrea has three grown children and enjoys traveling with her husband and exploring the Southwest.

Jennifer Hughes BHT CPII

Operations Director

Jennifer Hughes is the Operations Director for Virtue Recovery Center. In the family tradition of serving the nation, she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard after high school. Jennifer has spent the better part of her career as a leader in law enforcement, as well as in behavior health, where she led a team on a high acuity forensic unit at the AZ State Hospital. Jennifer brings her extensive history as a leader from her previous roles, her experience as a conflict resolution/CPI instructor, and her knowledge of compliance standards within the healthcare industry.

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her wife, two sons, friends, as well as unwinding with her 3 spoiled dogs.

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.

Maria T. Smith, LCSW

Clinical Director

Maria has been in the behavioral health/mental health field for over 25 years. She has a Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by the State of Arizona. For the last 20 years her focus has been providing general mental health and substance abuse therapy to adolescents, adults, and families to assist them in reuniting with loved ones and maintaining them in the home.

Maria has also provided clinical supervision to other therapists and college interns to assist them in professional development. She has participated in providing training at conferences and webinars, reaching many people around the United States committed to helping others heal and find peace.

“Freedom, comfort, and peace – this is the vision I have for you and your family, as much as I have for myself. Let’s go on this journey together to help you become the best version of yourself.” -Maria T. Smith, LCSW