Meet the Banyan Heartland Team
At Banyan, we stand as a leader in providing growth through recovery by having only the most qualified team behind the mission. Our highly experienced staff know exactly how to treat each and every client because several key members of the Banyan clinical team have gone through their own personal trials of addiction and recovery. The Banyan tree not only stands as a symbol for us, but it is a philosophy. You are able to grow through your recovery process with a strong community set in place from our team here at all of our nationwide facilities.
Banyan Heartland Team
Executive Director and Director of Nursing
Tami Stauffer was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began her nursing career as an emergency room nurse. She worked at a jail and a treatment facilitiy prior to becoming the Executive Director and Director of Nursing at Banyan. Her work experience has shown her how important mental health and addiction treatment is for all patients. Tammi prides herself on building a compassionate team of nurses at who take exceptional care of their patients at Banyan.
National Director of Patient Accounts
Lauren was born and raised on Long Island in New York. She attended community college, as well as business school and majored in Business Administration. Lauren began her career in New York City in 1994 where she worked as a Financial Analyst for two of the largest NY Direct Marketing agencies for over 20 years.
In 2013, Lauren relocated to Wellington, FL and pursued a career in the treatment industry. Since 2015, Lauren has been the Director of Finance at Banyan Treatment. Lauren works with the clients and their families to help create affordable payment plans for treatment. She assists with cash or self pay clients and helps families navigate through the financial process to ensure they understand their payment options and what is best depending on their situation.
Devin Lyons, LCPC was born and raised near Champaign, IL. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to get his Master’s degree in both Professional and School Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University. His experience ranges from working in residential and community mental health, outpatient individual therapy, inpatient group therapy, hospital mental health evaluation and intake assessments, all before stepping into the role as Clinical Director of Banyan Heartland’s Detox & Residential Programs.
Felicia Ortiz has been working in the field of addiction for 7 years. Felicia was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. The personal journey in recovery was Felicia's motivating factor to helping others. Felicia spent several years trying to obtain lasting sobriety in south Florida by attending several treatment centers. Recovery gave Felicia the opportunity to further her education, get married, and have children. Felicia and her husband both worked in the addiction field.
Felicia started her journey in the field working for the sober living she graduated from. Working under other professionals in the field inspired and instilled within Felicia the basic knowledge and tools she needed to continue her journey and began to work as a Clinical Care coordinator and later, Director of Operations for a large sober living program in South Florida. Felicia has worked in several different areas of the field including, recovery support, operations, business development, HIM and clinical care. Felicia is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of IL . During her schooling, she worked as an intern for Hay Market Center and was promoted to an alcohol and drug counselor for the women and children's residential substance abuse program.
Family Services Coordintator
Growing up between Chicago and South Florida, Paige has unfortunately had a lot of firsthand experience with addiction. She faced tremendous losses of her brother, sister and best friend to addiction, and through the pain has grown extremely passionate about helping people who are struggling themselves. Paige started her journey in the recovery field in 2012 when she ran a sober living facility, before moving on to work in outpatient facilities in business development, admissions positions, and now family services. Having experienced such immense losses of her loved ones, Paige is passionate about helping not only those who are struggling, but their families too. Paige is a valued member of the Family Services Department and holds the title of Family Services Coordinator. She communicates with all families for our Lake Worth, Chicago, and Gilman locations.