Meet the dedicated staff of Ozarks Teen Challenge.  As your rehab and treatment center staff, we consider ourselves servants of Christ. We PLEDGE to nurture and develop each student according to their unique needs. We COMMIT ourselves to faithfully mentor and serve the young men and families that we have the distinct privilege of working alongside.  We DEDICATE ourselves to do so with the same passion, love, and grace that Christ has shown to each of us.


Rev. Michael Buttacy

Executive Director
Rev., M.B.A. & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Michael is a proud husband and father of one boy and one girl who inspire him everyday to work towards life change for the students and families he sees everyday. From a young age, Michael felt called by God to stand in the gap…

Steven Borchert

Program Director
B.S. Wildlife Biology & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Steven is a proud husband and father of two boys and two girls.  He grew up in Montana which fed his love for the outdoors and exploring God’s creation.  He is also passionate about running and has led several student marathon teams to attempt the impossible and succeed. His passion for…

Skyler Martin

Admissions Coordinator
B.A. Philosophy & Theology

Skyler Martin is a husband, proud father of two, and a native of the Midwest. In 2010 he moved from central Missouri to the Branson area, where he attended College of the Ozarks, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. He has…

Dr. Laura Roets

Academic Administrator/Therapist
EdD; PhD; Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Dr. Laura Roets has been an Okie from Muskogee for the past 31 years and joined us in the summer of 2015 as our Academic Administrator.  She brings years of experience in multiple fields to our campus and we are honored to have her as part of our team.  Dr. Laura…

Rev. Derrick Gilbert

Discipleship Coordinator
Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor & MRSS-P

At the the age of 21 Derrick walked through the doors of Teen Challenge.  At first, he was skeptical of what Teen Challenge or Christ could do to help him, but it was the staff’s investment in time and relationship building with him that ultimately broke through.  He gave his…

Rev. Adam Holderread

Assistant Discipleship Coordinator
M.S. Criminal Justice & Missouri Recovery Support Specialist

Adam is a native of Illinois and loves spending time with his wife and two kids who inspire him to take joy in the small things everyday.  Adam has been on staff with us since 2010.  During his time with us, Adam has worked both as Support Staff, School Administrator,…

Peggy Niebuhr

Office Manager

Originally from Iowa, Peggy spent 29 years in Illinois as a pastor’s wife, graphic designer and mother of four. Feeling ready for a transition, Peggy felt God’s call to minister in a new capacity. That is when she joined the team here at Ozarks Teen Challenge in 2015 as our…

Tommy McElwrath

Recreation Coordinator
M.A. Theological Studies

Tommy came to a saving faith in Christ while serving in Iraq in 2008. Shortly thereafter, while working at a local gym, the Lord would place a unique calling on his life to “teach the Bible and train young men”. This calling would lead him,…

Wesley Garcia

Direct Care Staff

Wesley grew up in the northeast and is a graduate of Southern California Teen challenge.  After a long battle with addiction and the prayers of friends and family he was able to enter the doors of Teen Challenge in California where God released him from the bondage of addiction to…

Bradley Bond

Kitchen Coordinator/Direct Care Staff

Bradley is a graduate of Pensacola Teen Challenge where God dramatically transformed his life. Bradley then decided to further develop his leadership skills while giving back to the Pensacola Center, that had given him so much, by completing an internship within their wood shop department. He then moved to Missouri…

Adam Dunaway

Transition Coordinator/Direct Care Staff
Missouri Associate Alcohol Drug Counselor I

Adam is an east coaster with a LOVE for the beach and surfing. He is also a big fan of action sports and all kind of outdoor activities. He is currently working toward his pastoral credentialing with the Assemblies of God thru Global University’s Berean School of the Bible. “I love life because…

Madison Gramling

Events & Marketing Coordinator
B.S. Advertising & Public Relations; Minor in Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Business

Madison is a southern girl at heart. She loves college football, hunting, and all kinds of outdoor activities. Originally from Arkansas, Madison grew up in Ozark, Missouri where she spent most of her time with friends and family…

Luke Warzyniec

Direct Care Staff

Luke hails to us from Ypsilanti, MI where he was born and raised. At the age of 24 Luke entered the Detroit Teen Challenge program. Shortly after completing the program in 2012….