About the SURS office

Mission Statement

The mission of the TCU Substance Use & Recovery Services office is to enhance students’ overall academic experiences and personal development through the promotion of responsible decision making and healthy lifestyle choices, especially regarding alcohol and other drugs.


  1. Enhance the academic mission of the university by ensuring that the abuse of alcohol and other drugs does not interfere with students’ academic goal attainment;
  2. Improve student development of leadership skills by providing opportunities for students to positively influence the campus and community environment;
  3. Increase student responsibility to self, others, and the world by assisting individuals in making responsible and ethical decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs;
  4. Clarify and enrich students’ sense of citizenship through active involvement in programs designed to educate and inform the TCU community about substance use and abuse;
  5. Continue to improve the efforts of the Substance Use & Recovery Services Office and demonstrate effectiveness through needs assessment and evaluation.

Caroline Sahba, LPC, LCDC, MBA

Caroline is the Assistant Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center, overseeing Substance Use and Recovery Services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s degree in Education in Counseling from Texas Christian University. Caroline has a passion for students in recovery and recovery advocacy. She facilitates the Collegiate Recovery Community for students in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder and consults for other peer support communities at TCU.

Caroline is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and utilizes motivational interviewing and solution-focused techniques while striving for a collaborative effort between counselor and student to identify and/or strengthen current skills necessary for future resolutions. Her areas of specialty include working with adolescents and young adults, relationships and family dynamics, resiliency, substance use, recovery, and relapse prevention. Before joining TCU, Caroline worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) at a residential substance use treatment facility for adolescents in Dallas, TX. Caroline obtained her MBA with an emphasis in Health Care from TCU’s Neeley School of Business in December 2020.


Lindsey Tardif, LPC

Lindsey is a Substance Use and Recovery Counselor.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Texas Tech University.  Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and practices from a solution-focused stance, incorporating motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.  Lindsey specializes in working with high-achieving young adults, systemic approaches, and brief therapy.

Lindsey is also a student herself; she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at TCU.  Lindsey’s research interests include resilience, benefits of counseling and recovery communities, and perfectionism.




Alicia Allen, MPH

Alicia is the Coordinator for TCU’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness Coalition and social norming campaign, Power2Choose. Alicia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science from Western Illinois University and received her Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Alicia has always had a passion for helping others which is what motivated her to pursue a career in public health. She believes that prevention and education are key approaches to enhancing the quality of life for the entire community.

The people closest to Alicia describe her as a “human form of sunshine.” In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and embarking on exciting and new adventures.



Robin Gildenzopf – Graduate Assistant

Robin is the Graduate Assistant for the Substance Use & Recovery Services office and is a student in the Master’s of Education in Counseling program in the TCU College of Education. Robin earned her B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice with certificates in Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in May 2018 where she was also awarded the Chancellor’s Exemplary Leadership Award.

During her time as an undergraduate student, Robin served as both the President of Active Minds and the Marketing Assistant for the Campus Activities & Engagement office. She also completed cross-cultural internships with Cru’s Inner City Chicago and Nations Montana team.

Robin is ecstatic to be part of the Horned Frog family at TCU, and is excited to be an integral part of the TCU Collegiate Recovery Community. She has a passion for helping students navigate the pressures of drinking and substance use on college campuses. In her spare time she enjoys reading, biking, and walking her dog, Unlucky!


Joe LeConte, M. Ed., LCDC-I

Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Moving Image Arts from the College of Santa Fe and a Master’s degree in Education in Counseling from Texas Christian University. Joe is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-I) and uses both motivational interviewing and solution-focused techniques to connect with students. Joe cares deeply about helping students to overcome the stresses and difficulties that come during their time in college and believes the most meaningful work occurs when he can understand the client’s point of view.  During his time as a graduate student, Joe worked with residential adolescent clients dealing with substance use issues in a residential treatment facility in Dallas, TX. Joe is also the leader of the supportive gaming community at TCU, where he utilizes tabletop roleplaying games to help students deal with anxiety, loneliness, and a lack of connectedness.

In addition to working with Substance Use and Recovery Services, Joe works as the Audio/Visual Coordinator for Student Affairs. Prior to joining TCU he worked in the film and television industry as a special effects technician. Joe has also worked with multiple theater groups, touring music productions and production companies as a musician, lighting designer, and sound technician. Joe’s wide background gives him a chance to connect with TCU’s diverse student population.


TCU Substance Use & Recovery Services (SURS) is based on a philosophy of student development which incorporates personal and community wellness.  Fostering self-esteem, interpersonal skill development, and a sense of belonging are key elements in helping students acquire the skills and competencies to appropriately navigate experiences with alcohol and other drugs.  The SURS office encourages students to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, for others, and for the University by assuming leadership in setting behavioral norms for the campus community.

Learn More

TCU’s policies regarding alcohol and other substances can be found in the Student Handbook.

DFSCA Regulations
Texas Christian University endorses the Department of Education’s Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act (1989, Part 86). The regulations outlined in this act establish a set of minimum requirements for campus alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act is a condition of receiving federal funds, or any form of financial assistance under any federal program. TCU has documented through the Biennial Review that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. TCU’s biennial compliance report is located through the link on this website and in the Substance Use and Recovery Services office, 2nd floor of Jarvis Hall.

DFSCA 2020 Compliance Report

Student Handbook 

For more information contact:
Substance Use & Recovery Services Office
Texas Christian University
Jarvis Hall 2nd Floor