SACADA’s leadership and staff are committed to providing top-quality prevention resources, services and education. They bring to bear more than 150 years of combined experience to keep San Antonio healthy and productive.
Chief Executive Officer
Abigail Moore is an experienced nonprofit professional with more than 8 years leading San Antonio healthcare nonprofits. She served as a program coordinator at the Good Samaritan Center and joined SACADA in August 2005. Under Abigail’s leadership, SACADA has served more than 350,000 clients, delivered 5,280 classes and raised $6.5M in grant funding. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development Family Studies with a Minor in Addiction from Texas Tech University and a Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Juarez has been with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness for close to three years and brings with her over 10 years of experience in governmental accounting. She has a great passion for her work and holds her head up high with regard to SACADA’s mission, growth and the awesome team she works with. She holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas San Antonio.
Prevention Resource Center (PRC 8) Senior Director
Gyna Juarez has been in the substance abuse prevention field for 10 years and 9 years with SACADA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University in 2003 and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) in 2009. She is also an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS).
Youth Prevention Director
Mary Almendarez has over 12 years of experience in working with prevention and has received her certification as an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist. Mary started working with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness after getting her bachelor’s degree from the University of Incarnate Word in 2004. Before working at the Council Mary worked with Northside I.S.D. – Adult Community Education and Learning Tree Program for 7 years. Since then she has worked facilitating curriculum, providing presentations, and is now Director of Youth Prevention Programs at the agency. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Incarnate Word and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Penn State University. Drug Prevention is not only prevention of substance use it is about building resiliency and teaching youth coping skills that they will use growing up and in their adulthood. Everyone can benefit from Prevention.
Youth Prevention Associate Director
Melissa Scott has been in the field of substance abuse prevention since 2001. She began as a Prevention Specialist for the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas/Region 5 Prevention Resource Center (PRC) and was later promoted to Prevention Coordinator in 2007. After relocating to San Antonio in 2013, Melissa began working with SACADA as a Prevention Specialist and was later promoted to Prevention Services Associate Director in August 2014. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS).
Community Coalition Director, Circles of San Antonio Coalition
Vickie Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Corpus Christi State University. Vickie started her career in Substance Abuse Prevention with the 36th Judicial District Juvenile Probation Unit in 1998 and relocated to central Texas in 2006. Vickie has been with SACADA since 2007. Vickie is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS).
Youth Prevention Associate Director
Andrea Salazar began working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2001. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, in Normal Illinois in 1998. Andrea moved to San Antonio in 2007 and began working with the Prevention Resource Center- Region 8 as the Community Outreach Specialist. She became the Development Coordinator in May 2014 and was very involved with the organization’s social media. Since 2016, she has been the Youth Prevention Associate Director for the Hill Country Region. She works closely with local school districts, coalitions and other community agencies by providing presentations on drugs of concern in and around South Texas. Andrea has a passion for prevention; she loves to give parents the knowledge and skills they need to help their children make healthy choices. Andrea is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist.
Velda Schalk is the Development Director for the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness. She began in her position in November 2016 with over 14 years of fundraising, event planning, and grant writing experience. Velda attended Texas Tech University. She worked for St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi for 10 years as their Development Director where she oversaw all aspects of fundraising, event planning, social media, grant writing, communications, and publicity. Velda then moved to Louisville, Kentucky where she began working for LifeSpring Health Systems in Jeffersonville, Indiana for 2 ½ years as their Development Coordinator and oversaw the LifeSpring Foundation of Indiana. She is happy to be back in Texas and working with such an outstanding group of people who believe strongly in the mission of SACADA.
Recovery Services Director
Diana Carreon has been with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness since September 2015. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M International University in 2012 and worked with the university for 7 years. Since then she has worked in different programs with the council and is now the Adult Services Director for Project AMOR (Alamo Mentoring Oriented Recovery).
Jiah Abad, Youth Prevention Specialist
Amy Alston, Youth Prevention Specialist, HYPE Coordinator, Team Lead
Joseph Ibarra, Youth Prevention Specialist, HYPE Coordinator
Adriana Jaramillo, Youth Prevention Specialist
Patricia Lozano, Youth Prevention Specialist
Melissa Munoz, Youth Prevention Specialist
Sandra Ramos, Youth Prevention Specialist
Adorne Ruffin, Youth Prevention Specialist
Torrance Sephus, Youth Prevention Specialist, Team Lead
Denise Smith, Youth Prevention Specialist, Team Lead
Delma Thornton, Youth Prevention Specialist
Pablo Villanueva, Youth Prevention Specialist, Team Lead
Claire O’Brien, Youth Prevention Specialist
Alessandra Ytuarte, Youth Prevention Specialist
Uriel Hernandez, Tobacco Specialist
Varnell Johnson, Education Specialist
Marcus Kavanaugh, Community Liaison
Teresa Stewart, Regional Evaluator
Beatrice Gutierrez, Bookkeeper
Gloria Solis, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant
Gilbert Gamez, Marketing Specialist
Boyd Baxter, Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Coordinator
Betsy Jones, Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Coordinator
Tracy Talavera, Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Coordinator
Jose Martinez, Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Supervisor
Cynthia Alderete, Recovery Coach
Agapito “Pete” Barrera, Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Adrian Cano, Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Elizabeth Garcia, Recovery Coach
Leroy Garcia, Recovery Coach
Valerie Perez, Recovery Coach
Vicki Thomas, Recovery Coach
Donney Vanblaricum, Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Team Lead