Leadership & Staff

Dedicated To San Antonio’s Success

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.

Leadership

Abigail Moore

Abigail G. Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Abigail Moore has been a force in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, working in the Substance Use and Mental Health field. She received her Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech University in 1998 and worked for the Lubbock Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse before relocating to San Antonio in 2003 (which she loves and now calls home). Abigail received a Master Degree from UTSA in 2006 and joined the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA) that same year. During her tenure as CEO with the agency she has increased the budget by 400% and staff size has tripled. Under her leadership the agency has expanded services from 1 county to 26 counties. In February 2022 the Hill Country Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board of Directors voted to accept Mrs. Moore to become the CEO for the agency and to transfer governance to the SACADA Board of Directors. The merging efforts of these two agencies will ensure that the full continuum of care is provided jointly.

 

Her affiliations are many and represent the true nature of her work: building community through strong leadership. She is the current President for the Texas Association of Addiction Programs (ASAP). She serves on the Advisory Board of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council at the Alamo Area Council of Government. She has continued her community involvement through organizations such as The Nonprofit Council, Excel Beyond the Bell, The Center for Young Minds, United Way Emerging Leaders and the Bexar County Opioid Taskforce (2018). Her experience and expertise in marketing, fundraising, event planning, management, and public relations have become a source of inspiration and encouragement to the vast number of individuals she has invested in through mentoring. Abigail was honored by the Texas Association of Addiction Professions for her work as a leader in the Field as the Prevention Professional of the Year (2017).

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Lisa Juarez

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Juarez has been with the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness since 2011 and brings with her over 20 years of experience in governmental accounting. She has a great passion for her work in accounting, SACADA’s mission and the amazing, dynamic team she leads. She holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Gyna Juarez

Gyna Juarez

Prevention Resource Center (PRC 8) Senior Director

Gyna Juarez, MPA, ACPS, ICPS, is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist (ACPS) and has been in the substance use/misuse prevention field since 2003. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Gyna worked with the Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) with the Prevention Resource Center (PRC) Region 7. In 2004, she moved to San Antonio, where she accepted a position with San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness (SACADA) and currently directs the PRC Region 8 and Education programs. She is a certified trainer of the SAMSHA Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) and Ethics in Prevention course and has been providing trainings in Texas statewide since 2011.  In Fall 2017, Gyna became part of the San Antonio College Human Services Program team as a Part-Time Adjunct Faculty teaching DAAC 2306 -Substance Abuse Prevention I and DAAC 2353 -Substance Abuse Prevention II during the Fall and Spring Flex Semesters.

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Melissa Scott

Youth Prevention 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 Youth Prevention 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).

Andrea Salazar

Andrea Salazar

Youth Prevention 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.

Vickie Adams

Vickie B. Adams

Coalition Director

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).

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Diana Boone

Intervention and Recovery Support Director

Diana Boone 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.

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Velda Schalk

Development Director

Velda Robles Schalk began as the Development Director for the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness in 2016. Velda attended Texas Tech University. She began her career in fundraising, grant writing, and event planning in 2003 at St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi and was there for 10 years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky.  She served as the Development Director for LifeSpring Health Systems/LifeSpring Foundation of Indiana for 2-1/2 years. She now oversees all aspects of development and marketing for SACADA.

Youth Prevention

Elizabeth Davis, Youth Prevention Specialist
Sarah Fulton, Youth Prevention Specialist
Sasha Guzman, Youth Prevention Specialist
Joseph Ibarra, Youth Prevention Specialist, HYPE Coordinator
Adriana Jaramillo, Youth Prevention Specialist
Kayla Juarez, 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
Kristen Staton, Youth Prevention Specialist
Delma Thornton, Case Manager
Charlotte Zayas, Youth Prevention Specialist

Intervention & Recovery Support

Jose Martinez, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Program Coordinator
Donney Vanblaricum, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Program Coordinator
Debbie Anger, Recovery Support Peer Specialist
Candice Solis, Recovery Support Peer Specialist
Jilma Davila, Recovery Support Peer Specialist
Elizabeth Garcia, Recovery Support Peer Specialist, Case Manager, Team Lead
Leroy Garcia, Recovery Support Peer Specialist
Sheila Nunez de Salinas, Case Manager
Peter McCarthy, Case Manager
Jimmy Ramos, Recovery Support Peer Specialist
Samuel Stimpson, Recovery Advocate

Administration

Beatrice Gutierrez, Bookkeeper I
Gloria Solis, Human Resources & Administrative Assistant
Rose Suarez, Information Specialist
Jennifer Lamb, Accountant

Marketing

Dillon Costantino, Marketing Specialist

Prevention Resource Center/MHAT

Marcus Kavanaugh, Public Relations Coordinator
Danielle Johnson, Data Coordinator

Community Coalitions

Vicki Thomas, CPS, Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Coordinator
Boyd Baxter, CPS, Community Coalition Coordinator – Comal County
Aubrie Walker, ACPS, Community Coalition Coordinator – Kendall County
Katarina Eberhard,  Community Coalition Coordinator – Guadalupe  County

COVID Behavioral Health Project

Amy Alston, ACPS, Project Director
Cherinet Girma, Behavioral Health Specialist
Gabriela Rodriguez, Behavioral Health Specialist
Roberto Arreola, Behavioral Health Specialist