Board of Directors

John CruiseJohn Cruise, MBA
Houston, TX

John Cruise is the Chief Operating Officer at Team Work Ready, Inc. a medical rehabilitation clinic that specializes in physical rehabilitation for Federal, State workers. He is also the Chairman of “Small Business Today Magazine”, Houston’s premier small business entrepreneurial publication.


Mary PalafoxMary Palafox, RN
Orange County, California

A Registered Nurse, of 35 yrs in Nursing Administration, Supervision, and Patient Care Coordination for in-patient and ambulatory care services. She’s known for her innovative & creative abilities in developing systems of practice that are easily managed by a wide variety of medical personnel. Her journey into the Mental Health System began when her son acquired the disease of schizophrenia. She is a devoted advocate to integrate physical and mental health.


Susan SheenaSusan Sheena
Great Neck, NY

Marketer, Educator and Entrepreneur: Susan is passionate about advocating for her son’s recovery and also helping others so that they do not have to go it alone.  Susan discovered SARDAA and is committed to sharing her experience, strength and hope with others through the Family and Friends Support Group.


CalaIsmael Cala
Miami, Florida

Ismael Cala is a Radio and TV presenter and producer, journalist, motivational author and speaker.  He hosts the show Cala on CNN en Español, a prime-time intimate conversation with the world’s most powerful and relevant personalities: politicians, writers, philosophers, artists, celebrities, athletes and scientists.

judJud Barbour, BS

Sugar Land, TX

Over 15 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry – 12 years in the Mental Health arena. Responsibilities including people management, account management, reimbursement specialist and sales. Experienced in successfully influencing C-Level customers at numerous sites of care – Community Mental Health Centers, Hospitals, County Mental Health Boards, Specialty Pharmacies and Advocacy Organizations. Integrated reimbursement expertise with brand team strategy to develop core training materials.


bMatcheri Keshavan, M.D.
Boston, MA
Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry; Harvard Medical School
Vice Chair of Public Psychiatry; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Mental Health Center

As part of a major new research initiative, Dr. Matcheri Keshavan joined the faculty of the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry in 2008.  Dr. Keshavan’s work focuses on neurobiological models of schizophrenia and on the development and implementation of early interventions with biopsychosocial treatment strategies.

aPatricia Caesar, M.Ed.
Philadelphia, PA

Nonprofit strategy and management consultant with deep experience in strategic planning, business planning, organizational development, marketing strategy, board development, resource development, executive coaching and executive search.


joanneJoanne Verbanic
Schizophrenia Alliance Founder
Farmington, MI

Retired Ford Motor Credit Union. “Committed to devote the rest of my life to helping other people with mental illness and believe this is God’s plan for my life. I receive so much support from the members of S.A. and have met the most caring, compassionate people. It was my goal to make S.A. a national group and I will continue the endeavor as long as I live.”

Joanne fulfilled her life’s commitment until the day she died on May 7, 2015.


Ex-Officio Board Members

Linda_HeadshotLinda Stalters, MSN
SARDAA Founder,
Houston, TX

Retired Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist with broad ranging experience as clinical practitioner, educator, advocate, organizer and speaker. Committed to driving improved patient care through education, patient advocacy and clinical practice.