Board of Directors


Photo of Mike AlsupMichael Alsup, MBA
Houston, Texas

Founder and President of Gimmal Group, Inc. Gimmal was founded in June of 2002 with 10 people and has grown to 100 professionals with a $25MM run rate under Mr. Alsup’s leadership.  He is a Rice University graduate with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


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 about a year and a half ago and is committed to sharing her experience, strength and hope through the Family and Friends Support Group.


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.


Brian Donahue, JD
Torrington, Connecticut

An original leader for the Sunday night SA conference call and SA Administrator.


Dustin_at_DMZDustin DeMoss, MS 
Sallisaw, Oklahoma

US Air Force veteran.  Currently a graduate student in the mental health field.  Expert consumer, speaker and advocate for those affected by schizophrenia-related brain disorders.


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.


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.

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.


emmettEmmett M Biffle
Houston, TX

A passionate and engaging public speaker with a willing heart who has dedicated her life to helping the mentally ill. “While I may not be a doctor or a lawyer or a news anchor, I am a valuable asset because I myself have schizoaffective disorder. This puts fire into my every speech, truth and knowledge into my every word, and motivation in my heart to help others like me.”


Linda_HeadshotLinda Stalters, MSN
SARDAA Founder,
Ex-officio Board Member
Executive Director
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.


joanneJoanne Verbanic
Schizophrenics Anonymous 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.