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Board of Directors

Catherine KothariCatherine Kothari, PhD
Acting Chair
Cincinnati, OH

Cathy Kothari is a Senior Clinical Research Scientist at Western Michigan University School of Medicine, is the principle in Kothari Consulting LLC (a public health evaluation consulting firm). Cathy has experience assessing the effectiveness of mental health-substance abuse programs, of educating healthcare providers on therapeutic services/interventions for patients, and navigating the court and mental health systems to secure services and safety for individuals experiencing mental illness.

 

Catherine Cerulli photoCatherine Cerulli, JD, PhD
Secretary
Rochester, NY

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dedicated to helping those afflicted with schizophrenia and their families and improving access to information and support.  Dr. Cerulli is also a practicing attorney with expertise in providing consultation to individuals involved in the criminal and civil court systems.  Her particular area of interest is family violence and conflict.

 

Photo of Mike AlsupMichael Alsup, MBA
Immediate Past Chair
Treasurer
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: http://www.rushindustries.com/ 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, BA 
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.

 

Rudy_Martinez Rudy Martinez

President and Consultant of The Art of Labor. Rudy Martinez received his BBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a Certified Public Accountant. Rudy has over 30 years of experience in Accounting.

 

 

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.