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About

The Sobering Center Contributes to a Safe Community

Founded in 2018, the Sobering Center was built with the intent of providing the community with a safe place to recover from intoxication in lieu of the jail or the emergency room and to then be referred to community based resources as needed. Today, we have provided this service to over 3,900 individuals, and continue to evolve our services to meet the needs of our community. Our clients reflect the Austin/Travis County community in that we are regularly providing sobering services and brief interventions for college students, festival goers, partakers of downtown entertainment, and the chronically homeless. All are welcome and our staff will work to individualize the intervention.

Board of Directors

Jana Ortega, JD

BOARD CHAIR

Sole practitioner and founder of OrtegaLaw, PLLC

Christopher Ziebell, MD

BOARD VICE-CHAIR

Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Dell Seton Medical Center.

Hon. Kathie Tovo

BOARD SECRETARY

City Council Member
Austin City Council, District 9

Liz Boston

BOARD TREASURER

Community Member

Paulette Blanc

MPH, CPHQ Co-Founder & Chief of Research, MEASURE

Hon. Margaret Gomez

Commissioner, Travis County Precinct 4

Jessica Palvino

Assistant General Counsel, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Lynn Sherman

Solo Practitioner Attorney at Lynn Sherman Law Firm & Consulting

Douglas Smith

Policy Analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Rick Ybarra

MBA & CTFA Director of Development at Texas State University

Ex-Officio Members

Rey Arellano

Designee for Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk

Jasper Brown

Designee for Austin/Travis County EMS Chief Ernesto Rodriguez

Joseph Chacon

Designee for Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley

Stephanie Hayden

Director of Austin Public Health Department

Sally Hernandez

Travis County Sheriff

Roger Jefferies

Designee for Travis County Judge Andy Brown

Staff Leadership

Laura Sovine, LMSW-AP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Danie Connick, MA

Director of Finance & Operations

Torance Gibson

Paramedic Manager

Christine Hassall, LCDC

Program Manager

Government & Community Partners