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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 7,000 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

VICE CHAIR

Director of Health and Innovation at Dell Seton Medical Center

Jessica Palvino

BOARD SECRETARY

Attorney at Jackson Walker

Anwar Sophy

BOARD TREASURER

Administrator of F&N Business Management

Hon. Margaret Gomez

Commissioner, Travis County Precinct 4

Hon. Kathie Tovo

City Council Member
Austin City Council, District 9

Jimmy Anderson

Legislative Affairs Coordinator at Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Hon. Larry Wallace Jr., Ph.D.

Board Chair for the Black Men’s Health Clinic

Ana Marie Cox

Sober Questioning columnist for “The Cut”

Chad Hooten, MD

Chief of Emergency Psychiatry at Dell Seton Medical Center

Hon. Selena Alvarenga

Judge to the 460th Criminal District Court

Ex-Officio Members

Rey Arellano

Designee for Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk

Robert Luckritz

Chief of Austin-Travis County EMS

Jeff Greenwalt

Designee for Chief of Police Joseph Chacon

Adrienne Sturrup

Interim Director of Austin Public Health Department

Sally Hernandez

Travis County Sheriff

Vicki Ashley

Designee for Travis County Judge Andy Brown

Staff Leadership

Laura Elmore, LMSW-AP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Camille Atkins, MBA

Director of Finance & Operations

Brandon Hann

Paramedic Manager

Christine Hassall, LCDC

Program Director

Ashlyn Branscum

Development & Communications Director

Government & Community Partners