About

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

BOARD CHAIR

Jana Ortega, JD

Sole practitioner and founder of Ortega, PLLC

 

BOARD SECRETARY

Kathie Tovo

City Council Member 
Austin City Council, District 9

BOARD TREASURER

Douglas Smith

Policy Analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Sovine, LMSW-AP

The Sobering Center Executive Director

Directors

Margaret Gomez

Commissioner of the Travis County Commissioner’s Court, Precinct #4

Paulette Blanc

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

Christopher Ziebell, MD 

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

Rick Ybarra

MBA & CTFA Director of Development at Texas State University

Jessica Palvino

Assistant General Counsel, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Lynn Sherman

Solo Practitioner Attorney at Lynn Sherman Law Firm & Consulting

Ex-Officio Members

Roger Jefferies

Designee for Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

Rey Arellano

Designee for Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk

Joseph Chacon

Designee for Austin Chief of Police Brian Manley

Jasper Brown

Designee for Austin/Travis County EMS Chief Ernesto Rodriguez

Stephanie Hayden

Director of Austin Public Health Department

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