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Advisory Board Members

The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC would like to acknowledge the contributions of its Advisory Board Members, a distinguished community of scholars and civilian leaders whose help is pivotal for the acomplishment and succesful development of this National Center:

Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS

Dona M. Dmitrovic, MHS

Ms. Dmitrovic has a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University and has served as a 2000 mentor for the Roberto Wood Johnson Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Fellowship Program. She currently serves as Chair of the board of Faces and Voices of Recovery and has been a keynote speaker for many national, state, local conferences and workshops. Dona has been in long-term recovery which serves her passion to advocate for persons in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.

Luis García, PsyD

As Vice President of Latino Program Development for Pacific Clinics, Dr. Garcia develops culturally competent programs that focus on Latino client and family needs. He has helped create a Clinics school-based program addressing suicide prevention for Latino children and adolescents, including individual, family and group services. He also coordinates the development of trainings, conferences, and educational material for mental health professionals, clients, and families.  Dr. Garcia received a Psy.D. degree from Newport University, and previously earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Gestalt Therapy from the Institute of Gestalt Therapy, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico.

Arlene Gonzalez-Sánchez, M.S, L.M.S.W.

Arlene Gonzalez-Sánchez, M.S, L.M.S.W.

Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez was confirmed on March 1, 2011, as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Ms. González-Sánchez brings to OASAS more than 30 years’ experience in the field of behavioral health administration, policy development, medical research, as well as her expertise in integrating accessible systems of care for New Yorkers. Under her executive leadership, OASAS is committed to providing quality care for the estimated 2.5 million New Yorkers who struggle with an addiction through a core system of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. 

Viviana E. Horigian, MD

Viviana E. Horigian, MD

Viviana E Horigian, MD is the Executive Director of the Florida Node Alliance, one of the thirteen centers of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) and Research Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. The Florida Node Alliance is a partnership between is scientists and program leaders at the University of Miami with scientist and practice leaders from  community treatment agencies located in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. As partners scientists and practitioners design and implement interventions for alcohol and drug abuse treatment. The Florida Node Alliance conducts its research with diverse patient populations in alcohol/drug abuse treatment, medical practice, and university settings.   Dr Horigian contributes to the design of all trials conceptualized and led by the Florida Node Alliance.  She has over 15 years of experience in the implementation of multi-site clinical trials and demonstrated experience in the efficient management of remote sites.

Marco E. Jacome, MA, LPC, CSADC, CEAP

Marco E. Jacome, MA, LPC, CSADC, CEAP

Mr. Jacome earned his Master of Arts degree in Family and Community Counseling at Northeastern University, and has participated in a Fellowship Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Certified Supervisor Addiction Drug Counselor. 

Alex Kopelowicz

Alex Kopelowicz, MD

Alejandro (Alex) Kopelowicz, M.D. is Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Medical Director of the San Fernando Mental Health Center (SFMHC), a community mental health center operated by the Department of Mental Health of Los Angeles County and Chief of Psychiatry at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Kopelowicz has been a frequent lecturer on biobehavioral treatment and psychiatric rehabilitation techniques.  He has written over 100 articles and book chapters on these subjects.  

Pierluigi Mansini, PhD

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD

Dr. Mancini is Chief Excutive Officer at CETPA an organization established in July 1999 to address the substance abuse counseling needs of the Latino community in Georgia. Since then, CETPA has developed into a full service behavioral health treatment, intervention and prevention agency, providing services in English and/or Spanish to the Latino community in Georgia. As CEO of CETPA, Dr. Mancini is responsible for for twelve bilingual clinicians, a bilingual psychiatrist, and a bilingual nurse. In addition, he is repsonsible for the overall management of the Prevention and Intervention Programs focused on youth.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAII, CCDCII

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAII, CCDCII

Mrs. Moreno-Tuohy is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals. She previously served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Prior to this she was the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, serving the homeless populations and dealing with the co-occurrence of poverty and substance abuse issues.

Mary Jo Mather

Mary Jo Mather

Mrs. Mather, is Executive Director of IC & RC the largest credentialing organization in the world began with a vision – of a unified field of alcohol and drug counselors. For several years, it seemed as if this concept could not succeed, until a small group found a way to bridge the differences between states. IC&RC protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals.


Advisory Board Meetings

March 2, 2016

On February 26 and 27, the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC conducted its fourth meeting with the Advisory Board presenting on what has been accomplished through out the year and on the pending tasks outlined within the Five Years Strategic Plan.

Presentation of the meeting available here


February 26-27, 2014

On February 26 and 27, the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC conducted a third meeting with its Advisory Board presenting on what has been accomplished through out the year and on the pending tasks outlined within the Five Years Strategic Plan.

In addition, this meeting represented an opportunity for a Advisory Board Members to discuss further the relevance of the upcoming National Hispanic and Latino ATTC conference to be conducted at the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Advisory Board Conference Call Meeting

July 16, 2013

The National Hispanic and Latino ATTC conducted a conference call meeting with its Advisory Board where several items where discussed. The findings of an assessment of training needs survey and  the planning of a national conference where the essential topics of this meeting. In addition, the staff of this national focus area reported on the activities that have been celebrated to this date.

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February 27-28, 2013 

The following presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the goals and objectives of the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC. In addition, the presentation shows statistical data that serves as a contextual reference for the need to improve the delivery of substance abuse prevention services, treatment, and education for Hispanics and Latinos.  

The presentation was utilized with at the Advisory Board meeting in order to initiate pertinent discussions on how to meet the needs of Hispanic and Latino populations:

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