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TAAP Board of Directors


TAAP President 


Scott Kelley is President of Summer Sky Treatment Center an alcohol and drug treatment center that has helped more than 16,000 adults and adolescents overcome drug and alcohol addiction by providing high quality, individualized care that addresses the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of patients. Scott involved in the fight to provide addiction treatment services to as many people as possible at the local, state and national levels. His personal goal is to continue to fight for access to more treatment services for those that have no voice, because their addiction leaves them out of the conversation. Scott an advocate for those that need addiction treatment and his primary desire is to be helpful as an addiction professional. Scott was awarded the 2013 Terry Hale Addiction Professional of the Year Award which was presented by the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.  



Past President 

Suzanne Lofton is the President of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, and President Elect for the State TAAP Board. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Faith Based Recovery for Spiritual Care Network and has a Private Counseling and Coaching Practice in Fort Worth. She has been involved in the recovery community for over 23 years and has worked the last 17 years in the field of Addiction. Suzanne has served as a Counselor, Lead Counselor and Admissions Counselor and most recently as the Regional Director of Treatment Services for Volunteers of America, a faith-based non-profit organization committed to working with those overcoming addiction. In addition, Suzanne has worked with Recovery Resource Council as Clinical Director and Access to Recovery (ATR) Director.


President Elect


Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, AAP, began working in the addiction treatment field in 1977. She joined TAADAC (now TAAP) in 1983 and has been a member since, first in Corpus Christi, then Waco, and now San Antonio, serving on the Board of Directors and Certification Board over the years. Sherri has worked for La Hacienda Treatment Center since 1992, managing their outpatient, continuing care, and alumni support services around the state. She also coordinates La Hacienda’s advocacy efforts, statewide and nationally. Sherri frequently speaks on topics related to addiction treatment, legislative advocacy, clinical supervision and leadership development. She has served on NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee since 2008 and is currently Co-Chair, and she was the Mid South Regional VP from 2012 - 2016. She is a board member and on the Legislative Committee for the Association of Substance Abuse Programs – Texas. Sherri also served on the Advisory Committee for SAMHSA/NAADAC’s Recovery to Practice Initiative. Recognizing the addiction treatment industry needs to develop its next generation of leaders, Sherri completed an MBA with an emphasis on leadership in May 2009 at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.






Jamie Schmitt, BSW, LCDC, PRSS-TOT has been counseling in the recovery field since 2003. With a passion to provide Recovery Oriented Systems of Care for all individuals seeking behavioral health treatment, she founded Heart of Texas Recovers in 2011. Jamie began her professional career in the field of Medication Assisted Therapy.  Currently, she serves as the Director of Outpatient Treatment Services with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services.  Jamie was appointed by The Department of State Health Service’s Assistant Commissioner to serve on The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders in 2014.  In 2012 she was elected President of the Waco Chapter of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and continues to serve in that capacity.   She is currently the Secretary on the Executive Board of the State Chapter of the Texas Association Addiction Professionals and is also the Chair of the Legislative Committee.



Ex-Officio, TCBAP Chairman


 D. Frank Davis, LCDC, IAADC, ICCJP began working in the recovery field in 1989 as a volunteer and began working full time with MHMR in 1991.  He obtained licensure and certification in March 1993 and went to work in the criminal justice treatment field in 1995 where he has spent most of his career.  He first joined TAAP as a student member in 1991 and later joined as a full member. Frank is the Chairman of the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals and has been affiliated with the board for over 14 years with various roles on the board.  He is a Texas IC&RC delegate serving on the finance and compliance committees, and is the current Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Credential Committee. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from Graceland University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a lifetime member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society.  He graduated with a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Frank has volunteered as an advocate to promote treatment, correctional treatment and increased funding for those needing services on a state and national level. He worked diligently with the legislature in Texas to pass a bill for Peer Assistance and to allow the CCJP credential to work with TDCJ funded clients. Frank is currently a member of NAADAC, TAAP, Texas Probation Association, and National Association of Drug Courts. Frank is currently an Administrative Director for Gateway Foundation Community Corrections.  

Parliamentarian / Bylaw
Mitchell Moore, BAT, SAP, LCDC, ADC III, ACPS just joined the TAAP Board. He says, "I have been designing, developing, and delivering training and accompanying materials to a wide range of audiences through assorted mediums and venues for over 30 years. I identify evidenced based research and emerging trends in safe and healthy schools and communities, and incorporate the information in creating current, valid, and relevant educational materials for educators, parents, youth, and community partners.....
Conference Chairperson 
Keith Liles, BA, LCDC, ADC III, ICADC a proud graduate of Baylor University and honors graduate of University of Houston Addiction Studies Program, Keith has over 20 years in experience in the field of addiction treatment, holding senior clinical leadership positions with The Right Step and Extended Aftercare. In September, 2014, he opened a private practice, The Pinnacle Counseling Group, and, he also created a new position in the Harris County STAR Drug Court System where he works part time as the Addiction Treatment Specialist. Keith is known nationally in the field for his contributions to professional development, legislative advocacy, student mentorship and more.  Recognized by TAAP and NAADAC as the Addiction Professional of the Year, he was also inducted into both the Houston and Texas Counselor’s Hall of Fame. For TAAP, he serves as one of the Co-Chairpersons of the annual State Conference, as the Awards & Credentials Chair, and as a Board of Director, as well as the Vice Chair of TapNet.  Recently, he spearheaded the formation of the Young Addiction Professionals, a committee of TAAP that promotes opportunities for students and young adults in the addiction field. He also serves as  the Vice Chair of the John Pena Memorial Scholarship Board of Directors, Vice Steward of the South Central Area of MKP International, Advisor for Boys to Men Texas, serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Chapter TAAP, Co-Founder and Advisor for the Houston Run for Recovery, and was just appointed to the Advisory Board of the University of North Texas Department of Disability & Addiction Rehabilitation. 


Conference Chairperson 

Ellen Horst, LCDC, AAC, IAAC  has been involved in the field of addiction treatment and counseling for over 20 years, during which time she has played an active role in its growth and development.  She was called to this work from a personal passion for recovery and an inherent desire to help others find their own journey to sobriety from mind altering chemicals.  Her extensive education of and experience with the treatment of the disease of addiction makes Ellen an excellent choice to support clients and their families in the healing process.





Joseph Gorordo, LCDC is a person in long-term recovery and has been working in the recovery field since 2009. Joseph is passionate about recovery and the continuing progress of the recovery field as a whole. Currently the Director of Outreach for Recovery Unplugged Austin, Joseph has worked in a variety of clinical settings with both adolescents and adults. Clinically Joseph enjoys starting new innovative programs and writing curriculum. Joseph is the current president of Austin TAAP and has been actively involved with the organization since 2013.





Rick Bingham BA, AADC, CAS, NCAC-II, LCDC, Ord. Min. has been working in the field of addiction treatment for over 40 years.  He has worked with various forms of addiction treatment, from inpatient detox to wilderness therapy.  Currently, he is the program director of the Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Texas, where he has worked for the past 14 years. He has been working in the field of medication assisted treatment or harm reduction for the past 25 years.  Rick is highly involved as a speaker, trainer, & acu-detox specialist. He is a published author, being a major contributor to “Two Miles or Twenty Minutes.”  He moonlights doing acu-detox treatments and group facilitating for Addicare outpatient services in Garland, Drug Offender classes for Genesis in Dallas, trainings for Nexus, and is the Texas Regional consultant for American Health Services. Over the years, he has served on various boards, with the most recent being the President for the USA/OTP (a support organization for opiate treatment providers in a 5 state region). Recently, Rick was given the SABAL award for his contributions, over the past 25 years, to the field of Medication Assisted Treatment.  Other boards he has served are:  Recovery Institute For Addiction Studies – Currently. Pettijohn Springs Encampment (President 1988-1990), Wilderness Trek Christian Camp (1981-1993), and Dallas Chapter of TAAP (2000- 2007).  Rick was the recipient of the Marie Huggett Volunteer Award (Fort Worth TAAP) in 2010.  He is a long standing member of TAAP and is active in both the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters. He is married and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren.  For leisure he enjoys camping/backpacking, golf, photography, woodworking, guitar, Navajo flute, and singing southern gospel music. 


Eluterio (Jr.) Blanco has been a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor since 2005. He is currently working for the Region 11 OSAR at Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas and has been since 2007. He is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Texas-Pan American and has published on the attitudes of Mexican Americans toward cannabis use. He holds professional memberships with the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), and the Society of Addiction Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA). He has recently been elected as Charter President of the Valley Association of Addiction Professionals (VAAP). He was also elected to serve on the Board of TAAP in April 2014 and began serving during the annual TAAP Conference in August 16, 2014. Current areas of interests include professional and community stigma toward persons with Substance Use Disorders.



John Cates, MA, LCDC  is an expert at helping to cope, heal, and recover from substance abuse problems.  John is world renown as a therapist, author, speaker, and designer of successful schools, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. John has spoken to audiences as far flung as Moscow, Bulgaria, Canada, and Mexico.  In addition, he has addressed audiences ranging from the medical staff at Scripps Hospital in San Diego and the national SAMHSA and CSAT staffs in Washington D.C. to kindergarten classes. Recipient of multiple awards, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) named John Counselor of The Year for the United States in 2001.  In addition to other honors over the years, John recently was the recipient of the Jim Czarnecki Community Impact Award from the Association of Recovery Schools and was inducted into the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) Hall of Fame in 2016. Having a Masters Degree in Counseling; he is the co-author of "Recovering Our Children” and the paper coining the term, “Alternative Peer Group Programs”, presented at the national convention of the National Association of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Counselors. He is the founder of Lifeway International, a substance abuse (APG) Alternative Peer Group program serving families across the nation for over 31 years. Founding the first free standing recovery school in 1976, John has specialized in creating sober schools, offering students a safe place to learn and heal in a chemical-free supportive environment. In addition, John has designed programs implementing intervention and supportive substance abuse services in standing public school systems starting with Fort Bend Independent School District in 1977 Texas. One of the most influential therapists in his field, John is a recovering heroin addict.  Married for 36 years with 2 children, he has been clean and sober for forty years and knows first-hand what it takes to live a successful drug free life.




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Joseph (Jody) Guerra began his journey working in the addiction profession in McAllen TX back in 1989 and has been a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor since 1992. He has been a long time member of the Rio Grande Valley chapter of TAAP and has worked in various settings of the industry. These have included outpatient, inpatient, and private practice environments and have involved holding different positions from Counselor, Program Director, Professional Relations and Admissions. He has served on various advocacy boards and coalitions both locally and on a regional level. Jody has been a longtime advocate for services in underserved areas and has worked to recognize and respond to community needs. After 26 years of professional experience, he remains passionate about the treatment of addictions and the hope for recovery for individuals and families that are still suffering. 





 Dr. Cheryl "Doc" Springer, Ph.D., LMFT, LCDC, MAC, CCTP  is currently an at-large member of the TAAP Board of Directors.   Doc’s background is in treating dual diagnosis  - psychological and substance use disorders combined treatment.  She has been working with substance use disorders since 2008.  Her practice background includes private practice, military, as well as non-government, non-profit, and faith based agencies. Doc recently left the Army Civilian Corps as an Army Substance Abuse Program Clinical Supervisor (SUDCC, GS13) and relocated to Georgetown, Texas with her husband LtC. Ross N. Springer (ret).  She is working on project development and looks forward to incorporating equine assisted psychotherapy into her treatment practices.






Cherylene Tucker, MA, MAC, LCDC, ADC lll has been an addiction professional for more than twenty years. She has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas.  Cherylene began her professional career in 1987 working with mothers who struggled with drug addiction in New York City. In 1993 she joined clinical staff at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York where she served as an addiction counselor. She moved to Texas in 2004, she joined the staff at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2005 she joined the counseling staff at Tarrant County Community Supervision & Corrections Department (adult probation) where she served as staff counselor and was later promoted to Lead Counselor and currently serves as the Program Supervisor for the Day Treatment Program. She is responsible for the outpatient and aftercare substance abuse treatment programs, the cognitive treatment and cognitive aftercare programs and the offender education programs offered at CSCD. In 2008 to 2012 she has served as a volunteer substance abuse facilitator for the TORI (Texas Offender Reentry Initiative) Program.

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