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TAAP Board of Directors



TAAP President
TAAP President

Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, AADC, began working in addiction treatment in 1977. She joined TAADAC (now TAAP) in 1983, serving on the Board of Directors and Certification Board over the years. Sherri has worked for La Hacienda Treatment Center since 1992, managing outpatient and continuing care services. She coordinates La Hacienda’s advocacy efforts, statewide and nationally. She is Co-Chair of NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee and was Mid-South Regional VP from 2012 - 2016. Sherri also served on the Advisory Committee for SAMHSA/NAADAC’s Recovery to Practice Initiative. Sherri completed an MBA in 2009 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 


 Ellen Kirby-Joe, BLS, LCDC, CEAP, Substance Abuse Counselor, and Certified Life Coach, is currently the CEO of Passages – Treatment for Women.  She has served as CEO since 1990 and recently celebrated 25 years of service with Passages.  She previously worked for Volunteers of America in their addiction and human service programs where after 17 years, retired as a minister of VOA.  Ellen was selected as a recipient of the Sierra Tucson Compassion Award and was awarded Addiction Professional of the Year in 2010 by the Houston Chapter TAAP. In 2016, Ellen received the Hall of Fame award for Houston Chapter of TAAP as well as named one of the 50 Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine.  Ellen has worked tirelessly and diligently in the substance abuse field for over 40 years.

Past President

Scott Kelley, LCDC, is President of Summer Sky Treatment Center.  He is 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 is an advocate for those that need addiction treatment, and his primary desire is to be as helpful as possible as an addiction professional. Scott was awarded TAAP’s 2013 Terry Hale Addiction Professional of the Year Award.


Jamie Schmitt, MSW, LCDC, PRSS-TOC, has been counseling in the recovery field since 2003. She co-founded and is the Facilitator of the Heart of Texas Region Recovery Oriented System of Care in 2011.  Jamie’s passions include ensuring the availability of quality and person-centered integrated treatment for those with mental health and SUDs, providing a true ROSC for all individuals and their supports, and addressing the need for trauma-informed services at all levels of an agency.  Jamie developed The McLennan County Reintegration Program and is a Trainer for PRSS/ICPR, RSPS, and is a PSS. She received the D. Frank Davis Professional and Community Outreach Award in 2017.

Finance Officer

Joseph (Jody) Guerra, LCDC, has been a long-time member of the Rio Grande Valley chapter of TAAP. He became an LCDC in 1992 and has worked in various settings of the industry, including outpatient, inpatient, and private practice environments, holding different positions from Counselor, Program Director, Professional Relations and Admissions. He has served on advocacy boards and coalitions locally and regionally and has been a longtime advocate for services in under-served areas working to recognize and respond to community needs. After 27 years of professional experience, he remains passionate about the treatment of addictions and the hope for recovery.


Rick Bingham, BA, AADC, CAS, LCDC, Ord. Min.,  Rick has work in the field of substance abuse disorder treatment for 44 years.   Currently, he is the Texas Regional Director for American Health Services. Rick was the Program Manager for the Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Texas, from 2003-2019. Rick is highly involved as a group facilitator, counselor, speaker, trainer, & ACU-detox specialist.  Rick has served on various boards to including USAOTP (past president), and the Dallas Chapter of TAAP (past president).  In 2017, Rick was given the SABAL award for contributions to the MAT modality of recovery. Rick was the first recipient of the Marie Huggett Volunteer Award (Fort Worth TAAP) in 2010.  He has been a member of TAAP since 1994.  He is married, has 5 children and 13 grandchildren.  For leisure, he enjoys camping, golf, photography, woodworking, guitar, Navajo flute, singing, and public speaking.


Eluterio (Jr.) Blanco, LCDC, MAC, is currently a Clinical Professor and Addiction Studies Coordinator at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.  Eluterio earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and is Past-President of the Valley Chapter of TAAP.  He has studied the attitudes of Mexican Americans, cannabis use, and professional/community stigma toward persons with SUDs.


John Cates, MA, LCDC, is an expert at helping to cope, heal, and recover from substance abuse problems. He was named NAADAC’s Counselor of the Year in 2001 and recently received the Jim Czarnecki Community Impact Award from the Association of Recovery Schools. He was inducted into Houston TAAP’s Hall of Fame in 2016. He is the founder of Lifeway International, a substance abuse Alternative Peer Group (APG) 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. He is a recovering heroin addict and has been clean and sober for forty years.


Lydia Clemmons, LCDC, is a person of long-term recovery who has worked in the Addiction Treatment field for 20 years.  She now has a private practice in Austin, where she and “Athea the Therapig “ do individual, couples, and family counseling specific to the effects of Substance Use Disorders with a focus on chronic relapse and breaking the cycle.  Lydia has served on the TAAP board in the Austin and Dallas Chapters and has presented workshops for TAAP at both state and local levels.   Lydia is passionate about recovery and takes every opportunity to educate the public about addiction, and more importantly, about recovery.


Joseph Gorordo, LCDC, is a person in long-term recovery and has been working in the recovery field since 2009. Currently, the Vice President of Business Development for Recovery Unplugged, and has had worked in a wide variety of clinical settings with a wide range of populations. Joseph has been an active member of TAAP since 2013. 


 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 and experience with the treatment of the addiction disease are what makes Ellen an excellent choice to support clients and their families in the healing process.


David Hutts began his State TAAP position in the fall of 2019.  He serves as the president of Austin TAAP from 2018-2020. David has a BA in Journalism from Samford University and an MS in Advertising from the University of Denver. He currently works at a Business Development Rep for La Hacienda Treatment Center. David enjoys reading, skiing, and taking his Cairn Terrier, Charley for walks around Austin.


Mitchell Moore, BAT, LCDC, ACPS, ADC, has a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Organizational Management and a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certification through the University of Texas, Permian Basin.  Mitchell has experience working with youth and families in both prevention and recovery settings, youth leadership development, school safety, community emergency response, mental health 1st aid, and extensive training in substance abuse prevention.  Mitchell facilitated planning sessions for the Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose program and continues to design and deliver professional prevention training workshops and presentations across the Nation.  In 2019, Mitchell was awarded the Texas Prevention Specialist of the Year.


Laurie Roe, BAAS, LCDC-I, PRC, is currently the Legislative Chair for the Fort Worth Chapter of TAAP. She served on the Texas Certification Board from 2016-2019 and is an incoming Legislative Chair for the State association.  Laurie is a certified interventionist and sober coach.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with her BAAS with a focus on Addiction Studies and Business Management. She is currently a graduate student at BH Carroll Theological Institute, where she is pursuing her LPC.  She has provided Christian counseling for over 20 years through outreach ministry.


Dr. Cheryl Renée "Doc" Springer, Ph.D., LMFT, LCDC, MAC, CCTP, has been a member of the TAAP Board of Directors since 2017.  She has worked with substance use disorders since 2008.  She has also worked for the U.S. Army Substance Abuse Program as a Clinical Supervisor and, as needed, acting clinical director.  She also served as a Substance Use Disorders Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Army Inspector General.  Doc currently is working on an international project incorporating equine-assisted psychotherapy with treatment for complex trauma and dual diagnosis with substance use disorders.

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