As a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Specialist for SAMHSA's CAPT’s Northeast Resource Team, Lourdes provides services to States, Territories, and grantees of SAMHSA’s Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative and U.S. Department of Education’s Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse Program. With more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, and quality and program management fields, Lourdes has placed special interest in strategic prevention planning, translating prevention theory to practice, and working with under-sourced and Hispanic communities. In her current position, she provides technical assistance and coaching to States and Territories in designing and facilitating systems development and change at the State, regional, and community levels. She has served as a temporary advisor to the Pan-American Health Organization, providing assistance in alcohol-related policing to countries in South America. She has a Masters of Social Work degree and has completed additional graduate courses in social planning and public administration.
As Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Coordinator for SAMSHA’s CAPT, Valda coordinates the planning and implementation of national and regional events, including editing and producing training and meeting materials. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the submission of T/TA requests to SAMSHA for review and approval, resolving related follow-up issues, and working with the systems communications team to ensure consistency of material design and content across regions.
Valda has worked at Education Development Center, Inc. since 1988 — in its international division, its Center for Science Education, and finally, for SAMSHA’s Northeast CAPT. She has a B.A. in Germanic studies from Boston College and a M.Ed. in International Education Development from Boston University. She has also held leadership and teaching positions at the Boston Latvian School and directs winter and summer camps at the Latvian Church Camp of New York.
In her role as coordinator for the Northeast Resource Team, Linda works closely with grantees from across the service area to develop State training and technical assistance (T/TA) work plans. She coordinates the work of Northeast staff and CAPT associates/consultants as well as the delivery of T/TA to the service area’s 11 States. Previously, Linda served as assistant coordinator for the CAPT’s Northeast Resource Team.
Linda brings extensive experience in substance abuse prevention and criminal justice program management to SAMHSA’s CAPT. She served as program manager for Rhode Island’s Strategic Prevention Framework and State Incentive Grants; before that she worked as a community coalition coordinator in the State. She was also a social casework supervisor for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender, a victim advocacy program coordinator at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and assistant project director for The Circle, Inc. She has an M.S. and B.S. in criminal justice from American University in Washington, D.C.
As Epidemiologist for the Northwest Resource Team, May provides epidemiology-related technical assistance to grantees who have received Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants. In addition, she collaborates with the epidemiologists from the other four regional teams to ensure technical assistance consistency across SAMHSA's CAPT system.
May has extensive experience in data collection and analysis across different areas in public health, including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, and minority health. She has given presentations of public health data to audiences ranging from the general public to medical staff and researchers. May has her M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.S. in molecular and cell biology with a minor in chemistry from San Francisco State University. She also has a certificate in congregational care from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
As coordinator for the Central Resource Team, Chuck is responsible for managing and supervising the delivery of training and technical assistance (T/TA) to the service area’s 10 States and seven Tribes. He also works with Single State Agencies for substance abuse prevention to assess State-level needs, requirements for evidence-based programming, strategic planning, and the creation of T/TA systems. He previously served as coordinator for the Northeast Service Area.
Before joining the CAPT in 2008, Chuck was the Prevention Coordinator of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he was a member of the SPF SIG management team and facilitated the Massachusetts Epidemiological Workgroup. He also served as a CAPT Associate for seven years, providing expertise in strategic planning, coalition building, social marketing, and sustainability.
Chuck brings extensive experience providing T/TA to States and local grantees on behalf of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health. Additionally, he was Project Coordinator for the block grant-funded project Cambridge Prevention Coalition, implementing the environmental strategies-focused model program Communities Mobilizing for Change. Chuck earned his B.S.W. in social work from Moorehead State University.
As Project Coordinator for the SAMHSA's CAPT's Northeast Resource Team, Consie has her hand in practically everything—editing and proofreading internal and external communications, working closely with the finance administrator to update errant charges in the finance reporting system, monitoring CAPT purchasing and billing activities, scheduling meetings, and maintaining project supplies and databases. She also works closely with the training and technical assistance team to coordinate training logistics: she confirms trainers, presenters, and speakers, coordinates logistical support for national and regional meetings, and prepares trainer and participant materials. In addition, Consie functions as an intermediary between CAPT staff, external consultants, State prevention staff, and other Education Development Center staff to facilitate good communication and daily project activities and operations. She has been with the SAMHSA's CAPT since its launch in 1997.