BACODA Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Carolann Peters 

Chief Executive Officer

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With 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Carolann is an authority on total business acumen and operational management. She has served as a business advisor for Galveston County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was a training facilitator for UH SBDC Network for nine years. She also served as director of operations for a publicly traded physical therapy company with more than 500 equity partners nationwide. Carolann has obtained national recognition in Entrepreneur, Small Business Opportunity, and Home Office Computing magazines for exceptional growth and development of her co-founded small business. She franchised the co-founded business of bookkeeping, tax, and small business consulting, with 13 franchises in seven states. She has personally launched and managed five businesses and two nonprofit organizations from concept, including developing and managing a breast cancer specialty retail boutique for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Carolann received her Master Life Coach, Business Coach, Executive Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Holistic Practitioner certification from Behavioral Healthcare Consultants and Transformation Coach certification from Life Mastery Institute. She received a B.S. degree in medical technology from University of Louisiana Monroe. Her early career was in health care as a clinical microbiologist and epidemiologist. Carolann’s passion and business experience, combined with more than 30 years of recovery for alcohol addiction, contributes to the mission of BACODA.





LEADERSHIP TEAM

Sue Roberts

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Sue has worked for BACODA for 22 years as an HR specialist and the chief operating officer. Prior to working for BACODA, she volunteered for the company for 15 years in many different capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and a master’s degree in human resource management, both from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Sue moved to the Texas Bay Area 44 years ago from West Texas. Sue has raised two boys locally and is now a grandmother. “To me, it is more important today than ever that we have programs like the ones that BACODA has to offer. I am very proud of what we do and that we offer professional, reliable resources for the communities where my family lives.”





Chief Operating Officer

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Jamie joined the BACODA team in 2015. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and has more than 21 years of accounting experience. She has worked in many industries, including professional sports equipment and apparel, oil and gas, and homeowners associations’ management. Jamie has been married to her husband, Bill, for 20 years and has 10-year-old identical twin girls, in addition to raising her 6-year-old niece. She was born in California but raised in the Houston area. After living in California for many years, she moved back to the Greater Houston area in 2005. Jamie has seen firsthand the effects of drugs and alcohol on youth and adults, and she is proud to be a part of BACODA and the work it does in our communities and schools.





Director of Finance

Jamie Comstock

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Sue has worked for BACODA for 22 years as an HR specialist and the chief operating officer. Prior to working for BACODA, she volunteered for the company for 15 years in many different capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and a master’s degree in human resource management, both from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Sue moved to the Texas Bay Area 44 years ago from West Texas. Sue has raised two boys locally and is now a grandmother. “To me, it is more important today than ever that we have programs like the ones that BACODA has to offer. I am very proud of what we do and that we offer professional, reliable resources for the communities where my family lives.”





Executive Assistant

Denise DeLaRosa

Board of Directors 2021

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Steve Paterson is the current CEO and managing partner of Paterson Consulting Partners LLC, which specializes in small to medium-size business consulting in digital marketing, media and market analysis, and strategic planning. Steve came to the world of nonprofit management after a successful 35-year career in newspaper and media management, during which he has held the titles of publisher, group publisher, division president, and corporate director. He brings to his current position a diverse group of skills, which include publishing, finance, marketing, operations, manufacturing, distribution, digital communication development, merger and acquisition, and new business development as part of his acquired education in senior management and C-suite positions in his career.

Steve is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in marketing. He also holds several advanced executive program certifications from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Graduate Studies, Stanford University, and the American Press Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious James M. Cox Award for Sales Excellence from Cox Media and was recognized by the Newspaper Association of America and presented the NCN Award for outstanding new business development.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Debra, and has two daughters. His daughter Kelly is an elementary school mathematics teacher and recently married her husband, Valentin, who is a nutritional specialist, they reside in San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Colby is married, and she and her husband, Jordan, reside in Denver, Colorado, with his granddaughter, Amelia. Colby works in real estate management and Jordan is employed as a professional engineer.





April Ranard

Chairperson

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Melvin is employed with the Dickinson Police Department. During his 32-year tenure at Dickinson PD, he has risen through the ranks and currently holds the position of Captain assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. He has also served in the capacity of Interim Police Chief, when needed. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification. Mr. Mason is a graduate of the College of the Mainland Police Academy Class #44 and holds an associate degree from the same institution. He is also a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition, he is a graduate of the Leadership Command College (LCC) of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University. Melvin is a member of the Alvin Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Dickinson Rotary Club. Mr. Mason is married and has 3 daughters.





Melvin Mason

Treasurer 

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Sue has worked for BACODA for 22 years as an HR specialist and the chief operating officer. Prior to working for BACODA, she volunteered for the company for 15 years in many different capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and a master’s degree in human resource management, both from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Sue moved to the Texas Bay Area 44 years ago from West Texas. Sue has raised two boys locally and is now a grandmother. “To me, it is more important today than ever that we have programs like the ones that BACODA has to offer. I am very proud of what we do and that we offer professional, reliable resources for the communities where my family lives.”





Howard Bushart

Co-Secretary

Tileena Vasquez

Secretary

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With 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Carolann is an authority on total business acumen and operational management. She has served as a business advisor for Galveston County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was a training facilitator for UH SBDC Network for nine years. She also served as director of operations for a publicly traded physical therapy company with more than 500 equity partners nationwide. Carolann has obtained national recognition in Entrepreneur, Small Business Opportunity, and Home Office Computing magazines for exceptional growth and development of her co-founded small business. She franchised the co-founded business of bookkeeping, tax, and small business consulting, with 13 franchises in seven states. She has personally launched and managed five businesses and two nonprofit organizations from concept, including developing and managing a breast cancer specialty retail boutique for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Carolann received her Master Life Coach, Business Coach, Executive Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Holistic Practitioner certification from Behavioral Healthcare Consultants and Transformation Coach certification from Life Mastery Institute. She received a B.S. degree in medical technology from University of Louisiana Monroe. Her early career was in health care as a clinical microbiologist and epidemiologist. Carolann’s passion and business experience, combined with more than 30 years of recovery for alcohol addiction, contributes to the mission of BACODA.





BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Sue has worked for BACODA for 22 years as an HR specialist and the chief operating officer. Prior to working for BACODA, she volunteered for the company for 15 years in many different capacities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and a master’s degree in human resource management, both from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Sue moved to the Texas Bay Area 44 years ago from West Texas. Sue has raised two boys locally and is now a grandmother. “To me, it is more important today than ever that we have programs like the ones that BACODA has to offer. I am very proud of what we do and that we offer professional, reliable resources for the communities where my family lives.”





Rex Hemme

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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With 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Carolann is an authority on total business acumen and operational management. She has served as a business advisor for Galveston County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was a training facilitator for UH SBDC Network for nine years. She also served as director of operations for a publicly traded physical therapy company with more than 500 equity partners nationwide. Carolann has obtained national recognition in Entrepreneur, Small Business Opportunity, and Home Office Computing magazines for exceptional growth and development of her co-founded small business. She franchised the co-founded business of bookkeeping, tax, and small business consulting, with 13 franchises in seven states. She has personally launched and managed five businesses and two nonprofit organizations from concept, including developing and managing a breast cancer specialty retail boutique for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Carolann received her Master Life Coach, Business Coach, Executive Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Holistic Practitioner certification from Behavioral Healthcare Consultants and Transformation Coach certification from Life Mastery Institute. She received a B.S. degree in medical technology from University of Louisiana Monroe. Her early career was in health care as a clinical microbiologist and epidemiologist. Carolann’s passion and business experience, combined with more than 30 years of recovery for alcohol addiction, contributes to the mission of BACODA.





Justin West

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Steve Paterson is the current CEO and managing partner of Paterson Consulting Partners LLC, which specializes in small to medium-size business consulting in digital marketing, media and market analysis, and strategic planning. Steve came to the world of nonprofit management after a successful 35-year career in newspaper and media management, during which he has held the titles of publisher, group publisher, division president, and corporate director. He brings to his current position a diverse group of skills, which include publishing, finance, marketing, operations, manufacturing, distribution, digital communication development, merger and acquisition, and new business development as part of his acquired education in senior management and C-suite positions in his career.

Steve is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in marketing. He also holds several advanced executive program certifications from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Graduate Studies, Stanford University, and the American Press Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious James M. Cox Award for Sales Excellence from Cox Media and was recognized by the Newspaper Association of America and presented the NCN Award for outstanding new business development.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Debra, and has two daughters. His daughter Kelly is an elementary school mathematics teacher and recently married her husband, Valentin, who is a nutritional specialist, they reside in San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Colby is married, and she and her husband, Jordan, reside in Denver, Colorado, with his granddaughter, Amelia. Colby works in real estate management and Jordan is employed as a professional engineer.





Raymond Soto

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Steve Paterson is the current CEO and managing partner of Paterson Consulting Partners LLC, which specializes in small to medium-size business consulting in digital marketing, media and market analysis, and strategic planning. Steve came to the world of nonprofit management after a successful 35-year career in newspaper and media management, during which he has held the titles of publisher, group publisher, division president, and corporate director. He brings to his current position a diverse group of skills, which include publishing, finance, marketing, operations, manufacturing, distribution, digital communication development, merger and acquisition, and new business development as part of his acquired education in senior management and C-suite positions in his career.

Steve is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in marketing. He also holds several advanced executive program certifications from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Graduate Studies, Stanford University, and the American Press Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious James M. Cox Award for Sales Excellence from Cox Media and was recognized by the Newspaper Association of America and presented the NCN Award for outstanding new business development.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Debra, and has two daughters. His daughter Kelly is an elementary school mathematics teacher and recently married her husband, Valentin, who is a nutritional specialist, they reside in San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Colby is married, and she and her husband, Jordan, reside in Denver, Colorado, with his granddaughter, Amelia. Colby works in real estate management and Jordan is employed as a professional engineer.





Steve Paterson

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Melvin is employed with the Dickinson Police Department. During his 32-year tenure at Dickinson PD, he has risen through the ranks and currently holds the position of Captain assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. He has also served in the capacity of Interim Police Chief, when needed. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification. Mr. Mason is a graduate of the College of the Mainland Police Academy Class #44 and holds an associate degree from the same institution. He is also a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition, he is a graduate of the Leadership Command College (LCC) of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University. Melvin is a member of the Alvin Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Dickinson Rotary Club. Mr. Mason is married and has 3 daughters.





Melissa Jaris

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Steve Paterson is the current CEO and managing partner of Paterson Consulting Partners LLC, which specializes in small to medium-size business consulting in digital marketing, media and market analysis, and strategic planning. Steve came to the world of nonprofit management after a successful 35-year career in newspaper and media management, during which he has held the titles of publisher, group publisher, division president, and corporate director. He brings to his current position a diverse group of skills, which include publishing, finance, marketing, operations, manufacturing, distribution, digital communication development, merger and acquisition, and new business development as part of his acquired education in senior management and C-suite positions in his career.

Steve is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in marketing. He also holds several advanced executive program certifications from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Graduate Studies, Stanford University, and the American Press Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious James M. Cox Award for Sales Excellence from Cox Media and was recognized by the Newspaper Association of America and presented the NCN Award for outstanding new business development.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Debra, and has two daughters. His daughter Kelly is an elementary school mathematics teacher and recently married her husband, Valentin, who is a nutritional specialist, they reside in San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Colby is married, and she and her husband, Jordan, reside in Denver, Colorado, with his granddaughter, Amelia. Colby works in real estate management and Jordan is employed as a professional engineer.





Abimbola (Abby) Farinde

Member

Advisory Committee

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With 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Carolann is an authority on total business acumen and operational management. She has served as a business advisor for Galveston County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was a training facilitator for UH SBDC Network for nine years. She also served as director of operations for a publicly traded physical therapy company with more than 500 equity partners nationwide. Carolann has obtained national recognition in Entrepreneur, Small Business Opportunity, and Home Office Computing magazines for exceptional growth and development of her co-founded small business. She franchised the co-founded business of bookkeeping, tax, and small business consulting, with 13 franchises in seven states. She has personally launched and managed five businesses and two nonprofit organizations from concept, including developing and managing a breast cancer specialty retail boutique for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Carolann received her Master Life Coach, Business Coach, Executive Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Holistic Practitioner certification from Behavioral Healthcare Consultants and Transformation Coach certification from Life Mastery Institute. She received a B.S. degree in medical technology from University of Louisiana Monroe. Her early career was in health care as a clinical microbiologist and epidemiologist. Carolann’s passion and business experience, combined with more than 30 years of recovery for alcohol addiction, contributes to the mission of BACODA.





Denise Sholler

Member

ADVISORY BOARD

Honorary Member

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Steve Paterson is the current CEO and managing partner of Paterson Consulting Partners LLC, which specializes in small to medium-size business consulting in digital marketing, media and market analysis, and strategic planning. Steve came to the world of nonprofit management after a successful 35-year career in newspaper and media management, during which he has held the titles of publisher, group publisher, division president, and corporate director. He brings to his current position a diverse group of skills, which include publishing, finance, marketing, operations, manufacturing, distribution, digital communication development, merger and acquisition, and new business development as part of his acquired education in senior management and C-suite positions in his career.

Steve is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in marketing. He also holds several advanced executive program certifications from Northwestern University, the Kellogg School of Graduate Studies, Stanford University, and the American Press Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious James M. Cox Award for Sales Excellence from Cox Media and was recognized by the Newspaper Association of America and presented the NCN Award for outstanding new business development.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Debra, and has two daughters. His daughter Kelly is an elementary school mathematics teacher and recently married her husband, Valentin, who is a nutritional specialist, they reside in San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Colby is married, and she and her husband, Jordan, reside in Denver, Colorado, with his granddaughter, Amelia. Colby works in real estate management and Jordan is employed as a professional engineer.





Randy Grimes

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