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Congratulations to our BACODA Board Member!
Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, LPC, LCDC

Abimbola received the Davida Coady Gorham Medical Professional of the Year Award by the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. 

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BACODA is honored to have Abimbola serving as a current board member and sends a HUGE congratulations!

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Carolann Peters 

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Abimbola Farinde is a clinical pharmacist specialist in mental health, substance abuse, and geriatrics who graduated from Texas Southern University. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and training with the completion of residency training programs and being in practice for more than 10 years. She is interested in sharing her knowledge with other professionals engaged in clinical practice in a variety of settings and working with a variety of patient populations.





BACODA Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Sue Roberts

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Justin has a passion for youth and ensuring their success in the future. Growing up in a small town in New Mexico influenced his belief that early intervention and counseling are powerful tools to interrupt the addiction cycle. Justin has extensive information technology experience and understands the way that young people interact with their devices. Our current approach to how we reach the younger generation is evolving, and knowledge of technology is critical to that change.

Justin is the current elected constable in Galveston County Precinct 4, which covers portions of Dickinson, Friendswood, and League City. He remains very active in his community, with memberships in other organizations and boards, including the League City Lion’s Club. His law enforcement career also allows him to be in the community and attend many local events. He spends his free time holding seminars with local businesses to train their employees in safety and awareness. Joining the board of BACODA is a perfect fit for Justin and allows him to continue his community involvement.





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

LOCATION


The circuit is 10 miles north-east of Thetford on the A11 from London to Norwich.
Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2JU Map




FACILITY INFORMATION


REFRESHMENTS The Tyrells restaurant will be open to provide food and drink. STORAGE OF VALUABLES Bag drop will be at the garages in the paddock TOILETS There will be toilet facilities available for runners Please respect the venue
and its land. Use the toilets and put all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home.




PARKING


The Car Park is free. Please follow the entry road and then turn into parking areas after the
bridge.

There is lots of car parking available in the assigned fields on site, marshals will be on hand
to direct you. Please go slow when entering the car park and follow the marshal’s instructions. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare and we will get you parked as soon as possible. There is a small walk to registration, this is approximately 600m.
DISABLED PARKING
There will be parking near to registration for disabled badge holders.




KEY INFORMATION


REGISTRATION ON THE DAY + CHIP TIMING You will have received confirmation of your entry by email, once you have completed the
online form and paid the necessary fee, on validation your name will appear on the Race
Entry List on the online registration form. You can transfer your place to another runner using your active account before December 31st. This can be one at https://myevents.active.com.
if you have requested for your race pack to be posted out, you should expect to recieve your race pack by January 9th.
You will need to attach your timing tag to the the top of your shoe using the ties provided.
No Chip, No Time. The 10k start is through the gates near the cafe. The 5k start is at the top of the pit lane and will be accessed by the gate behind the garages at the top of the arena. Warming up is not allowed on the track. There is plenty of good flat tarmac in other open
spaces around the venue. WHAT TO BRING

  • A warm change of clothes for the journey home
  • Money for refreshments
  • Running kit
  • Sense of Humour.
SPECTATORS
the venue is great for spectators having lots of easily accesible areas including grandstands. CHARITY
Inspire Races is supporting the following: The Big C charity http://www.big-c.co.uk/ Norfolk’s
Cancer Charity. CHANGING & WHAT TO WEAR
We strongly advise that you arrive at the event in your running kit as there are limited
changing facilities, you’ll need to bring warm dry clothing to change into after the race.
There are limited showers at the event. RACE NUMBERS
Race numbers must be worn on the front of the vest/shirt. The numbers must not be bent or
mutilated. Runner information must be completed on the reverse of the bib number. T-SHIRT PICK UP
If you have ordered a T-shirt, these can be collected at the registration point. SAFETY
We take necessary and practical steps to ensure your safety on our courses. There are a
number of medically trained personnel around the course including the professional medical staff. If you feel unwell or notice anyone struggling at any time during the event, please speak to a marshal. MEDICAL SUPPORT
Professional medical staff will be present at the Finish area and at various points around the track. The medical centre is near Tyrells restaurant. WATER
There will be a water station on the course for the 10k. There will be water at the finishline. RESULTS
We use a timing tag that needs to be attached to your shoe. Please do not bend this tag. Results will be live via www.chiptiminguk.co.uk PRIZES Prize presentation will take place at the podium at 10.45am for the 5k and 12.10pm for the 10k. Prizes will be for the top 3 male and top 3 female and the top 1 in age category. RULES
The race will follow UKA rules
Our rules can be found at our website. RACE PHOTGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
a professional photographer will not be employed this year due to covid-19




RACE RULES


Race Rules – Snetterton Race Track 10k and 5k 1. This race is organised by WR Events Limited trading, as Inspire Races. None of its staff, sponsors, suppliers or agents will be liable for any injury, loss or expense which may arise as a consequence of your participation in this event. 2. A condition of entry is that you agree to abide by these Race Rules and the Rules of Competition as laid down by UK Athletics. 3. Entrants for this event must be aged 11 years or older for the 5k and 15 years or older for the 10k, on race day. 4. Entry to this race is personal to each applicant and once issued, race numbers may not be sold or transferred unless through the active online registration software. Any runner who passes their race number to another runner is liable for sanctions and any runner who competes while wearing another runner’s race number will be disqualified and is liable for sanctions. 5. Once you have paid for your entry there can be no refund, (refunds are in place if canceled due to covid-19). if you are subsequently unable to take part in this race. However, you may defer your place to next year’s race, this needs to be done 1 week before race day, Please contact info@inspireraces.co.uk for more information. 6. We reserve the right to refuse or cancel applications, including duplicate applications, or alter the date of the event, the course route or distance. 7. Entrants to this race undertake not to take part unless they are medically fit to run a 5k or 10k, dependent on the race entered. 8. All runners are required to complete the contact and medical details on the back of their race number. This is a requirement of participation and may be checked by race officials prior to the start. 9. Race numbers must be pinned securely to the front of your running top using a safety pin in each corner. Timing chips much be secured firmly to the laces of one of your running shoes using the ties provided by us on race day. 10. No wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs), or following cycles are permitted. 11. As the 10k is a 2-lap race, slower runners are required to stay on the kerb once the faster runners and wheelchair athletes start to overtake. 12. Any belongings left in the baggage area are stored at the owner’s risk. 13. Race marshals and medical team members have the authority to disqualify and remove any runner they consider to be acting dangerously, or to be unfit to compete. 14. Runners are required to report any casualties immediately to the nearest first aid post or race marshal. 15. Individual prizes will be awarded as listed on the website ww.inspireraces.co.uk 16. In the event of any dispute the decision of the Race Referee shall be final.




COVID-19 - CHANGES AND PROCEDURES


With exclusive use of the site, we will be offering a safely adapted event experience with a reduced capacity.

We are carefully revising detailed event plans – from getting there to going home. We know we have plenty of space and a nice wide track. Therefore, if we all follow the guidelines, we should have a fun safe event.

How do we get into the venue?

On arrival, please stop at the booths at end of the main drive in and present your active/Snetterton Racetrack confirmation and QR Code. Everyone in the car must have one of these to get into the venue. If you are a guardian or helper of a competitor, you will need to register as a guardian/helper here. This is for the purposes of track and trace.

Will there be a mass start?

Not in its usual sense. There will be a few smaller socially distanced wave starts.

Will there be a need to wear masks?

Masks will always be required to be worn until you enter onto the track to start your race. Bins will be available here to discard masks.

How will the waves be allocated?

Waves will be allocated based on pace; runners are required to submit an estimated finish time when entering online and will be grouped according to pace. Runners are advised not to make any assumptions or travel plans until the schedule is communicated early April.

What do I do if I want to run with someone in particular?

If you expect to run with a friend and/or family members, please ensure you submit the same expected finish time(s) and that you always maintain appropriate distancing, both in accordance with current guidelines and in a way that doesn't inhibit the ability of other runners to do the same.

Can I enter on the day?

Entries close at 07:00 on the 24th of April- ‪no late entries or on the day entries will be available.

What happens when I arrive?

Once you have arrived you will be checked in at the booths before parking. Ensure everyone has a valid Confirmation QR code, this is on your confirmation email.

If you have requested to receive your pack in the mail, this will be with the Tuesday before the event. If you have not received your bib number by this date, please email, info@inspireraces.co.uk/

You will need to arrive ready to run with your race number fastened to the front of your top using the safety pins provided; your number should always be visible.

Your race will be timed, and the chip attached to the back of your number should not be removed or bent.

If you need to collect your number please present yourself to one of the garages, ensure you have your confirmation email with you.

Where do I park?

There are designated race carparks at the venue - parking will be between 5 minute walk from the race start area.

Do I collect my pack on the day?

All race packs will be posted out. Please go through the race gates to wards the start line at the appropriate time. Please arrive ready to run with your race number fastened to the front of your top, your number should be always visible. Your race will be timed, and the chip attached to the back of your number should not be removed.

Will there be sanitisation points available?

Yes, sanitisation points will be located frequently along the one way system to the start line.

Is there a bag drop facility?

Bag drop will not be provided due to the event trying to minimize contact where possible, please arrive ready to run. Any personal items not required during the event should be left at home, in your vehicle.

Plans for critical items needed immediately before the start or at the finish will be communicated on the 15th of April.

What if I do not receive my pack in time?

If you have requested to receive your pack in the mail, this will be with the Tuesday before the event. If you have not received your bib number by this date, please email, info@inspireraces.co.uk Allowing us time to make up a new race pack.

What if I need help on the day?

Once you have arrived you will enter a socially distanced one-way system taking you via enquiries where a member of the race day team will be able to help you.

If it is possible to resolve prior to race day, please email info@inspireraces.co.uk

Will I be able to socially distance during the race?

The entirety of the route follows the wide Silverstone circuit, starting grids, pit lanes and the surrounding service road with plenty of space available. This, and the spread out release of runners over the start line, means there will be more than enough capacity for runners to move at a safe distance from one another, with room for any overtaking.

Will I be able to overtake along the route?

Yes. The entirety of the route follows the wide snetterton circuit and the surrounding service roads with plenty of space available. This, and the spread out release of runners over the start line, means there will be more than enough capacity for runners to move at a safe distance from one another, with room for any overtaking.

Will there be water stations along the route?

To ensure the event is contact-free please be self-sufficient and bring what you will need to refuel and hydrate along the route. Self-serve grab-and-go water stations with a limited supply of sealed bottles of water will be on the route if required for essential needs.

Are spectators allowed?

Spectators are not allowed this year due to the strict guidance that Snetterton Race Circuit follows regarding these events during this time.

I have a junior running.

You are allowed to accompany a junior if you are their guardian. You will need to register here.

Do I still get a medal with COVID-safe, contact-free measures in place?

Yes, once you have crossed the finish line you will have a moment to recover before joining the one-way reward lane to pick up your medal.





Executive Assistant

Denise DeLaRosa

Board of Directors 2021

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April Ranard

Chairperson

LOCATION


The circuit is 10 miles north-east of Thetford on the A11 from London to Norwich.
Snetterton Circuit, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2JU Map




FACILITY INFORMATION


REFRESHMENTS The Tyrells restaurant will be open to provide food and drink. STORAGE OF VALUABLES Bag drop will be at the garages in the paddock TOILETS There will be toilet facilities available for runners Please respect the venue
and its land. Use the toilets and put all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home.




PARKING


The Car Park is free. Please follow the entry road and then turn into parking areas after the
bridge.

There is lots of car parking available in the assigned fields on site, marshals will be on hand
to direct you. Please go slow when entering the car park and follow the marshal’s instructions. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare and we will get you parked as soon as possible. There is a small walk to registration, this is approximately 600m.
DISABLED PARKING
There will be parking near to registration for disabled badge holders.




KEY INFORMATION


REGISTRATION ON THE DAY + CHIP TIMING You will have received confirmation of your entry by email, once you have completed the
online form and paid the necessary fee, on validation your name will appear on the Race
Entry List on the online registration form. You can transfer your place to another runner using your active account before December 31st. This can be one at https://myevents.active.com.
if you have requested for your race pack to be posted out, you should expect to recieve your race pack by January 9th.
You will need to attach your timing tag to the the top of your shoe using the ties provided.
No Chip, No Time. The 10k start is through the gates near the cafe. The 5k start is at the top of the pit lane and will be accessed by the gate behind the garages at the top of the arena. Warming up is not allowed on the track. There is plenty of good flat tarmac in other open
spaces around the venue. WHAT TO BRING

  • A warm change of clothes for the journey home
  • Money for refreshments
  • Running kit
  • Sense of Humour.
SPECTATORS
the venue is great for spectators having lots of easily accesible areas including grandstands. CHARITY
Inspire Races is supporting the following: The Big C charity http://www.big-c.co.uk/ Norfolk’s
Cancer Charity. CHANGING & WHAT TO WEAR
We strongly advise that you arrive at the event in your running kit as there are limited
changing facilities, you’ll need to bring warm dry clothing to change into after the race.
There are limited showers at the event. RACE NUMBERS
Race numbers must be worn on the front of the vest/shirt. The numbers must not be bent or
mutilated. Runner information must be completed on the reverse of the bib number. T-SHIRT PICK UP
If you have ordered a T-shirt, these can be collected at the registration point. SAFETY
We take necessary and practical steps to ensure your safety on our courses. There are a
number of medically trained personnel around the course including the professional medical staff. If you feel unwell or notice anyone struggling at any time during the event, please speak to a marshal. MEDICAL SUPPORT
Professional medical staff will be present at the Finish area and at various points around the track. The medical centre is near Tyrells restaurant. WATER
There will be a water station on the course for the 10k. There will be water at the finishline. RESULTS
We use a timing tag that needs to be attached to your shoe. Please do not bend this tag. Results will be live via www.chiptiminguk.co.uk PRIZES Prize presentation will take place at the podium at 10.45am for the 5k and 12.10pm for the 10k. Prizes will be for the top 3 male and top 3 female and the top 1 in age category. RULES
The race will follow UKA rules
Our rules can be found at our website. RACE PHOTGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
a professional photographer will not be employed this year due to covid-19




RACE RULES


Race Rules – Snetterton Race Track 10k and 5k 1. This race is organised by WR Events Limited trading, as Inspire Races. None of its staff, sponsors, suppliers or agents will be liable for any injury, loss or expense which may arise as a consequence of your participation in this event. 2. A condition of entry is that you agree to abide by these Race Rules and the Rules of Competition as laid down by UK Athletics. 3. Entrants for this event must be aged 11 years or older for the 5k and 15 years or older for the 10k, on race day. 4. Entry to this race is personal to each applicant and once issued, race numbers may not be sold or transferred unless through the active online registration software. Any runner who passes their race number to another runner is liable for sanctions and any runner who competes while wearing another runner’s race number will be disqualified and is liable for sanctions. 5. Once you have paid for your entry there can be no refund, (refunds are in place if canceled due to covid-19). if you are subsequently unable to take part in this race. However, you may defer your place to next year’s race, this needs to be done 1 week before race day, Please contact info@inspireraces.co.uk for more information. 6. We reserve the right to refuse or cancel applications, including duplicate applications, or alter the date of the event, the course route or distance. 7. Entrants to this race undertake not to take part unless they are medically fit to run a 5k or 10k, dependent on the race entered. 8. All runners are required to complete the contact and medical details on the back of their race number. This is a requirement of participation and may be checked by race officials prior to the start. 9. Race numbers must be pinned securely to the front of your running top using a safety pin in each corner. Timing chips much be secured firmly to the laces of one of your running shoes using the ties provided by us on race day. 10. No wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs), or following cycles are permitted. 11. As the 10k is a 2-lap race, slower runners are required to stay on the kerb once the faster runners and wheelchair athletes start to overtake. 12. Any belongings left in the baggage area are stored at the owner’s risk. 13. Race marshals and medical team members have the authority to disqualify and remove any runner they consider to be acting dangerously, or to be unfit to compete. 14. Runners are required to report any casualties immediately to the nearest first aid post or race marshal. 15. Individual prizes will be awarded as listed on the website ww.inspireraces.co.uk 16. In the event of any dispute the decision of the Race Referee shall be final.




COVID-19 - CHANGES AND PROCEDURES


With exclusive use of the site, we will be offering a safely adapted event experience with a reduced capacity.

We are carefully revising detailed event plans – from getting there to going home. We know we have plenty of space and a nice wide track. Therefore, if we all follow the guidelines, we should have a fun safe event.

How do we get into the venue?

On arrival, please stop at the booths at end of the main drive in and present your active/Snetterton Racetrack confirmation and QR Code. Everyone in the car must have one of these to get into the venue. If you are a guardian or helper of a competitor, you will need to register as a guardian/helper here. This is for the purposes of track and trace.

Will there be a mass start?

Not in its usual sense. There will be a few smaller socially distanced wave starts.

Will there be a need to wear masks?

Masks will always be required to be worn until you enter onto the track to start your race. Bins will be available here to discard masks.

How will the waves be allocated?

Waves will be allocated based on pace; runners are required to submit an estimated finish time when entering online and will be grouped according to pace. Runners are advised not to make any assumptions or travel plans until the schedule is communicated early April.

What do I do if I want to run with someone in particular?

If you expect to run with a friend and/or family members, please ensure you submit the same expected finish time(s) and that you always maintain appropriate distancing, both in accordance with current guidelines and in a way that doesn't inhibit the ability of other runners to do the same.

Can I enter on the day?

Entries close at 07:00 on the 24th of April- ‪no late entries or on the day entries will be available.

What happens when I arrive?

Once you have arrived you will be checked in at the booths before parking. Ensure everyone has a valid Confirmation QR code, this is on your confirmation email.

If you have requested to receive your pack in the mail, this will be with the Tuesday before the event. If you have not received your bib number by this date, please email, info@inspireraces.co.uk/

You will need to arrive ready to run with your race number fastened to the front of your top using the safety pins provided; your number should always be visible.

Your race will be timed, and the chip attached to the back of your number should not be removed or bent.

If you need to collect your number please present yourself to one of the garages, ensure you have your confirmation email with you.

Where do I park?

There are designated race carparks at the venue - parking will be between 5 minute walk from the race start area.

Do I collect my pack on the day?

All race packs will be posted out. Please go through the race gates to wards the start line at the appropriate time. Please arrive ready to run with your race number fastened to the front of your top, your number should be always visible. Your race will be timed, and the chip attached to the back of your number should not be removed.

Will there be sanitisation points available?

Yes, sanitisation points will be located frequently along the one way system to the start line.

Is there a bag drop facility?

Bag drop will not be provided due to the event trying to minimize contact where possible, please arrive ready to run. Any personal items not required during the event should be left at home, in your vehicle.

Plans for critical items needed immediately before the start or at the finish will be communicated on the 15th of April.

What if I do not receive my pack in time?

If you have requested to receive your pack in the mail, this will be with the Tuesday before the event. If you have not received your bib number by this date, please email, info@inspireraces.co.uk Allowing us time to make up a new race pack.

What if I need help on the day?

Once you have arrived you will enter a socially distanced one-way system taking you via enquiries where a member of the race day team will be able to help you.

If it is possible to resolve prior to race day, please email info@inspireraces.co.uk

Will I be able to socially distance during the race?

The entirety of the route follows the wide Silverstone circuit, starting grids, pit lanes and the surrounding service road with plenty of space available. This, and the spread out release of runners over the start line, means there will be more than enough capacity for runners to move at a safe distance from one another, with room for any overtaking.

Will I be able to overtake along the route?

Yes. The entirety of the route follows the wide snetterton circuit and the surrounding service roads with plenty of space available. This, and the spread out release of runners over the start line, means there will be more than enough capacity for runners to move at a safe distance from one another, with room for any overtaking.

Will there be water stations along the route?

To ensure the event is contact-free please be self-sufficient and bring what you will need to refuel and hydrate along the route. Self-serve grab-and-go water stations with a limited supply of sealed bottles of water will be on the route if required for essential needs.

Are spectators allowed?

Spectators are not allowed this year due to the strict guidance that Snetterton Race Circuit follows regarding these events during this time.

I have a junior running.

You are allowed to accompany a junior if you are their guardian. You will need to register here.

Do I still get a medal with COVID-safe, contact-free measures in place?

Yes, once you have crossed the finish line you will have a moment to recover before joining the one-way reward lane to pick up your medal.





Melvin Mason

Treasurer 

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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.





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Tileena Vasquez is a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University, where she received a B.S. in Neuroscience. While attending classes at Baylor she studied epilepsy and autism in PTEN and FMR1 knockout fragile X mouse models in Dr. Joaquin Lugo’s lab. Her research led to the publication of an article titled “Deletion of Fmr1 results in sex-specific changes in behavior”. She also received the Undergraduate StudentMeResearch Grant from the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Baylor University to study the stories of B. Traven under Ken Wilber’s Integral All Quadrants All Levels (AQAL) Model. After graduation, Tileena began as an Animal Attendant for UT Health in Houston and after 6 months was transferred to the Department of Orthopedic Trauma at UTHealth. As a Research Assistant for Department of Orthopedic Trauma she aided in collecting, organizing and processing data for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium that was funded by the Department of Defense. The position provided her with several opportunities to interact with patients, however those opportunities were few and far between. Realizing that working with and helping patients was the most fulfilling part of her job she sought a job that focused more on aiding patients in gaining access to medical treatment. She soon transferred to a position as a Patient Access Representative that was contracted by Insperity to work for UT Physicians, a part of UTHealth. Within 3 months as a Patient Access Representative, Tileena was assisting patients with gaining access to 14 different medical treatment facilities within UTHealth. Tileena is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a focus on addiction and mental disorders. As a member of Dr. Thomas Green’s lab, she has given presentations over her research which have focused on identifying behavioral phenotypes that predict susceptibility to drug seeking and taking. One of which has received the 4th Annual Neuroscience Student Symposium, First Place for Second Year Students Presentations Award. She is also an author on the article titled “Manipulation of retinoic acid signaling pathway in the nucleus accumbent shell changes emotional behavior in rats”. Tileena is a member of the UTMB Student Neuroscience Organization and the UTMB Mental Health Research Group where she and others present their work and ideas. As the president of the Galveston Chapter Society for Neuroscience she has organized a teams for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, demonstrations of neuroscience activities for children and their parents at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, and Brain Fair where we provide interactive activities to students of under resourced schools with multiple of the schools designated as Title I federally funded schools for underperforming on national standards in the Galveston community.





BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Howard Bushart

Co-Secretary

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Tileena Vasquez

Secretary

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Tileena Vasquez is a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University, where she received a B.S. in Neuroscience. While attending classes at Baylor she studied epilepsy and autism in PTEN and FMR1 knockout fragile X mouse models in Dr. Joaquin Lugo’s lab. Her research led to the publication of an article titled “Deletion of Fmr1 results in sex-specific changes in behavior”. She also received the Undergraduate StudentMeResearch Grant from the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Baylor University to study the stories of B. Traven under Ken Wilber’s Integral All Quadrants All Levels (AQAL) Model. After graduation, Tileena began as an Animal Attendant for UT Health in Houston and after 6 months was transferred to the Department of Orthopedic Trauma at UTHealth. As a Research Assistant for Department of Orthopedic Trauma she aided in collecting, organizing and processing data for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium that was funded by the Department of Defense. The position provided her with several opportunities to interact with patients, however those opportunities were few and far between. Realizing that working with and helping patients was the most fulfilling part of her job she sought a job that focused more on aiding patients in gaining access to medical treatment. She soon transferred to a position as a Patient Access Representative that was contracted by Insperity to work for UT Physicians, a part of UTHealth. Within 3 months as a Patient Access Representative, Tileena was assisting patients with gaining access to 14 different medical treatment facilities within UTHealth. Tileena is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a focus on addiction and mental disorders. As a member of Dr. Thomas Green’s lab, she has given presentations over her research which have focused on identifying behavioral phenotypes that predict susceptibility to drug seeking and taking. One of which has received the 4th Annual Neuroscience Student Symposium, First Place for Second Year Students Presentations Award. She is also an author on the article titled “Manipulation of retinoic acid signaling pathway in the nucleus accumbent shell changes emotional behavior in rats”. Tileena is a member of the UTMB Student Neuroscience Organization and the UTMB Mental Health Research Group where she and others present their work and ideas. As the president of the Galveston Chapter Society for Neuroscience she has organized a teams for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, demonstrations of neuroscience activities for children and their parents at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, and Brain Fair where we provide interactive activities to students of under resourced schools with multiple of the schools designated as Title I federally funded schools for underperforming on national standards in the Galveston community.





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Rex Hemme currently serves as an adjunct professor of mathematics at San Jacinto Community College, Houston, Texas where he teaches two or three college-level algebra and statistics classes. He has many years of nonprofit experience, serving on boards of directors of several nonprofits. Since the 1980s, he served on boards of synagogues in Dallas; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Houston, generally as treasurer or financial vice president; from 1995 to 1997, he was president of Congregation Shaar Hashalom in Houston, Texas. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rex served on the board of Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school in Dallas, Texas. Since about 2002, with a 1.5-year hiatus due to term limitations, he has served on the board of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol, commonly as treasurer or on the Finance Committee, and from approximately 2008 to 2011, as president. From 2010 to 2019, Rex served on the board of D’Feet Breast Cancer, whose purpose is providing diagnostic services to low-income residents of Galveston County, Texas.

His professional experience from 1972 to retirement included: mathematical statistician, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Austin; consulting actuary, Milliman & Robertson, Houston and Dallas; vice president and actuary, American General Group Insurance Company, Dallas; second vice president and actuary, Lincoln National Insurance Company, Dallas and Fort Wayne, Indiana; and vice president and actuary, then senior vice president and actuary, American National Insurance Company, Galveston.

Rex received a B.S. in mathematics from Purdue University in 1970 and an M.S. in mathematics and statistics from Ohio State University in 1972. He was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries from 1979 to 2013.





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Justin has a passion for youth and ensuring their success in the future. Growing up in a small town in New Mexico influenced his belief that early intervention and counseling are powerful tools to interrupt the addiction cycle. Justin has extensive information technology experience and understands the way that young people interact with their devices. Our current approach to how we reach the younger generation is evolving, and knowledge of technology is critical to that change.

Justin is the current elected constable in Galveston County Precinct 4, which covers portions of Dickinson, Friendswood, and League City. He remains very active in his community, with memberships in other organizations and boards, including the League City Lion’s Club. His law enforcement career also allows him to be in the community and attend many local events. He spends his free time holding seminars with local businesses to train their employees in safety and awareness. Joining the board of BACODA is a perfect fit for Justin and allows him to continue his community involvement.





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Raymond (Ray) Soto has been a resident of the League City, Texas for the past 25 years. He is presently and has served as an Allstate agent and agency owner for the past 20 years. Ray served as Chairman of the Board of the League City Chamber of Commerce and is a current Ambassador. He serves the his industry as The Life Underwriter Training Council Moderator and has received awards as Honor Ring-5 years and Allstate Financial Leader Award-3 years. Ray received training and certification in College for Financial Planning; Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, The Life Underwriter Training Council; Professional Growth, The Life Underwriter Training Council; Multiline Skill, The Life Underwriter Training Council; and Personal Estate and Retirement Planning. He is a member of Grace Community Church Houston, Texas.





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Tileena Vasquez is a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University, where she received a B.S. in Neuroscience. While attending classes at Baylor she studied epilepsy and autism in PTEN and FMR1 knockout fragile X mouse models in Dr. Joaquin Lugo’s lab. Her research led to the publication of an article titled “Deletion of Fmr1 results in sex-specific changes in behavior”. She also received the Undergraduate StudentMeResearch Grant from the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Baylor University to study the stories of B. Traven under Ken Wilber’s Integral All Quadrants All Levels (AQAL) Model. After graduation, Tileena began as an Animal Attendant for UT Health in Houston and after 6 months was transferred to the Department of Orthopedic Trauma at UTHealth. As a Research Assistant for Department of Orthopedic Trauma she aided in collecting, organizing and processing data for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium that was funded by the Department of Defense. The position provided her with several opportunities to interact with patients, however those opportunities were few and far between. Realizing that working with and helping patients was the most fulfilling part of her job she sought a job that focused more on aiding patients in gaining access to medical treatment. She soon transferred to a position as a Patient Access Representative that was contracted by Insperity to work for UT Physicians, a part of UTHealth. Within 3 months as a Patient Access Representative, Tileena was assisting patients with gaining access to 14 different medical treatment facilities within UTHealth. Tileena is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a focus on addiction and mental disorders. As a member of Dr. Thomas Green’s lab, she has given presentations over her research which have focused on identifying behavioral phenotypes that predict susceptibility to drug seeking and taking. One of which has received the 4th Annual Neuroscience Student Symposium, First Place for Second Year Students Presentations Award. She is also an author on the article titled “Manipulation of retinoic acid signaling pathway in the nucleus accumbent shell changes emotional behavior in rats”. Tileena is a member of the UTMB Student Neuroscience Organization and the UTMB Mental Health Research Group where she and others present their work and ideas. As the president of the Galveston Chapter Society for Neuroscience she has organized a teams for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, demonstrations of neuroscience activities for children and their parents at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, and Brain Fair where we provide interactive activities to students of under resourced schools with multiple of the schools designated as Title I federally funded schools for underperforming on national standards in the Galveston community.





Steve Paterson

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Tileena Vasquez is a native Houstonian and graduate of Baylor University, where she received a B.S. in Neuroscience. While attending classes at Baylor she studied epilepsy and autism in PTEN and FMR1 knockout fragile X mouse models in Dr. Joaquin Lugo’s lab. Her research led to the publication of an article titled “Deletion of Fmr1 results in sex-specific changes in behavior”. She also received the Undergraduate StudentMeResearch Grant from the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at Baylor University to study the stories of B. Traven under Ken Wilber’s Integral All Quadrants All Levels (AQAL) Model. After graduation, Tileena began as an Animal Attendant for UT Health in Houston and after 6 months was transferred to the Department of Orthopedic Trauma at UTHealth. As a Research Assistant for Department of Orthopedic Trauma she aided in collecting, organizing and processing data for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium that was funded by the Department of Defense. The position provided her with several opportunities to interact with patients, however those opportunities were few and far between. Realizing that working with and helping patients was the most fulfilling part of her job she sought a job that focused more on aiding patients in gaining access to medical treatment. She soon transferred to a position as a Patient Access Representative that was contracted by Insperity to work for UT Physicians, a part of UTHealth. Within 3 months as a Patient Access Representative, Tileena was assisting patients with gaining access to 14 different medical treatment facilities within UTHealth. Tileena is now a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a focus on addiction and mental disorders. As a member of Dr. Thomas Green’s lab, she has given presentations over her research which have focused on identifying behavioral phenotypes that predict susceptibility to drug seeking and taking. One of which has received the 4th Annual Neuroscience Student Symposium, First Place for Second Year Students Presentations Award. She is also an author on the article titled “Manipulation of retinoic acid signaling pathway in the nucleus accumbent shell changes emotional behavior in rats”. Tileena is a member of the UTMB Student Neuroscience Organization and the UTMB Mental Health Research Group where she and others present their work and ideas. As the president of the Galveston Chapter Society for Neuroscience she has organized a teams for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, demonstrations of neuroscience activities for children and their parents at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, and Brain Fair where we provide interactive activities to students of under resourced schools with multiple of the schools designated as Title I federally funded schools for underperforming on national standards in the Galveston community.





Melissa Jaris

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Dr. Abimbola Farinde is a clinical pharmacist specialist in mental health, substance abuse, and geriatrics who graduated from Texas Southern University. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and training with the completion of residency training programs and being in practice for more than 10 years. She is interested in sharing her knowledge with other professionals engaged in clinical practice in a variety of settings and working with a variety of patient populations.





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Randy Grimes

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A former professional football player whose career spanned 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes spent 20-plus years battling an addiction to painkillers developed while treating career-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery and his 10-plus years in the addiction industry to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse as an interventionist and the founding advocate at Athletes in Recovery. In 2012, Randy launched Athletes in Recovery, a program designed to help athletes of all levels find treatment for addiction and mental health, while offering continued support for those already in recovery. Due to the success of Athletes in Recovery, Randy has partnered with the NFL, NHL, Gridiron Greats, After the Impact Fund, MLB, The Jockeys Guild, MMA, and a host of collegiate programs to bring further awareness and treatment services to professional and collegiate athletes and their families. As a result, hundreds of former professional and collegiate athletes have since been treated. Randy’s passion does not end with athletes; he is committed to helping all families find balance and peace of mind. Randy believes that “when families get well, addicts get well.” Randy has performed countless interventions across the United States and in five countries—bringing hope and healing when all seemed lost. Randy has been an exemplary ambassador and example of the power of professional treatment. Married for 36 years to his college sweetheart, Lydia, who is also a Certified Family Addiction Coach, they have two children and three grandchildren. Randy is regularly a commentator on numerous national TV networks and media, including NFL Network, Anderson Cooper, Father Albert, CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Fox News, SiriusXM Sports, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Sports Illustrated, and countless others. His “never give up” attitude translates from the gridiron to recovery. Regarding his recovery, Randy states: “God didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in … He opened the gates of hell and let me out!”





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