BACODA Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Carolann Peters 

Chief Executive Officer

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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.





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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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.





Director of Finance

Jamie Comstock

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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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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.





April Ranard

Chairperson

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Tamara Spencer dedicated 18.5 years of her life serving and protecting League City citizens. A native of Rochester, New York, Spencer relocated to the Houston area in 1975, graduating from J. Frank Dobie High School and attending San Jacinto College. Tamara got her start in law enforcement in 1997 as a League City patrol officer. After 10 years on the League City police force, she was promoted to sergeant and quickly stepped in to serve as a special operations sergeant. Tamara was the second female sworn officer in the history of the department to have ever been promoted. After leaving League City Police Department in 2016, Tamara joined the Texas Municipal Police Association as a field representative for the Houston and East Texas region. Tamara’s duties included assisting officers during critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings, fatal crashes, and mental health support, including suicide interventions. Tamara, a master peace officer, has a long list of accomplishments and certifications including being certified and trained as a standardized field sobriety test practitioner and instructor, State of Texas expert witness for DWI cases, mental health officer, bicycle and marine patrol officer, TCOLE certified instructor, collision avoidance training instructor, Intoxilyzer operator, commander of the League City Honor Guard, advanced accident investigator, and a crash reconstruction expert. She is also certified to teach critical incident peer support and suicide prevention for law enforcement.

Tamara actively assisted in teaching and coordinating events for the League City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. She is now the full-time staff instructor for the Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth (FRIDAY) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training (ADAPT) programs. She continues to teach critical incident and suicide prevention courses as well.

She has received numerous awards, including the 100 Club of Houston Officer of the Year and the League City Police Department Medal of Valor. She was most proud of being honored during her career a special delegate to China for her involvement in organizing an exchange internship program for students of China’s Zhejiang Police College with Sam Houston State University and the League City Police Department. Tamara is married with four children and two granddaughters. Her husband, James, is a recently retired assistant chief of police in League City.





Tamara Spencer

Vice Chairperson

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Rex Hemme currently serves as an adjunct professor of mathematics at San Jacinto Community College, Houston, Texas since 201[EL1] , 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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Howard Bushart

Co-Secretary

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Rex Hemme currently serves as an adjunct professor of mathematics at San Jacinto Community College, Houston, Texas since 201[EL1] , 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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Rex Hemme

Member

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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.





Justin West

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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.





Raymond Soto

Member

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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!”





Steve Paterson

Member

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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.”





Melissa Jaris

Member

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Melisa Jaris served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years as an intelligence specialist while earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park College. Melisa continued her career working as a police officer for the League City Police Department until her retirement in 2016. During that time, Melisa earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown. While employed with the police department, she also started the Guardian program, which allows people with cognitive disorders to register with the police department. This assists officers in finding people who may get lost or wander away. Melisa currently works as the supervisor of specialized caseloads at the Galveston County Community Service and Corrections Department.





Abimbola (Abby) Farinde

Member

Advisory Committee

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Melisa Jaris served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years as an intelligence specialist while earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Park College. Melisa continued her career working as a police officer for the League City Police Department until her retirement in 2016. During that time, Melisa earned a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston Downtown. While employed with the police department, she also started the Guardian program, which allows people with cognitive disorders to register with the police department. This assists officers in finding people who may get lost or wander away. Melisa currently works as the supervisor of specialized caseloads at the Galveston County Community Service and Corrections Department.





Denise Sholler

Member

ADVISORY BOARD

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Howard Bushart, MA, LCDC is the chairman of the Allied Health Division and lead instructor in the Addictions Studies Program at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He has been practicing and teaching in the substance abuse field for more than 30 years. “The Search for the Right and the Good” is a relatively painless introduction into ethical principles that are applicable to both professional and personal decision making. Moreover, it is a discussion of what ethics are and how these ethical principles help us avoid reinventing the wheel in terms of standards of behavior and establishing codes of behavior that define the helping professions.





ADVISORY BOARD

Missy Williams

Member

Honorary Member

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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!”





Randy Grimes

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