Board of Directors
NCAPDA’s Board consists of individuals who are committed to preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse that can lead to addiction and overdose deaths. Most also perform staff roles in running NCAPDA’s operations.
April Rovero – Founder/Executive Director
April retired from Lucent Technologies as a National Program Management Director in 2001 after a 30 year career in telecommunications. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Masters Certificate in Program Management from Stephen’s Institute of Technology. April founded NCAPDA shortly after her son Joey’s accidental death on December 18, 2009 from a accidental prescription drug overdose while a student at Arizona State University. April leads and oversees all aspects of the organization and is the Chairperson of the Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition, is a Steering Committee member of both the California Opioid Safety Network and the East Bay Safe Prescribing Coalition and is an Executive Steering Committee Member of the Fed Up! Coalition.
Jim Hansen – President
Jim is the President and co-founder of NCAPDA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and has spent the bulk of his 18 year career building software solutions working to improve the security of small, medium, and enterprise organizations. He is currently the Vice President of Security and Marketing for a security software company based in Austin, Texas. He was inspired to co-found NCAPDA after losing his his brother Joey died from an accidental prescription drug overdose. In his capacity as President, Jim helps to drive the strategic and tactical initiatives that help raise awareness of America’s prescription drug abuse/misuse epidemic.
Joseph Rovero – Treasurer
Joe is Joey’s father, and helped to found NCAPDA along with other family members. He is a graduate of Connecticut School of Electronics and he retired as a Program Manager with AT&T in 1998 with 25 years of telecommunications experience. He is the financial manager and planner for the organization and provides technical, operational and strategic assistance to members of NCAPDA’s Board and staff as needed.
Patty Hoyt – Secretary
Patty is the Prevention Coordinator at Discovery Counseling Center, coordinating a coalition of community members working to reduce underage drinking and drug use in the San Ramon Valley. Patty has a long history of supporting youth and parents in this area. She worked for 13 years as a parent classroom volunteer and in various capacities within the Parent Teachers Association, which she is still a member of. Patty is a leading member of the Contra Costa County MEDS (Medication, Education and Disposal Safety) Coalition and brings a wealth of prevention experience to her position as Board Secretary.
Scott Gerbert – Director
Using Scott’s vast knowledge and extensive contacts in the field of education have provided a great background for him to assist in the development of prescription drug educational tools and programs and to help establish opportunities to use them.
Vernae Graham – Director
Vernae is a seasoned communications professional with over 25 years of experience in corporate communications, media relations, public relations and public affairs. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism (Print and Online) from San Francisco State University. Vernae is passionate about educating students, teachers and community members about prescription drug safety as a direct result of losing her son, Malcolm, to an accidental heroin overdose in 2016. She also is an administrator for Healing Addiction, an online community of thought leaders, experts and individuals focused on healing addiction.
Monica Kamran – Director
Founder of Inner Sanctuary Wellness, Monica is a Certified Reiki Master, Meditation, Corporate Wellness and Stress Management Coach with a rich experience of working with Individuals with depression, anxiety and emotional stress. She has worked with children with special needs in various settings and is involved in various community welfare activities. She has successfully applied Alternative Healing Modalities to teens and adults with anxiety and stress disorders assisting them to manage emotions, prevent drug abuse and mental illness.
Amy Cooper – Director
Following the tragic accidental overdose death of her son in July 2014, Amy became passionate about working collaboratively to reduce prescription drug related addiction and overdose deaths through community education and policy change. As a representative of NCAPDA, she partners with high schools, colleges, community organizations, medical professionals, law enforcement, and other agencies to increase awareness about prescription drug addiction, naloxone distribution, and medicine safety. She is also a working member of the Santa Clara County Opioid Overdose Prevention Project Coalition (SCOOP) that is also focused on prevention of opioid addiction and overdose in that county and she is a supporting member of the FED UP! Coalition.
The following are supporters who manage overall activities on behalf of NCAPDA
Frankie Andrews – Area Coordinator – North Carolina
As Area Coordinator, Frankie oversees and manages all of NCAPDA’s awareness building activities throughout the state of North Carolina. He was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and relocated to Mount Airy, No. Carolina in (1976). Frankie is the father of 12-year old Colton, who is the focus and light of his life. Frankie became actively involved in his advocacy work against prescription drug abuse after his family suffered the devastating loss of his sister’s two sons, Matthew (age 25) and Brandon (age 26) from Methadone and Ativan in 2006 and 2010, respectively. By sharing his nephews’ stories and the impact their loss has had on his family and community, Frankie has helped countless others understand how dangerous prescription drugs can be when used recreationally or even when they are legitimately prescribed by a doctor.
The following are supporters who outreach throughout their local communities on behalf of NCAPDA
Steve Shelton – Outreach Director – North Carolina
Steve Shelton, a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Biology, has been a career logistician. Steve recently retired after a 25+ year career as a Regional Logistics Manager for Ecolab, Inc., the world’s leading provider of health, hygiene, sanitation, and water purification products. Steve and Mary Sue lost their son, Caleb (age 27), to an accidental opiate overdose in October 2016. Steve continues to be a strong proponent of addiction avoidance through education of our youth, and young adults on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and providing directional assistance to those seeking freedom from addiction.
Sandra Chavez – Outreach Director – Sacramento Area, California
Nancy Juracka – Outreach Director – East Bay Area, Northern California
Patty Mitchell – Outreach Director – Alameda County, California
The following are staff members who assist with the day-to-day operations of NCAPDA.
Chris Janssen – Project Manager
Chris served NCAPDA as an AmeriCorps VISTA and now on a volunteer basis. He helps with social media management, strategy, and other social media and marketing related needs. He grew graduated from UC Berkeley and now works in the Bay Area. His interests include hiking, running, and technology. He hopes to eventually attend medical school and hopes to make a lasting impact.
Joshua Pak – Project Manager
Joshua utilizes both his academic and professional background in data analysis and his experience working on pro-bono marketing and awareness campaigns to assist NCAPDA with optimizing its outreach to communities in need and the general public. Specifically, he helps coordinate the dissemination of NCAPDA’s educational, event-based, and fundraising content through social media platform management, marketing strategy, and individualized campaign research at both the national and local level. Joshua is also certified in channel growth and strategy as part of Google’s “YouTube Certified Program.”
Sam Zaffanella – Website Support Manager
Sam is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University. Using his designing and programming skills he gained from his Bachelor’s in Computer Science, he currently is in charge of keeping the NCAPDA website up to date and ensuring that each page on the site is designed in a way that appeals to any and all visitors of the site.
Dr. Ken Saffier – Medical Director
Dr. Saffier is a family and addiction medicine physician who throughout his career has been involved in medical school, residency and health professions education with special focus on addiction medicine, chronic pain management and motivational interviewing. He is a member of the Residency Leadership Group of the Contra Costa Regional Family Medicine Residency, located in Martinez, California. In 2008, he completed a faculty development fellowship at USC’s Division of Medical Education and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UC San Francisco. In 2012, he became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. After receiving his medical degree from SUNY, Stony Brook, he completed his family medicine residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, and has continued to work in “safety net” hospitals in medically underserved communities. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Saffier actively works collaboratively with NCAPDA’s Board members in direct support of NCAPDA’s mission.
Kathy Rains – Legal Director
Kathy brings her experience as a law enforcement officer and attorney to her position as NCAPDA’s legal advisor. She retired from Contra Costa County as a Deputy Sheriff and served in the Town of Danville as a police officer. Kathy is currently an attorney specializing in Family, Criminal and Employment Law. In her private practice she provides legal counsel to local youth, representing their interests in criminal matters that all too often involve substance abuse. She is committed to helping NCAPDA educate youth and young adults about the dangers, both physically and legally, that can stem from prescription drug abuse. Kathy has a teenage son who works as one of NCAPDA’s Youth Ambassadors, helping to bring prescription drug abuse education to his high school peers.
Dan White – Event Photographer
Dan White is the owner of Share-A-Vision Productions in San Ramon, CA. They do primarily event video and photography and have been in business about 10 years. They serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area reaching out to Sacramento and the Monterey Peninsula.
Hank Moreira – Webmaster
Hank designed and produced NCAPDA’s website and provides ongoing technical support. He has also been directly affected by prescription drug abuse, as his daughter, Kelly, was Joey Rovero’s girlfriend.
Tim Barley, Pastor, Valley Bible Church, Pleasanton
Tim Barley graduated from Stetson University (DeLand, FL) with a degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Golden Gate Seminary (Mill Valley, CA) with a Masters of Divinity. Tim has has been serving as the pastor to students and families at Valley Bible Church at the Crossing in Pleasanton for nearly twenty years. He has served as a leader in community organizations as a board member and highly requested speaker for parent and teen seminars through Teen Esteem, a program addressing issues of adolescent health in public and private High Schools and Middle Schools in the Bay Area. He also serves as a chaplain for the San Ramon Valley Fire District and has served in this role for nearly a decade. Tim is a gifted communicator and has been invited to speak at camps, conferences, and seminars throughout California, the United States and internationally.
Dr. Kristie Manning, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Manning grew up in Pleasanton, CA as the oldest of 4 children. She completed her undergraduate work at UCLA in 2001, where she majored in Physiological Science. After graduation from UCLA, she spent a year in Washington, D.C. doing research at the National Institutes of Health. She started medical school in 2002 at the University of Chicago and completed pediatric residency in Chicago from 2006-2009 at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Dr. Manning returned to the Bay Area in the summer of 2009 and currently lives in San Francisco. She practices as a Pediatric Hospitalist at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Dave currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dorothy Day House (DDH) (for homeless and low income residents of the city of Berkeley). Prior to coming to DDH he served as Executive Director for the Contra Costa Humane Society, Valley Humane Society, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and the San Ramon Valley Community Services Group. Other work experiences included being the Director of Community Services for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Palo Alto.Dave is a life member of the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club (since 1971), and has served as the President of the Danville Chamber of Commerce. He has participated in annual Leadership programs in Walnut Creek, San Ramon Valley, Pleasanton and Livermore.Dave’s forty-one years of varied professional experiences has led him to a belief that his true gift in life is to help others. That value system is based in a strong sense of community, commitment to family, love of animals and care for people in need.
Jeri Stegman, Addictions Specialist
Founder and principal of JS Consulting, has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Addictions Studies specialization and is a Registered Addiction Specialist. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings.Ms. Stegman currently brings her wealth of addictions treatment experience to Gracer Behavioral Services where she is the Director of this cutting edge team that is bringing the very latest in substance abuse and mental health services to Northern California. Finally, Ms. Stegman is a partner with JB Associates, a full-service behavioral healthcare consulting firm. She can be reached at (925) 820-6343 or at email@example.com.
Linda Turnbull, Teen Esteem
The founder and Director of Teen Esteem, Linda Turnbull, is dedicated to equipping, educating and empowering teens, parents and the community on issues related to teens and adolescent health. She is passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle for teens, especially in the area of high risk adolescent behavior. Her desire is to bring a message of truth to teenagers and to encourage them to think about the choices they are making; as well as to consider what is best for them, not only today, but for their future. Linda has been married for 30 years and has two grown daughters.