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 an accidental prescription drug overdose while a student at Arizona State University. April leads and oversees all aspects of the organization, is an active member of the 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, is a member of the Northern California MADD Advisory Board 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 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 the 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.
Nivedita Krishnaswami – Secretary
Ms. Nivedita Krishnaswami is a trained Child and Family counselor from India. She has completed her training in Co-active coaching from CTI, The Coaches Training Institute, USA. Currently, she is employed with the San Ramon Valley Unified School district as a Primary Intervention Specialist. She is a practicing Life Coach. Apart from her regular job, Nivedita also leads the program, Family Services with Sewa International – Bay Area chapter, a nonprofit which works extensively in the community across the globe.
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.
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) which is also focused on the prevention of opioid addiction and overdose in that county and she is a supporting member of the FED UP! Coalition.
A.J. Sherill – Director
Randy Abbott is a North Carolina native. He graduated from Lees-McRae Junior College in 1981 and then Appalachian State University in 1983 where he met his wife, Christine. After they were married, they moved to Greensboro where they raised their three children, Rachel, Vanessa, and Matthew. Their daughter Vanessa lost her long and hard-fought battle with substance use disorder on January 31, 2015, at the age of 24. After her death, Randy made the commitment to carry on her battle, working to end our nation’s opioid epidemic and the stigma associated with it. Randy is an advocate for those suffering from substance use disorder, those in or seeking recovery and the families fighting along with them. Recognition for Randy’s community and state-level work includes the Change Maker Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the NC Attorney Generals Dogwood Award. Randy serves on the steering committee for Care 4 Carolina, is the planning committee chair for the annual NCAPDA hosted “International Overdose Awareness Day – NC Raleigh Rally for Change” event and is a volunteer with the Healthy Guilford and Expand Good Sam NC Coalitions.
Nick Baltazar – San Francisco Bay Area
A member of NCAPDA’s Speaker’s Bureau and opioid overdose rescue trainer, Nick is an avid advocate for education on Substance Use Disorder. He uses his personal lived experience story to provide insight into this disease and how use of prescription drugs can produce the disorder. Nick has a bachelor’s in psychobiology from UC Davis, and is currently attending school at UC Berkeley with plans to pursue a career in counseling and therapy.
Elizabeth is the Social Media Coordinator at NCAPDA and was previously an AmeriCorps VISTA with Contra Costa County MEDS (Medication, Education, and Disposal Safety) Coalition. Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from California State University East Bay. Elizabeth is currently in a masters program at Holy Names University pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a track to become a LMFT. Elizabeth’s love of service stems from her upbringing in the community of Richmond,CA which is top 3 in overdoses within Contra Costa County. She aims to raise awareness in communities similar to that in which she grew up with hopes to increase equity and decrease disparities among the disadvantaged. Elizabeth hopes that her personal experience along with her psychology and criminal justice background will help bridge the gap of lack of education amongst communities of color through social media platform management. The goal is to increase awareness through powerful messages that are primarily youth focused.
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 a 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 a 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 for 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 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 have led him to a belief that his true gift in life is to help others. That value system is based on 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’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.