Kathleen Roberts, MS is the Executive Director for the Community Coalition Alliance (CCA). Her research background has focused on substance abuse prevention and treatment, clinical practice and assessments, co-occurring issues, data analysis and evaluation, and program/strategy implementation at the local, regional, and State levels.
Ms. Roberts received her Master of Criminology from Florida State University in 2010 as well as a Master of Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida in 2003. She works with substance abuse prevention coalitions across the state of Florida, providing technical assistance and training on environmental strategies to reduce the impact of substance misuse through evidence-based practices guided by data at the regional and local level.
Prior to joining CCA, Ms. Roberts worked with the Department of Children and Families Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) focusing on behavioral health related programmatic, clinical, and policy areas. In this role, she served as the State’s epidemiology workgroup coordinator, the team lead for the SAMH Clinical Team, and Florida’s National Prevention Network designee. She has been intimately involved in several Department initiatives including substance abuse issues with pregnant and parenting women, Family Intensive Treatment (FIT), the development of thePerformance Based Prevention System (PBPS), and the development of the electronic dashboard for the FYSAS. Additionally, she was a Research Associate with Florida State University for over seven years focusing on substance abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention, delinquency, and other areas of behavior through grant funded initiatives.
Ms. Roberts currently serves as the co-chair for the Florida Prevention Advisory Council (PAC) and a member of the Florida Prevention Workforce Workgroup. Additionally, she is one of the State’s trainer for the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) Curriculum supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Nancy Castillo graduated from the University of South Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Social Work and from Nova Southeastern University in 1995 with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Currently, Nancy joined CCA July 6, 2021, as Program Manager. Prior to CCA Nancy was the Prevention Coordinator for the Community Council Against Substance Abuse, Marion County Heroin/Opioid Task Force and Substance Newborn Task Force with Marion County Children’s Alliance for 15 years. Nancy is also a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Previous experience includes:
Case Manager, for the chronically mentally ill and a Program Manager of the Family Services Planning Team and Family & School Support Teams Mental Health Care in Tampa, FL.
Social Worker for Marion County Public Schools
Program Manager for the Family Visitation Center with Children’s Home Society in Marion County.
Clinical Supervisor and then Non-Residential Director at Arnette House in Marion and Lake County.
Phone: (863) 450-7969
Email: [email protected]
Elizabeth serves as the Contract Manager at the Community Coalition Alliance. Her new role will consist of managing the contracts for prevention coalitions including, but not limited to monitoring/evaluation of prevention programs, processing monthly invoices and reviewing data entry in DCF’s Performance Based Prevention System (PBPS), providing technical assistance for contract and programmatic requirements, and drafting contracts and amendments.
Elizabeth was with LSF Health Systems for over five years. She began as a Network Manager and quickly stepped up to the Prevention Network Manager role when the position became available at the end of 2018. Since then, she has dived right into and considered an expert in the substance abuse prevention community. Her involvement includes Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST), continuous prevention technical assistance, support of both providers doing EBP’s in the schools and coalitions in the community, and bringing together the prevention community in the 23 counties that LSF serves.
Elizabeth is also a trainer for NARCAN and SBIRT. She is working on obtaining her Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) for her continuing education.
Phone: (904) 366-9280
Email: [email protected]
Maria Schedin, MPH, CPH is the Research and Special Projects Manager for the Community Coalition Alliance. She is also an Alumnus of the University of North Florida’s Master of Public Health Program where she concentrated in Epidemiology and Global Health. During this time she has also served as a supervisor in both student and professional capacities of health education activities at the University of North Florida for over 3 years. Currently she is also an Instructor at the University teaching Planning and Evaluating Health Programs.
Prior to coming on board with CCA Maria worked for the Arc of Jacksonville as the Research Program and Services Assistant to the Vice President of Special Projects. During this time she worked on evaluation and quality assurance of its programs related to the IDD population in Jacksonville.
In her current role at CCA Maria works to ensure the dissemination of research and data to its partners and coalitions across the state of Florida through development of newsletters, reports, and websites. Maria also is in charge of the CCA intern team that assists with special projects.
Phone: (386) 864-5165
Email: [email protected]