Ricardo D. Torres is an Occupational Therapist and Regional Rehab Director working for Regency Integrated Healthcare providing direction and oversight to the Rehab teams working in their 10 Skilled Nursing Facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. His work as an Occupational Therapist has provided him with experience in mental health services and adult and pediatric dysfunction. Ricardo brings practical knowledge of health care administration via his experience as the Director of Rehabilitation for South Texas Health Systems’ Edinburg Regional Rehab Center and various pediatric rehabilitation agencies in the RGV. He is supportive of the preventative education model and an advocate of a whole family approach for service delivery. One thing he would like to see happen in the Rio Grande Valley is the development of a coordinated inter-agency system for service delivery that would make it easier for people to obtain services and education for their medical, mental health, and rehabilitation needs.
Father George Gonzalez is a priest, chaplain, and therapist for the Diocese of Brownsville Catholic Church. He holds a Master of Theology and Religion and a Ph.D. in Psychology. He provides prison ministry to the Prisons and Jails in the Rio Grande Valley. He teaches part-time for Wayland Baptist University. He brings an integrated approach in a spiritual, clinical, therapeutic, and pastoral direction to program development. He supports the need for education for the public and assessing the client’s readiness for change while addressing the needs and issues of our clients and inmates.
Beverly Skloss works for the Texas Board of Nursing. She received her Masters in Nursing-Nurse Practitioner with a mental health specialty. Her background in administration, management, nursing education and direct care includes alcohol, drugs, and mental health services. She provides knowledge and experience in policy development, counseling issues, and identification of service needs. She supports community education efforts, more acute treatment services for adults, and collaboration with area schools for youth services.
Analiza Amaya-Diaz is a Pharmacist employed by Valley Baptist Medical Center/Tenet Health. She received her B.S. and Pharm. D. and completed a specialized residency in ambulatory care. Upon completion of the residency, she accepted a position as clinical manager for the pharmacy department at Valley Baptist Medical Center and has remained in that capacity to the present day. She is also the Regional Director for the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Externship Program. She is married to Rolando Diaz and has a son, Noah, in college. Her background provides knowledge and resources in drug education. She supports youth programs that address peer pressure. She looks forward to her participation in community events, promoting program services, and “putting out statistics in the community’s ear about drug abuse”.
Luis V. Rodriguez is a psychologist and social worker (retired) from Harlingen C.I.S.D. He received his bachelor’s degree from UTPA in Edinburg, his Master’s of Science in Social Work from U.T. Arlington, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from St. Monica’s University. His social work experience includes service to Child Protective Services, Friendship of Women, Women Together/Mujeres Unidas, Valley AIDS Council, and Valley Baptist Medical Center. He is an advocate for treatment and prevention strategies that include family involvement and empowerment. He looks forward to bringing his experience in resources, networking, and teamwork to BHSST.