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NAATP Welcomes New Board Members

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The National Association is pleased to welcome Zina Rodriguez and Jerry Schwab to its Board of Directors. 

Zina Rodriguez, MSW, MCAP, CDE is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Z&D Consulting in Miami, FL. Mrs. Rodriguez has over 25 years of combined experience in the private sector and in behavioral health care. Her expertise includes strategic planning, multi-cultural marketing, multi-cultural program development, licensing, and accreditation. She has held senior leadership positions for national and global behavioral health care companies where she has served as Executive Director and in Senior Marketing and Business Development roles. Ms. Rodriguez has been essential in the development of the NAATP’s DEI Initiative including co-creating NAATP’s first podcast series, Colors of Recovery. She also co-authored NAATP’s Stages of Change Model for DEI Best Practices in Addiction Treatment.

Jerry Schwab, is the President and Chief Executive Officer at High Watch Recovery Center in Kent, CT, established in 1939. Highwatch is a Data Site for the NAATP Foundation for Recovery Science and Education (FoRSE) and its first Founding Donor. Mr. Schwab is a licensed paramedic and served as the President and Chairman of a large non-profit paramedic service in Southern Connecticut. With over twenty years of experience as an executive with non-profit healthcare organizations, he also serves on the State of Connecticut Alcohol & Drug Policy Council. Mr. Schwab has served as a municipal Ethics Commissioner, Board member of the Pomperaug Health District, and as a member of the Connecticut Department of Public Health EMS Advisory Board. Jerry is also the Co-founder of Empowering Communities Worldwide, which sponsors and organizes free medical aid missions to traditionally under-served, sub-Saharan African nations.

These new board members join the NAATP Board of Directors comprised of 24 individuals who serve in executive-level leadership of entities that provide either direct Substance Use Disorder (SUD) service (Provider Members) or support such services (Supporter Members). Each organization has demonstrated a commitment to the greater good of the addiction treatment community, the patients we serve, and the NAATP Mission to provide leadership, advocacy, training, and member support services to ensure the availability and highest quality of addiction treatment. Candidates are considered for board service based on education, training, experience, expertise, and demonstrated commitment to NAATP Mission and Values. The NAATP Board is the governing body of the association providing oversight and vision for NAATP’s professional staff.   

 

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