Phone: (941) 922-SAFE
Fax (941) 922-7699
SCoSA Promotes Substance Abuse Free Environments (SAFE)

Staff and Support

Lisa Phillips, MSW, MPH (candidate) - Executive Director

Lisa Phillips was appointed Acting Executive Director in August 4, 2003, after the unexpected demise of Dr. Roland J. Liebert. On December 2004, SCoSA Board of Directors unanimously approved Lisa’s appointment as Executive Director. She has been employed at SCoSA since May, 2002. As Information and Evaluation Director, she gained knowledge of the organization’s strategic plan and operational activities since inception. In addition to her degrees from the University of South Florida (USF), she has a Graduate Certificate in Planning, Evaluation and Accountability from the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the USF, Department of Government and International Affairs-College of Arts & Science. While obtaining her degrees, Lisa worked for two years as a FMHI graduate research assistant, concentrating on community based systems-of-care evaluation processes. She worked as a clinician for those impacted by substance abuse at First Step, Inc.’s Mothers and Infants Program and the Child Development Center. In the 10 years Lisa has been living in Sarasota, she has been active in community building and helping alcohol and drug addicted persons as a face and voice for the recovering community.

Lisa is happily married to Dave, the “mother” of six and the proud grandmother of four. Her happiest moments are those times when she can share the gifts she has been so freely given.

Sandra W. Figueroa, MBA - Business and Information Director

Sandra W. Figueroa has a Masters in Business Administration from Tennessee State University. She has undergraduate studies in Science and Industrial Engineering Technology. She has over ten years of work experience in the corporate environment and government, including the military. Ms. Figueroa is in charge of financial reporting, grant writing and management, production and distribution of materials in English and Spanish, and representation of the organization in the Hispanic/Latino and faith-based communities.

Barbara Kochmit, MEd - Prevention Consultant

Barbara Kochmit is the parent of two drug-free young adults. With 35 years experience in education – pre-K through college - and community resource development, Mrs. Kochmit brings an array of expertise to our organization. She obtained her Masters in Education at University of South Florida, and completed post-graduate courses at University of California – Santa Clara. Currently, she is working part time with SCoSA in partnership with Hanley Center, where she is the Prevention Program Coordinator for Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Jack Swanton, BS - Drug Free Specialist

Jack Swanton has an Associates degree in Business Administration from Hubbard Business College. In addition to his degree, Mr. Swanton has formal training in Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Ageing and Addiction, Family Conflict Resolution, Life Skills, and several other specialties. He works with the Business and Healthcare Committee to implement the Coalition’s Drug Free Workplace and Drug Free Schools programs. He recruits businesses and schools for the Programs, manages the activities, and reports progress. In addition to the Drug Free Workplace and Drug Free Schools programs, Mr. Swanton has an active role in the Senior Focus Committee.

Board of Directors

The Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the general membership. Members of the Board are all public officials, CEOs of key agencies or businesses, and leading citizens in key sectors of the population.

Tom Randle, Chair
Bill Little, Vice-Chair
Dr. Christine Cauffield, Treasurer
CEO, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Sherri Reynolds, Secretary
Supervisor, Pupil Support Services Sarasota County Public Schools
Robert Atkins
Executive Director, SAXES
Debra Ducett
Coordinator, School of Social Work University of South Florida
Bill Balkwill
Sheriff Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
Charles Roberts
Honorable Judge Sarasota County Circuit Civil Court
Philip J. Brooks
Vice President of Outpatient Services First Step of Sarasota, Inc.
Clovia Russell
Director, Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity (SURE)
Dudley Carson
Broker/Owner RE/MAX Premier Services
Dr. Donald Snyder
Senior Friendship Center
Rose Chapman
President and CEO Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Dr. Carol Todd
Sarasota County School Board
Andrea Saputo Cox
VP Marketing & Consumer Affairs/Owner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
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