Gina Bryan has been in paramedicine for 34 years, in clinical research (data, regulatory, and administration) for 15 years, has worked with juveniles in detention, and adults on probation for seven years. She has a BS in Anthropology, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is working on completion of her RN degree.
Gina believes that finding and living a passionate life is transformative in the face of substance misuse, ignites our spirit, and and gives us a sense of purpose as a driving force.
Susana Deltoro serves as the Director of Programs and Services for Houston Recovery Center, being part of the original team who joined the organization in its inceptions in 2013. She is Licensed in Professional Counseling (LPC) and Chemical Dependency (LCDC) and holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She oversees the operations of the Sobering Center including a team of 37. In addition, she provides direct supervision to 4 community contracts, staffed by Recovery Support Specialist including UT HEROES, Harris County Adult Probation, Responsive Intervention for Change (RIC) and Star Drug Court. Susana is a practicing LPC treating individuals and families who struggle with trauma and substance misuse. Susana’s background includes over 15 years of experience in different community settings providing services in the mental health and substance use field.
Susana is known for her high ethical standards, servant leadership and task-oriented work style. Susana believes in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being, including their physical health, support systems (family, friends), work or school environment, and faith/spirituality in this process.
Her favorite quote symbolizes her commitment to achieve excellence by serving others: “Being humble is recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” -Gordon B. Hinckley
Julie Long is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Accounting. She has been in the financial accounting field her entire career, beginning as a staff accountant at a regional CPA firm and moving into Corporate Controller, for mid-size privately held companies. In 2012, after a lay off from an energy company, she opened her own firm, offering financial accounting services to small and midsize companies in the greater Houston area. The firm has opened opportunities to learn a variety of industries, as well as numerous ERP systems and is a rewarding part of her career.
She came to Houston Recovery Center through her firm. She currently serves on The University of Texas System Chancellors’ Council Executive Committee that works with all 19 academic and medical institutions of the UT System. She is a past president of Texas Exes and stays actively involved with raising scholarships for Houston high school seniors wishing to attend UT Austin.
In addition, she is a member of several business organizations centered around financial accounting and the ever-changing role accountants play in companies. She is the mother of two wonderful daughters and has lived in Houston for most of her adult life. She started volunteering for the homeless count, done each January, several years ago and learned of the plight of many Houston residents without adequate housing and the causes, which are not easily solved. She is honored to serve Houston Recovery Center in the daily effort of saving lives and offering solutions to our community.
Suzanne Jarvis previously held the position of Executive Director for Living Forward Alliance where she developed and led an awardwinning personal growth and re-entry program for incarcerated women in addiction treatment. Working in the criminal justice system, she saw how social stigma, limited funding, and lack of public policy negatively impacts underserved populations in recovery and switched professional efforts to support new criminal justice initiatives for individuals with substance use disorders.
She volunteers for the Houston Recovery Initiative as the Recovery Advocacy Committee Chair. Her most recent advocacy project is a documentary called Generation Found. Her role as Associate Producer helped lead the Houston community in making and funding the film. Created by Greg Williams, director of The Anonymous People, Generation Found tells the story of Houston’s unique community support and programs for youth and family recovery. Suzanne presented with Greg Williams at the 2014 American Public Health Association National Conference on the impact of films on public health. In October 2016 she was awarded the Distinguished Advocate award by the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.
Suzanne has a BA in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and has an MPH in Healthcare Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. She is an avid cyclist, enjoys CrossFit, travel, and the arts.
Connect with Suzanne on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/suzjarvis
Debra Villanueva has 14 years of experience in the workforce development system. This experience has provided her with the knowledge and tools it takes to maintain a strong human resource department and professional organization. She is able to identify and serve the needs of people from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Debra has the compassion and the building blocks it takes to make a difference in Houston. She is excited to become a member of the Houston Recovery Center team, and she looks forward to providing her knowledge, tools and sense of growth for the success of this organization.