SARDAA Board of Directors

  • John Cruise

    ChairHouston, Texas

    John Cruise is the CEO of the Injured Federal Workers Advocate Association (IFWAA) which is an advocacy organization that assists injured federal employees receive their injury benefits through the Department of Labor and IFWAA also assists its clients with locating qualified medical providers for their care and treatment. IFWAA has offices nationwide and its corporate office is in Houston, Texas.

  • Mary Palafox, RN

    SecretaryOrange County, California

    A Registered Nurse, of 35 yrs in Nursing Administration, Supervision, and Patient Care Coordination for inpatient and ambulatory care services. She’s known for her innovative & creative abilities in developing systems of practice that are easily managed by a wide variety of medical personnel. Her journey into the Mental Health System began when her son acquired the disease of schizophrenia. She is a devoted advocate to integrate physical and mental health.

  • Susan Sheena

    Great Neck, New York

    Marketer, Educator, and Entrepreneur: Susan is passionate about advocating for her son’s recovery and also helping others so that they do not have to go it alone. Susan discovered SARDAA and is committed to sharing her experience, strength and hope with others through the Family and Friends Support Group.

  • Josh Garnier Sr., JD

    Spring, TX

    An attorney with 17 years of business experience who is dedicated to broadening the awareness of schizophrenia related brain illnesses and helping SARDAA to increase its ability to improve lives affected by psychosis.

  • Raymond Y. Cho, M.D., M.Sc.

    Houston, Texas

    Raymond Cho has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences since joining in 2014. Actively involved in research, he is director of the Integrated Neuroscience and Treatment Program and director of the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Cho is also the medical director of the Early Detection and Intervention for Psychosis (EDIP) Clinic as well as the Chief of Psychiatry Services at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

  • Matcheri Keshavan, M.D.

    Boston, Massachusetts

    Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry; Harvard Medical School Vice Chair of Public Psychiatry; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Mental Health Center
    As part of a major new research initiative, Dr. Matcheri Keshavan joined the faculty of the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry in 2008. Dr. Keshavan’s work focuses on neurobiological models of schizophrenia and on the development and implementation of early interventions with biopsychosocial treatment strategies.

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Linda Stalters, MSN

    SARDAA Founder,Houston, Texas

    Retired Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist with broad ranging experience as a clinical practitioner, educator, advocate, organizer, and speaker. Committed to driving improved patient care through education, patient advocacy, and clinical practice.

Schizophrenics Anonymous Founder and Inaugural SARDAA Board Member

  • Joanne Verbanic

    Schizophrenia Alliance FounderFarmington, MI

    Retired Ford Motor Credit Union. “Committed to devote the rest of my life to helping other people with mental illness and believe this is God’s plan for my life. I receive so much support from the members of S.A. and have met the most caring, compassionate people. It was my goal to make S.A. a national group and I will continue the endeavor as long as I live.” Joanne fulfilled her life’s commitment until the day she died on May 7, 2015.