Leadership Officials for the WestCare Orgranization

Richard (Dick) Steinberg, President

Richard “Dick” Steinberg is the President of WestCare Inc. As the President of WestCare Foundation, Inc., Mr. Steinberg is responsible for the endowment and private philanthropy, FitzHouse Enterprises, and shaping the future direction of WestCare’s treatment and community development work. Serving as WestCare Foundation’s President and CEO for over forty-four years, WestCare has grown to be one of the nation's largest, nonprofit organizations addressing the broad array of health, wellness, and human services. WestCare's current operations exist in over one-hundred-thirty facilities expanding across seventeen states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific islands of Guam, the Northern Marianas, the Marshall Islands, the Confederated States of Micronesia, Palau and American Samoa.

Since his earliest days working at the local YMCA, Mr. Steinberg has simply been interested in helping people build better lives. As a Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in South Vietnam, Dick demonstrated leadership abilities early in his career. In addition to supervising Army personnel, facilities and programs, he developed a Substance Abuse Program for his battalion as well as Medical Civic Action Projects assisting elders, women, and children in the local villages of Vietnam. Once he returned to America after the war, Dick worked as an Educational Therapy Assistant in the Long Beach Veterans' Hospital where he coordinated the provision of educational programs for patients suffering from spinal cord injuries and/or substance abuse disorders.

In 1978, Mr. Steinberg joined Fitzsimmons House, a Therapeutic Community Treatment program in Las Vegas, NV, and, a year later, became the Director. Under his leadership, Fitzsimmons House began to grow and expanded operations to Mt. Charleston at the historic Harris Springs Ranch and added the Women and Children Campus and Crises Triage and Detox Center in downtown Las Vegas. Operations then expanded to Arizona and California becoming what is now known as WestCare. Inc.

Mr. Steinberg has made significant contributions to the field of behavioral health and is a recognized leader in this field. He is Past President of Treatment Communities of America (TCA), an appointee of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council, and former Board Member of the Forensic Addictions Corrections Treatment Board for the University of California San Diego Medical School. He is also a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, American Correctional Association, National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Western States Youth Services Network, World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions.

Mr. Steinberg received his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Nevada Las Vegas following a BA in Psychology from California State University Long Beach.

Ken Ortbals, Chief Executive Officer

Ken Ortbals is the Chief Executive Officer of WestCare Foundation, Inc. In this role, Mr. Ortbals is responsible for overseeing WestCare’s world-wide clinical and administrative functions. This scope includes operating twenty-four non-profit entities operating in seventeen states, four territories and three countries. Ken joined WestCare in October 2015 as the Chief Information Officer. He then stepped into the Chief Financial Officer position and took on additional responsibilities as the Executive Vice President.

Prior to joining WestCare Foundation, Mr. Ortbals served as the Chief Operating Officer for First Call in Kansas City, Missouri. First Call provides clinical, educational and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Ortbals was responsible for collaborating with the CEO to create annual strategic plans, coordinate the annual operations budget and lead the performance management process. Before assuming this role, he served as First Call’s Technology Director. In this role, he was responsible for multiple projects involving the Community CareLink software platform. Mr. Ortbals was integral in the success of these projects, as he was responsible for building the web-based software applications that utilize an n-tier architecture, interfacing with staff to effectively implement project requirements, and delivering onsite and remote training to front-end users. Before Mr. Ortbals ventured into the nonprofit industry, he worked in the private sector managing major project implementations in the wireless communications and telecommunications industry with Accenture. Accenture is a multinational management and consulting, technology services and outsourcing company that delivers on the promise of technology and human ingenuity.

Mr. Ortbals’ career proves him a successful, results-oriented leader. His background of executive leadership, accounting and information security provides a well-rounded perspective on how to lead with integrity, transparency, and innovation. As a leader who cultivates a culture of high morality and fairness, Mr. Ortbals is committed to upholding WestCare’s mission of Uplifting the Human Spirit.

A graduate of Central Missouri State University, Mr. Ortbals holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a dual-major in Management Information Systems and Accounting.

Jason Engel, Chief Clinical Officer

Jason Engel, DBH, MBA, LCSW, LCADC, is Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of WestCare’s Operations. As chief clinical officer, he oversees the coordination, clinical integration, quality and safety of care across the organization.

In this role, he is responsible for clinical practice operations; oversees population health, risk management, clinical innovation and resource management. He provides leadership and direction for all aspects of clinical services delivery. This includes the management of clinical operations, quality and systems improvement. He possesses a wealth of expertise in operations, clinical and performance improvement, regulatory and compliance.

Dr. Engel is a highly accomplished leader with vast experience in quality management and service excellence. He is an avid proponent of initiatives aimed at improving safety, reducing cost and minimizing variation in the delivery of patient care across diverse settings.

As a respected leader in the field, he has an extensive background in developing collaborative community programs, policy and advocacy efforts and building strong relationships across non-profit, for-profit and government sectors.

His work focuses on addressing social influencers of health, health equity, and implementing programs to improve health in communities. His other work includes improving outcomes and overall patient experience, focusing on performance improvement, and oversight of the enterprise-wide clinical delivery of care.

He is a life member of the International Association for Doctors of Behavioral Health (IADBH) and has served on many other professional organizations throughout his career.

Dr. Engel is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and holds two Master’s Degrees in Clinical Social Work and Business Administration. He also has earned a Doctorate degree in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University.

M. Scott Faulkenberry, Chief Development Officer

As the Chief Development Officer for the WestCare Foundation, Mr. Faulkenberry is responsible for the strategic development and execution of comprehensive fundraising projects across WestCare’s regions of operation. Additionally, he provides leadership and direction for regional, national, and international fundraising efforts along with his team of local fundraising and grant-writing professionals.

In this role, he has successfully secured funds from a variety of public and private sources. “The cultivation of relationships with a wide variety of community, regional, national, and international organizations/corporations, as well as individual donors is the most critical piece of the puzzle”. His success demonstrates a great understanding of the value of integrating diverse funding streams to ensure sustainable expansion.

Mr. Faulkenberry’s expertise, developed over the past twenty-eight years, is underscored by his unique ability to determine what funders value, and then develop campaigns designed to exceed established benchmarks and deliverables. It is his ongoing cultivation of individual, corporate, foundation, and personal relationships that have culminated in a successful fundraising career, including the funding of hundreds of nonprofit programs and initiatives.

Before joining WestCare Foundation, Mr. Faulkenberry served as the Vice President of Advancement at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Prior to working at Carson-Newman, he was a principal with several national and international fundraising firms responsible for raising billions of dollars for a wide variety of nonprofit entities. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Faulkenberry has personally raised over $300 million in face-to-face solicitations.

Mr. Faulkenberry remains committed to his profession as a member of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), having served on the Board of the Carolinas Chapter of NSFRE. Additionally, his dedication to civic engagement is demonstrated through his work with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where he received the “Circle of Excellence” Award in 2019. He has served as a member of the following organizations: Board of Directors of the Florence County Arts Alliance, the Florence County School Foundation, the South Carolina and Delta Waterfowl Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts of America, Campus Crusade for Christ, Coastal Conservation Association, Jefferson County Joint Economic and Community Development Council, and Jefferson County Industrial Development Board. He has served on the Advisory Councils of Jefferson County Human Services Workforce Council, Innovation Valley, and the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency (ETEDA).

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Mr. Faulkenberry holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Pre-Law and served his country as an Officer in the United States Army National Guard for six years.

Jim Hanna, Chief General Cousel

Jim Hanna is the General Counsel for WestCare Foundation, Inc. James Hanna has been the General Counsel for WestCare Foundation since 2009. Mr. Hanna serves as WestCare's Chief Legal, Ethics, and Governance Officer. He is responsible for determining legal interests and options for WestCare and recommending WestCare’s legal posture and practices. As a part of his role as General Counsel, he ensures that all business practices, policies and dealings meet legislative and corporate requirements and provides counsel to WestCare management and WestCare's Board of Directors on all legal matters.

Mr. Hanna holds a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Law in Tax Law (LL.M.,Tax) from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Darrin Holman, Senior Vice President of Fitzhouse Enterprises, Inc.

Darrin Holman is the Senior Vice President of Fitzhouse Enterprises, Inc., which currently maintains 96 sites across the country that are ADA compliant, licensed by the respective states, and adhere to all required health and safety codes of each state.

As Senior VP, he helps to oversee new facility acquisition, facility licensing, facility rehabilitation and renovation, and facility and property maintenance, which includes the continual remodeling and upgrading of licensed commercial kitchens, fire detection and suppression systems, commercial electric systems, commercial HVAC systems, and replacement and upgrade to green technology for windows, structures, and roofing.

With Fitzhouse, Mr. Holman also establishes the priorities for the effective and efficient delivery of multiple projects simultaneously. Additionally, he has worked on projects that have been awarded grants for construction and project renovations through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and Congressional Economic Development Initiatives (EDI – Special Projects).

Mr. Holman’s background includes richly diverse projects that inform and direct strategic thinking in product development. From his childhood on a dairy farm and as a carpenter’s apprentice mastering many different restoration trades to his formal education, Darrin draws from a vast spectrum of experience. Forty years of real estate development and the rehabilitation of thousands of housing units worldwide where he served as the General Manager at both large and small corporations informs his leadership in support of WestCare’s mission to “Uplift the Human Spirit.”

As a graduate of Golden State Seminary Mr. Holman holds his Doctorate degree in Systematic Theology, MA Pastoral Ministries American Seminary BA Biblical Languages Shasta Bible College. National Deans List. Licensed General Engineer State of California, Licensed General Building Contractor State of California.

Shawn Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer - Western Region

Shawn Jenkins is Deputy Chief Operations Officer of WestCare’s Western Region. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Mr. Jenkins is responsible for supervising and motivating over 580 agency staff between the nine states that make up the Western Region.

In this role, Mr. Jenkins is responsible for the coordination of over 100 direct and indirect grants, 60+ programs and 40+ physical sites throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas.

Mr. Jenkins has devoted much of his career to increasing program efficiencies and expansion, fund development and enhancing marketing/branding strategies that align with WestCare’s wide mission and vision. Throughout his successful 30+ year career with WestCare, he has served in numerous positions ranging from Residential Substance Abuse Counselor to Chief Program Development Officer of WestCare Foundation. His experience includes organizational leadership, strategic planning, agency budget development, and monitoring financial and programmatic impact.

Mr. Jenkins also remains active in the community where he has served on several Boards and Statewide Committees, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Stakeholder Advisory Group, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs Prop 36 Steering Committee, and the California Therapeutic Communities of America Board. Currently, Mr. Jenkins serves as Secretary on the Board of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE), California Department of Corrections, Division of Rehabilitative Programs - Directors Stakeholder Advisory Group, Fresno County Community Conversation Stakeholder Group, Street2Home Work Group, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care.

Stephen Wright, Chief Operating Officer - Eastern Region

Stephen Wright is the Chief Operating Officer of WestCare’s Eastern Region. In this role, Mr. Wright is responsible for overseeing operations across eight states. Mr. Wright’s leadership style, developed over fifteen years of experience, focuses on developing and delivering evidence-based services and solutions, providing outstanding client service, and driving profitable revenue growth.

Prior to assuming the Chief Operating Officer position, Mr. Wright served as WestCare’s Senior Vice President for the Appalachian operations. While in this role, he transformed operations by improving and expanding service delivery coupled with diversification of funding streams to achieve long-term sustainability.

In addition to his tenure as the Senior Vice President of Appalachian operations, Mr. Wright served for over six years as WestCare’s Regional Vice President of Kentucky operations. During this time, he was able to grow operations and expand revenue by four million annually. Under his leadership, every Appalachian program became CARF accredited. Additionally, WestCare evolved into an industry leader among correctional substance-use treatment providers.

Mr. Wright received both his bachelor’s degree and Master of Educational Administration from Morehead State University.

Savannah Jones, Chief Administrative Officer

Savannah Jones is the Chief Administrative Officer for WestCare Foundation, Inc. In this role, Ms. Jones is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the following departments: Human Resources, Professional Services, and Grant Development. She is responsible for ensuring the success of these departments through her guidance and direction regarding hiring, onboarding, retention, training, research, and evaluation, CARF accreditation, grant development, and compliance policies and practices as she monitors how the impact of human capital benefits the overall organization. In conjunction with these responsibilities, Ms. Jones leads WestCare’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Workgroup, while also serving as the liaison for the National Board of Directors’ Diversity, Race and Social Justice Committee.

Upon leaving the hospitality industry to follow her passion for working in the social services field, Ms. Jones joined WestCare in 2016 as the Vice President of Talent Management and in 2019 was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources. In her role as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Ms. Jones found great success in providing direction and leadership to management teams regarding human resource matters, while simultaneously developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and procedures according to federal and state laws and regulations. Her extraordinary skills in human relations have allowed WestCare to avoid litigation and other potential losses as she also oversees participation in Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family, and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state regulations.

Previously, Ms. Jones gained vast knowledge in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources while working for corporations such as Hilton Grand Vacations, Wyndham Destinations, and Caesars Entertainment. In addition to 18 years of human resources, she also has previous experience serving as the President of a small Non-Profit called You Got the Power and in consulting and facilitation with various organizations such as women’s prisons, youth programs, and shelters in the Las Vegas area. This experience coupled with her passion for career training and professional development suits her perfectly for her role at WestCare.

Ms. Jones attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and is certified as an Elite Certified Recruitment Expert (ECRE). She received the President’s Award at Wyndham for being the top Recruiter and was honored in the Who’s Who for Human Resources Professionals for the past 2 years.

Craig Knierim, Senior Vice President of Veteran Services

Craig Knierim is the Senior Vice President of Veteran Services. As a member of the Senior Leadership team, Colonel Knierim is responsible for developing world-wide operations supporting all who have served, regardless of discharge status.

In this role, Colonel Knierim is responsible for developing Veteran Services across all WestCare operations. He coordinates on every Veteran-related grant, regional operation, community involvement initiative, and Congressional support request. Current programing supports thousands of veterans from Florida to Washington State and within the Pacific Islands on Guam.

Prior to joining WestCare in 2016, Colonel Knierim had a successful 27-year career in the United States Air Force. Colonel Knierim was born in Fostoria, Ohio and as the son of a high school football coach, he moved throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Florida during his school years. He graduated from Groveland High School in Lake County, Florida and worked his way through college at Walt Disney World as a transportation supervisor. During college, Colonel Knierim joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) where he rose to the Corp Commander. Upon graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and began his career as a C-141 Navigator. He has flown the C-141B, T-43A, HC-130P, C-130E, and E-3A accruing approximately 4,200 flying hours.

Colonel Knierim has served in numerous assignments throughout his military career, including duty as the Commander, 79th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Arizona. His squadron’s mission was as a combat search and rescue (CSAR) unit conducting helicopter aerial refueling and airdrop of para-rescue personnel and/or equipment for combat personnel recovery, using covert/overt low-level operations. Colonel Knierim deployed numerous times in support of overseas contingency operations and served within the Military Airlift Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Education and Training Command, the Pentagon at Headquarters Air Force, Air Combat Command, Air Forces Special Operations Command, and Special Operations Command Central.

As a graduate of University of Central Florida, Colonel Knierim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has three Master’s Degrees to include a Master’s of Science Administration, a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science, and a Master’s of Strategic Studies.

Colonel Knierim makes time to contribute to his community as he serves as Local Gideon Camp President, is highly engaged with his church, and currently works with the Jefferson County High School JROTC as a mentor.

Robert Neri, Chief Program/Service Officer

Robert “Bob” Neri, LMHC, MCAP, is the Senior Vice President and the Chief Program/Service Officer for the WestCare Foundation. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Mr. Neri leads WestCare Foundation’s Professional Services Department, which provides technical assistance and support to WestCare-affiliated organizations in the areas of innovation, accreditation, program improvement, quality, standardization, risk management, sustainability, and staff/program development.

Mr. Neri has been a member of the organization’s senior leadership since 2001 and prior to joining WestCare, Mr. Neri worked at Operation PAR, Inc. from 1975 to 1997, where he served as the Executive Vice-President and previous to that position, he was the Clinical & Administrative Director for Phoenix Houses of Florida, Inc. from 1999 to 2001.

Mr. Neri possesses extensive experience and know-how in all facets of the behavioral health and human services fields. He is particularly passionate about developing substance use disorder and mental health treatment programs targeting the unique needs of high-risk populations (i.e., criminal justice involved, veterans, youthful offenders, individuals with co-occurring disorders, etc.). Further, Mr. Neri is recognized as an expert in the conceptualization and implementation of Therapeutic Community (TC) and Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) programs.

Mr. Neri is an author of numerous trade articles, trainings and resources for behavioral health professionals and is a recipient of the Arnold Andrews Humanitarian Award from WestCare Foundation, Inc. His civic contributions are significant and include service as the Chair of the Substance Abuse Committee for the American Correctional Association and serving as an expert panelist for the A&E Network, “Town Hall Meeting”. He serves as a Member of the Human Services Advisory Committee at St. Petersburg College, a Member of the Ethics Committee for Treatment Communities of America, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Telehealth Certification Work Group of the Florida Certification Board. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge with students as an adjunct faculty member within St. Petersburg College’s Human Services program.

Mr. Neri holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Vermont College, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Certified Master's Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) in the State of Florida.

Frank C. Rabbito, Chief Operations Officer

Frank Rabbito is the Chief Operations Officer of WestCare’s North American Operations. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Mr. Rabbito is responsible for overseeing all national programs in 17 states.

In this role, he provides strategic leadership to all national programs and oversees the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the WestCare Foundation. He is responsible for ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective through the development, design, operation, and improvement of the systems that create and deliver WestCare’s services.

Prior to becoming part of the WestCare team, Mr. Rabbito began his career in health and human services in 1973 as a social worker for the Miami-Dade County Welfare Department. He quickly rose through the ranks to Program Supervisor and District Welfare Supervisor. In 1984, he was appointed to Division Chief for Special Services in the Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services. In 1987, he entered state government as Director of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, District XI, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Program for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (Florida Keys). In this capacity, he contracted for and licensed state services to private nonprofit agencies and local government, supervised the operations of the state forensic hospital in Miami, Florida, and oversaw all state services in Monroe County, including Child Welfare, Aging and Adult Services, Child Support Enforcement, and Economic Services.

1992, Mr. Rabbito was appointed District XI Program Manager for Economic Services, supervising 1,400 state employees providing AFDC, Food Stamp, Refugee Assistance, Child Support, and medical assistance services. In 1993, Mr. Rabbito returned to local government as Director of Court Services for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Administrative Office of the Courts. He supervised programs in the circuit's Criminal, Family, and Juvenile Courts and the County Courts and was later appointed as the Director of Court Programs and Projects. In 2004, after 30 years of public service, he retired from government and began his work in the nonprofit sector with WestCare Foundation. Mr. Rabbito has held several positions throughout his time at WestCare. He has served as VP for the Village South and Village Virgin Islands, Senior Vice president for Florida Operations, and Deputy COO for the Eastern Region.

Over the span of Mr. Rabbito’s career, he has received numerous awards and recognition. Mr. Rabbito has been recognized for outstanding accomplishments in substance abuse treatment, mental health and development of facilities and programs in South Florida. He has been recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for his advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill and their families. Additionally, for his national advocacy efforts on behalf of persons living with HIV/AIDS, in 2013, he was awarded Leader of the Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.

Mr. Rabbito has also served on many local and State Boards. Mr. Rabbito has served on the Board and as President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. He is a past Board member and Chairman of the Miami Dade Substance Abuse Advisory Board and Vice Chairperson of the Miami Dade Opioid Task Force. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to its Drug Court Task Force. He is a founding Board member of Kristi House, a child advocacy center for sexually abused children and is a founding Board Member of the Haitian Community Center Sant La.

Mr. Rabbito is a graduate of Florida International University and holds a Bachelors’ degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Management.

Dwayne Stevens, Chief Information Officer

Dwayne Stevens is the Chief Information Officer of WestCare Foundation, Inc. In this role, Mr. Stevens provides leadership and direction in developing, implementing, and maintaining WestCare's technology infrastructure and information management systems, including the certified electronic healthcare record (EHR). Mr. Stevens is also responsible for overseeing marketing and communications, providing direction for WestCare’s corporate branding, print and electronic publications, social media, and websites. Before assuming the role of CIO, Mr. Stevens served WestCare as the Vice President of Information Security.

Mr. Stevens has spent nearly 25 years in diverse roles as a successful technology leader, practitioner, and instructor in the higher education, telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare industries. Before joining WestCare in 2017, Mr. Stevens was the Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO), leading the information security, physical security, and data analysis teams for a $4 billion regional bank serving Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Mr. Stevens resides in White Pine, Tennessee, and is an active member of several professional organizations including: HIMSS, H-ISAC, IAPP, InfraGard, ISACA, ISSA, and NTEN. He holds over two dozen technology, privacy, security, and audit-related certifications, including: Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS), Certified Cyber Security Architect (CCSA), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Fellow of Privacy Technology.

Mr. Stevens received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Pikeville College and obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from Morehead State University.

Beverly Watts Davis, Chief Program Officer

Beverly Watts Davis is the Chief Officer for Grant Development and Program Support and the Senior Vice President for Texas Operations. As a member of the Executive Leadership team, Beverly Watts Davis is responsible for supervising and motivating an eleven-member grant development staff that serves all of WestCare’s States and U.S. Territories. She has over 40 years of experience in leading and managing public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies and is responsible for acquiring over $600 million in grant revenue over her career. In addition, she serves as the Senior Vice President for Texas where she is responsible for the implementation of WestCare programs and contracts to improve behavioral health, empower community residents, and reduce trauma in San Antonio and Laredo, Texas.

Prior to joining WestCare, she served at the Senior Executive Service level of the federal government as the Director of a Federal Agency, Director at the San Antonio Housing Authority, Executive Director of San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc. non-profit corporation, Senior Vice President of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Business owner, and an elected official for 11 years. As a Federal Government Executive, she developed the Strategic Prevention Framework which now serves as the framework for prevention programs at SAMHSA and implemented both the Drug-free Communities Program and STOP Act Underage drinking programs. She led efforts to establish the first Tribal Consultation Policy at SAMHSA, helped developed the Demand Reduction program for the National Guard, established the Prevention Fellows program, lead the national effort to provide Rapid HIV-testing to substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, and served as the Co-Chair of the White House Disparities Subcommittee to develop the current National HIV/AIDS Strategy. She served on the Texas Task Force for State and Local Drug Control that spearheaded efforts to fund the first 12,000 behavioral health treatment beds in Texas prisons. She also helped to pass the Drug-free Communities Act and STOP Underage Drinking Act legislation which have funded over 7000 communities to prevent substance abuse among youth and the related community harm.

Ms. Watts Davis has received numerous local, state, and national recognitions. She has been presented with the prestigious Martin Luther King Living The Dream Award by the Baptist Ministers Union and was selected as a Distinguished Alumni by her alma mater, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She also received three Secretariat Awards for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to federal service, she was selected by the Attorney General of the United States as the first Texan to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award and awarded the Gould-Wysinger Award (highest award given for juvenile justice prevention). She was awarded with the National Faith-Based and Community Leadership Award by SAMHSA, the PRIDE National Youth Leadership Award, and the National Prevention Network Achievement Award. She has been inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame and was honored by the San Antonio Bar Foundation with the prestigious PEACEMAKER Award. She has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director's Award for Community Leadership, the Department of Defense (DOD) Commander's Award for Outstanding Leadership, the National Crime Prevention Council's "Outstanding Citizen Advocate Award", and the Austin, Texas Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Minority Business Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ms. Watts Davis has served in many leadership capacities to include current service as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ella Austin Community Center. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Prevention Partnership, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Crime Prevention Council, the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the National Family Partnership, the National Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Higher Education, the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Business-Investment-Growth (BIG) Austin, and the Texas Mental Health Association.

Ms. Watts Davis has a Bachelor Degree from Trinity University with a triple major in Political Science, Social Sciences, and Economics and a Master Degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management.