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Alex White, interim executive director

awhite@harmreductiontx.org

Alex hails from the Northeast but in her time here in Austin has helped found a local, mutual aid based, harm reduction outreach team. Additionally, she's done extensive work in Austin's unhoused community and has experience working with detained trans women and families seeking asylum. before joining THRA, Alex was on the team at the other ones foundation, and before that, worked at tapestry Health in MA. 

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Gaby Libretti, Drop-In Center Lead

glibretti@harmreductiontx.org

Gaby is a person in recovery who believes in radically changing our approach to mental health and drug use. Before coming to THRA, Gaby worked at Integral Care as both a mental health peer specialist and qualified mental health professional. As a mental health worker, Gaby has been able to work directly with Austin’s unhoused community within housing programs and the shelter system.

 

She previously volunteered with Austin Harm Reduction Coalition and has been grateful to learn from harm reductionists who paved the way in this city. Gaby is continuing her education to become a social worker. She is grateful to be a part of the THRA team.

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Lily Mills, Outreach lead

lmills@harmreductiontx.org

Lily is a person with lived experience who was propelled into movement work by recognizing the lack of harm reduction resources around her and through working toward her LCDC! Lily also has excellent experience in working in the recovery world, most recently with the Sobering Center, where she worked as a Support Specialist.

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Steve Smith, REENTRY OUTREACH LEAD

ssmith@harmreductiontx.org

Steven Smith is a veteran in the harm reduction community here in Austin having spent 6 years at Integral Care and 5 years at the legendary Austin Harm Reduction Coalition where he volunteered as van coordinator. He is very passionate about outreach work because he gets to care for his fellow Austinites, connect people to services, educate his community, and offer hope.

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Shanice Brim, Communications Manager

sbrim@harmreductiontx.org

Shanice Brim is a native of New York City. She has been involved in social justice work since her days at University of the Pacific where she began raising money for and volunteered at women’s shelters. 

 

In 2015, she began organizing in the Movement For Black Lives as an NYC Chapter member of abolitionist group BYP100. She went on to work for BYP100 as an Internal Communications Specialist, at Flatbush Tenant Coalition as a housing organizer, and at Austin Women Health Center as an abortion care provider. 

 

Shanice is a Black feminist and police and prison abolitionist who believes that we can take care of our communities through education equity, universal healthcare, investing in people over profits, and effective community problem solving/conflict resolution!

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Marisol Gomez, Operations and Finance Manager

mgomez@harmreductiontx.org

Marisol comes to us from California where she earned a degree in fashion design. In her seven years since coming to Texas, though, she has spent most of her working career in the world of nonprofits. Her previous experience includes doing operations work for the Texas Observer. She is excited to offer her organizational skills to Texas Harm Reduction Alliance so it can continue to do life-saving work

Francesca Rae, drug user health coordinator

frae@harmreductiontx.org

Frankie has experience on both sides of the fence—as someone who has personally experienced long-term, life-altering opioid use disorder, and also had professional experience offering support, education, and hope for recovery to others.

Frankie is also a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant with experience focused in HIV/AIDS and sexual & reproductive health at places such as Planned Parenthood and Kind Clinic. Previously, she also worked at LifeWorks emergency youth shelter providing direct services to homeless and CPS youth. She believes strongly in harm reduction as a human rights principle, and that every person regardless of background, current substance use status, or criminal history deserves the opportunity to accomplish their goals and stay safe while
doing so.

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Ashia Climovech, Drop-In Support Specialist

aclimovech@harmreductiontx.org

Ashia comes to THRA with a background in prison abolition work, mutual aid and supportive housing. She has worked alongside incarcerated youth in rural Washington and unhoused communities in Los Angeles and Austin. Having grown up unhoused and housing unstable and having witnessed the impact of punitive drug laws has fueled her passion for this work. She is excited to be back in Austin and to be part of a knowledgeable team that is working hard to challenge the criminalization of people who use drugs.

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Angelic Salinas, Office Manager

asalinas@harmreductiontx.org

Angelic is no stranger to Austin and has spent years supporting Texans through her work at Meals On Wheels Central Texas as a Program Coordinator. She is excited to bring the same compassion and balance she brought during her years helping patients navigate difficult situations to her work at Texas Harm Reduction Alliance!

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DANA MCKNIGHT, nightlife overdose prevention coordinator DMCKNIGHT@harmreductiontx.org

Dana is a Black Queer Artist and Activist (They/She) from Buffalo, NY---now living in Austin TX. They have spent the past 15 years involved in community oriented direct action, HIV testing and diy sexual health projects & overdose prevention and are deeply devoted to the idea of de-gatekeeping harm reduction with a heavy emphasis on abolition and liberation.

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DARREN THORNHILL, reentry outreach worker

DTHORNHILL@harmreductiontx.org

Darren Thornhill was previously a case manager at The Other Ones Foundation. He switched fields because he has family members who are dealing with HIV and is passionate about preventing disease transmission. 

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Gabrielle hardy, data and grants manager 

ghardy@harmreductiontx.org

Gabi is a born and raised Texan who began her harm reduction journey through volunteering for the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and building community to support and protect each other. After a stint working in software she is happy to bring her skills here. 

michelle espinoza, drop - in support specialist 

mespinoza@harmreductiontx.org

michelle is a born and raised austinite who became invested in harm reduction when she was approached by a harm reductionist for drug testing at a music festival 20 years ago. she's proud to be making harm reduction as accessible to others as it was once made for her. Michelle is also a former volunteer with THRA.

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jay smith, outreach worker 

jsmith@harmreductiontx.org

Jay is a native austinite who comes to THRA with lived experience. Previously, he's worked as an outreach worker at urban alchemy and connecting people to services at communities for recovery under texas harm reduction alliance.

He stays in this work to remain involved in his community here in austin and, in meeting them where they're at, showing folks that the lives they envision for themselves are possible.

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jaime diaz, outreach worker 

jdiaz@harmreductiontx.org

Jaime came to THRA because her radical nature to do things in this field of work aligns perfectly with THRA and its commitment to equity in advocating for PWUD. They've been a peer support specialist, outreach worker, and harm reductionist for 4 years.

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damon spencer, drop-in support specialist 

dspencer@harmreductiontx.org

 

Taking inspiration from the outreach programs of his early adulthood in San Francisco, Damon decided it was time to get back to that thing he once knew so well by offering his own life's experience in order to help effect a positive change in the ever shifting landscape of the Austin community that he has called home for well over a decade.

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