PLANCTX is Hiring

Anita Garner

Director

Ms. Garner is a retired Medical Case Manager and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked in many rehabilitation settings assisting those with disabilities including people who have mental illness. She advocates for those who need services in order to assist them improve their lives and maintain wellness. Ms. Garner has served on the PLANCTX Board in various positions over the years including  Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. Ms. Garner has ties to PLAN of North Texas as her sister is a long standing member and her mother served on the Board there for many years.

Natalia Leon, MPH

Secretary

Ms. Leon has a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University System Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Speech Communication from St. Mary’s University. She has several years of experience working as a Data Analyst, and currently is a Research Specialist for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Brenda Mercier, F.P.

Family Partner

Jim Jackson, DD, MS, LCDC

Care Manager, Therapist

Dr. Jim Jackson grew up in Los Angeles and San Francisco and like many people in Austin migrated to Austin to attend UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Jackson is both a pastoral and chemical dependency counselor who is now in his 27th year in community mental health. He is both a teacher and a counselor in this field and feels that the issues we face will require well prepared professionals for the future and has worked very hard to put persons of color into the work.

Dr. Jackson has been involved in NAMI for years, was one of the people who brought Family Connections to Austin, served as Board Vice President of both the Central Texas Council on Alcoholismand Lifesteps the Williamson Co Council. He is a past TAAP President and a member of African American Behavioral Health in Austin.

In addition to a doctorate in Pastoral Care, he holds a Master’s degree n program management and a Bachelor’s in social Work and Sociology. His introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy was with Dr. Aaron Beck, his studies in DBT were under Dr. Perry Hoffman and Dr. Alan Kugler of NEABPD and Dr. Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington at Seattle.

His supportive family is made up of his wife Nora of nearly 36 years and his son John.

Stephanie Dowbusz, M.S.

Care Manager

Ms. Dowbusz is a PLANCTX Care Manager who has provided case management services to PLANCTX consumers for the last 7 years. She is also the Lead Care Manager facilitating the peer socials that PLANCTX provides. She has concurrently worked at DARS as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for 7 years. Ms. Dowbusz has 14 years of experience providing care management services to people with disabilities at various agencies. She also has several years of prior experience providing direct care services for persons with disabilities.

Calleen Deibert, M.S., LCDC

Care Manager

Philip Carolina, M.A.

Care Manager

Mr. Carolina has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with additional course work in educational psychology as well as statistics and counseling. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Qualified Mental Health Professional. His background includes positions as a rehabilitation specialist with knowledge about housing, employment, and benefits. He also has experience in tutoring people with disabilities and three years of case management experience at Austin Travis County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center.

Debbie Webb, Ph.D., LCSW LPC, LCDC

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Webb has over 40 years of experience in the fields of mental illness, chemical dependency and dual or multiple disorders, including 36 years in management positions and 22 years of experience providing clinical supervision to other professionals in the field. She has an earned doctorate in Social Work, as well as master’s degrees in Counseling and Social Work. Dr. Webb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor. In the past, she worked for 23 years at Integral Care, the last 4 of which she served as the Division Director of Behavioral Health Services, and for 10 years, she oversaw the Quality Management, Program Evaluation and Research Department. She has been an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for 22 years. Dr. Webb has 12 years experience in private practice, and has been a nationally recognized Dual Diagnoses Consultant, researcher, and author regarding mental illness(es) and substance use disorders for over 20 years. She is the designer and founder of Good Chemistry Groups for persons with dual or multiple disorders. In 2003, Dr. Webb was honored by receiving the Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumnae of the Year Award by The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and S.W.A.N. While being an active professional, Dr. Webb has simultaneously served as an active volunteer with numerous non-profit organizations, including the Micah 6 Food Pantry in Austin; in 2004, NAMI Texas recognized her with a Volunteer Award. In 2014, Dr. Webb was honored by being selected as the “Social Worker of the Year” by the Capital Area NASW and by NASW Texas.