Debra Ellison | CEO
Debi came to Workers Assistance Program, Inc. (WAP) in 2001. She is the Chief Executive Officer, she helps oversee effective contract management for CTS (PTS), Texas HIV Connection, and Youth Advocacy divisions at WAP. She is a native of Austin, Texas who obtained a Bachelors in Business and Management from St. Edward’s University. Her role allows her to interact with the different programs under WAP’s umbrella, and experience how each program serves their target population.
Dwayne Smetzer | COO
Dwayne has worked with CTS and its parent company, Workers Assistance Program, Inc. (WAP) since January 2015. As Chief Operating Officer, Dwayne is involved in the overall program, fiscal and operations functions of WAP. He looks forward to interacting and working with the providers that CTS serves.
Having devoted his entire career in non-profit service, Dwayne’s array of experience in administration, operations, and finance afforded him public health opportunities to serve. After having worked numerous years in the international arena, Dwayne turned his efforts to national and state level initiatives funded by CDC and SAMHSA. He held senior positions regarding direct service, prevention education, mental health services and homelessness with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg.
Stacy Pritt | CTS Director
Stacy has been a part of Workers Assistance Program, Inc. (WAP) since June 2015. She came onboard to WAP as the AWP Training Manager and then joined CTS in October 2016.
In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the CTS program, as CTS Director, Stacy brings reliable and relevant Statewide Prevention training to evidence-based prevention programs and coalitions. She ensures all trainings are scheduled and conducted according to Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) guidelines.
In her spare time, Stacy free-lances and enjoys writing articles, blogs, newsletters, educational content, marketing material, and web content for hospital administration and veterinary clinics from coast to coast. For fun, she likes to spend time with her husband and loved ones, sketch, knife paint, sculpt, create floral designs for the occasional wedding or event, take road trips, explore nature, attend lectures, and volunteer.
Capri Guerra | CTS Manager
Capri brings more than 15 years of experience in customer service and business administration. She was previously a member of the Alliance Work Partners since 2006, holding positions in Account Management, Business Development and the RFP Team. In her spare time she is a full time mother to Ariana who is now 12 years old and the love of her life. Most recent hobbies are fitness and working hard to finish building her new home.
Tory Gant | PAL® Training Director
Tory comes to the Workers Assistance Program, Inc. with an extensive background in youth development and peer mediation. Tory’s educational background comes from extensive study in psychology at Lubbock Christian University and his training as an ordained minister. As a youth director, Tory spent seven years doing outreach on the streets of the Austin, Texas area where he accomplished such things as helping gang members to overcome their destructive lifestyles. This outreach required developing relationships with these troubled teens and in a sense, becoming “family” to them. Through his efforts, several gang members were transformed into positive role models. He has also spent countless hours feeding the homeless and sharing hope with those who were seemingly hopeless. Tory has over ten years experience in facilitating peer leadership, low ropes course and peer mediation to at-risk students. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and in-school youth development groups across the Nation. His unique style of speaking brings humor as well as drama to his presentations. He endeavors to instill joy, and more importantly, a sense of value to his audience.