Board of Directors & Staff


Mariah Madewell, President
George Brightwell, Secretary
Barbara Brightwell, Founder
Aaron Ferguson
Angie Burnham
Darryl Darnell
Daniel Sledge
Donna Connell
Gordon Perez
James L. Jarvis
Jan Sukup
Michael Hunter
Nan Moss
Julie Stevens, Director Emeritus
Lindy Peterson, Director Emeritus
Pat Hanger, Director Emeritus
LS 41_message“I devote my money and time to LifeSteps because I believe that one of their many missions, substance abuse prevention education, is crucial to the well being of our society. This mission will become even more important as the momentum builds behind our country’s drug law changes and our society’s relaxing attitudes toward acceptance without any real knowledge or understanding of the consequences.  Education is always the most effective tool for fixing society’s most vexing problems and the staff and leadership at LifeSteps know this.  Their approach toward substance abuse education is unbiased and fact-based in a way that fosters decision making based on empowerment and knowledge over judgment and shame.  I feel honored to be a part of the solution and the LifeSteps family. ”  Kellena Dunckley

“I believe in prevention because it saves lives. I believe in prevention because it saves families.  I believe in prevention because it saves society.”  Lesli R. Fitzpatrick

Prevention is the most cost-effective and logical approach to the drug abuse problem we have affecting our families and communities. Why prevention?  Because it works!  And I’d like to say, “Prevention ROCKS!”    Julie Stevens




Kelly McCaffrey, Executive Director

Kelly has been dedicated to educating and empowering people of all ages to support healthy communities for the past decade.  She graduated from Baylor University in 2011 with her Master’s in Public Health. Kelly has developed a strong reputation for developing and sustaining coalitions, has served a multitude of communities within the state of Texas and overseas in Brazil.

She started off her career by coordinating the tobacco prevention efforts in San Antonio.  Later, she served as the Program and Coalition Manager for Texans Standing Tall, where she managed a statewide coalition and several evidence-based prevention programs. Her most recent experience involved supporting state-funded Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions and overseeing all prevention and secondhand smoke initiatives as the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Furthermore, Kelly served as the Treasurer/Secretary for the Tobacco Control Network in 2016, has provided consultant work for curriculum development and graduate certificate programs, and graduated from the CDC OSH Leadership and Sustainability School in 2018.

Originally from New York, Kelly has made central Texas her home. She is very excited to join the LifeSteps team and continue working to promote the health of Texans.


DeeDee Hawes, Finance Manager

Rosana Sielaff, MA, ACPS, ICPS, Prevention Director

Diana Jonhson, MA, LCDC, Intervention Director

Jenee Coleman, OEP Coordinator and Office Manager

Martha Paddie, Coalition Coordinator

Misty Harris, LCDC-I, PPI/PADRE Coordinator

Samyra Davis,  BSW, Case Manager

Alicia Love, MAMFT, Case Manager

Laurene McGlothlen, BSW, Case Manager

Brittany Swain, BSW, Case Manager

Mary Hamman, Community Engagement Specialist


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