Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, IBCLC, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing, and STAR fellow at the Texas Center for Health Disparities. She is a practicing board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and an international board certified lactation consultant. She serves as the NICU research consultant for the University Health System in San Antonio. Dr. Cleveland has published numerous research articles on high-risk neonates and her most recent publication, "Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Experiences of Mothers of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome," appeared in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing this spring. She is currently conducting research on neonatal abstinence syndrome with a focus on improving nursing care for these infants while reducing cost and length of hospital stays.
Briseida Courtois is a licensed chemical dependency counselor with more than 20 years of experience working in various arenas including substance use disorder, domestic violence, child abuse, co-morbidity, and HIV/AIDS. She currently serves as director of addiction treatment services with The Center for Health Care Services. In her position, she oversees all adult outpatient substance abuse treatment services. Her past experiences include being director of substance abuse services with Tropical Texas MHMR in Edinburg, Texas; regional director of substance abuse services with South Texas Council on Alcohol in Laredo, Texas; and director of the Methadone Program with Tropical Texas MHMR. Ms. Courtois has worked extensively with women and starting up specialized substance use disorder outpatient treatment programs in South Texas.
Suzie Aldous has 27 years of progressive nursing experience in pediatric and neonatal intensive care. She currently serves as the Director of the NICU at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio where she also leads the hospital’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome program. Suzie serves on the advisory board of the Bexar County NAS collaborative as well as the March of Dimes Maternal and Child Health Impact Committee (MCHIC). Additionally, Suzie is a Texas EMS, Trauma, and Acute Care Foundation (TETAF) NICU surveyor. In recent years, Suzie led Baptist Medical Center’s efforts to become one of the first Vermont Oxford Network NAS Centers of Excellence in Education and Training in the United States.