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Welcome to Debra Garcia and Patricia Houston!
The Community Engagement Institute is proud to welcome two very talented individuals to our family.
Patricia Houston, joins our Prevention Initiative as a Promotion and Prevention Specialist.
Patricia previously held professional positions as a Program Manager for the Kansas Reading Roadmap, Program Specialist with the City of Wichita in Neighborhood Services and as the Statewide Project Director for the federally funded Healthy Relationships Grant administered through Catholic Charities of Wichita. She currently and has for many years served on several community and non-profit boards and believes that through great collaborations and the combining of resources communities can be strengthened and made to thrive.
Shortly after Patricia joined us, Debra Garcia followed.
Debra Garcia has joined the Center for Behavioral Health as a Project Manager. Since 2005, Debra’s career focus has been in public education and community mental health where she developed her passion for identifying ways to improve the quality of life experience for children and their families struggling with mental health challenges and trauma. While working at the community mental health center, Debra devoted her attention to the direct care of youth and families, and the creation of new programs to meet their needs (such as the availability of parenting education and support classes for the community, evidenced based practices in interventions, and establishing the first youth drop in center in the Midwest).
Welcome, ladies. We’re excited to have you on our team.