DWI Planning Council
Santa Fe County DWI Planning Council
State Mandated (according to DFA LDWI Program guidelines)
Health and Human Services Division
RESOLUTION (1997-87) ESTABLISHING A DWI PLANNING COUNCIL IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE LAW
Will prepare a comprehensive plan that documents the extent of the County and City’s alcoholism problem, DWI resources and needs regarding DWI, alcoholism and alcohol or other drug abuse issues, including prevention, screening, assessment, treatment and alternative sentencing programs. Upon approval of the plan by the BCC, the Plan will be submitted to the Department of Finance for approval and integration into the statewide alcoholism services plan.
There shall be at least nine members. Shall include members from the local media, emergency medical services, community substance abuse treatment, public health, community traffic safety, law enforcement, courts/judicial, prosecutor/legal and schools. Other possible members include chief elected County and City officials, or their designees; an independent behavioral health service professional; a representative of the business community; a consumer of behavioral health services and representatives of such other stakeholder groups as determined by the BCC.
Glenn Levant - Glenn has lived in Santa Fe County since 2004. Before moving to New Mexico he served 30 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, rising via civil service to the rank of Chief.
In 1983 he was the founding Director of DARE America and DARE International, which grew into the world’s largest anti-drug, alcohol and tobacco education program.
He was named by then L.A. City Mayor, Tom Bradley as the Nation’s first anti-Drug "Czar" He has served on the Santa Fe County DWI Planning Council since Feb. 2012, and hopes to help Santa Fe County and NM reduce the scourge of alcohol and drug related incidents.
Richard De Mella - Richard is a Juvenile Justice Planner with the City of Santa Fe. He has worked for ten years in law enforcement and saw firsthand the connection between substance abuse and criminal activity. He feels a comprehensive strategy can reduce a number of our social ills. Substance abuse and mental health issues need to be addressed across our community, state and nation to make our community a safer place.
Richard has been a member of the council since 2011.
Lisa Wooldridge - Lisa Wooldridge is an independent behavioral health professional. She came to the Planning Council to offer her expertise and to assist law enforcement in the excellent job they do to prevent DWI.
She knows that DWI impacts our community in such a large degree and it is completely preventable which is why she is devoting her energy and time to the Council. She has been a member since 2011.
Donna Bevacqua-Young - Donna Bevacqua-Young is the first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the State of New Mexico. She is an Assistant Attorney General and works with state and not-for-profit agencies that deal with DWI issues.
She organizes police and prosecutor trainings around the State of New Mexico so that both groups can work as a team in the prosecution and investigation of alcohol and other drug impaired driving cases.
Donna’s primary goal is to help reduce DWI injuries and fatalities in New Mexico and to assist as many prosecutors and police to more effectively prosecute and investigate impaired driving offenses. She has been a Council member in the past and has rejoined the group in 2012.
Tom Starke’s - Tom Starke recently retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked as a physicist and manager for 30 years. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego.
He is a member of the board of Impact DWI, a non-profit organization that produces the Victim Impact Panels for DWI offenders in Santa Fe County.
Tom is also a member of the Santa Fe Magistrate Drug Court’s Resource Committee and supports the Drug Court Alumni Organization’s Twelve Step Program.
As a citizen lobbyist he works tirelessly to improve DWI laws. He is especially focused on effective use of ignition interlocks to keep drinkers from driving.
His passion and motivation to reduce drunken driving, alcoholism and the misery they cause started at an early age. He was only 8 years old when a drunk driver hit and severely injured him as he was riding his bicycle.
Leah Tafoya - Leah works as a Probation and Parole Officer with the New Mexico Corrections Department She has been in this position for over six years.
As a Probation Officer, Leah wears many hats; she is a law enforcement officer, a social worker, a therapist, an interventionist, and a support system for those in need. Leah specializes in working with offenders that are considered ‘high risk/high need’ which includes but is not limited to: mental health offenders, substance abusers, and those that need more counseling, attention, and patience.
She brings unique perspective to the DWI Planning Council because of her experience as a Probation & Parole Officer. She sees firsthand how alcohol and alcohol abuse causes pain and misery in life. This unique point of view has given Leah the drive to work with the DWI Planning Council to make Santa Fe a safer place by developing policies to help in the rehabilitation process of those that suffer from substance abuse.
2013 Meeting Agendas
Agenda: January 10, 2013
Minutes: January 10, 2013
Agenda: February 14, 2013
Minutes: February 14, 2013
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Agenda: April 18, 2013
Minutes: April 18, 2013
Agenda: May 9, 2013
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Agenda: June 13, 2013
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Agenda: July 11, 2013
Minutes: July 11, 2013
Agenda: August 15, 2013
Minutes: August 15, 2013
Agenda: September 12, 2013
Agenda: October 10, 2013
Agenda: November 14, 2013
Agenda: December 12, 2013
2012 Meeting Agendas
Agenda: January 12, 2012
Minutes: January 12, 2012
Agenda: February 9, 2012
Minutes: February 9, 2012
Minutes: March 7, 2012
Agenda: March 15, 2012
Minutes: March 15, 2012
Agenda: April 18, 2012
Minutes: April 18, 2012
Agenda: May 10, 2012
Minutes: May 10, 2012
Agenda: July 12, 2012
Minutes: July 12, 2012
Agenda: August 9, 2012
Minutes: August 9, 2012
Agenda: September 13, 2012
Minutes: September 13, 2012
Agenda: October 11, 2012
Agenda: October 25, 2012
Minutes: October 25, 2012
Agenda: November 8, 2012
Minutes: November 8, 2012
Agenda: December 6, 2012
Minutes: December 6, 2012