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Who We Are

Our Community

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at UTSA consists of students who understand the need for accountability and support while pursuing their degree at UTSA. Students receive support through campus meetings, planned events and community outreach and service projects. Members are asked to meet participation guidelines and benefit from a campus community, scholarships, sober socials, trips and personal development.

Our Team

Program Staff

Clayton Sponhaltz, LCDC
Assistant Director, The Center for Collegiate Recovery

Micaela Valadez
Graduate Assistant, The Center for Collegiate Recovery

Advisory Board

Charlie Biedenharn, Jr.
Recovery Advocate and San Antonio Entrepreneur

Em de la Rosa
Assistant Director of Residence Life, UTSA Housing and Residence Life

Trish Frye
Program Director, Rise Recovery, Home of Palmer Drug Abuse Program

Jeff Gatlin, LPC
Assistant Director, UTSA Counseling Services

Richard Hamner
Program Director, Haven for Hope In-House Recovery Program

Dr. Jennifer Potter
Associate Dean of Research, University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center

Amanda Ramon
Program Advisor, UTSA Fraternity and Sorority Life

Michelli Ramon, LMSW
Wellness Coordinator, Alamo Heights Independent School District

Frost Readel
Board of Directors, La Hacienda Treatment Center

Martha Smith
UTSA Faculty, University College and The Writing Center

Wylie Walker
Geologist, Center for Students in Recovery at UT Alumni

Christa Winkler
Assistant Director, UTSA Student Conduct and Community Standards

Maria Zayas
Accountant, UTSA Financial Affairs

Our Values

  • We believe ongoing care and support are essential for individuals seeking long term recovery.
  • We respect and value diversity in all individuals.
  • We understand the need for accountability in our lives for full development.
  • We value the critical role of peer support for one’s recovery.
  • We adhere to guiding principles of Honesty, Love, Service and Willingness.