The year 2020 has been filled with ups and downs for many companies. For A-G Associates, our year was no different with some projects coming to a halt in March and others coming to fruition later in the year. From these new projects, A-G Associates has been fortunate to bring on three new employees in the last 18 months. We want to introduce you to these employees and highlight the meaningful work they are doing.

Stephanie Crews, CGMP, CVEP joined the A-G Team in September 2019 and serves as the Project Director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) contract. CMHS leads SAMHSA’s efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of Mental Health disorders. This project supports the needs of adults who have serious mental illness (SMI) and children and youth with serious emotional disorders (SED).  

In this role, she oversees contract activities that provide technical, administrative, and logistical support as needed. She creates and manages websites, coordinates virtual and onsite events, utilizes expert consultants, and supports material development requirements to advance the strategic direction for CMHS.

Ms. Crews has managed and planned various size meetings for almost 30 years. She has worked with several federal government agencies such as the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Maternal and Child Health Programs (MCH) to name a few.

Ms. Crews is a Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP), the highest certification in government meeting planning and a Certified Virtual Event Planner (CVEP), the highest certification in virtual meeting planning. Ms. Crews is also a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Suraj Patil  joined A-G as an intern in September 2019 and was hired as a Senior Software Engineer in July 2020. Mr. Patil is a system architect and a backend developer for A-G’s upcoming Focus software. This proprietary product will help consultants to have more active communication with its customers, help to automate various business processes and guide customers to achieve organization goals more efficiently and transparently.

Previously, Mr. Patil worked as a software engineer at several large technology firms. Mr. Patil has contributed to the development and testing of new backend features for monitoring an organization’s alternative work schedule cloud environment. He has contributed to production deployment and aided the support team to resolve critical defects and bugs in a production environment; modified and automated existing message and email services used to update clients about their loan applications; and implemented a web application on a salesforce platform that can be used by developers to interact with other developer communities. Mr. Patil has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

Lizbeth Ericka Caceda, MEd., RYT,  joined the A-G team in August 2020 as a Program Evaluator. Ms. Caceda coordinates and oversees the program evaluation component for a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Maryland, working under a grant from SAMHSA. The purpose of this program is to increase access to and improve the quality of community mental and substance use disorder treatment services through the expansion of CCBHCs. CCBHCs provide person and family centered integrated services.

She works collaboratively with the behavioral health clinic team to assess programmatic, organizational, and patient outcomes consistent with the implementation of grant activities. She guides the evaluation design, data collection, analysis and reporting for the grant.

Ms. Caceda has more than 15 years of experience in the evaluation and implementation of evidence-based programs for behavioral health with an emphasis on mental health promotion and substance abuse treatment interventions for youth and adults. She has expertise designing culturally relevant programs to improve engagement and cultural-competent messaging, as well as yoga and mindfulness interventions and evaluation. She partners with organizations and public health professionals to provide training and technical assistance for community-based initiatives.

Prior to joining AG-Associates she served as the Project Director for the Research-tested Intervention Programs for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and for the Aging and Disability Program registry for the Administration for Community Living. She also managed the submission of intervention programs for inclusion on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices and supported other large-scale research and evaluation projects for SAMHSA.

Ms. Caceda is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer and certified as a Cultural Competency for Managers and Cultural Competency Training of Trainers. She has a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from the City University of New York at Queens College, Flushing, NY.

We invite you to learn more about A-G’s projects and staff. If you would like to discuss a partnership with A-G Associates, please contact Chris Gonzalez at cgonzalez@a-gassociates.com or visit our website.