Board of Directors, 2017-18
of the Substance Awareness Center of IRC!

Vaughan Judd

Vaughan Judd

Chairman

PhD, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University Montgomery

Vaughan had two distinct careers. The first was in the industrial sector where he held various marketing management positions with four different Fortune 500 companies including Ford Motor Company, Interlake Steel Corporation, Armour and Company, and Manville Forest Products Company. His second career was in academia serving as a professor, department head, and director of a survey research center at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). He retired from AUM in 2008 with the designation of Professor Emeritus. Vaughan holds a B.S degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in Marketing from the University of North Texas.

Upon retirement he and his wife, Nancy, moved to Vero Beach where he has been serving as a volunteer consultant to local nonprofit organizations on strategic and marketing planning initiatives. He is currently serving in that capacity with the Substance Awareness Center, as well as serving as a board member.

The Judd’s have two married daughters living in Florida, one in Vero Beach and the other in Sarasota.

David Currey

David Currey

Vice Chair

Chief Currey started his law enforcement career in 1990 as a patrolman with the Vero Beach Police Department, where he has worked his way up through the ranks. Over the past 22 years, he has worked in the Patrol Division, Detective Division, and Administration. In September 2005, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. On November 4, 2011, he was appointed Interim Chief of Police, and on March 25 2012 he was appointed Chief of Police.

Chief Currey has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton State College in New Jersey, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, Kentucky.

He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and Pi Alpha Alpha, which is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

Chief Currey is married to Melanie and they have three children, Kennedy, Karley and Kyle.

Dr. Liana Urfer

Dr. Liana Urfer

Liana Urfer, MD is a psychiatrist who has practiced in Vero Beach since 2004. She attended the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her psychiatric residency training inGainesville in 2002. Dr. Urfer previously provided inpatient psychiatric treatment at LawnwoodRegional Medical Center and Indian River Medical Center. Dr. Urfer currently provides outpatient psychiatric care in her private practice in Vero Beach where she resides with her husband and daughter. Dr. Urfer treats individuals with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. She has had significant experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Urfer joined the Substance Awareness Center (SAC) Board of Directors in July 2012 and is committed to contributing her clinical knowledge and experience to the organization’s mission.
Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris

Chief Morris began her career with the Sebastian Police Department in 1987; she holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from University of Central Florida and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institutes Administrative Officers Course. During her over 25 year tenure she has worked in various divisions to include, investigations, training, road patrol and professional standards. Chief Morris was appointed Chief of the Sebastian Police Department in June 2009. Chief Morris is married and has two teenage sons.
Nicole P. Menz Esq.

Nicole P. Menz Esq.

NICOLE P. MENZ, ESQ., is originally from Minnesota, and grauated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1990. Nicole received her law degree in 1994 from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Nicole is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law and is a past President of the Indian River County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). She is also a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). Nicole is has also been elected twice as a Director at Large of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL).

Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher

Brian Gallagher attended St. John’s University in New York City, and entered the telecommunications industry, eventually holding management positions. Upon his arrival in Vero in 1991, he worked in real estate, but more importantly, he got involved in the community. He became a board member of several non-profits, including the Department of Children and Families. Additionally, he and a friend opened the first “drop in center” in Indian River named “Our House.” The mission of this organization was to advocate for and provide a safe haven for those suffering with mental health issues. This program is still operating. More recently, in 2013 and again in 2018, he was voted on to the Board of the New Port Club, an organization that advocates for and provides meeting rooms and gathering places for events for AA and Alanon. With over 30 years in recovery, and 20 years in business, he looks forward to bringing his experience to the Substance Awareness Center as a board member, voted on in Sept. 2018.
Thomas Raulen

Thomas Raulen

Thomas Raulen has been a member of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and previously served as a probation officer for the Florida Department of Corrections. He is a twice graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in criminal justice. His assignments at the sheriff’s office have included filed training officer, detective, detective sergeant, public information officer, and lieutenant of Homeland Security. His previous experience includes working with juveniles in an inpatient mental health and addiction treatment center as well as serving on a multi-disciplinary team in an adult psychiatric hospital.  Thomas is also an instructor at Indian River State College where he teaches courses in criminal justice.
Theo Perry

Theo Perry

Theo Perry joined our board in August of 2019. Theo has lived in Vero his whole life and is very active in the community. He attended St. Edwards School kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 2009. He graduated from University of Central Florida in Orlando with a degree in Finance in 2013. In 2017, he moved back to Vero Beach to work for National Bank of Commerce. Now an Assistant Vice President on the Commercial lending team with CenterState Bank, he has moved quickly through the ranks. He is also the Treasurer of St. Frances Manor, where he recently managed a $2 million expansion, increasing capacity by 30%. Theo is married to Helena Perry, who teaches 2nd grade at St. Helen’s School.
Lesa Darnell

Lesa Darnell

Lesa is a resident of Indian River County since 1975. A graduate of VBHS class of ’82 & attended college at Indian River State College. She has three children 30, 26 and 20. Over the years, Lesa has been involved in the community through volunteering at the local schools serving on PTA Boards and Advisory Committees.and the Community Church teaching Sunday School and serving on the Children’s Ministry Board. She has been a co-owner of a land survey company and is a licensed Realtor since 2004. She is also very active on various committees with the local board of Realtors. Lesa’s favorite part about her job is meeting new people, learning new things & helping folks realize their dream of home ownership. Presently, she serves on the Exchange Club of Vero Beach Board and is passionate about Substance Awareness Council and what it offers the community.