Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities at Texas Tech University
Faculty and Staff
Ann Marie Casiraghi, M.S.
For over 20 years, Ann Marie enjoyed a career in the floral industry, ultimately owning her own floral shop in Austin for 8 years. For three years, she worked at a residential drug and alcohol treatment program that worked with women and their children. Ann Marie and her husband, Paul Curran, moved to the Lubbock area in 1998 to work as houseparent's at Cal Farley's Girlstown USA in Whiteface, Texas. She then attained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Human Development & Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She has been involved with the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC) in various capacities since 2002. Currently, Ann Marie holds the position of Coordinator, facilitating the operational and development aspects of the CCRC. She enjoys gardening, going to concerts and spending time with her husband and daughter, Michelle. She is a Certified Grief Educator through David Kessler Training.
George Comiskey, Psy.D., LCDC, ICPS
Associate Director - External Relations
Faculty: Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
George began teaching in inner-city Kansas City, MO in 1983. He is a person in long-term recovery. He has lived in Lubbock since 1988 and has worked in the prevention and addiction field since 1990. George worked as a prevention specialist for the Lubbock Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and for 13 years with the Lubbock Independent School District. Dr. Comiskey is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He is a certified Trauma and Loss Specialist. He has the honor of working at the Center at Texas Tech University since 2002, where he teaches, works with recovering students, develops programs and provides outreach to the community. George is most proud to be married to Megan and father to Dominique, India and Brett.
William "Buddy" Gerber, Ph.D., LCDC
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Practice, Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
Dr. Gerber is the Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. Gerber completed his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Public Administration at Texas Tech University. Dr. Gerber was the first to be awarded a PhD in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies from Texas Tech University in 2022. Along with the academic background, Dr. Gerber has extensive administrative experience in nonprofits and insurance. Dr. Gerber also has lived experience as a person in long term recovery. Dr. Gerber is married to Mendy and they have five children.
Laura G. Nobles, M.Ed., LPC
Laura Nobles is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC). She is an alumni of the CCRC, graduating with her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in August of 2012. Upon graduation, she began working in residential substance use disorder treatment and then joined the CCRC team in 2018. As Program Coordinator, Laura plans CCRC events, provides support to students in varying capacities, and helps manage many of the day to day operations of the CCRC. She continues to provide counseling to individuals in the greater Lubbock community through her private practice. Laura is a person living in long term recovery since 1996, and she has a passion for working with families and individuals whose lives has been touched by addiction. Laura has been married to her husband Brandon for over 15 years and they share two children.
Vincent C. Sanchez, M.Ed., LCDC, LPC
Vincent Carlos Sanchez, III, is the Associate Director of the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities. Starting as an undergraduate assistant in 1994, Vince is the longest tenured employee of the CRC. Vince received his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech and later earned his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2008. He is a licensed professional counselor. Vince provides academic advising, recovery support, and directly oversees our collegiate recovery program. He is beloved by his students and their parents who seek after his wisdom and guidance.
Alex Mata Shrode MS, RDN, LD
Program Director for Eating Disorders
Alex Shrode is a registered dietician nutritionist with a passion for all things recovery. Alex graduated with her Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University in Dec 2014. Alex began her career working in a residential substance abuse treatment center, assisting clients who struggle with a wide array of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image issues. As Program Director for Eating Disorders, Alex works to offer daily support to those who are in recovery from eating disorders and all CRC students. Alex also has a private practice where she specializes further in eating disorder work and support for the community. She has been married to her husband, Sam, for 6 years and has 2 precious and rambunctious daughters
Anna Treviño, M. Ed., LCDC, LPC
Advisor-POWER, Recovery Housing
Anna L. Treviño is the Assistant Director of Texas Tech's Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC) since April 2015. She is also an alumni of the program. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University in Dec. 2014. She is a person in long-term recovery and has been a strong pillar in the Lubbock recovery community for over thirteen years. Anna also has a private practice as an LCDC, LPC specializing in addiction/recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Anna also has a child named, Zachary who is the love of her life.