Meet The Team
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tim Santamour is the interim Executive Director for Florida Harm Reduction Collective and a long time AIDS and Harm Reduction activist. Since the early 80s, Tim has played an active role in founding several support groups and organizations, including Prevention Point Buffalo (1991), a Syringe Services Program, and Moving Equipment (1995) in New York City, which began street-based overdose prevention education and naloxone distribution in 1997.
In 2019 he helped found Florida Harm Reduction Collective as a statewide network of Overdose Recognition and Reversal and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention organizations aimed at furthering harm reduction Initiatives serving people who use drugs, their families, and communities. As a gay man living with the experiences of substance use and the AIDS crisis Tim has focused his energies on ending HIV and the harms associated with substance use in Florida, nationally, and globally.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Alexa Mutchler began her harm reduction career in 2022 when she joined FLHRC as a Program Manager. With her bachelor's degree in Economics and background in mortgage lending, she brings a love of data collection and analysis to the team. She is currently studying to get her master's degree in Public Policy Analysis with the hopes of using data analysis and visualization to steer policy decisions towards strengthening harm reduction and ending the war on People Who Use Drugs in America.
As the child of two chaotic opioid users, one who is in long-term recovery, Alexa deeply believes that People Who Use Drugs are humans who deserve compassion, respect, and autonomy. She recognizes that everyone FLHRC helps is someone else's loved one and she is determined to help them as if they were her own.
Meet Jeanie Williams (she/her/hers), a driving force at the Florida Harm Reduction Collective since early 2023. Jeanie takes on the role of Program Specialist in the mail-based Naloxone distribution program, where she helps coordinate life-saving efforts.
Her journey into harm reduction began as a recipient of its services, sparking a deep commitment to continuing those services for others. Jeanie's caring nature flourished during her time with the Kansas Oxford House Association and the Friends of Recovery Association in Johnson County, Kansas. There, she volunteered and worked on initiatives like expanding re-entry programs and advocating for transgender inclusion in Oxford Houses.
Jeanie proudly identifies as a trans woman on a journey of lasting recovery, embracing a path beyond strict abstinence. Outside her impactful work, she finds joy in various forms of creative expression. Jeanie not only navigates life’s spectrum but also paints it with her unique hues of self-expression.
My name is Megan and I am a proud anthropologist and harm reductionist. I have been doing research on drug use, harm reduction, and syringe services programs (SSPs) in the US South for five years, and continue to do so today as a PhD Student at the University of South Florida. My dissertation research focuses on the development and implementation of programs that increase access to Hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID). I started working with IDEA Exchange Tampa in 2021 and gained two years of experience as a peer recovery support specialist, infectious disease linkage to care specialist, phlebotomist, and medical assistant.
I am now grateful to serve as manager for the Florida Harm Reduction Collective's BayCare Outreach Program, for which I ensure that each peer in the four-county area is well-supported to provide quality street outreach services and increase linkage to care for PWID. I have witnessed via my long-term commitments in the field that the services provided by harm reductionists make invaluable impacts: it saves lives, restores dignity, and positively contributes to people's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I am excited and hopeful to see these services expand throughout Florida and the US with the help of the Florida Harm Reduction Collective.
DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY
Megan Murphy (She/They) launched her career in harm reduction in 2019 when she used her infectious disease and public health research background to take on a role as a project manager for a research project at SSPs across Wisconsin. Since then, Megan has been developing and implementing harm reduction programs in communities across the country, including HIV and STI testing programs, naloxone distribution networks, and sex education programs.
With both professional and lived experience with substances and the systematic harms caused by our society, Megan is dedicated to ensuring everyone who uses substances now, has used in the past, and may use in the future lives a healthy and autonomous life.
Board of Directors
NANCY MCCONNELL MSW, MCAP, CRPS.
Rebel Recovery/FLASH Exchange - CEO
West Palm Beach, FL
Ladies Intervention Project for Success - Co-Founder
TYLER BARTHOLOMEW, PH.D.
IDEA Lab - Principal Investigator
SARAH SMITH MHR, ICAADC, MCAP, CBHCMS-A/C.
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare - Grants Director
Manager of Safe Syringe Exchange Services - The SPOT
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
SUSAN NYAMORA MSW, NCPRSS.
South Florida Wellness Network - President and CEO
Fort Lauderdale, FL
SHELBY MEADERS, MPH
Director of SSP Expansion, IDEA Miami
Picking up the Pieces - Founder
NICOLE MEDINA RODRIGUEZ
Underground Recovery Jax