About Us

Be Well Texas Leadership

Our leaders are trailblazing new ways to build upon evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, research and care.
Dr. Jennifer Sharpe Potter the Executive Director of Be Well Texas

Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH

Executive Director, Be Well Texas; Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Vice President of Research

Dr. Potter serves as the executive director of Be Well Texas. She joined the UT Health San Antonio faculty in 2008 after serving at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant dean and then vice dean for research for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, where she served until June of 2021 until being appointed vice president for research of the university. Dr. Potter is a passionate leader. She is a trailblazer in the field of substance use care and treatment. She believes in a future where stigma is unacceptable. Dr. Potter used to be an actress and went to theatrical school.
Dr. Tara Kans-Wright Senior Director of Be Well Texas

Tara E. Karns-Wright, PhD, MS

Senior Director, Be Well Texas; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Karns-Wright serves as the senior director for Be Well Texas and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. After completing her master’s and doctoral degrees, she joined UT Health San Antonio in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Karns-Wright is a developmental psychologist, with specialized training in addiction science, clinical trials, research design and data analysis. Dr. Karns-Wright is an innovative, science-driven leader and believes that developing new treatments and methods of delivery can enhance care and provide treatment all who need and want it. Dr. Karns-Wright is the proud mom to two children and enjoys spending her time riding scooters around the neighborhood with them.
Dr. Van King Medical Director of Be Well Texas


Medical Director, Be Well Texas Clinic; Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. King serves as the medical director of Be Well Texas. He is a nationally recognized treatment expert in the care of patients with severe opioid dependence and co-occurring psychiatric conditions and has been extensively involved in treatment services research related to severe substance use disorder and how best to manage these frequently chronic conditions. He has been a professor at UT Health San Antonio since 2016. Dr. King believes strongly in the importance of using all available resources of the mind, body and interpersonal connections to help people recover from substance use problems and encourages Be Well Texas patients to utilize our expert resources so they can learn to better manage their lives. In his spare time, Dr. King enjoys collecting and wearing vintage neckties from the 1940s and 1950s.
Dr. Adrienne Lindsey Director of the Center for Substance Use Training and Telementoring

Adrienne Lindsey, MA, DBH

Director, Center for Substance Use Training and Telementoring; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Adrienne Lindsey serves as director of the Center for Substance Use Training and Telementoring (C-STAT) a program of Be Well Texas and is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her areas of expertise include universal screening for substance use, strategies for enhancing patient motivation, and medications to treat substance use disorders. She is a dedicated leader who is working to equip medical and public safety professionals with the best practices for substance use disorder to help better serve communities in Texas. In her spare time, Dr. Lindsey enjoys hiking, photography, and fossil hunting.
Bruno Saraiva Director of Operations at Be Well Texas

Bruno Saraiva, PMP

Director, Operations, Be Well Texas

Mr. Saraiva serves as the director of operations implementing several statewide initiatives within Be Well Texas. He brings 20 years of military leadership in the healthcare industry of the United States Army and served in several leadership roles as a trusted advisor to C-Suite Executives. Bruno is a Brazilian native raised in New England. He is the proud father of three daughters.
Briseida Courtois Director of Substance Use Services at Be Well Texas

Briseida ("Bee") Courtois, MSSW, LCDC, CMA

Director, Substance Use Services, Be Well Texas

Briseida (“Bee”) Courtois is the director of substance use services at Be Well Texas. She is a licensed chemical dependency counselor, certified medication- assisted treatment advocate and trainer for the Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT) Certification. Mrs. Courtois is a compassionate and community-focused leader. She strives towards patient-centric treatment for substance use for all people in Texas. Up until about 10 years ago, Mrs. Courtois was a very finicky eater.

Andrea Rochat, MFA

Director, Healthcare Communications and Outreach

Andrea Rochat is the director of healthcare communications and outreach at Be Well Texas. She joined UT Health San Antonio in 2015 and has since supported an array of programming to improve community health through engagement, partnership, strategic communication, system redesign, and workforce development. She is a creative communicator who strongly believes in the power of stories and data to compel meaningful change. She enjoys hiking, illustrating, throwing pottery, and spending time with her family.  
Dr. Carma Deem Bolton Manager of Evaluation of Be Well Texas

Carma Deem Bolton, PhD, MS

Manager, Evaluation, Be Well Texas; Instructor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Deem Bolton serves as the manager of evaluation at Be Well Texas. She joined the Be Well Texas team in 2022 after working for several years in the healthcare industry. She brings expertise in healthcare informatics, program evaluation, quality improvement and public health. Her prior work has investigated perceptions of breast cancer screening among Hispanic men and women residing in South Texas colonias and integrated care models for women with an opioid use disorder who become pregnant. Dr. Deem Bolton’s primary interests include substance use disorders in pregnancy, substance use disorders and treatment, population health research and implementation, and evaluation science. She loves to play volleyball and enjoys teaching her daughter to play.