Roberto Ruiz, is the court manager to both the DWI Court presided over by Judge Liza Rodriguez of County Court at Law No. 8 and the Adult Drug Court. He is originally from El Paso, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business. He has over 14 years of experience working in the criminal justice system. He was a probation officer for 8 years, a coordinator for 6 years, and his experience includes over 9 years working with drug courts. Mr. Ruiz helped formalize the Adult Drug Court under the direction of Judge Al Alonso, the founder of drug courts in Bexar County. In addition, he helped implement the Veterans Treatment Court under the direction of both Judge Ray Olivarri and Judge Christian.
He has provided consultation services to the misdemeanor Re-Entry Court, and the Drug Court Alumni. He is a founding Board Member of the Therapeutic Justice Foundation, a 501C3 not-for-profit organization, whose primary mission is to sustain Bexar County Problem-Solving Courts that follow drug court’s 10 key components. Mr. Ruiz has also served as the Secretary, Treasurer and a Board of Director for the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. Mr. Ruiz was recently awarded the highly praised Joel Bennett Recovery Award by the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals for his outstanding commitment to helping those in the recovery community.
Carlos D. Lopez
Carlos D. Lopez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Policing and Crime Prevention, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Criminal Justice and Crime Control. Mr. Lopez also attended legal studies in Mexico at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Law School. He has spent many years working in the field of criminal justice substance abuse treatment services, and therapeutic drug courts, and is a Texas Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. His experience and training encompassed Corrections, Probation, Judicial system and Therapeutic Justice.
Mr. Lopez promotes Therapeutic Justice strategies internationally. In 2009 he served as a liaison guide to the Mexico’s Justice Delegation touring the U.S., San Antonio Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Courts. Since then a pilot drug court model has been instituted in Monterrey, Mexico. Mr. Lopez is Bilingual in Spanish and English. He presently serves as a Drug Court Case Manager in Bexar County.
Margarita Ochoa-Smith, MA, LCDC, ADC, ICADC, Case Manager, is a native of El Paso, Texas and a graduate of Jefferson High School. Margarita earned her Bachelor of Science Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Park University at the Fort Bliss, Texas location. She also earned a Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors - Chi Sigma Iota from Adams State University in Colorado. Margarita is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas and is also an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) earning her reciprocity in multiple countries.
Margarita is a behavioral health professional that has served in multiple leadership positions in El Paso, Texas and Southern Colorado to include; Treatment Alternatives Collaboration Coordinator and Behavioral Health Treatment Court Coordinator overseeing behavioral health program operations and administration processes. Margarita has also held the role of Clinical Coordinator and Treatment Director throughout her career.
Margarita has created, developed, and launched programming for Jail Diversion program; trained and mentored team members in methodologies and processes to ensure program success and appropriate client treatments. She has participated in developing key court systems and demonstrates an ongoing commitment for support of client recovery through developing and executing individualized treatment plans and recovery activities. Ms. Ochoa-Smith has led evidence-based assessments, case planning, program development and treatment implementations for co-occurring offenders both adults and juveniles in residential and outpatient settings, state correctional facilities as well as transitional services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Vicki Longoria, is the current Intake Specialist serving both the DWI Court and the Adult Drug Court. A former Analyst with the District Criminal Courts here in Bexar County, she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Sociology from University of Texas at San Antonio and has presented at both state and national conferences on a variety of Drug Court topics including process improvement and organizing/reporting Drug Court data.
Leonardo Ramos, was born in Austin, Texas, but was raised in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico where he attended school in his early years. He eventually moved with his parents to Del Rio, Texas where he graduated from high school. He went on to attend and graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Soon after graduating he was hired by the Bexar County CSCD as a security monitor at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF). Since then Leonardo has advanced within the Bexar County CSCD, first as re regular caseload officer, supervising both felony and misdemeanor cases, and then on to the specialized unit with the Adult Drug Court. His overall experience with the Adult Drug Court program along with his attendance to presentations, trainings and conferences have prepared him to take on the role of Probation Officer for the DWI Court.