The Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) was formed in 1971 by Father Charlie Wyatt-Brown, the Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Father Charlie reached out to a recovering addict and offered him love, support, and hope. This man, in turn, began working with adolescents and parents in the community and began a support group in the church basement. Through their collective experiences, these men recognized that there was a youth population affected by drugs and alcohol. They took it upon themselves to develop PDAP, a support program focused on acceptance, love, and kindness. A vision was developed to reach young people who were lost on drugs and bring them into a new and sober lifestyle. Over the past 45 years, PDAP has gone from its inaugural meeting of six teenagers to positively affecting over 1 million youth in the Greater Houston area.
Mission Statement: The Mission of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program is to be the most effective prevention and recovery program helping young people and families avoid or recover from the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Vision Statement: To increase the availability of PDAP services to areas currently under-served, while maintaining free prevention and long-term drug and alcohol recovery programs of the highest quality that are readily accessible to Houston area youth and their families.
Danielle Lutz, Ed.D.
Dr. Lutz joined PDAP in June 2010, bringing her extensive knowledge and experience in adolescent education to further enhance the mission and program services available to the youth and families of Houston and the surrounding area. Dr. Lutz was an employee of the public school systems for 24 years and worked as a teacher, middle school assistant principal, and a central office administrator before serving as Executive Director of Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP).
Dr. Lutz received her doctorate in educational leadership and continues to conduct research in student achievement, factors that affect student success, at risk behaviors in adolescents, adolescent development, and substance abuse. She is a member and served as the president and treasurer of the Southeast Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and is a national committee member for professional growth and development for GPA. She serves on various nonprofit and professional boards and presents workshops on a variety of school based and nonprofit business topics at the local, state, and national levels. She has been an invited speaker for the United Way, Region IV and XIII Educational Service Centers, Texas Education Agency, Grantwriters’ Association, American Association of Grant Professionals, Power Tools Conference, Houston-Harris County Office of Drug Policy, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
As a project director, Dr. Lutz has been responsible for helping raise over $16 million in grant initiatives and been involved in over $50 million of grant projects. Partnering with PDAP allows Dr. Lutz to continue serving the youth for which she has so passionately advocated for over 30 years.
Behind our team is a board who passionately support PDAP.
Their leadership continues to drive our mission forward every day.
Walter Andrew Baker
Atwood Oceanics Inc.
Board Vice Chair
Dan O. Dinges
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
KHOU Channel 11 News
Reverend Steve Ferguson
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Moelis & Company
Richard F. Lane
Mary Ellen Lutey
Pollan Hausman, LLC
BBVA Compass Bank
Innovative Legal Solutions
Reginald W. Spiller