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.

PDAP CEO and President


Danielle Lutz, Ed.D.

CEO and President

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 CEO and President 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, U.S. Department of Education 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 supports PDAP.

Their leadership continues to drive our mission forward every day.


Walter Andrew Baker

Atwood Oceanics Inc.

Board Chair


Richard Burleson

Paul Hastings

Board Vice Chair


Mike Rosinski

Siltstone Capital

Board Treasurer


Janine McArdle

Apex Strategies

Board Secretary


Richard Chandler



Phil DeLozier

EnerVest, Ltd.


Dan O. Dinges

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation


Deborah Duncan

KHOU Channel 11 News


Reverend Steve Ferguson

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

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Adrian Goodisman

Moelis & Company



Jeff Gorski

Tidewater Inc.


Richard F. Lane

Vitruvian Exploration


Mary Ellen Lutey

SM Energy


Marvin Odum



Pat Pollan

Pollan Hausman, LLC

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Marc Schkud

BBVA Compass Bank


Alicia Smith

Innovative Legal Solutions


Reginald W. Spiller

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