Keynote Speakers:

Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA

Rev. Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA, is Senior Director of Spiritual Care at Caron Treatment Centers headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. He leads a team of integrated, clinical spiritual counselors and is developing an addiction-specific form of Clinical Pastoral Education at Caron for seminarians, clergy, and pastoral counselors. He also serves as current President of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals, a non-profit association.

Andrew Burki

Andrew Burki is the founder and CEO of The Life of Purpose Group, an academically focused comprehensive continuum of care offering treatment for substance use disorders. Facilities are located on or in close proximity to college campuses, with locations in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and opening soon in New Jersey. Andrew was inspired to open treatment facilities to help clients whose education was disrupted due to substance abuse after his own education was derailed by his substance use disorder. Andrew is a person in long-term abstinence based recovery since 2001. Andrew holds a Master in Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a macro level social worker. He is a member of the Young People in Recovery national board as well as a board member of The Bridge Way School in Philadelphia, which is a recovery high school. Andrew is also a member of the Florida Sober Homes Taskforce and a recipient of the Association of Recovery Schools Recovery Philanthropist of the Year award for 2015. Andrew served on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Advisory Board under the last administration.


Judy earned her B.A. at Rutgers, M.A. from NY Institute of Technology. She founded The Refuge in 2003, Spirit2Spirit Healing in 2008, & The Guest House Ocala in 2016. Judy has spent nearly 30 years helping individuals heal their soul wounds and find resolution for their self defeating behaviors.

David Greenfield, PhD

Dr. David Greenfield is the founder of The Center and Institute for Internet and Technology Addiction ( and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world's leading voices on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior, and a pioneer concerning compulsive and addictive use; he is the author of the Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell with tech overuse when it came out in 1999.

Rokelle Lerner, BS

Rokelle Lerner is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Crossroads Centre Antigua. For the past twenty-one years Rokelle has facilitated Spring Recovery Workshops in London, UK. She is co-founder of Children Are People, a national organization dealing with high-risk children from chemically dependent families. Rokelle has authored many articles and books including: The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists, Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships.

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC's Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) He is the author of A Day without Pain, revised edition (Central Recovery Press, 2011) and The Pain Antidote - Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers, and Reclaim Your Life (DaCapo, 2015). He recently filmed a show for PBS on chronic pain which will air around the country in August, 2016.

Marvin Seppala, MD

Graduate of the Mayo Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training and a fellowship in addiction at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and his responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices, maintaining and improving quality of care, and supporting growth strategies for residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs.

Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC

Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC is the Clinical Director/Owner of New Hope Recovery Center/Chicago, Clinical Director of New Hope Counseling Center and has a private practice. His areas of expertise include working with the LGBTQI community, healing all forms of addiction whether substance/alcohol/behavioral, mental health issues and trauma leading to a holistic recovery framework. He is on the Board of Directors for NALGAP as well as the Board of Directors for NASW-IL. He was awarded the 2015 NASW Social Worker of the Year as well.


Faculty Members:

Jerri Avery, PhD

Jerri Avery, Ph.D. has over 23 years of experience in federal grant-writing and implementation, program management, workforce development, and governmental and nonprofit leadership.

Stefan Bate, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate MA, LAC holds a master's degree in applied psychology and is a licensed addiction counselor in Colorado. In his professional career Stefan has served as a counselor, program manager, and executive director. Currently Stefan is the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge.

Melinda Drake, MSW

Dr. Melinda Drake is the joint director of Foundations Los Angeles and The Canyon at Santa Monica. She joined as director of outpatient services at The Canyon at Santa Monica in 2013. She earned a master's degree in social work in 1997, followed by a doctorate in business administration in 2000 and then another master's degree, this time in computer resources and information management, in 2003. She is licensed as a clinical social worker in Hawaii, New York, and California and an independent social worker for clinical and advanced practice in South Carolina.

Sharon Foley, MA, NCC, ACS, CADC

Sharon Foley, MA, NCC, ACS, CADC has over 30 years of experience as a counselor, clinical supervisor and trainer, including more than 25 years providing services to military membes and their families. Ms. Foley currently serves as the Senior Project Director of the Navy Clinical Preceptorship Program, a program which provides clinical supervision and training to Navy substance abuse counselors. Ms. Foley has written counselor training curricula for the U.S. Navy and has provided training on military culture to behavioral health professionals at national conferences.

Jeff Georgi

Jeff has provided substance abuse treatment to patients and families for more than 35 years. He remains at Duke University Medical Center as a Consulting Clinical Associate in the Division of Addiction Research and Translation where he developed a SUDs program for women and their children. Jeff and his wife, Becky are providing South Carolina with an integrated, science-based definition of addictive disease yearlong training in Modified Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy. Jeff has served as Co-chair and panel member on three Treatment Improvement Protocols supported by SAMHSA.

Philip Hemphill, PhD

Dr. Hemphill is the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview Health a premier addiction treatment facility where he is responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing and directing all of the company's behavioral health and clinical services.He has presented on trauma, personality disorders, and addictions during the past 27 years. He has been an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work for the past 20 years and LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry for the past 17 years. He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

Laura Martinez, LCDCI

Laura serves as the Director of Origins Behavioral Healthcare where she is able to assist patients with brain transformation. She attained her degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Texas A&M University. Afterwards, she spent years examining the effects of lead on prolonged drug use in neuroscience research labs. Laura went on to attain her license chemical dependency counseling. Laura has co-authored the published textbook "PsychoNeuroPlasticity Protocols in Addiction" with Dr. Frank Lawlis. This year she co-authored the book "Nature and Animal Rituals."

Peter Musser, MD

Dr. Peter Musser is a licensed psychologist at a private practice in Columbia, MD and specializes in substance use disorders, dual-diagnosis, intimate partner abuse, and trauma healing. He has presented workshops on MI for the past 15 years and is published in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of MI, addiction, and abusive behavior change. Dr. Musser received a Masters Degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America and a doctorate from The University of Maryland Baltimore County. He completed his Doctoral Internship at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.

Margaret Nagib, PsyD

Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls' Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, Dr. Nagib offers more than 30 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Madeleine Narvilas, Esq., LCSW, LMSW

Madeleine is an experienced attorney and therapist. Clinical Advisor to HeadWaters at Origins, Madeleine has served as Director to 3 renowned addiction treatment programs for professional and high-end clients, and has held positions with several internationally-based care organizations.

Ronald Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC Currently serves as Director of Adolescent and Young Men's Programming at Cumberland Heights, owner of DO Life! Counseling, PLLC focusing on the treatment of adolescent and young adults. 2002-2008; Executive Director of Three Springs, Duck River, an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescents. Served on Board of Directors of NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs)2011-2015. Member of ACA, TLPCA.

Eric Schmidt, MSW, MBA

Eric Schmidt has served in key executive level positions in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the past 27 years. He has received both a MSW and an MBA. Eric provides a variety of clinical services utilizing a range of techniques and theoretical designs. Eric is adjunct faculty for the University of Utah School of Social Work. He currently serves as the CEO of New Roads Behavioral Health and the President of Utah Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC (GA), is an Assistant Professor at Antioch University New England as well as the Coordinator of the Substance Abuse/Addiction Concentration in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's Degree Program. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, with sixteen years of clinical experience working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Her post-graduate research has focused on wellness in students, counseling professionals, and applying wellness models in clinical practice.

Joseph Troncale, MD, DFASAM

Joseph Troncale, MD is Retreat's Medical Director. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Troncale has established himself as one of the premier physicians working in the field of addiction. He is both a fellow and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010. A published author, Dr. Troncale has contributed content to both Saunders Manual of Medical Practice & When to Call the Surgeon as well as numerous articles in addiction journals.

Josephine Tynes, MSW, ICGC-II

Josephine Tynes currently works as a primary therapist at Caron Renaissance. Josephine is trained in compulsive shoplifting, stealing, spending, hoarding and employee theft. Josephine also holds her ICGC-II certification to treat patients suffering from gambling disorder.

Caleb Vogtner, MA

Currently serves as Adolescent Primary Therapist at Cumberland Heights, focusing on treatment of adolescent males. 2013-Current. Case Manager at Mental Health Co-op focusing on providing services to those with severe and persistent mental illness. 2010-2013.

Eric Webber, MA, CADC, ASAT, CCPG

Eric Webber is the Clinical Supervisor of the Relapse Program at Caron Treatment Centers. Eric is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and holds a Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling, both through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He is also certified as an Associate Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kutztown University and a Master's Degree from Alvernia University.

Cynthia Westcott

Cindy Westcott has 29 years of experience including 22 years in as founder of The Psychological Trauma and Wellness Center. She has developed and facilitated inpatient specialty programs for suicide prevention and for the treatment of complicated grief and traumatic stress, and PTSD. She is a level 2 EMDR trained clinician and utilizes other innovative therapies such as IFS, Gestalt and Ego State Experiential therapies, EFT, and others to address the acute and long term effects of childhood and other forms of trauma and abuse.
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