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Keynote Speakers:

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery,” having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com, www.cravingtoquit.com). He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, Time magazine, Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).

Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD

Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, Co-Founder/Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center, and Founder/CEO of "(un)BOOT CAMP," which assists teens, young adults, and families struggling with technology, Smartphone, online gaming, cyber/online pornography, and/or other technologically-mediated platform/device dependence, addiction, management, and negotiation. He is also Co-Chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) "Device Management" Committee and has been commissioned by APA to write the only book on "Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship” planned for publishing. Dr. Grant is a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and both his MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. Dr. Grant was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association "Early Career Achievement Award." In 2012 he was awarded an international "Best of Show" prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. Dr. Grant also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for clinicians and educators. Print, interview, and author credits include: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, APA Monitor On Psychology, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Us, and People magazine. He also has numerous academic publications.

David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP

David Greenfield, PhD, MSCP is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (virtual-addiction.com) and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he teaches Sexual Medicine, Behavioral Addiction Medicine, and supervises psychiatry residents. He is recognized as a leading authority on process and behavioral addiction and is author of Virtual Addiction, which in 1999 rang an early warning bell regarding the world’s growing Internet Addiction problem. Dr. Greenfield lectures and teaches throughout the world, and has appeared on CNN, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. He’s also been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

Dr. Greenfield is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. Dr. Greenfield sits on numerous academic and editorial boards, including the CT Association for Treatment of Sex Offenders. Dr. Greenfield is currently in partnership with Odyssey Behavioral Health to open the Greenfield Center for the residential treatment of Internet and Technology Addiction; he resides and maintains an addiction and behavioral medicine practice in Connecticut.

Daniel McClughen, JD

Daniel McClughen, JD provides research, analysis, and strategic insight to DCBA Law and Policy’s clients on matters of health care and business law and policy. He advises pain management specialists, addiction treatment programs, recovery residences, and clinical laboratories on transactional matters and issues related to marketing and lead generation; urine drug testing; controlled substance prescribing; and compliance with federal and state laws, including anti-kickback, patient brokering, physician self-referral, and patient privacy laws. Daniel received his juris doctor from the George Mason University School of Law with a concentration in corporate law. During law school, he completed internships with the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and District of Columbia Public Schools Office of General Council. He also clerked with the Daniel Law Office in Elmhurst, Illinois. He received his bachelor of science in finance from the University of Illinois.

Michael McGee, MD

Michael McGee, MD is currently the Chief Medical Officer of The Haven, a psychiatric treatment facility located in the Central Coast of California that specializes in the treatment of addictions. Dr. McGee graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biology with distinction. Dr. McGee received his M.D. from Stanford University School of medicine and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, including a Chief Residency in Inpatient psychiatry. He has directed several treatment programs, participated in government-funded outcomes research and has published in the areas of spirituality, addictions, and clinical treatment. Dr. McGee is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has extensive experience in addictions treatment and general adult psychiatry. Dr. McGee is the author of the multi-award-winning “The Joy of Recovery.” Dr. McGee has a private practice near San Luis Obispo, CA, where he practices a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His approach is ecelctic. He includes psychospiritual interventions to compliment biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Dr. McGee can be reached at 978-360-6071. Email: mdm@wellmind.com.

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD is the Chief Medical Officer and SVP of Behavioral Health at Solera Health, a platform that connects health plan members to a curated and actively managed network of digital and in-person community providers addressing chronic disease prevention and management. He previously operated a series of methadone clinics in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to working on the front line of the opioid use disorder crisis, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, the nation's largest health insurer, where he advocated to protect the program against several legislative efforts to significantly dismantle the program. He also led efforts to streamline Medicaid and make it more customer-centric. Before leading the Medicaid program, he co-founded the software company, Care at Hand, an evidence-based predictive analytics platform that used insights of non-medical staff to prevent aging people from being hospitalized. Care at Hand was acquired in 2016 by Mindoula Health. Before Care at Hand, Dr. Ostrovsky led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening. Dr. Ostrovsky has served on several boards and committees dedicated to behavioral health, interoperability standards, quality measurement, and home and community-based services including the National Academies of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Commonwealth Fund. Through Social Innovation Ventures, he and his wife invest in companies dedicated to eliminating disparities. Andrey holds a Medical Doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology Magna cum Laude from Boston University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrey completed his pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital where he was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is currently teaching faculty and attending physician at Children's National Medical Center.

Mark Pirtle, DPT

Mark Pirtle, DPT is a producer and writer and a pioneer in integral thinking in stress relief and recovery. He is a clinician, writer, public speaker, filmmaker, and true “innerpreneur.” He connects the dots between science, wellness, and spirituality. Dr. Pirtle tirelessly updates his understanding of the latest science to help others change and heal. Combining the disciplines of integral and living systems theories, neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness meditation, he developed an evidence-based program for people suffering from stress-related conditions calls SkillfullyAware®. Dr. Pirtle teaches attunement skills, through the use of meditation and mindfulness, to empower his clients to work towards a healthier relationship with themselves, others and the world. He works with clients privately, hosts retreats, and teaches for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Lloyd Sirmons, BS

Lloyd Sirmons, BS received his Associates Degree in Computer Science from Columbus State University 1998. He immediately began his IT career working with TSYS of Columbus, GA where he worked as a mainframe programmer. He worked a number of years with Columbus Regional as a System’s Analyst before entering into full time ministry where he served in pastoral leadership for nearly 14 years before joining the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth team in August of 2010 as the BTOP (Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program) Project Director. He completed his BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University in 2009. He is now diligently working towards completion of Troy’s Master’s of Management in Project Management.
 

Faculty Members:

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He provides administrative and clinical oversight for all residential and outpatient programs. Dr. Barnes comes to Foundry after serving as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services at CeDAR at the University of Colorado Hospital and 10 years as a full-time clinical professor in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver and Argosy University. Dr. Barnes has developed trauma-integrated clinical models for the treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and he speaks nationally on Families, Trauma, and Addiction. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University

Ward Blanchard, MA, LCAS, CSI

Since moving to Charlotte in 2014, Ward Blanchard has become one of the most prominent addiction and mental health professionals on the east coast. Ward founded The Blanchard Institute, LLC, an Intensive Outpatient Center that treats co-occurring Substance Use Disorders in 2016. Ward and his team approach addiction through a family systems model, guiding entire families toward healthy recovery.

Ward has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credential through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II). Ward is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Clinical Supervisor (CSI).

Ward spent over a decade in Southern California furthering his education while also working alongside some of the world’s most well-known addiction and mental health treatment centers like The Betty Ford Center, Michael’s House Dual Diagnosis Center, and Foundations Recovery Network. Ward has worked in all facets of dual diagnosis treatment: interventions, admissions, business development, therapist, continuing-care, and operations. He presents at national conferences, hospitals, continuing educational events, and treatment centers. Ward has an altruistic passion around educating the professional community about Family Systems, Substance Use Disorders, co-occurring disorders, the opioid epidemic, and chronic pain.

Mike Brooks, PhD, LSSP

Mike Brooks, PhD, LSSP is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. He is the Director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (APACenter). Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He also worked as a usability specialist in the tech industry in the early 2000s. He has a wealth of expertise in the effects of technology on well-being and productivity, positive psychology, the needs of children and teens, and effective parenting practices. He is the first author of Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World, written with Dr. Jon Lasser, and published by Oxford University Press in August 2018. He is a frequent presenter and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets. He is a blogger for Psychology Today, a Tech Happy Life YouTube channel, and has a website devoted to achieving greater life balance in this digital age.

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMH

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC is a clinical and administrative behavioral health services leader specializing in substance use disorder and mental health treatment of adolescents and adults. Dr. Buivydas is a nationally-recognized expert in clinical services development and delivery, integrated treatment, engagement and motivation, and best practice treatment approaches.

Osvaldo “Ozzie” Cabral, MA, LPC, LAC

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Cabral, MA, LPC, LAC has worked in addiction and mental health since 2002. His areas of expertise include Addiction Treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Skills Training, Schema-Focused Therapy, working with the chronically mentally ill and treating dually diagnosed clients. Additional areas of specialization include Aggression Replacement Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Pain Treatment and Trauma-Focused Therapies. As director of integrated services, he coordinates the operations of New Health's medical and behavioral health professionals to ensure continuity of care for New Health patients. Ozzie also co-founded and operates "Song of the Wolf Healing Center" which is a wolf and wolf-dog rescue in Bailey, Colorado.

Anthony Campobasso, LCSW, CADC, CIP

Anthony Campobasso, LCSW, CADC, CIP has been facilitating Adventure and Experiential based activities for individuals with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders for the past 10+ years. He has received outdoor wilderness safety and climbing training. He is a previous member of AEE - Association of Experiential Educators. He has also published news article on the Effective use of Adventure Therapy in Addiction Treatment.

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT is the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of reSTART Life, PLLC, founded in 2019. This was the first and remains the foremost residential and transition treatment facility in the US and Canada for Internet and video game addicts. In 1999, she co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (no longer in existence), and in 2018, she co-authored a practical book for parents, Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control. Dr. Cash has presented extensively at conferences both in the USA and abroad and has trained clinicians in this emerging field since the early 2000s.

Diana Clark, JD,MA

Diana Clark, JD, MA is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and has authored and facilitated numerous workshops, and coordinating book Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey specifically designed for family members of those struggling with addiction. As a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance, Diana has helped thousands of families establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their own recovery.

Chris Connors, BA

Originally from Garden City, New York, Chris came to Los Angeles in 2016 as a client of Transcend. After completing his recovery program Chris began coaching a local Los Angeles lacrosse team. With a passion for helping others and creating community, Chris serves as our Director of Alumni Relations & Community Outreach. Each day, Chris strives to connect our growing network of alumni in their life long journey of recovery. He studied Business Administration with a minor in Economics at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. After regaining his love of health and fitness in recovery, Chris loves to exercise and explore the outdoors in his free time. His family is of the upmost importance to him and says his mother is one of the most important people in his life. Though he loves the community he has built in LA, he loves to go home to NY where he can play with his three nieces! When he isn’t at one of the amazing Alumni events, you can find him at Soulcycle, Barry's Bootcamp or at one of the many Italian restaurants in Los Angeles!

James Fenley, MD, ASAM

James Fenley, MD, ASAM, is a Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine and member of ASAM since 1988, Chairman of Southeastern Conference on Addictive Diseases for 13 years and has been on the planning committee for C4 Events for 14 years. He is a past Associate professor at Mercer Medical School in field of Addiction Medicine; spent 26 years as Director of Addiction Medicine in Private Psychiatric Hospitals and 15 years on staff at Talbott Recovery Campus for Impaired Professionals, and is the author of Finding a Purpose in the Pain. Dr. Fenley is presently the Director of Addictive Services for SMA Health Care where he is responsible for a four county area in Central Florida. He is also the President of private practice Hard Choices LLC.

Anthony Foster, PhD, MCAP, SAP, ACRPS

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Foster is passionate about helping people overcome substance abuse and addiction. With over 15 years of extensive experience at all levels of care in the substance abuse industry, Dr. Foster has held positions as a Counselor, Clinical Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive. He also has comprehensive experience developing effective behavioral healthcare programs and curriculum for those seeking to recover from addiction. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a dual Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Rehab Counseling, also from FAU. He has been certified nationally as a Rehabilitation Counselor, in Florida as a Master Certified Addiction Professional and Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, internationally accredited as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as being an accredited practitioner of Rapid Trauma Resolution therapy. He has written extensively on substance abuse treatment and the methods for achieving a long term recovery. Dr. Foster is also an active member of the recovery community for the last 16+ years.

Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW is a social work educator at Tulane University, School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. Her research interests include adolescent substance use disorders and improving accessibility of mental health services to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations. She has more than a decade of behavioral health practice experience, which affords her the unique opportunity to bridge research with frontline social work practice.

Eva Hibnick, JD

Eva Hibnick, JD is the CEO of One Step. One Step provides software to ~500 sober livings and treatment centers to help monitor patients, manage day-to-day operations and measure outcomes. Previously, she ran a digital agency and was a lawyer in NYC. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Vanina Hochman, MA, LMFT

Vanina Hochman, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in private practice with a large focus on substance abuse treatment and recovery. Previously she worked for Kids in Distress as a Clinical Supervisor and Director of programs for eight years. With a forward-thinking philosophy, she has delivered clinical, operational and financial excellence in the programs that she has supervised and coordinated in the past. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with her degree in Psychology and continued her education at Nova Southeastern University where she received her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an independent and passionate worker, and a great part of her success is based on the fact that she is a natural relationship builder who models ethic, integrity, and transparency.

John Hulick, MS

John Hulick currently leads the opioid response strategies for the Palm Beach County, Florida which has been considered the epi-center of the State’s opioid epidemic. He is also responsible for policy and service planning, as well as the County's coordination and delivery of, addiction recovery, treatment and prevention services.

John has been described as "a fierce advocate and service provider to those with addictions and is widely recognized in the behavioral health community for his leadership." He is considered a leading expert on addiction policy and has trained community leaders throughout the country to equip them with essential skills to address this devastating social problem.

John served as Governor Christopher Christie’s Policy Advisor for Human Services, Children and Families and was nominated by him, and confirmed by the State Senate, to serve as Executive Director, Governor's Council in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. There he led efforts to combat the state's heroin epidemic.

John directed NCADD - New Jersey's public policy initiatives for sixteen years and is founding executive director of Signs of Sobriety, Inc., a nationally recognized agency that provides addiction services for deaf individuals.

John is in recovery from alcoholism for 33 years and has the unique ability to marry his addiction policy and service expertise with very personal experiences. He has been informed the most by navigating the care of his daughter's early onset mental illness, heroin addiction, and subsequent traumatic brain injury from a violent assault that left her comatose and on the brink of death in 2017.

Heather Kraling-Coons, MA, CTTS

Heather Kraling-Coons, MA, CTTS received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychological services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Heather began her career as an in-home therapist working with children and their families. She has experience treating individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, domestic violence, and families involved with child protection. As a tobacco treatment specialist at Mayo Clinic, she enjoys working with individuals in the inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings to assist with tobacco cessation. She finds it rewarding helping individuals develop their quit plan and create strategies to address anticipated triggers and challenges so they can continue their goal of being tobacco free.

Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC

Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC is a nationally recognized addiction treatment expert. She joined ERC/ Insight in March 2016. A widely respected therapist and administrator, Lewaniak brings over 30 years of experience in the treatment of substance abuse and comorbid mental illness. As the Regional Managing Director in Illinois, Linda is responsible for the integration of Addiction Services across all programs and levels of care to most effectively treat the co-occurring diagnosis of substance abuse. Leveraging her extensive clinical and operational background, she oversees the delivery of evidence-based, cutting-edge substance abuse treatment at Insight’s Chicagoland treatment centers and provides clinical supervision to the multidisciplinary treatment team. She also collaborates closely with Eating Recovery Center’s senior clinical leadership across all 28 facilities nationwide to ensure holistic integration of addiction treatment and provides substance abuse education, training, and development for mental health professionals, educators and community resources.

Deb Lynskey-Lake, LCSW, CAP, CMIT, CTFCB

Deb Lynskey-Lake, LCSW, CAP, CMIT, CTFCB is a Certified Addiction Specialist, Certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer and Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She is Clinical Director at Hanley Center at Origins. She has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, director of case management, and clinical supervisor. Deb received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine's Division on Addiction. Deb served as Substance Use Director at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida before coming to Origins. She has dedicated her entire career to the study of and treatment of substance use and mental health issues.

Leah McIlrath

The world of addiction in terms of support, counseling and sober living are Leah’s passion. She continually pours her heart into the community that has given her best friend back, her sister. Without the support of the Austin recovery community Leah’s life would look completely different.

Leah is committed to be of service and to never stop learning while on her mission to help and empower those who need it most.

Professionally, Leah is co-founder of Grace Recovery ATX, a high accountability sober living in South Central Austin, Texas. Leah also sits as a board member on the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, is finishing up her education requirements to become a Texas licensed Addictions Counselor, is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, soon to be a Certified Case Manager and Interventionist, and just recently received training to become Brene Brown's Daring Way certified.

Steve Millette, MS, LMHC

Steve Millette, MS, LMHC has 30 years experience in the behavioral health and addiction recovery field serving in clinical, administrative, academic and executive roles. His passion is to bring systemic change required to solve addiction and behavioral health problems in our society. His competencies include clinical service model development, service and system innovation, and organizational leadership. In his current role at Gloo, where he serves as the Executive Director of wellness & recovery service line, he is particularly interested in developing and applying big data, engagement technologies and platform models to innovate and speed the advancement of needed solutions for the addiction problems in our society. He previously served as the Executive Director at The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital and at Pavillon International in North Carolina. Additionally, Steve has held leadership and clinical positions at prominent treatment facilities including the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Assumption College and his master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova University.

Graeme Moffat, PhD

Graeme Moffat, PhD has two decades of experience in neurotechnology, neuroscience, digital health, brain health, medical physics, scholarly publishing, medical devices, and data science. He has helped established collaborations using Muse® technology in hundreds of brain research labs and institutes around the world and has presented Muse®’s scientific and educational work at international research meetings including the Society for Neuroscience and Advances in Meditation Research. Prior to joining Muse®, Graeme served as Chief Scientist with Meta (now Chan-Zuckerberg Meta), as Managing Editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience while it grew to become the largest open access scholarly journal series in the field, and as a research engineer on cochlear implants with Oticon Medical and the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique in France. He holds a BSc in physics from McMaster University and a PhD in neuroscience from Université Aix-Marseille.

Parker Polidor

Parker Polidor is serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of CaredFor, the leading provider of engagement tools for treatment programs. As Co-Founder, Parker has worked closely with dozens of programs to help implement tools and strategies to help drive engagement while enhancing outcomes, collecting data and increasing referrals.

Therese Shumaker, MA, RDN, CTTS, NBC-HWC

Therese Shumaker, MA, RDN, CTTS, NBC-HWC has worked at the Mayo Clinic for the past 19 years. She is a Clinical Counselor, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and Registered Dietitian. As a counselor, she see patients both in the hospital and as an outpatient for the treatment of tobacco cessation. She is the Program Director of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program , and trains health care professionals across the country how to treat tobaccco dependence. Therese is a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and attended the Motivational Network of Trainers(MINT) "train the trainer program" in the fall of 2018.

Edward Spector, PsyD

Edward Spector, PsyD is a clinical psychologist whose Maryland private practice is completely dedicated to helping people who compulsively use technology. He has been featured been on television shows such as Matter of Fact with Soledad O' Brien, Good Morning America, radio shows like The Diane Rehm show on NPR, and in print for Voice of America, and most recently in Bethesda Magazine.

Kai Stinchcombe, MA

Kai Stinchcombe, MA is cofounder and CEO of True Link, a financial services firm focused on serving people recovering from addiction, people with disabilities, and older adults. His experience founding successful companies and building data-driven financial products combined with his passion for helping vulnerable individuals achieve financial security led him to launch True Link. A regular speaker on innovation, product development, fraud prevention, and cryptocurrency, Kai is frequently interviewed and quoted in national media outlets, including Fast Company, USA Today, Politico, Bloomberg, The Economist, MarketWatch, VentureBeat, and NPR, and his articles have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He holds a Masters from Stanford and a dual undergraduate degree in History and Math & Computer Science from Colorado College. Prior to True Link, Kai cofounded Aktana, an enterprise sales effectiveness software company deployed at seven of the top ten pharma companies, was the head of data science at LendUp, a provider of high-quality credit to underbanked Americans, founded Strategic Districts, a distributed computing solution for redistricting, and founded the Roosevelt Institute, a university-based public policy think tank. Kai was also a member of the President’s Working Group on Aging and Technology under President Obama.

Zev Suissa, MBA

Zev Suissa, MBA is a seasoned innovator implementing engagement, content and partnership strategies through provocative inquiry, data insights and entrepreneurial exploration. With an accurate compass on trends, Zev has architected and executed award-winning products and services with human-centric appeal. (move up to join paragraph above) For 20 years, Zev has specialized in leading strategic imagination and continual modernization for big brands, major publishers and startups. Through the pioneer days of digital media, Suissa forged new business models to capture emerging industry capabilities, and created and produced media strategy, original content, live-streaming events and social engagement campaigns for Nike, United Airlines, Paramount Pictures, Glee (FOX), The Los Angeles Times/The Writers Guild Awards, TV Guide Magazine, MSN.com, The Political Channel (winner: Horizon Interactive Global Gold Award), SBV Talent, Def Jam Mobile, Sports Illustrated Mobile, The LXD (winner: Vanguard Media Award, Digital Luminary Award, performed: The 82nd Academy Awards, 2010 TED Conference) and others.

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Strategic Partnerships at eMindful, he is leveraging the best practices of engagement into the rapidly disrupting health & well-being sector. His first creation for the company, eM Life, became the lead product within a year of launch, and initiated the company’s capabilities to capture daily engagement and satisfy modern content consumption habits. Through creative strategies like the 1% Challenge and Vibe Tribes, he continues to reach deeper levels of member engagement and utilization.

Clifford Sussman, MD

Clifford Sussman, MD has a private practice in psychiatry for children, adolescents, and young adults in Washington, DC. He has been featured as an expert on Internet Gaming Disorder in several well-known media sources, including ABC News, the New York Times, and TIME Magazine for Kids. His guide to healthy technology use for ADHD was featured on the cover of Attention Magazine. As an author of peer-reviewed literature and a frequent public speaker, he is internationally known as a pioneer in using psychotherapy to treat internet and video game addiction. He is dedicated to helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology. Dr. Sussman completed an adult psychiatry residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Sussman has over 10 years of experience treating digital addictions. He also treats patients with comorbid conditions, such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Website: www.cliffordsussmanmd.com

Alex Waldron

Alex Waldron is a senior level global bio/pharmaceutical business leader with 27+ years of experience with large pharmaceutical, fully integrated biopharmaceutical and startup organizations. He has a proven record of building and leading business strategy and operations. In his career, Alex has driven enterprise value from portfolio strategy through to commercial launch. In previous roles, Alex has architected the structure and growth of several divisions at Biogen and helped to shape the emerging biosimilar market at Epirus Biopharmaceuticals. Alex has also worked in numerous commercial and operations roles at Genzyme, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA

Janelle Wesloh, LADC, MBA is the Vice President of Clinical Excellence, Innovation & Recovery Management at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and has been in the addiction treatment field for 28 years. Janelle has held many roles, including youth counselor, intake counselor, continuing care counselor, electronic medical record designer, and privacy officer. She currently provides integration and standardization support to clinical operations across the organization to ensure the optimal functioning of a national system of care. She strives to further establish HBFF's clinical innovation function and helps Hazelden Betty Ford continue to lead the field through research and design. Janelle oversees the Recovery Management division that provides ongoing recovery support through online, phone, and in-person programs and services. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and has an undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling, as well as an MBA from Hamline University.

Jesse Wheeler

Jesse Wheeler was born in Edmonds, Washington and has spent much of his life living in the western states. After enduring several years of addiction, he entered into treatment and recovery at the age of 18. When faced with the challenges of finding housing, employment and purpose after treatment, he was introduced to the power of peer support and discovered a passion for helping others. Throughout his professional career, Jesse identified an incredible opportunity to help recovery-focused organizations build out their technological infrastructure. He knew that personal testimony had power, but data and outcomes would need to become the foundation of treatment, recovery support, and recovery advocacy in order for improvements to be made. This passion for bridging the gap between technology and recovery services has fueled Jesse's pursuit of his bachelor's degree in software engineering, and is expecting to graduate in 2020.

David Whitesock, JD, MA

David Whitesock, JD, MA is the Chief Innovations Officer at Face It TOGTHER where he leads the tech, data and related innovation strategies that are designed to transform peer addiction management coaching, capture meaningful data and prove the impact of the company’s work. David is a survivor of the disease of addiction, which has been in remission since 2005. In March 2015, David was named a Bush Foundation Fellow. His fellowship focused on executive leadership development and the intersection of digital health, data science and social impact. David is also a veteran broadcaster and journalist, with experience as a talk show host, play-by-play announcer and executive producer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Dakota, followed by a joint Juris Doctorate and Master’s Degree. David is licensed to practice law in the state of South Dakota and is is based in Denver, CO.

Stacey Worthy, JD

Stacey Worthy, JD is a partner at DCBA Law & Policy where she counsels members of the health care industry, including treatment programs, recovery residences, clinical laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. As Counsel to the nonprofit Aimed Alliance, Stacey provides legal insights that drive the organization’s education, advocacy, and policy initiatives. Based on her extensive research and analysis of federal and state laws, regulations and legislation affecting access to quality health care, she authors scholarly articles for publication, drafts model legislation, develops policy positions, and assists with coalition-building efforts of allied organizations. Stacey is also a featured speaker at national conferences and contributes commentary that addresses important issues impacting patients with serious chronic diseases and rare conditions. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the George Mason School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Boston’s Suffolk University.

Murray Zucker, MD

Murray Zucker, MD is a consultant to the healthcare industry. As a psychiatrist with his background in academia, he brings expertise in medical behavioral integration, patient engagement and adherence, health behavior change, and new technologies. Previously, Dr. Zucker was Senior Medical Director for Optum where he spearheaded the formation of a telebehavioral service. He also helped integrate behavioral assessment and intervention in Optum’s ACO product. Additionally, Dr. Zucker is active in the American Telemedicine Association and participated in writing the Telemental Guidelines. Prior to joining Optum, Dr. Zucker was Medical Director for Tricare–Western Region with Health Net. While in Los Angeles, he was a consultant to the media with appearances on the Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20, and many news outlets and state agencies on behavioral health topics. He founded a large Eating Disorder Program at a UCLA affiliated hospital which was the first in the country to have all levels of care and helped draft the Medical Necessity and Level of Care Criteria for the APA’s Eating Disorder Guidelines. Dr. Zucker received his BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his MD degree front the University of Rochester, and did his psychiatric residency at UCLA. His military service was in the US Indian Health Service where he ran a medical clinic on a Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico.
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