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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).

David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM

David Gastfriend, MD, DFASAM is the lead researcher on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Criteria for patient treatment matching, and Chief Architect of its standardized software for patient assessment and utilization review, ASAM CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine®.

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.

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

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.

Joe Bryan

Joe Bryan began working at the Beachcomber in 1980, shortly after the Beachcomber opened. He followed in the path of his father, James Bryan, who founded the facility in 1976 and whose career spanned decades of leadership in the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. Joe has held all positions at The Beachcomber and is now the owner and CEO. Joe has a degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and is currently in school pursuing a degree in Nursing. His expected graduation date is 09/2019.
Joe has been an active advocate for the recovery community and has organized numerous functions to better the community and bring awareness to the horrendous affliction that addiction has on individuals, families and the community. Joe believes treatment centers have a responsibility to do more than just treat patients; they need to be a positive part of the community and start taking leadership roles. Joe started a non-profit FATC to help those who have addiction problems and promote the best treatment centers in Florida. Additionally, Joe serves on the board of the Care Hope College of Nursing. In January 2019 Joe was awarded the FMHCA award for outstanding community service.

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.

Kathleen Carroll, PhD

Kathleen Carroll, PhD graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1988 from the University of Minnesota, and completed her pre-doctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Division of Substance Abuse, where she was promoted to Professor in 2002. She is Principal Investigator of the Center for Psychotherapy Development at Yale, NIDA’s only Center devoted to behavioral therapies research, and since 1999 she has been Principal Investigator of the New England Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Carroll is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous chapters and books. Her research has focused on the development and evaluation of behavioral treatments and combinations of behavioral therapies and pharmacotherapies to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with opioid use disorders.

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT

Hilarie Cash, Phd, LMHC, CSAT co-founded reSTART Life, PLLC, in 2009 where she is Chief Clinical Officer. reSTART Life, PLLC, is a residential program (first in the US or Canada) designed explicitly for adults and adolescents who are experiencing addiction to the Internet and video games. She began her work in the emerging field of Internet addiction in the mid-90's. By 1999 she had co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (now closed) in Redmond, WA. In 2008, she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control and in 2009, she co-founded reSTART Life. All of these ongoing endeavors have brought her recognition as one of the nation's leading experts in the growing field of Internet and video game addiction.

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.

Tracie Duich, CIP, CRC

Tracie Duich, CIP, CRC, Vice President for The Recovery Team in North Palm Beach, Florida, has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing & Management, with companies such as Motorola, Chevrolet, Sun Financial Group & Estee Lauder. Ms. Duich felt compelled to enter the field of Alcohol & Drug Treatment a dozen years ago, after having her own personal struggles with Addiction. Tracie first started in the Sober Living arena, which is where her passion was ignited. Working firsthand with women in recovery, and helping them lead meaning and purposeful lives was extremely rewarding. It was years later, after a successful track record in launching and branding Treatment Centers, that Tracie followed the guidance and direction from her long-time friend and colleague, Kim Koslow, and became her lead recovery coach at Butterfly House., which was an amazing experience. It was after working for Kim, and getting trained as an Interventionist, that Tracie embarked on her dream of opening her own sacred place for women in recovery, and ultimately Tracie's Place was created. Creating a safe, structured and beautiful residence for women, Tracie's Place was quite successful, particularly with women who had never been to sober living. Many of them are still clean and sober to this day, from their initial stay at Tracie's Place. It was in 2017 that the dream had to be put on hold, as Tracie embarked on growing her National role in the treatment industry, which involved extensive travel. Plans are to reopen at a later date.

Steven Farnsworth

Steven Farnsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology and Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. After college, he worked as a Technical Writer for Rockwell International, publishing maintenance manuals for the Space Shuttle and the U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber. From there, he was accepted into the Naval Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and then on to flight school to become a Naval Aviator. Leaving active duty of six years, he worked in Intelligence Analysis for the Naval Reserves, while completing some post-graduate work with the Naval War College. During his time with the Navy, Steve began his personal recovery and has maintained his sobriety since 1989. He has been actively engaged in helping others with their recovery throughout. He has participated in the development and management of recovery residences in York PA, Amherst MA and Baltimore MD. Steve has a passion for supporting recovery events of all types, attempting to promote hope within the recovery community. In November, 2017, he left his twenty-year tenure working in the Quality Control and Administration department of an aircraft parts manufacturer in Maryland to accept the position as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. With three decades of service to the recovery community, he believed strongly that his experience deserved to have a voice in the opioid epidemic and with the mission to provide a constructive path for the promotion of legitimate recovery residence providers and protect their interests from the negative effects of unethical providers.

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.

Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC

Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC, joined Futures almost 2 years ago with almost 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. In her role as Clinical Outreach Professional, Kim acts as a representative of the organization focusing on community relations, relationship cultivation and intervention services. A native New Yorker and long-time resident of Palm Beach, Kim focuses on the Northeast, while maintaining long-standing relationships in South Florida.

In 2001, she began her career at Hanley Center. While working on the Women’s unit, Kim saw a need for support in aftercare, thus creating an Alumni Program. In 2008, under her parent company, Got Real Recovery, she founded BUTTERFLY HOUSE, one of the first FARR Certified Recovery Residences for women. She served as CEO of Butterfly House until she closed the doors in late 2016.

Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), and the 60th Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT) in the country. As a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC), Kim has been facilitating interventions for most of her career. She is also the past president of the board for Gratitude House and current board president of Fern House.

Specializing in women’s issues, trauma, family, motivational intervention, building community, Kim combines her own personal experiences along with her education and training, to envision and provide a unique blend of clinical care and outreach for individuals and families.

As a woman in recovery, her mantra is “It was in my heart to help a little because I was helped much.” - Kahlil Gibran

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.

Deb Kuzmin, LCSW, CTFCB

Deb Kuzmin, LCSW, 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.

Megan Leach

Megan Leach, unlike many people who came to South Florida in order to seek recovery resources, was born and raised in the “Sunshine State.” She was able to seek help for her own struggles with addiction at the young age of 19, and as a result has fallen in love with helping others who face those same struggles. In 2012 Megan was given an opportunity to help others struggling with addiction when Kim Koslow, Elle Dupree, and Hester Williams hired her as a recovery coach and community outreach specialist at Butterfly House Recovery Residency. Megan recognizes the importance of this moment in time as the kickstart to her year 7-year career, but it also gave her ethical and training in good practice. Since then, she has carried what she learned into every position she has taken, all client engagement, and within her personal life. Her philosophy is: everything that happens after treatment is what sets the stage for the client’s long-term recovery. Megan prides herself on her authenticity and ability to bring her personal passions and lifestyle into her work. She personally thrives off continuous growth through taking chances, using physical health and wellness to clear her mind which in turn allows her to truly help clients after treatment. She knows that through passion and support you can build a life of value while enjoying a life of recovery.

Aaron Levine, MSW

Aaron Levine, MSW graduated from Adelphi University, then New York University earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees respectively in Social Work. A frontrunner in his class, he received honors from both institutions, and was presented the prestigious Dean’s Award for Excellence in Social Work Practice upon graduation. Aaron began his behavioral health career in 2006 when he joined a prestigious Southern-based inpatient treatment facility as a Counselor Assistant. Following this work, he segued to a smaller, community-focused Long Island consulting firm where he worked directly with at-risk teens through the design and implementation of process groups and one-on-one coaching. Transitioning into New York City in 2012, Aaron joined Mt. Sinai’s Beth Israel Medical Center as Relationship Management & Utilization Insurance Specialist, pioneering the creation of the hospitals Utilization Department for Chemical Dependency, and working directly alongside patients as an advocate in treatment. He oversaw the company’s team of Admissions staff in facilitating entry to their inpatient detox, rehab, and outpatient programs, in tandem with running Solution Focused process groups. In 2014, Aaron was recruited to South Florida by an esteemed and highly revered treatment facility in Boca Raton as an expert Case Manager and Private Practice Therapist. Aaron maintains a private practice concierge Case Management company in Boca Raton in addition to serving as Executive Director at the Onward Living program.

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.

Ryan Miller, MSW

Ryan Miller, MSW joined Futures in September 2012. Before joining Futures, Mr. Miller worked in residential and IOP settings as a group facilitator and case manager/counselor and is a certified recovery coach. He is intervention trained through ARISE and is a certified recovery coach and recovery coach trainer through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). Mr. Miller is a proud Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with honors graduate from the University of Florida. Since joining Futures, he has completed a trauma-informed Master of Social Work (MSW) with honors at Barry University and a two-year clinical internship at an inpatient psychiatric unit for children, adults, and seniors. Mr. Miller is the Board President for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). TPAS is an international non-profit professional organization committed to fostering long-term recovery through continued care and alumni services. As Director of Alumni Services, Mr. Miller is involved in developing Futures programming for current clients and clients and families, as they transition to post-treatment life as alumni. He is responsible for the Coining In process of current clients and Days of Ascent for alumni and families. Mr. Miller trains Futures staff and the greater community as recovery coaches through the CCAR Recovery Coach curriculum. The alumni services department has two main aims, proactive support, via regular phone calls, text messages, and emails and fostering community through regional alumni meetings and sober outings.

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.

Hans Morefield

Hans Morefield is the CEO of CHESS Health, a NY-based technology company delivering an end-to-end platform for the addiction management lifecycle. Following in his father’s footsteps, Hans has been working in healthcare since before he had a driver’s license. After six years with Ernst & Young’s healthcare consulting practice, Hans was an 11-year member of the leadership team at SCI Solutions, which grew from a start-up to serve hundreds of health systems with patient access and care coordination functionality. Hans went on to lead the care coordination and population health business at Experian Health, before assuming the CEO role at CHESS Health in 2017. Hans is an expert and frequent speaker on the subject on emerging healthcare technologies, including care coordination, patient engagement, and digital therapy. Hans is a graduate and trustee of Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

David Mosberg

David Mosberg comes to Starbent Recovery after a successful career in business development and healthcare administration. He completed his undergraduate studies at Touro College and Hofstra University. He has been involved personally in the recovery community for over 12 years in Long Island & NYC.

Peggy Mouracade, MD

Peggy Mouracade, MD otherwise known as "Dr Peggy", serves as the Medical Director for The Kimberly Center, an abstinence based treatment center focused on treating individuals suffering from alcohol and substance use disorder. She spent her formative years in the tow of Parkersburg, West Virginia. She attended Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical studies. She became a Floridian when she moved to Gainesville, Florida for her medical training. She then moved to Fort Myers and has since been an active member of the medical community She holds board certification in the fields of Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Integrative Medicine. She is in the midst of obtaining board certification in the field of Addiction Medicine. She embraces the philosophy of patient centered care and enjoys being involved in each patient's journey of recovery. In an effort to gain better understanding of the needs for those in recovery, she obtained certification for Recovery Residence Administration (CRRA). She believes that the journey of recovery is multifaceted and is in need of a deeper understanding as well as better support at each level in order to meet the needs of those who have the disease of addiction. She remains hopeful and passionate in helping individuals to restore their lives and to sustaining their recovery.

Thomas Mouracade, CRRA

Thomas Mouracade, CRRA is the Founder of The Kimberly ReGenesis Center in Fort Myers, FL. The Kimberly Center is a DCF Licensed Facility treating Substance Use Disorder in Adults. Sober living is part of the continuum of care, with a 14 bed MAT Residence. Mr. Mouracade is a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator, and as such oversees the operation of The Kimberly Center Recovery Residence. Tom is also very active in his community, both locally and nationally. Mr. Mouracade serves as Vice Chairman for the Coalition for Drug Free Southwest Florida, sponsoring SADD Clubs in local schools and facilitating events such as Drug House Odyssey and The Busey Bank Run for Prevention. Mr. Mouracade also Chairs Prevention for the Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome Task Force at Golisano Children’s Hospital, facilitating care for expectant mothers suffering from Substance Use Disorder and promoting prevention to women of child bearing age. Tom’s formal education culminated in a Magna Cum Ladue BBA Finance from The Hagen School of Business in New York. Tom worked in New York’s Financial District at both Bear Sterns and Legg Mason Wood Walker before entering treatment. As a person in long term recovery, Tom was able to realize his dream of providing care to those who still suffer. The Kimberly Center continues to overcome active opposition from local government and adjacent property owners by holding to the highest ethical and moral standards. Mr. Mouracade has founded Free2Recover, a non-profit which promotes overcoming discrimination and dispels stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder.

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.

Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM

Edwin A. Salsitz, MD, DFASAM has been an attending physician at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, Division of Chemical Dependency, in New York City since 1983, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the principal investigator of the Methadone Medical Maintenance (office-based methadone maintenance) research project. Dr. Salsitz is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), as well as by the Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He has published and lectures frequently on addiction medicine topics.

Dr. Salsitz is Curriculum Director for The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course, and is a mentor in the PCSS-MAT mentoring program. He has co-chaired The ASAM Review Course, The ASAM Pain & Addiction: Common Threads Course, The ASAM State of the Art Course in Addiction Medicine and is a reviewer for the Journal of Addiction Medicine. He is the chair of The CO*RE/ASAM Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives Course. Dr. Salsitz is a member of the ASAM Medical Education Council and the ASAM CME Committee, and is Chair of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine CME and Education Committees.

Dr. Salsitz is a member of the medical advisory panel for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. He is the recipient of the 2014 ASAM Annual Award and the 2018 ASAM Educator of the Year Award.

Donald Sansom, DO

Donald Sansom, DO currently serves as Associate Medical Director and Director of the Addiction and Co-occurring Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson he served as a founding partner and Chief Medical Officer at Rincon Recovery participating in creating a boarded PHP from inception to initiation of patient care. He has treated hundreds of patients with addiction while serving as Medical Director of the Pima County Adult Dentention Complex where he was an incremental part of the initiation of drug and alcohol treatment for the incarcerated patient. His passion for addiction medicine stems from his own journey in recovery and he brings forth this passion as a driving force as a physician, teacher and leader.

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. 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.

Rourke Weaver

Rourke Weaver is the current Chief Operation Officer with Spero Recovery; A peer run non-profit based off The Retreat model offering 30 days of care for those suffering with substance use disorders. Before joining Spero Rourke spent the previous 3 years at Red Rock Recovery Center as the Director of Business Development working with the team to support poorly operating program to one of the most trusted programs in Colorado. The 8 years before that Rourke worked in the Recovery Support services field with The Phoenix where he ran programing, open chapters both in Colorado and nationally, lead events and started his advocacy work. All this lead him to form a deep passion for the power of community and the necessity for greater focus on building stronger bridge’s into recovery.

Being an advocate for Treatment, Recovery and Recovery Support Services he has, and continues to, engage in the discussion around substance use disorder, recently passing legislation and organizing stakeholders to fight for better regulation and better funding for both Treatment and Recovery. Rourke is the Attorney General Appointed Co-Chair of the Recover Ready Colorado work group tasked with presenting the Recovery Strategic plan for Colorado, Vice President of Colorado Recovery Residencies, Colorado Professional Liaison Association Leadership committee, and member with the Colorado Providers Association. Rourke continues to have a deep passion for programming and working with those in or seeking recovery. Truly enjoying the process of building strong teams, meaningful programming and honest connections that is a crucial pillar for long-term recovery.

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.

Tim Westbrook, MS

Tim Westbrook, MS is in the business of helping people recover from alcoholism, drug addiction, process addictions, and mental disorders. He was born and raised in Southern California and spent his teen years in Oxnard, California. He attended the University of California, Davis where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business. Most of his post-college years were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, until he moved to Arizona in 2006. Struggles with substance addiction eventually began to affect every area of his life. By March of 2011, he hit his bottom and became willing to go to any lengths to get and stay sober. Through his journey out of addiction and in recovery, he brings experience, strength, and hope to the man who wants lifelong sobriety. His passion for health and fitness, long-term sobriety, and changing lives is not only what inspired him to open Camelback Recovery, but accounts for their high success rates as well. He has held board positions for several non-profits, he actively work a 12-Step program, and he is well connected in the recovery community. He is also an Ironman and yogi. In the interest of furthering his education and becoming a better tool for Camelback Recovery, he obtained his Masters of Science in Addiction Counseling at Grand Canyon University in 2016. His recovery has led him to living a happy, useful and whole life in sobriety.

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.
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