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Keynote Speakers:

Michael C. Barnes, JD

Michael C. Barnes is the managing partner at DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, DC. He has served as a strategic advisor to executives at multinational corporations, primary legal counsel to national health care service providers, and compliance officer for multi-state providers of behavioral health care. Mr. Barnes has authored more than 10 scholarly articles, presents frequently at conferences nationwide, and performs legal analysis for radio and TV networks, including CNN, HLN, and FOX News. Mr. Barnes is also the executive director of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), a national non-profit working to reduce prescription drug abuse. He previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Ben Cort

Ben Cort’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since June 15, 1996, Ben has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable. From recipient to provider to spokesperson, Ben has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized.

Today, he serves as director of professional relations for an adult substance-addiction treatment hospital. However, Ben built much of his career outside of the field of substance abuse recovery. Until 2007, he was the director of human resources at an S&P 500 firm. But his departure from that role did, indeed, compel him to do do more to help people enduring the substance struggles he knows so well. Ben started out by working to support a Colorado-based nonprofit that helps people regain sobriety, Phoenix Multisport (PM). As an original board member and then the nonprofit’s first full-time employee, he was instrumental in building Phoenix Multisport into a nationally recognized organization lauded for its innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. He worked extensively with the treatment community and with drug courts and the therapy community as adviser, a member of clinical teams, frequent speaker and liaison.

As someone who understands the experience of addiction treatment as much as the leadership of the programs delivering that treatment, Ben brings a holistic, compassionate and informed perspective to SAM’s efforts.

David R. Gastfriend, M.D.

Dr. Gastfriend is Scientific Advisor at the Treatment Research Institute (TRI). An addiction psychiatrist, he directed addiction research at Massachusetts General Hospital and was an investigator in the NIDA Cocaine Collaborative Study, the NIAAA COMBINE Study and the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. As Vice President at Alkermes, Inc., he directed publications on Vivitrol in clinical, criminal justice and health economics research.

His ASAM Criteria research contributed to their endorsement by most U.S. states, the VA and DOD. His 150 scientific publications include The ASAM Criteria and Addiction Treatment Matching. His CONTINUUM – The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine™ and ASAM’s Triage Tool™ are being piloted across Los Angeles County and Massachusetts. His newest project is DynamiCare Health™, a technology platform for scaling up Contingency Management treatment and machine learning predictive analytics for routine care. He has consulted to the governments of Belgium, China, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Russia and the U.S.

Eric Gastfriend

Eric Gastfriend is CEO and Founder of DynamiCare Health. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University in 2010, Eric became General Manager of Happy Cloud, a cloud gaming technology startup, where he ran software development and business development for three years. After bringing Happy Cloud to launch with major game industry players such as Warner Bros. and reaching over one million downloads, he entered the MBA Program at Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, he started the Philanthropy Advisory Fellowship, an initiative that recruits Harvard grad students to advise philanthropists, billionaires, and companies such as YouTube on how to achieve maximum impact with their charitable giving.

After graduating, Eric founded DynamiCare Health with his father, addiction expert Dr. David Gastfriend. DynamiCare Health is building data-driven, evidence-based technology to help people recover from addiction, and its mission is to make addiction treatment more dramatically more effective and accessible.

Michael B. Harle, M.H.S.

Michael Harle is the President I CEO of Gaudenzia , Inc., one of the largest freestanding chemical dependency and mental health treatment and prevention systems serving Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, dedicated to helping people achieve long-term recovery from the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Harle began his career in 1973 as a chemical dependency counselor at Gaudenzia House Philadelphia. Shortly after, he helped develop drug and alcohol treatment programs in three state correctional institutions in Pennsylvania. He received his Master 's Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University in 1978 and has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard University Business School.

Mr. Harle has over 44 years’ experience in the substance abuse/mental health field. He has served as a human service consultant to government, industry and labor organizations and implemented specialized diversified treatment programs for women and children, homeless populations, adolescents, people with HIV, criminal justice clients and co-occurring mental health problems, as well as prevention programs for children. In his tenure at Gaudenzia, he has done extensive work with correctional institutions, inmates, state Medicaid populations, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
As President of the Gaudenzia Foundation , a separate not for profit organization, he has supervised public and private capitated behavioral health managed care plans, the State Employee Assistance Program in Pennsylvania, and the Arcelor Mittal Steel Employee Assistance Program. The foundation also operates a Training Institute that trains over 2,300 people annually. Additionally, he inspired the creation of Gaudenzia Center for Higher Education in Partnership with Eastern University, aimed at growing the pool of accredited professionals within the addictions treatment field. Gaudenzia Foundation also operates transitional and permanent housing programs. Mr. Harle has published research in the area of homelessness prevention and substance abuse.

He is currently Treasurer of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC). He is immediate past president of Treatment Communities of America (TCA), a past chairman of the board and current chairman of the public policy committee of the Drug and Alcohol Services Providers Organizations of Pennsylvania (DASPOP), Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A), the past president of the PA Alliance of Drug and Alcohol Organizations and past president of the Philadelphia Alliance of Mental Health/Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Agencies.
Michael Harle has been a paid consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) on various treatment, recovery, and managed care issues. He has also been a paid consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help develop and implement client placement criteria. Mr. Harle has been a paid consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as it relates to co­ occurring, mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Mr. Harle has testified before Congress as well as state and local legislative bodies as it relates to public policy for mental health, HIV and chemical dependency.

Kimberly A. Johnson, PhD

Dr. Kimberly A. Johnson began her tenure as Director, CSAT, in February 2016. Previously, Dr. Johnson was the Deputy Director for Operations of CHESS/NIATx, a research center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison that focuses on systems improvement in behavioral health and the development of mobile applications for patient self-management. Dr. Johnson was also co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

Prior to her move to Wisconsin, Dr. Johnson served for seven years as the Director of the Office of Substance Abuse in Maine. Previous to that she served as Executive Director of Crossroads for Women, a women’s addiction treatment agency. She also managed community-based intervention and prevention programs and provided counseling for individuals and families as a child and family therapist.

Dr. Johnson’s contributions to the behavioral health field have earned her numerous awards – including the Federal DHHS Commissioner’s Award for Child Welfare Efforts and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ Recognition for Service to the field of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Johnson is a highly-regarded thought leader, who has authored a variety of publications on topics important to the addiction and recovery field, including e-health solutions for people with alcohol problems, using mobile phone technology to provide recovery support for women offenders, and new practices to increase access to and retention in addiction treatment. She is co-author of a book on the NIATx Model. Dr. Johnson has a master’s degree in counselor education, an MBA and a PhD in population health.

John F. Kelly, Ph.D. ABPP

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School-the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is also the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH. Dr. Kelly is a former President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, and is also a Fellow of the APA and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-Federal institutions, and foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, mechanisms of behavior change, and in reducing stigma and discrimination among individuals suffering from addiction.

Kati Lohr, MA, MA, NCC, LPC-MHSP, ACS

Kati Lohr is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider in TN and a National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver (1998) and a Masters in Experiential Education from the University of Minnesota (2003). Kati is also a certified practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). And an approved Clinical Supervisor for the State of TN.

Kati has held numerous provider and leadership roles in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Currently, Kati co-owns and operates three behavioral health corporations / residential institutions.

Kati is a Co-founder and the Chief Clinical Officer of Synchronous Health. She will be speaking about Synchronous Health’s emergence as one of the most comprehensive treatment technologies available to population behavioral health care systems.

Synchronous Health combines credentialed treatment specialists with an artificial intelligence platform to provide clinical support in the moment a client needs it - any time, any where. The Synchronous Health platform takes the seemingly unrelated or inconsequential data from a mobile device and reveals predictive insights for timing of interventions, delivered by credentialed professionals, creating more effective outcomes.

David Mee-Lee, MD

David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California, he trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of the American Society of Addiction Medicine's (ASAM) Criteria for the Treatment of Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. He is also a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC; and co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education. Dr. Mee-Lee has forty years experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.

Douglas Nemecek, MD, MBA

As the Chief Medical Officer for CIGNA’s behavioral health division, Dr. Nemecek is responsible for the oversight of all clinical programs including behavioral, lifestyle management, health coaching, and wellness programs. Within this role, Dr. Nemecek oversees the quality improvement of associated clinical outcomes, patient safety, treatment compliance, and utilization management in addition to program development. He engages in clinical guideline development for mental health disorder treatment and utilization and guides the building of a provider network for treatment. Dr. Nemecek has experience with developing clinical guidelines for inpatient, residential, partial hospital, and outpatient mental health treatment and has worked to enhance collaboration between these programs and primary care medical providers. Prior to joining CIGNA, Dr. Nemecek served as Executive Medical Director for Allina Behavioral Health Services in Minneapolis, overseeing five outpatient clinics and four inpatient mental health units with over 80 mental health providers. He also has 10 years of clinical experience with an inpatient and outpatient psychiatric practice in Minneapolis. Dr. Nemecek received his M.D. and completed his psychiatric residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 1993. He is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association, is board certified by the America Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and holds an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

Roy M. Serpa, President & CEO

Roy Serpa has been an industry leader in behavioral health and home health for nearly 30 years, with experience leading facility-based and free-standing substance abuse and home health agencies. Roy is committed to keeping Lakeview Health a leader in the addiction treatment industry and becoming a center of excellence along with being an employer of choice for addiction treatment and mental health services. A proven industry leader with 30 years’ experience in the Home Health Arena & Behavioral Health, he was previously responsible for the oversight and management of annual revenues in excess of $250M & 15,000+ patients and 7,000 employees. Experience includes facility-based and free-standing Substance Abuse and Home Health Agencies; Mergers & Acquisitions; Executive Leadership & Management; Executive Sales Management; Turn-around Management; Compliance & Regulatory.

Roy also serves as a Board member of Castlewood Treatment Center. His role includes supporting the Castlewood Board and Executive Management in leading the Nationally Accredited Treatment facility and its qualified, experienced treatment team and leveraging Castlewood’s esteemed reputation for helping people suffering from eating disorders transform to healthier lives. Castlewood includes new treatment facilities in Monterey, California (Monarch Cove Treatment Center) and Birmingham Alabama (Highlands Treatment Center).

Susan K. Sudman, MS, Management Consultant

Ms Sudman is an independent management consultant to the healthcare and financial services industries. With 30+ years of experience in working with CEOs and Boards of complex organizations, she identified opportunities to improve their market, operational, and financial performance and the organizational strategies to effect successful change. She has helped clients to evaluate, plan and execute a wide range of partnership arrangements – mergers, consolidations, joint ventures, management services organizations, shared services organizations, joint operating companies, parent-subsidiary structures, etc. Before establishing her independent consultancy more than a decade ago, she served as a Consulting Partner and Regional Practice Leader at both Ernst & Young and KPMG Peat Marwick. Ms. Sudman earned her Masters from The Sloan School of Management at MIT and received a BS, cum laude, in Psychology from Tufts University.

She has been a frequent lecturer on a wide range of management issues for national and state healthcare associations and has appeared as a guest expert on national and local television and radio. Ms. Sudman has been published or quoted on such topics as integration of delivery across the care continuum, mergers and turnarounds. She co-authored the American Medical Association’s book Negotiating and Contracting in Managed Care.

Gina de Peralta Thorne, M.S.

Harmony Foundation is proud to announce Gina De Peralta Thorne is the new Director of Business Development. Gina is a graduate from Florida State University with a degree in Health Education and Masters from University of West Florida in Health Education and Management.

She has over two decades of experience working in the field of prevention, intervention, addiction treatment and recovery. Her background in health communications and health promotions has evolved in both the public and private sectors working in local, regional and national organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher learning in Florida, New York, Ohio and Virginia.

She has worked in marketing and business development for residential treatment programs in Virginia and Florida. A recent transplant to Colorado, Gina was Vice President of Marketing for Lakeview Health providing leadership and oversight to brand management, digital marketing communications, outreach support and alumni services.

She is an industry leader speaking about Ethics, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Marketing and Business Development best practices. She is a member of the Treatment Professionals Alumni Services (TPAS) Board and an active member of the Addiction Treatment Marketing Organization (ATMO). Gina philosophically believes that change happens when others stretch across the divide and work together.

Robert Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM

R. Corey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist and now the Senior Medical Director for Education and Policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs/Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP). In this role he is responsible for developing and maintaining all training and live technical assistance delivered by the National Center. This covers addiction, pain, behavioral health, system development, payment model implementation and healthcare policy. Before joining the National Center/CCHP he worked for the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1000 employed physicians. He was the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, the President of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as SUD Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller has also worked extensively with local, state and Federal law enforcement on the issues of controlled substance diversion and interdiction. Dr. Waller earned a Master’s of Science in Biology with a neuromolecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and earned his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Waller’s special interests include creating a comprehensive workforce development suite for the care of complex high cost patients, collaborating with law enforcement to create a medically informed policing strategy for controlled substances, understanding the biopsychosocial and financial impact of high cost complex patients as well as the unique interaction of pain and addiction.

Kris Washington

Kris Washington began his career at McCann-Erickson Worldwide, where he helped brands including AT&T Business Services, Motorola, and 1-800-FLOWERS.com produce effective advertising campaigns. To learn the exploding business of 'interactive advertising', Kris moved to Boston's Circle.com where he headed the Verizon business. While at Circle, Kris worked closely with Pat D'Amico at Arnold, to make the Verizon business an example of seamless online/offline integration. Kris then moved to Holland Mark Advertising where he directed the Polaroid and Teradyne accounts. To satisfy a burning desire to "do things better and different", Kris tapped Pat to form Psynchronous in June of 2002.

Nathaniel Weiner, Esq., Counsel, Shartsis Friese, LLP

Nathaniel “Tani” Weiner is a seasoned corporate lawyer with extensive experience structuring, negotiating and completing complex transactions in the behavioral health field. Tani has successfully closed more than 40 behavioral health M&A transactions, ranging from PE and strategic acquisitions in the $5-75M range to corporate sale transactions, including CRC Health Group’s $1.2B sale to Acadia Healthcare Company and Aspen Education Group’s $350M sale to CRC Health Group.

In his roles as VP and Deputy General Counsel for Acadia and CRC, and Chief Legal Counsel for Aspen, Tani has partnered with senior management teams and equity sponsors to successfully execute corporate growth strategies. Tani’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in the behavioral health space and serving as outside general counsel to providers who benefit from his 13 years of experience representing leading behavioral health companies in all facets of their legal affairs. Tani began his legal career at Morgan Lewis, after receiving his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a BA in Political Science from Queens College, summa cum laude.

Tani has presented on a wide range of topics for healthcare associations and law firms, including The General Counsel as True Business Advisor for IPMI’s Healthcare Law & Compliance Institute.

Kevin Zundl

Kevin Zundl founded Psynchronous Communications after leading Performance Drivers, a Boston-based strategy and analytics consultancy. After his first professional exposure to the Internet in 1996, when he was invited to work with IBM Internet visionary John Patrick creating alphaWorks.com, he turned his attention to the integration of online and offline marketing channels. He has worked at agencies including Circle.com and Arnold Worldwide helping prominent brands such as Verizon, JetBlue, and Royal Caribbean realize their marketing potential.
 

Table Captains:

Johnny Allem

Faces and Voices of Recovery awarded Johnny Allem the 2016 William L. White Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for his more than 30 years of activism and leadership as a national advocate for addiction recovery.

In 2011, Allem founded Aquila Recovery Clinic in Washington, DC to advance a recovery and business philosophy designed to “mainstream” addiction treatment within the healthcare industry. Formerly President and CEO of the Johnson Institute and Director of Operations of the District of Columbia mental health system, he is an author and lecturer, consulting on advocacy and other recovery issues.

With more than 60 years of experience in journalism, business, government, political consulting, and advocacy, he served as a Trustee of Stepping Stones Foundation for 12 years, the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson. Allem’s addiction recovery story is featured in Gary Stromberg’s book: Second Chances: Top Executives Share Their Stories of Addiction & Recovery.

Deni Carise, Ph. D

Deni Carise, Ph.D is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of Recovery Centers of America (RCA), a start-up company who raised $250 million to create 8 de novo treatment campuses located between Boston and Washington DC. Dr. Carise was previously Deputy CCO of CRC Health Group, and CCO at Phoenix House, each company representing over 100 treatment programs. Prior to that she was an NIH, ONDCP, UNODC and SAMHSA funded researcher from 1993 to 2010. Her goal has always been to find ways to enable others to achieve meaningful recovery from substance abuse and a better quality of life. Her work has focused on making treatment more accessible and effective by developing and implementing new interventions, systems, trainings and technology. She has published over 100 articles, books and chapters. She has been featured in numerous news shows and worked in the media and film industry to guide the accurate portrayal of addiction, treatment and recovery. She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, and China and numerous other countries to help develop national treatment systems. She is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deni-carise).

Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Brian is Pavillon's Director of Clinical Programs. His duties include direction of the evaluation and treatment of the medical, legal, and other professionals served at Pavillon, development of organization-wide clinical programing, clinical staff education, internal and external training, outcome evaluation, research and publication. Brian leads pre-admission clinical coordination and approval for admissions to Pavillon's residential programs. Furthermore, Brian is responsible for development and integration of the use of technology within Pavillon's clinical services.

He received both his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master's degree in community-clinical psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He began his full-time clinical work during his graduate internship in 1988. Since that time he has worked in addressing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in roles ranging from clinician to clinical supervisor and manager of multiple treatment programs. He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and nationally credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor. His clinical background is in cognitive-behavioral psychology and evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders in various residential and outpatient modalities and levels of care.

Jeri Davis, M.B.A.

Jeri Davis, M.B.A. is one of the foremost experts in behavioral healthcare marketing, Author of 2 marketing textbooks for the behavioral healthcare field. Ms. Davis has led the marketing efforts for two of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare companies during their fastest growth phases.

She brings over 25 year’s experience consulting and recruiting for behavioral health industry leaders including payers, providers and public-sector agencies.
Ms. Davis’ work is always at the forefront of the industry. She has helped launch the first national Autism Services Organization to manage new state mandates for commercial coverage of autism benefits.
Ms. Davis has assisted the largest behavioral health companies in the country identify future growth directions and advises national and international companies on primary integration and retail healthcare.
She is a frequent speaker for the American Psychiatric Association and works with physicians nationally on understanding industry trends, growing their practices and finding the right jobs.

Lee Feldman

After studies in immunochemistry and physics, Lee began his professional career in 1973. As a result of inventing a novel radar technology that year, Lee moved over to work with the US Department of Defense developing radar suppression technologies. In 1977, he began investigations related to complex, multi-criteria decision-making with the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served as Chief Scientist for the U.S. Indications and Warning Intelligence Task Force (established by President Carter to deconstruct intelligence failures in Iran). This work led to the development of the “High Integrity Policymaking Methodology” [HIP] that helps decision-makers appropriately apply qualitative, quantitative “fact-finding,” hyper-complexity, and quale-based methods to integrate the scientific, technical, ethical, and other influences in poly-factorial decision-making. A particular emphasis of Lee’s work involves methods for evaluating the integrity, rigor, and utility of the foundation information used in a decision-making process with a focus on quantifying uncertainty and increasing the appreciation of risks that derive from the unexpected and unknown.

After many years of work applying the HIP methodology to a broad range of problem domains (for the U.S. government, European Parliament, UN, and many large commercial enterprises), Lee and his team worked to apply HIP to healthcare data analytics, particularly in Behavioral Health care delivery systems.

Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher is the Director of Operations at Cirque Lodge. He has been involved in the behavioral health field for the past twenty years. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, the Board of Directors for the Recovery Management Alliance, and the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Gary is the past chair for NAATP Leadership Convention. He also serves as the President of the Cirque Lodge Foundation. The Foundation provides patient aid for clients who lack resources to secure care. He has worked tirelessly in our industry to weave the threads of collegial nature between facilities, always giving of his time, energy, and experience to help those organizations and individuals in need. Most importantly he has, and continues to serve tirelessly in his local 12-step community, carrying the message of hope to the addict and alcoholic who still suffers. In 2010 he received the Promises Foundation award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Recovery.

Michael Genovese, M.D., J.D.

Michael Genovese is the Chief Medical Advisor of Acadia Healthcare's Recovery Division. He is the former Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Tucson, a world leader in integrative health and part of the Recovery Division.

He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Before joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Genovese co-founded Long Island Mind and Body (LIMB), a medical practice that brought state-of-the-art integrative treatments to a growing patient-base in metropolitan New York. While establishing LIMB he also practiced as an attending physician at nearby Winthrop University Hospital. He was a fellow at the New York University/North Shore University Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, and he completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Before beginning his medical studies, Dr. Genovese earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association, and he maintains a special counsel relationship with the law firm of Sullivan & Sullivan LLP, in Garden City, New York. He is an advocate for attorneys seeking treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Dr. Genovese writes, speaks, teaches and consults widely in the disciplines of pharmacology, neuromodulation and pharmacogenomics.

Philip Hemphill, PhD

Dr. Hemphill is the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview Health, a premier addiction treatment facility. He is responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing and directing of the company’s behavioral health and clinical services incorporating cost effective methodologies while ensuring the clinical quality of those served.

As a member of the Lakeview Health Executive Leadership team, he works collaboratively with medical, clinical, and nursing staff leaders in decision-making structures and processes.

Prior to joining Lakeview Health, Dr. Hemphill was the Director of the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services for 12 years. His leadership engagement with the PEP Program, positioned him to pioneer the assessment and treatment of professionals with ‘Disruptive’ behavior which included validating a monitoring instrument (DBI). In 2013, Dr. Hemphill co-authored Taming Disruptive Behavior published by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.)

A 25-year veteran of the addiction and behavioral health field, Dr. Hemphill presents papers and facilitates workshops at local, regional and national conferences and has published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, and addictions.

With two advanced degrees from Tulane University, he also holds an adjunct professorship at Tulane University School of Social Work and LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry.

Lisa Henderson MS, MA, NCC, LPC-MHSP

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider in TN and a National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters in Health & Human Performance from the Middle TN State University (2007) and a Masters in Counseling from the Walden University (2010). Lisa is also a Mental Health Facilitator.

Over the last 10 years Lisa has become known for her advocacy of the counseling professions on both state and national levels. She has played an active role in development of mental health public policy and licensure regulation at both the state and federal level. She currently co-owns and operates two behavioral health corporations.

Norm Hoffmann, PhD

Norman G. Hoffmann, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has evaluated behavioral health programs and provided consultations for over 35 years. He has worked with private organizations and governmental agencies in a variety of countries. Dr. Hoffmann has developed a variety of assessments instruments and has also designed student surveys to assess needs and evaluate prevention impacts. Currently he is President of Evince Clinical Assessments and adjunct professor of psychology at Western Carolina University.

Mark Honzel

Dr. Mark R. Honzel is currently the physician and owner of the MRH Medical Group (Beverly Hills) specializing in internal, HIV, and addiction medicine, as well as Medical Director of the Miracles Acute Inpatient Detox of Brotman Hospital in Culver City. Prior to this, Dr. Honzel was Associate Medical Director/Outpatient Medical Director of Exodus Recovery, which is affiliated with the Brotman Medical Center.

Board-certified in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Honzel graduated Alpha Omega Alpha (top 1% of his class) from the University of Iowa in 1982, and completed an internal medicine residency and anesthesiology/critical care residence at Columbia University (1982-1987).

On a personal note, Dr. Honzel has his own personal recovery experience, and understands the issues and pain of the addict. He is a firm believer in treating the addicted/detoxing patient with understanding and compassion.

Rick Hubbard

Rick Hubbard has worked in the addiction treatment industry since 2002 in various administrative roles including admissions, utilization review, and business development. Rick is a native Texan, having spent the bulk of his career in the commercial banking industry. He has been trained in various models of structured family intervention and obtained his license as an Intern Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2013.

Brenda Iliff

Brenda J. Iliff is the executive director of Hazelden in Naples, Florida, where the facility provides an innovative, accessible community model for patients and families seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Hazelden Naples offers comprehensive adult services ranging from on-site residential treatment to day treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, as well as family education and support.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the addiction field, both as a clinician and as an administrator, Brenda enhances treatment at Hazelden in Naples by bringing strong clinical experience into a setting with real life recovery. Prior to her career in Chemical Dependency, she worked in management positions in centers with older adults.

A native Minnesotan, Brenda received her B.A. in Gerontology and Chemical Dependency from Metro State University in Minneapolis, MN. She went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling from Regent University, VA.

Brenda first joined Hazelden in 1994, and over the years has served in different roles including: counselor, case management supervisor, program supervisor, and executive director of Hazelden’s St. Paul. She was the first clinical director of Hazelden in Center City’s Women’s Recovery Center when it opened in 2006. She was also part of the start-up of Hazelden in Naples, and served as the clinical director for the first year of operation. She has been back at Hazelden in Naples as Executive Director since December, 2012.

With her background in gerontology as well as chemical dependency she has become a national expert on boomers and older adults and chemical misuse, abuse and addiction. She has developed a program in Naples, FL to deal specifically with the needs of people 50 plus.

She is the author of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery, (Hazelden, 2006) as well as many other articles on addiction and recovery concerns. A public speaker and presenter on addiction issues nationally, Brenda is also a media spokesperson for Hazelden on addiction and its impact on women and older adults.

Brenda lives in Naples, Florida with her husband, Alan Lawver who recently retired from the Air Force.

Valerie Jackson

As the CEO of Futures of Palm Beach, Ms. Jackson is deeply committed to ensuring that all clients seeking help for drug and alcohol substance use disorder are treated to a superior level of service at every stage of the treatment experience. With over 25 years of experience in the Healthcare Management field, Ms. Jackson brings with her an extensive background and experience in Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Operations, Public relations and Marketing, Human Resources, Medical Management, Public Policy, and Regulation. Ms. Jackson holds a BA from University of Miami, and obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration, and a MS in Human Resources.

During her career, Ms. Jackson has been the CEO of many hospitals in Florida, where she has gained significant experience in acute medical and psychiatric care. In addition, Ms. Jackson has been a Healthcare Consultant to many healthcare facilities and physician practices, to assist them in maximizing their operations. As well as being active in many community agencies and charitable organizations during her career, Ms. Jackson currently is a governor appointee and represents the Public on the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

Felicia Kleinpeter

As our Director of Business Development, Felicia has been representing St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center locally and across the country since 2010. She loves working with families and professionals helping to find the right treatment, services, and support. Felicia is actively involved with alumni and our community, organizing and hosting community events, networking opportunities, and professional workshops. A graduate of Tulane and an Outreach volunteer for TPAS (Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services), she is passionate about collaborating with people and organizations.

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, a child, family and community psychiatrist and neurologist is a former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, who has devoted her career to developing Evidence-Based, Best Practice collaborative care systems and resilience models. She enjoys overcoming challenging patient and family issues, and unraveling complex systems. Dr. Landau has consulted with treatment centers, mental health professionals, consultants, organizations and interventionists around the world.

Former professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Senior Consultant to the Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau is Co-developer of the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care. Dr. Landau draws upon 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families.

Author of over 200 publications, she has taught in over 80 countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and several international governments.

A Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow, and Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy.

Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental and physical health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her recent TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought-after presentations on the subjects of family resilience, trauma, and addiction. Steadily working on her long awaited personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be relied upon by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior.

She also is an isangoma or traditional African healer and a member of 4 Winds Indigenous Healers, an organization committed to bridging traditional wisdom and western science.

John Lehman

A person in long-term recovery, John leads the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) and serves on The National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) Standards & Ethics Committee. As a SAMSHA BRSS TACS ROSC Policy Academy team member, John endeavors to enhance recovery infrastructure and is currently engaged in a recovery research project led by Dr. David Best of Sheffield Hallam University. He sits on several nonprofit boards and advises policy makers at the national, state and local level. John resides in Boynton Beach, FL with wife Donna, and is the father of four adult children and grandfather to seven remarkable little people.

Penn Little

Penn has been involved in the Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment industry since 2008. He has a strong operational background with seasoned experience in admissions, business development, and national marketing. He began his career with Prescott House and has worked in management and operations with multiple nationally renowned providers. Her currently serves as a Partner and Director of Operations with C4 Peak Consulting Partners, Inc. (a behavioral health financial and operations consulting firm), and a Managing Partner of Crestview Capital Partners, LLC. With a passion for helping others through his own recovery, he has a strong commitment to ethical, practical, and quality business practices within the industry. Prior to working in Behavioral Healthcare, Penn worked within the finance and energy industries. Penn has a BA in Economics with a minor in English Literature from The University of Oklahoma. Penn holds an MBA from The University of Arizona's Eller College of Management with a concentration in Finance, and Business Marketing.

Cherlyne Short Majors, Ph.D.

Cherlyne Short Majors, Ph.D., has held senior executive level positions in marketing, business development and administration for numerous internationally recognized, behavioral healthcare treatment providers including Charter Behavioral Health (National Director of Managed Care), Betty Ford Center (Executive Director of Business Development), Cirque Lodge (National Director of Business Development), UCLA-affiliated Summit Centers (Executive Director) and, most recently, Constellation Behavioral Health (Chief Development Officer; Senior Strategic Advisor). Additionally, she introduced an innovative pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders to the European market by embedding the product in leading Swiss clinics (Director of International Business Development). Dr. Majors’ experience in the fields of child/maternal health and behavioral health spans 30 years in a variety of settings, including treatment of alcohol and drug dependent children and adults, as well as the creation and direction of programs designed to provide such treatment. Her consulting practice includes domestic and international strategic business development, and quality improvement for behavioral health treatment providers. Dr. Majors’ education includes a Ph.D. in Addiction Studies (International University of Graduate Studies); Masters of Liberal Arts (Southern Methodist University); Masters of Arts in Medical Anthropology (Southern Methodist University); Master Addiction Counselor (National); Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas); Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Inactive); Certification in Small Business International Management (Small Business International Trade Association of Oregon); and a Lifetime Teacher’s Certificate (Texas). Dr. Majors is a Founder of The Women’s CEO Global Alliance in Behavioral Health and is committed to encouraging and supporting existing and emerging women leaders through coaching and mentoring in a private practice. Most recently, she founded WILLOW Institute which is dedicated to developing leadership training for emerging women leaders in Behavioral Health. Having a global interest in cross-cultural healthcare systems has motivated Dr. Majors to enjoy international travel to and study in approximately 60 countries.

Scott J Migdole, MSW

Mr. Migdole is the Chief Operating Officer of Yale Behavioral Health and the Yale Group on Workforce Development. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. His responsibilities include administering a large mental health services contract for pre-adjudicated youth, crisis services, vocational programming for persons with severe mental illness, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services and managing the implementation of the Supervision Competency Development Initiative.

He has long focused on the development of the behavioral health workforce and how to help staff translate administrative requirements into clinical practice. This has included working with clinical and rehabilitation staff in the development of behaviorally driven, medically necessary treatment plan within a model based on the stages of change. His model has helped professionals and paraprofessionals alike to utilize a behaviorally-driven, structured, stage by stage treatment planning process with children, families and adults.

Over the past four years, Mr. Migdole has worked on developing a supervision model consistent with the needs of the public sector. This has included providing training and consultation throughout Connecticut for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families and Connecticut Valley Hospital. He has also worked with the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health to provide supervision training and consultation to public sector agencies throughout the DC area.

Mr. Migdole has collaborated on various publications including “Graduate Education and Training for Contemporary Behavioral Health Practice” in Administration and Policy in Mental Health, “Mental Health in Juvenile Detention Facilities: A Review” in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, “Providing Competency Training to Clinical Supervisors through an Interactional Supervision Approach”, in Research on Social Work Practice and “Exploring New Frontiers: Recovery Oriented Peer Support Programming in a Psychiatric Emergency Department”, in the Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He also recently completed a term as a contributing editor for “Compliance Watch,” a quarterly newsletter published through the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Harry Nelson

Clients hire Harry Nelson because he has a virtually unparalleled fund of knowledge and experience at the intersection of healthcare compliance, business operations and risk management. Harry began his career as an associate and then partner in the Chicago-based law firm, Butler Rubin, where he represented university academic medical centers on a broad range of business and regulatory matters. Harry joined what was then a solo practice focusing on physician licensing and grew into one of the premier healthcare law firms on the West Coast, expanding the firm’s services to represent clients across virtually every sector of the healthcare industry in a broad range of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters.

Harry has a track record of real leadership at the nexus of healthcare and business challenges, focusing on federal and state regulatory compliance, business strategy, and developing practical solutions to vexing industry problems. He regularly advises a broad range of healthcare, life science, and technology companies (as well as their investors). Harry has deep experience working with entrepreneurial healthcare ventures, including telehealth issues and new business models. He is known as an attorney who is passionate about the healthcare industry and deeply invested in his clients’ success.
Beyond legal work, Harry’s work has led to the outgrowth of several innovative and now independent consulting and technology ventures that reflect his thought leadership at the forefront of healthcare compliance and business solutions. He brings a creative and proactive approach, often structuring transactions and businesses to solve problems that clients had previously deemed insoluble. Harry also has extensive experience defending government investigations and enforcement actions, and has forged strong relationships with regulators across many healthcare sectors.
His practice has extended to counseling healthcare companies in matters related to professional and facility licensing (including physicians, behavioral health, long-term care, and pharmacies), Medicare and private insurance reimbursement,

FDA and DEA compliance, HIPAA and data privacy and security issues. He has developed extensive resources to facilitate compliance, including the development of compliance programs for hundreds of healthcare businesses.

Linda Potere, MBA, LHCRM, CHCQM, LADAC, NCACII, CAS

Linda Potere, MBA, LHCRM, CHCQM, LADAC, NCACII, CAS, possesses over 30 years of experience in Behavioral Health Care Services specializing in accreditation and quality assurance. She has served in administrative positions in licensed and accredited community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and substance abuse treatment programs. In addition, she has led several multisite behavioral health care and long-term care agencies through their The Joint Commission accreditation. Ms. Potere is certified in Health Care Quality Management by the American Board of Quality Assurance Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. and is a Licensed Heath Care Risk Manager. Ms. Potere has been the president and CEO of Seacrest Resource Center, Inc., Millennium Behavioral Health Care, Inc. and Millennium Medical Records Consultants, Inc. since 1995.

Janice L. Pringle, PhD

Dr. Pringle is an epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in health services research. She is the founder and Director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) within the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. Her particular area of expertise includes addiction services research, especially research involving the application of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within various healthcare settings. She has conducted numerous health services research studies and program evaluation efforts involving innovative addiction treatment, intervention and prevention models. She is the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Clinical Standards Committee, and is a consultant to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in their review of state behavior health homes.

Dr. Pringle was selected as an Innovation Advisor within the Center of Medicare and Medicare Innovations (CMMI). She has also conducted health services research involving community pharmacy services. She led the evaluation of a Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) funded initiative within Pennsylvania and one funded by Merck conducted in Tennessee that has involved the application of SBI techniques by community pharmacists for the purpose of improving medication adherence. Dr. Pringle has also conducted a number of other medication adherence studies involving the application of other strategies within different healthcare settings. Throughout her career, Dr. Pringle has secured over $120 million in grants from a variety of sources, and she has developed healthcare policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal level.

Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD

Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD, has over 15 years of experience supporting behavioral health, addiction, and educational organizations. Dr, Fenster Rothschild has a strong background in operational and programmatic development, with an emphasis on creating sustainable institutions focused on preventing and intervening in unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. She has considerable experience bringing research scientists together with clinicians to promote translation and advance biobehavioral health programs. Laura is currently a member of Peak Consulting Partners. Prior to this position Laura served as the Director of Education and Training at Rutgers University’s Center of Alcohol Studies, where her work focused on developing effective educational experiences that support professionals working directly with at risk populations.

Ruth Ann Rigby

Rigby was born and raised in Jackson, MS, graduated from the Education Center. After graduating from HS, she went on to pursue a degree in Education from Belhaven, Holmes Community College and William Carey. She worked in the field of sales management and marketing for many years before returning to school to become an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has worked in the field of addiction and Behavioral Health for over 19 years. She has worked for St. Dominic Behavioral Health, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Capstone Treatment Center in Searcy, AR.

Rigby is very active in her community and has held many positions on area boards. She was recently honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in November of 2016 with their Bronze Award. She served on their board for over 20 years and held every office including President of the Board of Directors. Ruth Ann Also serves on a Task Force for Law Enforcement & First Responders and assist them and their families in time of need. She serves The Advisory Board for the Center for Hope and Healing at Broadmoor Baptist church.

Rigby is married to Lt. Colonel Joseph Rigby (RET), they reside in Jackson, MS and are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. They have 3 Cocker Spaniels, Graciee, Darbee and Cailee.

Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez is the Executive Director and Founder of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center.

Manny has been immersed in the Los Angeles recovery community for most of his adult life. What initially began as a personal road to wellness became a calling to fill a void and to help others battling addiction to reclaim their own lives.

Manny has had the great fortune of working in many diverse industries: dancer/artist, nightlife promotion and serving as Marketing Director for GameWorks, a subsidiary company of SEGA, DreamWorks and Universal Studios. He continues to produce educational addiction videos and has been published and quoted in The Advocate, The Huffington Post and LA Weekly.

Manny earned a BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City and toured the world extensively with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Atlantique – Régine Chopinot and Nicholas Rodriguez’s DanceCompass.

Drew Rothermel

With a strong personal commitment to addiction treatment and recovery, Drew Rothermel is an unabashed advocate of delivering innovative quality treatment based on the 12-Step program of recovery to patients and their families. Armed with a strong education background, having earned JD and MBA degrees from the University of Richmond, VA, he has a long history dedicated to bringing his considerable executive experience to bear for organizations seeking to provide only the highest quality to the clients they serve.

His most recent position as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of the Florida Market for another highly-regarded national recovery institution, was pivotal in their efforts to become a world-class addiction recovery provider. Through strategic lobbying with the State of Florida and by successfully defending both the Fair Housing Act and Americans With Disabilities Act, he was able to improve care and secure important rights for people in active recovery from chemical dependence. He also gives back to the community through his involvement with St. Joseph’s Regional Health Network, the Berkshire Charitable Foundation and the Hanley Family Foundation, just to name a few. Other addiction related efforts include consulting with and advising numerous addiction treatment centers to cooperatively share best practices and performance benchmarks in order to improve overall treatment quality throughout the industry.

Combined with his proven, successful financial and legal management work for a NASDAQ registered bank holding company and a corporate law firm, Drew is someone who knows how to bring together the relevant resources necessary to solve problems and create a solid foundation for corporate growth. This makes him a perfect fit for Origins as it continues to maintain its standing as a leading provider of modern, innovative addiction treatment techniques and programs. Under his experienced leadership Origins will continue to improve its ability to help those currently suffering under this debilitating disease discover the strength to live happy, productive lives free from the burden of chemical dependence.

Tom Schramski, PhD, CMAA

Tom Schramski, PhD, CMAA, is the Founder and Managing Partner of VERTESS, a healthcare merger and acquisition firm, with a strong focus on addictions treatment and behavioral healthcare companies. He is a former healthcare executive, Licensed Psychologist, and the recipient of numerous advocacy awards. Tom has represented sellers and investors across the healthcare spectrum and was recognized for his executive leadership in the 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year issue of Inc. More recently, Tom was named the 2015 Member of the Year by the Alliance for Merger and Acquisition Advisors (AMAA). Tom is also the editor of SalientValue, VERTESS’s bi-weekly e-publication.

E. David Schultz Jr., COO, ACRPS

E. David Schultz Jr., (known to most as simply Dave), is a natural born leader and has been since early childhood. Born in Wiesbaden Germany, he came to the United States at a young age where he lived in Maryland, spending much of his time at the Chesapeake Bay. Growing up Dave and his family travelled back and forth between South Florida and the DC area, however it was recovery that prompted him to finally lay down his roots and make Palm Beach his home. Dave attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where he double majored in psychology and philosophy with a minor in business marketing. He was also a nationally recognized all-star collegiate athlete; his love for lacrosse continues today as he spends much of his free time coaching young kids.

Dave’s life took on a purpose when he was introduced to recovery. His strongly philosophical and deeply spiritual perspective on life began to come to fruition. A path of early activism and the rejection of unchallenged and archaic ways of thinking would shape his present and future. He has effectively combined his study of esoteric, ancient philosophies and theologies with his passion for understanding the evolution of thought and how it applies to decision-making in the 21st century.

Today as part-owner and Chief Operating Officer of Grace’s Way Recovery he does the same thing. With the ever-changing climate of the addiction treatment field, Dave’s ability to conceive and implement new ideology into existing paradigms is truly an asset. His day to day activities are not limited to operations but extend well into patient interactions and group facilitation. David is uniquely qualified to wear both hats. His financial acumen and experience in the business sector is rivaled only by his passion and enthusiasm as a man in recovery himself, making him relatable to the majority of the patients entering the Grace’s Way Recovery family. His own personal journey through the recovery process has allowed him to be acutely aware of the challenges facing patients today.

John Southworth, CADC, NCAC, ICADC, BRI-II

John Southworth, CADC, NCAC, ICADC, BRI-II utilizes his knowledge as the driving force behind his motivation to educate others about addiction, it also plays a major role in his continued sobriety of 30 years. His experiences led to a deep desire to provide counseling and education, but also to provide addictions and mental health interventions. John consults and intervenes both nationally and internationally, for private individuals, public health organizations and commercial entities. John maintains positions on licensure, and addiction treatment association boards, within the United States and co-hosts yearly treatment provider cooperative conferences. A veteran of the industry, John has witnessed first hand the evolution of the treatment sector, the intervention process, and utilizes his experience and history in his work.

Raymond V. Tamasi

Mr. Tamasi is President of Gosnold on Cape Cod, a diversified addiction and mental health program. Mr. Tamasi has forty years of experience developing and managing treatment, intervention, and prevention services. The Gosnold continuum of care includes 175 beds that include acute, sub-acute, extended care, and assisted sober living. Seven outpatient clinics provide partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, ambulatory detoxification, medication assisted treatment, and a full range of community based mental health and addiction services.

Mr. Tamasi is on the Board of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, the Cape Cod Hospital Board of Incorporators, and the Association for Behavioral Health. Before joining Gosnold, Mr. Tamasi has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University and a Masters in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Healthcare Administration from Cambridge College.

Vanessa Vergnetti, ND, PhD

Vanessa Vergnetti, ND, PhD is the CEO of Sagebrush, and she takes a personal interest in the progress of each client. She is passionately committed to assisting those suffering from addictions, in identifying blockages to health and the joyful experience of life. Creating sacred space where transformation can occur is at the core of her life’s work. Addictions can only be adequately relieved by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness. Restoration of a sense of purpose in one’s life, a deep knowing to who and what they belong, and the knowledge of what their life is about is the central focus of healing. While she has 20 years of experience in alternative treatments to addictions and other chronic and degenerative disease, she remains a perpetual student of life, healing, spirituality and truth.

Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP

Jaime Vinck joined Sierra Tucson in August 2014 as Chief Clinical Officer. She oversees the overall program design and implementation for all Sierra Tucson programs. In December of 2015 Jaime was promoted to Chief Operations Officer, and is frequent national speaker on several topics, including Treatment Implications of Medical Marijuana, Family Healing Strategies, Moving Past the Damage, Treating the Mature Adult and the Importance of Collaboration when Treating Co-Occurring Disorders.

Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Jaime served in a number of positions with Journey Healing Centers including Outpatient Services Director and Corporate Clinical Director. As an independently licensed clinician, she maintain a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona where she continues to focus on couples and families struggling with addiction and mental illness. Jaime is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional, with a specialization in Mental Health and has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of CEIP. Jaime has been a part of the adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University, teaching Ethics in Professional Counseling, Counseling Theories and Addictions. Prior to entering the behavioral health field, Jaime had a successful career in Human Resource Management with Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan and Omnipoint Communications (T-Mobile) in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

Vinck received a B.A. in Employee Relations at Michigan State University and an M.A. in Counseling at Ottawa University.

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is a Certified Intervention Professional and a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional with extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the treatment industry from the pre-admission through the intervention, admissions process, case management, referent relations, and client services and after care coordination for patients. He has presented at many national and international conferences including the CCSAD, West Coast Symposium, USJT, NCAD, Florida Lawyers Assistance, Southern Conference on Addictive Disorders, All-Party Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group and UKESAD to name a few. He has a deep understanding of the issues relating to performance measurement, payment and UDS reform and he has been actively involved in the addiction treatment field for over two decades. Michael is a board member of the Florida Alliance for Recovery and C4 Recovery Solutions.

Stephen Wyatt, DO

Stephen Wyatt, D.O, is an addiction psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Addiction Medicine for the Carolinas HealthCare System. He is charged with addressing the problems of harmful substance use across the System and throughout the many regions served by Carolinas HealthCare System. The System is among the nation’s leaders in addressing the country’s current health care challenges. They have identified the importance of integrating behavioral health including addiction medicine services in meeting this challenge. They have made an unparalleled commitment to these services, including innovations in both treatment and delivery. Dr.Wyatt practiced Emergency Medicine in Michigan for 13 years. He then went into psychiatry training; finishing in a NIDA clinical research fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine. He has spent his career focusing on comorbid illnesses in adults and adolescents. He is a Co-PI on the SAMHSA granted Provider Clinical Support System initiatives and was a Co-Chair of their Buprenorphine Expert Panel. Dr. Wyatt is a past president of both the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and the Connecticut Society of Addiction Medicine. He served on the Executive Board for the Connecticut Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services and is on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Physician Educators in Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Wyatt presents across the country on various problems associated with substance use and their treatments.
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