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Featured Speakers

Paul Hokemeyer
Brian Cuban
Katie Donovan
Randy Grimes

 

Ryan Hampton
Thaddeus Matula
Sirah
Jeff VanVonderen

 

Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: La Quinta Resort, La Casa Courtyard

 

C4 Recovery Foundation is proud to present a free event at this year’s West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders. The event will be held on Friday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Join us in true Spanish splendor in the La Casa Courtyard for an inspired open air evening event. Delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts surrounded by friends and colleagues make it an even more out of the ordinary experience. Whether an artist, musician, or athlete, balancing public persona and a healthy recovery creates challenges experienced by the recovering community everyday life. A panel of very special guests will highlight the educational portion of the night. For high profile clients, it is often very difficult to envision how to balance stress, recovery, and their career. If the right balance isn’t achieved, clients won’t find the perspective needed for long term sobriety. Our distinguished speakers will discuss their journey and reflect on the most impactful recovery experiences that allowed them to celebrate sobriety.

 

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Paul Hokemeyer

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally recognized expert on treating the clinical issues that arise at the intersection of wealth, power, celebrity and behavioral health. His research has been peer reviewed and published by Lambert Academic Press, The Journal of Wealth Management and is the subject of his upcoming book, the working title of which is “Star Struck” to be published by Hazelden Publishing, Summer 2018. Dr. Hokemeyer served on the board of directors for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and received his certification as a clinical trauma professional. A Fox News Analyst, he appears regularly on a wide range of media outlets including CNN, CNN International, The Today Show, Good Morning America and served on the panel of experts for the Dr. Oz Show. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, London’s Daily Mail, The Robb Report and a host of national and international news outlets.


Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban is an attorney, author and recovery advocate. His second book, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales Of The Bar, Booze Blow & Redemption is already an Amazon #1 Best Seller in pre-order.

His first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

He has spoken at conferences, non-profit events, colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world.


Katie Donovan

Katie has spent over the last 20 years in the marketing, events and communications industry. After experiencing the addiction journey with her daughter Brittany, Katie left her marketing career, in order to focus on family recovery. She has now dedicated her life to guiding others through the overwhelming process of finding quality treatment for substance abuse, coaching families through their own recovery, and a consultant for the treatment industry. Katie is the Executive Vice President of the nonprofit FAN-Families Against Narcotics, on the Executive Committee for a Michigan opiate task force Operation Rx, and a national speaker on addiction. Katie is also one of the leading forces behind the creation of Hope Not Handcuffs. Katie is a professionally trained and certified family recovery coach as well as an addictions recovery coach. Katie has been a featured author/blogger for national advocacy groups in addition to being interviewed on Fox, ABC, NBC, The Fix, Overcoming Addiction Radio, as well as numerous media sources. Katie and her daughter Brittany also co-founded a blog, where they dig deep about their journey at www.amothersaddictionjourney.com, which reached over a million views and seen in 146 countries within 30 days of its inception and has been syndicated in over 30 publications, including USA Today and The Sober World magazine. Katie lives with her husband John, and their youngest daughter Brooke in Macomb Twp, MI.


Randy Grimes

A former professional football player whose career spanned 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes had spent 20+ years battling an addiction to painkillers the that he had developed while trying to treat career-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse through his work as a Board Certified Interventionist at InterventionNow.com and as a Business Development Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Bhpalmbeach.com (BHOPB). In 2012, Randy launched “Athletes in Recovery” a program which is designed to help athletes of all levels find treatment for addiction, while offering continued support for those already in recovery.

Due to the success of Athletes in Recovery, Randy and BHOPB have partnered with the NFL’s “Player Care Foundation” as well as the MLB, to bring further awareness and treatment services to professional athletes and their families. As a result of this partnership, 100’s of former professional athletes have since been treated. Randy’s passion for helping others does not end with athletes and he is committed to helping numerous families find balance and peace of mind by getting their addicted loved ones the help they need for their drug and alcohol addiction.

Randy has been an exemplary ambassador for InterventionNow, BHOPB and is a quality example of the power of professional treatment. Randy can regularly be seen as a commentator on numerous national TV networks including NFL Network, Anderson Cooper, Father Albert, CNN and Fox News, SiriusXM Sports and he is often called on to provide professional insight and opinion for countless radio interviews and print media pieces.


Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton serves as an outreach lead and recovery advocate at Facing Addiction, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis. He’s also the creator of the widely acclaimed #VoicesProject. For his work on Voices, Hampton’s been called the “recovering heroin addict shaking social media” by Forbes Magazine. Additionally, he produced a 7-part documentary series, Facing Addiction Across America, chronicling his cross-country journey to the 2016 DNC advocating for reform and seeking out other like-minded people in long-term recovery to join the growing movement to end the addiction crisis. For his work on the #AddictionXAmerica project, Hampton has been called “the guy changing the way America looks at addiction.” His journey has been featured by the Huffington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CBS, NBC, ABC, Dr. Oz, former President Clinton, & former President Obama.


Thaddeus Matula

Thaddeus D. Matula is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director; including two ESPN 30 for 30 films (BRIAN & THE BOZ and PONY EXCESS) in addition to projects for HBO, BBC, PBS, THE GRAMMYs, and many more.

He found widespread acclaim with his first feature documentary film, PONY EXCESS, the series finale of the original run of ESPN’s award multiple award- winning series 30 for 30; the film tells a quintessential story of his native city, chronicling the darkest hour of his favorite sports team, the SMU Mustangs. As of it’s premiere it was the highest rated documentary in the network’s history, netting him and the network a Peabody Award. He followed it up with the Emmy winning BRIAN AND THE BOZ, about one-time college football villain Brian Bosworth. Matula’s portrayal of the conflicted 80’s icon has been credited with rehabilitating Bosworth’s image and finally landing the linebacker in the college football Hall of Fame.

Currently, Thaddeus Matula is developing the series LIVE CITY: CREATIVE RESISTANCE IN AUSTIN TX. Additionally he is working on the species/habitat conservation doc LIGUANEA and the sports docs THE PROMISED LAND and MAN ON THE RUN. In 2018 Matula is excited to be returning to his narrative writing and directing roots with THE DREAMER, the feature-length epic realization of his 1999 college science fiction short film (of the same name) that first brought him international renown.


Sirah

Sirah is a multiplatinum Grammy award winning artist. She has worked with the likes of Skrillex, Demi Lovato, and Lupe Fiasco. For the past nine years she has toured the world as both a performer, a life coach and as a motivational speaker having just completed her first TED talk. Sirah has overcome abuse, tragedy, homelessness, and addiction and is passionately committed to helping others unearth and reclaim their purpose.


Jeff VanVonderen

Jeff is one of the featured interventionists on the A&E Network’s Emmy-winning documentary series about intervention. The show has won two Emmy’s: Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming. For more information about this series visit the A&E Network. If you are considering Jeff’s involvement in an intervention with your loved one, do not have them watch the INTERVENTION show on A&E first.

He is the author of six books: Good News for the Chemically Dependent, Families Where Grace is in Place (Now in it’s 14th printing.), When God’s People Let You Down, Tired of Trying to Measure Up (Now it it’s 22nd printing), The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Now in it’s 18th printing.) and Soul Repair: Rebuilding a Spiritual Life .

Several magazines and journals have featured Jeff’s work, and he has been featured guest on radio and television shows across the country. Jeff’s services as an expert witness in cases involving various abuse issues have been utilized in Minnesota, Alabama, Wyoming, Washington, and Hawaii.

 

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