Keynote Speakers:

Lou Cozolino, PhD

Lou Cozolino, PhD has been a writer, professor, and practicing psychologist in Los Angeles, California since 1986. In addition to holding degrees in philosophy, theology, and clinical psychology, he has studied, worked, and written in the areas of neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, and education. A full-time member of the graduate psychology faculty at Pepperdine University, he has trained hundreds of master’s and Doctoral students for the past thirty years. His clinical interests focus on the recovery from dysfunctional families, childhood trauma, and head injuries using a combination of psychodynamic and systems approaches informed by neurobiology. Lou has lectured around the world on attachment, brain development, evolution, and the synthesis of neuroscience and psychotherapy. In addition to Why Therapy Works, he is the author of The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, The Making of a Therapist, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, The Healthy Aging Brain, The Social Neuroscience of Education, and Attachment-Based Teaching. Lou has also authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on child abuse, schizophrenia, language, and cognition. His current interests are in the areas of the synthesis of neuroscience and evolution with education and leadership. Lou is also an editor at W.W. Norton for two book series focused on the application of interpersonal neurobiology to the fields of mental health and education.

Holly Daniels, PhD, LMFT

Holly Daniels, PhD, LMFT is a private practice therapist and therapeutic educational consultant who specializes in substance use disorders, eating disorders, relational trauma and family systems work. She is a state board member for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), supporting over 32,000 clinicians, a member of the International Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and an EMDRIA trained therapist. Dr. Holly works with clients of all ages but holds a special place in her heart for adolescents and young adults. As the mother of two teenagers, she feels honored to get a first-hand daily glimpse into the zeitgeist of Generation Z.

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, LMFT

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, LMFT is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Senior Faculty for the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. He has developed and incubated the MET(T)A Protocol, a design for addictions agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the anchor. When he is not speaking about Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR therapy at events around the world, he gives regular Dharma talks at local and international meditation centers, sees patients, and supervises and guides young clinicians. At all other times, he is wrangling and entertaining his 8 year old daughter. Dr. Steve's books, including Mindfulness for Anger Management and Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers are available in paperback and Kindle.

Michael Peterson, LCSW, ASAM

Michael Peterson, LCSW, ASAM is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience working within world-renowned health care organizations. He currently is the Assistant Manager of the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Michael specializes in providing group and individual psychotherapies which teach individuals new skills to more effectively manage their emotions and cope with stressors. Michael completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a teaching fellow and also the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health traineeship awarded to prepare clinicians for leadership in the field of mental health. In addition to his clinical work, Michael is active in the mental health community. He served as the Treasurer and a board member of The Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare of Southern California. He was also the Cedars-Sinai representative on the Behavioral Health Committee of the Hospital Association of Southern California. He is an Associate Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Mark Pirtle, DPT

Mark Pirtle, DPT Producer and Writer, is 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. 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®. 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. Dr. Pirtle works with clients privately, hosts retreats, and teaches for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program.

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup. Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present.

Faculty Members:

Kristin Agar, MSW, LCSW, CIP, CAI

Kristin Agar, MSW LCSW CIP CAI is a clinical interventionist, consultant and psychotherapist with a master's degree in clinical social work. She has 40 years clinical experience both in hospital/clinic settings as well as in private practice. In private practice since 1992, Kristin provides psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families with mental illness, alcohol, drugs, eating disorders as well as illness, grief and loss. Her intervention services include consultation, intervention, continuing care and transports. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Network of Independent Interventionists, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, a Certified LOVE FIRST clinical interventionist, a Certified Intervention Professional a Certified ARISE interventionist, and a founding member of the Eating Disorder Coalition of Arkansas.


Evan Amarni, MS, LAADC-CA, ICADC, CIP is the CEO/Executive Director of Multi Concept Recovery, a CCAPP Credentialing Board Member, an Interventionist,and a Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Trainer (CEBTT) which integrates the science of emotions with contemplative practices. He believes by introducing an alternative method to achieve and sustain recovery while still offering the traditional method of addiction treatment people will, themselves, feel empowered, make the decision that will work best for them, and sustain their recovery. He realized after being in long term recovery himself for over 10 years that something was missing and he began to find comfort and ease in practicing the philosophy that CEB teaches. He has come to realize that we are all at war with our emotions and his hope is that people will begin to learn more about emotions, how much influence they have over every experience, and begin to build more constructive relationships with their emotions.

Anita Avedian, LMFT

Anita Avedian, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Licence # LMFT 38403) and has been in practice since 2001. Anita has offices in Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, Glendale, and Woodland Hills. She graduated with her MS in Educational Psychology, and completed two certifications including Employee Assistance Program and Human Resources from California State University of Northridge. Her specialties include working with relationships, anger, social anxiety, and addictions. Anita is the Executive Director of Avedian Counseling Center, a group practice with 8 locations, treating couples and individuals. Moreover, Anita founded Anger Management Essentials which is an approved NAMA model used for anger management certification. Anita is an Authorized NAMA Trainer and Anger Management Supervisor for certifying anger management specialists. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist IV and a Diplomat Member of NAMA. She offers monthly trainings to certify counselors in anger management. She authored Anger Management Essentials, a workbook for aggression, which has been translated into Spanish, Armenian, and Hebrew.

Soraya Azari, MD

Soraya Azari, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. She is a clinician educator and practices primary care, HIV medicine, and addiction medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), the city's safety net hospital. She is also the Interim Program Director for the ZSFG Primary Care Internal Medicine track at UCSF. She does quality improvement work in the outpatient setting related to chronic pain and opioid use disorders, and supervises primary-care based treatment of opioid use disorders in the Richard Fine People's Clinic at ZSFG.

Renee Baribeau, BA

Renee Baribeau, BA has thirty years of experience in Behavior Health. Her Shamanic Training includes: two-year graduate of the Four Winds Society in Energy Medicine, apprenticed in a Lakota Sweat Lodge for ten years, and worked with Indigenous Shamans in South America. She has led several groups through the 12-step process, and has worked extensively with Alumni programs in a Treatment setting. Enrollment for her two-year program to train Wind Work practitioners continues to grow. Winds of Spirit, published by Hay House (2018), is an accumulation of six years of academic and thirty years of phenomenological research into cross-cultural animistic and nature-based traditions. Her work with clients and patients has formed the basis for this model as a path of recovery that includes a 12-step model infused with shamanic techniques.

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC is a Master Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor who 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 Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC

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

Jean Campbell, LCSW, CIPP, TEP

Jean Campbell, LCSW, CIPP, TEP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board-Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Sociometry, a Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodramatic Bodywork®, a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-In-Training, a TEDx Presenter, a Certified Professional Coach in Training, and is Certified in Positive Psychology. Jean received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and trained at the Psychodrama Training Institute in New York City. She has worked in the Behavioral Health field for more than 24 years, is President Emeritus of the Womens' Association of Addiction Treatment and is a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. As Director of the Action Institute of California, Jean provides training for professionals in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Trauma Resolution, provides leadership workshops, coaching, and is committed to using action to effect change in clinical, medical and business settings.

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.

Peter Connolly, BA

Peter Connolly, BA comes to The Haven at College with a 15-year background in Executive Recruitment and Talent Acquisition for client companies like, ILFC, The Walt Disney Company, Oakwood Worldwide, WME, Boeing among others. As executive Director of The Haven Recovery Residences he oversees 9 Residences in 5 states, serving approximately 80 students.

Peter Corbitt, CNT

Peter Corbitt, CNT started his journey of recovery in San Diego. He moved to LA 10 years ago and opened Fairview Supportive Living in 2015. Having experienced the gift of desperation, he knew what it feels to be helpless and alone. He is married with two beautiful girls that was made possible through the tools of recovery. Peter’s hope is to provide a structured environment creating healthy patterns of wellness which give clients a foundation to grow and live happy, productive lives.

Elizabeth Davis, MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Elizabeth Davis, MFA, MS, ATR-BC, LCAT is a board certified, state licensed art therapist with over 20 years’ experience working in the field of creative arts therapy and trauma. Elizabeth has conducted workshops that offer practical and creative approaches to treating clients who present with complex trauma. Her approach integrates the modalities of Art Therapy, EMDR therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, mindfulness and play therapy. Elizabeth serves as Director of the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute Satellite in the Buffalo New York. TI&TI’s parent location is in Northampton Massachusetts, under the executive directorship of Ricky Greenwald, PsyD. In her capacity as Director, Elizabeth is in involved with training and consultation, outcome studies, and conducts intensive trauma therapy. Elizabeth is EMDR certified and a consultant/trainer through EMDRIA, a level one Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, with extensive training in play therapy.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III is a certified addiction counselor (level iii), with experience in addiction/recovery and mental health care since 1995. He is currently the director of operations at Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy the Colorado front range area. He also serves as CEO for C4 Consulting, a subsidiary of C4 Recovery Foundation, inc. Jonathan is a board member of the Colorado
Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) and serves on the board of directors for the Stout Street Foundation. He is a helping men recover certified trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Jonathan has a unique background in psychology, philosophy, and theology. This allows him to utilize resources and perspectives within and beyond traditional therapeutic approaches to help develop solutions that meet an individual's or organization’s needs in progressive and practical ways. Jonathan devoted much of his early career to working with teens and young adults, resulting in training in emotional management, self-concept revision, and trauma recovery. His diverse experience in an array of care settings has provided experience, insight, and understanding that translates into client-centered care informed by practical, evidenced based solutions.

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CSAT, CAC III

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CSAT, CAC III is a certified addiction counselor supervisor level as well as master level social worker. He has over 25 years of experience in the addiction field and serves as an international trainer and mentor for substance abuse counselors. He also has presented at numerous conferences on specialized topics such as sex addiction, trauma to healthy attachment, and spiritual growth. He earned his BA degree from Boston College in Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Addiction Counselor supervisor-level (CAC III), Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, and Certified Spiritual Director. He has extensive training in the CAR trauma resolution model as well as EFT Emotionally Focused Therapy. He wrote The Gift of Fulfillment, a self-help book designed to show people how to improve their lives using spiritual principles. In additionally to serving as a Senior Consultant for C4 Consulting, Michael is Cofounder and Executive Director of Valiant Living, located in Denver, CO. He has received various acknowledgements in the behavioral health field such as Colorado Addiction counselor of the year.

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Origins Behavioral HealthCare. In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to all of Origins’ programs. John’s academic background includes degrees in Psychology (BS), Conflict (MA), Management (MS), and a Doctor of Health Science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction in older adults. John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida. In addition to his clinical work, John lectures in multiple professional and academic venues on topics related to science, health, spirituality and ethics, and he was an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College for 12 years. He brings over 20 years of experience as a therapist, educator and spiritual director to this topic.

Kathryn Edgerton, Esq, CHPC, CIPP-US

Kathryn Edgerton, Esq, CHPC, CIPP-US is a Partner in Nelson Hardiman, LLP’s Regulatory Compliance practice group. Drawing on her experience as counsel to over 75 addiction treatment providers, Kathryn brings a practical perspective to her work advising on day-to-day operational issues, as well as business and regulatory concerns. Kathryn successfully obtained licensure, certification, and accreditation for a host of addiction treatment facilities, and has a wealth of experience drafting facilities’ patient intake documentation and policies and procedures related to licensure and certification. She has successfully represented behavioral care facilities facing denial of licensure, certification, and accreditation by government and accreditation agencies and regularly advises health care providers on federal and state privacy and security laws and regulations including HIPAA, HITECH, 42 CFR Part 2, the FTC Act, CMIA, California breach notification laws, and California unfair competition law.

Jennifer Enriquez, AMFT

Jennifer Enriquez, AMFT earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University in Denver, Colorado. She has recently completed all intern hours and is awaiting licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been working in the field of therapy and substance abuse for over 10 years. She specializes in areas of Individual, Family and Group Therapy, Addiction/Co-occurring Disorders, Relapse Prevention, Women's Issues and Anger management. Jennifer utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Structural Family Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Jennifer joined the La Ventana treatment program team in 2015. As a therapist Jennifer’s mission is to help clients by using the highest quality services to help them achieve their goals in therapy and in life. She aids in the healing process by cultivating each person’s individual journey toward wholeness. Jennifer does this by providing a safe and empowering environment. Jennifer thrives on using out of the box interventions during groups and individual sessions. Jennifer is a founding member of the Colorado Mental Health Professionals Association (CMHPA) and currently an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

James Flowers, PHD, LPC

James Flowers, PHD, LPC is one of the most respected names in the area of pain management, addiction treatment and chronic pain assessment. For over 20 years, Dr. Flowers has occupied an expert leadership position in the pain recovery and addiction treatment field. He has used his experience and knowledge to develop a substantial number of addiction and pain recovery programs within some of the most recognized treatment centers in the country. He has dedicated his career to his passion, designing multidisciplinary addiction treatment programs and clinical protocols to help individuals suffering from addiction and chronic pain. Dr. Flowers has a passion for recovery and creating positive change in lives impacted by pain and co-occurring addictive disorders. He is a published author in scientific journals as well as industry publications.

Tabitha Fronk, LPCC, ATR-BC

Tabitha Fronk, LPCC, ATR-BC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board Certified Registered Art Therapist, Certified Art Therapy Supervisor, and Certified Child Life Specialist. She is an artist and art therapist who has worked for over 25 years in the field, mostly with people (children, youth and adults) recovering from grief, loss, trauma and/or addictions. She also specialize in work with the LGBTQIA community and non-traditional families. Currently, she provides art psychotherapy for children, youth, and adults in my private office in Culver City, CA, and facilitate group and individual art therapy services for Residential, IOP and PHP treatment programs. She has facilitated the creation of numerous large scale collaborative mosaic murals in schools, hospitals, mental health and treatment centers in the US and Canada.

Steven Garnham, Med, CADC, MAC, CEAP, LEAP, LAP-C

Steven Garnham, Med, CADC, MAC, CEAP, LEAP, LAP-C is the owner of Comprehensive Workplace Training, holds a certification in Pennsylvania as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed
Employee Assistance Professional, Labor Assistance Professional - Certified, and is a qualified SAP. As a SAP trainer, he has provided trainings for qualification and re-qualification for SAPs since 2005. He is a former EAP counselor for Amtrak and the USPS as well as previous EAP for the Phila Police Dept.

Jim Geckler

Jim Geckler is Chief Executive Officer for Harmony Foundation. A native of Buffalo, New York, who has served the recovery community in a professional capacity for over 15 years, Jim has established the first LGBT sober house in Minneapolis for St Paul Sober Living to filling the role of COO at Addiction Intervention Resources, one of the country’s premier intervention and family consulting groups. Most recently he was a senior leader at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Chief Operating Officer for Harmony Foundation. Jim’s passion for expanding access to treatment for all people seeking recovery will help guide the next steps of Harmony’s growth. A recent transplant to Colorado, Jim has set down roots in Allenspark and is enjoying watching moose, elk, bobcat, and several unidentified creatures trek by the house. Jim and his husband Peter are excited to be new members of the community.

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC resides in Los Angeles, CA. He has over 13 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in recovery, educational, and mental health communities. Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. Beck has facilitated workshops and spoken internationally at various conferences regarding advocacy, trauma, recovery, and adolescents specifically involving LGBTQ+ communities. Today he continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ+ issues, helps facilities establish LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, and provides program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ+ populations. He also helps LGBTQ identified young people and their families navigate educational institutions and treatment settings. Beck is currently an associate consultant at The Romeyn Collective and is the founder of BGC Consulting.

Tamarah Gehlen, LMFT, LADC, CCTP

Tamarah Gehlen, LMFT, LADC, CCTP, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed drug and alcohol counselor who specializes in trauma. She is also a national speaker, author, graduate level professor in addictions and mental health, a board-certified clinical supervisor, and has been in executive-level leadership in the addiction and mental health field for over 10 years. She is in the process of obtaining her PhD in Cognition and Instruction, and has helped numerous clinicians and programs become co-occurring enabled and trauma-informed.

Kelli Grock, MS, MFT, LADC, CYI

Kelli Grock, MS, MFT, LADC, CYI brings over 20 years of experience as a yoga instructor to her role as a family therapist and addiction recovery counselor. Working in both California and Nevada, she utilizes intuition to help identify the somatic approach appropriate for her trauma-informed treatment of emerging adults, couples, and individuals. Her integration of yogic philosophy and 12-Step tenets creates an innovative approach to working with families. Her integration of mind, body and spirit methods has lead to a professional paper, a published article and several national presentations.

Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor. Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety. At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the "real" world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life. Jose also founded MD Home Detox; one of the nation's few concierge detoxification and alcohol and addiction treatment services. This service provides a client with all the elements of a treatment facility in the privacy of their home or a selected location. This customized approach to treating addiction is especially needed by clients who are unable to enter a residential rehabilitation center. His most recent endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

Eva Hibnick, JD

Eva Hibnick is the founder of One Step Software, which provides software and services to sober livings to help them manage their homes more efficiently. Over 300 sober homes use One Step. One Step also offers an app for residents that has geolocation and allows residents to keep track of meeting count and get notified of upcoming events. Previously, Eva ran a successful digital agency and was a corporate lawyer in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, BMsc, CADCII

Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, BMsc, CADCII is President and Founder of Breathwork for Recovery and has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade. Using an arsenal of techniques with a special focus on breathwork, Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. His client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety to people suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma and desperate for help. Nathaniel’s specialty includes working in addiction treatment facilities to help accelerate the journey to recovery. Nathaniel was trained to facilitate breathwork professionally and has completed the David Elliott Healer Training series numerous times, and is a CCAPP certified CADC-II. He has studied trauma and its impact on the nervous system extensively and instructed mental health professionals in how to utilize breathwork effectively.

A. Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP

A. Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP California Psychology License PSY7732 is the founder and president of Practical Recovery Psychology Group, a self-empowering addiction treatment center in San Diego, past president of the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50), the world's largest organization of addiction psychologists, past president of the San Diego Psychological Association, and author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling and Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (recognized as a "Self-Help Book of Merit" by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and in Self-Help That Works, edited by Norcross, Campbell, Grohol and Santrock). He was the volunteer president of SMART Recovery, an international non-profit offering free, self-empowering mutual help groups for abstaining from any substance or activity, for 20 years. He is a fellow of the San Diego Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Psychological Association.

Rick Hubbard, LCDC-I

Rick Hubbard worked in the commercial banking industry for over 20 years and served in several management roles for one of Texas’ largest bank holding companies. In 1989, Rick co-founded Revere Mortgage Bankers, a retail and wholesale residential real estate finance and mortgage company that he operated until 1998.

He began his career in behavioral healthcare in 2002 at a highly respected, Texas based residential addiction treatment facility. He worked in various aspects of addiction treatment administration, including admissions, utilization review, marketing, and business development. Rick moved to Florida and represented a local residential treatment facility in 2005 before returning to the Texas facility in 2006 as Director of Business Development.

In 2012, Rick joined Origins Recovery Centers as a Community Relations Representative, became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in 2013 and was promoted to Western Region Director of Business Development in 2014. In 2015, Rick assumed the role of Corporate Director of Business Development, and was named Vice President of Professional Relations in 2017. Rick has trained in several models of structured family intervention including the Johnson Model and the Arise Model, and has facilitated scores of interventions over the years. Rick serves on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions, he is a member of The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors, The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and he also serves as co-chair of the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium.


Alan Johnson, MA, LMFT, LAADAC, SAP, CCPS is the Past President of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professional (CCAPP) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Alan is a strong advocate for substance use disorder counselors, and works diligently with legislators on the local, state and national levels to promote high standards and appropriate representation for the profession. Mr. Johnson has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.Alan has received numerous awards for his service in the addiction industry, including the prestigious George C. Cobb and Hall of Fame award. Alan currently is the Clinical Director for About Face,DVIP, INC an Intensive Outpatient Program in Los Angeles.

Rebecca (Sledge) Johnson, LPC-MHSP, ATR

Rebecca (Sledge) Johnson, LPC-MHSP, ATR received her MA in Art Therapy Counseling in Portland, OR. She worked in Portland for several years with homeless and indigent clients in A & D treatment before moving to
Nashville to begin the art therapy program at Cumberland Heights treatment center. In the 10 years that the program has been established, it has been very strongly supported and has grown exponentially to become a self-sustaining department that serves almost all residential patients, including adolescents and gender specific adult treatment groups along with individual sessions. Annually, almost 2000 patients are served in art therapy at CH with Rebecca, who strives to make sure each of their experiences is individualized and most helpful for every unique patient.

James Michael Jones

James Michael Jones ("Mike Jones") has been a part of the Dallas Recovery Community since 2009. With nearly a decade of operating experience within Sober Living Facilities, Mike has held positions ranging from Assistant Residential Manager to Chief Operating Officer, as well as writing and restructuring many of the Sober Living programs in Dallas. As Executive Director, from intake to discharge, Mike is responsible for the continual development of the Lighthouse Program and works closely with residents, their families, and their treatment teams, helping to ensure the best treatment for each individual.

Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC serves as the Chief Operations Officer at Sierra Tucson and had previously held the position of interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Operations Officer. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Kading practiced as a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for 11 years in a community mental health clinic, working with patients with co-occuring substance use and mood diagnoses, trauma, perinatal mood disorders and primary psychiatric conditions. She has also provided psychiatric crisis services for 5 years and treated patients in a private practice setting. Dr. Kading graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral studies focused on optimizing health care systems and policies, translational methods and evidence-based practice, health care organization innovation, epigenetics, utilization of informatics in health care, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her dissertation focused on increasing health care provider knowledge on perinatal depression. She created a web-based educational program for health care providers aimed at facilitating evidence-based treatment to perinatal women. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a bachelors degree in psychology. Dr. Kading is also a candidate for a Master of Business Administration at The University of Arizona.

David Kahn, PhD, LPC/S

David Kahn, PhD, LPC/S is the founder, President and owner of The Counseling Center of Florence, LLC. Before opening his full time private practice, Dr. Kahn brings more than 32 years of experience working with adolescents, families and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Kahn provides counseling services for; individuals, couples and families who experience relationship conflict, blended family issues, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, work and social related issues, and victims of violent crime. Dr. Kahn provides employee training for area businesses, professional seminars for the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and other Mental Health Professionals. He is and adjunct associate professor at Webster University, Myrtle Beach Campus and an adjunct instructor at Francis Marion University in the graduate psychology department. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.

Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil

Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil is an established recovery coach, author and lecturer. Melissa has more than 30 years’ experience in personal recovery as well as 10 years as a recovery coach ( ). Melissa is the author of the first book on recovery coaching: RECOVERY COACHING-A Guide to Coaching People in Recovery from Addictions, which is currently being used at colleges and recovery coaching certification seminars. In 2012-13, Melissa managed the start-up of the second recovery community organization (RCO) funded by the State of NJ; the Living Proof Recovery Center in Voorhees NJ. Melissa has been President and executive board member of Recovery Coaches International, an international association of recovery coaches. She has two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics and Executive Coaching. She is a Certified Recovery Support Practitioner (CRSP) in the state of NJ and a certified recovery coach supervisor. Melissa is the recipient of the 2015 Vernon Johnson Award from the Faces and Voices of Recovery, in Washington DC.

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC LCPAT

Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a trauma-focused Licensed and Board Certified Art Psychotherapist and graduated from George Washington University. She is the co-founder of the Art Therapy Collective, a private practice in Owings Mills, Maryland. Peggy holds level 2 certificates in EMDR and in IFS, making her one of the few art therapists practicing an integrative approach with advanced trainings in both these models. As adjunct faculty for University of Maryland School of Social Work, Peggy teaches an advanced clinical course on Art Therapy. She recently joined the faculty of Notre Dame of Maryland University’s newly launched Art Therapy Graduate program. In addition, she serves as workshop faculty of Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars, faculty for the Expressive Therapies Summit in NYC, DC and LA, and The Ferentz Institute. Peggy also provides low bono services for Shofar Coalition (Jewish Trauma Survivors) and HIJOS (Separated Migrant Children). Recent honors include co-curator for the exhibit, Art. Therapy. for the New Day Campaign and multiple presentations for The American Art Therapy Association’s national conference. Past experiences include President of Maryland Art Therapy Association (current board member), Chairperson of Central Maryland Sexual Abuse Treatment Task Force, Vice-chair of the Maryland Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Past academic positions include adjunctive faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art and Goucher College. Currently, Peggy is engaged in writing several professional chapters on trauma-informed art therapy.

Andrew Kurtz, LMFT, MA

Andrew Kurtz, LMFT, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a Clinical Specialist with UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 2014. Mr. Kurtz has previously served as a program director in community mental health, specializing in optimizing access to integrated services through a same-day assessment center. He has served as the lead contact of a nationally-recognized Trauma-Informed Care implementation that provided staff trainings and program design assistance to improve trauma services, including developing a one-of-a-kind wellness center focused on reducing barriers to accessing care for individuals exposed to traumatic events. Mr. Kurtz has a background in research on cognitive and behavioral interventions for the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia diagnoses.

Trey Laird

Trey Laird is CEO and Co-Founder of The Lighthouse Sober Living and Recovery 365 Coaching. Founded in 2016, The Lighthouse is comprised of unique high-end sober living residences for professionals and high net worth individuals seeking a safe and supportive environment from which they can focus on early recovery, rebuild relationships with families and friends, and re-enter demanding careers all amongst a vibrant like-minded fellowship. The Lighthouse is based in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA and currently serves the NYC tristate metropolitan area. The Lighthouse’s second residence opened in January 2017 and The Lighthouse Recovery 365 Coaching launched in December 2017. The next growth phase of The Lighthouse will include additional residences for men and women in the New York metropolitan area. Prior to founding The Lighthouse, Mr. Laird was a Wall Street equities trader for 22 years, starting this career with Bankers Trust and exiting with Lazard. Prior to banking, Mr. Laird attended the Trinity School in Manhattan and Dartmouth College. Mr. Laird has three children and lives in Rowayton, Connecticut with his wife. He is an avid golfer and marathoner, travels regularly to share his story of sobriety and recovery best practices, and appears regularly in the press on addiction issues.

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

Dr. Landau, child, family and community neuropsychiatrist and former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, has specialized in mental health, trauma, addiction and co-occurring disorders for 50+ years, exploring how to facilitate resilience and healing for individuals, families and communities. Based on her extensive research into relational resilience, She developed Evidence-Based, Best-Practice Transitional Family Therapy, the first integrative family systems model. She subsequently developed Evidence-Based interventions at individual, family, and community level (coining the term “community resilience”) based on this model including: LINC Community Resilience, Invitational Intervention-ARISE Comprehensive Care, a method for engaging and managing individuals and families with addiction and other life threatening illness, and LIFE, applied to reducing intimate partner violence, STDs/HIV/AIDS, and addiction in minority women. She has conducted numerous country and state-wide community interventions, executive and business interventions, individual and family interventions.

With over 200 publications, she has taught in 100+ countries and served as consultant to WHO, NIDA, NIAAA, CDC, and several international governments. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, she received numerous awards including AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy.

Dr. Landau continues to explore the interface of trauma, resilience, addiction, and mental and physical health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her current presentations and TEDX talk, “Family Stories, Secrets and Survival,” focus on family resilience, trauma, addiction, behavioral health, mental illness, and collaborative care. An Isangoma (traditional African healer), she is committed to bridging traditional wisdom and western science.

Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC

Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC nationally recognized addiction treatment expert Linda Lewaniak, LCSW, CAADC joined ERC/ Insight in March 2016. A widely respected therapist and administrator, Lewaniak brings over 25 years of experience in the treatment of substance abuse and comorbid mental illness. As the Regional Managing Director in Illinois, Lewaniak 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. Lewaniak 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.

Robert Liles, JD, MBA, MS

Robert Liles, JD, MBA, MS has a background that is somewhat unique. In addition to a law degree, he also holds both an MBA. and an MS in Health Care Administration. He has worked on the provider side, as a federal prosecutor and now he represent health care providers around the country in connection with Medicare / Medicaid / Private Payor audits, state board of licensure actions, and False Claims Act cases. Mr. Liles also currently serves as an IRO on Corporate Integrity Agreements for the Office of Inspector General. While working as a federal prosecutor, he was asked to serve as the country's first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In this capacity, he advised federal prosecutors around the country regarding health care fraud statutes, schemes, investigative tools, privacy concerns, and compliance issues. Since entering private practice, Mr. Liles has continued to build on his health care background and experience. He has been rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell.

Laura Linebarger, PsyD

Laura Linebarger, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, addictions expert, author, and educator. She is the Director of Linebarger and Associates, Ltd. and a founding member of the addiction and recovery consulting firm, Resolute Recovery, LLC. Dr. Linebarger earned an undergraduate degree from Texas State University in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a emphasis in Substance Use Disorders. She won the coveted ‘Emerging Scholar Award for Best Clinical Research Project’ for her original research titled, “Addiction Factors Within Obesity,” as well as multiple other awards for her work. Her experience and breadth within the field of addiction has yielded key specialties in ADHD, LGBT issues, and sex and sexuality. An award winning researcher, professional author and keynote speaker, her current interest is the regulatory intersection of substances on ADHD symptoms.

David Lisonbee, BS

David Lisonbee, BS is President and Chief Executive Officer of Twin Town Treatment Centers, which operates a network of six Los Angeles and Orange County outpatient addiction treatment programs. With over thirty years of behavioral health management and executive experience, Mr. Lisonbee oversees corporate governance, development, and operations. Mr. Lisonbee developed and operated psychiatric hospitals and outpatient psychiatric programs. Mr. Lisonbee has lectured on relapse prevention and ethics in substance use disorder treatment, presenting to numerous provider association conferences, provider and EAP organizations, hospitals, and managed care organizations.

Eric McLaughlin, MSW, ASW, CIP, CCMI

Eric McLaughlin, MSW, ASW, CIP, CCMI has his masters in Social Work and has been conducting interventions for over 5 years. He has worked in the field for over 10 years. He currently oversees operations of substance abuse center that provides a full continuum of care.

Andrew Mendonsa, PsyD, MA, MBA

Andrew Mendonsa, PsyD, MA, MBA has provided treatment and assessment to forensic populations for over a decade. He has provided care in settings including state and federal prisons, jails, outpatient clinics, state hospitals and private practice. He is a licensed California psychologist specializing in clinical and forensic psychology and has been involved in high-profile legal cases. Dr. Mendonsa’s training outreach has included community and clinical supervision presentations aimed at educating professionals on forensic and clinical topics and interventions. He is commonly featured on local and national media outlets discussing substance abuse and forensic self-care topics. He currently serves as a Regional Director for a large, well-established California forensic agency, Sharper Future, and in that role oversees mental health contracts in two large California regions. Dr. Mendonsa is responsible for the treatment and Containment Team Model adherence of almost 700 state-mandated parolees. He supervises professional, intern and student-level staff. He has presented a variety of topics at local, regional, state and national conferences.

Jeffrey Merrick, Esq

Jeffrey Merrick, Esq is a professional interventionist and criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate cum laude of the University of San Diego School of Law, a practicing member of the California Bar since 1990 and a former trial lawyer for a national law firm. He is an alternative sentencing specialist and a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). Jeffrey specializes in the defense of mental health, drug and alcohol-related cases. His expertise is in care advocacy and alternative sentencing through the courts.

Oriana Murphy, MA, CADC-II, LCSW

Oriana Murphy, MA, CADC-II, LCSW has shown passionate dedication to those who struggle with substance use issues through her extensive studies and over 15 years of experience in the fields of substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Oriana earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and completed a Masters of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction and is certified as a CADCII Counselor. She has experience working in all aspects of the field, both residential and outpatient for profit and non-profit settings. Over the past few years Oriana has shifted her focus from direct client care to programmatic. She has implemented and nurtured family communication and programming within young adult settings as well as built systems to increase transparency and effective communication with staff. Oriana believes that staff training, and clear orientation with clients, is monumental and therefore has been honored to consult with programs that have such needs. Oriana works with families and individuals in her private practice in West Los Angeles and coaches parents to support treatment engagement with their children.

Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT, SEP, ERYT500

Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT, SEP, ERYT500 an accomplished speaker, teacher, and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based on its theme 'the issues live in the tissues', Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art and science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are available internationally and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery centers. Nikki's work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, and She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was a keynote speaker at the 2017 International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) conference and a featured speaker at the International Conference on Integrative Medical at Harvard Medical School. She was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and is an honored recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award.

Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II

Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, and CCAPP Educational Institute. Califonia Consortum of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) is the largest statewide consortium of community-based for profit and nonprofit substance use disorder treatment agencies, and addiction focused professionals, providing services to over a 100,000 California residents annually in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Its 12,000 individual addiction professionals and 500 programs provide substance use disorder treatment services in the majority of DHCS licensed and/or certified sites throughout the state and constitute the largest infrastructure of the state's publicly funded substance use disorder treatment network. CCAPP is the only statewide consortium representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs.

Melissa ONeill, MSW, LCSW

Melissa ONeill, MSW, LCSW has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with mood disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders and significant trauma histories. Melissa has worked within private practice, IOP, PHP, and residential settings working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. She has supervised programs within all of these levels of care, training clinicians in this work while also serving as adjunct faculty at DePaul University. Melissa has been trained in DBT and ACT and has presented on co-occurring disorders and BPD at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Trauma Conferences, and other community presentations for clinicians.

Kristina Padilla, MA, LAADC, IMF, ICCADC

Kristina Padilla, MA, LAADC, IMF, ICCADC is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education overseeing CCAPP’s Education Department. She also is Director of Business Development for the organization wherein she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education,business development, and investment in quality programming.Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming. Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC),and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC).She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC)and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP). Ms. Padilla also serves on the Native American Training Institute (NATI)Advisory Board. Ms. Padilla is the Chief Academic Officer for the CCAPP Academy at CCAPP. Ms. Padilla is also a Addiction Technology transfer center (ATTC) Trainer as well.

James Peck, PsyD

James Peck, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior clinical trainer at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Dr. Peck has extensive experience conducting curriculum development, clinical trainings, and clinical supervision on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of substance-related disorders, and on the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance-related and psychiatric disorders. He currently works at UCLA in a clinical training role, and maintains a busy practice treating individuals with co-occurring disorders including HIV and HCV.

Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH MD, MPH, CEDS

Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH MD, MPH, CEDS is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obesity and Addictions. She is a graduate of Andrew Weil's Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson. Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centers around the US. She is the author of three books including one of the first books on Binge Eating Disorder:The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook and her recent book, The Emotional Eating Workbook. Her newest book, The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook will be released on September 1, 2017. Dr. Ross currently has a private practice in Denver and San Diego specializing in Integrative Medicine for treating eating disorders, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders and obesity.


Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor as approved by the Commission for the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, respectively, and is approved through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Certified Intervention Professional. She received her B.A. in psychology from The American University and her Masters degree in education/rehabilitation from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 30 years, during which time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the region. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who are adjudicated or have co-occurring mental health or behavioral issues.

Ericha Scott, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT

Ericha Scott, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT has thirty-four years of professional practice with those who have co-occurring addiction, mental and physical illness, complex trauma and dissociation. In California, E. Hitchcock Scott,PhD is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #917 and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol andDrug Counselor (a non-governmental license). She is also a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Past experience includes: clinical director, core faculty member, researcher, theorist, published author, award winning trauma andaddiction therapist. Her research, case studies andtheory have been published in book chapters and peer review journals. In press, lead author for two chapters in, Integrative Addiction Therapy, Oxford University Press, an Andrew Weil, MD, library series book. She has been a keynote speaker for WCSAD 2018, and remains the planning chair for the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy Addiction and Trauma Educational Track.

Kenneth Seeley, CCMI-M, CIP, CTP, CATC

Kenneth Seeley, CCMI-M, CIP, CTP, CATC has worked in addiction treatment for over 20 years. Ken has been featured as an interventionist on the Intervention TV Show. Ken has been a speaker at many conferences and events. Most recently, Ken has completed training for the Certified Trauma Professional program.

Anelia Shaheed, Esq

Anelia Shaheed, Esq is a Partner with the Law Offices of Julie W. Allison P.A. Joining the firm in January of 2015, Ms. Shaheed brings a variety of skills and experience in the managed care, insurance reimbursement, provider risk management and other areas involving healthcare providers and insureds. Ms. Shaheed attended the University of London for her undergraduate studies, where she received her LLB or Bachelor of Law Degree. Subsequently, Ms. Shaheed was admitted to Nova Southeastern University’s Law Program where she graduated Cum Lade in July of 2012.Ms. Shaheed has presented educational workshops and topics, including but not limited to the Health Insurance Reform and the Affordable Care Act and the Implementation of Mental Health Parity Act, as well as Risk and Compliance Management for Healthcare providers. She has also been actively involved in championing patient’s rights and has worked with national payors such as Cigna, Blue Cross of Michigan and United Healthcare to change practices such as paying to the patient and/or failing to recognize established medical criteria. She has presented at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders, AXIS Conference, NCAD Annual Conference, NAATP Annual Conference and Foundations Moment of Change Annual Conference.

Dave Sheridan, MBA

Dave Sheridan, MBA currently serves as President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences. He is a national speaker and writer with a primary focus on the development and operation of statewide recovery housing systems. His work with NARR includes technical assistance and other work for state addiction agencies related to the establishment of statewide recovery housing certification and support systems. He is also an advocate and resource on fair housing issues. Dave’s professional background is in institutional investments, including asset management and product development positions for large financial institutions. He currently advises mid-size companies on matters including asset management, capital structure, business combinations, new venture financing and business planning. His behavioral health industry experience includes CFO and Chief Operating Officer positions with a prominent Southern California addiction treatment provider. Dave also serves on the board of the Chandler Lodge Foundation, a men’s recovery residence and community center in North Hollywood, California.

Jeffrey Skillen

Jeffrey Skillen founded SkillSet Enterprises in 2007 with the vision of offering his unique perspective, skills, and expertise to companies who want to take their game to the next level. Jeff has extensive senior executive experience at world-class companies, and possesses the unique ability to creatively connect the seemingly disparate artistic and corporate worlds to deliver outstanding results for clients. Having developed and sold a small business himself, he is keenly aware of the entrepreneurial mindset and unique environments found within growing companies. Further, Jeff has been a part of 2 separate senior management teams that have launched successful IPOs. Jeff has diverse entrepreneurial experience in virtually all facets of creative business industries and communities. His expertise encompasses behavioral health, digital media, new technology, business development, production, public relations, management, publishing, business affairs, sales, e-commerce, marketing and distribution. Jeff has previously worked with prominent brands such as DTS, Acura, Gibson Guitar, Warner Bros., and Dell. In addition to serving a number of high profile clients, Jeff serves as an Expert Scholar for the Gerson Lehrman Group, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University and the University of Montana. He has previously been a member of NARAS, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) Communications Committee, and a member of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Audio Technology Advisory Board.

Meredith Sonetz, MA, LCPC, CADC

Meredith Sonetz, MA, LCPC, CADC is a certified licensed professional counselor with over 16 years of experience, specializing in providing six month support addressing addiction and behavioral health related illnesses to individuals and families across the country. In addition, as a Certified Interventionist, families are able to feel safe that they will be treated clinically and professionally with someone having experience in the field, who has an understanding of addiction, abides by its code of ethics and holds insurance. Meredith helps to move individuals, families, employers, out of a crisis situation by using a Care*frontation model of education, guidance, and validation. Meredith provides clinical transport services to individuals going into and coming out of treatment. In addition, she continues to see patients in her own private practice setting within the Chicagoland area.

Louise Stanger, EdD, LCSW, CDWF, CIP

Louise Stanger, EdD, LCSW, CDWF, CIP - speaker, educator, clinician, and interventionist. She gets to the heart of the matter in helping family, friends and business associates with loved ones who experience substance abuse, mental health and other problems. As an educator, was recognized for her lively award winning teaching and as a Principal investigator she received over 4 million dollars of United States Department of Education Louise publishes in the Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Sober World, Recovery Campus, DB Resources, Counselor Magazine, etc. . The San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the “Top 10 Women Who Mean Business” and Quit Alcohol as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country. .She is the recipient of the 2014 Foundations Fan Favorite Speaker Award and the 2016 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award . Her book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Handbook on her website at . Dr. Louise is the 2017 recipient of the International DB Resources Journalist of the Year Award and is the 2018 Forgiveness for Living Plus Awards Honoree Los Angeles, Ca.

Libby Timmons, MEd, LISAC, CEAP, SAP

Libby Timmons, MEd, LISAC, CEAP, SAP is known for her lively interactive presentations. Libby is the incoming President of EAPA. She is the past president of the Southern Arizona Employee Assistance Association, and past chair of the EACC. She has extensive training in psychodrama, addictions and experiential therapy with a nationally recognized trainer Libby is a nationally sought after presenter on Attachment, Trauma, Addictions, Codependency, Ethics, and Therapeutic Alliance. She has presented at national conferences for EAPA, C4, LAP, US Journal, Lifestyles and various CE events and EAPA Chapter meetings. Libby is a National Clinical Outreach Director for Elements Behavioral Health. Working with EAPS, Unions, Employer Groups and other professionals regarding residential treatment placement. Libby facilitates workshops and training’s related wot working with First Responders She also has a private practice in Tucson, AZ.

Jacqueline Tulsky, MD

Jacqueline Tulsky, MD is a Board certified general internist and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at UCSF in the HIV/AIDS/Global Health Division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH). She completed her internal medicine training at the former Columbia-Presbyterian University Hospital in New York City before coming to San Francisco for a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship. She is certified in HIV medicine through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and in Addiction medicine through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Her clinical work has included over 21 years of HIV primary care, 12 years of which were based in the Opioid Treatment Outpatient Program. Separate from her HIV clinical practice, she works as a provider in the Opioid Treatment Outpatient Program at ZSFGH and is a licensed buprenorphine provider. Dr. Tulsky served as the Medical Director for the HRSA funded San Francisco and Bay Area AIDS Education and Training Center for over 10 years. She continues as an active educator and trainer in topics ranging from HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, safe opioid prescribing for pain, substance use disorders and their treatment and use of Motivational Interviewing in the care of complex and vulnerable patients. She completed the train-the-trainer program in Motivational Interviewing in 2016. Her research interests were focused on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention topics including transitional care challenges, retention in care and prevention with homeless adults and adults diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Nina Utigaard MFT, REAT

Nina (Anin) Utigaard MFT, REAT is one of the Co-Founders of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, founded in 1994 and continues to serve on the IEATA board. Anin has used expressive arts therapy with addiction for 17 years, beginning in 1990 at ThunderRoad, a residential treatment center for adolescents dealing with addiction in Oakland, CA. Anin also utilizes the creative process as a way for clients with dual diagnosis to address and explore their relationship with addiction and has maintained a private practice in San Francisco for many years. She was faculty with Natalie Rogers’ Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute for over 10 years and combines her EXA methods with the person-centered approach. She has been adjunct and guest faculty with JFKU, CIIS, ITP and has presented multiple workshops nationally and globally in Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil and Canada.

Sharon Volner, MS, LMFT

Sharon Volner, MS, LMFT brings a broad range of experience to her role as the Clinical Director of La Ventana’s Thousand Oaks Chemical Dependency and Adult and Teen Mental Health Programs. She has over twenty years’ experience working with at-risk youth, couples, families, and adults in the field of mental health and addiction. With a diverse background in the field working in many roles, Sharon understands the dynamics it takes to build and develop effective treatment for clients. She has worked at various rehabilitation centers with youth and adults struggling with issues of addiction and their underlying psychological causes. Sharon has experience as a trainer and operator on a crisis suicide hotline. Sharon has worked directly with the homeless population in assisting them in stabilizing severe and persistent mental health and substance dependence as well as gaining housing and employment. Sharon’s approach is multi-modal: she addresses the biological, psychosocial, spiritual, and nutritional aspects of addiction and treatment with her clientele. Sharon earned her MS in Counseling with Distinction from California State University at Northridge. She is a member of CAMFT, and a Co-Leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop in efforts to help young girls develop empowerment and leadership.

Andrew Wakefield, MA, LMFT, SAP, SAE

Andrew Wakefield, MA, LMFT, SAP, SAE, has provided evaluation and treatment to clinical and forensic populations for over a decade. He has provided care in various settings including hospitals, jails, inpatient units and outpatient clinics. He currently treats offenders and the general public under diagnoses that include depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. He is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He is employed as a Regional Director with Sharper Future where he oversees the day-to-day forensic assessment and treatment operations in the Bay Area and the Central/Northern California Regions. Sharper Future provides forensic, mental health and substance abuse treatment to thousands of clients in California. Mr. Wakefield works within the Containment Team Model in California to deliver innovative and evidence-based interventions to various populations. He is a state certified trainer for many clinical risk assessments. He holds an Independent Practitioner designation from the California Sex Offender Management Board. He has been featured on national podcasts speaking on forensic, mental health, and substance abuse topics. He has conducted presentations on topics including law and ethics, clinical supervision, forensic assessment, psychopathy and self-care for various law enforcement agencies, universities and both private and public organizations.

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 Master’s 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.

Michael Wetter, PsyD, FAPA

With more than two decades of professional experience, Dr. Wetter has held a variety of roles in the mental health field. Dr. Wetter has worked as a private practitioner, staff psychologist (inpatient and outpatient), and clinical leader in a number of nationally renowned healthcare systems. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, and extension courses at academic institutions such as University of California State University and California State University.

Dr. Wetter is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and has served as an Oral Examination Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California State Licensing Board of Psychology. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Psychologists, the National Alliance of Psychology Providers, and the California Psychological Association.

Dr. Wetter is also a published author of "What Went Right" and the award winning publication "Earn It: What to do when your kid needs an entitlement intervention." He is an invited speaker and guest lecturer, training other psychologists, physicians, and mental health professionals. Dr. Wetter is widely regarded as an expert in the field of Psychology, and has been an invited expert guest on numerous television programs. Additionally, he has served as an expert consultant to publications such as the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Men's Health, Forbes, Prevention, and Redbook Magazines.

Dr. Wetter's research in the field of anxiety has been accepted in the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Mary Woods, RNC, LADC

Mary Woods, RNC, LADC is a Licensed Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has recently retired and created a consulting practice. Mary has extensive experience in the treatment of Dual Disorders and Program implementation.

Nanette Zumwalt, ICADAC II-CS, ICCJP, CIP, CRS

Nanette Zumwalt is currently recognized as one a leading industry expert both nationally and internationally. She is a highly respected CEO, Interventionist and Community Services provider. Nanette began working in the field of mental health and addiction treatment nearly three decades ago with her vibrant and engaging personality, knowledge, experience, and sincere desire to help those in need, it is no surprise that her career has included various management positions throughout top national hospitals, therapeutic schools and recovery programs.

Early on in her career, Nanette notes that she developed a specific passion for the “willing but not able” individuals struggling in treatment transitions. In 2002, Nanette began the journey of developing, building, and growing Hired Power. Under her care and leadership, Hired Power has taken the pioneering role in clinically supporting adolescents, young adults, and adults during the high risk and critical transition periods of recovery.

Nanette is a dedicated professional with an intuitive ability to understand the needs within the field of treatment. One example of this is her commitment to holding higher ethical standards and professionalism within the community of direct care staff and companions. Recognizing this need, she partnered with Dr. Judith Landau in 2015, creating the International Recovery Institute. Together they developed a curriculum for an imperative skills training. This curriculum is now recognized by NAADAC and is being reviewed by several other credentialing bodies.

Nanette is well-known as a strong advocate for families struggling with addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring disorders. Her passion for recovery from addiction stems from within her own family. She experienced first-hand the devastation of this insidious disease.

In the most recent decade, Nanette has accepted several national invitations to speak on current trends in the field of addiction and mental health. She has been noted in newspapers and featured in several magazine articles as an industry expert. Nanette has received multiple service awards including an award in 2007 from California Assemblyman Jim Morrissey.

Nanette holds credentials as an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level II Clinical Supervisor (ICADC II-CS), an International Certified Criminal Justice Professional (ICCJP), a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI), Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) and is a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (CCAPP, AIS).

Nanette currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Programs (NAATP), and the Women's CEO Global Alliance she is a past board member of Association of Intervention Specialists and is a current member in good standing with a large variety of related organizations.
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