Abu As-Sidiq, Recovery Navigator & CPRS

Abu As-Sidiq is a person in long-term recovery. Abu grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1989. Since the early 1990s, Abu struggled with addiction. For many years, he was in and out of correctional facilities and treatment centers. Growing sick of a cycle of addiction and incarceration, Abu ended…

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Aja King, Ed.D, LPCC

Dr. Aja Dionna King is a Counseling Psychologist and Licensed Professional  Clinical Counseling with over 22 years.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree  from the University of Alabama at  Birmingham, and her Masters of Art in  Community Counseling from Argosy University  in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. King also holds a Doctoral degree in Education with…

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Akosua Dankwah MPH, DrPH Candidate, 2022

Akosua Dankwah is graduating with her Doctor of Public Health degree in May 2022 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a fellow at the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a consultant at the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose at…

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Alister Martin, MD, MPP

The Opioid Crisis in 2023: Meeting the Moment

Dr. Alister Martin is an ER physician and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School and was a former Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a former Biden Administration appointee serving as an advisor in the Office of the Vice President under Kamala Harris as an appointed White House…

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Allegra Comas ACSW, MA

Allegra is a an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She earned her masters in social work at Smith College in 2019, and her first masters degree in women and gender studies from San Francisco State University in 2008. Allegra worked as a high school literacy specialist in the Bay Area for six years prior to becoming…

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Andre L. Johnson, PhD

President & CEO of Detroit Recovery Project

Andre L. Johnson, a native Detroiter, is currently the President/CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project–a multi-service agency that provides a wide spectrum of support services to the city’s recovery community. Such services include: GED preparation; twelve-step support groups; housing assistance; job readiness and employment assistance; and HIV prevention, testing, and counseling services. In addition, the…

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Anita Bradley MSW, LSW, LICDC-CS

Let’s Talk about getting the Bag – Let’s talk about enhancing your budget- Where is the Money$$$

Anita Bradley is the founder and Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA). Anita is a graduate of Kent State and Cleveland State Universities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies and a master’s degree from Cleveland State, respectively. Bradley founded the Northern Ohio Recovery Association in 2004 to prevent the…

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Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD

 Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.  Before joining APA in March 2017, Dr. Evans spent 12 years as commissioner of Philadelphia’s $1.5 billion Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. In that post, he emphasized a…

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Bishop Mark C. McGuire, Sr.

Executive Director & CEO The CARES Justice Institute, Inc.

Mark C. McGuire, Sr. is a native Daytonian, and the CEO and Bishop of The Potter’s House- Dayton International Ministries. He is also currently a Staff Pastor and Youth Director of The Potter’s House International Ministries, of Jacksonville, Florida, where he is affectionately known as PMac (Pastor McGuire). He is a spiritual son of Bishop…

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Bobbi Bledsoe, BSW, CPSS

Black, Pregnant, Substance Abuse and Unheard: Breaking the Silence and Removing Treatment Barriers to Heal Future Generations

Bobbi Bledsoe is the & Project Specialist for Pregnant and Parenting Women’s Services at the Greater Louisville Recovery Project.  Bobbe a person in long term recovery from substance abuse and has overcome the odds and stigma related to recovery in the African American community. While life prior to recovery was filled with countless attempts to…

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