Aderonke Pederson, MD

Dr. Pederson completed medical school and residency training in psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. During residency she also received a certificate of scholarly concentration in global health. Dr. Pederson is the Director of Research Equity in the Clinical Trials Network and Institute at MGH and a Member of the Faculty of Psychiatry…

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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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Ben Clark, PhD

Senior Program Manager University of Minnesota’s Medical Discovery Team on Addiction

Dr. Clark is a neuroscientist and the senior program manager of the University of Minnesota’s Medical Discovery Team on Addiction (MDTA).  His work as an electrophysiologist focused on glial cell activation of neuronal G protein-coupled receptors and the impact of this activation on the excitability of neurons.  Recently, Dr. Clark has shifted focus to community organizations and…

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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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Corrie Vilsaint, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Recovery Research Institute

Dr. Vilsaint is a principle investigator at the Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and research fellow at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on addiction recovery capital, reducing discrimination among individuals in recovery, and racial health equity in remission and recovery. Dr. Vilsaint is a community psychologist whose…

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Damone Presley

I was born and raised in the Rondo Community of Saint Paul Mn, Damone J Presley Sr, I am Founder and Director of Vision In Living Life (VILL) “Change is Possible”, Leadership program that has a Building Healthy Lifestyles component with a six lesson curriculum I developed that works with youth. Currently work with Twin…

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Daryl McGraw


On June 10, 2010, Daryl McGraw walked out of a Connecticut prison equipped with nothing more than his GED and six composition notebooks filled with what he called his 5-year plan to successful community reentry. He hit the ground running; in a short period of time, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and…

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Fred Dyer, PhD

Fred Dyer Ph.D. CADC is an international trainer, speaker, consultant, author who provides training and consultations to agencies and organizations; criminal justice, mental health agencies, adolescent treatment facilities, emerging adult treatment facilities, and agencies/organizations that address gambling and persons with co-occurring disorders. Fred assists agencies in implementing cultural competence in trauma-informed settings. Fred attends and…

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Holly Hagle, PhD

Holly Hagle, PhD, is a Program Director/Assistant Research Professor in the Collaborative to Advance Health Services, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is the Co-Director of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO) and Principal Investigator (PI) for the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC)…

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Jasmine McMeeking, AMFT

Jasmine McMeeking, AMFT, has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She interned at The Relational Center in Los Angeles where she received advanced training in relational gestalt therapy. Jasmine has worked in various private practice internship settings, utilizing expressive arts therapy to…

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Jerome Adams, MD; Former U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Jerome Adams is a Presidential Fellow and the Executive Director of Purdue’s Health Equity Initiatives on October 1, 2021.  He is also a Distinguished Professor of Practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health. As the 20th U.S. Surgeon General and a prior member of the President’s Coronavirus task force, Dr. Adams…

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LaTricia Tate

LaTricia Tate received her A.S. Degree in Human Services at MCTC in 2022 and is currently working on her B.S. degree. She has worked in the Human Services field for over 20 years. She helped co-found the Twin Cities Recovery Project, Inc. (TCRP) alongside the late Marc L. Johnigan. She was employed with Project for…

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Michael Askew, Deputy Director of The Office of Recovery at SAMHSA

Michael Askew is the Deputy Director of The Office of Recovery.  In his role at Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse to manage, provide leadership, and ensure SAMHSA’s needs are met.  established to evaluate and initiate policy, programs and services with a recovery focus…

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Monty Burks PhD, CPRS

Director of Faith-Based Initiatives

Monty Burks, CPRS, PhD, serves as the Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where his role is engaging and connecting Tennessee’s faith communities with the goal of expanding addiction recovery support services across the state. He also oversees the Tennessee Lifeline Peer Project, a state program…

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Nathaniel G. Harnett, PhD

Director, Neurobiology of Affective and Traumatic Experiences Laboratory

Nathaniel G. Harnett, PhD, is a neuroscientist whose research is focused on understanding the brain basis for why some people are more likely to develop stress-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after trauma. His current work leverages magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques—including functional MRI, structural MRI, and diffusion weighted imaging—to identify multimodal neural…

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Peter Gaumond, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of National Drug Control Policy

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the substance use disorder treatment and recovery field.  He joined the Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP) in October 2010 as the Chief of the Recovery Branch and currently serves as a Senior Policy Analyst supporting the ONDCP Office of Public Health. In this capacity, Peter provides expertise…

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Phil Rutherford

Philip Rutherford is the strategy lead for substance use in the Strategy and Growth Office at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. In this role, he expands the organization’s impact in addressing the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and affordability of substance use programs and services for National Council members. He is also tasked with charting a course…

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Rahul Vanjani, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Rahul is a primary care physician with board certifications in Internal and Addiction Medicine. In 2023, he completed the UCI TNT Psychiatry for Primary Care Fellowship. As a Macy Faculty Scholar (2023-2025), his educational work focuses on integrating social care into the clinical environment via interprofessional collaboration. In 2022, Rahul began serving as medical director…

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The Rev. Jan M. Brown, MSc, RCP, CPRS

The Rev. Jan Brown is Founder/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul. An ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, Archdeacon of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, she serves at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. Jan is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified…

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Will M. Aklin, PhD

Will M. Aklin, Ph.D., is Chief of the Clinical Research Grants Branch of the Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and director of the Behavioral Therapy Development Program. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland—College Park. Dr. Aklin’s areas of research include…

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