March 13, 2019

Speaker Bios

Professor Wendy Bach
Professor Bach has been with the University of Tennessee School of Law since fall 2010

From 2005 to 2010, she taught in the clinical program at the City University of New York School of Law. Before entering the academy, Bach was director of the Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City and a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn.

Her scholarship focuses on social welfare policy and the criminalization of poverty. Her work has been published or accepted for publication in the William and Mary, Wisconsin, Brooklyn, and Michigan Law reviews, The Florida Tax Review and The Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.


JD, 1996, New York University Law School

BA & MA, 1991, University of Pennsylvania


Katie Bair
Vice President of Human Resources

Katie Bair joined Conco with nearly two decades’ experience in human resources, logistics, finance and accounting at Koch Industries, Inc. and various Koch subsidiaries. As human resources manager for Koch, Bair provided HR support to 1000+ employees and developed strategies to develop and engage talent and minimize resistance to change.

Bringing an MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma to Conco, Bair oversees talent recruitment, development and training along with compensation management, succession planning benefits and employee relations. She provides leadership and oversight of Conco’s workers’ compensation administration and safety program. “People are our most critical asset,” she says, “and a key reason we earn valuable repeat business. We focus hard on recruiting individuals who exhibit Conco’s values and then invest in them to develop both technical and soft skills.”

Not a surprise that our VP of Human Resources is an active volunteer investing in people in our community.


Elle Baker
Social Support Specialist, Nehemiah Manufacturing Company, Beacon of Hope Business Alliance

Elle Baker interned for both Nehemiah Manufacturing Company and Beacon of Hope Business Alliance during her junior and senior years of college at Evangel University. Elle graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then joined NMC and BOHBA in a full-time capacity as a part of the Social Service Team. As a part of this team Elle has worked to amplify the mission of second chance hiring through BOHBA, and has also provided direct social support to NMC employees through their model of mental, physical, and spiritual/emotional health.


Anton Bizzell, M.D.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Fellow

Anton C. Bizzell, M.D., President and CEO of The Bizzell Group, has more than 20 years of combined clinical, research, health services, policy and management experiences with various private and public organizations and agencies within Health and Human Services (HHS), including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most of his career has been spent on public health issues related to access and quality of medical, substance abuse and behavioral health services. He has extensive experience in collaborating and interacting with health professional and community organizations as well as expert knowledge in identifying and treating medical diseases in the fields of primary care, mental health and substance abuse.

He currently serves on the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) National Advisory Council (NAC) and the Joint SAMHSA NAC. Previously, he served on the Coalition on Physician Education in Substance Abuse (COPE) and the National Football League’s Substance Abuse Committee. He received his B.A in biology from the University of Virginia, his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and his postgraduate training in family medicine from Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He continues to serve on the faculty of Howard University College of Medicine in the Department of Community Health and Family Practice as an adjunct faculty member.

 Dr. Bizzell, a U.S. Chamber Foundation Fellow, serves as a substance abuse expert, advising The Chamber Foundation’s Sharing Solutions campaign, which includes a tour of ten hard-hit cities, where workshops and community education are provided. As an advisor, Dr. Bizzell leads and moderates panel discussions with other business leaders, sharing innovative solutions to help employers address the opioid crisis through changes in business processes, employee engagement, core competencies, and community outreach.


Whit Blackburn
Agency Senior Account Manager, GreatWide Truckload Management
Vice President Operations, Magic City Haulers

Whit Blackburn has been involved in 12-Step recovery for over a decade now. He is active in AA, CA, HA, and NA all over the Birmingham, AL area. He is a native of Mountain Brook, Alabama, grew up in a professional household, and became an addict before the age of eighteen, progressing from marijuana through prescription drugs, and, ultimately to heroin and other opioids. Since that time, while going through several rehabilitation and recovery programs, Whit has worked with several not-for-profit and private businesses while furthering his education. For the past two years, he has been a rising employee of Magic City Haulers & Greatwide Truckload Management in Birmingham, AL.

Magic City Haulers is a logistics company employing more than 50 sober men and women from the Birmingham area, giving them opportunities to learn how to integrate back into the work force while being surrounded by other sober men and women.

Whit currently holds a board position with CA in Birmingham, and two service positions through HA in Atlanta, GA. He is on the board of the Jefferson County, Alabama Drug Court Alumni group, where he mentors men and women who have been court-ordered to drug and alcohol classes.

His approach is one of gratitude and giving: “I’ve been given too many second chances in life by the recovery community to take what I have for granted. The least I can do is take time to give back to people who once suffered as I did.”


Prof. Andrea Boyack

Professor Andrea Boyack has an extensive background practicing, teaching and writing about legal topics at the nexus of contract and property law. She has written and presented on issues relating to the housing crisis, the secondary mortgage market, common interest community governance, and bankruptcy, and is currently working on projects exploring transactional freedom and individual liberties in the context of real property development and control. Professor Boyack is an innovative teacher and is involved in the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning as well as other joint pedagogical projects focused on improving teaching in law schools. Professor Boyack has participated in Washburn Law’s commercial law project in the Republic of Georgia, and was a featured presenter at Free University’s 2013 Commercial Law Symposium in Tbilisi. She was voted Professor of the Year at Washburn Law in 2015.

Prior to joining the faculty at Washburn University School of Law, Professor Boyack taught Contracts, Property, Real Estate Transactions, Professional Responsibility and Public International Law as a visiting professor at Fordham University School of Law, George Washington University School of Law, and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She also taught Real Estate Finance as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.

After graduating from University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Professor Boyack practiced corporate finance and real estate law for 13 years in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area with Reed Smith; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Goodwin Proctor; and O’Melveny & Myers and as in-house regional counsel to Toll Brothers, Inc., the largest publicly held national development company. While in law school, she was notes editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law and directed the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Professor Boyack also clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

Professor Boyack is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. She is proficient in Russian.


John C. Buckley, II
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Mr. Buckley is a veteran, career coach and mentor, author and an expert in the field of military-to-civilian transition.

Prior to civilian life, John commanded infantry soldiers in combat and peacekeeping operations and directed two of the Army’s most prestigious schools. John was initially commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves, briefly served in the Kansas Army National Guard and was later accepted onto Active duty and awarded a Regular Army commission. He is a graduate of the Infantry Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Armed Forces Staff College and The Army War College where he received a special degree in National Security Policy. Colonel Buckley has a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences and a Masters in Military Science.

John is the Military Relations Manager for Koch Industries, Inc.  In partnership with the Koch companies, he is developing and implementing strategies to attract, hire, integrate, develop and retain well-qualified military veterans.  Additionally, he is, forging relationships with military installations, veteran organizations, and transition assistance teams to create a sustainable military recruiting program. Today, John has expanded his efforts into similar work associated with creating second chances for individuals with criminal records.

Colonel Buckley teaches transition courses, gives seminar presentations, writes about career transition, and continues to counsel current and former military personnel. His recent article “Dance With The One Who Brung Ya,” was published in Military Review by Army University Press in 2016. Email John at


Lisa Carlton, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Lisa Carlton is the Vice-President of Human Resources at Jobs for America’s Graduates- Kansas.  She has over thirty years of experience in Human Resources management and administration for both profit and healthcare non-profit organizations.  Lisa has served as a SHRM Special Expertise panelist and as SHRM State Council Director and Chapter President in the past.  She is also an Adjunct Professor at Friends University and has presented at the several SHRM and other national conferences.


Kathryn Cates-Wessel
CEO and Executive Director of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and Principal Investigator and Project Director for both the PCSS and STR-TA grants

Kathryn Cates-Wessel has more than 30 years background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. Ms. Cates-Wessel is Chief Executive Officer for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry whose primary mission is education and training. She is also Principal Investigator and Project Director of several federal grants including three national initiatives funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA): Providers Clinical Support System (, State Targeted Response –Technical Assistance ( and Minority Fellowship grant “Recognizing and Eliminating Disparities in Addiction Through Culturally Informed Healthcare –REACH” ( Prior to her work at AAAP, she was Associate Director of Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies for over 19 years and Executive Director of Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy, a think tank of leaders from law and medicine advocating for evidence based practices in the prevention and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders. Prior to Brown University Ms. Cates-Wessel was Associate Director of a residential treatment center for adolescents for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.


Shae Cali, LCSW, MPH

Public Health Professional and Psychotherapist Currently Serving as a Senior Fellow with Safe Streets & Second Chances

Shae has worked in the intersection between criminal justice and behavioral health for over a decade. In 2014, Shae helped build the New Jersey Reentry Corporation to implement effective, innovative, and humane evidence-based, employment-focused reentry services across nine counties. As Clinical Director, Shae oversaw the execution and planning of direct services and service linkages, as well as spearheading development initiatives. After four rewarding years in that role, she joined Safe Streets and Second Chances. She is honored and privileged to have worked with such diverse stakeholders to promote effective reform and social services programming throughout her career.

Shae holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude. In addition, she earned master’s degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University, where she helped mobilize graduate students around the intersection between public health and criminal justice reform. Shae is a healthcare practitioner as well as a researcher and reformer, as she is a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in her home state of New Jersey. In addition to her interest in criminal justice, she has a strong interest in the human-animal connection and its ability to restore dignity and trust to those impacted by trauma and illness.


Brian Cuban
Mental Health and Recovery Advocate & Best-Selling Author

Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, is a Dallas-based attorney, author and addiction recovery advocate. He is a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Brian has been in long term recovery from alcohol, cocaine and bulimia since April of 2007.

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

Brian’s most recent best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption is an un-flinching look back at how addiction and other mental health issues destroyed his career as a once successful lawyer and how he and others in the profession redefined their lives in recovery and found redemption.

Brian has spoken at law schools, colleges, universities, conferences, non-profit and bar association events across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talk shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared and he has been quoted on these topics on,, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.


Hon. Linda Davis
Executive Director, Families Against Narcotics, Inc.

Hon. Linda Davis has recently retired from the bench to become the full-time Executive Director of Families Against Narcotics, Inc. She presents multiple times a week to groups across the state and nationally. A longtime Macomb County District Judge, Judge Davis recalls a time when she regarded addiction as a “moral failing” that only happened to flawed people from dysfunctional environments. It wasn’t until her child, a straight-A student with a promising future, became addicted to heroin that she recognized the truth: “Addiction affects everybody. It affects all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic climates. It does not discriminate.”

Opioids include drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet and can be highly addictive. Davis, who is an OU graduate, noted that roughly 2.1 million Americans are currently struggling with addiction and that the stigma associated with addictive disease often prevents people from seeking help.

“There’s so much self-loathing when you’re an addict, and people are so shamed by it, that asking for help is a real challenge,” she said. “If we don’t start looking at this problem from all aspects, and working together to bridge the gaps, from prevention, to treatment, to recovery, then we are failing as a nation to deal with this in a real, viable way.”

In the midst of her child’s struggle and subsequent recovery, Davis made it her mission to support other individuals and families affected by addiction. She is founder and president of Families Against Narcotics, a community-based program for those seeking recovery, those in recovery and family members affected by addiction.

“Our mission has always been not to point fingers, but to bring people into the fold that can be part of the solution,” she explained. “We work with pharmacists, doctors, hospitals (and other organizations) to help identify people that might be looking for help.”


Deneen Dryden, LCMFT
Organizational Trauma Informed Care Specialist

Deneen Dryden has served the Wichita community as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years.  She has been Executive Director of an adolescent residential facility and Director of an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment.  She has also been active in the Kansas child welfare system and in 2016 was Director of Prevention and Protection for the State of Kansas.


Renee Duxler, MSW

Renee Duxler has worked in the field of mental health and addictions for over 17 years, serving as a social worker for KU School of Medicine – Wichita, Rainbows United, Positive Directions, and the Alzheimer’s Association.  She has also taught as adjunct faculty at both WSU and Newman University, in both the Social Work and Women’s Studies Departments.  Throughout her career, the issue of addiction has permeated all the work that she has done and impacted a vast majority of the individuals and families she’s seen.  Now the Executive Director for the Douglas Design District and the Project Lead for Dress for Success’s Next Step program, Renee continues to champion for public health and community initiatives that address mental health and addictions.


Matt Dwyer, Esq.

Matt Dwyer joined Hutton & Hutton, LLC in June of 2019. Matt was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and is proud to be able to advocate on behalf of members of his home community. Before joining Hutton & Hutton, Matt was an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Sedgwick County, Kansas. As an Assistant District Attorney, Matt had the privilege to work under District Attorney Marc A. Bennett and Marc’s predecessor, Nola Tedesco Foulston.

For greater than a decade as an Assistant District Attorney, Matt prosecuted felony cases, ranging from First Degree Murder and Attempted Capital Murder to Manufacturing and Distribution of Illegal Drugs. He also prosecuted civil asset forfeiture cases. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Matt honed his trial skills, garnering the reputation of a tough minded and persuasive trial attorney. Matt successfully tried over 60 trials.

Having also argued before the Kansas Court of Appeals and the Kansas Supreme Court; Matt loves a challenge in any courtroom. He also knows that success in any courtroom requires meticulous attention and dedication prior to entering the courtroom.  Matt brings his tenacity and dedication to complex litigation and victims of malpractice, defective products and vehicular collisions, just as he did for the victims of crime in this community.

In recognition of his dedication, abilities and service, Matt was twice recognized by the Wichita Police Department. In December 2011, Matt was awarded the Department’s Certification of Appreciation, and again in July of 2019 was awarded the Department’s Bronze Wreath of Merit.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with Honors, and History, and Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.


Heather Candace “Candy” Finnigan
Licensed therapist and a professional interventionist who appears regularly in the A&E show Intervention.

A recovering alcoholic for over 30 years, Candy Finnigan wrote When Enough is Enough: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Intervention, “a tell-it-like-it-is guide to the process of intervention; a must read if you’re interested in conducting an intervention.”

She received her Certification in Chemical Dependency from UCLA and interned at Cedars-Sinai Hospital She is a graduate of University of Kansas.  Since her certification, she has interned at Cedars-Sinai, worked with the Betty Ford Center, Promises West and Malibu, Sierra Tucson, The Meadows, Talbots, Caron, Astoria Point/Rosebriar, The Ranch Recovery in Desert Hot Springs and Hazelden as well as many other programs focused on helping addicts get sober.

Finnigan has been an asset for addicts throughout the recovery process, including helping them get assessed, placed in treatment and making sure they receive aftercare treatment. With musician Buddy Arnold, she started the “Musician Assistance Program,” now known as “MusiCares,” which has helped over 2,400 musicians get sober. Finnigan has also been a group facilitator for adults and adolescents. For 11 years, she was a drug and alcohol specialist and counselor for the students at Beverly Hills High School.


Judge Shaun R. Floerke

Judge Floerke founded and presides over the South St. Louis County, Minnesota DWI Court, one of four National Center for DWI Courts Academy Courts in the nation. He and his team won the National Association of Drug Court Professionals DWI Court Leadership Award in 2018. He is a member of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force and serves on the Judicial Advisory Board for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. He is the founding and presiding judge of the Duluth Domestic Violence Restorative Circles Intervention. He serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Treatment Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota. He trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence responses, drug courts and resiliency practice nationally and internationally. He is a faculty member and trainer for the National Center for DWI Courts and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He was awarded a judicial leadership award by Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011 and again in 2017 for his work to effectively address impaired driving.


Dr. James Flowers
CEO, Kemah Palms Recovery

Dr. Flowers is a leading recovery specialist and program marketer, and is particularly proud of his innovative work with chronic pain management. Some 133 million Americans have a chronic-pain problem, often exacerbated by depression and anger. By teaching patients how to incorporate body mechanics, personal energy conservation, and 12-step principles into daily life, Dr. Flowers’s nationally used programs reduce the temptation to self-medicate, and thus help people live healthier and more productive lives.


Chris A. Garcia
Defense Attorney, Sedgwick County Drug Court Program; Chair, Lawyers Assistance Committee, Wichita, Kansas

Chris Garcia has practiced criminal law in the Wichita area since 1997. Since quitting drinking in 2001, he has devoted his career to working with other alcoholics and addicts.  He has been the defense attorney for Sedgwick County Drug Court since 2013, representing hundreds of clients on probation for drug-related felony offenses. This 18-month program is the last stop before prison for a high-risk, high-need, addict population.  A multidisciplinary team approach is used, which provides individualized, intensive supervision and treatment.

Since 2009, Mr. Garcia has chaired the Wichita Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Committee, a group of lawyers helping lawyers suffering from substance abuse, addiction, and depression. He speaks to law firms and other groups, including the Inns of Court and the Kansas County and District Attorney’s Association, about the importance of prioritizing self-care in the practice of law.

After graduating from Trinity University and The University of Kansas School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Monti L. Belot in U.S. District Court, worked at the Sedgwick County Public Defender’s Office, then entered private practice.


David Gilkey
Co-Founder & Program Champion: Brotherhood

David Gilkey is a long-time advocate for adolescents in the Wichita community. He works with young males to reduce violence, prevent gang involvement and promote healthy lifestyles.

Mr. Gilkey is a member of the Wichita Gang Coalition and Real Men Real Heroes. From 2010 until 2012, he served on the State of Kansas Crime Prevention Council. Mr. Gilkey was honored with the Wichita NAACP Person of the Year award in 2008 and has been honored by the Sigma Gamma Rho Panhellenic Council for his work with Wichita’s youth. He frequently speaks to community organizations on gang prevention and reducing gang involvement.


Lynn Gilkey
Co-Founder & Program Champion: Sisterhood

Lynn Gilkey knows well the pain and isolation many women and teen girls face in our community.  She has dedicated herself to mentoring and helping young people not end up on a similar destructive path as her.  After years of substance abuse, Lynn Gilkey turned her life around and credits God in giving her a second chance to rewrite her story.  In 2008 Lynn was able to execute her vision for a program she personally created; Sisterhood.  The focus of Sisterhood is to help teen girls avoid going down the wrong road, a road Lynn knows all too well.

She has dedicated her life to mentoring teen girls in the Wichita public schools, motivating and encouraging them to graduate high school and choose healthy lifestyle behaviors.  In 2010 Mrs. Gilkey enrolled into Butler Community College where she received her certification in substance abuse counseling.    Lynn’s dedication to under-served girls and women from vulnerable communities does not stop with Sisterhood, with the support of generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers in 2014, Lynn and her husband David Gilkey created Rise Up For Youth, Inc. a non-profit organization to better serve youth in the Wichita community.  She is joined by her husband David Gilkey where together they have served over 2,000 students in the Wichita area.   She believes it is better to build strong girls, than to restore broken women.

Lynn Gilkey, has 3 children Ryan, Ricky and Brittany, 4 grandchildren and is the proud Co-Founder of Rise Up For Youth.


Dr. Judith Grisel
Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University

Dr. Grisel is a behavioral neuroscientist with expertise in pharmacology and genetics, whose research focuses on determining root causes of drug addiction. She studies gender differences in the role of stress and endorphins on drug reward and works to identify innate factors that contribute to individual differences in the liability toward addiction.  Dr. Grisel is the author of the book, Never Enough:  The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction.


Holly Hagel, Ph.D.
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

Dr. Hagel 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) NCO. In addition, she is the UMKC PI and Co-Director on behalf of the ATTC Network for the Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance (STR-TA) grant. Dr. Hagle has been actively working with medical and behavioral health providers for more than 15 years on the integration of behavioral health interventions.


Danielle M. Hall
Deputy Disciplinary Administrator for the State of Kansas where she serves as a coordinator for the attorney diversion and law practice management programs.

Her primary focus is in mentoring lawyers and assisting them with implementing best practices and improving their law practice management and technology skills to better serve clients and prevent misconduct. Prior to joining the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator, Danielle served as the Law Practice Services Director for the Kansas Bar Association.  In 2011, she spearheaded the development of the organization’s Law Office Management Assistance Program. Through the program, she educated lawyers on the use of technology and running a business.

Danielle regularly speaks on law practice management, ethics, and technology topics for local and national organizations. She currently serves as the Topeka Bar Association Technology Committee Chair, the Kansas Women Attorneys Association Minority Women in the Profession Committee Co-Chair, and is a regular contributor to the Kansas Bar Association Law Practice Management & Technology Blog. She is also an active member in the ABA Law Practice Division, having served on several committees. In 2014, she was awarded the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer award for her work in the area of law practice management.

Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts in 2006 and her Juris Doctor in 2009, all from Washburn University.


Hon. Craig D. Hannah
Presiding Judge of the Buffalo City Court’s Opiate Intervention and Adolescent Diversion Parts

The Opiate Intervention Court is the first of its kind in the Nation and is dedicated to treating the needs of the people first who come into contact with the law. He is also the Supervising Judge of the Lackawanna, North Tonawanda and Tonawanda City Courts.

Judge Hannah has served on the City Court Bench since 2006 and has been appointed an Acting Erie County Court Judge since 2008. Also, he serves is an Adjunct Professor at the State University at Buffalo Law School where he lectures in Trial Advocacy and Procedure and is a member of the prestigious Franklin H. Williams’ Judicial Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

In January 2006, Craig D. Hannah was appointed by Mayor Byron Brown as a Buffalo City Court Judge. In November 2006, Judge Hannah was elected to this seat with close to 80% of the vote. In November 2016, Craig was re-elected to a second 10-year term. Previously, he was an attorney in private practice with close to 10 years of experience as a trial lawyer in our City, State and Federal Courts. His practice was concentrated primarily in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense litigation. Also, Judge Hannah is an Adjunct Professor at the State University at Buffalo Law School where he lectures in Trial Advocacy and Procedure. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Medaille College where he lectured in Criminal Justice and Criminal Procedure. In addition, he was the co-instructor/lecturer for the City of Buffalo Youth Court.

In January 2008, Craig has been appointed to serve as an Acting Erie County Family Court Judge where he primarily handled juvenile matters. In December 2015, he was appointed to the prestigious Franklin H. Williams’ Judicial Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. In January 2017, Judge Hannah was appointed to preside over the Adolescent Diversion and Opiate Intervention Parts and serves as the Supervising Judge over the Lackawanna, Tonawanda and North Tonawanda City Courts.


Monica Harris
Drug Court Program Manager, Sedgwick County Department of Corrections

Monica Harris has worked in the criminal justice system since 1993, serving both offenders and victims of crime.  She has been with the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections since 2004 and has served as program manager for Drug Court for the last 6 years.  Prior to Drug Court, she worked in the supervision of high-risk felony offenders including sex offenders, gang members, drug offenders and those with 3rd and subsequent DUIs.  She has worked in both community and facility settings and supervised an offender re-entry team.  Monica assisted with the implementation of evidence-based practices for the department’s work to reduce recidivism.  She has collaborated with law enforcement, service agencies and other community stakeholders on projects to enhance offender programming and increase public safety.

Prior to her work in corrections, Monica specialized in the area of domestic violence.  She has provided crisis intervention and court advocacy as well as batterer’s intervention and training.  She has worked as director of client services for the YWCA Women’s Crisis Center/Safehouse, as a facilitator for Correctional Counseling of Kansas and served on the Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence Coalition and Homeless Services Coalition.  Monica was part of the development of several multi-agency initiatives, including a police-based victim re-contact program, a municipal court watch and a systems review of the City of Wichita’s response to domestic violence.


Judge Shannon M. Heneghan
Opioid Intervention Court & Adolescent Diversion Program, Buffalo City, New York

Judge Shannon M. Heneghan was appointed to the Buffalo City Court bench by the Honorable Byron W. Brown as of January 1, 2018. She was elected to a full 10-year term in November of 2018.

Judge Heneghan was appointed to preside over the Opioid Intervention Court and the Adolescent Diversion Program as of May of 2019.

She has attended the 2019 New York State Association of Treatment Court Professionals Annual Training Conference as well as the 2019 National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Heneghan was a panelist at the New York Opioid Court Planning Initiative Statewide Training in 2019.

Judge Heneghan is a lifelong Western New Yorker who graduated from the State University College at Buffalo in 1995. She went on to attend the State University of Buffalo Law School receiving her Juris Doctor in 1998.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a litigator with almost 20 years of experience in civil and criminal law.

During her time in private practice, she was fortunate to be named Who’s Who in Law, Business First in 2014 and Super Lawyers in 2009, 2010 and 2014 through and including 2017.


Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Masters Addiction Counselor, and Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Ms. Hinz has extensive experience working with individuals and families struggling with active addiction and supporting them as they move in to early and sustained recovery. Ms. Hinz uses brain-based strategies to provide education, support and hope for anyone wanting to make an intentional shift in their life story.



J. Fred Knobloch

In 2017, J. Fred Knobloch, tragically lost his daughter to substance abuse.  He’ll share his insights and experiences regarding dealing with a family member with substance abuse and challenges related to obtaining drug rehab services.

Mr. Knobloch, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, has been performing since the age of 13 when he and some friends formed a band to play at school “sock hops.”  In 1973, J. Fred left school to play music full-time; he began performing solo at night clubs across the South and landed a few dates as a session guitarist at MALACO Studios in Jackson. While working for such R&B notables as Dorothy Moore, Eddie Floyd, and Anita Ward, he met drummer James Stroud and pianist Carson Whitsett; it was Whitsett who encouraged his writing and performing, and in 1980, it all paid off with “Why Not Me.” Co-written with Whitsett and produced by James Stroud, J. Fred reached No. 1 on the Billboard AC chart and No. 18 on Hot 100.  Since moving to Nashville in January 1983, Music Row has allowed him to make lots of “noise with the boys” as an artist, session musician, and songwriter. With his good friends Thom Schuyler and Craig Bickhardt, who formed the group SKB, he recorded two albums for MTM including the hits “No Easy Horses” and yet another No. 1 country record with “Baby’s Got A New Baby,” co-written by J. Fred with fellow Mississippian Dan Tyler.

His list of cuts include artists such as Faith Hill, George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Ray Charles, The Wilkinsons, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Larry Stewart, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Sawyer Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Kenny Rogers. J. Fred also has composed for TV and movies with songs heard on Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210, as well as the feature films “Next of Kin” and “In Country.”


Dr. Greg Lakin
Chief Medical Officer, Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Dr. Greg Lakin was appointed by the Governor of Kansas as the Chief Medical Officer of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment in 2018.  Dr. Lakin created the Center for Change, a substance abuse treatment facility, in Wichita and previously served as the medical director for Valley Hope Rehabilitation Center.  Dr. Lakin has a law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. His medical degree is from Kirksville College.


Hon. Steve Leifman
Associate Administrative Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court – Criminal Division

From 2007 – 2010,  Judge Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida. From 2010 to 2018, Judge Leifman chaired the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court.  He currently chairs the Steering Committee on Problem Solving Courts for the Supreme Court of Florida and the Mental Health Committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. In 2000, Judge Leifman established the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project, which aims to divert people with serious mental illnesses from the criminal justice system into treatment.

In 2015, Judge Leifman received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. One of the nation’s highest judicial honors presented by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Judge Leifman is also the first recipient to receive the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence (2015). He was named by New Times as one of Miami-Dade’s most interesting people of 2017 and a 2016 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year. More recently, Judge Leifman was awarded the 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health, the 2019 Yale-NAMI Mental Health Advocacy Award and a 2019 Presidential Commendation by the American Psychiatric Association.

Judge Leifman has been featured in many national and local television programs, radio programs and articles regarding mental health and the criminal justice system. He has also authored and published numerous articles and book chapters on mental illnesses and the criminal justice system.


Kurt A. Level
Deputy General Counsel for the Labor and Employment group at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC, which provides legal, and government and public affairs services to Koch Industries, Inc. and its affiliates.

Mr. Level began his career with Koch Industries in 2000, and has served as Senior Counsel Labor and Employment, Chief Counsel, Labor and Employment with INVISTA and now DGC. In 2008-2009, Mr. Level was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Caesars Entertainment Corporation (Harrah’s) based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to going in-house, Kurt was in private practice in the Kansas City area. Mr. Level received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Political Science and Communication studies at the University of Kansas where he also earned his J.D.

Based in Wichita, Kan., Koch Industries, Inc., owns a diverse group of companies in refining. chemicals, and biofuels: forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; commodity trading and services; minerals; ranching; glass and investments. Koch companies have a presence in nearly 60 countries and employ about 60,000 people. Since 2004, Koch companies have invested about $50 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures.


Brian J. Madden, Esq.

Brian J. Madden is a partner at Wagstaff and Cartmell, LLP.  Mr. Madden has tried numerous complex and serious cases involving business disputes, personal injury, and wrongful death.  He also has prosecuted cases against pharmaceutical makers for injury and death.

J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1992
• Associate Editor, UMKC Law Review
B.A., summa cum laude, Rockhurst College
• Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society


Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.
Award-winning science journalist and author, Fulbright grantee & sought after speaker

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is an award-winning health journalist, Fulbright grantee, and the author/editor of eight non-fiction books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. She graduated magnum cum laude from Cornell University, earned a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. She has won several national awards, both for her journalism and her books, and has worked on a child survival campaign in Niger, West Africa; taught post-colonial literature to non-traditional students in inner-city Atlanta; and appeared live on prime-time television to champion an end to child slavery in Paris, France. She is the author of Your Baby, Your Way (Scribner), and co-author, with Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., of The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery (HarperOne). Dr. Margulis lives with her family in Southern Oregon.


Hon. Gary W. Moore

Hon. Gary W. Moore was first elected Judge/Executive for Boone County, Kentucky in 1998.  The Judge/Executive is the highest elected office in county government. Boone County is the fourth largest and one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Gary Moore’s tenure as Judge/Executive parallels a distinguished career in both private business and public service.  Judge Moore currently serves as Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Board of Trustees, First Vice President of the National Association of Counties (NACo), First Vice President of OKI Regional Board of Governments, and First Vice President of Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo).

Judge/Executive, Gary Moore has provided vision and leadership for Boone County during a period of tremendous growth and development.  As a result, just in the last ten years Boone County has been awarded over 150 economic projects totaling $3.6 Billion in capital investment, creating more than 16,000 new jobs.  Boone County’s population has increased from 86,000 residents from the year 2000, to over 130,000 in 2017.

Judge Moore continues to build strong partnerships with the cities, schools, and agencies across the County, State and the region. These working relationships have delivered results that have improved the economic development, growth, and the overall quality of life for people of Boone County.  With Judge Moore’s leadership, the County has continued to grow as a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.


Dr. Pam Morrison
Author and Ordained Minister

Dr. Pam Morrison is an ordained minister who graduated from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and from Gordon Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has led or helped to lead six churches in the Kansas City area.

In 2008, Pam began to minister to those in jail as a Prison Fellowship volunteer. She found her heart greatly moved by the women serving sentences in the Leavenworth, Kansas area. Most, if not all of them, were imprisoned because of drug related offenses. As Pam listened to their stories, the heartbreak of their childhoods, their longings for their own children, often no longer in their custody, her desire to minister Jesus Christ to men and women trying to escape addiction and an endless cycle of jail or prison time grew. The fire of that desire was further fanned by recovering addicts coming to the church she was leading, at that time, in increasing numbers.

She has seen firsthand the situations of defeat that threaten to overwhelm people in recovery. She has visited them in jail, sat in courtrooms, testified in custody hearings, ministered and taught in transition communities and comforted those that feel hopeless. She also understands the challenges for those on the helping side. She knows what it is to wonder what the right things are to say and do so that you truly help a recovering person rather than enable them to stay where they are. She knows from many years of organizing talks and study groups in recovery what issues are priority issues for teaching in these communities. She knows the concerns of the helpers – pastors, leaders, teachers, sponsors and mentors – who want to help addicts find permanent health and freedom.


Penny Moylan
Serves on the Executive Committee for the Kansas Task Force on Attorney Well-Being and is the DAO’s diversion coordinator for attorneys dealing with impairment issues

Penny Moylan graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1995.  Ms. Moylan spent 17 years in private practice, focusing on criminal defense and employment discrimination. In 2012, she embarked on a new journey when she accepted a position as senior research attorney for Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lee A. Johnson.



Peter L. Ochs
Founder and Chairman of Capital III

Peter L. Ochs is the Founder and Chairman of Capital III, an investment company that owns and operates various privately held companies in the US, Honduras, and Mexico. Industries in which Capital III has invested include banking, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, real-estate, energy, and private education with a geographical focus on the US and Latin America.

Prior to founding Capital III, Mr. Ochs spent eight years in the commercial banking industry. Mr. Ochs graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business and finance. He currently serves on the boards of UTG, Inc., the American Independence Funds, World Impact, and Trinity Academy.


Duane Olberding, LSCSW
Clinical Coordinator at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Mr. Olberding is currently working on the “front lines” of Substance Use Disorder treatment with patients in detoxification from substances in the Behavioral Health unit.   In the past, he has served as Executive Director of Professional Treatment Services; President of the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling, member of the Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals Executive Board; member of Kansas SRS Kansas Citizens Committee; and board member of Kansas Family Partnership.  Mr. Olberding developed the model described in this presentation.

The Serenity Model of Recovery TM  is a unifying theory of addiction, unifying the understanding of the cause, nature, and ultimately the treatment of both chemical and behavioral addictions.  The unification of understanding is based on the intrinsic cause of addiction …. the addicted client’s attempts to lessen brain pain by whatever means they have learned will do so, ingesting a chemical or performing an anxiety lessening behavior.

To contact Duane Olberding, please e-mail

This presentation will be valuable information for Addiction Counselors, Social Workers, Teachers, Medical Personnel, Person’s in Recovery, and Law Enforcement Personnel.


Dr. Lisa Peterson
Clinical Director for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Dr. Lisa Peterson is a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2011.  Dr. Peterson currently serves as Clinical Director for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she oversees behavioral health services.  Dr. Peterson specializes in motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and correctional program management.  In her current position, she has worked extensively in implementing evidence-based correctional practices and programming.  Her passion lies in smart, effective criminal justice reform that creates safer and healthier communities (in and outside the walls) and includes access to vital behavioral healthcare resources.  Dr. Peterson received the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service-Frontier Award for Continuous Learning and Innovation.”


Bobbi Jo Reed
Founder of Healing House and the author of the book, Beautifully Broken.

Bobbi Jo has a compelling story.  She grew up in a middle class home with a police officer father.  Her addiction led her to the streets and prostitution.  She was held captive by a group of men who planned to kill her, and from whom she was able to escape.  She used a small inheritance to buy a house in northeast KC to start a home for recovering women addicts.  Today, Healing House is comprised of thirteen houses, as well as 3 commercial buildings (including the Recovery Community Center, Administration Building and Hall), serving 180 male, female residents and 30 children. As they buy and improve dilapidated properties, they are bringing revival to what was once a crime-ridden community filled with drug houses.  Healing House is experiencing steady growth, but must turn away hundreds of applicants every month for lack of space.  Healing House has gained the attention of the State of Missouri, as well as a number of other states who have sent delegations to tour and figure out how this faith-based operation has such phenomenal success.  Healing House recently opened a Recovery Community Center.  In addition to the 12-step and other evidence-based programs offered, Healing House is involved in workforce development and training.  A commercial kitchen has been installed, from which a culinary training program and Comfort Care has launched as a catering business. Our organization is peer-run with most staff credentialed in MO as Certified Peer Specialists.


Cheryl Reinhardt
General Counsel for Zephyr Products, Inc.

Cheryl Reinhardt has been General Counsel for Zephyr Products since becoming an owner of the company in 1993. Together with her husband, Randy, who is CEO, they employ over 100 men who are currently incarcerated in Lansing Correctional Facility. These men receive a variety of job skills such as: AWS welding certifications, forklift training and certification, logistics management, manufacturing skills, computer-aided drafting skills, conflict resolution and other soft skills and work habits. They leave Lansing Correctional Facility and Zephyr to become productive, contributing employees throughout Kansas and beyond. Recidivism consistently hovers below 5%, as compared with around 35% for the Kansas general prison population. They are able to pay room and board, and meet child support, victim’s fund and restitution obligations, as well as save money to help them get started as they reenter society.

In the over 40 years since the program started, Zephyr has trained thousands of people and given them tools to become successful returning citizens. Cheryl’s favorite part of this work is witnessing incredible journeys of transformation as these people overcome obstacles and often addiction to live full and productive lives. These stories of persistence, hope, and triumph are both humbling and inspiring! Cheryl and Randy are passionate about equipping and empowering men and their families to find wholeness and happiness after incarceration. They actively lead and support Brothers in Blue Reentry and Reaching Out From Within, two key organizations they have watched provide essential support for people inside Lansing Correctional Facility.


JD, 1992, University of Kansas School of Law
BA, 1984, University of Missouri


Judy Reusser
Licensed Addiction Counselor

Judy Reusser has served the Wichita and surrounding community in the area of corrections and addiction counseling for over 20 years.  She began her career with Kansas State Parole as a Parole Officer.  Feeling a furthered call to counseling, she then pursued her degree in addictions counseling and spent the next several years working with patients in numerous in-patient and out-patient facilities including the largest methadone clinic in Wichita and the State of Kansas during the opioid crisis.  Ms. Reusser also provided services within the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.  During her time at HCF, she taught a substance-abuse program to 100 maximum-security inmates.

In 1999, the book “Victim to Survivor:  Women Recovering from Clergy Sexual Abuse” chronicles her first-hand experiences of being victim, survivor and thriver of clergy sexual abuse.  She co-authored this book with five other women throughout the country who shared in this experience.

Ms. Reusser is passionate about her work and calling and truly believes that “To have made a difference in just one person’s life, you have been a success.”

Judy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Friends University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor.


Dr. Kenneth D. Robinson
Instrumental in creating the first mental health crisis unit in Memphis, Tennessee, and served as Director of Clinical Services and Director of the Crisis Stabilization Unit for Midtown Mental Health Center

He is one of the most respected teachers, lecturers, and authors on cognitive-behavioral treatment and correctional counseling. He is a sought-after speaker at both national and international symposiums and conferences.

In addition to co-developing the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) program, Dr. Robinson has published and presented numerous professional articles in the areas of psychopharmacology and mental health services. His extensive work in mental health and corrections provides a unique combination of insight.

Dr. Robinson has co-authored numerous cognitive-behavioral treatment programs to address a variety of issues, including mental health, substance abuse, trauma recovery, relapse prevention, DUI offenses, criminal thinking, and anger management. The programs have been implemented by behavioral health providers, community-based organizations, criminal justice settings, private care agencies, and many others.


Monica Roth
Public Policy Specialist for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

Monica Roth’s career at Koch has spanned 23 years.  Prior to joining the Public Policy team in July 2018, she served in various capacities and fields including HR-related functions within the KCPS legal department, contract negotiation and administration, immigration, intellectual property, and executive level support.

In her current role, Monica’s primary focus revolves around best practices for hiring and retaining people with criminal records; mental health and substance abuse issues as they intersect with Second Chance employees, and the support and furtherance of policy at the state and federal level to make our criminal justice system more fair and equitable.

Based in Wichita, KS, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues of about $100 billion, according to Forbes. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments. Since 2003, Koch companies have invested approximately $80 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 120,000 people worldwide, with about 70,000 of those in the United States. From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,200 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service.


Patrick Salmans

Patrick Salmans joined Equity Bank in July 2012 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources.  Patrick graduated from McPherson College in 1990 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  Patrick is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional through the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional through SHRM.  Prior to Equity Bank, Patrick was SVP of Sunflower Bank in Salina between 2002 and 2012, additionally with Sunflower Bank between 1993 and 1997.  Patrick also worked for ABX Air, Inc (dba Airborne Express) as a Senior Employee Relations Manager from 1997 to 2002.  Patrick was selected in 2006 as the Salina area HR Professional of the Year and was a State of Kansas honoree the same year.  Patrick currently serves as President on the Wichita Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management and sits on the State Council for Kansas.  Mr. Salmans was the recipient of the 2016 Trumbold and Kansas Human Resources Professional of the Year.


Katie Schad MSW, LISW
Beacon of Hope Manager

Katie Schad interned for Nehemiah Manufacturing during senior year at Xavier University with degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice. She then went on to get her Masters in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University. As a Social Worker Katie has been placed as the Beacon of Hope Business Manager to not only bring businesses to join the mission but also combine with social services and the community to create successful second chance hiring methods. The Beacon of Hope now works with over 80 companies in the Cincinnati/NKY area and has created over 500 jobs. She also manages the transportation program started in 2017 that assists individuals in transitional transportation for employment.

Due to the growth of Beacon of Hope, the organization along with Katie merged with Cincinnati Works. Cincinnati Works was a longtime partner of Beacon of Hope and Katie now works with an employment team that can address and collaborate with the BOH companies in a more comprehensive way.


Vicky Schmidt
Kansas Insurance Commissioner

Vicki Schmidt is a lifelong Kansan. She was born and raised in Wichita.  On November 6, 2018, she was elected as Kansas Insurance Commissioner with the largest vote total statewide. When she was sworn-in on January 14, 2019, she became the first pharmacist to serve as Kansas Insurance Commissioner and is the only pharmacist in America to hold a statewide office.

Commissioner Schmidt worked more than 40 years, serving Kansas families and seniors as a local pharmacist. It was her pharmacy experience and her commitment to bettering Kansas that drew her to run for the Kansas Legislature. As a pharmacist, Vicki found errors in the Kansas Medical Assistance Program, errors that were costing the state millions of dollars. She became a voice for reform, speaking up about ways Medicaid could be more cost-effective in its drug rebate program and implementing her plan, which resulted in more than $391 million in recouped dollars for the state.

Commissioner Schmidt brought her expertise to the Kansas Legislature, where she served 14 years representing Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties, including six years as the Chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.


Pamela Sagness
Director of the Behavioral Health Division for the state of North Dakota

As director of the Behavioral Health Division, Pamela Sagness provides policy leadership for the state of North Dakota, specifically responsible for reviewing and identifying service needs and activities in the state’s behavioral health system. She also serves as executive sponsor for Governor Burgum’s Behavioral Health Initiative which works across the judicial, executive, and legislative branches in a shared response to the behavioral health crisis in the state.  With experience as a clinical provider in both the public and private sector, Pam has developed effective programs and policies with a focus on collaboration.  Working across the behavioral health continuum, she also serves as chair of the Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council, which is tasked to advance and coordinate knowledge, resulting in the adoption of policy-based prevention strategies and prevention innovations.

One recent accomplishment was the development and implementation of a criminal justice reform and community behavioral health initiative called Free Through Recovery.  By providing community based behavioral health services to individuals involved with the criminal justice system the state seeks to reduce costs, recidivism rates, and to grow behavioral health workforce with an outcome-based payment model utilizing the social determinants of health.  Pam also worked closely with legislators to develop and implement a Substance Use Disorder Voucher which addresses barriers to treatment and increases the ability of individuals to access services.  In the last 2 years more than 2500 North Dakotans received a substance use disorder service from a private provider that they would not have had access to prior to the voucher.


Hon. O. Duane Slone
4th Judicial District, Dandridge, Tennessee

Judge Duane Slone has observed the arc of the opioid crisis firsthand since painkiller addiction began taking ahold of lives in the rural northeast Tennessee counties he serves. Serving as a drug prosecutor in the 1990s before becoming circuit judge in 2009, Slone routinely jailed addicts who committed petty crimes to support their habits, including pregnant women. “How in the world could someone who has a child in her be addicted to drugs?” he remembers thinking.  But as the number of addicted people grew to include some he had known all his life in Jefferson County, where his hometown has a population of just over 2,000 people, the crisis grew personal.

Then when a family friend asked Slone and his wife in 2011 to adopt a baby born with withdrawal symptoms, the crisis reached his home. He and his wife, Gretchen, watched as the 6-month-old boy struggled with night terrors, ADHD, violent outbursts — lingering effects of his birth mother’s drug abuse. “When Joseph came to us, I knew about addiction and I knew about neonatal abstinence syndrome, but I wasn’t really dialed in,” he said. “It changed my perspective completely.”

Nearly 70 percent of all babies born addicted in the state are in East Tennessee. Slone and his colleagues launched the Drug Recovery Court in March 2009, which collaborates with a joint the offices of the District Attorney General, the District Public Defender, and the Sheriff’s Departments.  The Fourth Judicial District Drug Recovery Court team firmly believes that drug and alcohol addiction is not only an individual disease but a family and community disease. For that reason, they seek to be a guiding force to bring about healing to the communities served.

Judge Slone is the recipient of the 2019 William H. Rehnquist Award for his work with persons suffering from substance use disorder.


Jeffrey B. Stamm
Executive Director, Midwest HIDTA

Jeffrey B. Stamm was appointed as the Executive Director of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) based in Kansas City, Missouri in January 2016.  As such, he is responsible for the effective management of the HIDTA program which encompasses seventy-two counties within seven states across the Midwest.  The Midwest HIDTA is a regional program under the auspices of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), but managed locally with the goal of reducing drug availability by eliminating or disrupting drug trafficking organizations operating in the Midwest and beyond.

Mr. Stamm began his law enforcement career with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 1979 and became a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 1984.  During his 31-year career with DEA, he served in a myriad of foreign and domestic positions, to include: San Jose, California; Brasilia, Brazil; Brownsville, Texas; Islamabad, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Dallas, Texas; DEA Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of International Operations; and, finally, as the Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s global Aviation Division.

During his career, Mr. Stamm has been the recipient of numerous DEA awards and commendations.  Mr. Stamm earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Sacramento and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University in 2009.  He speaks Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and has lectured extensively to various audiences at international conferences, training venues, community organizations and universities, to include the U.S. Naval Academy.  Mr. Stamm is also the author of On Dope, a scholarly argument for maintaining a strong drug law enforcement apparatus in our states and nation.

Mr. Stamm and his wife, Jill, have three children, all serving in the United States Military.


Patricia Stilen, MSW
Clinical social worker and Project Director in the Collaborative to Advance Health Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Nursing and Health Studies

Pat Stilen has led the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center since 2000. As PI/Director of the ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant & Postpartum Women and Their Families (2015-2017), she managed the development of a national curriculum, a web-based toolkit, and supported national training/technical assistance for direct care treatment providers. Prior to joining the ATTC, she directed substance use and mental health disorder treatment services; established addiction continuing education and college coursework for public and private organizations, including managed health care systems.


Bob Twillman, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Volunteer Faculty) at the University of Kansas School of Medicine

Bob Twillman, Ph.D. formerly served as Executive Director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, a national healthcare professional association dedicated to promoting the use of all available tools and related professions to provide safe and effective pain care.  Dr. Twillman practiced as a clinical psychologist in academic medical centers for 20 years, primarily working with people with pain and people with cancer. He is a nationally-recognized expert on public policy related to pain management and the opioid crisis. His expertise in these areas has been sought by many governmental and non-governmental agencies, at both the federal and state level.


John Whipple, M.D.
Medical Director of Acumen Institute, LLC

John Whipple, M.D. serves as the Medical Director of Acumen Institute, LLC; an intensive day treatment and professional coaching program for professionals who struggle with clinical burn out, disruptive conduct or professional sexual misconduct. He also provides forensic fitness to practice evaluations as the Senior Psychiatric Consultant to Acumen Assessments, LLC. Dr. Whipple maintains a private practice in Lawrence, KS. After attending the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, he completed his psychiatric residency at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in 1990 and his psychoanalytic training at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute in 2006. He is a member of the AMA and the American Psychoanalytic Association.


Paul Williams
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author and Recovery Advocate

Paul Williams is one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today. A lyricist and composer who has won an Oscar Award, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and earned induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, his songs, from “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “You and Me Against the World” to “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Let Me Be the One” and “The Rainbow Connection,” have touched millions of people for generations. As President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age. In 2015, Paul was honored with an Ivor Novello – PRS for Music Special International Award.

Mr. Williams has been sober since 1990.  He became a Certified Drug Rehabilitation Counselor through UCLA and has been active in the field of recovery from addictions. He co-authored the book Gratitude and Trust: Recovery Is Not Just for Addicts, with Tracey Jackson, which details the principles of the recovery movement to help addicts and non-addicts alike to deal with problems.  Recovery being his number one passion he considers writing this book the greatest opportunity of his lifetime to carry the message to the masses that recovery works for all. Tracey and Paul are also hosting the Gratitude and Trust Podcast.


Jermaine Wilson
Mayor of Leavenworth, Kansas

Jermaine Wilson is uniquely positioned to, as he puts it, bring voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless. The mayor was once a convicted felon.  Mayor Wilson grew up in government housing and crime was a part of his everyday life.  He started doing what everybody else was doing: getting into drugs, getting in fights, got kicked out of school, ran away from home and was incarcerated at age 15.  When he was free again at age 19, he sold and used drugs.  At age 20, he was convicted of a felony and was incarcerated.  In prison, he used his time to sober up and focus on the things that really mattered.  Once discharged, he used his natural leadership abilities to start a nonprofit called the Unity in the Community Movement, which mentors youth, serves the homeless, and works to strengthen the relationship between the community and local law enforcement. His record has since been expunged.


Damon Young

Damon Young of Mayday Group has a passion for ideas and people and the connections they make to bring us together. He seeks to leverage those ideas and relationships to make progress on difficult challenges. Damon brings a background in rhetoric, ministry, and construction. These diverse experiences have taught him to listen, engage and connect with his clients. Damon serves Mayday as a mentor, motivational speaker and trainer. An All-American Debate Champion, Damon enjoys healthy discourse and open exchange of ideas. Look for Damon to encourage, challenge and engage with you.

In addition to his work with Mayday Group, Damon is Vice President of Mahaney Roofing Company.  In that role, he oversees sales and community development. Mahaney Roofing Company’s initiation of frontline training and leadership development for their employees has been revolutionary in transforming their business, but perhaps more importantly, creating the conditions for their employees to make positive steps toward transformation. The company was recognized as the Small Business of the Year by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce in 2017. Damon is a proud member of his local Business Community in Wichita Kansas. His passion for service and leadership is reflected by his involvement on local and regional boards.

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