March 13, 2019

Speaker Bios

Chuck Negron
Formerly of Three Dog Night

In 2013 Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, released the third edition of his best-selling autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare, which chronicles his personal life and death struggle with addiction and the miracle that saved his life on September 17, 1991. Chuck has been clean and sober now for nearly 24 years.  Chuck spent over two years writing his book Three Dog Nightmare and recorded the accompanying soundtrack CD entitled “The Long Road Back.”  From a humble apartment in The Bronx, to success and wealth far beyond anything he could have ever imagined, Chuck Negron’s story is an amazing saga. What could have ended in tragedy, instead became a miraculous journey of faith, hope and redemption and continues to inspire and uplift people of all ages and from all walks of life today.  “I would have nothing without the people who cared for me and helped me find my way,” Negron says. Chuck remains active with several of the organizations whose aim is to keep drugs out of the music industry. Chuck also spends time helping the addicted. Cri-Help in North Hollywood, California has been most important to Chuck’s ongoing recovery. “I’ve been singing, performing and recording for over 50 years. I’ve always been grateful for my voice and my life as a musician. I look at it as a gift from God. It has afforded me the opportunity to touch so many people in such a beautiful way. Music has brought me joy, inner peace and comfort that I thrive on. I feel very blessed to be in the game again.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

Zachary Siegel
Freelance Journalist and Writer

In 2017, he completed a master’s in specialized journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Broadly, his writing focuses on the intersection of public health and criminal justice in the context of drugs.

Media has a long history of stoking drug panics and spreading misinformation that reinforces stigma toward people who use drugs. Rather than framing drug use and addiction as a sin or crime, his work is rigorously grounded in the scientific literature, focusing on health well-being.

Mr. Siegel writes for a variety of news outlets and magazines.  His work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, WIRED, Scientific American, Longreads, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, VICE, Undark Magazine, Salon, Chicago Reader, RedEye Chicago, The Appeal, Earther, The Fix, Alternet, Thought Catalog, Critical-Theory, Revolver, and Huffington Post, among others.

He currently is a journalism fellow at Northeastern University Law School’s Health In Justice initiative. I was also selected for 2018’s Guggenheim Justice Reporting Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.   He co-hosts Narcotica, a podcast about drugs, informed by science, policy, and the lives of real drug users.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Hon. Linda Davis
Macomb County, Michigan District Court Judge

Longtime Macomb County District Judge Linda 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.”

 

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 CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, Above The Law, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world.

 

Jana Hinz, LCMFT/LMAC
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.

 

 

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 Duane.olberding@adventhealth.com

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

 

Holly Hagle, 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.

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.

 

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.

 

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

Her writing has appeared in many of the nation’s most respected and credible publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine.  A meticulous researcher, she is nationally known as a science journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in health care and medicine.  She is co-author of The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery (HarperOne 2018)

Jennifer Margulis earned a B.A. from Cornell University, a Master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

She was awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright fellowship in 2006 and taught American literature at the University of Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger (West Africa) for the 2006-2007 academic year.

A Boston native, Jennifer Margulis lives with her family in southern Oregon.

 

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.

 

 

Kathryn Cates-Wessel. M.D
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. M.D., has more than 30 years background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. As Principal Investigator and Project Director of these projects, she oversees the overall administration of the projects staff; consultants and sub-awards; negotiating contracts and overseeing work of partner organizations, consultants and vendors; and ensuring that all aspects of this these projects are undertaken according to the project plans. She is responsible for reporting to CSAT as required, and assures consistent, effective operations, and ongoing outreach assuring the success of the projects. 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 prevention/treatment of addicts over incarceration. Prior to that she was Associate Director of a residential treatment center for adolescents for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.

 

Hon. Steve Leifman
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge, Miami, Florida

When he was elected, he had no idea that he was also becoming “the gatekeeper to the largest psychiatric facility in Florida — the Miami-Dade County Jail.”  He found that there are 10 times as many people with serious mental illnesses in the Miami-Dade County Jail than in any state hospital in Florida.  Miami-Dade County is home to the largest percentage of people with serious mental illnesses of any urban area in the United States. An estimated 20,000 people in need of mental health treatment are arrested each year in Miami-Dade County, primarily for misdemeanors and low-level felonies. The county spends $80 million a year to house and treat these people.

To improve the broken system, Judge Leifman created the groundbreaking Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project in 2000, which consists of programs to steer people with mental illnesses who have committed low-level offenses from incarceration and instead to community-based care.

Judge Leifman’s latest undertaking is a state-of-the-art Mental Health Diversion facility that will include short-term housing, a crisis unit, rehabilitation areas, and a courtroom.

 

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.

 

Theresa Lemus, MBA, BSN, LADC
Director of the Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Program at Children and Family Futures

Ms. Lemus is responsible for overseeing the Family Treatment Court portfolio that includes the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Program and the Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Duke Endowment.

Ms. Lemus is a nationally recognized expert in collaborative practice to improve outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders, family treatment court models, and clinical treatment including comprehensive withdrawal management and health and human services. She has over a decade of experience as a Senior Program Associate at Children and Family Futures, providing consultation to states and local jurisdictions. Previously, she served as a consultant to the National Drug Court Institute facilitating the development of new family treatment courts. She has considerable knowledge and experience in program management, cross-system collaboration, integrated service delivery, program and resource development, sustainability, persuasive and technical writing, needs assessment and planning, research, evaluation, and policy analysis.  She has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams, problem-solving courts, and collaborative practice programs.  She is an effective facilitator and consensus builder.  Ms. Lemus communicates effectively and draws upon her knowledge of effective clinical and business practice in substance use and mental health services, health care, child welfare, and the courts to provide the highest quality support to states and localities.

Ms. Lemus is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.  She is a co-author and contributor to several publications, including the Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment, the Family Drug Court Guidelines and the National Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards.

 

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.

 

Louis M. Clothier
Executive Director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP)

KALAP was established by Kansas Supreme Court Rule 206 to provide immediate and continuing assistance to any lawyer needing help with issues, including physical or mental disabilities that result from disease, addiction, disorder, trauma, or age and who may be experiencing difficulties performing the lawyer’s professional duties.  Mr. Clothier also serves on the Executive Committee for the Kansas Task Force on Attorney Well-Being and is the Lawyer Assistance Program stakeholder subcommittee chairman.  He graduated from the Washburn University School of Law in 1981.  He was in private practice in Leavenworth, Kansas for 37 years prior to his appointment as Executive Director of KALAP.  His law practice focused on domestic relations law and school law.  He is a former President of the Leavenworth Bar Association and the Kansas School Attorneys Association, and the past secretary of the Kansas Bar Association Family Law Section.  He is a member of the American, Kansas and Leavenworth County Bar Associations.  He resides in Leavenworth, Kansas with his wife, Marijke.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Education:

JD, 1996, New York University Law School

BA & MA, 1991, University of Pennsylvania

 

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.


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