Patricia Daugherty graduated from UW-Madison Law School in 2007. She worked for one year in private practice before joining the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in August 2008. During her first two years as an ADA, Trish prosecuted felony-level drug cases as a member of the Violent Crimes Unit. In April 2010, Trish was assigned to her current position as a Wisconsin HIDTA prosecutor. Trish focuses on prescription cases, large-scale heroin trafficking, Pharmacy Armed Robberies, and drug-related homicides. Over the last 6 years, Trish has prosecuted dozens of drug toxicity homicide cases, large-scale (30+ defendant) prescription fraud rings, and institutional drug diversion cases. She also routinely trains law enforcement officers throughout the country on overdose investigations and prosecutions.
Elaine Davidson, MD, Pain Management Program Coordinator and Lab Director, Indian Health Council, Inc.
Dr. Davidson is native to the North San Diego area, growing up in nearby Vista. She graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine after acquiring her Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry from Whittier College. After completing her Family Medicine residency at the University of California at Irvine, she returned to the area and has been a Board-certified family physician since 1997. In 2003, she and her husband Don moved to Valley Center where they live happily in the country with their canines. She joined the Indian Health Council, Inc. in 2008 and now serves there in multiple capacities including providing full-spectrum patient care and coordinating the Chronic Pain Management Program. She served as a panel member presenting to the CDC’s Tribal Advisory Committee on IHC’s multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain in August 2016. She has obtained certification to use buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid dependence and is currently working on defining its implementation into the clinic setting to expand the services IHC provides
Peter J. Davidson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Peter J. Davidson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San
Diego. Dr. Davidson is a sociologist who has been conducting research and intervention design around overdose prevention since 1997 in Australia, Mexico, and the United States. He is currently the principal investigator on a privately funded qualitative study of the impact of supervised injection facilities on drug users’ lives; a NIDA-funded study of the impact of law enforcement use of naloxone on drug user behavior; and a CDC-funded study of transitions for prescription opioid misuse to heroin use in suburban and exurban Southern California.
Gregory G. Davis, MD, MSPH, Professor and Director, Forensic Division, Department of Pathology, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Chief Coroner/Medical Examiner, Jefferson County, AL, Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner Office
Gregory G. Davis, MD, serves as Professor of Pathology and Director of the Forensic Division of the UAB Department of Pathology and as Chief Coroner/Medical Examiner for Jefferson County, Alabama. Dr. Davis has a Master of Science in Public Health from the UAB School of Public Health. His research interest is the application of epidemiology to the study and practice of forensic pathology, especially drug abuse. He was a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and American College of Medical Toxicology expert panel on evaluating and reporting opioid deaths and was lead author for the 2014 position paper of recommendations for the investigation, diagnosis, and certification of deaths related to opioid drugs. He currently chairs the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.
Anthony Dekker, DO, Director of Addiction Medicine, Northern Arizona Veteran's Administration Healthcare System
Anthony Dekker, DO is an addiction and pain medicine provider for the Northern Arizona Veteran's Administration Healthcare System (NAVAHCS), with duty stations in Flagstaff, Anthem and Prescott, AZ. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Dekker was the director of the Department of Addiction Medicine at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, one of the replacement hospitals for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He directed the four divisions in Addiction Medicine dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation and treatment for substance abuse and dependence disorders in the military. Dr. Dekker is an expert in substance dependence and co-occurring disorders in veterans, active duty service members, military dependents and retirees. He served on the Provider Wellness and Chronic Pain Committees at Fort Belvoir and was a member of the Joint Board of Directors for the Joint Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injuries. After serving the Indian Health Service from 1998 to 2010 in Arizona, Dr. Dekker was honored to be a member of the Joint Task Force Medical Team that specializes in the care of Wounded Warriors. Previously, he was the Acting Director of the Office of Health Programs at the Phoenix Area Office supervising 15 health departments in Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
Chris Delcher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida. He is a co-investigator on Florida's BJA Category 2 (2013) grant. His current projects include evaluating prescription drug monitoring programs and the role in reducing prescription drug abuse, identifying and characterizing Medicaid superutilizers and the prescription drug related outcomes associated with multiple provider episodes, and implementing and evaluating surveillance systems in high and low resource environments.
Chief Terence M. Delehanty began his career with the Winthrop Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1994 and became Chief in September of 2009. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law and became a member of the Massachusetts Bar in 2002. He received a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Suffolk University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Class #251.
Dr. Dombrowski began his career by getting a medical degree from Georgetown University and receiving residency training from Yale University in internal medicine and anesthesiology. He later became board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist as well. Dr. Dombrowski is the Medical Director of the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program and Clinical Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, in Washington, DC as well as Clinical Associate of Georgetown University Medical School. He is also past president of the District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists and on the Board of Directors at the American Society of Anesthesiologists. His comments have appeared in the Washington Times and other publications, and he has often been interviewed on local television and radio programs. He also has made several appearances on NBC's Today Show, CNN, Good Morning American and Dr Drew show discussing the safety of pain-control medications and integrated approaches for treating pain.
Debbie Dowell, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Deborah Dowell, MD, MPH, is Senior Medical Advisor for the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. She previously led CDC’s Prescription Drug Overdose Team and served as advisor to New York City’s Health Commissioner. Dr. Dowell is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and practiced medicine at a community health center in New York City. She has conducted research on quality and safety in medical care and on the effects of clinical guidelines. She has taught epidemiology, health policy, and clinical medicine for medical students and residents. Dr. Dowell received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Columbia University and her master’s of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Joseph Dunlop, PhD received a doctorate in cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013 focusing on the multivariate analysis of neuroimaging experiments with pattern classification methods. He spent a two year postdoc with Francesca Filbey, PhD investigating brain/behavior/gene interactions in long term cannabis users. In his prior academic work he analyzed functional neuroimaging data for object and face recognition as well as taught statistics for psychologists and neuroscientists. He joined the SAS Institute in 2015 as a data scientist, providing consulting analytics for prescription drug monitoring, health care fraud detection, and social services matching.
For over 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, MD has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. He was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968-1970 he was Director of Community Services for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections. From 1970-1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration. In 1978 he became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. He has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Dr. DuPont's signature role throughout his career has been to focus on the public health goal of reducing the use of illegal drugs.
John Eadie, Coordinator, Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Project, National Emerging Threat Initiative, National HIDTA Assistance Center
John L. Eadie is the Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Project Coordinator for the National Emerging Threat Initiative, which is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. In 2010 he was the founding Director of the PDMP Center of Excellence (COE) at Brandeis University, served in that capacity through 2015, and continues to work with the COE. For forty-six years, he has served in management, executive, and consulting capacities in the field of public health. As Director of the Division of Public Health Protection in the NY State Department of Health from 1985 to 1995, he directed the State’s pharmaceutical diversion program, including the PDMP. He co-founded both the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs (ASPMP) and the National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities (NASCSA), served as President for both organizations and held other posts. Since leaving state service in 2001, he has served as a consultant on PDMPs, including serving as the Administrative Reviewer for the Massachusetts PMP. Mr. Eadie has published multiple articles, made numerous presentations, and served in many different arenas as an expert.
Harry Earle, MA, is the Chief of Police of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Camden County, New Jersey. Chief Earle has served with the department since 1988 and been Chief since 2010. Chief Earle has implemented numerous community and problem-solving policing models with a focus on overall crime prevention through new programs targeting at-risk youth and early victimization identification. Chief Earle holds a bachelors degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in human resource development, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Chief Earle is the President of the Camden County Chiefs of Police Association, and serves on numerous boards and committees including the Camden County College Police Academy Advisory Board, the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement, and the New Jersey Human Trafficking Commission. Chief Earle has lectured on the topics of police professionalism, bullying, peer mediation, violence prevention in schools, community policing, addiction, and prevention of child sexual exploitation.
Tina Farales, Department of Justice Administrator, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, California Department of Justice
Tina Farales is a California Department of Justice (DOJ) Administrator with 20 years of criminal justice experience. Prior to joining California DOJ, Ms. Farales was a crime prevention officer with the Stockton Police Department and a criminal justice specialist with the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Gang Violence Suppression Program. At DOJ, Ms. Farales served as a professional analyst and manager over the Sex Offender Tracking Program and supervisor for the Intelligence Operations Program. Presently, Ms. Farales manages the day-to-day operations of California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Ms. Farales is responsible for coordinating program activities pertaining to the custody, maintenance, and dissemination of Controlled Substance Utilization Review & Evaluation System (CURES) data, as well as the registration and administration of users.
Brad Finegood, MA, LMHC, Assistant Division Director for Behavioral Health and Recovery, RTI International
Brad Finegood, MA, LMHC, is the Assistant Division Director for Behavioral Health and Recovery in King County (Seattle, WA) where he serves as the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Prevention Coordinator. In this role he co-chaired the Seattle – King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Task Force. Finegood is a licensed mental health clinician with a master’s degree in community agency counseling and a specialty in addictions. He is currently adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University. He has served as administrator, supervisor, and counselor in multiple different therapeutic settings, in institutions and the community. Probably most importantly is he is the survivor of a brother who died of a drug overdose on New Year’s day 2005.
Carl Flansbaum is the Director of Client Relationships and Government Affairs regarding state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PMP) programs for Appriss Health. While he leads the PMP Analytics group, he is also actively involved on many other fronts internally as well as directly with state PMP agencies and other stakeholders to evolve PMP related services and products. Additionally, he works with a variety of groups and organizations nationally on PMP related issues. Previous to Appriss, Carl worked as the PMP Director for the state of New Mexico. He has over 20 years of experience as a Pharmacist and also has extensive experience working with data management and analysis applications and processes in various technology-based businesses.
Dr. Marc Fleming is Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Fleming was a practicing pharmacist for 15 years before receiving his PhD in Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Dr. Fleming has worked with Texas Health and Human Services to craft legislation that led to the incorporation of the Texas PDMP into health information exchanges. He has also conducted studies that assessed utilization of the Texas PDMP among pharmacists and emergency physicians. Most recently Dr. Fleming has been examining the impact of hydrocodone rescheduling on physician prescribing and analyzing data from both Texas and Louisiana PDMPs to access prescription opioid trends since rescheduling. Dr. Fleming has also analyzed data from the Texas PDMP to identify areas of aberrant behavior to best determine where state resources regarding addiction treatment are most needed.
Susan Ford, MSN, RN, CPNP, State Quality Improvement Coordinator, Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Susan Ford is a Registered Nurse/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years' clinical experience focused in maternal and child nursing which has been instrumental in her current role as a State Quality Improvement Coordinator working on Perinatal Improvement Projects with the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative (OPQC). She was the co-lead of the OPQC/Ohio Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics 39 week early elective delivery/birth registry project in which 105 maternity hospitals in Ohio participated Susan is currently working with the Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Special Care Nurseries throughout Ohio,leading the OPQC’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Project.
Vivian Fuhrman is an Associate for Policy and Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute where she leads initiatives on proper disposal of household pharmaceutical waste and other consumer products. Her pharmaceuticals work includes successfully managing drug take-back pilot programs in independent and hospital pharmacies across the U.S.; analyzing and supporting pharmaceutical stewardship legislation; conducting public education on safe drug disposal; and developing multimedia outreach materials based on drug abuse prevention and environmental research. She also manages projects focused on leftover paint, including source reduction efforts and assessing consumer awareness of recycling options. Vivian completed her PhD in Environmental Risk and Policy from Ben Gurion University in Israel, using risk assessment to examine the health and policy implications of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment. She earned a BA in Political Science from Duke University, a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and conducted graduate research on environmental protection at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Vivian has spent over a decade learning and working at the intersection of science and policy, including roles as an environmental consultant, Program Manager for the Global Water Alliance, and organizer of environmental conferences.
James Gallagher, PharmD, Manager of Pharmacy Fraud Waste and Abuse, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Jim Gallagher is the Manager of Pharmacy Fraud Waste and Abuse programs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. In his current role at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Jim supports corporate-wide activities related to fraud, waste and abuse. This includes working in concert with Corporate Finance Investigations, DEA, FBI, and local law enforcement agencies. He reviews potential fraudulent claim activity and refer cases when appropriate.. Jim was recently appointed to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Opioid Work Group. He has also presented at both local and national meetings on the topics of pharmacy fraud, waste, and abuse. Jim received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Michigan College Of Pharmacy.
Chad Garner is the Director of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, better known as OARRS - the Ohio prescription monitoring program. He has been employed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy since 2006, previously serving as the PMP Database Administrator and the Chief Technical Officer. Chad has been a member of the Prescription Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) working group since 2007, serving both on the Executive Committee and the Technical Subcommittee. He has been a member of the NABP Prescription Monitoring Program Interconnect Steering Committee since 2011, as well as the Ohio Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team. Chad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio in 2004 and his Master of Science degree from Boston University in 2016.
Patrol Officer Sarko Gergerian is a founding member of The Winthrop Recovery Model. He is privileged with being the outreach, peer support, and health & fitness officer at the Winthrop Police Department where he has been a police officer for 7 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from Northeastern University. He is completing requirements for a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Salem State University and plans to pursue his doctorate. His education, work, and life experiences have shaped the way he practices policing in his community.
Lieutenant Melissa Gipson is an 18 year veteran of the Albany Police Department. She graduated from the police academy in 1998 and worked as a patrol officer throughout various locations within the City of Albany. In March of 2012, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant where she first served as a patrol supervisor. Then in November of 2012, she served as the sergeant of the Training, Policy, and Strategic Planning Unit. In July of 2015, Lieutenant Gipson was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and is currently responsible for overseeing the department's Neighborhood Engagement Unit. In 2012, Lt. Gipson successfully passed her nursing boards and became a certified registered nurse. As a key member of the group that developed and implemented the program, Lieutenant Gipson currently oversees the Albany Police Department's LEAD subcommittee. She is also the accreditation manager for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) and the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (NYSLEAP). Lieutenant Gipson holds multiple degrees in both criminal justice and nursing and she is currently pursuing her master's degree in nursing.
Dr. R. Matthew Gladden, PhD, is a behavioral scientist who works on the Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemiology and Surveillance Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2014. Working at CDC since 2007, Dr. Gladden co-lead a national survey of violence against children in Tanzania and was a lead scientist on the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a surveillance system that funds state health department to track trends and circumstances in violent deaths by integrating information from death certificates, law enforcement records, and coroner/medical examiner reports.
In 1968, Director Thomas Gorman graduated from San Jose State University and joined the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. He served ten years as an undercover agent. He made 1,000 undercover purchases and received two Purple Hearts from being shot and later stabbed. He was promoted in 1990 to deputy chief in charge of statewide drug enforcement operations. In 1997 he retired to become the director of the Rocky Mountain HIDTA. Director Gorman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is past president of the California Narcotic Officers Association and the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies. He is currently president of the National HIDTA Directors Association. He authored The Myths of Drug Legalization and Marijuana Legalization: The Issues. He authored a recently published book titled: To Believe or not Believe, That is the Question - An Undercover Agent’s Quest for the Truth.
Dr. Traci Green is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on drug abuse, addiction, and injury. She earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University. She helped design the ASI-MV®, a real-time illicit and prescription drug abuse surveillance system developed by Inflexxion, Inc. Currently, she is Deputy Director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Center and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Green helped co-found www.prescribetoprevent.org, chairs the Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition for the Rhode Island Department of Health, and serves as an advisor to the Rhode Island Governor on addiction and overdose. Her research is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Department of Justice.
Eric J. Guenther is the Public Safety Director for the Village of Mundelein. Public Safety Director Guenther has been with the Mundelein Police Department since September 1995. He has served as Deputy Chief, Commander, Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, and Patrol Officer. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Criminal Justice-Law and a Master of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Public Safety Administration. He attended the 204th session of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the 242nd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He also attended the 51st Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Chief Guenther is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, the President of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the FBI National Academy Associates. Chief Guenther has had articles published in several law enforcement magazines including Police Chief Magazine. He is currently the Vice President of the Lake County Chief of Police Association and obtained Police Chief Certification through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.