Speakers

Erin Haas, MPH, Local Programs Manager, Overdose Prevention Office, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Erin Haas serves as the Local Programs Manager in the Overdose Prevention office at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Behavioral Health Administration. In this role, she implements Maryland’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program, provides technical assistance to the local Overdose Fatality Review Teams, and supports local health departments with overdose prevention strategic planning efforts. Previously, she worked in research with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as for non-profit harm reduction programs, and obtained a Bachelor in Sociology and Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.
Tamara M. Haegerich, PhD, Deputy Associate Director for Science, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Tamara Haegerich is the Deputy Associate Director for Science in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She provides leadership, planning, and guidance on scientific quality, research methodology, research priorities, and guideline development. Her expertise lies in the areas of prescription drug overdose prevention, motor vehicle injury prevention, evaluation, implementation science, and evidence-based practice guidelines. She has authored peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and government reports, including manuscripts on clinical practice guidelines, etiology of injury, the effectiveness of prevention strategies, and on scientific careers in public service. She has represented her own work, and the work of federal agencies, at national scientific conferences.
Nicholas Hagemeier, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University
Nicholas “Nick” Hagemeier, PharmD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the East Tennessee State University Gatton College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hagemeier earned his Doctor of Pharmacy, MS, and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He has 9 years of experience in community pharmacy settings. Dr. Hagemeier is Co-Investigator of ETSU’s $2.2 million NIH-funded Diversity-Promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program and is Principal Investigator for a core project focused on prescription drug abuse-related communication. He is Research Director of ETSU’s Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Director of a Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship. He has obtained over $2.3 million in NIH and state funds to conduct prescription drug abuse research. He has published 27 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has given multiple invited research presentations. He received the Tennessee Pharmacists Association GenerationRx Champions Award in 2016 for his efforts to engage community pharmacists in prescription drug abuse prevention.
Sara Hallvik, MPH, Healthcare Analyst Manager, HealthInsight Oregon
Sara Hallvik manages the HealthInsight Oregon analytic team, providing oversight of analytic systems and tasks under state, federal, and private contracts. She has served as the senior healthcare analyst on mental health and physical health contracts, as well as grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She has expertise as a SAS coder, designing and executing statistical analysis plans for a variety of topics, including encounter data validation, chart reviews and inter-rater assurance, performance measure calculation, and survey design and analysis. Ms. Hallvik also has expertise working with linked data sets, and is well versed in SAS for data cleaning and statistical analysis on large relational datasets. Ms. Hallvik has expertise in data presentation and reporting to a variety of audiences, and understands the nuances and analysis aims of both quality improvement and research projects. Ms. Hallvik has previous experience in statistical analysis design, execution, and reporting in public health and community assessment projects, and has implemented quality improvement strategies across large systems of care. Her analytical work has supported several peer-reviewed publications related to PDMP research which Ms. Hallvik co-authored.
Donald Hansen, Deputy Director, Atlanta Carolina HIDTA
In 2015, Donald Hansen became the Deputy Director (DD) of the Atlanta – Carolinas HIDTA directing HIDTA initiatives in North and South Carolina.  Prior to taking this position DD Hansen worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration for 29 years.  Most recently DD Hansen was the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) DEA, Charleston, South Carolina Resident Office.  Additionally, DD Hansen was an Assistant Country Attaché and the Operations for Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) in Nassau, Bahamas for five years.  In this capacity, DD Hansen senior advisor to the United States Ambassador and the leaders of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Island as well as supervised all air and marine counter-narcotics interdiction operations in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.    DD Hansen began his career with DEA in 1986 working at DEA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In 1989, he graduated training at Quantico, Virginia and was assigned as a Special Agent at the New York Field Division where he served for 12 years.  During his tour in New York he was promoted in to Group Supervisor at the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Patrice Harris, MD, MA, Chair AMA Board of Trustees; Chair AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, American Medical Association
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, is Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees and Chair of the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse.   Dr. Harris served on the board of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and also as a member of the governing council of the AMA Women Physicians Congress. She was appointed to the AMA Council on Legislation in 2003, and elected by the council in 2010 as its chair.  Dr. Harris served as president of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. She was the founding president of the Georgia Psychiatry Political Action Committee. In 2001 Dr. Harris was selected Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. In 2007 she was inducted into the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni.  As past director of Health Services for Fulton County, Ga., Dr. Harris was the county's chief health officer. She also served as medical director for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.  Dr. Harris continues in private practice and consults with public and private organizations on health service delivery and emerging trends in practice and health policy.
Daniel Hartung, PharmD, MPH, Associate Professor, Oregon State University College of Pharmacy
Dan Hartung, PharmD, MPH, is a pharmacist, Associate Professor of Pharmacy in the Oregon State University / Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy, and an investigator in the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center.  Dr. Hartung received his PharmD from the University of Wisconsin, MPH with emphasis biostatistics and epidemiology from OHSU, completed a pharmacy residency at the Portland VA Medical Center, and an outcomes research fellowship at Oregon State University.  Dr. Hartung’s research focus is in pharmaceutical health services, specifically examining how pharmacy benefit structure affects drug utilization and patient outcomes. He is leading a multi-state CDC funded effort to explore how Medicaid policies involving opioids affect adverse events related to opioid misuse and abuse. He is also Principal Investigator for an AHRQ funded project to develop and pilot a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) toolkit to help community pharmacists improve their understanding and utilization of the PDMP, and facilitate more effective conversations around opioid safety between pharmacists, patients, and prescribers.
Kurt Haspert, MS, CRNP, ANP-BC, University of Maryland  Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Kurt Haspert is a graduate of Catonsville Community College in Maryland where he received his Associates in Nursing degree in 1996. In 2009, he was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a Master's in Science and was awarded the Master's Program Special Award – Excellence in Primary Care Nursing. In 2012, he was certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. That same year, he began work at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center as the hospitals first Addiction Medicine Nurse Practitioner. In that role, he is responsible for the diagnosis and management of all inpatients admitted to the Medical Center who are thought to have substance use disorders. Additionally, he has worked as hospital liaison with Anne Arundel County Health Department. He was instrumental in implementing the Opiate SOS grant, the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution grant, and the SAMHSA pilot project ROAR. He is co-author of the Substance Abuse and Trauma chapter in "Trauma Nursing, From Resuscitation Through Rehabilitation” and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Travis Helmondollar, MS, CTTS, Assistant Director, Community Connections, Inc., State Coordinator, West Virginia SADD
Travis Helmondollar, MS, CTTS, currently serves as the Assistant Director of Community Connections, Inc., a nonprofit located in southern West Virginia devoted to community development, youth leadership and engagement, and substance abuse prevention. With over 15 years’ experience,. Helmondollar is well-versed in team dynamics, progressive change, and empowerment throughout all sectors of the community. Helmondollar also currently serves as the West Virginia SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) State Coordinator – overseeing nearly 300 SADD Chapters throughout the Mountain State.
Rochelle Henderson, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Analytics, Express Scripts
Dr. Henderson is Senior Director of Research and Analytics at Express Scripts.  In this position, Rochelle leads the Research team within the Clinical, Research, and New Solutions department.  She oversees Express Scripts’ clinical product evaluations; publishing applied research in peer reviewed manuscripts, and ensuring that rigorous research methodological principles are applied throughout Express Scripts’ product portfolio. Rochelle has been with Express Scripts for 20 years.  During this career, Rochelle has conducted pharmacoepidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic research, and today she uses that experience to focus on the economic evaluation of drug therapy and the impact of plan design on pharmaceutical utilization.  Dr. Henderson also has extensive publishing credits, including numerous peer-reviewed articles published in American Journal of Managed Care, Drug Benefit Trends, Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Clinical Therapeutics, Health Affairs, and other prestigious journals. She serves on a number of health related research teams with institutions across the St. Louis region: Washington University School of Medicine with Barnes Hospital, the Veteran's Administration Regional Hospital, and with the School of Nursing from SIUE.
Gary Henschen, MD, Chief Medical Officer – Behavioral Health, Magellan Healthcare
Dr. Gary Henschen is the Chief Medical Officer-Behavioral Health at Magellan Health. At Magellan, he oversees all clinical programs where his responsibilities include developing training programs for primary care physicians in behavioral health issues, expanding programs in medical-behavioral health integration, and coordinating quality improvement and prevention activities with all care management centers. Dr. Henschen has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems Benchmarking Task Force, the Board of Directors for the Physicians' Health Plan of North Carolina Purchased by United Health Care, and the Board of Directors of the Schizophrenia Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.
Christi Hildebran, LMSW, CADC III, HealthInsight Oregon
Christi Hildebran is the Research Director at HealthInsight Oregon, providing administrative oversight for all research activities, including a five-year study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to evaluate healthcare providers’ use of a PDMP and subsequent patient risk profiles, a three year study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop an advanced training program for pharmacists in order to encourage safe medication, and a two year study funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to investigate the relationships among prescription opioid pain reliever (OPR) use, policies for improving OPR prescribing, and heroin initiation and overdoses. Her research work has backed peer-reviewed publications related to PDMP research which Ms. Hildebran has co-authored. Ms. Hildebran previous work includes over twenty years of experience as a clinician, clinical supervisor, quality improvement manager, treatment director and health clinic administrator. Prior to joining HealthInsight Oregon, Christi was employed as the Director of Quality Improvement with CODA, Inc., and as a Regional Coordinator with the State of Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Division and has held adjunct faculty positions at Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work and University of Oregon Substance Abuse Prevention Program.
Julianne Himstreet, PharmD, BCPS, VA Academic Detailing Service National Program Manager, Eugene VA Healthcare Center
Dr. Himstreet graduated from Oregon State University with Bachelor's degrees in Pharmacy and Microbiology in 1995 then completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Oregon State University/Oregon Health Sciences University in 1997. She then completed a PGY2 Residency in Ambulatory Care at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She worked for 2 years as a Pharmacy Supervisor at the US Army Medical Clinic in Hohenfels, Germany and then transitioned to the VA Roseburg Healthcare System-Eugene Healthcare Clinic where she worked for 15 years as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Primary Care. During this time she also worked for VA Central Office's Office of Public Health as the Senior Clinical Advisor, providing tobacco cessation education for clinical staff at VA medical facilities. She is now an Education and Training National Program Manager for VA Pharmacy Benefits Management Service's Academic Detailing Service and works out of Eugene, Oregon.
Rosanne Hoffman, MPH, ICF International
Rosanne Hoffman is a health communications professional with more than 18 years of experience in health communication and social martketing, with expertise in unintentional injury. Ms. Hoffman has worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for over a decade to help grow and implement CDC's HEADS UP initiative. She is a senior manager at ICF International and oversees several projects focusing on mild traumatic brain injury and prescription drug misuse and abuse. Ms. Hoffman specializes in developing materials for a range of key audiences, ensuring that they are grounded in research, user-friendly and reflect the audiences' needs and preferences..
Jason Hoppe, DO, University of Colorado
Dr. Jason Hoppe is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist at the University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center with a career focus on prescription opioid safety and maximizing the utility of prescription drug monitoring programs. He serves as co-chair for Colorado’s statewide PDMP task force and is a founding member of the coordinating committee for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Through these groups he has worked extensively to improve Colorado’s PDMP. His research using PDMPs has resulted in several published projects linking PDMP and clinical data. These projects have lead to further grant funding for 2 additional large-scale projects. He has worked extensively with the hospital’s electronic health record team and the Colorado Board of Pharmacy to facilitate PDMP clinical access.
Mark Horowitz, Pharmacist, Kaiser Permanente
Mark Horowitz has been with Kaiser Permanente for 27 years and joined the National Compliance Office in 2013, in Fraud Control. Mark heads the Part D Fraud Waste and Abuse work and assist’s Kaiser Permanente’s National Special Investigations Unit with investigations related to Part D, Drug Seeking, Pyxis® Diversion, Identity Fraud, Identity Theft and prescription medication diversion. Mark also works closely with the Informatics Analytics and Compliance Technology (iACT) Team on developing proactive data analytics that includes Drug Seeking Behavior, Glucose Test Strip over Utilization, Pyxis® Diversion, and ED/UC CII Injections/Tabs administrations. Mark comes to NCO with extensive experience (24 years) in Pharmacy Operations. Mark is well versed on staff responsibilities and job duties. Mark also worked on the deployment of Kaiser Permanente's KP HealthConnect for the Southern California Region. Mark conducts training specializing on how to identify Drug Seeking Behavior, Pyxis® Diversion, Glucose Test Strip Diversion
Sara Howe, MS, CHES; CEO, IL Assn for Behavioral Health
Sara Moscato Howe, MS, CHES, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health (IABH).  Her responsibilities include state and federal policy and legislative analysis and advocacy efforts on behalf of the 60 community-based substance use and mental health disorder prevention, treatment and recovery support service providers that comprise IABH's membership. Ms. Howe also oversees the planning and implementation of the Association's substance abuse prevention programs: Operation Snowball (OS) and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI).  She is Chair of the Illinois Department of Human Services Social Services Advisory Council, a member of Illinois' Human Services Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health.  Ms. Howe holds a master's degree in Health Promotion with a research emphasis in collegiate peer alcohol abuse prevention from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree in Health Promotion, also from Purdue.  She is a member of the Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County.
Samantha Jackson, LPC, Coordinator of Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programming, Ravenwood Health Center
Samantha Jackson, LPC currently works as the Coordinator of Adolescent Outpatient Programming at Ravenwood Health Center and works in private practice at Hope & Wellness, LLC.  Samantha has previously worked as a Coordinator of TouchStone, a women's supportive housing and treatment program located in Akron, Ohio.  She has experience in addiction treatment, mental health, women-specific, adolescent treatment, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and video based therapy services.   
Thomas Jan, DO, FAOCPMR, CAQ-PM, DABAM, C-MROCC, Owner, Massapequa Pain Management and Rehabilitation
Thomas F. Jan, DO, FAOCPRM, DAAPM, DABAM    Dr. Thomas Jan is an osteopathic physician in private practice in Massapequa, New York.  He completed residency in Physiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of PM&R, is a board examiner, and serves on the board.  He is the current chair of the American Osteopathic Pain Medicine Conjoint Examination Committee.  He is the administrative director of Chronic Pain Services at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Port Jefferson, New York.  Dr. Jan has been in practice for 15 years and he sub-specializes in patients recovering from alcoholism/addiction suffering from pain.  He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has been actively involved in the field of addiction medicine for 15 years.  He serves on the Leadership Council for the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and volunteers as Medical Director for the LICADD Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.  He also serves on the Nassau County, NY, Count Executive’s Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse, is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and the former Medical Director for the Town of Babylon, New York, Drug and Alcohol Services.
Sterling Johnson, JD, MA, Legal Research Analyst, Legal Science
Sterling Johnson, JD, MA graduated with a Masters from George Washington University in 2009 and from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 2012. Since 2013, he has worked with Temple University’s Public Health Law Program and its spin-out company, Legal Science. There, he works on projects related to policy surveillance and legal mapping of drug abuse policies for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Additionally, he serves as the chair of the public policy committee for PRO-ACT, a recovery grassroots organization in Philadelphia  where he advocates for criminal justice reform.
Jonathan Judge, MA, Director of Community Engagement, Rise Above Colorado
Jonathan Judge is the Director of Community Engagement at Rise Above Colorado. He brings significant curriculum design and program management experience to his role leading the outreach efforts for the organization. As director for the International Towne program at Young Americans Center for Financial Education from 2003-2008, Jonathan led curriculum creation as well as overall program management of a middle-school, hands-on education program in global economics. Moving on to become the program manager for the Colorado Meth Project, Jonathan developed and led the organization’s volunteer network, oversaw statewide outreach to schools and youth serving agencies, and led an initiative to design and pilot a nationally utilized Meth prevention curriculum. Jonathan designs, implements, and monitors the organization’s social media activity and leads large-scale community art projects across Colorado.
Kavitha Kailasam, MA, Community Programs Manager, Rise Above Colorado
Kavitha Kailasam is the Community Programs Manager at Rise Above Colorado. She has worked in youth development programs for the last 11 years in a variety of capacities and locations spanning the private and public sectors.  At Rise Above Colorado, Kavitha is responsible for supporting community partners in implementing youth engagement and prescription drug misuse prevention strategies. Prior to joining Rise Above Colorado, Kavitha directed a youth violence and substance misuse prevention funding program for the State of Colorado.
Lindsey Kato, BSPH, MPH, CHES, Heroin Strategies Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Lindsey Kato currently serves as the Heroin Strategies Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Her position allows her to interact in a state-wide multidisciplinary capacity, building and enhancing partnerships between prevention practitioners, treatment providers, recovery organizations, and law enforcement officials. Well-versed in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation, and passionate about substance abuse prevention and harm reduction, her position allows her to utilize all of the competencies of public health practice around the important issue of prescription opioid misuse and heroin abuse. Before accepting her current position, Lindsey spent two years working in suicide prevention on both a state and local level in Alaska, gaining experience and success in stakeholder engagement and coalition building. In 2012, Lindsey was adopted into the Tsaagweidí (Killer Whale) clan, a Tlingit clan of Southeast Alaska, for her interest and work in suicide prevention for Alaska Native youth.
Jack Killorin, Director, Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Jack Killorin became the Director of the Atlanta-Carolinas HIDTA in May 2006, having more than 30 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement and private security. Mr. Killorin joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 1976 as a special agent in the Philadelphia Field Division after serving as a police officer and vice and narcotics detective with the Norfolk (VA) Police Department. During his time with the ATF, Mr. Killorin held positions as the Chief of the Public Affairs Branch and as Executive Assistant to the Director for Liaison and Public Information. He retired as Special Agent in Charge in Atlanta, where he also served as a member of the HIDTA Executive Board. Mr. Killorin is a graduate of the Honors Program at St. John’s University in New York and served in the United States Navy, including combat service with the River Patrol Force during the Vietnam War.
John Kirtley, Doctor of Pharamcy, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy
John Clay Kirtley, PharmD, completed his pre-pharmacy coursework at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy with his Doctor of Pharmacy.  As a student, he was an active leader in the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists on the local, regional, and national level, namely as the APhA-ASP National President-elect, President, and as a member of the APhA Board-of-Trustees.  As a pharmacist, he has taken an active role in the mentoring of future pharmacists through his work as a community pharmacist, Community Clinical Clerkship preceptor for senior students, and as an Assistant Professor at UAMS College of Pharmacy.  In his current position, John serves as the Executive Director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.  John currently serves as a member and Treasurer of the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education’s Board of Directors as well as the President of MALTAGON, a Professional Association of Boards of Pharmacy across the Southeast US. 
Andrew Kolodny, MD, Co-Director, Opioid Policy Research, Brandeis University
Andrew Kolodny, MD, is one of the nation's leading experts on the prescription opioid and heroin crisis devastating families and communities across the country. He is a the Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.  He previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Phoenix House, a national non profit addiction treatment agency and Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Kolodny has a long-standing interest in public health. He began his career working for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.
Miriam Komaromy, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, FASAM  Dr. Komaromy is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the ECHO Institute (echo.unm.edu), which is a program based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center that is aimed at expanding access to treatment for traditionally underserved populations.  She is Director for the Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry teleECHO program, which engages and supports primary care teams in treating addiction and behavioral health disorders.  Through this program she has trained more than 480 physicians to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder. She practices addiction medicine in a primary care outpatient clinic setting, and is the incoming President of the NM Society of Addiction Medicine.  She has served as medical director for the NM State Addiction Treatment hospital.  She lectures nationally on clinical and health policy issues related to integration of addiction treatment into the primary care setting, and on the use of the ECHO model to train primary care providers to treat common, complex diseases such as behavioral health and substance use disorders.
Alex H. Kral, PhD, Director of the Behavioral and Urban Health Program, RTI International
Alex H. Kral, PhD, is the Director of the Behavioral and Urban Health Program in the San Francisco Regional Office of RTI International. Dr. Kral is an epidemiologist with expertise in community-based research with urban poor populations, focusing primarily on substance use including opioids and heroin. He is currently the principal investigator and co-investigator on several National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) funded studies of the relationship between infectious diseases, criminal justice involvement, substance use, and poverty. He has conducted several projects evaluating novel interventions including syringe exchange programs, overdose education, and naloxone distribution programs, and supervised injection sites.
Peter Kreiner, PhD, Senior Scientist, Brandeis University
Peter Kreiner, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University. He is Principal Investigator for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (www.pdmpassist.org), and for the PDMP Center of Excellence (www.pdmpexcellence.org), leading the Center's efforts to study PDMP effectiveness and identify best practices. He is also Principal Investigator for the Prescription Behavior Surveillance System at Brandeis, a longitudinal multi-state database of prescription drug monitoring program data to serve as an early warning surveillance tool and a tool to help evaluate changes in state policy and regulations. Dr. Kreiner has more than 20 years' experience conducting research and evaluation of substance abuse prevention and treatment systems and programs, at community, state, and regional levels. His research interests include small geographic area measures and models, specifically focused on rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdose cases, and measures of appropriate and inappropriate prescribing; and network analysis applied to inter-organizational networks and provider-patient networks related to care coordination.
Shruti Kulkarni, JD, Policy Director, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence
Shruti Kulkarni, Esq. is the Policy Director for the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), a not-for-profit organization working to reduce prescription drug abuse. In this role, she develops policy strategies to improve health care for individuals whose health or treatment has been affected by the nation's prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. She is also an Associate Attorney at DCBA Law & Policy, a Washington, DC-based law firm where she provides legal, regulatory, and policy counsel to members of the healthcare industry, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
Kirk Lane, Chief of Police, Benton Police Department
Benton, Arkansas Police Chief Kirk Lane began his law enforcement career in 1982.  In 1986, he went to work for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office for 22 years rising to the rank of Captain. His assignments during this time period include Patrol, Narcotics, Investigations, SWAT, and Honor Guard. In January of 2009, Lane retired from Pulaski County Sheriff's Office as the Investigation Division Commander and was appointed the Chief of Police of the Benton Police Department.  He has attended the University of Virginia and University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Commander's Academy, and the FBI National Academy 197th session. He currently serves on boards representing Arkansas for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, the Arkansas Chief's Association legislative committee and the Criminal Justice Institute.    Chief Lane is an active member of the Arkansas State working group for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and received the 2012 Marie Interfaith Leadership Award for his work in this area.
Diane Loftus, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy at Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, NY, Lewis County General Hospital
Diane M. Loftus is the Director of Pharmacy at Lewis County General Hospital (LCGH) in Lowville, NY. Since pharmacy school she has had great interest in preventing drug abuse. A daily focus in her practice over the last 15 years has involved addressing the diversion of controlled substances, including monitoring daily activities of both patients as well as health professionals who are licensed to dispense, administer, or prescribe controlled substances. Since 2011, Diane has implemented a pharmaceutical disposal program at LCGH, developed a brochure for local residents on safe disposal of controlled substances in the home, and helped create policy and procedures for local hospice patients to dispose of their medications safely. She helped organize LCGH’s first “Safe Pill Drop Off Day” in conjunction with the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2011, held every year since. Through a pilot project with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Diane recently implemented one of the region’s first ongoing drug take-back programs through the hospital pharmacy..
Michelle Lofwall, MD, DFASAM, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky
Michelle Lofwall, MD, DFASAM, is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Psychiatry in the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. She is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She has an outpatient addiction treatment practice and is actively engaged in teaching and clinical research, aimed at improving treatment for opioid use disorder.  She works closely with the addiction in pregnancy clinic at the University of Kentucky and also with providing addiction treatment to patients with severe medical complications of untreated opioid use disorder like endocarditis. Dr. Lofwall has been the recipient of several medical student teaching and mentorship awards, is a current board member for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and enjoys educating all members of society about the importance of access to medication-assisted treatment and providing parity for this chronic illness as we do for other medical illnesses.
TK Logan, PhD, Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky
TK Logan, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. Her research and writings focus on stalking, protective order effectiveness, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide, and health disparities of rural women with partner violence experiences. Dr. Logan also has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study women’s health, health service use, victimization and substance use. Dr. Logan is an author on over 140 research articles and serves on the editorial board of two international journals. Dr. Logan is currently the principle investigator on eight different project to evaluate a variety of substance abuse treatment programs.
Barry Logan, PhD, Vice President, NMS Labs
Dr. Barry K. Logan is Sr. Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives Chief Scientist at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where his responsibilities include management of toxicology resources, new test design and development, and expert testimony in forensic toxicology and chemistry. Dr. Logan is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologists (ABFT), and has over one hundred (100) publications and four hundred (400) presentations in forensic toxicology and analytical chemistry, including work on the effects of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana on drivers, drug caused and related death. His recent work has focused on the analytical and interpretive toxicology of emerging recreational and designer drugs. Dr. Logan’s other appointments include Executive Director of the Robert F. Borkenstein course at Indiana University, and Executive Director at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in suburban Philadelphia. He holds academic appointments at Indiana University, Arcadia University and Thomas Jefferson University. In recognition of his work and contributions, Dr. Logan has received numerous national and International awards, and in 2013-14 served as President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).
Jan Losby, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Jan Losby is Team Lead for the Prescription Drug Overdose Health Systems Team in CDC's Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. This team is responsible for implementing the CDC prescribing guideline in clinical settings, conducting applied health systems research, and providing scientific support to state public health departments. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Losby managed the evaluation arm of a non-profit evaluation organization where she designed and conducted evaluations of social service and public health programs in welfare reform, asset development, refugee services, mental health, substance abuse, and employment.
J. Antonio Luna, MA, Project Coordinator, Indian Health Council, Inc.
J. Antonio Luna, M.A., has worked in Native communities for 9 years conducting prevention and outreach work in areas related to underage drinking and prescription medications.  Mr. Luna has worked with Tribal After-school programs to develop health education that is tailored to the needs of Tribal youth. His interests are in health education related to mental health and substance use issues as a way to promote health and well-being in Native communities.
William Lynch, RPh, Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Kennedy University Hospital
William Lynch, BS-Pharm, RPh, received his pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and is a practicing clinical staff pharmacist with Kennedy University Hospital (KUH), the major core teaching affiliate with the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RSOM) where he serves as adjunct clinical faculty. His pharmacy background includes more than 29 years of clinical practice at KUH/RSOM and as a clinical preceptor for Rutgers University, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, along with being a healthcare professional partner of the Delaware Prevention Coalition and State of Delaware Substance Abuse Epidemiological Working Group. Mr. Lynch is a member of the Camden County New Jersey Addiction Awareness Task Force (CCAATF) where he serves as Education and Prevention Committee Co-Chair. Mr. Lynch is a certified New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Criminal Justice Police Training Commission Instructor. He is the overnight clinical staff pharmacist at KUH, which specializes in behavioral medicine providing pediatric, adolescent, and adult psychological care, 24/7 crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification and treatment services.
Gregory J. Mancini, MD
Gregory J. Mancini, MD, joined the faculty as assistant professor of surgery at The University of Tennessee in July 2006.  He was promoted to associate professor in 2012. His clinical practice and academic efforts focus on the area of minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He presents and teaches extensively both regionally and internationally on the topics of gastrointestinal, hernia, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Mancini is the founder and program director of the MIS & Bariatric Fellowship at The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. He has numerous publications to his credit in the medical literature and actively participates in basic science and clinical research. Dr. Mancini is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is active in national surgical societies, such as the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the American Hernia Society.
Gregory C. Marotta, President and CEO, CleanSlate Centers
Gregory C. Marotta is President and CEO of CleanSlate Centers. Marotta oversees the strategic and daily operational leadership of CleanSlate. With his extensive experience in leadership roles in the healthcare field, Marotta is an invaluable leader as CleanSlate continues to expand across the nation to combat the mounting opioid epidemic. Prior to joining CleanSlate, Marotta was the Senior Vice President of National Operations at U.S. Healthworks, where he oversaw a national network of over 230 healthcare facilities in 20 states. Before acting in this national position at U.S. Healthworks, Marotta worked as Senior Vice President of Operations in the east division and as Vice President of Operations at the company. Earlier in his career, Marotta served as Vice President of Outpatient Services at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Marotta obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kean University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Sarah Mars, PhD, Qualitative Project Director, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Sarah Mars, PhD, is Qualitative Project Director of the NIH funded 'Heroin in Transition' study at the University of California San Francisco and Visiting Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She has worked in research and policy on drug, alcohol and tobacco use since the 1990s in the UK and US. She is the author of the book The Politics of Addiction: Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and numerous papers on contemporary and historical drug use, including ‘”Every ‘Never’ I Ever Said Came True”: pathways from pills to heroin injecting’ (2013). Since 2012 she has been researching contemporary heroin use in the US.
Kristin Mattson, MPH, CHES, Health Communication Specialist Project Manager, ORAU
Kristin Mattson, MPH, CHES, is a Health Communication Specialist and Project Manager at ORAU. She has more than 10 years of experience working in the healthcare, education, and public health fields including seven years of managing health communication projects with federal clients and community-based organizations. As a communication, marketing, and social media strategist, Mattson has helped clients plan, implement, and evaluate various education, outreach, and promotion efforts. Mattson has dedicated much of her time at ORAU to serving many different audiences, but has a passion for developing strategies and materials for reaching low-literacy and at-risk/vulnerable populations.
Richard May, MD
Dr. Richard May’s began his career studying the life sciences, business economics and biostatistics. After working as a researcher at NASA, he went on to get his medical degree and worked in Denver as an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Orthopedic Trauma. He has served as the leader of several physicians’ organizations including as President of the Colorado Medical Society.  Dr. May went on to work as Vice President for Clinical Quality Improvement for HealthGrades and has consulted with over 100 hospitals on programs to improve patient care. More recently, he served as Senior Medical Director at Pinnacol Assurance, a not-for-profit workers compensation insurance company that covers one million working adults in Colorado. At Pinnacol, Dr. May directed all of Pinnacol's clinical quality improvement programs including Pinnacol’s extensive work on understanding and improving pain control and opioid use in the challenging workers compensation treatment environment. Currently, Dr. May serves as CMO at RxAssurance; a digital healthcare company that creates solutions to make it faster and easier for providers to manage all aspects of opioid prescribing according to national guidelines. At RxAssurance he oversees provider outreach and helps develop clinical pathways for opioid management.
Cheryl McClatchey, MA, LSP, Director of Inegrated Behavioral Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Cheryl McClatchey is director of behavioral health for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. She is responsible for management and oversight of the behavioral health product line for all lines of business including the BlueCare Tennessee state government business and the BCBST commercial business. Additionally, she is responsible for developing medical-behavioral integration strategies and appropriate coordination between behavioral health and medical products, including care management activities, utilization management activities and provider network initiatives. Most recently these integration initiatives have been focused on the IDD population. McClatchey led BlueCare’s efforts to address the issues of substance use disorders and opioid misuse. Efforts included collaboration with community health providers to bring the Mothers and Infants Sober Together program to a rural Appalachian community, where a large percentage of babies born in the community have been born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Sarah Melton, PharmD, BCPP, BCACP, FASCP, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University
Sarah T. Melton is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. She is the Clinical Pharmacist at the Johnson City Community Health Center and at Highpower, PC in Lebanon, Virginia. Dr. Melton received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1991) and Doctor of Pharmacy (1994) degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy (VCU). She completed a Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacy at VCU in 1996. She has been a board certified psychiatric pharmacist (Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties) since 1997 and a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist since 2011. She has been a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist since 2005 and is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. She performs comprehensive medication management in the areas of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, addiction, and other primary care disorders.
S. Hughes Melton, MD, MBA, Chief Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and Preparedness, Virginia Department of Health
As a leader, healer and educator, Dr. Melton's mission is to protect and promote the health of all Virginians. As Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, he improves internal operations and builds connections with stakeholders to realize the vision of Virginia as the healthiest state. Previously he served as the Vice President for Medical Education of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), a non-profit health system with 13 hospitals serving Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. He developed robust medical education programs to address workforce shortages and increase the capability of the medical community to meet the needs of the region.  In 2015, one of his teams won the President's Quality Award, the highest quality award granted at MSHA, and Dr. Melton received the Servant's Heart Award, the highest patient service award granted at MSHA.  From 2012-2014, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia facilities of MSHA.     
Gary Mendell, Founder & Chairman, Shatterproof
Gary Mendell is the founder and Chairman of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is the founder and former CEO of HEI Hotels & Resort and the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.
Paige Miller, Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES), Certified Preventionist, Hope House, Inc.
Paige Miller is the Development Director for Hope House, a nonprofit residential and intensive outpatient substance use treatment facility in Augusta, Georgia. She is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES), and serves as the treatment representative for the local Drug Free Communities Coalition in the CSRA, as well as the Young People in Recovery (YPR) Chapter Lead for Augusta. Paige helped to organize a recovery community development project, called Recovery On My Mind, in March of 2015 that brought together over 300 community members, along with other annual recovery community events. Her local advocacy includes initiatives around: employment, education, and housing for those in recovery, especially young people. Paige has a passion for working with individuals not only seeking treatment and in recovery, but also in promoting positive youth development for at-risk youth and children with parents suffering from substance use disorder.
Beth Mingey, BA, Director Prevention Education, Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems
Beth Mingey is responsible for planning, assessing, capacity building, implementing and evaluating alcohol, tobacco and other drug and problem gambling prevention programs in seven counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Mingey was the Drug and Alcohol Assistant Administrator at the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health where she oversaw all county-contracted Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities, including contract compliance, observation, monitoring and technical assistance; developed policy and protocol for D/A prevention services, HIV Counseling, Testing, Referral and Outreach and Student Assistance Program. Ms. Mingey is currently on the Board of Directors for Prysm Youth Center (LGBTQ) and recently co-presented Exploring Best Practice Opioid Overdose Death Interventions at SAMHSA’s 12th Prevention Day in Washington DC and CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute in Las Vegas.
Martina Moore, PhD, President and CEO, Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc.
Dr. Martina Moore holds a Ph. D. in counseling, education, and supervision. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor- Clinical Supervisor.  She is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. (MCMS). MCMS is an outpatient substance abuse and mental health organization with six locations in northeast Ohio. MCMS also provides employee assistance programs, organizational development, mediation services, and trainings to area businesses. MCMS provides treatment, transportation, employment training, employment placement, and other vital services to assist human trafficking victims. MCMS partnered with Jordan Community Resource Center to open three recovery homes for victims of human trafficking. Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University in the substance abuse and counseling department and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Martina completed her Ph.D. at Walden University, in Counseling Education and Supervision with a specialization in Consultation. She holds a Master’s degree from John Carroll University in Community Counseling and Human Services, and a Bachelor’s of Art’s degree from Notre Dame College in Psychology. She is a trained Gestalt Family Therapist, from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Martina is also a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).
John R. Moore, PhD, RN, Deputy Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John Moore came to CDC in 1988 to work in the Office of School Health and Special Projects, which later became DASH. After 11 years in DASH, he served as the policy team lead in CDC's Office of the Director in the former Office of Program Planning and Evaluation. He also worked at the CDC Foundation for 3½ years through an interagency agreement. John returned to CDC in 2008 where he served as the Preparedness Coordinator for the former Coordinating Center for Health Promotion. Beginning in 2010, John served as the CDC Foundation Liaison in CDC's Office of the Chief of Staff. John earned a B.S.Ed. from the University of Missouri – Columbia, an M.S. in Health Education from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He also graduated from the Blessing Hospital School of Nursing in Quincy, Illinois and maintains his nursing license in Illinois.
Roland S. Moore, PhD, Senior Research Scientist and Study Director, Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
Roland S. Moore, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Study Director at the Prevention Research Center in Oakland. His Ph.D. was awarded by the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Moore's fieldwork sites include a Central Greek community, U.S. factories, restaurants, military bases, Alaska communities and a Southwestern American Indian reservation. His research topics have included gender differences in drinking patterns and hangovers in the workplace. More generally, he is interested in the relationship between employment and alcohol and tobacco consumption patterns and problems, especially among young adults. His most recent research concerns ethnographic evaluations of tobacco policy in California bars, multi-unit housing, and casinos and community level prevention of underage drinking in Native American reservations. Methodologically, he uses both ethnographic and survey analysis.
Robert Moore MD MPH FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Partnership HealthPlan of California
Dr. Moore serves as Chief Medical Officer of Partnership HealthPlan of California, a County Organized Health System providing Medi-Cal Managed Care services to over 570,000 members in 14 Northern California counties.  He is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine, the Columbia University School of Public Health, and the Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center.  He has completed post-graduate training in Health Center Management, Health Care Leadership, and Quality Improvement. His professional interests include delivery system transformation, palliative care, intensive outpatient care management, chronic pain, and addressing social determinants of health.
Tara Moseley, Kentucky State Program Director, Young People in Recovery
Tara Moseley is a student at the University of Louisville, and completing a Bachelor degree in Political Science focused on Public Policy and Pre-Law, with a minor in Public Health. Tara has helped to develop two successful transitional living houses for women in the Louisville, Kentucky area. She facilitated trainings at a local homeless shelter with a recovery program, for people seeking higher education, and employment. Tara is also a person in long term recovery, and has been in recovery since April of 2011. In May of 2014, began working with Young People in Recovery because she watched many of her peers struggle to maintain their recovery because of living circumstances, employment, and lack of support; herself included. She has established a chapter in her community in Louisville, Kentucky.  The local Chapter has trainings that are open and free to the public for those seeking higher education and employment. She has worked with SAMSHA, BRAS TACS, the Department of Behavioral health to design a standard for youth peer supports services, and bring awareness of Recovery across the central region.
Kelly Murphy, MPH, Program Director, Health Division, National Governors Association
Kelly Murphy, MPH, serves as program director for the NGA Center Health Division. Murphy leads the division’s work related to public health including opioid misuse and overdose, maternal and child health, and public health preparedness. She directs cross-division, multi-state projects focusing on reducing opioid and heroin use and overdose with 11 states. In July 2016, she published Finding Solutions to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Road Map for States, a tool to help states mount a comprehensive public health response to the crisis including prevention and treatment, with effective health care and public safety strategies. She also leads a five-state collaborative on improving quality and access in maternal and child health through increasing access to care for women and children, improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs, and implementing Bright Futures to improve Well Child visits. Additionally, Murphy has spoken on expert panels and worked directly with states on preparing for and combatting Zika virus.
Tamara Neiman, National Director of Special Investigations Unit, Kaiser Permanente
Tamara Neiman joined Kaiser Permanente’s National Compliance, Ethics & Integrity Office as the director for the National Special Investigations Unit (NSIU), in 2012. Tamara oversees a team of senior managers who direct investigations into alleged criminal activity, including vendor kickbacks, conflicts of interest, contract fraud, drug diversion, medical identity fraud, and employee/member misconduct. In addition, Tamara and her team develop and provide training in the areas of fraud, waste, and abuse. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Tamara enjoyed a successful career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and retired as a supervisory special agent after 23 years of service.
Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
As the Chief Medical Officer of Virginia Medicaid, Dr. Neuhausen is responsible for developing and implementing clinical guidelines and strategic policy initiatives for Virginia's Medicaid program, which serves over 1.1 million low-income Virginians. She currently provides clinical leadership of Virginia's Addiction and Recovery Services Treatment benefit transformation and Substance Use Disorder 1115 waiver.  She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has conducted research on the health care costs associated with untreated mental illness and substance use disorder and co-authored a policy brief on "The Opioid Crisis Among Virginia Medicaid Beneficiaries.” She is a board-certified family physician and currently practices family medicine and teaches medical students at a primary care safety-net clinic in an underserved community.   She has provided comprehensive primary care to Medicaid and uninsured populations at safety-net clinics in Richmond, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta.   
Rita K. Noonan, PhD, Chief, Health Systems and Trauma Systems Branch, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Rita Noonan, PhD, is the leader of the Health Systems and Trauma Systems Branch in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, where both Rx drug overdose and traumatic brain injury prevention activities reside. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Noonan worked as a sociology and women’s studies professor at the University of Iowa. In this capacity she conducted research in Latin America on the global debt crisis, gender, social movements, and health outcomes. Dr. Noonan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Noonan received her doctoral degree in sociology from Indiana University in 1998.
Kathleen O'Connor, JD, MS, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Shatterproof
Kathleen O'Connor handles public policy and regulatory affairs for Shatterproof. She is also a member of the Public Policy and Regulation practice of Dentons in the firm's New York and Albany offices. With a concentration in administrative and regulatory law, she provides regular advice and counsel to clients interfacing with state agencies. Ms. O'Connor served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Meskill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 1999 after graduating from Fordham Law School. She has appeared for clients and argued in the Southern District of New York. Ms. O'Connor's government experience includes serving as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor John G. Rowland in Connecticut and Assistant to the Counsel for Governor George E. Pataki. In addition, she has experience with tax exempt and non-tax exempt deals in Connecticut as well as the New York State income tax deal.
Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, Clinical Director, HealthInsight Oregon
Nicole O’Kane, PharmD, is the Clinical Director at HealthInsight Oregon where she provides clinical oversight for health care quality improvement and research contracts. Her expertise includes the evaluation and reporting of medical data, as well as the design and measurement of person-centered interventions to improve the safety and effectiveness of medication use. Dr. O’Kane has extensive experience collaborating with communities to evaluate the incidence of harm related to adverse drug events, and support the integration of processes to improve medication safety. She is currently a leading member of two opioid safety coalition workgroups in Oregon, assisting in the development of effective policies and training for naloxone distribution and safe medication disposal programs. She also serves as co-Investigator on an AHRQ-funded project to develop and evaluate training aimed at community pharmacists to facilitate the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and enhance supportive, effective communication between patients, pharmacists, and prescribers around opioid management.
Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota
Dr.Olihe Okoro has training in community-based and patient outcomes research methods and experience in survey-based studies including design and statistical analysis of data. Her research focuses on health disparities with emphasis on social and behavioral issues in healthcare services and medication utilization.  Persons significantly affected by opioid over-dose and related morbidity and mortality are often from vulnerable populations which aligns this study with her area of research interest. Her recent research efforts have also focused on the impact of provider-patient interaction in health outcomes; with findings demonstrating the significant impact that providers can have on patient health-related behaviors and outcomes. The primary goal of the project that will be presented today is to increase end-user access to naloxone rescue while emphasizing environmentally safe drug disposal methods to reduce diversion in target patient populations
Elizabeth Oliva, PhD, VA National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Coordinator, VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center, VA Office of Mental Health Operations
Elizabeth Oliva, PhD, received her BA in psychology and sociology from UCLA, graduating Cum Laude with College Honors and Psychology Departmental Highest Honors. She received her PhD in clinical and developmental psychology from University of Minnesota where her graduate work was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Oliva completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at UCSD/VA San Diego and since then has worked for the VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center, VA Office of Mental Health Operations. She is currently the VA National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) Coordinator and is also a Core Investigator at the VA Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i). The VA is the first nationwide healthcare system in the United States to implement OEND and Dr. Oliva chairs the VA workgroup that developed the national OEND implementation and evaluation plan. Dr. Oliva was Principal Investigator on a VA grant that evaluated initial implementation of OEND within two Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) and was recently awarded another VA grant to evaluate the effectiveness of naloxone distribution within VA. She was also a Co-Investigator on a VA grant that developed and evaluated a multi-faceted intervention to improve access to pharmacological treatments for alcohol dependence. Dr. Oliva also serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Substance Abuse. 
Sandra O'Neill, LCPC, Approved Drug and Alcohol Supervisor, Approved Professional Counselor Supervisor, Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Sandy O’Neill is the Director of the Anne Arundel County Health Department’s Bureau of Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to serving the behavioral health needs of residents.  Sandy is a seasoned professional counselor and an effective public health program administrator whose work in the Behavioral Health field spans 20 years. Sandy is dedicated to providing and promoting the ethical, empathic and effective delivery of evidenced based treatment and education to those whose lives have been disrupted by behavioral health disorders. She is also passionate about increasing public awareness and understanding of behavioral health issues and how they impact the society as a whole. As the Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Bureau of Behavioral Health, Sandy has been on the front lines of addressing Anne Arundel County’s growing opioid epidemic. In partnership with local hospitals, state and federal officials, community agencies and the criminal justice system, Sandy and her team have been working on innovative approaches to reducing opioid abuse and overdose including the Overdose SOS model, which has been successfully implemented by the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, coordinating a public health response with our local HIDTA and the SAMHSA (now HIDTA) pilot project to map overdoses in real time in order to launch a response to prevent future fatal and non-fatal overdoses.
Ronne Otsby, MA, Directory of Strategy and Planning, ICF International
Ronne Ostby is an experienced social marketing and health communication professional with more than 19 years in the field. She has proven expertise in applying communication and marketing principles to consumer campaigns on a range of health concerns, including prescription drug misuse and abuse, illicit drug and alcohol use, tobacco use, suicide prevention, youth violence prevention, and adult immunization. Her skill set includes primary and secondary research, situational analyses, strategy development, creative planning and oversight, campaign execution, and project leadership. Currently, she is the director of strategy and planning at ICF International, where she leads social marketing strategy design, formative audience-based research, and program planning, and also manages integrated communication efforts.