Director, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention
Michael C. Barnes, Esq., is chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy (CUSP), a not-for-profit organization working to enhance Americans’ health, safety, and opportunity. He is also a partner at DCBA Law & Policy, a nationally recognized law firm. Barnes is a leading advocate for individual rights and innovative responses to some of the top policy issues in the U.S., including the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl crisis; health care; criminal justice reform; and privacy. He regularly provides legal and political analysis for FOX Business. Barnes has been a member of the advisory board for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit since 2011, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Drug Enforcement Committee since 2014, and the editorial board for the Journal of Opioid Management since 2015. Barnes was a political appointee under President George W. Bush, having served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Senior Legislative Attorney
Senior Policy Advisor
Betty-Ann Bryce is a senior policy advisor at the and staff lead on Opioids Initiatives. Ms. Bryce co-chairs the Rural Opioid Interagency Working Group formed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to help address the opioid crisis by improving coordination of and reducing potential overlap among the Federal responses in the Nation’s rural communities. Before joining the USDA, she served, as the Administrator for the Rural and Regional Unit at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), for several years, in Paris, France. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, she holds a Masters in Economic and Territorial Development from the L'Institut d'Etudes Politique (IEP) de Paris (Sciences-Po) in France, and a Masters in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the United States.
Vice President, Professional Affairs
Dr. Kelly J. Clark, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM President, American Society of Addiction Medicine Founder, Addiction Crisis Solutions
Dr. Kelly Clark is board certified in both addiction medicine and psychiatry. She has focused her career on issues of addictive disease, evidence-informed behavioral health care and payment reform. She founded Addiction Crisis Solutions to focus on educating all stakeholders on addiction in the service of transforming addiction care to evidence-based, cost-effective practice. She has provided expertise about the opioid crisis to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Comptroller General; the Pew Trusts, National Safety Council, and National Business Group on Health; as well as numerous provider and payer organizations. Clark earned a master's degree in business administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. She continues her work as a founding member of the Advisory Board of the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit.
As Chief Operating Officer for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance, Mary Colvin focuses on the day-to-day operations of the organization. She manages several departments including Underwriting, Claims, and Field Services. Mary joined KEMI in 1996 and, over the course of her tenure, has held a variety of management-level positions. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and obtained her MBA from the University of Phoenix. Mary is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mary currently serves on the board of directors with Operation UNITE and Women Leading Kentucky.
Coordinator, Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Project, National Emerging Threat Initiative, A National HIDTA Initiative
Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory
Patrick J. Morrison Assistant to the General President International Association of Fire Fighters
Patrick Morrison is the Assistant to the General President for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in the Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine. The IAFF is an International Labor Union representing over 310,000 professional fire fighters in the United States and Canada. The Division of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine provides IAFF affiliates with a comprehensive array of services addressing the occupational health and safety of fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Division as well as the development and implementation of fire service occupational health and safety standards, including those promulgated by federal, state and provincial governments, including crucial health and safety issues published by National Fire Protection Association, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and IAFF Wellness Fitness Labor/ Management Task Force. Mr. Morrison’s expertise is in the design and implementation of health, safety and wellness programs to improve fire fighters’ overall physical and mental health, address their medical needs and increase protections from the hazardous elements of firefighting. Prior to joining the IAFF, Mr. Morrison was a career fire fighter for 21 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Fairfax, Virginia.
Dr. Mary Dale Peterson is a pediatric anesthesiologist who is board certified in anesthesia and critical care. She also has a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration. Dr. Peterson is President of Driscoll Health Plan and a VP in the Driscoll Children’s Health System. Dr. Peterson was selected by the Texas Commissioner of Health and Human Services to chair the Quality-Based Payment Advisory Committee to help develop Medicaid quality benchmarks and innovative payment systems. Dr. Peterson is involved in state and community matters as a content expert and patient advocate, especially concerning issues that affect Medicaid children and pregnant women. Dr. Peterson has focused on care for low-income pregnant women, focusing on improving premature birth rates and perinatal outcomes. She instituted a value added program for pregnant women with Substance Use Disorder prior to the State of Texas providing this as a Medicaid benefit in an effort to lower the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. She has also worked with the neonatologists to develop policies, procedures and care plans for these infants affected by NAS in all the NICUs in the region. Dr. Peterson has been involved in organized medicine for over 30 years and has served as President of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists, is a Delegate to the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association, and currently serves as the First Vice President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Judge Tapp has devoted a substantial portion of judicial career to the development of effective substance abuse and community treatment programs.
Currently, Judge Tapp serves as the Chairperson of Kentucky’s Circuit Judges Education Committee and in that capacity is responsible for the education of all general jurisdiction and family court judges. Until 2017, Judge Tapp served as Co-Chairperson of the Judicial Child Fatality Task Force which focused on the safety of children within the judicial and child protective system. He also currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council and the U.S. Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Judge Tapp is a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of justice related issues and formerly an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
Judge Tapp received his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1991, and a B.A. from Morehead State University in 1983.