Renee Amacher
Director of Marketing and Development
Meridian HealthCare
Renee M. Amacher has been the Director of Marketing and Development at Meridian HealthCare, an integrated healthcare organization in Ohio, for the last five years. In that time, Amacher has been responsible for helping rebrand the agency, along with improving the reputation throughout the community. She works to develop media relationships and attract new funders and private donations. She also oversees community relations, grant writing and event planning for the agency.

Thomas Baier
Behavioral Health Consultant/Trainer
(self employed)
Tom Baier is a consultant, trainer and clinical supervisor. He serves as adjunct faculty for the Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling where he was a Program Coordinator for 10 years. He also taught in the Drexel University College of Nursing & Health professions in behavioral health. Baier is the past president of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Certification Board, where he continues to serve on the board of directors and chairs its education committee and serves on the ethics committee. For four years, he served as the Pennsylvania delegate to the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium and the co-chair for the clinical supervision credential committee. Tom is a recipient of the Lorraine Hinkle Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of drug and alcohol treatment awarded by Villanova University and holds a master’s degree in Human Services. His other credentials include: Licensed Professional Counselor, State Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC,
Senior Clinical Educator
University of Colorado Hospital
Dr. Michael Barnes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. He is in private practice at Timberwolf Clinical Services in Lakewood, Colorado and he is the Senior Clinical Educator at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Barnes has 35 years of experience as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor and counselor educator. He brings significant expertise in the areas of addiction treatment, trauma therapy, and marriage and family therapy, with a specific interest in the development of trauma-integrated addiction treatment and the secondary trauma of family members. Dr. Barnes began his work in the trauma field in 1991 as a Ph.D. student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University. While there, Dr. Barnes worked within the Vietnam Veteran Families Program and the FSU Psychosocial Stress Research Center. Dr. Barnes primary research interests have focused on systemic trauma, having studied the impact of traumatic stress events on parents and on family systems. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.

Dr. Kenneth Blum PhD
Editor in Chief
The Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Addictive Sciences
In 1995 Kenneth Blum retired from the University Of Texas Health Science Center to enter the world of business and biotechnology. Blum continues to publish research articles and books, deliver lectures, and is actively applying for numerous patents in the field of molecular genetics and nutrition. He is an active Scientific Director of the Path Medical Foundation. His concept of Reward Deficiency Syndrome is being embraced in science and is part of the DSM-5. He serves as Editor in Chief of The Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Addictive Sciences and is currently serving on 12 other editorial boards. Currently he teaches at the Department of Psychiatry & McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida College of Medicine as well as at the Human Integrated Services Unit University of Vermont Center for Clinical & Translational Science, College of Medicine and at the Department of Psychiatry for the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Blum also has been named Honorary Lifetime Full Professor in the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary. He currently serves as neuroscience advisor for Dominion Diagnostics.

Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP MD
Director of Health and Human Services Health Officer, Baltimore County
Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Gregory Branch is the Director of Health and Human Services for Baltimore County. As a native of New York City, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Branch completed his training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the William Osler Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition, he received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business. Dr. Branch has practiced medicine for over 20 years. He is nationally recognized as a Certified Physician Executive and is currently on the faculty at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Public Health.

Lawrence R. Brown Jr. MD, MPH, FASAM
CEO
START Treatment & Recovery Centers
Dr. Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of START Treatment & Recovery Centers, has a MD from the NYU School of Medicine and a MPH from the Columbia University School of Public Health. He has appointments as Associate Physician, Rockefeller University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Medical College, Cornell University. A member of NYS’s Public Health and Health Planning Council and the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, previously served on the Board of Directors of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), and as President, American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has served on various governmental committees with over 100 peer-reviewed published reports related to addiction consequences and improving substance abuse treatment. The New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and CPDD have bestowed the distinction of Fellow on Dr. Brown.

Amanda Burnside MA, ATR
Clinical Specialist/Art Therapist
Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers
Amanda Burnside is a Team Therapist and Art Therapist at the Retreat at Lancaster County, an inpatient setting for adults with addiction disorders. She earned her master’s degree in art therapy and is currently working toward obtaining Licensed Professional Counselor degree. During her graduate program, Burnside fulfilled two internships at the Retreat and now plays a major role in its art therapy program.

Colleen Burns, MA, LMHC, LADCI
Colleen A. Burns, LMHC, LADCI, has been working with adults and families in various capacities since 1997. She has worked for public and private sector organizations, as well as non-profit agencies and government-sponsored programs. Ms. Burns was a staff clinician at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. At Bay Cove Treatment Center in Boston, Massachusetts, she earned a secondary licensure as a supervisor in substance abuse and mental health disorders. Ms. Burns has lectured nationally at conferences and co-authored a treatment manual for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT.) Ms. Burns continues to enhance her areas of expertise as a candidate for the Certified Health Coaching program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Along with working with various research projects and providing service trainings for local college counseling centers. Colleen works in her private practice in Brookline, MA, and is a member of the APA, MaMHCA, and NAADAC.

Osvaldo Cabral MA
Director of Operations
The Lookout Boulder
Osvaldo Cabral, MA, LPC, LAC has worked as a primary therapist and in Executive Leadership since 2002. He has worked in various treatment settings to include residential, intensive outpatient, DUI/substance abuse programs, domestic violence, sex offender clinics, community mental health centers and the chronically mentally ill. Areas of expertise include Aggression Replacement Training, CBT, DBT, trauma-focused therapies and working with co-occurring disorders. He has worked with a variety of clients and age groups, including the Spanish-speaking population.

Fatina Cannon
Clinical Director
NorthStar Transitions
Fatina Cannon came to the addiction field by way of trauma research and a desire to empower others who were self-harming through substance and addiction based processes. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, holds a Master Addiction Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor II certifications, and is a Registered Dance Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. Additionally, she is committed to guiding the therapeutic team at NorthStar to deliver cutting edge and client centered addiction treatment.

Deni Carise Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
Recovery Centers of America
Deni C arise is a Clinical Psychologist and has been part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Clinical Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA), and helped raise $350 million for this start-up company. Previously she held similar positions at CRC Health Group, Sierra Tucson, Phoenix House, and was a National Institutes of Health-funded scientist. Carise has published over 100 articles, books and chapters and has been an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She has worked internationally with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil and China to develop national systems of clinical treatment delivery

Kenneth Carter
Medical Director, Acute Care and Residential Psychiatric Services
SalusCare
Kenneth Carter is board certified in Psychiatry, completing his psychiatry residency at Jacobi Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and earning a masters of public health at Columbia University. He is also a board certified full body acupuncturist. Currently, Carter is medical director of SalusCare’s Florida acute care and residential services for adults with general psychiatric conditions including co-occurring and primary substance use disorders. He is past president of National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). He has published in peer reviewed journals including primary research on the integrated use of NADA ear protocol in the management of substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Kathy Coleman
Corporate Clinical Trainer
Pyramid Healthcare,Inc.
Kathryn Coleman, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CAADC, has experience in multiple behavioral health services, including Associate Clinical Director of Addiction Medicine Services for UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute/Clinic; Training Director for the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions; Clinical Educator/Trainer for the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment Project; and has served for 19 years at the St. Francis Medical Center. Coleman directed residential and outpatient programs and worked with populations across the life span in areas including substance abuse, forensics, medication assisted treatment, perinatal addiction, and co-occurring disorders. She is a trainer for Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and served as adjunct faculty at Penn State University, Robert Morris University and Community College of Allegheny County. She has served on several state committees as well.

Tracy Collander MSW
Executive Director
Northwest Community Hospital

Ben Cort
Consultant, Founder
Addiction Treatment Marketers Organization
Ben Cort’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since 6/15/96, Cort left his position as a human resources director for a S&P 500 firm to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport. He was appointed to the board of directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers and their Allies). Cort’s first book, “Stirring the Pot,” is due out this year. After serving at the University of Colorado Hospital’s chemical dependency treatment service line, he moved on to focus on marijuana education and consulting inside of the substance use disorder treatment field.

C . Scott Dehorty LCSW-C
Executive Director
Delphi Behavioral Health Group, Maryland House Detox
C. Scott Dehorty has been working in the field of addiction for the past 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Elon University in North Carolina and his Masters of Social Work from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work. Scott began his career working in the admissions department at Ashley Addiction Treatment in Havre de Grace, MD. He then went on to become the Executive Director of the Limen House, a halfway house for substance abuse, in Wilmington, DE. He became interested in working with chronic pain patients when he started working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a social worker in the Department of Psychiatry in 2005. He has now returned to Ashley Addiction Treatment to lead the clinical aspects of the Pain Recovery Program. In addition, Scott has private practice offices in Bel Air and Lutherville, MD.

Michael DeLeon
Executive Director
Steered Straight, Inc.
Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, Criminal Justice and a CADC Certificate. He is pursuing his MAC from Liberty University. Michael is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2000 designed with the intention of carrying a message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael has spoken to over two million students and young adults as a motivational speaker. Michael wrote, directed and produced “Kids Are Dying” a documentary on New Jersey’s Overdose Epidemic, “An American Epidemic”, and a documentary on the national overdose epidemic plague.

Ruchi Dhami
Director of Market Research & Development
Recovery Brands
Ruchi Dhami is the director of research at Recovery Brands where she oversees the development and implementation of research investigations to elevate the standard of addiction treatment. Dhami and her team primarily focus on objective and authentic academic studies that aid in meeting the needs of individuals seeking care, treatment facilities, and the addiction industry as a whole. Dhami is an expert in quantitative methodologies with extensive experience in utilizing survey tools to develop products and programs to increase efficiency. Previous to Recovery Brands, Dhami’s work includes physician-industry transparency research at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Bioethics, and studies on improving the efficacy of conflict of interest reporting at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She has also authored several peer-reviewed articles in the addiction industry.

Terry Diclaudio
Family representative
Westbridge
Terry DeClaudio is a dedicated mother and truly believes in the power of including families in the treatment process of co-occurring disorders. She will join Robin Pinard in her presentation, “Embracing Families in Treatment: Understanding the Family’s Perspective.”

Carlo DiClemente Ph..D.
Professor or Psychology
UMBC
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Community Collaboration at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). In the laboratory at UMBC, he and his graduate students conduct projects that focus on smoking initiation and cessation, SBIRT training, motivation and stages of change for various health behaviors, mechanism of change in addiction, implementation and dissemination of empirically supported treatments, and creating integrative screening instruments to support client collaboration and integrated care. DiClemente is co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors.