Jack Abel
MDiv, MBA, Senior Director of Spiritual Care
Caron Treatment Centers
Rev. Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA is senior director of spiritual care for Caron Treatment Centers. In this role, Abel leads Caron’s integrated spiritual care team and represents Caron on the subject of spirituality in addiction and other behavioral health care. Co-founder and current president of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals, Abel also serves in a volunteer role as CFO of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and has pursued advanced studies at Catholic University and The New Seminary. An ordained interfaith minister with past service as an endorsed substance abuse chaplain and pastor in the United Methodist Church, he is the principal presider for Caron’s weekly chapel service. He is also a member in good standing of the North American Academy of Liturgy and A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy.

Claudia Black
Claudia Black
Claudia Black is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2014 Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award, the NAADAC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, the 2010 Conway Hunter Award for excellence in the field of addictions and the 2012 Robert Rehmar Addiction Professional Award. She has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as well as on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Her workshops have been presented to a wide range of audiences including military academies, prison systems, medical schools and mental health and addiction programs. Black has extensive multi-cultural experiences working with agencies and audiences in Japan, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, England and Canada. She is the author of: It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies and Secrets, The Truth Begins With You, Intimate Treason and her most recent book, Unspoken Legacy.

Dr. Kenneth Blum
BSc, MSc, PhD, DHL, Chairman of Board and Chief Scientific Officer
Geneus Health, LLC
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 and is actively pursuing 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. Additionally, he teaches at the department of psychiatry and McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida College of Medicine, at the University of Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science 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 at Eötvös Loránd University, located in Budapest, Hungary. He currently serves as neuroscience advisor for Dominion Diagnostics.

Art Bowler
PsyD, Private Practice
Dr. Art Bowler
Art Bowler, PsyD, is an expert in trauma and substance abuse treatment. He has worked in treatment facilities for addictive disorders related to drugs, alcohol and food. Bowler was the addictive behaviors specialist at AIDS Project Los Angeles and works in private practice in Los Angeles, California.

Angie Bryan
MA, MEd, MFT, Recovery Program Manager
UC Santa Barbara
Angie Bryan, MEd, MA, MFT, is a counselor, recovery specialist, and recovery program manager for the Alcohol &Drug Program at University of California, Santa Barbara, where she provides individual and group therapy. Bryan founded the Gauchos for Recovery program in 2012 and has been involved with the collegiate recovery movement both in the UC system and nationally.

Osvaldo Cabral
MA, LPC, LAC, Director of Operations
New Health Pain Treatment Center
Ozzie Cabral has worked in addictions and mental health since 2002. Areas of expertise include dialectical behavior therapy, skills training and treating dually diagnosed clients. Additional areas of specialization include aggression replacement training, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapies and co-occurring disorders. His experience spans a range of treatment settings including residential and outpatient treatment facilities, domestic violence and sex offender clinics, and community mental health centers. Cabral, along with Bari Platter, published a comprehensive curriculum with Hazelden Publishing, focusing on the integration of dialectical behavior therapy with 12-Step philosophy. In addition, he founded and operates Song of the Wolf Healing Center, a wolf and wolf-hybrid rescue located in Bailey, Colorado.

Stefanie Carnes
PhD, LMFT, CSAT-S, Clinical Sexologist, President
International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals
Stefanie Carnes, PhD, is the president of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and a senior fellow for Meadows Behavioral Healthcare, where she works with sexually addicted clients and their families. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy-approved supervisor. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor. She is the author of numerous publications including, “Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts,” “Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts,” and “Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs.”

Nicole Corbin
LPC, Adult Behavioral Health Services Manager
Oregon Health Authority
Nicole Corbin, LPC, is in her 25th year in the behavioral health specialty. Corbin has served in many roles in the treatment, prevention and policy worlds including: mental health and addictions treatment for children, families and adults; training and supervision of clinicians seeking certification and licensure; clinical and administrative oversight of behavioral health programs; and prevention education and outreach. Additionally, she was program manager for Oregon's Addictions and Problem Gambling Services.

Gina Crowley CRADC, MRSS-P, MARS
CRADC, MRSS-P, MARS, Substance Use Disorders Counselor
FCC Behavioral Health
Gina Crowley has worked at FCC Behavioral Health in Cape Girardeau for 4 years. After 32 years of active addiction and coming to FCC Behavioral Health as a client, Ms. Crowley has maintained her sobriety for 6 years. Returning to FCC Behavioral Health, Ms. Crowley began her career in substance use disorder treatment as a Treatment Technician, working with the women in a residential setting. Ms. Crowley moved to classroom instructor and then her current position as a full-time Substance Use Disorders Counselor. Working with the Missouri Credentialing Board, Ms. Crowley has received her MRSS-P, CRADC, and MARS certifications. Ms. Crowley now teaches MRSS-P classes, is active in Alcoholics Anonymous groups, and a leader of Celebrate Recovery.

Ines Eaton
MS, Program Manager
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Ines Eaton, MS, is the program manager for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) substance use treatment and recovery unit. She joined the department in 1997 working in sexual abuse/high risk treatment and investigation units and later served as the first detention liaison at the Hartford Juvenile Detention Center. She became the supervisor for the DCF court and community liaison, where she worked on interagency coordination efforts for court-involved children as well data dashboards for juvenile justice involved youth. Inés currently works in the clinical and community consultation and support division managing substance abuse programs for youth and caregivers.

David Fawcett
PhD, LCSW, Sex Therapist
David Fawcett PhD, LCSW, is a social worker and sex therapist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specializing in gay men’s health. He is the author of “Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery,” which explores the intersection of gay men, drug use and high-risk sexual behavior. Fawcett is currently consulting on a variety of diverse projects, including a documentary on chemsex, capacity building for addictions treatment among LGBT youth in Hong Kong, and the development of treatment protocols for stimulant misuse among MSM for the European Union. He frequently presents workshops on LGBT health, addiction, HIV, and co-occurring disorders, and has served on the Project Coordinating Committee for SAMHSA’s HIV and Mental Health Training and Resource Center. He has also been featured on SAMHSA’s “Road to Recovery” television series.

Lyle Fried
The Shores Treatment & Recovery
Lyle Fried is a board-certified addictions professional, an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a certified recovery residence administrator, an approved training provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a certified health coach with Villanova College of Nursing. Fried has served as the executive director and program manager of residential and outpatient facilities. He was vice president of a six-county homeless coalition and a founding member of the Mental Health Action Team in Miami-Dade County. He has served as a drug court panel member and as a primary therapist in high-end and state-funded facilities. Currently Fried is conducting research with Kenneth Blum on dopamine homeostasis, bringing functional balance to the dopamine reward pathway for “reward deficiency syndrome,” the neuroscience of neurotransmitter supports for mood stabilization and relapse prevention. Their research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Beck Gee-Cohen
LADC, MS, Owner and Consultant
BGC Consulting
Beck is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender & Sexuality and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. He has written articles and papers directly addressing the need for training staff on LGBTQ+ communities. Beck is an internationally regarded speaker and workshop presenter. He has helped create programming for LGBTQ+ specific treatment programs and works closely with LGBTQ+ recovery communities around the world. Beck has over 12 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in recovery and mental health communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities shift their culture and become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations.

Dan Gemp

Dan Griffin
MA, CEO & Lead Consultant
Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc
Dan Griffin, MA, senior fellow of The Meadows, has dedicated his work and life to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Griffin is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact the “Man Rules” have on their personal lives and their professional lives. Griffin’ newest book, “A Man’s Way through Relationships,” is the first book written specifically to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the “Man Rules.”

Austin Harlan
PhD, LP, MAC, CMPC, Director of Clinical Quality at the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation
University of Colorado Health System
Austin Harlan received his Master of Arts in counseling from New Mexico State University and his Doctorate of philosophy in counseling psychology at the University of North Texas. Harlan has specialty training and certifications in addiction, sport and performance psychology, and psychological assessment. He began working in addiction in 2008 and has had multiple roles in the field, including: addiction counselor, team supervisor, psychologist, and director of clinical quality. He has lectured and presented at national conferences on addiction and sport and performance psychology.

Pamela Harmell PhD
PhD, Senior Lecturer
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Pamela H. Harmell, PhD, is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. A professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, she has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice. Hamell is a former chair of the California Psychological Association State Ethics Committee and is the current co-chair and past-president of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee.

Bruce Hennes
Managing Partner
Hennes Communications
Bruce Hennes is CEO of Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis management and crisis communications. Hennes Communications serves corporations, nonprofits, health care, government agencies, manufacturers and educational institutions -- as well as law firms and their clients -- that are �on trial� in the Court of Public Opinion. With over 40 years� experience in communications, Bruce and the firm�s past and present clients include the Cleveland Host Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention, University Hospitals, Avery Dennison, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Kent State University and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as scores of law firms and municipalities across the U.S. Active in the community, Bruce has served for eight years on the executive committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, he�s an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University�s Levin College of Urban Affairs and a member of the board of the Cleveland Leadership Center.

Tony Hoffman
Founder, Former BMX Pro, U.S. Olympic Coach & Person in Recovery

Tony Hoffman is a former BMX Elite Pro and placed second at the 2016 World Championships. Hoffman also has been sober since May 17, 2007. His BMX career started in high school, as he was a top-ranked BMX amateur with multiple endorsements. He also started drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and using prescription painkillers. In 2007, he was sent to prison for two years, but in time began rebuilding his life’s purpose. After paroling prison in late 2008, Hoffman started living out his dream with his addiction behind him. As soon as he was released, he used the experience to inspire others to live their life with purpose. Hoffman has dedicated his life to awareness projects around the country, while advocating a shift in thinking towards recovery.

Mariana Izraelson
PsyD, LCADC, Program Director Outpatient Services
Ashley Addiction Treatment
Dr. Izraelson joined Ashley in May 2015 as the Director of Outpatient Services. Dr. Izraelson brings years of clinical and managerial experience in the outpatient addiction setting. She previously managed State Care Coordination, Maryland Recovery Net, and Women and Children programs for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County, as the Director of Recovery Care Services for HealthCare Access Maryland. Through her professional roles over the past ten years, Dr. Izraelson has strengthened her knowledge of professional procedures, research, and understanding of a myriad of evidence-based substance abuse treatment methods. From her experience in rural Maryland to working in Baltimore City, Dr. Izraelson has been dedicated to providing high quality public health prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations.