Speakers for the next NCAD will be announced in early 2019. Below are speakers from 2018.
Tim Fong
Tim Fong
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Lyle Fried
Lyle Fried CAP, ICADC
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
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.

Daniel Gemp
Daniel Gemp
President & CEO
Dreamscape Marketing, LLC
Featured in Bloomberg, the New York Times, and a series of healthcare publications, Daniel Gemp has been the President and CEO of Dreamscape Marketing since its founding in 2005. Dreamscape is a leading provider of professional business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing strategy, patient acquisition marketing, and custom digital campaign development for addiction treatment providers. With client facilities in 37 states, 2017 was a record year with 10,000+ patients admitted via clients’ own web sites & 17 design/marketing awards won, including finalist for Search Engine Land's 'Large SEO Agency of The Year'.

Dan maintains consultative focus on extremely efficient and proprietary SEO techniques focused on R.O.I. A graduate of Villanova University’s school of business, Dan applies financial modeling to Dreamscape’s business intelligence campaigns to consult partners on a cost-per-action marketing model. Dreamscape engineers and develops custom solutions for small to large treatment centers and recovery service providers with targeted research, products, and content-centric campaigns that result in new revenue streams, increased brand awareness, implementation of new lead development systems, and direct sales activation.

Dan Griffin
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. Griffins’ 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
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
Pamela Harmell 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.

Bragg Hemme
Bragg Hemme JD, Esq.
Shareholder and Vice-Chair
Polsinelli Behavioral Health Law Group
Bragg Hemme draws on a wealth of practical experience and a solid understanding of the industry gained during her time as both external and internal counsel. Her experience includes advising clients regarding the complex and ever-changing federal and state regulatory environment. She focuses her practice on payer concerns such as: Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, enrollment issues, appeals, licensure and certification, regulatory compliance, fraud, and referral issues. She approaches each issue with a practical application unique to the client’s context and has a strong background working with numerous healthcare entities.

Bruce Hennes
Bruce Hennes
CEO, 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
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
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.

Adi Jaffe
Adi Jaffe PhD
Adi Jaffe is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the psychology department at UCLA and is the president and co-founder of IGNTD, which offers experiences for couples and individuals seeking recovery. Jaffe's work and research focus on changing the way Americans think about and deal with mental health and addiction issues. He received his doctorate from UCLA in 2010 and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications. He is a frequent speaker discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole.

Craig James
Craig James LCSW, MAC
Co-Founder, Director of Operations
Insight into Action Therapy
Craig James, LCSW, MAC, has over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He is the Co-founder and director of operations of Insight into Action Therapy and is on the board of the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals. James’s clientele of adolescents and adults includes students, business executives, professional and amateur athletes, and those with court involvement.

Benjamin Kaneaiakala
Benjamin Kaneaiakala III, MBA, LAADC
Phoenix Rising
Benjamin Kaneaiakala is CEO of Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health Care Services and Phaite Behavioral Health Care Services. He has extensive experience in the addiction and behavioral health field, working in various leadership roles for the past 29 years. A licensed advanced addiction drug counselor, Kaneaiakala earned a bachelor’s degree in business management, masters in business administration and is working on a doctorate of management in organizational leadership degree from the University of Phoenix.

Eryca Kasse
Eryca Kasse LICSW
Founder & Director
CHOICES in Healing & Recovery, LLC
Eryca Kasse is an LICSW in Washington, DC with a background in clinical services with individuals and groups living with co-occurring mental health & substance use disorders. In 2016, she launched her social work consulting practice CHOICES in Healing & Recovery, LLC which provides clinical supervision for social workers & addiction counselors, and CEU trainings & workshops for people in recovery focused on trauma informed care in behavioral health. She received her MSW from Howard University in 2010 & BSW from George Mason University in 1998. Her clinical work across a variety of communities has addressed poverty, incarceration, oppression & trauma across the lifespan. Her consulting practice CHOICES welcomes adults living with mental health & substance use disorders whether they choose abstinence or harm reduction, 12 Step or non-spiritual recovery models; to utilize, reduce or discontinue psychiatric medication. CHOICES! In name and mission.

Andrew Kessler
Andrew Kessler JD
Founder and Principal
Slingshot Solutions LLC
Andrew Kessler is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. With 15 years of policy experience, Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other federal stakeholders. Kessler has written legislation and report language published by both the House and Senate and has presented before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board and others. Kessler received his bachelor’s degree in 1993 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1999, he graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he received multiple awards and recognition for his legal analysis.

Scott Kiloby
Scott Kiloby
Founder & Lead Facilitator
The Kiloby Center for Recovery, Inc.
Scott Kiloby is an author and international speaker on mindfulness and addiction recovery. Scott is also the founder and director of the Kiloby Center for Recovery. After twenty years of addiction to drugs and alcohol, Scott began to develop Natural Rest for Addiction which has helped people all over the world confront the root of their addiction, anxiety and depression.

Originally from southern Indiana, Scott was an attorney for several years before becoming an author. He travels extensively across the United States and in Europe giving talks, seminars and intensives. Scott is married and lives in the Palm Springs area where the Kiloby Center is located.

Along with his work at the Kiloby Center, Scott is also the director and co-owner of the Natural Rest House, a detox and residential addiction treatment center located in La Quinta, California.

Maggie Klyce
Maggie Klyce LICSW, PIP
Private Practice
Maggie Klyce is a therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, addiction, anxiety, and trauma. She has worked in treatment settings across the continuum of care and served as Clinical Director of a residential treatment facility. She currently sees clients in her private practice, Counseling Specialists of Birmingham, for individual, family, and group therapy. Maggie is an EMDR trained therapist and has obtained her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation. She serves as a board member on the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals Alabama Chapter. Maggie has given multiple presentations on eating disorders with a specific emphasis on treating co-occurring eating disorders and addiction.

Stephanie Lake
Stephanie Lake MEd, CATC IV, TTS
Intervention Services Coordinator
University of California, Davis
Stephanie Lake is the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Intervention Services Coordinator, University of California, Davis, where she has worked for 17 years. Lake received her certified addictions treatment counselor (CATC) degree in 2009 and has completed master’s level training. She is also a Mayo Clinic certified tobacco treatment specialist.

Leon Larimer
Leon Larimer PhD FICPP
Director of Clinical Services
Beacon House
Leon Larimer completed his graduate studies through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Larimer conducted his pre-doctoral internship through the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, as well as a postdoctoral residency through Children's Hospital Medical Center in San Francisco. He has postdoctoral certifications in clinical psychopharmacology, addiction treatment and family therapy. He is currently the Director of Clinical Services for Beacon House in Pacific Grove and has been in private practice for over 35 years.