Featured Speakers

2020 Vision: Focus on Addiction brings together national and state addiction experts addressing the latest research and strategies related to the addiction field. Check back periodically for updates to our speakers list.

Gary Mendell

Founder, Chairman & CEO



Tony Hoffman

Founder, Executive Director

The Freewheel Project

Stigma and Barriers to Recovery: From a Family Lens

Gary Mendell

Founder, Chairman & CEO


The Stigma of Addiction

Tony Hoffman

Founder, Executive Director

The Freewheel Project

6th Stage on Grief and Loss — Finding Meaning

David Kessler

Author, Founder of Grief.com

Addiction & Trauma Informed Care After COVID-19

Steven Drzewoszewski

Director of Addiction Services

Hackensack Meridian Health

All Health Communication is Now In-Home: How to Adapt to the New Normal of COVID-19

Dr. Joe Smyser

Chief Executive Officer

Public Good Projects (PGP)

Uncovering the Impact of Alcohol Use on Women's Health

Aaron White, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Communities

Dr. Phyllis Holditch Niolon

Senior Scientist for ACES Prevention

Division of Violence Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wading into the Telehealth Pool: Providing Legal and Ethical Telemental Health Services

Melissa J. Westendorf, J.D./Ph.D.

Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider

Technology Wellness Center

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study: Teen Brains. Today's Science. Brighter Future

Dr. Gayathri J. Dowling

Director, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Project

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Issues in Tobacco Dependence Treatment

Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH

Medical Director

Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: Building Health Equity

Haner Hernandez, Ph.D., CPS, CADCII, LADCI

Independent Consultant

Massachusetts Organization Addiction Recovery (MOAR)

Addressing a Crisis: Cross-Sector Strategies to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Suicide

Jonah C. Cunningham

Government Relations Manager

Trust for America's Health

An Incomplete Story: The Unveiling of Health Disparities During COVID-19

Dr. Tawanda Hubbard

Social Work Educator and Practitioner

CLEAR Alliance and its Scope of Drug Prevention Education and Impaired Driving in Oregon

Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Oregon

Opioids and Beyond: Current Drug Threats

Timothy P. McMahon

Special Agent

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Breathing Your Way Into Calm: Integrating Mindfulness Into Your Personal and Clinical Practice

Danna Markson, LCSW

Founder & Director

Mindsoother Therapy Center

Impaired Driving in a Post-COVID-19 World

Pam Shadel Fischer

Sr. Director, External Engagement & Special Projects

Governors Highway Safety Association


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