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Featured Speakers

The 2024 NJPN Annual Conference: Connecting the Continuum of Care brings together national and state experts addressing the latest research and strategies related to substance use disorder. Check back periodically for updates to our speakers list.

Keynote Speaker

William R. Miller

Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

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Plenary Speakers

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Ruben Baler

Health Scientist

National Institutes of Health

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Jamie Ducharme

Health Correspondent

TIME Magazine

Featured Presenters

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Jennifer Austin

Field Intelligence Manager,

Drug Enforcement Agency

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David Bruno


Bianchi Law Group


James Johnson

Secretary,​ NAADAC


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Alexis LaPietra 

System Director, Addiction Medicine Emergency Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health


Tony Polizzi

Trainer, New Jersey

Prevention Network

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Tana Russell

Assistant Director, Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

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John Bardunias

Detective Sergeant,

NJ State Police

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Kira Chontow

Assistant Supervisor,

Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute

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Mita Johnson

Immediate Past President and Secretary,​ NAADAC

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Michael Litterer

Vice President, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, RWJBarnabas Health

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Colber Prosper

CEO and Senior Consultant, Prosper & Partners International Consulting Firm 

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Tim Ryan

Peer Recovery Workforce Development Trainer,

New Jersey Prevention Network


Robert A. Bianchi


Bianchi Law Group

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Jessica Hulsey

Executive Director

and Founder,

Addiction Policy Forum

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Eric Kussin


#SameHere Global

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David Nash

Director of Legal Education and National Outreach, Foundation for Educational Administration

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Sam Rivera

Executive Director,

OnPoint NYC

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Rachel Taylor

Supervisor, Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute

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