Below are our speakers from MPRC 2019...stay tuned as this page is updated with our speakers and presenters for 2020!
Below are our speakers from MPRC 2019...stay tuned as this page is updated with our speakers and presenters for 2020!
Terrence (Tj) Aitken
Tj is a young person in recovery and is a leader in the young people’s recovery community. Tj has been in recovery since July 9th of 2016. He has found his pathway of through 12 step groups and Christianity. Tj was introduced to CCAR through volunteering at the recovery community centers and was encouraged to enter the field of recovery coaching. He has been with CCAR since October 2017 as an Emergency Department Recovery Coach, and has worked with over 700 recoverees in the ED.
Giri Bek & Govinda
Giri is a Certified Transformational Breath® Trainer, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, E-RYT500, and Yoga of Recovery® counselor. She is the co-creator of the Breathe In Recovery online program, and creator of the CD, Inner Peace in Recovery. Govinda is a Certified Transformational Breath® group leader, Conscious Cuisine Chef and Certified Yoga Teacher. He is the co-creator of the Breathe In Recovery online program.
Jeff Breedlove serves as Chief of Communications and Policy for the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. Jeff is an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America, Vice-President of the Maynard Jackson High School PTA. In 2018 Jeff was awarded the “God Send Award” from the Boy Scouts of America for dedication and service to the Boy Scouts. In the recent past, Jeff Breedlove served as Chief of Staff for DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester.
The Reverend Jan Brown is a woman in long term recovery and Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation, an RCO. Jan is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, is a Recovery Coach Professional, and is an international scholar on Addiction Studies. She serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, Recovery Consultant on SAMHSA States Targeted Response (STR), and Consensus Panel Member for the SAMHSA TIP - Peer Recovery Support Specialists.
Jennifer came to the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) after retiring from a successful career in construction as a Project Manager. She is a skilled communicator, coach, and manager. Her background in Organizational Leadership, Program Management, and as a woman in long term recover, provided a framework for the successful implementation and growth of CCAR’s Emergency Department Recovery Coach Program.
Founder, White Bison, Purpose Prize Winner 2009. Coyhis developed Wellbriety, a substance abuse recovery program that taps the power of Native American culture, tradition, and community to help heal his people.
Dona Dmitrovic is the Executive Director at Foundation for Recovery leading the statewide recovery community organization, Foundation for Recovery, Dona’s expertise in organizational development and implementation of peer support has grown FFR as a valued resource in Nevada. Her experiences include National Director of Consumer Affairs at Optum, UnitedHealth.
Shannon Egan is an award-winning grant writer and has raised over 2.5 million in funds for US-based recovery organizations. She is the author of No Tourists Allowed: Seeking Inner Peace in War-Torn Sudan. Currently, she works as a marketing and development consultant for addiction recovery organizations world-wide. She is a motivational speaker on 'Creativity in Recovery' and 'Multiple Pathways’. In her spare time, she masquerades as a cosplayer to offer a creative take on living in recovery.
John Hamilton re-joined Liberation Programs in 2018, having served as the agency’s VP of Clinical Services and Senior VP from 1996-2006. He is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of addiction treatment and prevention, and brings three decades of experience to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer. John chairs the advisory board for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and serves on the Governors Alcohol and Drug Policy Council.
Founder / The Voices Project, author of “American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis--and How to End It.” (co-presenting with Dona Dmitrovic, executive director / Foundation for Recovery)
Haner is a person in long-term recovery from addiction and is committed to eliminating health disparities by working at the national, state, and local levels. He is currently a Senior Consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, with a focus on disparities, building health equity, addiction treatment, recovery supports, and the Recovery Support Centers located throughout the Commonwealth. He also consults and teaches a number of courses at the New England ATTC.
Lisa Hope, ATR-BC, LCAT, LADC, MAC
Lisa is a Nationally Board Certified Art Therapist, Masters Addictions Counselor and Designated Recovery Coach Professional. Lisa teaches and trains many areas in the field of Substance Use Disorders including Recovery Coach trainings and CASAC Curriculum. She maintains a private practice where she coaches, provides therapy, formal supervision, and trainings. Lisa Hope is also the recipient of the internationally recognized “Those Who Make A Difference” honor 2018.
Patrick J. Kennedy
He has been formally recognized for his mental health advocacy and leadership many times over the years. He is the recipient of many national awards. Amid countless recognitions, meaningful partnerships, and political affiliations, Patrick J. Kennedy’s most important achievement continues to be leveraging his powerful family legacy in the arenas of civil rights, mental health, and intellectual disabilities to advance the cause of social justice and health equity for all people.
Dennis is the Director of Business Development at In The Rooms. He has 3 years of recovery as of 9-17-2019. Dennis has two children, a daughter Elizabeth and a son Andrew (who is also in recovery). After working with two Fortune 500 companies: Xerox and First Data Corp., Dennis ventured out on his own in 1998 and founded Kingsley and Associates, a bank consulting firm which he sold in 2015.
Executive Director/Co-Founder, Rebel Recovery Florida, Justin Kunzelman is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of Rebel Recovery. He has led community organizing and direct services centered around Syringe Access Programs (SAP), Naloxone Distribution, Recovery Peer Supportive Services, Harm Reduction and person centered framework.
Durga Leela is the founder of Yoga of Recovery®, a comprehensive program that integrates Yoga and Ayurveda with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors.
Storyteller and Teaching Artist, Phoenix Tales Recovery Storytelling Andrea Lovett has been performing and teaching storytelling professionally for 25 years. She is the recipient of the New England Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award and The Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network. Lovett was the first to create a workshop for personal short stories for performance in New England.
From the mean streets of Oakland, California, to stages, theaters, prisons, arenas all over the world...former convict and recovering homeless drug addict Mark Lundholm has entertained, U.S. Presidents, CEO’s, inmates, families, students, inpatients, physicians and healers of all kinds all over the world. In 10 foreign countries and all 50 states, Mark’s very unique style of heart, hope and healing is the core message of every keynote, comedy show and corporate workshop he delivers.
Patty McCarthy, M.S., is the executive director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, a national recovery advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Faces & Voices, she was a senior associate with the Center for Social Innovation (C4), where she served as a deputy director of SAMHSA’s BRSS TACS initiative. Ms. McCarthy also served for a decade as the director of Friends of Recovery-Vermont (FOR-VT), a statewide grassroots recovery community organization.
Whitney Mielke, LCSW
Partnership Manager, The Phoenix Whitney started her journey with The Phoenix in 2015 as a participant. Moved by the transformative power of physical activity within a healing environment, she began her work with the organization to further the inclusive, healing culture embodied in The Phoenix and develop relationships with other recovery support services.
Denver Chapter manager, The Phoenix Before working for The Phoenix, Mike attended events as a participant and volunteer. He developed a passion for coaching and enrolled in an exercise science program at Metropolitan State University. Mike is in long-term recovery and his role as Denver Chapter Manager allows him to build community while providing peer support.
Program Manager & Chapter Coordinator, Young People in Recovery (YPR), Tara Moseley is a graduate from the University of Louisville and has focused her studies on public policy, with a concentration in psychology and criminal justice. Tara is a person in long term recovery and has been in recovery for over eight years. In May of 2014, she began working with Young People in Recovery. She is now a Program Manager and Chapter Coordinator to develop chapters of Young People in Recovery.
Principal Facilitator, 3c Recovery Support Training Institute. Since April 2012 Tyrell Moyd has been serving in the Behavioral Health profession, and under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll Christopher Conquest, began facilitating recovery support trainings. After Mr. Conquest's untimely death, Tyrell established the 3c Recovery Support Training Institute in June 2018. Tyrell's mission is to serve well.
Dawn Mullinax is a person in long term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. For her that means she has not used substances since March 2007. Long term recovery has given her a life of hope and the ability to overcome life challenges without using substances.
A veteran of 44 years of recovery, Rick's experience, strength and hope are evidenced in his successful roles as husband, father, recovery retreat master, teacher and author. His "Little Books for the Seeker's Soul," offering recovery insights, spiritual guidance and proverbial wisdom have been read by thousands in need of a candle in their darkness.
Recovery Coach and Teaching Artist, Phoenix Tales Recovery Storytelling Meghann Perry, CARC, is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, speaker, actor, teaching artist, and award-winning storyteller. She uses her degree in Theater Education and her passion for performing arts in combination with her work as a recovery coach and recovery advocate in many creative projects. Learn more at www.meghannperry.com
In 1984, Kenny co-founded the New Life Recovery Center in Miami, a premier addiction treatment center that helped numerous rock stars, writers, high-profile athletes, and politicians. New Life was sold in 1995. Subsequently, he Co-founded IFN (Internet Financial Network, an early Internet startup that provided real-time financial information to consumers via subscription model).
Proudly in recovery, Ruth Riddick is a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, an experienced CART Recovery Coach Academy trainer, and a CCAR Recovery Coach Professional. Widely acknowledged as a peer recovery subject matter expert and a best practice trainer, she primarily serves at Sobriety Together™ and ASAP’s New York Certification Board.
Barry came to CCAR as an Emergency Department Recovery Coach after a long career serving people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. As a person in long term recovery Barry uses his lived experience with recovery to connect recoverees in the Emergency Departments in Connecticut.
I began my successful path in recovery when I discovered LifeRing just over a decade ago. Its support has been instrumental in my reintegration to self and society. This marks the 4th time I’ve had the pleasure of attending this conference. I currently chair the San Francisco Behavioral Health Commission where my focus is on promoting integrative, holistic services to better support consumers whose needs have been unaddressed.
Michael Serrano, RCP, is a person in recovery. Michael first came to CCAR as a volunteer in 2016, and shortly after attended Recovery Coach Academy in 2017. He then became an Emergency Department Recovery Coach, attending other trainings along with participating in numerous outreach programs and events. Michael is also a man of faith who is an active member and volunteer at South Congregational Church. His free time is spent with his wife and two daughters.
Cini Shaw MA, AADC, CASAC II, NCPRS, MATS, is an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Recovery Coach and a Recovery Coach Trainer. She has a private practice in New Canaan, CT, and is a Senior Rehab Therapist at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health in Westport, Ct. She partners with individuals to help them develop acceptance, empowerment, self-compassion, and a sustainable recovery plan.
Beth Terrence, CPRS, CRNC
Founder of Holistic Recovery Pathways, LLC Beth Terrence is on a mission to raise awareness about holistic pathways of recovery. She is a Shaman, Recovery Coach and Facilitator. Beth is founder of Holistic Recovery Pathways, LLC, offering workshops, retreats and trainings nationally. She is also adjunct faculty with Faces & Voices National Recovery Institute and a CCAR Core Trainer.
Tim is an outdoor educator and recovery coach trainer who specializes in guiding people through the external and internal wilderness. Over the last 25 years, he has founded and led numerous programs and institutions in the youth development and addictions recovery and prevention fields.
Bill has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies and had worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 until his retirement a few years ago. He has served as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, researcher and well-traveled trainer and consultant. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 articles, monographs, research reports and book chapters and 20 books.
Greg is a strategic health policy consultant and communications specialist. As person in long-term recovery from addiction, Greg’s career has been dedicated towards creating positive changes in access to quality health care and recovery supports for the over 20 million American’s still struggling with addiction. He is the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, The Anonymous People and Generation Found. Greg has a master’s degree in addiction public policy from NYU.
With over 43 years of continuous recovery, John Winslow, M.H.S, is the founder of International Recovery Day. He is also past coordinator of NCADD-MD’s Recovery Leadership Program and past President of the Maryland Addictions Directors Council (MADC), and until retiring from State service served as Director of the Dorchester County Addictions Program and oversaw the DRI-DOCK Recovery & Wellness Center in Cambridge, Maryland. He has provided prevention, treatment, and recovery-related trainings.
Kelvin Young is a Sound Healer and a person in long-term recovery which means he hasn't consume alcohol or any other drug to cope with emotional distress since March 6th 2009. The first time he was exposed to sound healing, Kelvin discovered the sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and gongs calmed his mind, relaxed his body and nourished his soul. He went on to study sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance.
Maggie Young is Chief Recovery Officer at Liberation Programs, Inc. and has been working in addiction prevention, residential and outpatient treatment services for more than 25 years. Maggie is uniquely dually qualified as a clinician and as an administrator. Prior to her recent promotion, to Chief Recovery Officer, Maggie had oversight of Youth and Family Resource Program.