Fifth Annual Alaska Training Institute Featured Speakers
H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM
H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, FASAM, is currently the Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. He is formerly the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, where he led the agency’s national effort to provide effective and accessible treatment to all Americans with addictive disorders. Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He also holds a Medical Doctorate degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard University Law School. Clark received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. He is American Board of Addiction Medicint (ABAM) certified in Addiction Medicine. Clark is licensed to practice medicine in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan. He is also a member of the Washington, DC, Bar.
Michael DeMolina, PhD, LPCS, CDCS, MAC
Michael DeMolina, PhD, LPCS, CDCS, MAC, has more than 30 years of experience as a therapist, trainer and consultant. As a Master Trainer of EFT and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (NLP), he has taught across North and South America, from the Mohawk Nation in Canada to the Sacred Valley of Peru. He co-wrote and is the Lead Trainer of the online EFT Certification Course through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. A life-long learner, DeMolina is most interested in exploring where ancient wisdom meets cutting-edge science. He is the founder, President & CEO of Wisdom Traditions, an Integrative Healthcare Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Lynn Eldridge, MEd
Lynn Eldridge, MEd, is a Mental Health Clinician III for the State of Alaska, where she has worked since 2000. Eldridge is a leader in the state regarding substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders, and her expertise is often relied upon to guide SUD and mental health programs. Eldridge oversaw all non-profit and for-profit Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) for the State of Alaska while also assisting other non-profit agencies in the development of medication-assisted treatment programs. She has lectured about various behavioral health topics across the state. Prior to her current role, Eldridge worked as a clinical director for SUD/mental health programs serving both youth and adults. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Gary Ferguson II, BS, ND
Gary Ferguson II, BS, ND, is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Healthy Communities Consultant living in Anchorage, Alaska. He is a facilitator, motivational speaker, health coach and technical consultant to communities and agencies around how to more deeply address contributing factors to health and well-being. Ferguson is Aleut/Unangax, originally from the Shumagin Islands community of Sand Point, Alaska. His past positions include providing clinical services to his home region at Eastern Aleutian Tribes, serving at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as Senior Director of Community Health Services and at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program as Chief Executive Officer.
Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP II
Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP II, has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She has a Doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling program at Walden University. In addition, she has a thriving private practice where she provides clinical supervision, clinical services to our military, and addictions-related trainings and education around the country. She has been providing telebehavioral health services to individuals and groups for the last three years, and is a certified telehealth practitioner. She began her term as NAADAC’s President in October 2020. She is involved with regulatory and credentialing activities in Colorado and she is very involved in regional workforce recruitment and retention activities. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, and clinical supervision.