Israil Ali, MPA, is the Director of the Division of the National Health Service Corps (DNHSC) in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). Ali’s team is dedicated to connecting highly skilled health professionals to the nation’s most vulnerable communities. This is accomplished by providing scholarships and student loan repayment incentives to qualified clinicians. The NHSC currently supports over 16,000 providers caring for more than 17 million patients in underserved communities.
Tom Coderre is well known in the addiction recovery community and joined SAMHSA as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator in August 2014 and is now the Acting Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA. He is the former Chief of Staff to the Senate President in Rhode Island, the former National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and former board chair of his statewide recovery community organization, RICAREs. Coderre also served as a member of Rhode Island Senate from 1995–2003. He is a graduate of Rhode Island College where he earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science. Coderre works on a variety of issues for SAMHSA and represents the agency with other HHS offices and operating divisions, and with the White House.
Robert Daley is a Legislative Director in the Washington, DC, office of Polsinelli, a national law and public policy firm. He has over a decade of public policy experience, including serving as an aide to Members of Congress. Daley works with a wide range of health care clients to develop legislative strategies, craft policy solutions and represent their interests before policymakers in Washington. He helps clients navigate and understand changing political and legislative dynamics to appropriately adjust their advocacy efforts to meet their goals. He has worked to secure favorable client outcomes on federal appropriations, as well as legislation to modernize Medicare reimbursements, and reduce opioid prescribing. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC.
Danielle Daly, PhD, is the Division Director for the Division of Demonstration Monitoring and Evaluation within the State Demonstrations Group. Her division sets the monitoring and evaluation expectations for state section 1115 demonstrations, provides technical assistance to states on their monitoring and evaluation efforts, and oversees federal evaluation efforts.
Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, is the Chief Medical and Health Officer and Senior Vice President at March of Dimes. In his role, Gupta provides strategic oversight for March of Dimes’ medical and public health efforts. Additionally, Gupta serves as the interim Chief Science Officer overseeing the research and global health portfolio. He currently also serves as Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as Visiting Faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In his previous position, Gupta served under two governors as the Health Commissioner of West Virginia. As the state’s Chief Health Officer, he led the opioid crisis response efforts and launched a number of pioneering public health initiatives that have since been held as national models.
Michael Kemp, NCAC I, ICS, CSAC, CSW, has worked in the addiction treatment profession for 35 years and has provided clinical supervision to addiction programs and counselors in all levels of care for over 20 years. Kemp recently retired as Director of Peer Recovery Services for Oregon State Hospital and returned to Wisconsin. He was adjunct faculty in the Fox Valley Technical College Addiction Studies Program for over 15 years and has served on various addiction treatment and services boards in Wisconsin since 1998. Kemp has served as Co-Chair of NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee for the past seven years and is currently a Commissioner on National Certification Commission.
Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, has 43 years of experience in the treatment profession. Layton has been with La Hacienda Treatment Center since 1992. She manages outpatient care, continuing care services, and coordinates La Hacienda’s advocacy efforts in Texas and nationally. Currently, she co-chairs NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee and is the current President of TAAP, NAADAC’s Texas affiliate.
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and has worked as an addiction professional for 48 years. She has been a trainer in Domestic Violence/Anger Management and Conflict Resolution for over 30 years as well as an international, national, and state trainer. Moreno Tuohy is also a curriculum writer in addiction screening and evaluation, counseling methods, conflict resolution, co-occurring disorders, ethics, documentation, and medicated assisted treatment and recovery, and has written articles published in national and other trade magazines. Her book, Rein in Your Brain; from Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery was released May 2014 through Hazelden Publishers. She has served as President of NAADAC, Certification Board Commissioner, International Chair, Treasurer and Legislative Chair for NAADAC.
Robert I.L. Morrison is the Executive Director & Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). Morrison first came to NASADAD in 1998 as Public Policy Associate. He then served as Associate Director of Government Relations at Smith, Bucklin and Associates from 1999 to 2001. Morrison returned to NASADAD in 2001 as Director of Public Policy and went on to become Executive Director in 2009. He first came to Washington in 1993 to work for the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ). Morrison graduated from Drew University in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and completed graduate work in American government at the Johns Hopkins University.
Julie Shroyer, MSW, is Senior Policy Advisor in the Washington, DC office of Polsinelli, a national law and public policy firm. She has more than 30 years of federal health policy experience including service on Capitol Hill as committee staff and in senior positions in both the non-profit and private sector. A respected advisor to congressional and presidential campaigns, she is sought after for her recognized expertise in health care and public policy. Shroyer serves on the Board of Directors of House of Ruth, a DC-based non-profit organization that empowers women, children, and families to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse, and homelessness. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in social work and earned a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.
Michael Tankersley is a Technical Director at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Division for Benefits and Coverage within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group. He serves as the policy lead on the Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Initiative to address opioid and other substance use disorders. Tankersley has spent over 10 years at CMS working on a range of Medicaid benefit issues.
Congressman David Trone was elected in 2018 to serve Maryland's Sixth Congressional District, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties. Congressman Trone serves on the House Appropriations and Veterans' Affairs Committees and the Joint Economic Committee, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, mental health, and funding for medical research.
With 18 years of experience as an elected official, including 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Missouri’s 5th district from 1983-1995, The Honorable Alan Wheat is a highly regarded figure in Washington, DC, among his peers and former colleagues. Recognized in Congress for his extraordinary skill in building coalitions, he was the youngest Member in history to be appointed to the powerful House Rules Committee. He also served as a Democratic Whip and as deputy campaign manager and director of public liaison for Clinton-Gore in 1996. He spent 15 years as founder and principal at Wheat Government Relations, and is now chair of Polsinelli’s Public Policy practice.