Israil Ali, MPA
Director of the Division of the National Health Service Corps (DNHSC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)
Israil Ali, MPA, is the Director of the Division of National Health Service Corps (DNHSC) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). For more than 15 years, Ali has served in various roles in the federal government, including Deputy Director of BHW’s Division of Health Careers and Financial Support. He has dedicated his career to improving health outcomes in underserved communities by optimizing access to a quality health workforce. Through the DNHSC, Ali administers scholarship and student loan repayment programs that incentivize health professionals to care for underserved communities. Currently, there are nearly 20,000 NHSC primary medical, dental, and behavioral health providers caring for almost 21 million patients across the nation.
Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Anne M. Herron currently serves as the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Affairs at SAMHSA. The activities of the Office include policy liaison work in such areas as disaster and emergency management, tobacco and health, tribal affairs and policy, and international global health and territorial affairs. The policy innovation work encompasses such activities as workforce development and policy coordination of block grants, among others. In addition, the Office is responsible for the overall direction and management of SAMHSA’s ten regional offices and the Office of Communication.
Elizabeth Kittrie, DrPH Candidate
Acting Director of the Division of Policy and Shortage Designation and Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Elizabeth Kittrie, DrPH Candidate, is currently serving as the Acting Director of the Division of Policy and Shortage Designation and Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator of the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In this capacity, she advises the Associate Administrator and Deputy Administrator on a wide range of programmatic and policy issues related to the Bureau’s $1.82 billion portfolio. Kittrie participates in a number of cross-cutting groups, such as the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council Integration Subcommittee, Maternal Health Interagency Policy Council, and HHS Executive Order Working Group on the Development of a Sustainable Public Health Workforce. Prior to joining HRSA, Kittrie served as a Senior Advisor in the Immediate Office of the HHS Secretary as well as the Office of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Kittrie was awarded a Milken Institute School of Public Health DrPH Fellowship in 2021 to pursue a doctorate (part-time) in Public Health at George Washington University.
Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS
Director of Public Policy, La Hacienda Treatment Center and Public Policy Co-Chair, NAADAC
Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS, has 45 years of experience in the treatment profession and has served in various clinical, management, and administrative capacities. Layton has been with La Hacienda Treatment Center since 1992. Currently, she is the Director of Public Policy and leads La Hacienda’s advocacy efforts in Texas and nationally. Layton co-chairs NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee and is the Immediate Past President of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), NAADAC’s Texas affiliate.
John Lisy, LICDC-CS, OCPC, LISW-S, LPCC-S
Executive Director, Shaker Heights Youth Center and Public Policy co-Chair, NAADAC
John Lisy, LICDC-CS, OCPC, LISW-S, LPCC-S, is the Executive Director of the Shaker Heights Youth Center. He also currently serves on the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and is the Chair of the Treatment Committee. He was awarded the NAADAC Advocate of the Year award in 2005 and has served as NAADAC's Secretary, Treasurer, and Mid-Central Regional Vice President. Lisy has served as the President and State Legislator Chair of the Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC), NAADAC's Ohio affiliate, and is the recipient of its August Martin Meuli Humanitarian Award. He was a founding member of the Coalition for Chemical Dependency Licensure and chaired the Ohio Alcohol and Drug Policy Alliance. He has been a participant in Leadership Ohio and was the Chair of the Social Welfare in Jamaica Conference, a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the University of the West Indies. He coordinated the Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce Development Project in Ohio for OAADAC.
Angela Maxwell, PhD, CPS
Angela Maxwell, PhD, CPS, works with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she oversees the planning, implementation, and evaluation of primary prevention services across the state. Prior to her current role, she served as the Prevention Services Director for Alcohol and Drug Services (20 years). Maxwell has worked in substance use primary prevention for nearly 28 years. Maxwell is also the co-founder of a private training and consulting group. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Science degree in Agency Counseling from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from NC A&T State University. Maxwell is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and has served as an adjunct professor community college level. She has served on several local, state, and national boards, task forces, and committees. She has facilitated numerous workshops on the local, state, and national levels in the areas of substance use prevention, addiction, workforce development, ethics, social justice, strategic planning, coalition development, and workplace wellness. Maxwell is sought after as an authority in the field of primary substance use prevention. She has received three statewide substance use professional of the year awards (2008, 2010, 2019). She began her term as NAADAC’s President in October 2022.
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
Executive Director, NAADAC
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 46 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 in 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
Executive Director and Director of Legislative Affairs, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
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 (D-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 Johns Hopkins University.
Justin Phillips, MA, LMFT, MAC
Executive Director, Options Recovery Services, and President, Addiction Professional Association of California (APAC)
Justin Phillips, MA, LMFT, MAC, currently serves as Options Recovery Services’ Executive Director since November 2020. Prior to his role as Executive Director, Phillips served as Options’ Chief Operations Officer, overseeing agency-wide operations. Phillips has held senior leadership positions in Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties for over 15 years. He has directed and developed large substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment programs and played a critical role in developing and overseeing Alameda County’s first substance use detoxification and crisis center, which now services over 10,000 people annually. He has held senior leadership roles with multiple non-profit agencies, directing housing and homeless programs, crisis mental health centers, and mobile crisis teams. Phillips currently serves in a voluntary capacity as the Board President for the Addiction Professional Association of California (APAC), NAADAC’s California affiliate. Phillips is also a decorated military combat veteran, being honorably discharged in 2002.
Julie Shroyer, MSW
President & CEO, Wheat Shroyer Government Relations, LLC
Julie Shroyer, MSW, has more than 32 years of federal health policy experience, including service on Capitol Hill as committee staff and in senior positions in the non-profit and private sectors. A respected advisor to congressional and presidential campaigns, she is sought after for her recognized expertise in health care and public policy. In late 2021, Shroyer helped launch Wheat Shroyer Government Relations, LLC as a public service-oriented advocacy organization. Shroyer is proud to serve as a Washington policy consultant to NAADAC and is dedicated to advancing support for addiction professionals and those in need of addiction treatment and recovery. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
Sr. Public Health Advisor, Office of Public Health, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
June Sivilli, MA, is Senior Public Health Advisor, Office of Public Health, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President. Her extensive public health policy career includes multiple leadership and technical roles at ONDCP: Assistant Director for Public Health, Education and Treatment; Public Health Division Chief; Treatment Branch Chief; and International Advisor for Demand Reduction. She led initiatives to integrate SBIRT into mainstream health, the expansion of medication for opioid use disorder, and the establishment of addiction medicine as a medical sub-specialty. She drafted and implemented the first national treatment plan. She currently leads efforts to increase SUD screening and case-finding, addiction workforce, and MOUD. Prior to joining ONDCP, Sivilli conducted research in the private sector. Her training is in sociology from George Washington University (MA) and Stony Brook University (BA).
Thomas D. Stuber, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
President and CEO, The LCADA Way, and Pubic Policy Member, NAADAC
Thomas D. Stuber, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, is the President and CEO of The LCADA Way and an Adjunct Professor of Addiction Counseling at LCCC and Ashland University. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Wright State University and an MBA from Ashland University. He completed post graduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and The Johnson Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds professional licenses as an LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, & SAP. Stuber has been happily married to his wonderful wife, Susan, for 43 years and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
the honorable alan wheat
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MO), and Chairman, Wheat Shroyer Government Relations, LLC
The Honorable Alan Wheat ran for and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1982. At the age of 30, he made history by becoming the youngest African American ever to serve in Congress. Congressman Wheat voluntarily left the House in 1994 to run for a seat in the United States Senate. He won the primary to become the first minority candidate selected as a major party nominee for statewide office in Missouri. While he did not win the general election, he has continued his career in the public arena. He served as Vice President of Government Relations for CARE, the international aid organization, then as President Clinton’s Deputy Campaign Manager. He later founded Wheat Government Relations and is currently the Chairman of Wheat Shroyer Government Relations, LLC, which focuses on providing support to public service clients.
Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
Melanie Whitter is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD). In this role, she coordinates and facilitates timely information exchange to the states and territories concerning policies, programs, and practices related to substance misuse and use disorders, identifies state issues that merit study, and provides technical assistance. Prior to her role at NASADAD, she held the position of Principal Associate and led Abt Associate’s Behavioral Health Practice. She has also held the position of Single State Agency director for alcohol and drug services for the State of Illinois and served on the NASADAD Board of Directors. Over her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to advancing system change by building workforce and infrastructure capacity, creating and sustaining partnerships, and emphasizing research and evaluation.