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, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, is the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). 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.
Director of Public Policy, La Hacienda Treatment Center
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.
Executive Director, Shaker Heights Youth Center
John Lisy, LICDC-CS, OCPS II, 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 for 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 Addictions Counselors 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 the Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (OAADAC).
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 May 2014 through Hazelden Publishers. She has served as President of NAADAC, Certification Board Commissioner, International Chair, Treasurer and Legislative Chair for NAADAC.
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 (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.
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 sector. 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 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.
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, 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 (NASADAD), Inc. 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.