Let NAADAC hear your voice!

Every two years, NAADAC members have the opportunity to select officers who will determine the direction of the Association, and represent their geographical regions on the NAADAC Executive Committee. All 2023-2025 terms will begin in October 2023, immediately following the NAADAC 2023 Annual Conference.

Officer (President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer) elections and elections for the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Northeast, and Northwest Regional Vice-President positions are held on even years. Elections for the Mid-Central, North-Central, Southeast, and Southwest Regional Vice-President positions are held on odd years.

This year, the following Regional Vice President positions are up for nomination:

  • North Central (Represents IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
  • Mid-Central (Represents IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WI)
  • Southeast (Represents AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
  • Southwest (Represents AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV, UT)

NAADAC only received one nominee each for the positions of Mid-Central, North Central, and Southwest Regional Vice President. Therefore, these three nominees will be seated in their nominated roles for the 2023-2025 term without an election. The winning candidates’ statements are listed below for your review. Congratulations to our three winners!

This spring, NAADAC received two nominations for Southeast Regional Vice President (represents AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN). Candidate statements can be found below to inform your vote.

Voting starts on May 1, 2023 and ends on May 31, 2023. All NAADAC members in the Southeast Region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) are eligible and encouraged to vote for the Southeast Regional Vice President. Members may vote online by logging into their Member Portal

All 2023-2025 terms will begin in October 2023, immediately following the NAADAC 2023 Annual Conference.

Qualifications & Criteria for Candidates

Nominees for the position of Regional Vice President must represent a state wherein an Affiliated State Association is in place and may only be nominated for a region in which they reside. Nominees from each region shall come from a state Affiliate other than the state of the incumbent RVP unless a qualified nominee from another state in the region cannot be found.

Regional Vice President:

  • The ability to perform and fulfill all duties and functions of an RVP as enumerated and described in the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures.
  • Current NAADAC Membership in good standing.
  • A minimum of two years of active engagement in the addiction profession immediately prior to the nomination OR a NAADAC Retired Member in good standing at the time of the nomination.
  • A minimum of two years of experience on either the NAADAC Board of Directors or a NAADAC Affiliate Board.
  • Reside and work in the region represented.
  • All qualifications above shall be met by all candidates for RVP.

Candidate Statements

Please read the following statements by and for the candidates in order to help inform your vote this spring.

Candidate for Mid-Central Regional Vice President

Raynard Packard, M.A.ed., PsyD (candidate), LICDC-CS (Ohio)
Akron, OH
[email protected]

Summarize the nominee's NAADAC activities: Current RVP Mid-Central. Past President OAADAC (Ohio). Raynard has been active with NAADAC dating to his tenure on NAADAC's public policy committee in the 1990s. He has been a tireless advocate for addiction professionals ever since.

Philosophy statement of the nominee on the future of NAADAC: I strongly believe our future will grow and strengthen as we bring ALL addiction professionals into the fold. Together, we will move mountains.

Other qualifications of the nominee for this office: Raynard is the founder & director of The Packard Institute, Inc, an Ohio based non-profit that has been a pioneer in recovery oriented systems of care since the 1990s.

Candidate for North Central Regional Vice President

Mark Young, MA, LAC
Sioux Falls, SD
[email protected]

Summarize your NAADAC activities: I began with NAADAC through the South Dakota Association of Addiction and Prevention Professionals in fall, 2014, and became involved in
leadership with the encouragement of faculty at the University of South Dakota, where I graduated in 1999 with a Masters in Counseling and a major in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. I began as East River Representative in SDAAPP, moved on to Vice‐President, and served as President from 2017‐2021. I was elected North Central Regional Vice‐President for NAADAC in 2021, and am choosing to run for a second term. In my time as a NAADAC member I have served on the Board of Directors since 2017 and as a member of the Executive Committee since 2021. Currently I am serving on the Membership Committee and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. I also was a member of the NAADAC Delegation
which traveled to Greece in March, 2020.

Your philosophy statement on the future of NAADAC: I endorse the role NAADAC has taken as the leading organization representing the whole range of professionals involved in battling addiction, from educators and medical providers to prevention and treatment counselors and therapists. I agree with broadening our mission, from
increasing our credentialing advocacy in every state to growing our presence internationally. We need to continue providing greater opportunities for our members to develop professionally, while building the premier testing system supporting those professionals' addiction credentials. My role will be to continue doing what I can to support NAADAC, and I can make the most valuable contributions by representing
member interests, helping build the numbers and expertise of our workforce, advocating for NAADAC at a national level, and using my experience to increase our membership. 

Other qualifications of the nominee for this office: I currently work for the Department of Veterans Affairs as an Addiction Therapist at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. I began my career as a Counselor in an outpatient treatment facility, First Step Counseling, in Sioux Falls and Brookings, SD. I have also worked in drug and alcohol counseling at Charter Hospital and Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. I was born in Madison, SD, grew up in the Black Hills, have my
undergraduate degree from Black Hills State University and my MA from the University of South Dakota. I've been a certified and then licensed Addiction Counselor by the State of South Dakota since 1993. In my life experience I've served in the US Army, 1968‐70, worked 13 years in Economic and Tourism Development for the State of South Dakota, part of my 21 years total in marketing and advertising including six years as owner of a boutique marketing agency. I have one son, who currently works in Washington, DC. I've been gratefully and happily involved in my chance at a second life since Oct. 29, 1984.

Candidates for Southeast Regional Vice President

Terry Kinnaman, LADAC II, MAC, QCS
Spring Hill, TN 
[email protected]

Summarize the nominee’s NAADAC activities: I have been an active member of NAADAC for twenty years. During this time, it has been an honor to serve as the president of the Tennessee Association of Addiction Professionals for the last two years. In my tenure with NAADAC I have served as the president of the Middle Tennessee Region of Addiction Professionals, I have served as president of the state of Tennessee Licensure Board, and I have been awarded honors as Counselor of the Year, Professional of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Middle Tennessee and the state association of NAADAC. I have held regional and state trainings in addiction 

Philosophy statement of the nominee on the future of NAADAC: NAADAC represents the profession for the Addiction Professional and is the standard barrier for those in this position. As Addiction Professionals we have been entrusted with caring for those who are suffering from one of the horrific and deadly diseases of our lifetime. NAADAC sets professional standards and provides quality and excellent trainings to ensure the best of care is provided to save the lives of others. NAADAC must continue efforts to see that only the best and most qualified continue in this service to others. It is my intention to continue to represent the people in this profession and continue to develop standards of professional care for others. 

Other qualifications of the nominee for this office: I have been involved in multiple program start-ups. In doing this, I have relief on the standards of NAADAC and the Code of Conduct for those that I have brought into this profession. I believe that addiction counseling does save lives and improves the lives of others whose lives have been impacted by this disease. This has been my mission for thirty years and I intend to continue this belief in all that I am entrusted to care for. 

Samson Teklemariam, LPC, CPTM
Woodstock, GA
[email protected]

Summarize the nominee’s NAADAC activities: I am the former NAADAC Director of Training & Professional Development from 2019 - 2021. During that time, I led the NAADAC Webinar Series and all Educational/Training/Professional Development expansion initiatives. I managed the training/educational program for three NAADAC Annual Conferences. I served as co-founder and staff liason for the LGBTQIA+ sub-committee and the Critical Issues in the Black Community (CIBC) committee. At the 50th Anniversary NAADAC Conference, I was the opening Keynote Speaker.

Philosophy statement of the nominee on the future of NAADAC: The future of NAADAC is bright! We must continue to stabilize the incredible success NAADAC has experienced in the area of credentialing for addiction professionals. This includes clarifying scope of practice, expanding career ladders and specialist opportunities for other disciplines, and defending the increase of reimbursement rates for addiction professionals. As the Association for Addiction Professionals, NAADAC's future must also include continued evolution of educational programs that can elevate the industry. 

Other qualifications of the nominee for this office: I am certified in the Studer Group's Evidence-Based Leaderhsip Model for Healthcare Professionals. I completed the American Express Leadership Academy trainings through the Center for Creative Leadership for non-profit leaders. I am also trained in Covey Leadership Principles and High-Performance Sales Leadership Trainings. As a Certified Professional in Training Management, I am an expert in driving organizational results with workforce solutions. 

Candidate for Southwest Regional Vice President

David M. Marlon, MBA, LADC-S, CPC-I, PsyD (ABD) 
Las Vegas, NV 
[email protected]

Summarize the nominee’s NAADAC activities:
Nevada President for 5 years
Current acting SW RVP
NAADAC Advocate of the Year 2018

Philosophy statement of the nominee on the future of NAADAC: Unite substance use disorder treatment professionals to advocate for true parity, ending of stigma, and delivering quality, evidence based treatment to address our biggest health problem. 

Other qualifications of the nominee for this office: 
CEO of multiple treatment centers
Starred in A&E's show intervention on multiple episodes.
Advocates and testified on many law and regulation changes to help people with substance use disorders 


If you have any questions, please contact Richard Goodman, NAADAC Sr. Operations Manager, at [email protected] or 703.741.7686 x122.