Kyle Brewer, BS, PRPS

Peer Specialist Program Manager, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

Kyle Brewer, BS, PRPS, is the Peer Specialist Program Manager for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Brewer manages the Arkansas Peer Specialist Program Grant. He oversees the development and implementation of an innovative three-tier credentialing process (Core, Advanced, Supervision) for the Arkansas Peer Support Model. Brewer earned a Bachelor of science degree in addiction studies from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013. He went on to use his lived experience with drug and alcohol addiction to become a certified peer recovery support specialist, where he led the implementation of this position in an emergency department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Most recently, he became one of the first ten certified peer support supervisors in Arkansas. He also serves on numerous committees and boards to develop and strengthen the Arkansas model and improve peer support services across the United States.


Founder and President, Head/Heart Therapy, Inc.
Keynote Speaker

Sarah Buino, LCSW, RDDP, CADC, CDWF, is a speaker, teacher, therapist, and the founder of Head/Heart Therapy in Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker, registered dual diagnosis professional, certified addictions counselor, NARM Therapist and a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator. She holds a Master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame, trauma, and substance use disorders. Buino has trained in a variety of therapy modalities, including NARM (neuro-affective relational model), sensorimotor psychotherapy, comprehensive energy psychology, psychodrama/experiential therapy, and shame-resilience. She uses these modalities as a framework to support resilience within her clients and create a space for self-knowledge and growth.

James "Kansas" Cafferty, LMFT, NCAAC, MAC

Chair, National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP)

James "Kansas" Cafferty, LMFT, NCAAC, MAC, has worked in the field of mental health and addiction treatment since 1997. He has worked in several settings, including detoxification, inpatient, and intensive outpatient treatment as both a clinician and administrator. He also has experience in private practice therapy where he works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in La Jolla, CA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor, a National Certified Adolescent Addictions Counselor, Master Counselor of Addictions, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He has advanced training in EMDR, Psychodrama, and uses an eclectic therapy style that draws from several paradigms.

John Cates, MA, LCDC

Founder, Lifeway International

John Cates, MA, LCDC, has worked with substance use disorder treatment for 42 years. Appearing in print and via broadcast, he is known world-wide as a therapist, author, speaker, and designer of education and treatment programs. Cates is the recipient of multiple awards, including NAADAC’s Counselor of the Year in 2001. Cates is the co-author of “Recovering Our Children,” and founded Lifeway International, an alternative peer group (APG) program serving families across the nation for over 32 years. He started the first free standing recovery school in 1976 and specializes in designing sober schools that give students a safe place to heal. The most recent Three Oaks Academy is seen in Generation Found. Cates is a recovering heroin addict and knows what it takes to live a successful drug-free life.

Don Coyhis

Founder, White Bison Inc.
Keynote Speaker

Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation who currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the President of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating and sustaining a grassroots Wellbriety Movement that provides culturally based healing to the next seven generations of Indigenous People. Through the leadership of White Bison, the Wellbriety Movement has taken a prominent role in the recovery of many Native Americans and their communities. Coyhis has published many Wellbriety books and resources. For over 30 years, he has been called upon to provide technical assistance by national policy organizations such as the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, SAMHSA, and other national recovery organizations to develop culturally-based prevention and recovery programs for Indigenous communities. He has also received many prestigious awards, including the 2009 Purpose Prize.

Tian Dayton, PhD

Senior Fellow, Psychologist, Psychodramatist, The Meadows
Keynote Speaker and Panelist

Tian Dayton, PhD, is a senior fellow at The Meadows and author of 15 books, including The Soulful Journey of Recovery, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Emotional Sobriety and Forgiving and Moving On. She is a Huffington Post blogger. Dayton was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. She is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP and winner of the Lifetime Achievement award, scholar’s award, and President’s award. Dayton is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and sits on the professional standards committee. She is also the winner of the Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. For further information log onto

Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, MAC, CASAC

Assistant Professor, University of Bridgeport
Keynote Speaker

Fredrick Dombrowski, PhD, LMHC, MAC, CASAC, has worked with co-occurring populations since 1999 and has worked in higher education since 2010. He obtained his Doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from Capella University in 2016. Dombrowski has received extensive training in CBT and mindfulness-based treatments. He is a certified telemental health provider and an approved clinical supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LAC, MAC, SAP

President, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LAC, MAC, SAP, has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She earned her Doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling program at Walden University. She has a thriving private practice where she provides telebehavioral health services, clinical supervision, counseling to our military, and addiction-specific training and education. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally-responsive care, and clinical supervision. She has been an active member of NAADAC for the last 15 years, has served as the Ethics Chair, and began her term as the NAADAC President in October 2020.

Honesty Liller, CPRS

CEO, The McShin Foundation

Honesty Liller, CPRS, has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder since 2007. She is the CEO of the McShin Foundation, a non-profit peer-to-peer recovery community organization (RCO) that serves individuals and families with substance use disorders. Liller is the 2015 recipient of the Faces and Voices of Recovery Vernon Johnson Award. She was also awarded the Stettinius Fund honor from the Community Foundation, which she used to complete Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and the Community Foundation’s Emerging Nonprofit Leader Program. In 2019, she was honored with the Jean C. Harris Community Service Board Award from Hanover County. Liller is also a co-founder of CARE Talks, LLC. She has been a field reviewer for SAMHSA, Faces & Voices of Recovery, and CAPRSS. Liller was also featured on Face the Nation discussing addiction and recovery in America.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP

Executive Director, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals. She previously served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Prior to that, she was the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington serving as the administrator of alcohol/drug centers providing a broad range of services, and a trainer in Domestic Violence/Anger Management and Conflict Resolution. Moreno Tuohy has written on a variety of professional issues, including addiction evaluation, counseling methods, co-occurring disorders, treatment, and recovery. She has served as President of NAADAC, Certification Board Commissioner, International Chair, Treasurer, and Legislative Chair for NAADAC.

Joe Powell, LCPC

President/CEO, Association of Persons Affected by Addiction

Joe Powell, LCPC, is in long term recovery with 31-years free of alcohol and other drugs. He is the President and CEO of APAA-Association of Persons Affected by Addiction in Dallas, a recovery community organization that provides peer-to-peer mental health and substance use recovery support services for individuals, family members, and the community. Powell has been a licensed chemical dependency counselor for over 25 years. He has a broad base of expertise regarding all aspects of behavioral health service delivery systems and their impact on families. He specializes in areas regarding recovery community support services, systems of care, and the wholistic recovery management process. Powell is a servant leader, lifelong learner, innovator and initiator of telehealth peer recovery support services, and a national subject matter expert in the peer recovery movement. He is originally from Harlem, NY.

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

CEO, On the Mark Consulting

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker in the addictions field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands. He is the author of five books on recovery and curator of the Online Museum of African American Addictions Recovery. He has also had two stories published in the New York Times Best Selling Book Series, Chicken Soup for The Soul. Sanders is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the social work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago alumni, Health Care Alternative Systems Leadership Award, and the Professional of the Year Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board. He is past board president of the Illinois Association of Addictions Professionals and co-founder of Serenity Academy Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois.

Helen "Skip" Skipper

Manager of Peer Services, The NYC Criminal Justice Agency

Helen "Skip" Skipper has been working in peer support since her release from incarceration in 2007. She is the Manager of Peer Services at the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, where she is intent upon creating space for individuals with lived experiences. Skipper is a Columbia University Justice-in-Education scholar while she also maintains a 3.9 GPA at St. Francis College, where she is the first post-prison program participant to be invited to join the honor classes and act as student representative. Skipper was the first peer supervisor employed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for her role in the groundbreaking Friendship Benches NYC. She lives by her mantra – “I’ve been around the block a time or two on my tricycle and use those lived experiences to color my world while assisting, supporting, advocating and navigating for those still caught up in the oppressive and broken criminal justice system!”

Sarah Suzuki, LCSW, CADC

Owner & Founder, Chicago Compass Counseling, LLC
Keynote Speaker

Sarah Suzuki, LCSW, CADC, is the founder and owner of Chicago Compass Counseling - a group practice dedicated to inclusive behavior change counseling for individuals and organizations. Suzuki’s interactive style has made her a highly-sought national speaker, trainer, and consultant. After completing graduate studies at the University of Chicago in 2009, she began providing training and consultation to program administrators, executives, and direct-level staff. In 2017, Suzuki became one of the first members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers to achieve certification – an international distinction. As a speaker, she enjoys presenting ideas that ignite and inspire. In 2018, Suzuki's talk on facing fear went viral – with over two million views and counting. To date, she has worked with more than 50 organizations across the country as a trainer and consultant.

John Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE

Medical Director, Alcohol Recovery Medicine
Keynote Speaker

John Umhau, MD, MPH, CPE, is the Medical Director of, where he provides addiction medicine consultation through telemedicine. For over 20 years, Umhau was a senior clinical investigator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health and he has authored more than fifty scientific publications. As a former Commander in the United States Public Health Service, he also served in the Indian Health Service and the FDA. Umhau completed a residency in clinical preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins, and is board certified in both addiction medicine and preventive medicine. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a Medical degree from Wake Forest, a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is a certified physician executive.

Sherrá Watkins, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC

Director of Wellness Counseling & Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Keynote Speaker

Sherrá Watkins, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC, is the Director of Wellness Counseling at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Saint Maarten. She earned her degrees from East Carolina University, including a Doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling & administration, a Master's degree in clinical counseling & substance abuse counseling, a Master's degree in health education, and Bachelor's degree in school health education. Watkins’ research focuses on decreasing the stigma of mental health, chronic pain and chronic diseases among African Americans. She is the co-owner of Sister WELLS, Coaching, Counseling & Consulting, PLLC (2017) with Charla Blumell and Shawnte' Elbert, all who are proud members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Geoff Wilson, LCSW, LCADC

Counselor/Trainer/Consultant, Lexington Counseling & Psychiatry

Geoff Wilson, LCSW, LCADC, is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. He has been practicing in the mental health and substance use disorder treatment fields in Kentucky for over 25 years. Wilson is currently in full time private practice with Lexington Counseling & Psychiatry in Lexington, KY. In 2004, he received the Robert Straus Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Substance Abuse Treatment in Kentucky. In 2008, Wilson was appointed to the Kentucky Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, serving for 10 years. In 2013, he was selected by NASW-KY as the Social Worker of the Year. Wilson is currently the President of the Kentucky Association of Addiction Professionals.

Grady Anthony Austin

Founder/Coach, Grady Austin Coaching
Musical Guest

Grady Anthony Austin was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and has made Seattle, Washington his home for over 30 years. After serving in the United States Navy, he began working in the community via social services and ministerial work. Austin went on to become the assistant director, assistant pastor, addiction counselor and course facilitator at the Matt Talbot Center, an intensive outpatient substance use disorder treatment program in downtown Seattle. He also served as an executive music pastor for several churches in the Seattle area. In 2015, he formed Grady Austin Coaching, which provides a holistic approach to client wellbeing through a combination of traditional counseling methods with wellness practices and techniques. When Austin is not working, you can find him enjoying his family, singing, or riding his motorcycle.