Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia

Anthony Andrews, PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, CRC, has ten years of experience as a clinical rehabilitation counselor and co-owned and operated Andrews Counseling and Consulting, PLLC, in North Carolina. Andrews currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia. He is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed clinical addictions specialist, and licensed clinical mental health counselor – qualified supervisor in North and South Carolina. Andrews has conducted summits across the country that highlight the importance of mental wellness amongst marginalized groups. He takes a holistic approach to counseling, believing that many individuals challenged with addiction are faced with other disorders that have gone untreated.

Grady Anthony Austin

Founder and Coach of Grady Austin Coaching

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 an 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.

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC

President & Founder of The Solution Focused Universe

Elliott Connie, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist that practices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. He has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and families applying the solution-focused approach to help them move their lives from the current problems towards their desired futures. He is the Founder and Director of the Solution Focused Universe, an online learning community that also conducts trainings to help professionals master the solution-focused approach in their work. He is recognized around the world speaking at national and international conferences and events in such places as throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, Russia, Switzerland, England, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Holland, Canada, and Asia, training practitioners to apply solution-focused questions and techniques in their work. He has authored and co-authored four books including The Art of Solution Focused Therapy, Solution Building in Couples Therapy, The Solution Focused Marriage, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with Clients Managing Trauma.

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP

Director of Maryland Tobacco Control Resource Center at UMBC

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, received his Doctorate in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. He directs the MDQUIT Tobacco Resource Center, the Center for Community Collaboration, and the Home Visiting Training Center at UMBC. DiClemente is the co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change and the author of over 150 scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. He has conducted funded research for over 35 years with funding from NIH Institutes, SAMSHA, and private foundations. His book, Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover (second edition), published in 2018, offers a view of initiation and recovery using the lens of the human behavior change process. For his work, DiClemente has received awards from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, as well as a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. He received the 2019 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Jack Mendelson, MD, Award and the Alfred Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Register of Health Services Psychologists.

Raven E. Freeborn, LCSW, CNP

Founder and Clinical Director of Legacy Healing and Therapy Services

Raven E. Freeborn, LCSW, CNP, offers healing and holds space as a full-spectrum doula, healing justice and liberation strategist, harm reductionist, community educator, and storyteller. She is the founder of Legacy Healing and Therapy Services, LLC, and Third Way Solutions, Inc., two unique, community-focused businesses offering strategy, coaching, and therapeutic partnership for individuals, groups, and organizations. Freeborn’s mission is to build beloved community that reckons with the truth of historical oppressions to actualize equity, justice, and liberative solutions for all people, but particularly people who are Black, brown, queer, and trans-identifying.

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD

President of Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, is the President of the Multicultural Development Institute, Inc. d/b/a El Doctor Mancini. He is one of the most sought after global consultants and speakers on the subject of mental health and addiction, his areas of expertise are cultural and linguistic competence, immigrant behavioral health, social and racial justice, health equity and health disparities. Nationally, he has provided expert content to clients at the local, state and federal level. Internationally, he has provided consulting in Mexico, Italy, Colombia, Cuba and Kosovo. Mancini’s work addressing Latino underage drinking, suicide and prescription drugs have won a combined six (6) EMMY ® awards. He was named 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia; was honored with the NLPA Star Vega Distinguished Service Award; the UnidosUS (NCLR) - Helen Rodríguez- Trías Award for Health; and the Mental Health America “Heroes in the Fight” Award among others.  

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, es el presidente del Instituto de Desarrollo Multicultural, Inc. d/b/a El Doctor Mancini. Es uno de los consultores y oradores más solicitados sobre el tema de la salud mental y la adicción, sus áreas de especialización son la competencia cultural y lingüística, la salud mental del inmigrante, la justicia social y racial, la equidad y las disparidades en la salud. Ha proporcionado contenido experto a clientes a nivel local, estatal y federal. A nivel internacional, ha brindado consultoría en México, Italia, Colombia, Cuba y Kosovo. Sus documentales sobre el consumo de alcohol, el suicidio y los medicamentos recetados entre los menores de edad Latinos han ganado seis (6) premios EMMY ® combinados. Fue nombrado uno de los 50 Latinos más influyentes en Georgia; honrado con el Premio al Servicio Distinguido Star Vega de la NLPA; el Premio de Salud Helen Rodríguez- Trías por UnidosUS (NCLR); y el premio “Heroes in the Fight” de Mental Health America, entre otros.

Cathy mcdonald, md, mph, ncttp

Cathy McDonald, MD, MPH, NCTTP, is a graduate of Tufts Medical School and University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and is a consultant to the Lifelong Tobacco Treatment Training Program. McDonald was a medical consultant at Thunder Road Adolescent Drug Treatment Program for 30 years. She has 25 years of experience working in Alameda County Tobacco Control efforts and 20 years of experience as ATOD Project Director, developing evidence-based training curricula, providing evidence-based technical assistance, and serving as lead trainer. She has provided tobacco training and technical assistance to over 5,000 staff in over 80 substance use, mental health, and primary care agencies in the Bay Area. McDonald is a certified tobacco treatment specialist (NCTTP) and a trainer for the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program.

Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, SAP

Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Integrity Counseling, Inc.

Aaron Norton, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, SAP, is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and master addictions counselor serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, and Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling and related fields.

Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC

Director and Professor of Clinical Addictions Program at Indiana Wesleyan University

Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC, is a past president of NAADAC (2010–2012) and is a founding member and past chair of The National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission. He is the Director and a professor of the graduate Addiction Counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Osborn also serves as the Chair and President of the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC

Counselor at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center

O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC, is a seasoned lecturer, author, educator, researcher, analyst, and counselor. He has used his talents internationally and domestically in multiple capacities. He holds a Doctorate degree and Master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Porter has contributed internationally to multiple organizations including conducting research and developing reports, authoring briefings, and producing materials on public health and trauma-related programs, activities, and policies. He served as a technical advisor to the Centro de Atencion Psiocosocial (CAPS) and the Peruvian Ministry of Health in developing and implementing mental health services in Peru. He collaborated with and supported several community organizations in South Africa. In Belize, he provided organizational guidance to Galen University. Domestically, he has worked in a capacity of education, counseling, consulting, compliance, and communication.

Christine E. Sheffer, PhD

Professor of Oncology, Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center/CTTTP

Christine E. Sheffer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a professor of oncology in the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is the President of the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs, the accrediting body for tobacco treatment specialist training programs. She is also the Director of Research and Evaluation for Roswell Park Cessation Services which operates the New York State Smokers’ Quitline. She has been training tobacco treatment specialists for over 20 years. As a clinician, researcher, and educator, her goals include contributing to incremental increases in the efficacy and uptake of high-quality, evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence, enabling individuals to obtain the help they need to achieve and maintain good health.

Myrinda "Mindy" Schweitzer Smith, PhD

Deputy Director at the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute

Myrinda Schweitzer Smith, PhD, received her Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and is a Senior Research Associate and Deputy Director at the Corrections Institute in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Schweitzer's research interests include the assessment of correctional programs, the science of implementation and knowledge transfer, and more generally correctional treatment and rehabilitation. She has co-authored several publications, presented nationally and internationally on correctional interventions, and served as a project director for numerous correctional projects. Specific topics of research and service include a state-wide correctional treatment program evaluation, the development and implementation of cognitive-behavioral programs for general delinquency, criminality, substance use disorder, employment, and sexual offending, as well as recent initiatives to implement effective practices for community supervision, support, and schools.

Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC

Owner and Therapist of Nspire Today, LLC

Thea Wessel, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergraduate studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. For the last 11 years, Wessel has provided mental health and substance use treatment services for individuals in multiple correctional systems. In 2015, she started her private practice in the community called Nspire Today. Wessel is a past president of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) and a current board member. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and Colorado State University before starting her pursuit of a Doctoral degree. Wessel trained in various clinical approaches: Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), Daring Way, harm reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and transpersonal and integral psychologies.