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Bjork Kacia Bjork, MA, LPC-S

Kacea Bjork, MA, LPC-S, is a licensed professional counselor and board approved clinical supervisor. Bjork has taught courses on developmental psychology and worked as a researcher investigating FASD and suicide. She began her clinical career when she moved to Alaska, and has spent the past five years serving youth and families experiencing substance use disorders. Bjork joined the Division of Behavioral Health in February, 2017 as a subject matter expert in youth substance use disorder treatment and serves as the state lead for Matrix model implementation.

Cheryl Charic, MS, LPC, CDC II

Cheryl Charic, MS, LPC, CDC II, is a home grown Alaskan with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Charic has a deep passion for integrating care for those experiencing both substance use disorder and mental health concerns, recognizing the trauma that often underlies both conditions. Charic has worked in direct clinical roles focusing on a variety of clientele, including those who are legally mandated to substance abuse treatment, as well as those who require outreach and engagement for mental health street and in-home services. Charic has served the homeless community in various capacities for over ten years. She currently works for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services as the Clinical Manager for the Residential Team, which offers wrap around community based support for those transitioning from assisted living to independent housing.

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD

Carlo DiClemente, PhD, is a UMBC Presidential Research Professor in the Department of Psychology who also directs the MDQuit Tobacco Resource Center and the Center for Community Collaboration at UMBC. DiClemente is the co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, and the author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. DiClemente has co-authored a self-help book based on this model of change, Changing for Good, as well as several professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual, and Substance Abuse Treatment and The Stages of Change (Second Edition available in January 2013). His sole authored book, Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover, was published by Guilford Press and released in paperback in 2006. For his work in the addictions he was given the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as the McGovern Award from the American Society on Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He has served as President of the APA Division on Addictions (50), and received awards for his Distinguished Contribution to Scientific Psychology by the Maryland Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association’s Division on Addictions.

Carey S. Edney, PhD

Carey S. Edney, PhD, has been a licensed psychologist in Alaska since 1985. She has a Master’s degree from Portland State University and a Doctorate degree from Washington State University, with doctoral internship at Alaska Psychiatric Institute. She has practiced in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings. She served 8 years on the Psychology Licensing Board and twelve years on a hospital credentialing committee. She retired October 13, 2017, as Director of Care Management, Privacy Officer and Chief Quality Officer at Anchorage Community Mental Health Center.

Heather Hamilton, LMHC, NCC

Heather Hamilton, LMHC, NCC, is the author of IWMT and the BreakThrough! programs. She began her career in mental health with Talbott Recovery in Atlanta, specializing in the treatment of dual diagnosis and co-occurring health problems. In 2014, she moved to the West Coast and focused her effort on developing interventions for the psychological factors related to obesity. Heather is in private practice and holds two Master of Science Degrees in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling and is finishing internship hours for her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Prior to entering this field Hamilton was a pilot and served in various airline capacities including Director of Safety, Aircraft Acquisition, and Flight Operations Training. She has passion for clinical research and developing innovative practical programs.

Lindsey Hofhine, MEd, LPC, MAC, ACADC

Lindsey K. Hofhine, MEd, LPC, MAC, ACADC, lives in Mackay, Idaho, with her husband and 9-year old. They also have a very naughty Basset Hound. Hofhine has worked in the field of substance use disorders since 1993. Rural treatment services, dual diagnosis issues and trauma interventions have been her primary focus. For the past six years Hofhine has been the Clinical Director at Rainbow's End Recovery Center in Challis, Idaho. Rainbow's End specializes in dual diagnosis issues and PTSD. Some of the therapy interventions used by its clincal staff are CBT, DBT, and EMDR with a unique emphasis on mindfulness through piscatorial therapy. Hofhine can be reached at

Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP

Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP, received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Walla Walla College. She is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is the president-elect of the Montana chapter of the NASW as well as the RVP for NAADAC for the Northwest. She is certified as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as well as a nationally certified intervention professional (NCIP). She currently works at Rimrock, a CARF-accredited treatment facility that treats the entire ASAM spectrum. She coordinates the continuing education for licensed staff, supervises and coordinates the internship program, provides educational outreach to the region and also conducts adjunctive family and individual therapy. She also teaches two courses at Montana State University-Billings in their addiction-specific program. She recently decided she needed a hobby and is working toward earning her Doctorate degree.

Jerry Jenkins, MEd, MAC

Jerry Jenkins, MEd, MAC, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Anchorage since 2003 adding Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services in 2013. He is the President of the Alaska Behavioral Health Association. Anchorage/Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services provide behavioral health services across the span of life. Ages served range from 2 to 100. An addiction treatment professional, he has over 34 years of experience in treating substance use disorder and mental illness. He has worked in and managed community based, outpatient, halfway and residential treatment services. He is an advocate for safe, affordable and accommodating housing for consumers as well as recovery as the expectation for behavioral health care with particular emphasis on being trauma informed.

Hannah Jurewicz, LPC, CCPD-D

Hannah Jurewicz, LPC, CCPD-D, serves as State Director with Dungarvin CT, LLC, an agency that supports adults living with intellectual disabilities, mental health, and substance use disorders. In 2013, Jurewicz developed a first-of-its-kind 24-hour, recovery-oriented clinical approach to support those with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. She authored Addiction Recovery for Challenged Individuals: How to Support Those with Addiction, Co-occurring, Social and Other Learning Disorders, Living with Disabilities series and The Courage to Lead: Start Your Own Support Group. She has provided consultation and training for over 25 years and is published in “Brain Injury”, “Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling”, and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed. Jurewicz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional and Diplomat.

Lindy Lewis, LCSW-C, PhD

Lindy Lewis, PhD, LCSW- C, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Salisbury University, his Master's degree in Social Work and his Doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has worked in the field of substance use disorder treatment for over 25 years in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient and correctional settings with both adolescent and adult populations. He currently provides substance use disorder and mental health consultation and therapy for patients receiving opiate agonist therapy in primary care facility and an outpatient mental health clinic. As time permits he serves on grant review panelist for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Lewis is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (PCMH) at Southern New Hampshire University.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC. She previously served as the Project Director of Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, serving homeless populations and the co-occurrence of poverty and substance use disorder issues, and the administrator of multi-county, publicly-funded alcohol/drug prevention/ intervention/treatment centers. Moreno Tuohy has been a state, national, and international trainer for over 25 years on a variety of topics and has written many addiction-specific curriculums. Prior to joining NAADAC, she served in many roles on the NAADAC Board of Directors, including as President. Moreno Tuohy’s book, Rein in Your Brain: From Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery, was released in May 2014 (Hazelden Publishers). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and advanced studies in Social Work and Public Administration.

Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD, is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America.” He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology.

Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC

Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC, is the President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and is Chief Operations Officer at Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown, WV. He has served in the mental health and addictions treatment profession for the past 45 years. Publications to Schmidt’s credit include several articles on the development of Employee Assistance Programs in rural areas and wellness in the workplace, addictions practice in the residential settings, and an overview of addictions practice in the United States. He has edited Treatment Improvement Protocols for CSAT for several years and has been active with the Mid-Atlantic ATTC. Schmidt has served as Chair of the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) and NAADAC’s Public Policy Committee, and as NAADAC’s Clinical Affairs Consultant. Awards include the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the Senator Harold Hughes Advocate of the Year in 2010. In addition to his national and international work, Schmidt has been active within West Virginia in advocating and supporting state legislative issues related to addictions and addiction treatment.

Joshua Sonkiss, MD

Joshua Sonkiss, MD is a board-certified adult, adolescent and forensic psychiatrist. He completed undergraduate training at the University of Alaska, attended medical school at McGill University, and completed residency at the University of Utah. After forensic training at the University of Rochester, he returned to Alaska to provide psychiatric and addiction treatment in a variety of settings. He is past President of the Alaska Psychiatric Association and a member of its CME committee. He is former editor-in-chief of the Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, and now serves on its editorial board. Currently he is Chief Medical Officer of Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. He will be among the first to take the American Board of Medical Specialties’ newly recognized Addiction Medicine board examination later this month.

Andrew Watson, MA

Andrew Watson, MA, is the Clinical Director at Wisdom Traditions Counseling Services. He approaches counseling from an attachment and interpersonal neurobiology informed foundation. Having received specified education on both topics during his graduate work, along with self-driven continued education, he finds these approaches invigorating and essential to individuals reaching true healing in their lives. He believes part of the role of a counselor is to interact with individuals in such a way that they are able to recognize the unhealthy attachment patterns they have been functioning in and through the therapeutic alliance and psychoeducation, gain freedom through the development of a more secure attachment style.

Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC

Jeff Zacharias ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC, is the Clinical Director/Owner of New Hope Recovery Center and New Hope Counseling Center in Chicago as well as maintains a private practice there. His areas of clinical expertise include working within the LGBTQI community, all forms of addiction with an individual client as well as their partners, severe and persistent mental health issues as well as all forms of trauma and its impact on holistic recovery. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for NALGAP and NASW-IL. He has extensive experience speaking nationally and internationally on issues related to addiction, mental health, trauma and the LGBTQI community. He is currently the Chicago Chair of NASW-IL and was recently awarded the 2015 NASW-IL Social Worker of the Year.