Mariela Castillo Garcia
Eduardo Medina JR.
Ryn Prestia Schear
Kimberly Ann Lewis
Maria Leija Briones
Sara Michelle Barnett
I was born and grew up in Ondo State, one of the most prominent states in Nigeria. I attended both elementary and high school in the same state and was one of the brightest student in my school and also a good soccer player. I was very shy as a young man and very stubborn. Being born into a large family has it advantage and its disadvantages; I learned very early the importance of parental approval, and I did very well at school and was very helpful at home and my parents love me very much for that. My parent name was Mr. Elijah and Mrs. Comfort Akinnola both of whom were successful in their respectful business. . I came to the United States few years after graduating from high school with the hope of furthering my education and to return back to Nigeria where most of my families still resides.
My name is Jaime Anderson of both Native American and Caucasian decent. I have three sons, ages are 15, 14, and 9. I have always been athletic and enjoy exercise and enjoy learning about nutrition and eating healthy. I am a recovering addict whose primary dependency was methamphetamine. I have been in recovery for almost 10 years. I have been working as a substance abuse counselor for 7 years and graduated with my Bachelors in Behavioral Science in May 2013. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota. Since becoming a substance abuse counselor, I have only been employed on Indian reservations and have only worked with the Native American population. I am currently employed with Indian Health Services on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation.
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A Boston, Massachusetts native, Stacey earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Cambridge College and currently enrolled in The Master’s Degree Program also of Cambridge College. She has close relations to her 11 siblings most in the Boston area. When not at work or attending school, Stacey enjoys spending time with her fami, loves to travel, swim, Journal Writing and is highly interested in Drama Therapy with an empathetic value in the individual suffering from trauma and addictions. Stacey also is committed to Motivational Speaking as she has had prior engagements with Simmons College, Cambridge College and Saint Anselm College of New Hampshire, speaking in front of freshman students. Stacey is currently a Board member with OWLL (On With Living and Learning) Productions, a non-profit organization. OWLL is a transformational ""verbatim theatre” organization. Stacey is also a member of NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals). Engaged as an associate/student, working towards qualification for licensure or certification in the addictions profession.
My name is Joshua Crick. I am 32 years old, married for over two years and have a 16 month old daughter. I was born in Massachusetts and moved to Iowa shortly thereafter. My father worked for ACT in Iowa, but got a job in Philadelphia at the National Board of Medical Examiners so we moved to New Jersey in 1989. I am the youngest of three, and the only boy. I always have done well in school but around middle school mental health issues and addiction began to create dramatic effects in my life through many of my friends. I got my act together in 2007 and completed my associate’s degree in addictions counseling in 2010. I finished Cum Laude at Rutgers Camden in 2013 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in sociology. I have one year left in the MSW program at Rutgers New Brunswick and currently have a 4.0. I work in a correctional facility as a substance abuse counselor and have been there for over four and a half years.
My name is Orlesha Diane Fairgood; I am a thirty four-year-old single mother of one son. On July 10, 2006, I accepted a position with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services as a Unit Caseworker, working with adult male offenders. I later accepted a position in the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program as a Chemical Dependency Treatment Specialist (CDTS) on May 12, 2008. I attended Training for Addiction Professionals (TAP) at The Lincoln Medical Education Partnership and received my Provisional License for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (PLADC) on March 12, 2009. I became a fully Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in March 2012. I began my academic career in Clinical Social Work Fall 2012 and have an anticipated graduation date of May 2016.
In 2008, I graduated from Perth Amboy High School and was admitted into the EOF program at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. In 2013, I graduated from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. I earned my first job out of college working with a company called Cognostane, which was contracted by the Department of Medicaid and Medicare to oversee the rollout of the Affordable Heathcare Act. During the fall of 2015 I was admitted into the Rutgers School of Social Work and began my quest to achieving masters in social work. My desire to help individuals who have suffered as a result of the lack of culturally competent services lead me to want to become an agent of change with the goal of assisting vulnerable minority populations during their time of need.
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Born and raised in Detroit, I moved with my young sons to Washtenaw County in August 2011 after a long battle with addition. In 2012 I returned to school to pursue my dream of working with disadvantaged populations. While working toward a BSW I earned The EMU University Fellowship, Eastern Michigan Black Alumni Association Against all Odds Scholarship, Emerald Scholarship, The Barr, Maxine, Donald and The EMU Women’s Associations Scholarship. In 2014 I completed the BSW program and began my work with Dawn Farm as an Outpatient Therapist and a Detox counselor. Currently I am a candidate for an MSW through EMU school of Social Work recipient of the 2015 HRSA workforce development and the NADAAC Minority Fellowships. I am interested in working with adolescent and young adults with co occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
I completed my undergraduate degree in education in 1998, taught diverse and disadvantaged youth, and worked as a paralegal both in and near my hometown. In 2013 I returned to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a certification in clinical art therapy and specialization in substance use disorders. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse are primary causes of substance use disorders in my community. As an NMFP-AC fellow I’ve developed a psychoeducational art therapy project aimed to start public dialogue about reentry after incarceration. Many people undergo treatment in the criminal justice system but they recover in their communities. There often isn’t a lot of support or services available in that transition. My goal is to bridge service gaps and promote successful reentry and recovery for safer, stronger communities.
Diana Sanchez is pursuing her MSW while simultaneously a part of the Addiction Counselor Training program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Diana works in addictions providing group and individual counseling to both English and Spanish speaking clients. She is currently an intern at a co-occurring treatment program. Her main area of focus is on substance abuse and mental health disorders among minorities and the need for cultural competency in clinical settings. Diana has worked with underserved communities in Argentina, Colombia and Romania. Her passion for helping others paired with her determination, dedication and drive for success fuels her desires for professional growth within the social work field. As a future dual license clinician Diana plans to encourage and support adequate training in treating co-occurring clients and educating clinicians in understanding how the therapeutic relationship is affected by cultural differences.
NMFP-AC Fellow Nil Shores grew up in a small village in the state of Maranhao in northern Brazil. The village, Barracao de Madeira, is so small, says Nil, that it doesn’t even appear on the map. One of seven children, Nil was the first in her family to complete high school, and she credits her father for encouraging her to continue her education. A passion for learning English brought her to the United States in the 1990’s. While working and attending college in Delaware, Nil met and later married an American soldier who had been deployed in Iraq. After a second tour of duty, Nil’s husband returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Opiates prescribed for his chronic pain led to a heroin addiction and ultimately, death by overdose. Her husband’s struggles motivated Nil to pursue a graduate degree in mental health counseling with an emphasis on trauma and addiction. She learned about the NMFP-AC fellowship through her advisor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. While completing her studies, Nil has also been working full time as a counselor in child protective services at Savio House, a local social services agency. Many of her clients speak only Spanish, or have limited English language skills. One requirement of the NMFP-AC fellowship is to complete six educational webinars available through the NAADAC Institute Webinar Series. She cites the webinar “Cultural Humility and Counseling Hispanic and Latino Populations” as being particular valuable to her work. “All of the webinars have increased my knowledge about cross-cultural issues and cultural sensitivity,” says Nil. Nil encourages any student in a master’s program in addiction studies to consider applying for the NMFP-AC fellowship. “It is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of how to best serve minorities and underserved populations.
My name is Anadoris Estrada Torres. My hometown is Ponce, but I’m temporarily living in Bayamon for my graduate studies. My Bachelor’s degree was in Forensic Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce. During the past semester I was a Representative of Substance Abuse Program in the Student Council of the Universidad Central de Caribe. I’m a young woman with great ambitions for my future. More than a profession, I see my career as a vocation and a call to service. I have always been given to others and with an immense will to give my all to whom needs a word of strength or service in relation to my knowledge and skills provision. I’m a woman that has been developed in the cultural, artistic area and think I have a few extra tools to involve young people in transitional age in activities which increase their development and decrease the likelihood of falling into substance use as a means of prevention.
I have a Bachelor Degree in Sociology, a certificate of Administrative Assistant and a Minor in Education of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. I’m in my second year of my Master’s Degree of Substance Abuse Counseling at Caribbean Central University in Bayamón Puerto Rico. In my free time I play the classical guitar, dance salsa and belly dancing. I love dogs and I have two. I always try to be an organized person and do activities to increase my knowledge. I also in my free time take workshops in other areas like management and education. I like to be in constant learning because counseling is a profession that requires that the facilitator be in constantly training.