NAADAC is pleased to announce that Ron Pritchard, CSAC, CAS, NCAC II, has been elected to his second term as Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President. In this role, Pritchard will represent the professional interests of addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Pritchard’s 2020-2022 term will begin in October 2020.
Pritchard has an extensive background in substance use disorder treatment practice in military and public service sectors. He worked in the field for more than 10 years as Addiction Services Program Manager at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. There he developed and managed a multidisciplinary program providing seamless transition of military/veteran’s with substance use disorder from acute inpatient to residential and/or intensive outpatient. Pritchard continues serving in local, state, and national leadership positions advocating for recognition and parity of certified addiction counselors in the DOD workforce.
Pritchard is an active leader in NAADAC, serving as past president of the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals, NAADAC’s Virginia state affiliate, as current chairperson of NAADAC’s Military/Veterans Advisory Committee (MVAC), and as the in-coming chairperson for the National Board for Certified Counselors/NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (NBCC/NAADAC MFP-AC). He has also been active in a wide spectrum of NAADAC activities, including advocacy at the federal and state level and making NAADAC recruitment presentations to each of the seven state affiliates within his region.
Pritchard believes that the future of NAADAC will be determined by the strength, vision, and visible engagement of our leadership. He believes the RVP position requires active leadership with responsiveness to the needs and concerns of all regional members and, as a member of the NAADAC Board of Directors, the RVP must take an active role in ensuring NAADAC and state affiliate boards do more than meet to plan conferences.
"I want to thank all of the NAADAC Mid-Atlantic membership for trusting me to by their Regional VP for a second term,” Pritchard said. “You know by now that I really enjoy working with you all and facilitating growth of new leadership in each state in order to provide our best efforts to meet the needs of our SUD-treatment community. I will continue to do my best to support you in whatever way that's most productive. Feel free to provide me any feedback regarding how NAADAC and I can best serve you."
Pritchard can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.