The William F. "Bill" Callahan Award recognizes sustained and meritorious service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling.  Any NAADAC member in good standing may nominate an individual for this award, which is selected by the NAADAC Executive Committee. Current members of the NAADAC Executive Committee are ineligible for this award. There is no requirement to present this award each year, nor is there a limitation on the number of recipients who can be chosen in a single year.

Eligibility Criteria

To be given this award, the nominee must:

  1. Have a minimum of fifteen years in the addiction counseling profession or related administration; and
  2. Possess a strong dedication to the addiction profession as demonstrated by involvement in and commitment to a variety of key organizations.
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Nominating Information

To nominate an addiction professional for this award, please submit (1) a letter of recommendation documenting the nominee's involvement in the addiction profession and how the nominee enhanced the profession; (2) at least three letters of support from three different sources (individuals, organizations or agencies); (3) nominee's resume; and (4) a completed Recognition and Awards Nomination Form to:

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
ATTN: Awards Committee Chair
44 Canal Center Plaza, Ste 301
Alexandria, VA 22314

Materials may also be faxed to the NAADAC Awards Committee (ATTN: Kristin Hamilton, Director of Communications) at 703.741.7698 or sent by email to (please put "NAADAC Awards" in the subject line).

All award nominations must be received by May 31 for consideration by the NAADAC Awards Committee.

Please note NAADAC does not pay for travel to the venue of acceptance. If the award winner cannot attend the presentation, the award will be sent to the recipient.


For additional information, please contact Kristin Hamilton at or 703.741.7686 x131.

Past Award Recipients

2016 Donald “Frank” Davis (Rosenberg, TX)
2015 Peter Crumb, MEd, CAC (Belchertown, MA)
2013 David “Mac” Macmaster, CSAC, TTS (Middleton, WI)
2010 Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CPS (Portland, OR)
2007 Carole Colleran (West Palm Beach, FL)
2006 Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCAC II (Severn, MD)
2005 Dr. Frank Lala (Vancouver, WA)
2004 Paul McDevitt (Housatonic, MA)
2002 Leroy L. Kelly (Ashland, MA)
2000 Joseph A. Giannantonio II (Bakersfield, CA)
1999 Dr. Raymond F. Hoitt (Weymoth, MA)
1996 Paul D. Potter (Milwaukie, OR)
1995 Svea "Bunny" Morgan (Nashville, TN)
1995 John T. Durgin (East Wareham, MA)
1994 Charles "Chuck" Ealy, Sr. (Lewisburg, TN)
1993 John P. Mulloy, Jr. (Nashville, TN)
1992 Elves Smith (San Antonio, TX)
1991 John Brumbaugh (Columbus, IN)
1989 Lydia Norie (Norman, OK)
1988 William F. Callahan