Anthony is the founder, owner and chief executive of Mimosa Healthcare an independent provider of specialist care primarily for the elderly that has 32 (1500 beds) care homes in England. Mimosa Healthcare also provides residential rehab services for people with alcohol dependency through its’ Linwood Group subsidiary of rehabs. Anthony is the chairman of the Addition Recovery Foundation publishers of ‘Addiction Today’ and conveners of the three day United Kingdom Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD) held in London every May.
He is also the chairman of a small Nottingham based service called Addiction Problem Advisory Service (APAS). He is also a member of the Government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Network task force whose job it is to promote apprenticeships in all fields of employment in the UK. www.apprenticeships.org.uk
As co-founder of Origins Recovery Centers, Ben Levenson brings the strategic vision and executive leadership to the Origins organization. Ben’s deep love for recovery and compassion for those with addictive illness and their families was born out of his own harrowing battle with and recovery from chronic addiction.
Through Ben’s extraordinary recovery experience, he launched Origins Recovery Centers as an enduring beacon of hope to those afflicted. Ben has charged Origins with a legacy to continually develop, improve and provide highly-effective systems of comprehensive addiction treatment.
Ben’s passion keeps him on the ‘front lines’ where he speaks publicly on addiction treatment issues and lobbies for improvements in quality and availability of treatment. Ben’s passionate advocacy for recovery extends globally as he works with governments and programs internationally for the advancement of the treatment sciences.
Ben actively serves on numerous distinguished boards, including, but not limited to, C4 Recovery Solutions, a global non-profit corporation set to help improve the effectiveness of substance abuse prevention and recovery services, the Center for Students in Recovery at University of Texas at Austin Campaign Advisory Council, the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce. In his personal time, Ben takes pleasure in being with his family, playing golf, fly fishing and traveling abroad.
Chris Schroeder in his capacity as a recovery advocate has been a Board Member of C4 Recovery Solutions and the NCADD-NJ. Chris has hosted XM Satellite radio shows, hosted the web based show Afflicted and Affected - interviewing leading figures in addiction and alcoholism treatment, worked as a Media Director and hosted cable TV shows.
Chris has lectured at and consulted with treatment centers for over 20 years on best practices and recovery philosophy. Chris has a true calling to help those suffering from addictive illness and alcoholism and those having difficulty achieving sobriety. Chris has a way of communication that will inform anyone of the nature of this illness and how it can be overcome. He lives with his wife Andrea in Bedminster NJ.
Dan has worked in the mental health and addictions field for almost two decades. He is principal and lead consultant of Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Inc. an international consulting, training, and speaking business. Dan’s groundbreaking book, A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, is the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men's sobriety. He also co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive trauma-informed gender-responsive curriculum for men with national expert, Dr. Stephanie Covington, and Rick Dauer, Clinical Director, River Ridge Treatment Center.
He served as the first state drug court coordinator for the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative, from 2002 to 2010, and was also the judicial branch’s expert on addiction and recovery. Dan’s graduate research at the University of Kansas focused on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. After graduate school, Dan was awarded Hazelden’s first training fellowship for addiction counseling in 1998. He works with a number of national and state organizations as well as private treatment programs.
Dan lives in Minnesota with his wife and daughter and has been in long-term recovery since he graduated college in 1994. His areas of expertise include: men’s issues, men and trauma, trauma-informed care, addiction and recovery, recovery courts, working with and understanding the twelve step culture, and the challenges of being young in recovery.
David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee is Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria.
He is also President of DML Training and Consulting and is Senior Vice President of The Change Companies. Dr. Mee-Lee has over thirty years experience in person centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.
David is currently Director, Engagement & Enterprise Solutions with Alere Toxicology serving the Addiction Treatment market. In addition to the range of global roles in medical diagnostics and health management that David has held during the past six years with Alere, his personal mission has been to help those still afflicted or affected by the disease of addiction through a number of volunteer efforts including those with C4 Recovery Solutions. In 2011, David Curtis was nominated to the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions.
In 2011, David was recognized by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) for his ongoing efforts in assisting those still suffering from both the disease of addiction as well as other mental health issues. In 2012, Mr. Curtis lectured at Brown University on the Disease of Addiction and the Impact of Co-Occurring Disorders on Treatment. Other efforts across the recovery landscape include a board capacity on the Global Recovery Initiative. David majored in Existential Philosophy while at Cornell University with a concentration in both Ethics and Ethics and the Environment. David Curtis is married to wife Karen with children Katie and Alexander.
Dee K. McGraw has a BS in psychology from Vanderbilt University, an MSW from Grand Valley State University and over 20 years of experience in the substance abuse treatment & prevention field. Currently Ms. McGraw is the Director of Education & Event Services for C4 Recovery Solutions, a non-profit organization with world-wide projects. Her primary responsibility is the Conferencing Division, which encompasses the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders and the C.O.R.E conference. The C4 Recovery Solutions conferences are widely regarded as among the best educational events in the industry.
Ms. McGraw began her career in substance abuse as a therapist. She then coordinated prevention efforts in a six-county area for the State of Michigan, subsequently, coordinating substance abuse training state wide. She has additional experience as a trainer/consultant for CSAP's Managed Care Section and as a reviewer of local, state and federal grant applications.
Dr. Lynn is an internationally recognized lecturer, researcher, and clinician in the field of Counseling Psychology and Drug Dependency. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Senior Fellow in Biofeedback Practice. He is also a recognized expert in Family Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Lynn completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University School of Education. His major research focuses on issues related to treatment outcomes.
Dr. Lynn has been recognized by NJ Assembly Resolution for his efforts in the fight against Drug Dependence. He is a Lecturer for Rutgers School of Alcohol Studies and International Consultant in addictions treatment delivery systems, Clinical Director of The Counseling Group and Family Institute, Director of Special Projects for C/4 Recovery Solutions as well as Clinical Director for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence NJ Juvenile Justice System Adolescent Evaluation and Treatment Project.
Dr. Lynn, although known for his many contributions to the Treatment Community, may be best known for his development of methods for the assessment and placement of clients and developing client centered care coordinated treatment systems. focused on outcome data in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
Dr. Lynn’s most significant accomplishment may be his ability to help restore hope in communities overwhelmed with despair , finding strength when resources have been depleted and empowering local people to better utilize finite resources and create programs for growth and empowerment that promote family and community sustainability.
Dr. Ford was trained as a clinical psychologist and, upon graduation, was appointed to develop a client data system for the Nebraska human services agency. He then became the director of the Nebraska State substance abuse agency. Subsequently he became the deputy director of the State human services agency followed by becoming superintendent of a State psychiatric hospital.
After 15 years of State service, Dr. Ford moved to the private sector, where he held several leadership positions, including being an executive director of a managed behavioral health clinic, a vice president of a large national insurer, and an executive with several other managed behavioral health organizations. He also has been director of and supervised several initiatives funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As project director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)-sponsored State Health Care Reform project, Dr. Ford assisted States in applying managed care technologies to solve service delivery issues.
Dr. Ford led an evaluability assessment of the Federal substance abuse block grant program for CSAT. Dr. Ford also directed a Center for Mental Health Services project to perform an independent evaluation of its block grant program. In conjunction with this project, he directed a CSAT-sponsored SAPT BG independent evaluation. Dr. Ford has published and presented extensively on topics ranging from outcome evaluation for substance abuse treatment to purchasing substance abuse treatment outcome to the impact of wraparound services on client retention and outcome. He was also recognized with a lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work in substance abuse treatment needs. Dr. Ford currently has a consulting practice.
Elizabeth received her M.A. in Contemporary Art in 2006 from Sotheby’s in London. She has worked at Phillips de Pury & Company and helped launch the Museum of Everything in London. In 2010, she opened Skylight Projects, an experimental art space that focuses on the work of international emerging artists. Liz is a trustee of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, and sits on the boards of Creative Time, The Serpentine, C4 Recovery Solutions and Artangel.
Gerald Shulman, President of Shulman & Associates, Training & Consulting in Behavioral Health for the last 17 years, is a clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He has been providing treatment or clinically or administratively supervising and/or managing the delivery of care to alcoholics and drug addicts full time since 1962.
He provides training and consulting in behavioral health, with an emphasis on the implementation and use of the ASAM PPC-2R, of which he is an author, providing quality treatment in a managed care environment, re-engineering treatment to be evidenced-based, assessment, outcomes-driven treatment, customer service in behavioral health and older adults with substance use disorders.
He was an author of the ASAM Supplement on Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders (Lippincott) and a Workgroup Facilitator for CSAT’s TIP #26, Substance Abuse among Older Adults. He also was the clinical supervisor for the Jacksonville BRITE Project, a Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), the only SAMHSA funded effort specifically for older adults. He has provided training and/or consultation in 44 states and 6 foreign countries and also functions as an expert witness for both the plaintiffs and defendants is substance-related cases.
Jay Hauge is a psychologist located in Stockholm, Sweden. He moved to Sweden in 1995. He began working with addiction treatment in Minnesota in 1970. Jay has worked as a therapist, counseling supervisor and executive director at Fairview Behavioral services (formerly St Mary’s Hospital). Currently, Jay has a private practice in Stockholm. He does counseling, clinical supervision and teaches in a counselor training program. Jay has been with the C4 Recovery Solutions Board since it’s inception.
Mike Ferguson is the Founder and Executive Director of Ferguson BHC. As an independent behavioral health consultant, Mike is able to direct families and their loved ones to appropriate programs based on their specific needs. Mike has visited over 300 therapeutic programs around the globe and is deeply passionate about finding the perfect fit for every client.
He works diligently to help clients find long term recovery and help families heal themselves. At Ferguson Behavioral Health Consulting, Mike’s extensive network of professional contacts provide access to a diverse range of mental health, therapeutic, and addiction treatment options for clients and their families. Mike is an active member of the recovery community, and in his free time enjoys cycling, reading, his dogs and traveling.
Mike is based in Santa Monica but travels frequently to visit programs and meet with families. Mike is a board member of C4 Recovery Solutions, a member of the Association of Recovery Schools, and a candidate member of the Association of Intervention Specialists. Ferguson BHC is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and The Association for Experiential Education.
Miles is currently the CEO of Onsite. Onsite is a leader in providing therapeutic programs and services for individuals, families, and couples worldwide. Miles also owns and operates Onsite Music Publishing. He co-founded Peak Performance Brain Training and co-owns H Financial Services. He also owns and manages Experiential Adventures and A & N Properties. Miles co-founded a long-term trauma program for women in California. He also co-founded a Trauma certification program for therapist and practitioners and runs the American Society of Experiential Therapist (ASET) organization certifying and training experiential therapist all over world.
He previously ran a long-term, young adult treatment center for Trauma, Eating Disorders, and Addictions and has a background in management and public relations. Miles speaks nationally on various topics including “leadership from within”, organizational health, family systems, and emotional wellness. Miles lives in Nashville and works frequently with the music industry to help coordinate and provide coaching, consulting, and other services for those in need.
He has been a featured guest expert on The Dr. Phil Show, The Doctors, A&E’s Intervention, and has been interviewed on codependency, emotional wellness, and families on several national radio shows. Miles worked in the sports and oil industries prior to a life changing transformation where he discovered his true passion of leading and motivating people into positive change.
Peter Lazar has been involved in the mental health/substance abuse treatment field since 1988. Currently, Peter serves as the Senior Regional Director of Clinical Outreach with Elements Behavioral Health. Peter earned a BA in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz in 1991, and a Master of Social Work degree at Fordham University in 1995. Since then, Peter served as a therapist at Hall-Brooke and Silver Hill Hospitals, both in Connecticut.
Peter also worked as a therapist at Corporate Counseling Associates and as Clinical Coordinator at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, both in New York, NY. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Peter has served as an adjunct professor of psychology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Peter’s business development experience is inclusive of a 60-year-old family business, and as a Marketing Representative with The CareNext Group, Inc. and Alina Lodge. Peter is immediate past co-chairman of the New York City Provider Liaison Association and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency/Westchester County in New York.
Robert Ryberg has been working with teens and young adults in behavioral healthcare since early 2005, when he joined the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition. He has held a variety of roles within residential and IOP programs including adolescent substance abuse counselor, case manager, and program director. He has worked under Utah’s 4th District Juvenile Court, Cirque Lodge, Employee Health Consultants, Northwest Community Counseling, and C4 Recovery Solutions. Most recently, Robert has launched Guidepost Transitions, specializing in the delivery of continuum services for adolescent treatment. Robert is very passionate about and has substantial experience employing confrontational therapies, as outlined by Dr. Harry Tiebout.
Robert hold a BS in Criminal and Behavioral Studies from Utah Valley University, as well as an MBA from The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC-II) in Illinois, and has lead in the expansion of many behavioral health firms. Robert currently works on a variety of initiatives to assist in the delivery of quality and assurance in addiction treatment. He also enjoys working with various community and mental health programs in Southern Arizona. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and hiking in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
A woman of strength and vision, Velvet has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and well-being of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women’s suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose.
Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered from herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women’s drug and alcohol treatment programs in Southern California, Safe Harbor Treatment Center.
By breaking the silence women are so used to enduring in the grips of addiction, Velvet continues to change the stigma and barriers women face day to day. Through her divine visions and guidance Velvet is an inspiration to young women who walk side by side with her, learning what it means to be authentic, to live in ones truth, to live in recovery, to live in sobriety, and most importantly to live in love.
Walter (enrolled in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience in behavioral health, clinical psychology, and addiction treatment, primarily in “Indian country.” Walter works at Support Services International (SSI), a consulting firm specializing in research, training, and policy analysis for federal agencies and Indian tribes/organizations. Before founding SSI, Walter was a professor in the psychology department at Howard University.
Walter has a broad range of experience in behavioral health. He has been the principle investigator of evaluations and studies of substance abuse prevention and treatment, family and school violence, and child abuse and neglect. He has co-authored papers on conducting culturally competent research in Indian country. He is active in C4 Recovery Solutions 4-Winds Indigenous Healers initiative.
In addition to his clinical practice, Walter serves as a board member of C4 Recovery Solutions, Native American Capital, LLC, and the Lower Brule Sioux Community Development Enterprise. He is the past-president and treasurer of the DC Psychological Association as well as its current representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives.
Walter has been an expert witness (evaluation and statistics) in federal court for the Justice, Education, and the Health and Human Services Departments on cases involving services to the handicapped, special education, and civil rights.
Wayne Wirta has more than 30 years experience working in the addictions field, both as a clinician and as an administrator. He began working as an addictions counselor on a medical detoxification unit at Perth Amboy General Hospital in 1974. In 1978, he became director of Triple S, a non-hospital based social detox for Middlesex County. In 1980, Wayne became the Director of that County’s Division of Alcoholism where he established the State’s first Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism (LACADA) and wrote the first County Alcoholism Plan.In 1987, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Middlesex County Department of Human Services.
Wayne became President and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) in 1988. Under his leadership, NCADD-NJ has grown from 1.5 employees to an organization with more than 125 employees and an operating budget of $8.6 million dollars. Mr. Wirta earned his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a founding member and first president of the N.J. Association of County Alcoholism Coordinators and has been a member numerous advisory groups including the Professional Advisory Committee to the N.J. Commissioner of Health, the N.J Intoxicated Driving Resource Center Advisory Committee and the Alcoholism Rate Setting Advisory Committee. On the national level, Mr. Wirta has served as a member of the NCADD Board of Directors as well as the Medical-Scientific Committee and as Co-chair of the Public Policy Committee. He also serves on the Board of C4 Recovery Solutions, a non-profit think tank formally known as the Coalition for Outcome Based Benefits (COBB).
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