Ric has a long-term personal knowledge of recovery. His interest in the field started more than 20 years ago when his family purchased The Friary treatment facility located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Mr. Ohrstrom actively participated in the management of The Friary until it was sold in 1990. Following the sale of The Friary, Mr. Ohrstrom established the Committee on Treatment Benefits (COB) in partnership with the nation's oldest addictions advocacy movement, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
Before COB parted company with the NCADD in 1997, it played a vital role in creating a national dialogue around moving the addiction treatment field toward outcomes-based purchasing. COB subsequently worked closely with the New Jersey (NJ) NCADD to design, build and implement the innovative NJ Welfare to Work Substance Abuse Initiative. COB's successor organization, the Coalition on Outcomes Based Benefits (COBB) continued to work in America, but also expanded its operations overseas, embarking on large governmental projects in the UK, Jamaica and the Far East.
Mr. Ohrstrom now travels extensively in the Middle East, working to expand the regional network of addiction data collection that COBB has played a seminal role in founding. A founding member of C4 Recovery Solutions, Mr. Ohrstrom currently serves as its Co-Chairman.
Gary Colby is the founder, and Executive Director, of The Counseling Group and Family Institute.
Mr. Colby spent 25 years in the financial services industry, holding a variety of leadership positions. In 2003, he returned to Graduate school to pursue a mid-life career change, following his passion for a career in the helping professions. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2005, with a Master of Arts, Counseling, and is a Member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology and the American Counseling Association.
Mr. Colby is currently the Co-Chairman of C4 Recovery Solutions, Inc., which is an international non-profit organization focused on the development of outcomes based programs for the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions.
Due to the unique combination of Mr. Colby’s business and counseling experience, he was occasionally invited as guest lecturer to 4th year Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as other venues, to speak on Family Systems theory and counseling practice. He currently lives in Portsmouth, NH.
William Ford, Ph.D. is as a clinical psychologist and began his career developing a client data system for the Nebraska human services agency. He then was named the director of the Nebraska State substance abuse agency. Subsequently he was appointed to be the deputy director of the State human services agency and the superintendent of a State psychiatric hospital. Dr. Ford held several leadership positions in the private sector including as an executive director of a managed behavioral health clinic, director of a behavioral health utilization management program, 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. As project director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment sponsored State Health Care Reform project, Dr. Ford assisted States in applying managed care technologies to solve service delivery issues. Dr. Ford has published over 60 articles and has presented nationally and internationally on various topics, including substance abuse treatment outcome evaluation, treatment needs assessment, and medical necessity in addiction treatment. He received a lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work in substance abuse treatment needs assessment. Dr. Ford currently has a consulting practice and is on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions, Inc.
Arden O’Connor graduated from Harvard College and started a non-profit called Rediscovery Inc., dedicated to serving adolescents transitioning out of the foster care system. Substance use, behavioral issues and mental illness were rampant within the population served by Rediscovery Inc. and Arden developed innovative partnerships within the community to ensure that her clients received high quality treatment. Over the course of ten years, Rediscovery Inc. has served over 400 clients, employed 25 individuals and has grown to a $2 million dollar budget, through a combination of state and private funding. Arden received her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she focused in Healthcare and researched access to high quality behavioral health services on the East Coast. Over the past several years, Arden has worked at healthcare companies delivering services in patient's homes. In 2011, Arden founded O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues. As a family member of several people in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that can help create positive outcomes and allow families to heal. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a member of Winsor School Corporation, and board member of the following: Harvard Business School Alumni Board of Boston, Victory Programs and Justice Resource Institute. She previously served as a Board member of the Harvard Club of Boston.
Janice Pringle, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in health services research. She is the founder and Director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) within the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Her particular areas of expertise are addiction services research, especially research involving the application of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within various healthcare settings. She has conducted numerous health services research studies and program evaluation efforts involving innovative addiction treatment, intervention and prevention models. She is the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Clinical Standards Committee, and is a consultant to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in their review of state behavior health homes. Dr. Pringle was selected as an Innovation Advisor within the Center of Medicare and Medicare Innovations (CMMI). Throughout her career, Dr. Pringle has secured over $120 million in grants from a variety of sources. Dr. Pringle has also been involved in developing healthcare policy research and briefs.
Laura Fenster Rothschild, PsyD, has over 15 years of experience supporting behavioral health, addiction, and educational organizations. Dr, Fenster Rothschild has a strong background in operational and programmatic development, with an emphasis on creating sustainable institutions focused on preventing and intervening in unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors, including alcohol and drug use. She has considerable experience bringing research scientists together with clinicians to promote translation and advance biobehavioral health programs. Laura is currently a member of Peak Consulting Partners. Prior to this position Laura served as the Director of Education and Training at Rutgers University’s Center of Alcohol Studies, where her work focused on developing effective educational experiences that support professionals working directly with at risk populations.
Michael Walsh, MS, CAP brings 20 years experience in the addiction services field, is COO and Executive Director of HARP Palm Beach, a residential addiction treatment center. He has also served as Director of Business Development for the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, a CARON Treatment Center. In 2004, Walsh founded and was CEO of Addiction Treatment Options, Inc., an addiction consulting and placement company, where he facilitated interventions for families and individuals. Previously, he worked as an associate of John Southworth Associates, Inc. where he provided case management and monitoring services, and as director of business development for Illuminata of Atlanta, Georgia.
Walsh, who has lectured nationally and internationally, is a graduate of Boston College, with a Masters degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Board Registered Interventionist and is CAP-certified. He holds professional memberships in NAATP, NAADAC, and the Association of Intervention Specialists.
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.
Dr. Comerford is a licensed psychologist and human development and organizational behavior specialist that has served in key marketing and strategic planning positions with major US manufacturers. He began working in mental health care after completing a fellowship in advanced leadership studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University and received a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University where he also completed a post-graduate program in mental health care management and utilization. Dr. Comerford serves or has served as adjunct faculty at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Georgian Court University, and the Rutgers University Center for Alcohol Studies. He has a current research interest in the influence organizational processes have on clinical outcomes and has authored or co-authored published articles related to the relationship between work dysfunction and addiction, nicotine addiction, performance feedback to counselors, and the application of alternative medicine in addiction treatment. He currently serves as New Hope Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer, as the Vice President and as a Trustee on the Board of Recovery Management Systems, an inter-institutional collaboration; and as a Board Member with C4 Recovery Solutions, a non-profit think tank focused on the improvement of clinical outcomes.
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.
Andrea Barthwell is CEO of EMGlobal LLC, a parent company of Two Dreams Outer Banks. Dr. Barthwell is a former president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). She served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Barthwell is a recipient of the prestigious Betty Ford Award for contributions to the field of addiction medicine and has been named by her peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America" in addiction medicine.
David is currently serving the Addiction Treatment market and in addition to the range of global roles in medical diagnostics and health management that David has held during the past six years, 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.
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.
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 holds 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.
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