Robert has been intimately involved in the financial and operational management of healthcare businesses for over a decade. Robert has held a variety of clinical and executive management roles, most recently as cofounder of Peak Consulting Partners, an industry leading financial and management consulting firm focused on the delivery of advisory consulting for strategic growth and development. In addition to the delivery of consulting services, Mr. Ryberg has substantial experience as an owner and operator of privately held behavioral healthcare organizations.
Mr. Ryberg joined the C4 Recovery Solutions board of directors in 2011 and was promoted to CEO in 2016. Robert holds a BS from Utah Valley University, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Healthcare Management from The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC-II) and has worked on a variety of national initiatives to assist in the delivery of quality outcomes-based healthcare.
A founding member of C4 Recovery Solutions, Rick 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.
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.
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.
Rick began working in the addiction treatment industry in 2002 and has significant experience in multiple aspects of treatment administration including admissions, utilization review, marketing, referral relations and business development. Rick received his license as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in 2013, and has received training as an interventionist in several models of structured family intervention. Rick also brings to Origins a strong background in finance and real estate, which includes many years as an executive in commercial banking and real estate lending for one of the largest independent bank holding companies in Texas. Rick is a member of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions and the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lee comes to C4 after a 40+ year career working as an advisor to the U.S. Defense and Intelligence communities, foreign governments, European Parliament, United Nations, major corporations, and non-profits. Lee is working as a Senior Adviser to help C4 enhance its offerings to the substance use, addiction treatment, and community development fields. As an expert in scientific rigor, data analytics, policy, and program management, Lee's unique mix of talents will help C4 build on its existing capabilities.
After studies in immunochemistry and physics, Lee began his professional career in 1973. As a result of inventing a novel radar technology that year, Lee moved over to work with the US Department of Defense developing radar suppression technologies. In 1977, he began investigations related to complex, multi-criteria decision-making with the Defense Intelligence Agency where he served as Chief Scientist for the U.S. Indications and Warning Intelligence Task Force (established by President Carter to deconstruct intelligence failures in Iran). This work led to the development of the “High Integrity Policymaking Methodology” [HIP] that helps decision-makers appropriately apply qualitative, quantitative, “fact-finding,” hyper-complexity, and quale-based methods to integrate the scientific, technical, ethical, and other influences in poly-factorial decision-making. A particular emphasis of Lee’s work involves methods for evaluating the integrity, rigor, and utility of the foundation information used in a decision-making process with a focus on quantifying uncertainty, and assessing whether the foundation information can “bear the weight” of the decision given the stakes of the problem. The goal is to increase the decision maker’s appreciation of risks that derive from the unexpected and unknown.
After many years of work applying the HIP methodology to a broad range of problem domains, Lee began to concentrate on healthcare data analytics, with large pharmaceutical companies, FDA, CDC, WHO, and US bio defense entities. Lee is also working to improve how foundation science is applied to the Behavioral Health care delivery system. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, Lee undertook work with the U.S.-based National Peace Foundation (as NPF Executive Director and Board member) to help establish a drug intervention and treatment program to address the civil society crisis arising from an explosion of addiction and overdose in Russia that was an unfortunate consequence of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the early 1980s. NPF’s community-focused approach to building the institutions of civil society helped build a nation-spanning network that has trained thousands of interventionists and counselors.
In a world of ever increasing complexity, high-doubt politics, and high-stakes decisions there is an ever-increasing need to ensure the integrity, fidelity, and utility, of the information that informs decisions. The overarching theme of Lee’s work is to achieve high-quality solutions through high-quality knowledge.
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