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Executive Committee

Andrea Barthwell

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.

Gary Colby is the founder, and Executive Director, of The Counseling Group and Family Institute in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  This professional counseling and psychotherapy practice serves Individuals, Families and Groups.  It was founded on the firm belief that therapy is most effective when patients are treated in the context of the system(s) in which they live and function daily.

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. Additionally, he is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Mr. Colby is the Vice 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. Mr. Colby is an Adjunct Professor at FDU, currently teaching Family Systems Theory in the Graduate School of Counseling.

Due to the unique combination of Mr. Colby’s business and counseling experience, he is 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. Mr. Colby is an avid sportsman, enjoying golf, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife, Jan, live in Harding Township, New Jersey.

Johan Sorensen served as clinical director for the Nour al Shorouk Centers in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Previously, he was director, founder, clinical director and marketing director for several of the premier residential facilities in the United Kingdom, including Life Works and Priory Farm Place. He now provides consulting services and interventions in Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Sorensen travels and networks internationally to find the newest and most effective approaches for any given population. He is known for his work toward the provision of comprehensive and top quality care using innovative and client-centered approaches. As a result of living in different countries and speaking a variety of languages, he seeks new challenges and solutions to push the field forward. Mr. Sorensen also serves on the Executive Board of C4 Recovery Solutions.

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 chair.

Terrence O’Connor is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Addiction Services.  He has over 30 years of experience; much of that time spent in senior level positions with the New Jersey State Department of Health. Mr. O’Connor served ten years as Assistant Commissioner, Division of Addiction Services, managing the statewide system of prevention and treatment addiction services, overseeing a budget of 135 million dollars.

As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. O’Connor, developed and implemented, nationally recognized initiatives including: Statewide Drug Court Initiative; Driving While Intoxicated Treatment Services; and Work First Initiative. His contribution to the advancement of the Addictions field in New Jersey includes: the establishment of Licensing and Standards of Practices for Addiction treatment counselors; Licensing and regulation of all treatment providers; Expansion and delivery of tobacco and gambling initiatives; Creation of an Advisory Council for Persons in Recovery; Development and expansion of services for individuals with disabilities; Coordination of services for HIV infected substance abusers.

For the last five years, Mr. O’Connor has served as an independent consultant to various organizations that provide innovative services to the substance abusing community. Mr. O’Connor holds a MA in Psychology/Sociology and a Masters in Government Administration from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Government.

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.