A. Elizabeth Griffith
Associate Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Elizabeth Griffith is an Associate Deputy Director of the Courts, Communities, and Strategic Partnerships team at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which administers national criminal justice policy and grants as well as training and technical assistance (TTA) for state, local, and tribal justice systems. Ms. Griffith leads cross-cutting strategic efforts such as hate crime prevention; community violence initiatives and other violent crime and place-based initiatives; tribal justice; courts and adjudication including treatment courts, conviction integrity, wrongful conviction, and enforcing the Sixth Amendment; coordination of TTA; efforts to prevent overdose and increase access to justice and treatment; and integration of research and data into program and policy development. At BJA, Ms. Griffith has also served as the Deputy Director of the Planning Office and the Associate Deputy Director for Justice Systems, working on the issues of courts, corrections, substance abuse/mental health, and tribal justice. She started her career at DOJ in the National Institute of Justice as the Director of Development. Before that, she worked for more than a decade on criminal justice issues at the local level, serving as the Director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice for the City of Baltimore, Maryland, where she advised the Mayor and managed criminal justice initiatives and grants, including the development of the Baltimore Drug Court Program and the Comprehensive Communities Program. Ms. Griffith is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Filmmaker, Mirrorless Productions
Alex Belville is a filmmaker from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who did not start chasing his dreams until he turned his life around in his early twenties. He is passionate about telling stories for businesses, brands, nonprofits, and athletes through his production company, Mirrorless Productions. He has been fortunate to partner with VaynerSports and create videos for Gary Vaynerchuk. He has had projects funded by Mazda and Jeep, and his work has been shared by Harley Davidson. Mr. Bellville and his team have won multiple Telly Awards for their public service announcement short films, and during COVID-19, they helped local organizations raise $1 million by creating virtual event videos to help meet their fundraising needs. Mr. Belville aims to give back when he can by speaking to students in college and high school about pursuing their passions.
MPH Program Manager, Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Ali Burrell, MPH, is the Program Manager for the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) at the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA). She earned her master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in environmental and occupational health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public health, health promotion, and health behavior from Oregon State University with a Global Health Certificate. Ms. Burrell has worked in overdose prevention and veteran suicide prevention program implementation through her work with the CDC Foundation’s Overdose Response Strategy in Virginia and the University of Pittsburgh’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
RN, PhD Senior Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alice Asher, RN, PhD, is a senior health scientist in the Prevention Programs and Evaluation Branch in the Division of Overdose Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She oversees prevention activities in the CDC’s Overdose Data to Action program, coordinates a Data to Action workgroup, and serves on multiple federal committees working to address the overdose epidemic. Dr. Asher is a subject-matter expert in harm reduction. She previously worked as a senior fellow in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB Prevention. Before joining the CDC in 2016, Dr. Asher served as the project director for research studies with people who inject drugs, including a clinical trial testing a hepatitis C vaccine, and was a nurse at the San Francisco, California, Needle Exchange for 8 years. Dr. Asher received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and women’s studies from Grinnell College and her advanced nursing licensure and PhD in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.
MSW, LCSW Director, Office of Program Services, Division of Adult Institutions, Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Alisha Kraus, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a clinical substance abuse counselor, and an independent clinical supervisor. She currently works as the Office of Program Services Director for the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC). She has been working for the Wisconsin DOC for 10 years and has held various roles throughout her career, including alternative to revocation social worker at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Taycheedah Correctional Institution, corrections program supervisor at the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, and treatment director at DAI. Ms. Kraus co-chairs the Wisconsin DOC’s Opioid Response Steering Committee and has led DAI initiatives combatting the opioid epidemic. Ms. Kraus holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
MA, LCDCII Public Health Administrator, Alcohol and Drug Services, Columbus Public Health
Andrea Boxill, MA, LCDCII, has worked in human services and behavioral health treatment since 1993. Since 2019, Ms. Boxill has served as the Public Health Administrator for the Alcohol and Drug Services Division at Columbus Public Health (CPH) in Columbus, Ohio. In this position, she monitors service delivery; assists in program development, grant writing, and project management; and coordinates the Columbus and Franklin County Addiction Plan. Prior to joining CPH, Ms. Boxill was the deputy director for the Ohio Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team. Ms. Boxill has worked in the central Ohio mental health and addiction field for more than 25 years. Most recently, she served as the specialized docket coordinator for Franklin County Municipal Court and developed the first court for victims of human trafficking and the first opioid-specific drug court in the state.
MPH, CHES® Program Coordinator I, Riverside County, California, Overdose Data to Action Program, Riverside University Health System–Public Health
Andrew Jimenez, MPH, CHES®, is responsible for developing and implementing the Riverside County, California, Overdose Data to Action Program’s Strategic Plan and ensuring that activities align with the California Department of Public Health/California Opioid Safety Network’s strategies. He also coordinates the overdose fatality review team meetings to inform overdose prevention efforts. In addition, he supports the Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition in implementing its work plan. Mr. Jimenez has more than 8 years of public health experience working on various prevention programs and initiatives.
Angela Van Slembrouck
Community Health Associate, Michigan Public Health Institute
Angela Van Slembrouck is a community health associate for the Center of Child and Family Health at the Michigan Public Health Institute. She has a formal education in sociology and criminal justice from Central Michigan University and is a prevention specialist certified by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals. Ms. Van Slembrouck has experience working on substance use disorder prevention initiatives, community coalition facilitation, and system-level change in various communities around the United States.
Anita Welch Lossiah
Policy Analyst, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Anita Welch Lossiah is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). She is the Governmental Affairs Policy Analyst for the Office of the Principal Chief, a Cherokee police commissioner, a board member for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, and a former tribal council representative. Ms. Lossiah brings 18 years of experience within the EBCI tribal government. Her work focuses on policy development, strategy, and results-based implementation within the top governmental priorities.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Ben Ekelund is a senior research associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He works on the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). He oversees a portfolio of three demonstration projects for COSSAP: the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), Partnerships to Support Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats, and Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses initiatives. In his role, he provides coordination and support to communities in the planning, implementation, and assessment of data sharing, partnership development, and rapid responses to address drug overdoses.
Bobbi Jo O’Neal
RN, ABMDI Coroner, Charleston County, South Carolina, Coroner’s Office
Bobbi Jo O’Neal, a Registered Nurse and Board-Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), is the elected Coroner for the Charleston County, South Carolina, Coroner’s Office. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Coroner O’Neal has been a death investigator since 1998 and is currently the president of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners and the president of the South Carolina Coroner’s Association. She is a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science, and the former director-at-large for the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Coroner O’Neal serves on the Executive Committee of the Low Country Healthcare Coalition and is an active member of the South Carolina Association of Counties.
MS Executive Director, York, Pennsylvania, Opioid Collaborative
Brittany Shutz, MS, has experience working within the behavioral health field within different capacities, from case management to prevention. Ms. Shutz served as a case manager for the drug treatment court program with the York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission, the Single County Authority (SCA), before stepping into the role of prevention program specialist with the agency. In this position, she oversaw the implementation, funding, and organization of primary prevention programming, naloxone distribution, provider training, and community outreach. Ms. Shutz also has experience within community relations through her experience working with the SCA and the Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization. During her time within the field, she has developed strong working relationships with cross-sector partners working toward combatting the effects of substance use on the community. Through this work, she understands that collaboration and a multisystemic approach is the catalyst for change. Ms. Shutz has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminology and a master’s degree in public health.
MPA Program Evaluation Manager, HealthLinc
Cara Jones, MPA, is the Program Evaluation Manager at HealthLinc, a federally qualified health center, where she focuses largely on the integration of behavioral health and addiction services in primary care. She has worked on a variety of programs in the area of substance use, including medication-assisted treatment and mobile integrated response teams. She currently coordinates three county overdose fatality review teams in northwest Indiana. Ms. Jones earned her master of public affairs degree from Indiana University Northwest and is currently working toward a master of public health degree at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
BS Program Manager, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney’s Office
Carina Havenstrite, BS, currently serves as the Program Manager for the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney’s Office. In this role, she led the development of the Lackawanna County Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team and oversees the implementation of recommendations generated by the team, as well as the pursuit and management of several other law enforcement and opioid-related grants. The Lackawanna County OFR Team has been reviewing cases for more than 2 years, has successfully implemented several recommendations, and will be acting as an OFR mentor site this year. Prior to her position with the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Havenstrite spent 6 years working in the HIV field, which began her journey in public health, grant management, and implementation of innovative programming.
MPH, MCRP Public Health Analyst, CDC Foundation, CDC Foundation Staff Member
Christina Galardi, MPH, MCRP, is the Public Health Analyst for the Overdose Response Strategy in South Carolina. The Overdose Response Strategy is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program, with the mission to help communities reduce fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses by connecting public health and public safety agencies, sharing information, and supporting evidence-based interventions. Prior to this role, Ms. Galardi served as a project manager at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She earned dual master’s degrees in public health and city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina and also completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea.
MPH, Director, Behavioral Health Division, Anishinaabe, White Earth Band of Ojibwe
Clinton Alexander, MPH, has worked in the public health field for more than a decade addressing health inequities among American Indian communities in both rural and urban settings. With an emphasis on social justice, he has worked extensively with local, state, federal, and tribal authorities to form a groundbreaking collaboration using a coalition-based approach focused on harm reduction and public health programming to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), sexually transmitted infections, and overdose fatalities. His focus has been his work with cross-collaborative teams leveraging resources to effectively mitigate disease and death utilizing evidence-based interventions, including harm reduction philosophies and indigenous practice-based evidence, such as traditional ceremonies and teachings. Mr. Alexander received his master of public health degree with a specialization in American Indian health from North Dakota State University and currently serves as the Director for the Behavioral Health Division with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. Prior to his current role, he worked as the harm reduction integration program manager focused on the integration of public health and substance misuse prevention strategies. He has served as the public health advisor for the White Earth Health Division. He was a member of the City of Fargo’s Native American Commission for almost 6 years, serving as the chair for 3 years. Mr. Alexander grew up on the White Earth Reservation and is an enrolled member.
PhD, Director, Division of Overdose Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Grant Baldwin, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Overdose Prevention (DOP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. As the scope, scale, and complexity of America’s drug overdose epidemic changed, the DOP was created to serve as an essential focal point for the CDC’s more extensive and diversified work in the area. Dr. Baldwin leads the division in monitoring trends in the drug overdose epidemic and other emerging drug threats, identifying and scaling up prevention activities to address the evolving drug crisis, and supporting local drug-free community coalitions. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Baldwin served for 11 years as the director of the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, where he helped raise the profile of motor vehicle injury prevention, advanced work in older adult fall prevention and traumatic brain injury prevention, and established the initial CDC response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. Dr. Baldwin, who has served at the CDC for more than 25 years, received his doctorate degree in health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan. He received a master of public health degree in behavioral sciences and health education from Emory University, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Baldwin has given keynote addresses and provided remarks at more than 150 state, national, and international conferences and meetings, authored or co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, and received awards of excellence for his leadership and teaching.
CSW, CSAC, ICS Corrections Services Supervisor at State of Wisconsin—Department of Corrections
Holly Stanelle began working for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) in 2008. She has held various roles working with evidenced-based programming over the course of her career. She is currently the clinical supervisor and manager of the new treatment unit for the Division of Community Corrections (DCC). In her many roles, Ms. Stanelle has worked on several committees helping to implement department-wide initiatives. She has also played a key role in substance use disorder treatment programs, providing clinical supervision and facilitating the design of evidenced-based treatment programming throughout the state. In her current position, she has developed an evidenced-based treatment unit for DCC, worked on many opioid-related initiatives, and is the chair of the Wisconsin DOC Opioid Advisory Team. Ms. Stanelle holds a bachelor of science degree in human services from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is a Certified Social Worker, a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and an Independent Clinical Supervisor.
Jared T. Stokes
EdD, MA, MPH, CHES, Public Health Advisor, Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Jared Theron Stokes, EdD, MA, MPH, CHES, is a public health advisor at the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy. Dr. Stokes previously worked alongside the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Jerome Michael Adams, at the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG). While in this position, he supervised the peer review process for manuscripts published through Public Health Reports (PHR), the official journal of the OSG and the U.S. Public Health Service; managed contracts associated with PHR; and both developed and distributed promotional material for the journal among professional agencies, such as the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy. Dr. Stokes also, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, developed a report for Congress on opioid use among youth, which provided resources for politicians, health professionals, and parents regarding the matter. Dr. Stokes is a public health professional, specializing in health education. Having invested himself in health affairs for more than a decade, Dr. Stokes understands the importance of health literacy and actively works to synthesize complex scientific information into language understood by the lay public. His career in health education began with working with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Department of Public Health on a health education campaign, which used various media to promote awareness of the link among sodium consumption, hypertension, and stroke and to encourage reduced intake of high-sodium foods. Dr. Stokes has also worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on youth outreach regarding health insurance and Baruch College concerning health promotion within the college campus.
Deputy Director and Chief of Staff, Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Jeff Beeson serves as the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (W/B HIDTA) program. His responsibilities include the overall administration of the HIDTA program, including the budget, the Annual Report, the Threat Assessment and Strategy, and the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP), as well as direct oversight of the Overdose Response Strategy. In addition, he is responsible for managing the non-HIDTA grants and contracts that support new and existing law enforcement, criminal justice, drug treatment and prevention, homeland security, technology, and information sharing initiatives. Prior to joining the W/B HIDTA, Mr. Beeson served as assistant vice president for applied research at Towson University, overseeing a portfolio of state and federal grants and contracts supporting workforce and public safety initiatives. Appointed to several positions within the Maryland state government, including the Maryland Department of Public Safety, he began his career as a senate staffer for U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland. Mr. Beeson has a master’s degree in social sciences, with a focus in criminal justice.
PhD, Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Facilitator, Winnebago County, Wisconsin, Overdose Fatality Review
Jennifer Skolaski, PhD, is the facilitator of Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review and is the owner of Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC (www.canpl.com). She has been involved with a variety of nonprofits, including organizations and collaborations that focus on environment, education, health care, safety, youth, domestic violence, substance use, and poverty. Dr. Skolaski has taught at both the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has played various roles in nonprofits over the years, from staff member and board member to intern and volunteer. These experiences have inspired her to continue working in the sector to bring results through working collaborations and making an impact in the community. Since 2018, Dr. Skolaski has facilitated the Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review, which is a multidisciplinary team that works to prevent overdose deaths through systems change and collective impact work. She continuously looks for opportunities that use her skills, strengthen her personally and professionally, and strive to meet her life goal of making a difference in our communities.
Lead Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jessica Wolff is a lead health scientist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Overdose Prevention and oversees the public health arm of the Overdose Response Strategy, a collaboration among the CDC, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program.
Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
Julius Dupree is currently a Policy Advisor with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he is responsible for overseeing and managing projects that provide financial and training and technical assistance (TTA) resources to the criminal justice field. The initiatives within his portfolio provide assistance to states, localities, and federally recognized tribes to strengthen justice system capacity, protect public safety, and rehabilitate justice-involved individuals. Areas of focus include the Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program; Tribal Reentry TTA; Tribal Community Supervision TTA; Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Tribal TTA; and the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program. Prior to working for BJA, Mr. Dupree was a program manager with the Office of Justice Programs, Drug Courts Program Office. In 1996, he began working for DOJ as an employee with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Mr. Dupree holds a bachelor of arts degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs
President Joseph R. Biden appointed Karhlton F. Moore as Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), effective February 28, 2022. Prior to joining BJA, Mr. Moore served as the Executive Director of Ohio’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, where he oversaw state and federal grants for law enforcement, victim assistance, juvenile justice, crime prevention courts, anti-trafficking efforts, reentry, corrections programs, and traffic safety. In that role, he led Ohio’s grant-making operations, advising the governor and the director of the Department of Public Safety on criminal justice strategies. He also served as the facilitator for former Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations, precursor of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, a multidisciplinary panel that establishes standards for law enforcement agencies as part of the state’s effort to strengthen community-police relations. Mr. Moore also served on the National Criminal Justice Association’s (NCJA) advisory council and executive committee and was president of the NCJA’s board of directors. He also served on the steering committee of the Justice Counts initiative.
JD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Kathy Rowings, JD, is a Senior Research Associate for Justice and Public Health Initiatives at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). Ms. Rowings serves on the Interagency Response to the Opioid Crisis team funded under the Bureau of Justice Assistance Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP), providing technical support to BJA initiatives designed to transform criminal justice and treatment responses to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on rural communities. Previously, she served as Associate Program Director for Justice at the National Association of Counties, where she managed the organization’s work helping counties reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails, utilize data and evidence in justice system decision making, improve pretrial systems and processes, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and collaborate effectively across systems and agencies. Ms. Rowings also worked at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she assisted with class-action litigation under the Fair Housing Act, and as an editor and reporter for five years. She has a law degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Miami University of Ohio.
Director of Health Promotion and Quality Improvement, Ross County, Ohio, Health District
Kelly Dennis serves as the Director of Health Promotion and Quality Improvement for the Ross County, Ohio, Health District, where he helps build programs and services for the community, manages several grant programs for the district, and helps strengthen community partnerships and programs aimed at improving health outcomes for the community. His career in public health began in 2005 with the Ross County Health District as an environmental health sanitarian conducting various types of inspections for food operations, the sewage treatment systems program, and the private water systems program. In 2012, he took the position of environmental health director with the Pickaway County, Ohio, General Health District, where he managed the environmental health programs for Pickaway County. Mr. Dennis is a 2004 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science degree in education with a focus on 7–12 Life Science.
Kevin Marino was the chief of police of the Pueblo of Isleta Police Department in New Mexico for more than 7.5 years. He has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience capitalizing on supervisory experience, operational management, staff development, administrative and finance management, motivational leadership, and decision making. He served as the liaison between the Pueblo of Isleta, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and surrounding law enforcement agencies to build relationships and related to community safety. He has been working closely with diverse teams to successfully receive federal grant funding, implement memoranda of agreement, develop policy and procedures, and implement and manage the Sex Offender Registry Program. Mr. Marino has numerous credentials, certifications, and licenses in result of continued education, including Chief of Police Executive Officer Training. He has been an associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College for the past 13-plus years and joined the team as a full-time project coordinator, providing instruction and hands-on training services for tribal police departments implementing components of Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies. Mr. Marino is a graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, the New Mexico Corrections Department Academy, the BIA Executive Leadership School, and the Leadership for Law Enforcement Executive School.
Project Specialist, Center for Child and Family Health, Michigan Public Health Institute
Kim Pickett has been a project specialist at the Center for Child and Family Health since March 2014. Before coming to the Michigan Public Health Institute, she had worked for the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas, and the Jackson County Health Department in Jackson, Mississippi, as a health educator. She has a bachelor of science degree in community health education from Western Michigan University with a minor in family life education. Ms. Pickett has a passion for training and facilitating groups, and her interest lies in the child and adult fatality review processes.
MA, LPC County Alcohol and Drug Coordinator, Department of Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Opioid Dependency, Ocean County, New Jersey, Health Department
Kimberly Reilly, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor for New Jersey and has been working in public health for the past 11 years. Ms. Reilly oversees the Department of Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Opioid Dependency at the Ocean County, New Jersey, Health Department.
MBA, LCAC, CADAC II, CAPRC I Executive Director, Jay County, Indiana, Drug Prevention Coalition
Kimbra Reynolds, MBA, LCAC, CADAC II, CAPRC I, is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and Certified Peer Addiction Recovery Coach and holds a master of business administration degree specializing in health care. Ms. Reynolds has 34 years of successful coalition building, addiction intervention, and prevention experience. Her years of leadership experience have provided her the opportunity to become a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Graduate Coalition Academy and National Coalition Academy. She is part of the Indiana Coalition Network’s leadership team and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s Local Coordinating Council Advisory Board. Ms. Reynolds provides contractual work with various coalitions and is a local and federal grant reviewer.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Lauren Savitskas is a senior research associate for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). She is responsible for providing training and technical assistance on overdose fatality review. Lauren has more than seven years of experience working in injury and violence prevention and programming at the local, state, and national levels. Previously, she was the suicide and OFR program manager with the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), where she led the coordination, facilitation, and implementation of the Indiana Suicide and Overdose Program for over four years.
MPH, Illinois Public Health Analyst, Overdose Response Strategy, CDC Foundation
Lindsay Wilson, MPH, joined the National Overdose Response Strategy Program as a public health analyst for Illinois in January 2021. Prior to her position with the CDC Foundation, Ms. Wilson served as a health promotion coordinator with the Kankakee County, Illinois, Health Department from 2016 to 2021, where she was the opioid response project coordinator and COVID-19 emergency response coordinator. In her role as opioid response project coordinator, Ms. Wilson coordinated overdose education and prevention efforts in four counties in Illinois. She connected organizations across her area of operation from multiple disciplines, including law enforcement, jails, public health, health care systems, harm reduction, and community members, to form a regional opioid task force aimed at addressing overdose across the region. Prior to her work in public health, Ms. Wilson was a medical plans and operations officer with the U.S. Army from 2012 to 2015.
Project Director and Analyst, Oneida County, New York, Health Department
Lisa Worden is a program analyst with the Oneida County, New York, Health Department. She has been working in the field of public health for 24 years in community health planning, public health emergency preparedness, and coordination of various community health partnerships and initiatives. Ms. Worden currently serves as coordinator of the county’s Opioid Task Force and Overdose Response and Overdose Fatality Review Teams. She also manages the health department’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, which includes the New York State Department of Health Overdose Data to Action, Bureau of Justice Assistance Partnerships for Data-driven Responses to Emerging Drug Threats, and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Implementing Overdose Prevention Strategies at the Local Level grants.
PhD, MS, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mallory O’Brien is trained as an epidemiologist and has worked in the field of overdose and violence prevention for the past 25 years. She has a long history of working at the intersection of public safety and health. She is currently serving on to two interagency personnel agreements, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supporting overdose prevention, overdose fatality review, and public safety and health interventions. During her time at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard University she worked on the development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Violent Death Reporting System. In 2005 she developed the Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission (MHRC), a real-time, multi-agency multi-disciplinary case review process, using data to drive policy for violence prevention, primarily firearm violence. Educating other jurisdictions on the MHRC process, Dr. O’Brien developed a national training and technical assistance curriculum for the US Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services. In early 2016 she began the development of an overdose fatality review process for Wisconsin, bringing together the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Dr. O’Brien has been honored with awards from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Director’s Community Leadership Award) and the US Department of Justice, Project Safe Neighborhoods (Outstanding Contribution by a Researcher). Dr. O’Brien earned her BS, MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is an Associate Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Maranda Lynn Williams
MD, Coordinator, Knox County Health Department, Tennessee Overdose Fatality Review Team
Maranda Lynn Williams, MD, is the guest speaker to the Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council, the council developed to distribute opioid settlement funds, and an invited guest speaker to the East Tennessee Opioid Conference.
New York City RxStat Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
After earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and history and her master’s degree in history from Iona College, Margaret Moore started her career as an analyst intern in the New York City, New York, Police Department’s (NYPD) Crime Control Strategies Office. Through this experience, she worked with the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NY/NJ HIDTA). At this time, NY/NJ HIDTA was collaborating via the RxStat Initiative with the NYPD and the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) on creating a Suspected Overdose Tracking system to inform New York City (NYC) overdose response efforts. Ms. Moore began working for NY/NJ HIDTA in 2016 and has spent the past 6 years working on a variety of public health and public safety team initiatives. She spent a bulk of her time helping coordinate the national Overdose Response Strategy from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, her focus shifted to NYC RxStat, and in 2021, she became the NYC RxStat Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator.
MST, Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator, Supervising Public Health Educator, Broome County, New York, Health Department
Marissa Knapp, MST, is a supervising public health educator and serves as the Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator for Broome County, New York, overseeing the Overdose Data 2 Action grant and opioid overdose prevention efforts in the county. Ms. Knapp received her bachelor’s degree in human development from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in teaching from the State University of New York at Cortland. She has almost 15 years’ experience at the Broome County Health Department, with 5 of those years as the Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator. As the Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator, Ms. Knapp has chaired the Broome Opioid Awareness Council and has fostered meaningful relationships with partners in the field and in the community. She is proud to work in the community to reduce the burden of overdose.
District Attorney, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Mark Powell, District Attorney of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, has made combating the opioid crisis a top priority of his administration. He is the co-chair of the Lackawanna Recovery Coalition, which works to reduce opioid overuse deaths by connecting people with substance use disorder to treatment, implementing lifesaving harm reduction strategies, advocating for long-term recovery, and working to reduce stigma surrounding the disease of addiction. In October 2019, Mr. Powell established an overdose fatality review team to study overdose deaths to determine the root causes of addiction-related deaths and implement evidence-based solutions. He also initiated a Fresh Start program for lower-level drug offenders to supplement the Treatment Court. Fresh Start is a diversionary program that gives offenders the chance to choose treatment instead of jail and avoid having a criminal record. He is also a board member of the Lackawanna County Treatment Court, which established and operates the Recovery Bank in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, a peer-driven recovery support center that focuses on whole-person healing of mind, body, and spirit. Mr. Powell is on the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association’s Executive Board and serves on its Education and Training Committee. In addition, he was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve on the Continuing Legal Education Board, which oversees education programs for attorneys statewide. Before being elected district attorney, Mr. Powell was a partner in the Powell Law Firm in Scranton for 27 years. He earned many professional accolades, including the distinction of being a Board-Certified Trial Specialist in both Criminal Law and Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. For 12 years, he served as a Hearing Committee member for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board and is a past president of Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. He is past co-chair of the Lackawanna County Bench Bar Conference and serves on the Lackawanna Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education and Bench Bar Committee. Mr. Powell frequently teaches Continuing Legal Education seminars for other attorneys. In 2016, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy awarded him the Teaching Excellence Award at the Advanced Trial Advocacy Program in Washington, D.C. Mr. Powell earned his juris doctorate from Catholic University; his master of laws in trial advocacy degree from Temple University, where he graduated with honors; and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University.
MSW, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium, Inc.
MaryClare Clark, MSW, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium, Inc. (DAC). She has worked in psychiatric assessment, inpatient psychiatry, long-term care, critical care, rape crisis, and child welfare and with mothers with substance use disorder (SUD). She is the facilitator of the Allen County, Indiana, Overdose Fatality Review and sits on the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee, the Pediatric Suicide Subcommittee of Indiana Child Fatality, and Mission Motherhood’s Maternal SUD Committee. Ms. Clark works purposefully to provide a safe, accessible, inviting, supportive, and loving space for collaboration, innovation, and planning. DAC has more than 130 partner agencies who assist DAC in meeting its mission to decrease the negative impacts of SUD on the community. Ms. Clark’s core values are integrity and authenticity, which guide her societal ambitions and work in macropractice. She has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master of social work degree in leadership from Indiana University.
Overdose Fatality Review Project Coordinator, Alliance Wellness Center
Masno Abdulaya is an overdose fatality review project coordinator at Alliance Wellness Center, a culturally specific substance use treatment center and medications for opioid use disorder clinic. Before joining the Alliance Wellness Center, Ms. Abdulaya worked as a case manager at Supportive Living Solutions and as a behavior therapist with children with autism. Ms. Abdulaya holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Margaret (Meg) Chapman is a policy advisor supporting the Corrections, Reentry, and Justice Reform Policy Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. She has spent the past 25 years working in a variety of social science research, policy development and analysis, and program evaluation roles. Her portfolio of work is focused at the intersection of behavioral health and corrections and includes informing policy related to the identification of individuals with behavioral health disorders at the point of detainment, the assessment and provision of evidence-based treatment to individuals while in custody, and continuation of care upon release.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Melissa Heinen is a senior research associate for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). She is responsible for providing overdose fatality review training and technical assistance. She has more than 20 years of experience working in injury and violence epidemiology and prevention at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
Director, Office of Management and Budget and Co-chair of the Wisconsin Opioid Response Steering Committee, Wisconsin Department of Corrections–Division of Community Corrections
Michael Meulemans’ core responsibilities are managing the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC)–Division of Community Correction’s nearly $200 million budget, which includes all staffing, programming, and property expenditures related to the Wisconsin adult community supervision system. Mr. Meulemans earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University in 1994. In his 26 years of public service, he has held positions of probation and parole agent, corrections field supervisor, program and policy analyst, and director of reentry disability treatment services. He is a co-chair of the Wisconsin DOC Opioid Response Steering Committee and manages the statewide DOC’s opioid addiction program and harm reduction-related services. Mr. Meulemans has presented on behalf of the Wisconsin DOC to audiences in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., and Florida on topics related to Wisconsin’s state-level response to the opioid epidemic.
Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Michelle White is currently serving in dual roles as both a Senior Policy Advisor for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), as well as a Senior Program Advisor for the State Justice Institute (SJI). At BJA, she supports the statewide grantees of the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) along with work in the areas of prosecutor and court diversion programs, child welfare activities, harm reduction strategies, and support for rural communities across the portfolio. At SJI, she strengthens, supports, and guides the work of local and state court grantees across numerous program areas and monitors national trends in justice and their potential impact on the state courts and their justice system partners.
Public Health Analyst, CDC Foundation
Nava Bastola is a public health professional, skilled in health education and behavioral health sciences, providing subject-matter expertise at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to this role, she was a program analyst at the Institutional Review Board of Rutgers University. She has worked with maternal and child health agencies, locally and globally, in reducing health disparities. Ms. Bastola is the Program Coordinator and Overdose Fatality Review Specialist for the Overdose Response Strategy (ORS). The ORS is a unique public health and public safety partnership funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to help communities reduce overdoses. Ms. Bastola supports agencies and organizations in building partnerships and developing overdose data sharing and response efforts. As an overdose fatality review specialist, she supports the ORS program and external partners in overdose prevention by promoting national standards and supporting training initiatives across sectors.
MBBS, MPH, Mental Health Epidemiologist and Overdose Fatality Review Team Manager, Marion County, Indiana, Public Health Department
Nitika Jain, MBBS, MPH, has been working as a mental health epidemiologist and lead program evaluator with the Marion County, Indiana, Public Health Department for the past 7 years. She has been managing Marion County’s overdose fatality review team for the past 2 years. Ms. Jain is pursuing a doctorate degree in epidemiology with a minor in social and behavioral science from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and is a physician by background. She is highly passionate about bringing about positive change in the field of mental health and substance use at a global level.
MAPL, Overdose Prevention Program Administrator, Minnesota Department of Health
Pearl Evans, MAPL (Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership), has an extensive background in direct service as a peer recovery specialist and brings lived experience to her work. Hearing the voices of people through her direct service with clients inspired her to uplift health equity within her profession. Before joining the Minnesota Department of Health, Ms. Evans was nominated by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz to serve as the person in recovery on the Opioid Emergency Response Advisory Council (OERAC). During her time on the OERAC, Ms. Evans worked to allocate funding for investment in culturally responsive recovery support. In addition, she is leading the development of county profiles to share data with local public health, connecting with community organizations, and building upon community engagement work.
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Sam Robertson is a senior research associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He works on the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP). His responsibilities include the development and provision of training and technical assistance to COSSAP grantee sites on stigma and harm reduction initiatives to prevent drug overdose. Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Robertson was the community overdose prevention coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH
MPH, Deputy Director, City of York, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Health
Samantha Zahm, MPH, is the Deputy Director at the City of York, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Health, where she provides leadership and management assistance to the bureau on sound, comprehensive public health practices and strategies to address public health needs within the community. In this role, Ms. Zahm leads program planning and evaluation activities to develop metrics for each program, including the Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) Program, to measure success, ensuring that evidenced-based strategies are incorporated in program design and implementation. Ms. Zahm earned her master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Independent Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Shaffer Counseling & Consulting LLC in Partnership With Collaborative Wellness
Sandy Shaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Independent Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and owner of Shaffer Counseling & Consulting LLC in partnership with Collaborative Wellness. After working in the field of mental health and substance use disorder for more than 20 years, she decided to follow her passion of bridging the world of mental health and substance use disorder. She has a passion for guiding others to become the best version of themselves, which provides her the gift of growing both personally and professionally. Ms. Shaffer has been on the overdose fatality review (OFR) team since its establishment in 2018 and is involved with various OFR subcommittees. As part of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Initiative in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, she provides substance use disorder and mental health services, both individual and Dual Diagnosis group therapies, in the community. She also serves on the board of directors at Solutions Recovery.
Community Health Strategist, Community Health Improvement Unit, Public Health Sauk County
Sara Jesse founded and directs the county’s drug prevention and harm reduction initiatives, including the Sauk County, Wisconsin, Overdose Death Review Team, the Sauk County Response Teams, the Sauk County Narcan and fentanyl test strip distribution programs, and two community-based coalitions: the Recovery Coalition and the Sauk County Partnership for Prevention. Ms. Jesse also serves as data coordinator for the county’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response grant and is on the planning committee for the Sauk County Continuum of Care Consortium. Through successful grant writing, she has helped bring more than $3 million to Sauk County’s substance use-related programming in the past 5 years. Having lost her sister to opioid overdose in 2006, Ms. Jesse is a passionate advocate for community-based harm reduction, treatment, and primary prevention services.
Director, National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Shannon L. Kelly is an assistant director with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Director. Ms. Kelly has been with the HIDTA Program since 2012 and, from 2015 through 2018, served as its Deputy Director. Ms. Kelly has nearly 25 years of counterdrug experience and worked previously for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center, as a liaison to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the ONDCP.
Chief Executive Officer and Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, Mission 25
Shawn Ellis has served in the nonprofit sector in Whitley County, Indiana, for more than 22 years while serving men, women, children, the homeless, those with mental illness, those with substance use disorders, victims of domestic violence, and individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked closely with collaborative partners throughout Whitley County to address challenges within the space of mental health, substance abuse, and child abuse and neglect, as well as opening an after-school program in a targeted poverty population within the county. Ms. Ellis has served on the Board of Directors for Parkview Whitley Hospital and Indiana United Ways, along with various committees for community initiatives.
PhD, Special Opioid Investigator, Forensic Analyst, and Forensic Anthropologist, Charleston County, South Carolina, Coroner’s Office
Suzanne Abel, PhD, earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of South Carolina and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida. She is the co-author of the book The Juvenile Skeleton in Forensic Abuse Investigations. She is a member of Charleston, South Carolina’s Addiction Crisis Task Force and Critical Incident Management System, as well as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Abel regularly relays overdose data to investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System, and agents with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).
Senior Policy Advisory, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Tim Jeffries serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for Drug Policy at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), coordinating all BJA drug policy-specific programming. He has provided drug policy services for the last 20 years at the Office of Justice Programs through the Drug Court and Residential Substance Abuse programs and now assists in the delivery of the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) site-based training and technical assistance program. Mr. Jeffries obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s degree in social work.
MPA, BS, Associate Director, Jay County, Indiana, Drug Prevention Coalition
Virgil Jones, MPA, BS, graduated from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Graduate Coalition Academy and National Coalition Academy. He has been in the prevention field for more than 7 years and has worked in the education field for more than 12 years. Mr. Jones is trained in Botvin LifeSkills, Conscious Discipline, the Strengthening Families Program, Applied Science Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid (youth), and PreVenture. He was the Jay County Prevent Child Abuse president for 2021.
MPH, Chief Epidemiologist, Riverside County, California, Department of Public Health
Wendy Hetherington, MPH, is responsible for leading the Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Branch, which includes the Health Equity Program and the Riverside County, California, Overdose Data to Action Program. She manages a team of epidemiologists and research specialists who analyze data, prepare reports and presentations, and use statistics and a geographic information system to guide program and policy development, as well as a team of program coordinators and health education assistants who use the data to collaborate with community partners to advance health equity. Ms. Hetherington also manages the Office of Vital Records, whose team is responsible for registering all births and deaths that occur in Riverside County.
Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Yngvild Olsen, MD, serves as the Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She has a long history of working within the addiction treatment field to expand access to care and enhance quality. Dr. Olsen has held numerous senior volunteer leadership positions in the field of addiction medicine. These have included vice president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, president of the Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and president of the Maryland/DC Society of Addiction Medicine. She also has served on the boards of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence-Maryland and Stop Stigma Now and as a clinical expert to the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS). After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Olsen completed residency training in internal medicine and served as primary care chief resident at Boston Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins, during which time she received a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Olsen has written and lectured extensively on opioid use disorder and its treatments, the stigma of addiction, the integration of behavioral health and medical care, and clinical and policy solutions to the overdose epidemic. She draws inspiration from the opportunity to provide care for people with substance use disorders as an addiction medicine specialist and general internist.
MS, OD Stat Central Administrator, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Department of Public Health
Zoe Soslow, MS, is the Central Administrator for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Department of Public Health’s Overdose Fatality Review, OD Stat. In her role, she facilitates data collection, analysis, and quarterly reviews of four to six drug overdose decedents with representation from state and city government, hospital systems, and community-based organizations. Before starting her current role in 2019, Ms. Soslow spent more than a decade in community behavioral health and completed her master of science degree in forensic medicine in 2016.