Steering Committee and Advisory Board members serve in their role as individual experts in the field. Steering Committee and Advisory Board members do not represent their employers, organizations, or other associations with which they are affiliated. All recommendations and opinions are their own.
South Carolina Psychological Association
Dr. Michelle P. Cooke (also fondly known as Shelly) earned her master degree in psychology from Boston University and doctoral degree in clinical psychology and clinical health psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, now known as William James College. In May 2021, she also obtained a masters degree in business administration with a specialization in health care management from Capella University. Dr. Cooke has worked with adults across the lifespan with co-morbid mental and medical illnesses in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the past 10 years. Dr. Cooke has facilitated long term individual and group therapy focusing on substance use disorders, medication management, anxiety, mindfulness and meditation, depression, chronic pain, grief, death and dying well. A majority of her training and employment during her time in Boston, MA was working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the Suboxone Clinic Director at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital as well as the Clinical Director of the in-patient substance use disorder program called Paving the Way. Dr. Cooke relocated to Charleston, SC in 2017 and focused on geriatric behavioral health and bedside care in long term care and assisted living facilities. Since September 2019, she has been the Behavioral Health Medical Director for a managed care organization where her focus is to improve quality and access to behavioral health to all South Carolina Medicaid recipients. Outside of her employment duties, she is the current President of the South Carolina Psychological Association and has served on the board in multiple capacities since January 2018. In July 2021, she was awarded Charleston's Business Review 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes professional success and community involvement of 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors in Charleston, SC. Lastly, Dr. Cooke has served on the executive planning committee of CCSAD & WCSAD since September 2017. Dr. Cooke is a licensed psychologist and licensed substance use counselor in both MA and SC.
HMP Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Learning Network
Douglas J. Edwards, C-ATM, is the Director of the HMP Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Learning Network, the behavioral healthcare field’s largest media and event producer. Its signature events include Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, PsychCongress, National Conference on Addiction Disorders, and Treatment Center Investment & Valuation Retreat. He has been serving the behavioral healthcare community since 2000, and previously served as editor-in-chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional magazines. Edwards has moderated high-level panel discussions at conferences across the country with VIPs such as members of Congress and the White House. He presents on marketing best practices for the field and in 2018 earned the Behavioral Health Association of Providers’ Certificate in Addiction Treatment Marketing (C-ATM). He earned an MBA from Franklin University and his undergraduate degree in English and Sociology from the University of Akron.
Hard Choices LLC
James Fenley, MD is a Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine and member of ASAM since 1988, Chairman of Southeastern Conference on Addictive Diseases for 13 years and has been on the planning committee for C4 Events for 14 years. He is a past Associate professor at Mercer Medical School in field of Addiction Medicine; spent 26 years as Director of Addiction Medicine in Private Psychiatric Hospitals and 15 years on staff at Talbott Recovery Campus for Impaired Professionals and is the author of Finding a Purpose in the Pain. Dr. Fenley is presently the Director of Addictive Services for SMA Health Care where he is responsible for a four-county area in Central Florida. Dr. Fenley is the President of private practice Hard Choices LLC. He is also the author of Finding a Purpose in the Pain.
LSU Health Sciences
Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Hemphill is a licensed clinical social worker who has practiced as a clinician, manager, consultant, executive leader, and board member for the past 29 years. He’s considered a thought leader in the behavioral health/addiction industry and has developed premier national programs for the evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of individuals with these needs. As a leader, he has always been committed to assuring clinical efficacy while working collaboratively with organizational and funding leaders. He has been the lead person for innovation and implementation for provisions of patient care services, policies and procedures, recruitment of talent, and fidelity measures. He’s pioneered some of the assessment and treatment of licensed professionals with co-occurring disorders and co-authored a book with Marty Martin, PhD in 2013 entitled, Taming Disruptive Behavior published by American Association for Physician Leadership Press. His second book Integrated Care in Addiction Treatment (2021) is published by Routledge Press.
Dr. Hemphill has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and has published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, professional sexual misconduct, and addictions during the past 29 years.
He was an Adjunct Faculty and Professor of Practice at Tulane University, School of Social Work where he taught for 20 years and continues as an Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry for the past 18 years. He has had faculty appointments at Jacksonville University and Loyola University. He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University, School of Social Work.
Ashley Addiction Treatment
Dr. Greg Hobelmann currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Ashley Addiction Treatment. In this role, he oversees the medical and nursing staff for both the inpatient and outpatient clinics. He previously served as a staff psychiatrist after completing his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins. He has also completed an anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2006 and has a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His treatment interests include addiction and chronic pain. Prior to arrival at Ashley, he worked as an interventional pain specialist.
Western Carolina University
President, Evince Clinical Assessments
Norman G. Hoffmann, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the clinical assessment of mental health and substance use disorders and in the evaluation of behavioral health programs. He has worked with private organizations and governmental agencies in a variety of states and countries. Dr. Hoffmann developed assessment instruments used throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Sweden, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Instruments include brief screens, detailed diagnostic interviews, and treatment planning aids. He founded and served as chief science officer for the largest independent program evaluation system in the US and more recently developed evaluation tools for the NAATP pilot program evaluation. He has authored or co-authored more than 225 publications. His faculty appointments have included the University of Minnesota and Brown University. Currently he is an affiliate professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and the founder of Evince Diagnostics, LLC.
Rutgers School of Public Health
Phil McCabe is a Health Educator for Rutgers University, School of Public Health Center for Public Health Workforce Development and the Region II Public Health Training Center providing training on Disaster Response, Resiliency and Preventing Workplace Violence in NY/NJ Washington, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He is an Adjunct Instructor for Rutger’s School of Nursing, School of Social Work and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as the faculty advisor for the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) . He serves on the Board of Directors of NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies, and holds the position of President. He contributed to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals” as a principal writer on family issues. In 2009, he was selected as a Master Trainer for the SAMHSA/CSAT Addiction Technology Transfer Center Curriculum on LGBT Clients. He was appointed by Governor Murphy to the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners and has presented workshops at various local, state, and national events and also in the United Kingdom since 1986.
Founder PRO Health Group
Steven Proctor, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of PRO Health Group—a research and outcomes monitoring company. He also serves as Senior Health Outcomes Advisor at Thriving Mind South Florida, and holds a faculty appointment at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Florida International University's college of medicine. He specializes in the evaluation of addictions treatment outcomes and has published extensively in this area. He collaborates with national and local addictions treatment agencies to improve their treatment systems through research, outcomes monitoring, training, technical assistance, and program evaluation. He is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several federally-funded research projects, including a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Proctor earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he received specialized training in the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program. He is a Fellow of Yale University's NIDA-supported Innovation to Impact entrepreneurship training program for addictions researchers.
Gerald Shulman is a clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He has been providing treatment or clinically or administratively supervising the delivery of care to individuals with substance use and mental health disorders full time since 1962. He was an author of the ASAM Supplement on Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders and he provides training and consulting on pharmacotherapy for addiction and mental health disorders. He was a Workgroup Facilitator for two CSAT TIPs. He has provided training in 44 states and 6 foreign countries.
Nick Stavros began working in the addiction treatment field in 2012 when he joined Community Medical Services in the role of business development manager. He was promoted to CEO in 2013. Previously, Stavros was an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist in the US Army and was later promoted to an infantry officer in Iraq. Stavros is the Arizona representative to the American Association of the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) and the President of the Arizona Chapter of AATOD, which provides collaborative opportunities for facilities throughout the state. He is the Co-Chair for the Substance Abuse Committee for the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers as well. Upon honorably discharging from the Army, Stavros received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is an alumnus of the Valley Leadership Institute.
Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, LADC I, CADAC II, CCFE, CCFT, CARN, CCDN is an Addiction Specialist/Master Trainer for the MA DMH and a private consultant. Formerly the Director of the DMH/Harvard University Commonwealth Research and Evaluation Unit, and has held many positions in Clinical, Administrative, Research and Executive areas.
She has 2 Fellowships, 7 certifications, two licensures and is a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health.
She is the recipient of many Local, Statewide and National Awards and is a Board Certified Specialist in Trauma. She has many publications to her credit.
Currently, the Chairperson of the MNA Addictions Council, guiding Peer Assistants for Professionals seeking help. She is an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. She is a member of the International Trauma Specialists and a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges of Nursing…all levels for Community Health Clinical work. Currently, a Visiting Scholar for local Colleges and Healthcare Professional Schools, she formerly provided oversight for the clinical practicums for students and consulted to department chairs for all medical and professional clinical experience rotations. She lectures nationwide and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice, Peer Assistance, and Healthcare Professional Stress.
Mary Ryan Woods Consulting
Woods is a Licensed Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor who has 40 years’ experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. She is the co-founder of WestBridge, a non-profit organization that provides private community-based and residential treatment for individuals and families who experience co-occurring psychotic and/or affective illness and substance use disorders and served as CEO from its inception until she retired in 2018.
Woods served as President of the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association from 1996–1998 and served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals from 1998–2002. She was President-Elect for NAADAC from 2002-2004, President of NAADAC from 2004–2006 and was past-president of NAADAC from 2006–2010.
Community and Government Partnerships and
Howard County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
Boyer is the National Director of Community and Government Partnerships for Delphi Behavioral Health Group's Maryland House Detox, and is a National Recovery Month Planning Partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She has been recognized with awards and citations including an honor from Sen. Chris Van Hollen for her work on International Overdose Awareness Day 2017, the Anne Arundel County Policy Department's Citizen Award for 2017 for International Overdose Awareness Day, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Outstanding Service Aware, the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, and the Anne Arundel County Public School's Business Partner of the Year Award.
Boyer has served on and led committees including the Healthy Anne Arundel Month Planning Committee (Director), the Human Performance Signature Program (Chair), and most recently as the Co-Chair for the Maryland Chapter of Addiction Policy Forum and the Howard County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) and as a board member for Hope House Treatment Center and My Life Foundation.
Allison is the founder of Beyond Betty LLC, a family and peer recovery coaching business in Denver. She serves as a consultant to organizations building peer support offerings, provides individual and group peer supervision, and is a trainer for peer recovery coaches. In 2019, Allison received the National Credential for Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS) from the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). She continues to support those walking a personal recovery journey. Her past work experience in behavioral health, includes representing the Center for Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) in community outreach. She is married and has two adult children and spends lots of time walking Izzy, their little Shih Tzu Poodle.
Rogers Behavioral Health
Maeve is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with expertise as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Education with a Counseling and Development specialization. After working almost 20 years in behavioral health in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia area she moved to Texas in 2006. She has worked as a preventionist, counselor, manager, director and executive leader in community organizations, schools, treatment centers as well as private practice settings.
Her broad experience with children, adolescents, adults and families has gifted her the opportunity to impact many lives. Maeve is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and has developed a staff development model specifically for behavioral healthcare called BHForce-Transforming Behavioral Health workFORCE focused on ethics, teamwork and organizational culture. As a former Behavioral Health Surveyor for The Joint Commission and a long career committed to excellence, Maeve has a passion for quality client care and safety.
She currently works as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Addiction Campuses where she oversees all regulatory and accreditation efforts for 4 locations nationwide ensuring high quality and safe care. In this role she has the daily opportunity for staff training and education to build team cohesiveness, implementing best practices, as well as defining and monitoring performance improvement measures throughout the organization.
Maryland Addiction Recovery Center
Snitzer is the Co-Founder and Director of Business Development of Maryland Addiction Recovery Center. As a person in long-term recovery and an accomplished professional in the areas of marketing, communications, branding, public relations, business development,and media, Snitzer co-founded MARC in 2013 right outside his home town for the purposes of bringing comprehensive extended care treatment services to the Mid-Atlantic area. He believes in treating addiction as a chronic disease and that family engagement, long-term care, evidence-based approaches, and collaborative, community-based relationships are the keys to an effective treatment program. Snitzer also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nikki Perlow Foundation and the D.C. Maryland Virginia Professional Liasion's Association.
Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Robert J. Valuck is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Pharmacy, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Schools of Pharmacy, Public Health, and Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Dr. Valuck is Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, created by Governor Hickenlooper to address the prescription drug abuse problem with a collaborative, statewide approach. The Consortium has evolved over the past six years to include ten work groups, with over 800 members across the state, focusing on key areas relating to education, prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. The Consortium has gained recognition as a model for the development of collaborative, coordinated responses to the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States.