Robb Backmeyer, MSW, MBA, Regional Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone
Robb Backmeyer serves as Regional Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Robb is responsible for adult services, including outpatient, community-based services, residential and housing services; child and family services, System of Care and therapeutic foster care including; grants; and employment services in Indiana. Robb graduated from Wabash College with a bachelor’s in philosophy and history, and also received a master’s in social work from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He serves on the Board of Directors for Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN). He is an active member of his community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards and local human services committees. He has been with Centerstone since 1996.
Eric Bailly, Business Solutions Director, Anthem, Inc.
Eric Bailly is currently a Business Solutions Director at Anthem, Inc. In his 11th year at Anthem, Eric’s role is focused on the enterprise substance use disorder strategy, with recent emphasis on the enterprise opioid strategy. Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1993, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1996. Eric is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of ND and CO, and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of MN. Eric has worked as a behavioral health clinician in several settings including Outpatient Substance Use Disorder treatment services at both Kaiser Permanente and the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment, both in the Denver, CO metro area.
Anton Bizzell, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, The Bizzell Group
Anton C. Bizzell, M.D., President and CEO of The Bizzell Group, has more than 20 years of combined clinical, research, health services, policy and management experiences with various private and public organizations and agencies within Health and Human Services (HHS), including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) . Most of his career has been spent on public health issues related to access and quality of medical, substance abuse and behavioral health services. He has extensive experience in collaborating and interacting with health professional and community organizations as well as expert knowledge in identifying and treating medical diseases in the fields of primary care, mental health and substance abuse.
Michael Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction, Boston Medical Center
Michael Botticelli is the Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and a former Distinguished Policy Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Prior to this, Michael was the Director of National Drug Control Policy for the Obama Administration after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director. In his role as Director of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Botticelli led the Obama Administration’s drug policy efforts, which were based on a balanced public health and public safety approach. The Administration advanced historic drug policy reforms and innovations in prevention, criminal justice, treatment, and recovery. In response to the national opioid epidemic, Mr. Botticelli has coordinated actions across the Federal government to reduce prescription drug abuse, heroin use and related overdoses. These include supporting community-based prevention efforts; educating prescribers and the public about preventing prescription drug abuse; expanding use of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone by law enforcement and other first responders; and increasing access to medication assisted treatment and recovery support services to help individuals sustain their recovery from opioid use disorders. Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he successfully expanded innovative and nationally recognized prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also forged strong partnerships with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies; state and local health and human service agencies; and stakeholder groups to guide and implement evidence-based programs. Mr. Botticelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College and a Master of Education degree from St. Lawrence University. He is also in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, celebrating more than 30 years of recovery.
Jenny Burke, JD, MS, Senior Director, Advocacy, National Safety Council
Jenny Burke advances the National Safety Council mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime by leading NSC advocacy initiatives. These strategic programs, involving safety on the road and in homes and communities, fatigue, transportation and prescription drug overdose, raise awareness and educate audiences to keep each other safe. Jenny has raised awareness of these initiatives through such successful national efforts as benchmarking employer data on the opioid epidemic and its impact on in the workplace and creating cost calculators to illustrate the effect of opioids or fatigue on an employer's bottom line. Additionally she oversees the development of educational programs that tackle cutting edge issues, including deaths and injuries related to fatigue and addiction. Jenny previously served as a senior legal analyst at Wolters Kluwer, specializing in Medicare, Medicaid, food and drug law, and policy and healthcare compliance. Jenny co-authored and managed the publication of several books and white papers on areas of focus including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, contraception coverage, prescription drug abuse and telemedicine. She is a licensed attorney in Illinois since 2002 and clerked for two years in the Illinois Appellate Court, First Division. A graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Jenny also holds a Master of Science degree in health law and policy from DePaul's Public Services graduate program and a certificate in health law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in health administration. Jenny has served on her local school board and the Springbrook Nature Center board in her hometown of Itasca, IL.
Tiffany Cardwell, SHRM-CP, PHR, CCP, HR Consulting Principal, Mountjoy Chilton Medley
Tiffany Cardwell, an HR Consulting Principal with MCM, has more than twenty years of Domestic and International HR experience within the banking and finance industry(Trans Union in Chicago), the food & beverage industry(Papa John’s), the health insurance industry(Humana), and the long‐term care industry(Signature HealthCare). She has expertise in acquisitions, engagement, leadership coaching and development, compensation, total rewards, talent acquisition and workforce planning. Tiffany has a Bachelors from Northwestern University and a Masters from Loyola University. She is a Certified Compensation Professional and has HR certifications from National SHRM and HRCI. She recently worked with the KHC Team on an Opioid Employer’s Toolkit which was rolled out recently and continues to work on various Wellness initiatives as the Director of Wellness with LSHRM.
Rex Chapman, NBA Broadcaster, Co-host of University of Kentucky Basketball Pre-Game Radio Show
Rex is a Kentucky native, born and raised in Owensboro. Rex attended the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship where he was a standout. He left for the draft after his sophomore season and was selected 8th overall by the Charlotte Hornets as their very first lottery pick. Rex played 12 years in the NBA for four different teams. He ended his career with the Phoenix Suns in 2000 at the age of 32. Currently, you’ll find Rex covering basketball for the UK Wildcats or in the broadcast booth covering the NBA. Most importantly, Rex travels the state speaking about the opioid crisis we face in Kentucky.
Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Kentucky
After nomination by President Trump and unanimous Senate confirmation, Russell Coleman was sworn-in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky on September 22, 2017. As U.S. Attorney, he serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the 53 counties of Kentucky’s Western District, running from Louisville west to Paducah and the River Counties. He was formerly a partner with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd. He also previously served as Legal Counsel to Senator Mitch McConnell and as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was raised in Logan & Daviess Counties and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Beth Davisson, Executive Director, Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center
Beth Davisson is the executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation's Workforce Center. She has served as the Immediate Past President of the Louisville Society for Human Resource Management and is the current Workforce Readiness Co-Chair for the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. Beth has spent the last 10+ years aligning talent to the strategic plans of business. She is a workforce strategist and consensus builder, with more than five years advocating for workforce needs in Kentucky and the nation's capital. She earned a bachelor's degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University. Beth was honored as a "Top 40 under 40" and named a "Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources," by Business First Louisville.
Amanda Elder, Health and Wellness Leader, LG&E and KU Energy
Amanda has been an HR professional for over a decade. Her expertise includes benefit administration and design, well-being programing and population health management. In addition to leading LG&E and KU’s Healthy for Life program, Amanda has managed the Family Assistance Program, statewide health fairs, flu shots, mammograms, and tobacco-cessation programs. Amanda holds extensive experience in health and well-being strategy and integration. She works with the company’s safety specialists to ensure the safety, health and well-being culture is incorporated throughout the organization. Amanda has led multiple health and well-being RFPs that help LG&E and KU continue to grow its best-practice health and well-being program. Amanda is an active member with the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC), and works with the measurement core subcommittee and worksite addiction group.
D. Christopher Evans, First Special Agent in Charge, Louisville Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration
Special Agent in Charge D. Christopher Evans serves as the first Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Division. The division, established January 1, 2018, will serve Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia and dedicate executive leadership to the central Appalachia region. Mr. Evans started his law enforcement career with the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1992 at the Washington Division Office and then transferred to the Los Angeles Field Division. In Los Angeles, Mr. Evans conducted investigations on Mexico-based organizations trafficking cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine through southern California to the rest of the United States. His investigative efforts led to numerous convictions and a federal death penalty approved prosecution resulting in guilty pleas to life without the possibility for parole, for the defendants’ role in a drug related murder for hire. In 2002, Mr. Evans was promoted to a Supervisory Special Agent (Group Supervisor) position at the Los Angeles Field Division where he led international investigations targeting Israeli crime syndicates conducting worldwide money laundering schemes and international drug operations. Additionally, he oversaw the Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program and several successful multi-state wiretap investigations of major Mexico-based transportation organizations. In 2006, Mr. Evans was reassigned to DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, where he was assigned to the Office of Operations, Mexico and Central America section. In that capacity, he represented DEA on the Department of Justice Committee on International Gangs, before serving as the Executive Assistant to the DEA Administrator. From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Evans was an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles Field Division. During this time, Mr. Evans also led the establishment of the Los Angeles Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force strike force and served as the first strike force commander. In June 2017, Mr. Evans was selected for the position of Associate Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Detroit Field Division where his area of responsibility encompassed the states of Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Evans is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He also received a Certificate in Senior Executive Leadership from Georgetown University.
Governor Ernie Fletcher, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Fletcher Group
Fighter pilot, board-certified physician, statesman, and healthcare visionary, Ernie Fletcher was elected in 1998 to the first of three consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives. In 2003 he was elected the 60th Governor of Kentucky. As Founder of the Fletcher Group, Ernie continues a legacy of innovative public service that promises to extend the company's unique model of "Recovery Ecosystems" to states across the country.
Pat Fogarty, Director of Community Relations, Alkermes
Pat comfortably claims the distinction of being someone in long-term recovery and found a new life after battling addiction and incarceration. For his efforts in treatment and advocacy, Governor Steve Beshear rewarded Pat a full gubernatorial pardon. Pat has also been selected a “Forty under 40” recipient, recognizing him as a top business professional in the region under forty years of age by Business First. Pat is an alcohol and drug counselor and a state credentialed Clinical Supervisor in Kentucky. Formerly, Pat worked for The Healing Place, covering everything from community relations, program development, and business development. Pat now works for the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes serving as the Director of Community Relations. Pat and his wife, Erin, have two children.
Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Van Ingram is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Van joined ODCP in November 2004, shortly after it was created with the mission of coordinating Kentucky’s substance abuse efforts in enforcement, treatment and prevention/education. Van served with the Maysville Kentucky Police Department for more than 23 years, the last six as Chief of Police. He is a former President of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and was named “Kentucky Chief of the Year” in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement, as well as the Melvin Shein Award for distinguished service to Kentucky law enforcement. Van is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained officers across the state on a variety of topics, including community-oriented policing, case management, and “Kentucky Substance Abuse Issues” for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and command staff. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of substance abuse issues both in Kentucky and nationally.
Jamie J. Johnson, Director of Operations, Dorman Products
Johnson is the director of operations at Dorman Products, a billion-dollar leading supplier of automotive aftermarket products. He has a MS and BS in management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with an AAS in engineering technology from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Johnson has served his county in both the United States Marine Corp and the United States Air Force. He is the founder of a non-profit organization called “Stand With Us” where he passionately pursues solutions to the many impeding obstacles to individuals seeking recovery. Efforts have directly resulted in over 30 people returning to the workforce.
Patrick Kullman, Interventionist, Kullman Intervention
Patrick Kullman is a young interventionist and a person of recovery. He is a Louisville resident who has been working in the field of addiction and alcohol recovery for five years. He has been certified by the Addiction Academy as an intervention professional. Patrick is very passionate about his field of work, considering he can relate to the struggles and pain that the addicts and the family members are going through. He fully believes in giving back to others and his wish is for everyone to have a taste of life free from addiction. His main area of service is Louisville but he will travel to other states if needed.
Elizabeth Lipscomb, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Discovery Education
Elizabeth Lipscomb serves as Discovery Education's Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Born out of Discovery Communications, the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is a global leader in digital education and instruction for K-12 classrooms. Leading Discovery Education's involvement with likeminded social issue networks, workforce coalitions and education taskforces, Lipscomb guides alignment with key stakeholders in education to amplify outcome-based programming. Seeking to inform and enhance Discovery Education's pro-social support to K-12 district partners, Lipscomb serves as the chief representative for the company's commitment to building an equitable future for today’s learners in tomorrow’s globally connected economy. Focused on traditionally under-funded areas such as STEM education, college access, career readiness, financial literacy, health, environmental stewardship, youth safety and more, her work fosters enhanced K-12 curriculum and the delivery of free resources to students, parents, teachers and communities. Lipscomb serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Corporate Citizenship Center’s Advisory Board, Landmark’s Social Innovation Summit Leadership Council, and spearheaded the inaugural Education Roundtable series for the CCC. Since joining Discovery Education in 2011, Lipscomb has held a variety of marketing and partnership development roles before assuming her current responsibilities in 2014. Lipscomb is a graduate of Clemson University and resides in New York City.
Katie Marks, PhD, Project Director – Kentucky Opioid Response Effort. Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Dr. Marks serves the Project Director for the SAMHSA-funded State Targeted Response and State Opioid Response grants awarded to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. These Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) grants increase access to high quality, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, Dr. Marks co-chairs the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services initiative to develop a statewide quality monitoring and outcomes measurement system for substance use treatment programs. Dr. Marks has a doctorate in Experimental Psychology and serves as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on behavioral health recovery and community response to address the opioid crisis.
Paul Mottershead, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Belden
A communications leader with 25 years of international experience within global companies, Paul is responsible for internal communications, brand management, community outreach and Public Relations across the Belden group. In February 2018 Belden began implementing its Pathways to Employment program. If potential Belden employees at the Richmond, IN, plant are denied positions because of a failed drug screen, they are offered the opportunity to participate in a free personalized substance abuse rehabilitation program. Successful participation will lead to a job at Belden once the rehabilitation program is completed, along with a commitment to maintaining a substance-free lifestyle. As a core member of the Pathways to Employment team, Paul has been responsible for driving the communications elements of the program with employees, partners and the external communities, and in designing a platform that effectively shares results and enables other companies to replicate similar initiatives.
Sharon Walsh, Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
Dr. Walsh’s clinical research focuses on pharmacological and behavioral issues in opioid use disorder and its treatment, including studies of pharmacotherapies for opioid use disorder and widely used opioid analgesics. She has published 150+ manuscripts and lectures nationally and internationally. More broadly, she has conducted studies on cocaine, nicotine and marijuana abuse and contributed to clinical practice guidelines and board specialty requirements in addiction medicine. She received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (President Clinton), the Betty Ford Award and several other honors. She has served on review/advisory boards for the NIDA, NIAAA, NIH, VA, FDA, and the World Health Organization. She is the recent recipient of the NIH HEALing Communities grant to reduce opioid overdose deaths in Kentucky.