2019 Speakers

Aimeé Dunkle
Executive Director, The Solace Foundation of Orange County
“Overdose Prevention and Response Training”




Candy Finnigan

Author, Addiction Specialist & Interventionist, A&E Series “INTERVENTION”
“Interventions and the Continuum of Care”




Charlotte Wethington, MA

Founder, Casey’s Law
Recovery Advocate
“Casey’s Law – Lessons of a Life and a Law”




Daniel C. Comeaux

Associate Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division
“Opioid Crisis – A National Problem”




Daniel Headrick, MD

Medical Director & CEO, Tres Vistas Recovery
Founder, Kids From The Other Side
“How Pain Works and Why Opioids Don’t”



Danny Trejo

“Overcoming Opioid Addiction and Sharing the Message of Hope”



Donald J. Kurth, MD, MBA, MPA

Medical Director, Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc.
“Casey’s Law: Addiction and Public Policy in Action”
“Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Implementation Program”



Gary Tennis

President, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
“America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic: Next Steps to Recovery”




Gary Tsai, MD

Medical Director & Science Officer, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
“Los Angeles County – Response to the Opioid Crisis”



Grace F. Napolitano

Congressional Representative, California’s 32nd District
“Federal Legislation as it Relates to Addiction and Opioids”




Harry Nelson

Founder & Managing Partner, Nelson Hardiman
Author, The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain
“Better? Worse? The Same? Assessing Opioid Crisis Response to Date and the Work Ahead”



Janice Rutherford

Supervisor, San Bernardino County, 2nd District
“San Bernardino County’s Response to the Opioid Crisis”



Jerry Moe, MA

National Director of Children’s Programs, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
“Through a Child’s Eyes”




John K. Smith, Ph.D., LCSW

Director of Education and Training, Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc.
“The Opioid Crisis: Tying It All Together and Taking Action”




Ken Seeley
Certified Interventionist & Professional, Intervention 911
“Interventions and the Continuum of Care”




Kevin McCauley, MD

Senior Fellow, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare
“The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction”



Lauri Burns

Author, Speaker, Founder, The Teen Project
“Battling Youth Opioid Addiction”



Lello Tesema, MD, MSHPM

Associate Medical Director for Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
“The Opioid Epidemic in Los Angeles County: A Public Health Charge”



Lynda Hacker Araoz, MSW, MA

Faculty, Hudson Valley Community College
Board of Directors, Columbia County Pathways to Recovery
“Parents as Resources in the Treatment Process: Bridging the Gap”



Rich Armond
Officer, Long Beach Police Department, Quality of Life Unit East Division
“Quality of Life”




Roberto Cancio, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology & Senior Research Associate, Loyola Marymount University
“Culturally Responsive Approaches and Interventions to Rx Prevention: From Skid Row to Boyle Heights”




Somer Harrison-Mierau, LPT 32274

Medication Support Counselor, Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc.
“Medication Assisted Treatment”