Conference History





Jim and Nick Contopulos

Jim Contopulos;

Jim Contopulos has been married to Belinda for 36 years, and is the father of two children; Vanessa, age 33 (who is now married to Michael Fryer) – and Nick, who passed away at age 26 after a 13 year struggle to find long-term, affordable, quality recovery. Jim worked as a professional in the insurance industry for over 30 years – but what he was called to do was to be a father to both Nick and Vanessa. It is this which has defined his life.


Film: Beautiful Boy: More Thank An Addict

The beauty of the Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve in southern California provides the backdrop for a father’s lament upon losing his beautiful son to addiction and mental illness. Walk alongside him, as together we who survive, dream of a better day, sustained and inspired by the pain, brokenness and courage of those who live with the unrelenting weight of mental illness and addiction.

Grande Ballroom • 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.


Michael Botticelli

Michael Botticelli

Michael Botticelli was sworn in as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in November 2012.

Mr. Botticelli has more than two decades of experience supporting Americans who have been affected by substance use disorders. Prior to joining ONDCP, Mr. Botticelli 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. These programs include the establishment of a treatment system for adolescents, early intervention and treatment programs in primary healthcare settings, jail diversion programs, re-entry services for those leaving state and county correctional facilities, and overdose prevention programs.

Mr. Botticelli has served in a variety of leadership roles for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He has also co-authored many peer-reviewed articles that have significantly contributed to the substance abuse field .

In 2008, Mr. Botticelli was the first recipient of the annual Ramstad/Kennedy National Award for Outstanding Leadership in Promoting Addiction Recovery. In 2012, he was awarded the Service Award from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Born in Upstate New York, 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 addiction, celebrating more than 24 years of sobriety. 

Grande Ballroom • 10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.