Alema Harrington has been working in front of the camera for nearly two decades. He
is currently the host of "Jazz Game Night," the Pre, Half and Post Game shows for
the Emmy award winning television broadcasts of the Utah Jazz Basketball team on the
Root Sports Network. Alema also works for BYUtv as the anchor of "Count down to Kick
off," the BYU football pre game show. Harrington has also made appearances on National
television and radio programs and has been featured in a number of Television Series.'
He had a role in the Feature Film "Forever Strong."
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
DR. JOHN CARNEVALE, PhD
Dr. John Carnevale is an internationally recognized expert with over 30 years of experience
in the field of substance abuse policy, performance measurement, and strategic planning.
He served 18 years for three administrations and four "Drug Czars" within the Executive
Branch at the Office of Management and Budget and the White House Office of National
Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Dr. Carnevale holds a bachelor's degree in Economics
from the University of Maine and a Doctorate in Public Finance Economics from the
Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
GORDON BRUIN, LPC
Gordon S. Bruin, is an American Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor who
specializes in the education and treatment of addiction issues. Gordon is a Program
Services Manager for Utah County Division of Substance Abuse and founder of InnerGold
Counseling services which specializes in the treatment of pornography and sexual addiction
issues. He received his graduate degree from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical
Psychology with a specialization in Addiction Studies in 1994. He is also a graduate
of the "Addiction Technology Transfer Center Leadership Institute" and has written
and self-published the Innergold Treatment Manual and a book called "The Language
RUSSELL GAEDE, PhD
Dr. Gaede holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, a post-master's certificate
in marriage and family therapy, and a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.
He is the Executive Director of Life Enhancement Center (www.lecutah.com), former
chair of the Utah licensure board for Counselors, and has taught psychology classes
at UVU. Dr. Gaede received the 2009 Professional Contributions to the Field award
from the Utah Mental Health Counselor Association.
E. GUERRY GREEN, LCSW, MSW
With Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from BYU, Guerry specializes in
the dynamics of addiction as it impacts relationships and attachment within family
systems. He has worked with the Division of Child and Family Services as a family
preservation worker and child protective services worker, and he was the Adult Clinical
Director at The Gathering Place before he became co-owner of the Green House Center
in fall of 2004. He is married to Elsbeth and they have 6 children, and 6 grandchildren.
JEANANNE JOHNSON-TALBERT, PhD
JeanAnne has over 20 years in the medical field. She graduated from Georgetown University
with a Masters in Nursing, and from University of Phoenix with a doctorate in health
care administration. She is board certified as a nurse practitioner in family medicine,
oncology and substance abuse/ addiction medicine. Currently JeanAnne is the Medical
Director for Steps Recovery Services in Payson and is a full time professor in the
nursing department at UVU, teaching pharmacology, mental health nursing and substance
LEO KADEHJIAN, PhD
Dr. Kadehjian is an independent biomedical consultant in Palo Alto, California, primarily
lecturing and writing on the clinical, scientific, regulatory, and legal issues in
drugs of abuse testing. He has provided consulting services for a wide variety of
both private and public sector drug programs. Born and raised in Boston, he received
his Bachelor's degree in Organic Chemistry from M.I.T. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry
from Stanford University in 1977. He has lectured extensively around the world (including
mainland China and the Soviet Union) and established his own biomedical consulting
business with private and public sector clients worldwide.
BRAD KELSTROM, LCSW
Brad Kelstrom is a Licensed Clinical Therapist with the Department of Workforce Services.
In that position, Brad helps parents work through their substance abuse, mental health
and domestic violence issues and obtain self-sufficiency for themselves and their
children. In addition, Brad has worked with individuals with addictions in both inpatient
and outpatient settings in Salt Lake and Cache Counties.
JASON H. KING, LPC
Jason H. King, LPC is Clinical Director of Life Enhancement Center (www.lecutah.com),
an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment facility in Utah County
servicing adolescents and adults. Jason serves as Chair of the Utah DOPL board for
Professional Counselors and as DSM-5 Revision Task Force committee member for AMHCA
and ACA. Jason received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
from the University of Utah and a Master of Counseling in Mental Health Counseling
from the University of Phoenix; he is a doctoral candidate at Capella University specializing
in Counselor Education and Supervision. His practice is an approved site for DSM-5
Clinical Research Field Trials.
KEVIN MCCAULEY, MD
Kevin McCauley graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel School of
Medicine) in 1992. He served in the U.S. Navy as Flight Surgeon to an F/A-18 Hornet
squadron at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Dr. McCauley now lives in Utah, where
he is the co-director of a ten-bed recovery management program and a graduate student
at the University of Utah School of Public Health.
CARISSA MCNAMARA, MPA
Carissa McNamara has Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from Weber State
University, and earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from The George Washington
University. Carissa loves horses, and for the past 17 years she’s involved herself
in the Quarter Horse industry. After a severe car accident, she decided to couple
her love of horses and treating addiction, and committed to researching alternative
treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through Equine Assisted Therapy.
Mark has worked as a staff writer for the Utah Division of Substance Abuse, and has
been active in the Utah treatment and 12-Step community (including AA, NA, CA, SA,
and Al-Anon) for over 25 years. He is now married with one son, is a successful businessman,
and currently serves as a missionary and assistant program coordinator for the LDS
Family Services Addiction Recovery Program.
RICHARD NANCE, MSHHA, MSW, LCSW
Richard Nance has been the Director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol
Prevention and Treatment since 1998. He holds a Masters Degree in social work from
Brigham Young University, a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from the University
of Utah, and a Masters in Health administration from the University of Alabama in
Birmingham. Richard is an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University and BYU
where he teaches behavioral health courses and guest lectures on public policy.
NICOLE NELSON, LSUDC
Nicole Nelson is a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor and an Associate Clinical
Mental Health Counselor. She is currently working as the Executive Clinical Coordinator
at The Journey at has worked in the field of substance dependency for over 7 years
and with adolescents for over 10 years. Her specialty is addiction and she has a passion
for helping others understand addiction in order to best serve adolescents and their
parents. Nicole is a committed therapist who is excited, motivated and hopeful because
of the many miracles she has seen in the world of recovery.
H. GRAY OTIS, PhD, CMHC
Gray Otis serves as the clinical director for Alpine Treatment Services, an adult
residential treatment program for alcohol and drug recovery. He also is in private
practice working primarily with couples and adults. Gray is licensed in Utah as a
Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He earned master's degrees in mental health counseling
and organizational behavior as well as a doctorate in counseling psychology. He has
completed post-graduate training in addictions, domestic violence, and trauma treatment.
Mark is the currently owner of BlueStep Technologies, 4Care Pharmacies, Prodigy Engineering,
and Growth Climate Education and Therapy Centers. He was the host of his own motor
sports show on ESPN and is consistently rated as one of the top presenters and trainers
in the country. He enjoys collecting, building and flying airplanes, and donates his
time and personal helicopter to the Utah County Search and Rescue. Mark is an identical
twin and lives in Spanish Fork Utah with his wife and four sons.
AMY POLLARD, LCSW
Amy Pollard, LCSW has worked in the field of substance abuse counseling since 1998.
She has been a clinical therapist since 2005 working at The Promise Program, an intensive
outpatient substance abuse program for women in Orem, Utah. In addition to this, she
is currently employed with BYU as an Adjunct Professor in the MSW program teaching
the class "Interventions for Substance Abusing Populations."
DENISE QUIRK, MA, MFT, LCADC, BACC-NCG-II, SPGC-S
Denise F. Quirk has been an addictions counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist
in Reno, Nevada since 1992. She is presently the CEO and Clinical Director of the
Reno Problem Gambling Center, a non-profit outpatient treatment center for problem
gambling clients and their families. Denise also serves on the Governor's Advisory
Committee for Problem Gambling and is a past member of the Board of Examiners for
Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors for the State of Nevada.
Martin Roundy is currently the Regional Training Manager for Western Region of the
Utah Division of Child and Family Services. He is responsible for the design and delivery
of training for region workers, and also carries a child welfare caseload for DCFS.
Martin has been a full-time professional instructor and trainer for 45 years and has
a B.S. and M.Ed. from Brigham Young University. He has also completed extensive coursework
toward his Ph.D.
FLORA M. SANCHEZ
Flora M. Sanchez is a senior trainer/consultant with Search Institute who has provided
over 500 keynotes and workshops in 48 states and many countries on four continents.
A retired school counselor and administrator, she oversaw district substance programs
and served 8 years as elected member of the NM State Board of Education.
Eric Schmidt has worked in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the
past 20 years. He boasts both a Masters of Science in Social Work and a Masters of
Business Administration. As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Eric personally provides
a variety of clinical services, such as individual, group, and family treatment, diagnostic
assessments, and psychosocial assessments utilizing a range of techniques and theoretical
designs. Further, Eric is adjunct faculty for the University of Utah School of Social
Work, where he teaches a variety of clinical and professional development courses.
Since 2007 Zach has devoted his work and studies to mental health, emphasizing in
substance abuse. He has worked with substance abuse, self-injury, psychosis, and many
other psychiatric disorders. Previously having worked for Heritage Schools, University
Behavioral Health, Cirque Lodge, Zach currently works as medical liaison with Recovery
Ways. He has worked with several top addiction psychiatrists within the state of Utah.
Zach's research focuses on empirically evidenced approaches to understanding the neurobiological
and medical models of addiction and incorporating them in psychoeducation and psychotherapy.
Ken is the Director of the Office of Licensing at the Utah Department of Human Services
where he has over 35 years of experience with the State of Utah having worked in various
Administrative positions and directly with troubled youth. Ken obtained his Bachelor
of Science degree in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University, and a Master
of Arts degree in Management and Youth Leadership also from BYU.
JUDGE JAMES R. TAYLOR
Judge James R. Taylor was appointed to the Fourth District Court in 1999. He has presided
over a drug court since 2002 and presently serves on the DORA advisory board for Utah
County. He is a member of the Board of District Judges for the State of Utah. He has
been an Adjunct Professor at UVU since 2005, teaching courses in both Legal Studies
and Criminal Justice.
JAMES VON BUSCH, LPC
James Von Busch has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since
1993. He has worked in both the agency setting as well as private practice providing
Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. James worked for the University
of Nevada - Reno as a Senior Certification Specialist and Trainer. He is an approved
trainer for the following NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiatives: Treatment Planning MATRS,
PAMI, The Buprenorphine Products as well as POATS.
SENNA WILLIAMS, MSW, C-SWCM, LCSW
Seanna Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the Outpatient Program
Manager for the Utah County Department of Drug And Alcohol Prevention And Treatment.
Prior to becoming an LCSW, she was a Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM) and
has had several years of experience as a case manager for some local non-profit agencies.
DAVID YELLS, PHD, DEAN - COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES, UVU
David Yells earned a Ph.D. In Developmental Psychobiology at the University of Nebraska.
At Utah Valley University he teaches courses that examine brain behavior relationships.
He also serves as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Director
of UVU's Substance Use Disorder Counselling Program.