Keynote Speakers


Kristina Wandzilak and Constance Curry

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Kristina and Constance are the authors of The Lost Years: Surviving a Mothers and Daughters Worst Nightmare. The Lost Years is a brutally honest and gritty story of Kristina’s dramatic descent into addiction and her mother’s desperate attempt to save her. Told from the parallel perspectives of mother and daughter, it is a moving account of one family’s journey into addiction and ultimately recovery. Kristina Wandzilak CAS, CIP, is founder and president of Full Circle Intervention and Full Circle sober living communities and outpatient services. In recovery herself since 1993, Kristina brings a very personal understanding of addiction to her profession. Kristina is featured on the ground-breaking series Codependent on LMN following her intervention work with addicted couples. She is also the expert on the documentary reality show, Addicted, which premiered on TLC. Addicted went on to win the prestigious Prism award for the most accurate depiction of substance dependence. She is often seen on Good Morning America, as their regular addiction specialist. Constance Curry, is the co-author of The Lost Years, an avid golfer and a loving grandmother of seven. She travels with her daughter Kristina across the country for events and speaking engagements sharing her experience and recovery. Constance has been called the hero of The Lost Years, Iinspiring parents all over the world to love their children enough to let go.

Plenary


William Stauffer

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William Stauffer is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO-A), the statewide recovery organization of Pennsylvania. In long-term recovery for over 3 decades, Mr. Stauffer has developed and facilitated training as part of the Faces & Voices of Recovery National Training Institute, including training for Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS). He is an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania.

Mr. Stauffer has initiated numerous workforce expansion initiatives and a major focus of his work has been aimed at moving our SUD care system towards a five-year care paradigm to dramatically expand the numbers of Americans in recovery.

Closing Keynote


Koren Zailckas

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Koren Zailckas is an internationally bestselling writer and has contributed to The GuardianU.S. News & World ReportGlamour, Jane, and Seventeen magazine. She currently lives with her family in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Koren is the author of the iconic memoir SMASHED, followed by other offerings, The Drama Teacher, and Mother, Mother.

 



Presenters


Brett Breton

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Dr. Brett M. Breton is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Behavioral Sciences department and Counseling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Utah Valley University. He has delivered several conference presentations and publications in the area of relationality and counseling over the years. Dr. Breton has designed several courses in the Psychology department, and his areas of interest are Phenomenological investigations on Relationality, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spiritual and Racial Trauma, Embodiment, and Dialogue in Interpersonal Relations. Also, inquiry into Attitude, Emotion, Ethics, and notions of Individualism and Collectivism. Critical analysis of assumptions and implications embedded in various theories and definitions.

Tiffany Berg Coughran

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Tiffany Berg Coughran is a clinical, corporate, and hospice chaplain. She has authored multiple books on emotional wellness. Tiffany co-founded a non-profit raising over 3 million dollars for needy Utah families and was featured in Oprah’s Big Give and People Magazine. Tiffany has been named in the Daily Herald’s 50 Fabulous People and Utah’s Top 100. She served her state as Mrs. Utah United States in 2007 and was widowed by cancer as a mother of five children in 2009. Since that time, she has been an advocate for hospice and the work of healthcare professionals.

Amy Daeschel

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Amy Daeschel is a woman in long-term recovery. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at the University of Utah. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and has been working in the behavioral health field for 4 1/2 years. Amy's experience in the area includes detox, treatment, marketing, crisis, and administration. She currently works for Utah Naloxone as a Senior Technical Trainer and an associate with JJS strategies - a lobbying firm for behavioral health. Amy currently serves on the board of directors for The Haven treatment center, Advisory Board for Pulse for Good, and the Utah Opioid Task Force. As a former substance user and homeless individual, Amy has found a passion for advocacy work surrounding Utah's marginalized population. She believes that everyone deserves a second chance stating, "We are not what we have done; we are everything we overcome."

Cheri DeMoss

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Cheri DeMoss is the founder of Empowering Options Counseling Innovations. For the past 31 years Cheri designs and presents training seminars for both National and State conferences. Cheri’s has an interactive, energetic, innovative and insightful style that gives participants unique information and techniques.

Matt Draper

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Matthew R. Draper, PhD is a Professor of Counseling and Program Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Utah Valley University. He also works in the evenings as Clinical Director of an Intensive Outpatient treatment center. He produced more than 100 scholarly publications and presentations, as well as dozens of clinical trainings for therapists in the region. Academically, he focuses on addictions, faith transitions, moral issues in psychotherapy (particularly in clinical forensics), as well as scaffolding the next generation of scholars. He has received numerous teaching awards for his efforts. Clinically, he focuses on psychotherapy of addictions and for those coping with the criminal justice system.

Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt

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Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt is the associate director, community engagement, and Crush Diabetes program director for the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition. Sarah Elizabeth serves as chair of the NUIP Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion workgroup, the co—chair of the College of Health Diversity and Inclusion committee, and a co-Leader of the U of U Basic Needs Collective. Sarah Elizabeth holds medical qigong, tai-chi, and yoga therapy certifications and is a cancer wellness instructor at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Hinckley Jones-Sanpei

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Hinckley Jones-Sanpei, MPA, JD, PhD, has taught public policy at the graduate and undergraduate level for over fifteen years. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Juris Doctor degree (Brigham Young University, 1998) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2006). Jones-Sanpei has been evaluating social policies and programs since 1997. She teaches classes in regulatory policy, cost benefit analysis, and public ethics at the University of Denver. Since 2010, she has supervised student projects in public policy areas such as substance use disorder policy, public education, health care policy, and refugee programs. Jones-Sanpei co-authored “Financial Capability in Addiction Research and Clinical Practice” published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse in December 2020, and "Recovery Capitol and Money Management" published in Advances in Addiction Recovery, Fall 2021.

Dr. Christy Kane

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Christy Kane PsyD, PhD., CMHC, has over 20 years of experience leading and guiding in mental health. Christy Kane is a sought-after presenter and author who focuses her work on neurology, mental health stability, and how electronics are affecting the human brain. As a former owner and Clinical Director of two residential treatment centers, Christy has helped youth learn the skills necessary to effectively contribute to society, manage their mental health, and make positive changes in their lives. Christy also owns an outpatient clinic in Utah where she provides counseling services.

Richard Nance

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Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University (1995), a Certificate in Drug and Alcohol counseling from the University of Utah (1993), and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (1981).  He is a member of NASW, the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators.  He served as Director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment from 1998 until 2020.  Current activities include participation on the Utah Substance Abuse and Mental Health Coordinating Council Behavioral Health Workforce Work Group and the Utah Behavioral Health Public Advisory Committee. 

Richard is an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University (UVU) and the University of Utah, where he teaches Applied Skills and Ethics for substance abuse counseling students and public policy advocacy.  He currently sits on the Mountain Plains ATTC Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education, where he chairs the public policy subcommittee. 

Mr. Nance co-authored two publications: “Financial Capability in Addiction Research and Clinical Practice” published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse in December 2020, and "Promoting Benchmarking in Addiction Treatment" published in the journal Behavioral Healthcare in April 2009. He also co-authored the white paper “Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction Prevention” for the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has presented on ethics and public policy at conferences and academic settings in Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Dr. Gray Otis

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Gray Otis, PhD, LCMHC, is a license clinical mental health counselor who specializes in trauma resolution, substance use and process addictions recovery, couples counseling, and domestic violence. He has a private practice, Vanguard Behavioral Health, in Cedar Hills, Utah. His model of treatment resolves the underlying causes of co-occurring disorders while promoting comprehensive health, individual strengths, and empathetic relationships. Gray coauthored "Key Core Beliefs, Unlocking the HEART of Happiness and Health" and “Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession.”  He is a past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and currently serves on the Utah USAAV’s Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Workgroup.

Dr. Angelea Panos

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Dr. Angelea Panos is the director of the Substance Use Distorders Certificate Program (SUDC) at UVU.  She is a DOT Qualified Substance Abuse Professional, a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a Certified Medical Qigong Practitioner. She has an emphasis in Integrative health psychology and neuropsychology, with over 25 year of clinical experience treating trauma and addiction.

Dr. Jennifer Plumb

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Dr. Jennifer Plumb is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician and Associate Professor in the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics and at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also the Medical Director of Utah Naloxone, which is an organization focusing on decreasing the impact of the opioid overdose crisis by equipping individuals and families with naloxone to reverse an opiate overdose.  Dr. Plumb is a member of multiple statewide and nationwide task forces to address this crisis, serves on the FDA pediatric advisory committee, and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use and Prevention (COSUP). She has been involved with the passage of legislation aimed at decreasing Utah’s alarming overdose death and infectious disease transmission rates and educates and trains a variety of individuals and providers across the state on the use of naloxone to save lives from an opioid overdose.

Jeffery Quamme

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Jeffrey Quamme is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Certification Board, a workforce development organization that serves the substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery industry with competency-based credentialing. He is a sought-after trainer on a national level, author, and podcaster, who is not afraid to point out the credibility issues the industry faces with a focus on improving practice and outcomes. He received his undergraduate education in psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, with graduate education in Social Work at the University of Connecticut and Nonprofit Effectiveness and Leadership at Charter Oak State College.

Dr. Teri Nicole Sawyer

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With 20 years of experience, Terri has worked with teens and adults struggling with mental health issues and dual diagnoses.  She "retired" after 15 years of helping teens and their families try to understand how to resolve conflict and learn to communicate better. She still counsels couples who have struggled with infidelity and polyamorous and open relationships. Also, she has a passion for helping those navigating a new life in sobriety. Terri believes that addiction recovery is one of the bravest things that she has seen people overcome, and she likes to help people stay on the path of recovery. Her clinical practice incorporates cognitive behaviors strategies with a very positive Rogerian approach. Those she treats will be given respect and clearly set boundaries.