CAC8 Speakers

Inspiring Excellence, Promoting Change

Ben Cort

Ben Cort

Ben Cort was a Director at an S&P 500 firm by 27. He then helped start Phoenix Multisport, an organization that provides pro-social activities that are primarily athletic in nature to those living sober lives. In May of 2012, he joined the opposition campaign...

Dr. Gregory Williams

Dr. Gregory Williams

Dr. Gregory Williams is on the Senior Leadership Team at Baylor College of Medicine’s OB/GYN Department located in Texas Children’s Hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  He has a PhD in Counseling and is a well-known...

Dr. Bob Weathers

Dr. Bob Weathers

A highly regarded educator, author, public speaker, and recovery coach, Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an M.A. in religious studies. Over the course of his professional career, “Dr. Bob” has provided tens of thousands of...

Senator Tom Umberg

Senator Tom Umberg

State Senator Tom Umberg is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, former federal criminal prosecutor, three term state legislator, small business owner and Deputy Drug Czar for President Clinton. Senator Umberg began his military service at the Korean DMZ and served three...

Patrick Trujillo

Patrick Trujillo

Patrick Trujillo, CAC, SAC (Cochiti Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo) has been the Chief Executive Officer and President Native American Training Institute (NATI) since 2010. Mr. Trujillo currently serves as Cultural Care Provider at First Nations Traditional Wellness Program...

Albert G. Titman

Albert G. Titman

Albert G. Titman, Nisenan/Miwok/ Maidu/ Pit River is the wellness counselor at the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Associate Director of Cultural Integration and Development at Sprenger behavioral Medicine for the TeleWell Indian Health MAT project and the...

ZacharyTalbott

ZacharyTalbott

Zac is a native of Eastern Tennessee, a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Qualified Clinical Supervisor (QCS) in the State of Tennessee. Concurrently, Zac holds the Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug...

Ruby Takushi, Ph.D.

Ruby Takushi, Ph.D.

Ruby Takushi, Ph.D., co-founded Recovery Café with Killian Noe and serves as Director of Programs for Recovery Café.  She is a licensed psychologist, who served on the faculty of Howard University from 1992 to 1996 and at the DC General Hospital Methadone Clinic for...

Philip Rutherford

Philip Rutherford

Philip Rutherford is the Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery. He is a recovery coach, a passionate member of the Recovery Community and possesses a self-described Doctorate from the school of Hard Knocks. As COO, he is responsible for multiple...

Johm Ratey, MD

Johm Ratey, MD

An internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist who has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and 12 books in 17 languages.  With the publication of the best-selling “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey established himself as...

Parham Nematollah

Parham Nematollah

Parham Nematollah, M.S.MFCT, LAADC has been practicing in the field of mental health and addictions for over a decade. Parham has worked in various roles within an organization such as case manager, primary therapist, program director, and currently holds the position...

Johnnie Mollin

Johnnie Mollin

Johnnie is a Native of Los Angeles studying Psychology as an undergrad at the University of Southern California (USC) and continuing on to Antioch University Los Angeles gaining his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Johnnie has been working in the...

Mellissa McCracken

Mellissa McCracken (she/her) is a trauma focused counselor working in an acute treatment setting in West Hollywood Ca. She utilizes an experiential-based, sex- positive, gay-affirmative approach to helping those in the LGBTQAi+ community recover from addiction. She...

Dr. Patrick Lockwood

Dr. Patrick Lockwood

Dr. Patrick Lockwood grew up in a small southern Missouri town, enculturated with classical southern and Midwestern values like honesty, integrity, and the “neighborly” way of relating to people. He completed his B.A. in psychology at the University of Missouri, then...

Geoffrey Laredo

Geoffrey Laredo

Geoffrey Laredo is a nationally recognized expert in addiction policy and the full range of associated public health and public policy issues.  He retired from the federal civil service in 2018 and is currently a Principal at Santa Cruz Strategies LLC. Mr....

Kristina Padilla

Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Vice President  of Education overseeing CCAPP’s Education Department. She also is the Vice President of Strategic...

Joelene Knight

Joelene Knight

Joelene Knight, is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Grace Recovery, a Sub-Acute and Residential Treatment Program located in Hollywood, California. Joelene is trained as a Certified Addiction Counselor and received her CADAC from UCLA in 2001. With 30-years of...

Michael King

Michael King

Michael King is the Managing Principal of Impact Leadership Training & Coaching, LLC.  He is also the Director and Creator of The Communities Project, a national initiative with the mission of saving a million lives from substance use related deaths over the next...

Andrew D. Kessler

Andrew D. Kessler

Andrew D. Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy.  His clients, past and present, include the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the California...

Dr. John F. Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly

Dr. John F. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School – the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is also the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the...

Tom Karl

Tom Karl founded R1 Learning as the result of his own personal experiences in addiction and recovery. The idea for the R1 Learning System and the Discovery Cards came to Tom following a relapse when he noted a lack of practical tools in addiction treatment settings....

Johnnie Mollin

Johnnie Mollin

Johnnie Mollin is a Co-Founder at Nexus Recovery Services based in Los Angeles, California. Johnnie received a Masters Degree degree from Antioch University Los Angeles… About Nexus Recovery ServicesLocated in Los Angeles, CA, Nexus Recovery...

Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp

Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp

Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B.Msc, CADC-II (he/him), is President and Founder of Breathwork for Recovery and has worked as a professional healer for more than a decade. Using an arsenal of techniques with a special focus on breathwork, Nathaniel has helped thousands of...

Dr. John W. Herdman

Dr. John W. Herdman

Dr. John W. Herdman is the CEO of HerdmanHealth and Parallels in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Herdman’s first published book, Global Criteria: The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor is now in its 8th Edition and is used as a text book in training substance...

Dr. Tony Greco

Dr. Tony Greco is CEO and Founder of Get Help, licensed clinical psychologist, and author, with over 20 yearsof experience working with addiction and severe mental illness. Growing up in poverty, Dr. Greco’s lifelongpursuit has been getting people into treatment. As a...

Sparrow Goudey

Sparrow Goudey

Sparrow Goudey (Tsalagi/Cherokee/Wyandot) is the founder of Healing the Circle Workshops.  With over 31 years of continuous sobriety, she has developed and conducts workshops at various treatment facility programs throughout Southern California for both Native...

Leslie Gold

Leslie Gold

Leslie Gold, RRCA Certified Running Coach; Executive Director, Strides in Recovery An experience distance runner, Leslie has helped hundreds of people in early recovery cross the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, as well as numerous other events.  Having...

Devon Wayt

Devon Wayt

With more than eighteen years’ experience operating behavioral health treatment and recovery organizations, Devon Wayt’s expertise ranges from quality and compliance, operations and change management. He graduated from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of...

Milton Cohen

Milton Cohen

Mr. Cohen is a seasoned operator and prior private equity executive with experience in specialty manufacturing, business and healthcare services. Prior to Safe Rx, Mr. Cohen led a leveraged buildup in the outsourced maintenance sector, which he grew from a small...

Donella Cecrle

Donella Cecrle

Donella Cecrle is an ally of individuals and families impacted by behavioral health challenges and is a social worker concentrating in mental health and substance use disorder.  Her personal mission is to nurture environments that build on individual strengths and...

Jen Carvalho

Jen Carvalho

Jen Carvalho is the CEO of Casa Palmera, a Discovery Behavioral Health facility in Del Mar, CA.  Jen joined the Casa team in the spring of 2000 but brings 20+ years of behavioral health experience to the table.  Most recently, Jen worked in northern CA as a...

Louie A. Brown, Jr.

Louie A. Brown, Jr.

Louie A. Brown, Jr. is a partner in KSC. He is the managing partner of the firm’s Government Relations Group representing clients before the California State Legislature and various state administrative agencies. Louie specializes in providing clients with expert...

Loretta G. Breuning, PhD

Loretta G. Breuning, PhD

Loretta G. Breuning, PhD, is Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of many personal development books, including Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your...

Dr. David Best

Dr. David Best

Dr. Best is Professor of Criminology at the University of Derby and Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. Trained as a...

Dana Bainbridge

Dana Bainbridge

Dana Bainbridge is Co-Founder of Recovery Café San Jose and Pastor of Urban Sanctuary San Jose.  Dana is currently working with the Recovery Café Network to support new Recovery Cafes in California and beyond.  Throughout her 30-plus years in ministry she has been...

Ryan Bain

Ryan Bain

Ryan is a psychotherapist specializing in addiction treatment with an educational background in sociology and counseling psychology. His education is coupled with experience as an accomplished athlete, personal trainer, and sports coach which provides him a deep...

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva

Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva was first elected to serve California’s 65th Assembly District in 2012. In 2016, she regained her seat to serve the constituents of North Orange County. In 2018, the constituents re-elected her to serve the communities of Anaheim,...

Albert G. Titman

Albert G. Titman

Biography Albert G. Titman, Nisenan/Miwok/ Maidu/ Pit River is the wellness counselor at theShingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Associate Director of Cultural Integration andDevelopment at Sprenger behavioral Medicine for the TeleWell Indian Health MATproject and...

Evan Amarni

Evan Amarni

BIO Evan Amarni is a LAADC-CA, ICADC, and certified intervention professional with his Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Evan has, more recently, become a Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Trainer which blends the science of emotions with...

Dave Sheridan

BIO Dave Sheridan is the Executive Director of the Sober Living Network, and President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). He is a national speaker and writer on the development and operation of recovery residence systems. He is also an advocate...