Rev. Cynthia Abrams is the Director of Health and Wholeness, Special Assistant to the General Secretary of the Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society. She is an elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference and a member of the board of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance. Four Corners UMC formed Rev. Abrams’ faith on the Seneca Nation Reservation. She continues to work for a just and healed nation.
John Adams oversees health and PE programs for a large urban school district (including health and PE curriculum development and professional development for health and PE teachers). He has extensive presentation experience including co-presenting, "Local data, Local Impact: Building Community Capacity for Effective Policy Advocacy" at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health (2017). He represents El Paso ISD on the Local Alcohol Impact Network.
Dr. Nicole April is a physician in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec and Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université Laval. Her works focus on the prevention of substance use-related harms.
Wandra Ashley-Williams is a senior management executive, community activist, and elected official with notable experience in diversified industries as well as public service. She is the President/CEO of WLA Associates, LLC; Vice President of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP and member of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Wandra serves as secretary of the Maryland Commission for Women and on the board of directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative and the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women.
Thomas Babor received research training in social psychology and psychiatric epidemiology. Most of his career has been devoted to addiction research and research administration. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. His research interests include screening, diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment evaluation, as well as alcohol, gambling and drug policy.
Barnett, Sarah Beth
Dr. Sarah Beth Barnett earned her PhD in Health Services from the University of Washington in 2016. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and the Alcohol Research Group. Her research interests include evaluating the effects of changes in state-level alcohol and marijuana policies on substance use and health outcomes. She is currently investigating the impact of Washington state’s privatization of liquor distribution and retail sales with her postdoc mentor William Kerr.
Kaleigh Becker is the Program and Research Specialist at Texans Standing Tall. In this role, she manages the Coalitions Project, and enhances collaboration among organizations to prevent youth substance use. Kaleigh holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Colorado Denver, with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health. Her past work experience includes patient navigation and project management.
Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, MSPH, CHES, is the Research Manager for Alcohol Justice. He is responsible for translating research into strong health communication materials, as well as aiding policy efforts. He has seven years’ experience working with communities vulnerable to the harms from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. He graduated in 2014 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis in health education/health communication.
Bosma, Linda M.
Linda M. Bosma, Ph.D. is the president of Bosma Consulting, an evaluation practice specializing in evaluation of public health initiatives that implement environmental and policy approaches to reduce ATOD access, use and related problems. Previously, she directed the community organizing components of research projects at the University of Minnesota, including Project Northland Chicago and was part of the research team for Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol.
Dr. Brewer, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and School of Public Health, leads the Alcohol Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. He has worked closely with the Guide to Community Preventive Services on reviews of policy strategies for the prevention of excessive alcohol use and on the development of translation tools to support their implementation into public health practice.
Laura Brotzman is a program coordinator at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and an NCD research consultant for Vital Strategies. Her work focuses on cancer education and prevention, health communication and promotion, and alcohol policy research.
Buckner, Anna M.
Anna Buckner is an alcohol epidemiologist who studies patterns of alcohol use and related harms. She translates various types of health data to better understand and evaluate the health impact of alcohol use and the alcohol policies that coincide. This work ultimately supports initiatives to improve public health.
Carol Cannon is a Research Scientist at the CDM Group, Inc., working on the STOP Act State Survey. Her prior experience includes the enforcement and compliance component of APIS, state and municipal alcohol policy research, and serving as project coordinator for studies of enforcement of sales to intoxicated persons and drink specials laws and policies governing consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. She holds a MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas.
Cook, Won K.
Won K. Cook is a scientist at ARG who has a longstanding interest in drinking culture, and effects of alcohol control policies.
Cooley Broschart, Sara
Sara Cooley is based in Southern California and conducts outreach and support for the statewide coalition, California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA). Sara has an MPH and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Formerly she was with Partnership for a Positive Pomona, a Drug Free Communities coalition, for five years. She worked in research for UCLA’s Center for Culture and Health and Rand Corporation and in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.
Cox, Mary Elizabeth
Mary Beth Cox, MPH, is the Substance Use Epidemiologist in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where she conducts public health surveillance on alcohol and other drugs and helps develop effective prevention strategies.
Kacy Crawford is an alcohol epidemiologist who studies patterns of alcohol use and related harms. She translates various types of health data to better understand and evaluate the health impact of alcohol use and the alcohol policies that coincide. This work ultimately supports initiatives to improve public health.
Beth Creek serves as the Co-Coordinator for the Cecil County MSPF2 grant, and member of the Executive Team for Drug Free Cecil. Beth is the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Source, a non-profit organization with a strong focus on prevention.
Gemma Crompton is Programme Lead for Alcohol Focus Scotland. During her career, Gemma has worked within voluntary and public sectors with a focus on public health policy and consumer advocacy. Gemma leads AFS’s work on alcohol marketing and on supporting the effective implementation of national policy at the local level. Gemma has an MSc in Policy Studies and a particular interest in the use of evidence-based research as the foundation for sound and influential advocacy campaigns.
Shayna Dee is a Grant Program Manager at Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration, possessing 12 years of experience in substance abuse prevention and project management. She has worked on a SAMHSA initiative to prevent alcohol use among pregnant women. Recently, she served as the Project Manager on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiative. Currently, Ms. Dee manages the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework grant and the Prevention Substance Abuse Block Grant for fourteen sub-grantees.
Priscila Dominguez, Bilingual Psychologist, has been working for four years with civil society organizations specialized on youth. Currently she is the project executive manager in Shift Positive Project which works to reduce underage drinking in Juarez, Mexico.
Alison joined Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) – Scotland’s national alcohol charity - as Chief Executive in December 2015. Her commitment to and experience of preventing and reducing alcohol harm stems from her time as Head of Alcohol Policy and Delivery at Scottish Government from 2007-2012. In this capacity, Alison was responsible for developing and implementing Scotland’s national alcohol strategy, ‘Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol,’ including the proposal to establish a minimum unit price for alcohol.
Dowsett Johnston, Ann
Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post. She is co-founder and chair of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol. An award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience, she lives in Toronto.
Maik Düennbier is Director of Strategy and Advocacy at IOGT International. He has an academic background in political science, philosophy, and history of ideas as well as global development. Maik is leading IOGT International’s advocacy work on a global and regional level, guiding the engagement with the UN system and developing the strategic approach to alcohol control, mainstreaming alcohol policy into all relevant policy areas within the work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Raimee H. Eck, MPH, MPA, CPH is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests include the epidemiology of alcohol use in adolescents in low- and middle-income countries and environmental interventions to reduce or eliminate youth consumption and related harm, especially interpersonal violence and serious injury.
Dylan Ellerbee is an in expert in community-level change, policy advocacy and underage drinking prevention. Dylan has been a research associate at UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest School of Medicine as well as coordinated and worked on the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative for 12 years. Dylan serves as treasurer on the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance Board of Directors, trains for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), and is the founder and serves as Chair of the Board for the North Carolina Alcohol Policy Alliance. Dylan travels the country speaking and training on substance abuse and public health. He holds a BA from Beloit College and a Master of Political Management from George Washington University.
From 1996-2003, Erickson directed Oregon’s alcohol regulatory agency. In 2003, she joined a prevention non-profit to direct programs to reduce underage drinking. Currently, she owns Public Action Management and operates an education campaign for a ‘Healthy Alcohol Marketplace.’ Her website, www.healthyalcoholmarket.com, has materials which explain how alcohol regulation prevents social problems. Her publications include, ‘2017 Issue Briefs for States’ and ‘Public Supports Strong Alcohol Policies.’ She serves as an expert witness in alcohol regulation cases.
Deb Evensen, MA, an outspoken advocate for those living with FASD, is a master teacher and behavior specialist with more than 40 years’ experience teaching children, adolescents and adults. She has been a pioneer in discovering practical solutions that work for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings the unique perspective of one who has spent thousands of hours working across North America helping find solutions within schools and communities facing FASD.
Dana Farley, MS, is the Alcohol and Drug Policy Director for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Mr. Farley is also the Unit Lead for the Health Behaviors Unit of the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the MDH.
James C. Fell is currently a Principal Research Scientist with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago in the Bethesda, Maryland office. Mr. Fell worked at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 1969 to 1999 and has 50 years of traffic safety and alcohol policy research experience. He has authored over 150 publications in book chapters, scientific journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Debra Furr-Holden is an epidemiologist with expertise in addiction epidemiology, prevention science, health equity research, and structural interventions for violence, alcohol and other others. She has worked extensively with a wide range of partners including community-based organizations, local municipal officials, law enforcement, and policy makers to drive public health interventions. She will discuss the process and outcomes of legislative efforts to reduce alcohol outlet density in Baltimore, MD.
Skyler Genest began his career in law enforcement in 2005 when he joined the Police Department of the University of Vermont. He was appointed to Sergeant in 2009 and in 2012 Genest was appointed to the department’s only Detective position where he became responsible for all significant criminal investigations. Genest was hired by the State of Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC) as a Liquor Investigator in May 2013. In August 2017, Genest was appointed as Chief and assigned as the Director of the Compliance and Enforcement Division of DLC, responsible for the coordination of 14 liquor investigators statewide. Chief Genest continues to innovate in the area of liquor enforcement by placing a strong emphasis on intelligence-based policing and leveraging technology to modernize the regulatory environment.
Lina Ghanem is a Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. She is an urban ethnographer with expertise in planning and immigrant and refugee community development.
Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Emeritus Scientist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, has participated in numerous national and international research projects. Recent publications focus on: alcohol policy evaluation; alcohol-related suicide; community-based prevention strategies; harm to others from alcohol. He received a lifetime achievement award from APHA, ATOD Section. Is active in knowledge translation related to alcohol policies, prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Kari Gloppen is an alcohol epidemiologist who studies patterns of alcohol use and related harms. She translates various types of health data to better understand and evaluate the health impact of alcohol use and the alcohol policies that coincide, with her work ultimately supporting initiatives to improve public health.
Naomi Greene is a first-year doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously she was a CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow at the New Mexico Department of Health. As a CSTE Fellow, Naomi's work focused on substance abuse and mental health epidemiology and surveillance as well as examining health disparities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults.
Tom K. Greenfield directed the National Alcohol Research Center (1999 to 2015) and is Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, in Emeryville, California. He is leading with Kate Karriker-Jaffe an NIAAA-supported R01 on alcohol’s harms to others in the U.S. and, with Sharon Wilsnack and Kim Bloomfield, a multi-national equivalent harms-to-others study, both focused on contextual and policy effects.
Elyse Grossman, JD, PhD works at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where her research focuses on laws related to alcohol and other substances, especially those that target prevention and youth. She publishes and presents regularly on these topic areas. Dr. Grossman received her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her JD from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Captain Josefine Haynes-Battle is the Acting Director for the Division of Systems Development at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She manages three teams: Training and Technical Assistance, Data and Evaluation, and Materials Development. A nurse officer for the United States Public Health Service, Capt. Haynes-Battle represents CSAP on multiple high-level prevention initiatives, workgroups, and meetings, improving services to grantees and internal/external agency stakeholders.
Paul Hartman, a community activist in Towson, Maryland, is vice president of the Aigburth Manor Association and the former president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, an umbrella group representing 30 community associations. As a founding member of the GTCCA's University Relations Committee, Hartman worked with Towson University, local police and the business community to develop the county's Social Host-Unruly Social Gatherings ordinance. He was recently appointed to the Baltimore County Planning Board.
Hindman, Patrick J.
Patrick Hindman is an alcohol epidemiologist who studies patterns of alcohol use and related harms. He translates various types of health data to better understand and evaluate the health impact of alcohol use and the alcohol policies that coincide. This work ultimately supports initiatives to improve public health.
Kathleen Hoke, JD, The Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region and Director for the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, University of Maryland Carey School of Law.
Nicole is the CEO of Texans Standing Tall and has more than 15 years of experience with non-profit organizations, developing programs, grassroots organizing, coalition building and advocating for policy change from the national to the local level. She serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance and is a member of the Texas Summit Committee for Prevention.
Insley, J. Neal
J. Neal Insley, former Chairman of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and Chairman of the Board for NABCA from 2010-2013, has been NABCA's general counsel since 2015. Insley began his career as a police officer with the Virginia Marine Police and later became a special agent with the VABC. In 2003, he graduated from law school and worked as a state prosecutor and eventually went into private practice focusing on alcohol beverage law.
David Jernigan, PhD, directs the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), has authored and co-authored for WHO numerous global status reports on alcohol, and co-authored Alcohol in the Developing World: A Public Health Perspective.
Jeremy Jordan, MPA has been with the YMCA of El Paso as the Program Manager for Shift Positive a binational regional alcohol prevention initiative that focuses on reducing on reducing underage drinking and binge drinking. Mr. Jordan served as legislative aide for the City of El Paso City Council and has worked in government in different capacities at the State and Federal policy making levels.
Spruha Joshi is a third-year doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota with research experience in a broad range of social epidemiology topics including alcohol policy. Ms. Joshi’s current research interests include the relationship between neighborhoods and policies and alcohol and marijuana use. In particular, Ms. Joshi is interested in applying novel data collection and analytic methods to these topics.
Dr. Sachin Kamble is a person in long-term recovery for both mental health and substance use. As TST’s Peer Policy Fellow, he helps conduct research on and uses his lived experience to advocate for public health policies that prevent youth substance use. He is also a certified peer specialist with extensive experience in the public health sector. He received his BS in Microbiology from UT Austin and completed his medical residency at Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Kanny is a Senior Scientist with the Alcohol Program in the Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC since 2010. She helps lead the program’s work to improve public health surveillance on underage and binge drinking; provides technical assistance to alcohol epidemiologists in states; and collaborates on national initiatives to prevent excessive drinking, including the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.
Karriker-Jaffe, Kate J.
Kate J. Karriker-Jaffe is a Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group, PHI who studies, among other things contextual and individual influences on alcohol-related outcomes and is a Core director in the ARG’s Alcohol Research Center.
William C. Kerr, PhD is Senior Scientist and Center Director at the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute. Dr. Kerr is an economist with research interests focused on alcohol use pattern measurement, population estimates and trends in alcohol use and related outcomes, alcohol-related health risks, alcohol policy effectiveness and health disparities. Recent policy studies have focused on government control, taxation, policies related to pregnancy and disparities in policy impacts.
James Khun is a Senior Scientist at Fors Marsh Group where he specializes in advanced statistical analyses and survey methodology. He has an MA in Political Science (American Politics) from the University of Notre Dame, and a BA in Government and Religion from Dartmouth College. James has published his research in academic journals such as Political Research Quarterly and has also presented his research at various professional political science conferences.
William Klein, PhD, is Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute's Behavioral Research Program. He received his PhD in Social Psychology at Princeton University and was on the faculty at Colby College and University of Pittsburgh before joining NCI in 2009. Dr. Klein's research interests fall largely under the areas of self-judgment, risk perception, and risk communication. His research has appeared in over 160 publications and been supported by NCI, NSF, and several private foundations.
Frank LaMere is a noted social and political activist from the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska. He is generally regarded as the architect of the effort to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Nebraska onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His work to shut down alcohol sales in Whiteclay, Nebraska has been chronicled and referenced in two documentaries: The Battle for Whiteclay and Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian. He has received numerous awards for his advocacy and commitment to human rights and native rights over the last 35 years.
Juliet P. Lee, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. An anthropologist specializing in ethnographic and mixed methods research, she conducts federally- and state-funded research on alcohol, tobacco and other drug environments in urban and rural settings.
Qing Li, MD, DrPH, a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver, is an OBGYN-trained epidemiologist with interests in alcohol, opioid, and injury epidemiology and policy and trans-disciplinary public health law research and education. After her DrPH training at UAB funded by Maternal Child Health Bureau and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, she worked on NIAAA R01s at UND and WSU and NICHD K12 Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health at MUSC.
Autumn Linsmeier is a Health Educator at the Winnebago County Health Department where she works with the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team to implement policy, systems, and environment changes related to binge and underage drinking. She also works to engage youth in the Health Department’s work through the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition. Autumn obtained her Bachelor Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Lira, Marlene C.
Marlene C. Lira, B.A., is a Research and Education Project Manager in the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at Boston Medical Center.
Mr. Bruce Lee Livingston, MPP has been the Executive Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice since 2006, leading the organization formerly known as the Marin Institute in its new focus as a campaign-oriented alcohol industry watchdog. He brings more than 30 years of policy analysis, community organizing, and program management experience to the executive director position. Mr. Livingston has led campaigns to eliminate alcohol ads from public property, maintain 2 a.m. last call and ban powdered alcohol.
Camillia Lui is an Associate Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group. Her research applies a life-course and intergenerational perspective to understand social and health disparities through two approaches. First, her research focuses on social determinants of alcohol/drug use and misuse for adolescents and young adults. Second, through collaboration with community organizations, Lui seeks to transplant research findings to practice by tailoring alcohol/substance abuse prevention programs to build capacity for families, schools and communities.
Mair, Christina F.
Christina F. Mair, PhD, is an Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. She is a social epidemiologist who specializes in understanding social mechanisms of substance use and related problems in order to better develop and implement environmental prevention programs.
John A. Maisch is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Maisch previously served as an Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General (1996-2001) and General Counsel for the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (2008-2012). Maisch was raised in Nebraska, and his parents were born and raised in South Dakota. He has sought to raise public awareness about the alcohol epidemic impacting women and children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since 2012.
Andrea Marquez is a third-year Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) member and a senior at Loretto Academy High School. She joined the YLC because she wants to become more informed on underage drinking and how she can make a difference in the underage alcohol consumption rates. She is a part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Junior Leadership, HOPE Club, LEAP Club and Teen Advisory Board.
Daniela Marquez, MPH is with the YMCA of El Paso as project coordinator with Shift Positive, a binational regional alcohol prevention initiative. Her work focuses on policy and environmental change strategies to reduce underage and binge drinking. Mrs. has lead the retail alcohol work on El Paso creating GIS maps and coordinating network members to collect data needed for the project. Mrs. Marques has an MPH from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Albert Melena is currently Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Partnership with twenty years of experience in community organizing and substance abuse prevention. He began as an organizer for the Partnership’s CSAP-funded Community Partnerships Initiative in 1991, widely recognized for work in troubled neighborhoods.
Janette Merrill, MS CHES, is the Associate Director of Policy Programs at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She oversees the Society’s cancer prevention, survivorship, and health disparities initiatives, working closely with member experts to establish organizational policy positions in these areas. Ms. Merrill earned her BA in Speech and Communication Studies, with a minor in Health Science, from Clemson University, and an MS in Health Education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Jessica B. Mesnick, MPH, has been with the CDC Alcohol Program since 2011. Her duties include program development, communications, and research translation, as well as oversight of extramural projects. Jessica joined CDC as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2008 and has previously worked in environmental and reproductive health. Jessica has her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on Health Behavior and Health Education.
Gregory Miao, JD, MS, is a Staff Attorney at ChangeLab Solutions. His work includes legal research on policies for reducing excessive alcohol use, as well as promoting active living, healthy housing, and ensuring access to safe drinking water.
Molly Mitchell is a Senior Program Manager with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She previously managed the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center and Maryland’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program. She has been a community organizer and a practicing attorney.
Christine Molmenti, PhD, MPH is a Cancer Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and in the Center for Health Innovation and Outcomes Research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health. She serves as Science Analyst for the American Institute for Cancer Research, an organization that funds and analyzes science investigating lifestyle and cancer risk.
Dr Maristela G. Monteiro is the senior advisor on alcohol at the Pan American Health Organization for over 14 years, after 10 years coordinating the Program on Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr Monteiro is a medical doctor with a PhD in Psychobiology from Brazil and is currently responsible for alcohol policy, research and capacity building activities in the region of the Americas and is an author of over 150 scientific publications.
Caitlin Moynihan, MPH, is a senior researcher in the communication research division at Fors Marsh Group. Her research focuses on behavior change and decision-making to develop, test, and evaluate evidence-based and theory-driven communication with both quantitative and qualitative components. Caitlin has her Master of Public Health from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute in Health Communication and Marketing.
Timothy Naimi MD, MPH, is a physician and alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC), and a Professor with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. His current research interests funded by NIH and the CDC include binge drinking, youth drinking, health effects of low-dose ethanol, and the impact of alcohol control policies on youth and adult alcohol consumption patterns. He has co-authored more than 70 published manuscripts and book chapters.
Toben F. Nelson, ScD is an Associate Professor with the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (School of Public Health), the Alcohol Epidemiology Program, and the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on public policy, substance use, violence prevention, and motor vehicle safety, with support from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Victoria Nelson is a PhD candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at SUNY: University at Albany, and a full-time data analyst at Michigan State University's Division of Public Health. Her research interests include racial disparities in exposure to violence, the effects of alcohol outlet density on already distressed communities, community level effects on juvenile sentencing outcomes, racial and gender disparities in the juvenile justice system, and evaluation research.
Abram Neumann is the executive director at Lakota Hope Ministry in Whiteclay, Nebraska. Abram moved to Whiteclay in 2015 to work with the street people in Whiteclay, a town with a population of eight but with four liquor stores. Abram was on the street daily, listening, praying, and bandaging wounds. After two years, the opportunity came to close the liquor stores. Abram became the first citizen protestant and testified before the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
Atalie Nitibhon is the Director of Research & Advocacy at Texans Standing Tall, where she helps manage several grant-funded programs, including Screening and Brief Intervention for College Campuses, the Statewide Coalition Assessment Project, and the Peer Policy Fellowship. She holds a BS in Human Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Public Affairs from the University’s LBJ School and a Master of Human Services from St. Edward’s University.
Dr. Jonathan Noel is a public health researcher with experience in addiction, legal, and social epidemiology. He has been involved in numerous evaluations of alcohol advertising and has advocated for stronger marketing restrictions on alcohol and tobacco products. Jonathan’s current research interests include the role of social media on the impact of marketing communications, the effect of policy on health outcomes, and the role of policy in creating or eliminating health disparities.
Justin Nordhorn is the Chief of the Enforcement and Education Division of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. He started with the WSLCB as an officer in 1998 and was appointed Chief in September 2011. His responsibilities include leading a staff of more than 120 and includes the day-to-day operations of liquor, tobacco, and marijuana enforcement and statewide enforcement policy development. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Lauren is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and the Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist with the Allegheny County Health Department in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Paradis works at the Canadian Centre on Substance use and Addictions where she provides leadership for the implementation of the National Alcohol Strategy. For the last two years she has been involved in the evolvement of the Postsecondary Education Partnership on Alcohol Harm and the development of its framework and currently co-chairs the partnership. Dr. Paradis is also one of the experts responsible for the production of Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines.
Elizabeth Parsons, MEd, is a community and youth leader with international experience. As regional substance abuse prevention coordinator with the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition, she works with six cities and towns north of Boston to support underage drinking prevention efforts through policy change at multiple levels. Ms. Parsons serves on the Alcohol Policy 18 advisory board and was a member of the local economic development working group within the Massachusetts statewide alcohol task force.
Bonnie Patten, Esq. is Executive Director of truthinadvertising.org (TINA.org), a non-profit consumer advocacy organization focused on protecting consumers from false advertising and deceptive marketing. Bonnie provides the overall vision, leadership, and direction to help TINA.org achieve its mission and strategic goals. Her commitment to educating the public about deceptive marketing and fraudulent ads stems from her belief that education is the only viable way to effectively eradicate the market for false ads. Prior to helping found TINA.org, she spent most of the past two decades working as a litigation attorney in New Haven, CT. She earned her J.D. from Boston University and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In her role as TST's Higher Education Prevention Specialist, Tammy Peck works with colleges and universities to implement the SBI program on their campuses. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Master of Liberal Arts from St. Edward's University.
Rebecca Perl is Vice President of Partnerships and Initiatives for Vital Strategies. She is responsible for guiding the organization's work on global NCD prevention and directing tobacco control media campaign work to support policy and cessation in priority countries. Ms. Perl has extensive experience as a journalist specializing in public health and consumer health and has won the Peabody Award for her reporting on tobacco and a DuPont Award for her coverage of cancer.
Dallas W. Pettigrew, a member of the Cherokee Nation, holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma where he teaches in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Dallas has worked in Indian Country most of his career, including nearly 15 years at the Cherokee Nation, where he worked in Child Welfare, Human Services, Education, and Behavioral Health. He also worked with a team of scientists to study strategies to reduce underage alcohol use within the Cherokee Nation with the study findings published in the Journal Addiction and the American Journal of Public Health. He is a former foster parent and adopted his son from the foster care system.
Robert (Bob) Pezzolesi is the Director of the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance and as President of the Health and Trade Network. From 2012 through 2014, Bob served as Alcohol Consultant to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He has presented extensively around the U.S. and abroad on alcohol-related harm and population-level alcohol policies.
William Ponicki, MA, MA, is a Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He specializes in applying econometric and Bayesian spatial methods to evaluate policy effects on alcohol/drug use and related problems.
Rebecca Ramirez began in the field of alcohol policy development, implementation and evaluation in 2001, as a Program Director with Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to work with the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association to evaluate the effectiveness of alcohol enforcement strategies in preventing alcohol-related harm. In 2012, she became the NLLEA’s Executive Director and has led their efforts to increase awareness of the role that alcohol law enforcement plays in improving public safety.
With more than 25 years’ experience in alcohol policy, Riibe is currently the executive director of the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance and Co-chair of the AP18 Conference. She served as executive director of Project Extra Mile in Nebraska for more than 17 years where she led and organized communities in policy development and implementation, enforcement collaborations and youth leadership efforts to prevent underage and excessive drinking. She worked with fellow advocates to enact the federal .08 BAC law, joining in the Rose Garden signing of the bill.
Kate Robaina, MPH is a researcher with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She has special interests in industry marketing and corporate social responsibility strategies, industry involvement in alcohol science, and the impact of these activities on drinking behavior and alcohol-related health problems. She currently serves as the training coordinator of a SAMHSA-funded SBIRT health professions training grant that is infusing SBIRT curriculum in medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy programs at UConn.
Sarah CM Roberts, DrPH is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Roberts studies the ways that policies and the organization of the health care system punish, rather than support, vulnerable pregnant women. Dr. Roberts is principal investigator of studies examining the impact of state-policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy and state-policies that regulate abortion.
Jon Roesler, MS, is the Unit Manager and Epidemiology Supervisor for the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Analysis Unit of the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). He is the PI for two CDC-funded grants: National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS); as well as Co-PI for the CDC-funded State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (SVIPP) and the State Public Health Capacity Alcohol Epidemiology Program.
Robin Room, PhD Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne, and, Director, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), is an internationally-known senior scientist who is recognized for many seminal alcohol policy contributions.
Dr. Rossheim’s research focuses on substance use. His research has drawn attention to harmful alcohol product features. One of these studies was cited by the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission in its letters to the manufacturers of pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol, stating that caffeine was an unsafe additive to their products. In general, his research has supported the need for stronger public health policies and better enforcement of these policies.
Richard Saitz MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, is Chair and Professor of Community Health Sciences & Medicine at Boston University School of Public Health, associate editor JAMA, editor Journal of Addiction Medicine, Vice President of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors, and 2017 author in JAMA on public health and conflicts of interest. His research on unhealthy alcohol use was recognized by awards: R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist (ASAM), Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher.
Julia Sanem, PhD is a recent graduate of the Epidemiology PhD program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and is Director of Health Promotion at Boynton Health at the University of Minnesota. Her professional and research interests include college student health, alcohol policy, and social and behavioral epidemiology.
Jennifer Scheideler is a former Post Baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in the Behavioral Research Program at the National Cancer Institute. Ms. Scheideler transitioned out of the fellowship in May 2017 to attend graduate school. Ms. Scheideler is currently a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration graduate student candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School.
Sociologist Laura Schmidt is dedicated to understanding how changing lifestyles are contributing to globally-rising rates of chronic disease and what to do about it. Laura bridges the worlds of biomedical research and population health in exploring the growing pressures of globalizing economies, rising inequality and the marketization of products that are undermining our health. A professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, Laura holds a joint appointment in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. She is the lead investigator on SugarScience, which educates the public about the latest science on sugar. Laura also works directly with decision makers to promote scientifically substantiated social policy reforms.
Steven L. Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Steve has spent 38 years working on alcohol-related issues at local, state and national levels. At NABCA, he oversees policy and communications strategies in support of member jurisdictions’ efforts to protect public health and safety while ensuring responsible and efficient systems for beverage alcohol distribution and sales. Prior to joining NABCA, Steve was with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board where he developed and directed statewide initiatives to reduce excessive and underage drinking.
Nicole Sealfon is the Program Manager for the University of Maryland Behavioral Health Resources Team. Nicole has ten years of experience focusing on program planning and evaluation.
Lena Sharp is the Head of Cancer Care improvement, Regional Cancer Center, Stockholm, Sweden. She was previously the Chief Nursing Officer and Patient Safety Coordinator at the Department of Oncology, Karolinska University Hospital and has a long experience in cancer nursing, clinical work, leadership, teaching and research. Lena's main research focus is Health Care Communication and Patient Safety. Lena has a PhD from Karolinska Institute. Lena is the President of the European Oncology Nursing Society.
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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, was appointed as the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS’s) first chief clinical officer (CCO) beginning October 3, 2016. Kennedy has more than 30 years of oncology nursing experience, both nationally and internationally, in clinical practice, publication, and education. She is the editor for ONS’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) and practices as an oncology nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH.
Adam Sherk, MA (Econ) is a PhD candidate, research associate and Canada Graduate Scholar at CISUR. His research is focused on developing global methods for estimating alcohol-attributable harms.
Kevin Shield, PhD, is an Independent Scientist and Head of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. His areas of research concern the relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of injuries and non-communicable diseases, as well as how public health policies impact both the harmful consumption of alcohol and the resulting burden of disease and injury caused by alcohol.
With his MPH in Environmental Health and DrPH in Health Promotion from Loma Linda University, California, USA, Nithat Sirichotiratana was invited to serve as the Director of Mission Health Promotion Center, Bangkok Adventist Hospital, in 1995. In 2002, he was invited to join the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, in Bangkok, Thailand. Through the years, he’s received funding from the Center for Alcohol Studies, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, to conduct alcohol control research.
Mariann Skar has been the General Secretary for Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) since October 2007.Mariann is qualified as cand.polit (sociology and social policy) from the University of Tromsø, Norway. Her working experience, which dates back to 1979, is varied, spanning from being an independent public health consultant in Brussels and Thessaloniki, seconded national expert in the European Commission, Directorate-General Health & Consumer Protection, Unit for Strategy and Analyse (Brussels) and Unit for Health Determinants (Luxembourg).
Dr. Mieka Smart is a drug and alcohol epidemiologist in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. She evaluates AOD policy in the U.S. and Uganda. She also explores salivary cortisol as a biomarker for physiological response to substance abuse treatment.
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Cesar Solis is a psychologist who works as director of the initiative Shift + in Ciudad Juarez. He has years of experience working with adolescents, entrepreneurs and public policies of Chihuahua, with these learning achievements helping to make small but meaningful changes related to alcohol consumption by underage kids from the border between Mexico and the USA This work has been possible thanks to the alliance between FECHAC and PDNHF.
Alicia Sparks, PhD is a Principal Research Scientist at Abt Assocaites, researching the prevention of alcohol and opioid misuse. Past research has focused on reducing high risk alcohol use and related harms through evidence-based, community-level strategies, with an emphasis on military populations. Dr. Sparks has an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Michael Sparks MA is an Alcohol Policy Specialist and President of SparksInitiatives. His primary interest is assisting communities to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce alcohol and other drug problems. Among others, Michael is currently working with Johns Hopkins University, Wake Forest University, Texans Standing Tall, Centers for Disease Control, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation and Paso del Norte Health Foundation on a range of public health issues.
Dana Stevens is founder and Executive Director of CASA (Community Action Service Agency) for more than 20 years and consults with other state and local advocacy organizations.
Dr. Tim Stockwell is Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly CARBC) and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria. He was recipient of the 2013 E.M. Jellinek Memorial Award, an international recognition for excellence in alcohol policy research. He was formerly Director of Australia’s National Drug Research Institute. He has broad interests in substance use epidemiology and in policies to reduce related harms.
Meenakshi S. Subbaraman, PhD is a Biostatistician at the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute. Her research interests include cannabis and alcohol policy; intersection of cannabis and alcohol use; treatment for alcohol use disorders; and methods for studying mediators/mechanisms of action. She is currently the principal investigator of a study focused on cannabis use during treatment for alcohol use disorders.
Natalie is a recent graduate of the MS program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biostatistics. During her studies, she conducted advanced multilevel spatiotemporal analyses in opioid misuse research and continues to work on similar projects full time at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
Monica Swahn, PhD, MPH is a Distinguished University Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda. Her main research interests pertain to health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults, primarily the structural drivers and policy determinants of alcohol, violence and HIV/AIDS in vulnerable populations in the U.S. and globally.
Steven M. Teutsch is Senior Fellow at the Public Health Institute, Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Senior Scholar at the Schaeffer Center at the University of Southern California. He directed the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods at the CDC. He chaired National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committee on alcohol-impaired driving. Dr. Teutsch has published more than 200 articles and eight books.
Sue Thau is a Public Policy Consultant representing Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). She was a Budget Examiner and Legislative Analyst at the federal Office of Management and Budget for over ten years and a driving force behind the passage, reauthorization and full funding of the Drug-Free Communities Act. She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master Degree from Rutgers in City and Regional Planning.
Dr. Tomedi has worked as an alcohol epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health for over four years. In that role she has worked with communities around the state to incorporate health data into their planning and evaluation. She has used health data to evaluate the impact of alcohol policy on communities. For example, she has collaborated with the CDC to use binge drinking information in health surveys to evaluate increased law enforcement efforts.
Traci Toomey, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and the director of the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota. She is a leading expert on alcohol policy research and has served as an investigator on many large-scale community-based alcohol policy projects.
Annette Torres, BA currently serves as a Program Coordinator for the A Smoke Free Paso del Norte Initiative. Ms. Torres is committed to coordinated and comprehensive approaches to improving public health and has extensive experience advocating for programs and policies that promote health equity. Working both on political campaigns and in social services over the past 15 years, she has both a unique perspective on grassroots policy and the ability to reach across sectors to bridge traditional gaps
Pamela Trangenstein, MPH is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ryan D. Treffers, JD, is a research scientist at PIRE and consultant. Ryan has contributed to public health projects focused on alcohol and other topics involving preemption, cannabis, and land use and zoning. Ryan has extensive expertise researching laws and policies at all governmental levels, and worked nationwide with advocates, community organizations, and governmental officials implementing policies protecting public health. Ryan received his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2005.
Katherine (Katy) Turner, is a sophomore at The University of Houston. She is the Youth Representative on The Coalition, Inc.'s Board of Directors and holds the position of co-chair on the Texans Standing Tall's Youth Leadership Council. She is passionate about volunteering and her work in prevention. She enjoys college life, spending time with her friends, and traveling.
Mr. Vincent has worked in the area of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment for more than 28 years, as a nationally-certified clinician and as the director for Counseling and Assistance Programs for the U.S. Navy during Desert Storm. He received his MSEd from Southern Illinois University. Prior to coming to SAMHSA, Mr. Vincent served as the administrator for a large state student assistance and treatment program in Olympia, Washington.
Executive Director Chris Wagner joined Project Extra Mile in September 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Wagner spent nearly a decade working on public policy issues in Washington D.C., including in the U.S. Senate. He holds a BA in International Affairs and German and an MA in Eastern European Studies.
Edwina Williams, MPH, is a research associate with the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute. Her primary research focuses on the effects of spirits privatization in the state of Washington and racial/ethnic disparities in heavy drinking over the life-course.
Kara P. Wiseman, MPH, PhD, is a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in the Behavioral Research Program. Dr. Wiseman received her doctorate in Epidemiology and MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include behavioral epidemiology with a focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions for cancer prevention. An additional area of interest is cancer survivorship research focused on the health behaviors of cancer survivors occurring after cancer treatment.
Fried Wittman, PhD, MArch., has forty years' experience in community planning, environmental design, and architectural programming for public health and safety. He specializes in community planning to prevent alcohol/drug problems. He is President of CLEW Associates, a consulting firm, and an Affiliate Scientist at Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute. From 1988-2011 he was founder-director of the Community Prevention Planning Program, Institute for Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley.
Emma Woodford, Chief Operations Officer, European Oncology Nursing Society. Woodford started working in health in 2009 at the Association of European Cancer Leagues where she managed the alcohol and cancer dossier. In 2014 she moved on to be the Interim Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance and a Senior Advisor at the International Diabetes Federation for Europe. Emma joined the European Oncology Nursing Society as the COO in 2017.
Katie Woodruff, DrPH (c) is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Her background is in using strategic communications to advance healthy policy on a range of public health issues, including alcohol control. Her current research explores how lawmakers in selected U.S. states assess and use scientific evidence when making laws on abortion and the use of alcohol in pregnancy.
Ziming Xuan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also a faculty member of the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center. He is a social epidemiologist who is interested in understanding the influence of social-contextual determinants, especially policy determinants on health, particularly among youth populations.
Zeigler, PhD, is Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, U of Illinois at Chicago. He is the former Director of Prevention at the American Medical Association, co-author of the American Public Health Association’s 2006 Call for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control. He has presented at GAPC, multiple Alcohol Policy Conferences and American Public Health Association conferences on reducing college drinking, trade agreements, cancer, and alcohol industry undermining of the WHO Global Strategy on Alcohol.