18th Alcohol Policy Conference April 11-13, 2018 Washington, DC - USA

Speakers

Adler, Sabrina
Sabrina Adler, JD, is a senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions. Her work includes legal research on policies for reducing excessive alcohol use, promoting healthy eating, and reducing tobacco use.

Arria, Amelia
Dr. Amelia Arria is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and directs the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Babor, Thomas
Thomas F. Babor, PhD, MPH, is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the University of Connecticut. He holds the University's Physicians Health Service endowed chair in Public Health and Community Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Balcorta, Thania
Thania Balcorta is a program manager for a Drug Free Community Support Program in Hayward, CA. Balcorta comes from a strong background working on youth leadership development, grassroots organizing, and coalition building among diverse youth audiences. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Bates, Mike
Mike Bates (BBM/MIT), Commander with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, has been heavily involved in the city’s deemed approved ordinance since its inception. Additionally, his instructional talents and expertise in combating alcohol-related crime have proved invaluable to his success as a highly regarded Responsible Beverage Service instructor.

Bauld, Linda
Linda Bauld serves as Cancer Research UK’s cancer prevention champion. She combines this with her roles as Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, a UKCRC Centre for Public Health Excellence.

Boone, Wanda
Wanda Boone is the founder of Together for Resilient Youth (TRY) in Durham, NC. TRY was recognized by the US Surgeon General for, “influence on the built environment by engaging grassroots efforts to drive change.” TRY has seen 100% compliance (no sales to minors) among the 400+ TRY Good Neighbor Business Network members.

Brewer, Robert
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.

Brown, Katherine
Katherine Brown, MSc, is Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies in London. Her specialist area of research is commercial sector involvement in public health governance with a particular focus on the WHO strategy for reducing the harmful effects of alcohol.

Brown, Jorielle
Dr. Jorielle Brown, is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of behavioral health experience in government, academia, and consultation services. She serves as Director of the Division of Systems Development in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and was Commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service in February 2015.

Canin, Beverly
Beverly Canin, breast cancer survivor and patient advocate since 2000, serves on the board of directors of Breast Cancer Action, a national organization dedicated to achieving health justice for women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Canin was a member of the NIEHS-NCI Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee.

Carritt, Nicole
Nicole Carritt, MPH, is Executive Director of Project Extra Mile, a Nebraska-based organization, dedicated to preventing alcohol-related harm through policy initiatives, enforcement collaborations, media advocacy, education/awareness, and youth leadership. Ms. Carritt provides technical assistance to groups across Nebraska and serves on the board of directors of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance.

Chandia, Charles
Charles Chandia has training in business administration and social work. As founder and director of the Twekembe Slum Project (TSP), a community-based organization that serves in the Kampala District in Uganda, he works to engage and empower youth through community mobilization efforts to improve health, sanitation, and the economic situation of the most vulnerable residents.

Clapp, John
Dr. Clapp is currently the Director of The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery at The Ohio State University. He has extensive experience conducting applied alcohol research, developing prevention approaches, and leading national efforts to address college drinking problems.

Cushing, Judy
Judy Cushing is Founder/CEO Emerita of Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership). She served as an advisor for SAMHSA, ONDCP, NIAAA’s Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free and served on the Presidential Commission on Drug Free Communities. Cushing was appointed to the IOM Panel that authored the landmark report, “Reducing Underage Drinking – A Collective Responsibility.”

Daniels, Sarah
Daniels is a member of New Hampshire’s Dover Youth to Youth, a 70-member middle and high school group providing evidence-based efforts. Y2Y works across the country to start, or energize, youth advocacy groups while working on policy change, student presentations, media initiatives, and community awareness efforts.

DeBenedittis, Peter
DeBenedittis is director of the New Mexico Alcohol Taxes Saves Lives & Money coalition. He speaks to thousands of students and trains prevention professionals across America each year about effective alcohol prevention. DeBenedittis consulted to the White House”s Office on Drug Control Policy and has been featured on CBS’s 48 Hours.

DeMarco, Vinny
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

Demers, Haley
Demers is a member of New Hampshire’s Dover Youth to Youth, a 70-member middle and high school group providing evidence-based efforts. Y2Y works across the country to start, or energize, youth advocacy groups while working on policy change, student presentations, media initiatives, and community awareness efforts.

Dilley, Julia
Dilley is a senior research scientist and principal investigator with Program Design and Evaluation Services (PDES), an interagency public health research and evaluation unit within Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority. Dr. Dilley has worked in public health research for 15 years, and has led or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications, including studies of public health law, tobacco control interventions, and chronic disease prevention.

Dobson, Ava
Dobson is a member of New Hampshire’s Dover Youth to Youth, a 70-member middle and high school group providing evidence-based efforts. Y2Y works across the country to start, or energize, youth advocacy groups while working on policy change, student presentations, media initiatives, and community awareness efforts.

Dünnbier, Maik
Dünnbier is director of strategy and advocacy at IOGT International and is studying Political Science, History of Ideas and Global Development at Stockholm University. He works within IOGT International to employ a strategic approach to alcohol policy advocacy: the AiAP - alcohol in all policies approach.

Eck, Raimee
Raimee Eck, MPA, MPH, CPH is currently a PhD student and research fellow at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MPH from Johns Hopkins and her Master’s degree as a physician assistant from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Erickson, Pamela
Pamela Erickson is a leading advocate for effective alcohol policy. From 1996-2003, she directed the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. In 2003, she managed a non-profit campaign to reduce underage drinking. She now owns and manages the "Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace" providing reports, presentations and legal expert work.

Esser, Marissa
Marissa Esser, PhD, MPH, is a health scientist with the CDC Alcohol Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC, where she leads alcohol epidemiology studies and a scientific update of the CDC Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application.

Faringer, Jennifer
Faringer is the director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area, working in the field of substance abuse prevention since 1988. She is past president of the Council on Addictions of New York State. Jennifer received her Bachelors from Syracuse University and her Masters in Health Education from SUNY Brockport.

Fell, James
Fell is a principal research scientist with the Bethesda office of the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. He was most recently with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Fell worked at NHTSA from 1969-99 and has 48 years of traffic safety and alcohol research experience, authoring more than 150 publications.

Furr-Holden, Debra
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

Geisler, Jennifer
Jennifer Geisler, BA, RN has been working with the Preventing Underage Drinking Project for the past eight years. As a Native American who grew up in north San Diego County, Geisler supports research that will change people’s lives and the community in which she lives.

George, Michael
Michael D. George was the high visibility enforcement (HVE) grant coordinator on the NHTSA/HVE Demonstration Grant. His background is in local/state law enforcement. He is pursuing a doctorate in Public Policy & Administration and has trained officers in drug & gang policy, traffic safety initiatives, and topics concerning community responses against underage drinking.

Gibson, Doug
Doug Gibson is the Senior Liaison Officer for the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District.

Giesbrecht, Norman
Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Senior Scientist Emeritus, CAMH, Toronto, serves on numerous international research teams. His publications focus on evaluation of alcohol policies; alcohol-related trauma and chronic disease; acute alcohol and suicide; community-based prevention strategies; harm to others from alcohol. He actively contributes to chronic disease and cancer prevention NGOs.

Gonzalez, Mary
Mary S. Gonzalez, BS, RN, is the South Carolina SBIRT project director at the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. Before joining the South Carolina SBIRT project, she was employed as director of the DUI court at the Richland County Solicitor’s Office. She previously worked as a Registered Nurse in various medical settings.

Graham, Jeff
Jeff Graham, EdD, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Frostburg State University. Along with other student affairs responsibilities, Jeff currently serves as chair of the President’s Alcohol Task Force, coordinating University prevention efforts directed at reducing high-risk alcohol consumption among students.

Greenfield, Thomas
Greenfield directed the National Alcohol Research Center (1999 to 2015) and is scientific director of the Alcohol Research Group, Emeryville, California. He is leading with Kate Karriker-Jaffe an R01 on alcohol’s harms to others in the US. He now serves on the NIH Community Influences on Health Behavior study section.

Greisen, Cassandra
Cassandra Greisen, MPA, works at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health overseeing its community outreach and engagement activities. Ms. Greisen provides technical assistance to communities working to implement evidence-based interventions to prevent excessive alcohol consumption.

Grossman, Elyse
Elyse Grossman earned her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law and her Master’s in Public Policy and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Her main interest is the intersection of law and public policy as it relates to alcohol and substance abuse.

Haley, Myles
Myles Haley is a senior at St. Francis Academy and alum of the Oliver Youth Counter-Ad Workshop.

Harding, Frances
Fran Harding is director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug policy. She has held numerous national positions, including serving as president of the National Prevention Network.

Hebert, Vicki
Vicki Hebert is the coalition coordinator for Dover Youth to Youth in New Hampshire. She has been involved in alcohol and other drug prevention for more than twelve years, including involvement in Y2Y during middle and high school. During college, Hebert served as an advisor to advanced Y2Y teams, specializing in presentation skills and media development.

Holt, Nicole
Nicole Holt has served as CEO of Texans Standing Tall for a decade and served as the state project rector for the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Nicole serves on the board of directors of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and has presented at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference and the Pan American Network on Alcohol and Public Health regional meeting.

Jara, Jesssica
Jessica Jara is a program manager and health council coordinator for Luna County in Deming, New Mexico. She is part of Shift Positive and contributes to local and state efforts to reduce underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change.

Jernigan, David
Jernigan holds a PhD and is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. He has worked as an advisor to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) and was principal author of WHO’s first Global Status Report on Alcohol and Global Status Report on Alcohol and Youth.

Johnson, Cambri
Cambri Johnson is a prevention specialist and teen court coordinator with Otero County, New Mexico. She is part of Shift Positive and contributes to local and state efforts to reduce underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change.

Kaplan, Lauren
Dr. Kaplan draws on her recent work with AIDS-orphaned and AIDS-affected children and adolescents in South Africa on violence prevention and her research comparing the biographical life experiences of people living with HIV in the U.S. and Germany, Lauren has a strong interest in global and multidisciplinary research on health inequalities.

Karriker-Jaffe, Kate
Dr. Karriker-Jaffe is an Alcohol Research Group scientist known for her work on health disparities, neighborhood disadvantage and policy influences and, more recently, her work on alcohol's harms to others.

Kasirye, Rogers
An experienced NGO leader and expert consultant in sub-Saharan Africa, Kasirye has worked extensively to research, implement programs, and inform policy on pervasive health and social risks that face youth. He has served as a technical consultant to inform research for the WHO, UNODC and various UN bodies.

Kennedy, Kathleen
Kathleen Kennedy is a CMCA community organizer and trainer. She is also a PhD student at Oklahoma State University and a part-time instructor in sociology at Rogers State University.

Kerr, William
William C. Kerr is a senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute in Emeryville, CA and director of ARG’s NIAAA Center. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of California, Davis. His research interests include alcohol policy, use and problem measurement and alcohol-related health outcomes.

Komro, Kelli
Dr. Komro is professor of behavioral sciences and health education, with a joint appointment in epidemiology, in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has two decades’ of experience leading NIH-funded, group-randomized trials evaluating effects of community strategies to promote adolescent health through the prevention of underage drinking.

Koon, Beatric
Beatrice Koon, LMSW has worked in the field of addictions for eight years. She managed four national, multi-site NIDA clinical research trials for five years through the CTN. In the last three years, Beatrice has managed the SC SBIRT initiative under the direction of SAMHSA, in service of integrating healthcare.

Kroger, Amanda
Amanda Kroger is the manager of Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services. As a program manager, her portfolio has included nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention, sun safety, cancer prevention, falls prevention, road safety and substance misuse prevention. Kroger holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology.

Kumpf, Kristin
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

Kunins, Hillary
A general internist with certification in addiction medicine, Dr. Kunins leads public health approaches to reducing health and social consequences of drug and alcohol use, including reducing binge drinking, prescription opioid misuse, integrating substance use in primary care, prevention of overdose and surveillance and reporting on drug and alcohol use.

LaFave, Lea
Lea LaFave, PhD, RN, JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., provides consultation in quality improvement and evaluation on community capacity building and systems change in regional, national and international arenas. She directs the implementation of technical assistance to practices implementing SBIRT in primary care settings for the NH Youth SBIRT Initiative.

LaMere, Frank
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

LaVoie, Marie-Claude
Lavoie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Lee, Juliet
Lee is a senior research scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Trained in anthropology and 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.

Lenk, Kathleen
Kathleen Lenk, MPH, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Her expertise is in alcohol policy research, with a focus on data analyses and manuscript writing, and has authored numerous scientific journal articles.

Lemons, Brian
Brian Lemons is Texans Standing Tall’s Field Operations Specialist, leading their statewide alcohol excise tax campaign and social access strategy in nine Texas communities. He gained field experience from two presidential campaigns and several national issue campaigns. Lemons holds a BA in Business Administration from Keystone College in Pennsylvania.

Livingston, Bruce
Livingston, MPP, Executive Director/CEO, joined Alcohol Justice in 2006. He brings more than 30 years of policy analysis, community organizing, and program management experience to the alcohol industry watchdog organization. His prior experience includes executive director positions at Health Access California and Senior Action Network.

LoConte, Noelle
Dr. LoConte is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin, joining the faculty of UW Carbone Cancer Center in 2006. She received her degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, completing fellowship training in both medical oncology and geriatrics. Dr. LoConte serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Prevention Committee. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal cancers,as well as cancer of any type in the older adult.

Machado, Isis
Machado is a PhD student of Nursing in the Postgraduate Program, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

Mair, Christina
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 specializing in understanding the social mechanisms of substance use and related problems in order to better develop and implement environmental prevention programs.

Maisch, John
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

Marquez, Daniela
Daniela Marquez, BS is with Shift Positive, the alcohol prevention initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. The initiative focuses on reducing underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change strategies. She is also a student in the MPH program at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Martinez, Priscilla
Priscilla Martinez, Mphil, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Alcohol Research Group. Her interests include alcohol use in low and middle income countries. She also studies the role of biological mechanisms in alcohol-related racial/ethnic health disparities in the U.S.

Martuscello, Hannah
Martuscello is a member of New Hampshire’s Dover Youth to Youth, a 70-member middle and high school group providing evidence-based efforts. Y2Y works across the country to start, or energize, youth advocacy groups while working on policy change, student presentations, media initiatives, and community awareness efforts.

Mata, Holly
Holly Mata, PhD, CHES is a project manager with the YMCA of El Paso, TX. She coordinates Shift Positive, an initiative to reduce underage and binge drinking through policy and environmental change. She works with a diverse group of community partners in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

Mattison, Rita
Mattison, PhD, is the director of prevention services for Behavioral Health System Baltimore. She provides oversight for prevention and early intervention activities, initiatives and community programs. She has more than 25 years of experience working in private and public mental health and substance abuse treatment organizations as a clinical director, director, manager and consultant.

McCarville, Jamie
McCarville is a program coordinator for Wisconsin Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. She works with community partners to enact environmental prevention strategies to minimize effects of poverty, alcohol abuse and restore a sense of accountability for community safety and well-being.

McKee, Patricia
Patricia Mckee is the assistant director of the State and Local Alcohol Policy study (SLAP), which is designed to evaluate the effects of restrictions of malt liquor sales on reductions in crime in 11 U.S. cities. She holds a Master's degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota.

Mikkelson, Shane
Chief Mikkelson is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement. He is a Drug Recognition Evaluator and instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing instructor, Drugs that Impair driving instructor and Occupant Protection Usage and Enforcement instructor. He has been given awards for his enforcement of DUI laws on the Minnesota roadways.

Mitchell, Molly
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 MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center and Maryland’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program. She has been a community organizer and a practicing attorney.

Monteiro, Maristela
Dr Monteiro is the senior advisor on alcohol and substance abuse at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization regional office for the Americas since 2013. A medical doctor with a PhD in Psychopharmacology, Monteiro is responsible for alcohol policy, alcohol research and capacity building activities related to alcohol, including the implementation of the regional plan of action on reducing harmful use of alcohol. Dr. Monteiro is the author of nearly 150 publications in scientific journals and book chapters.

Moore, Roland
Roland S. Moore, PhD, is center director at the Oakland office of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and conducts research on policy and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in military and other occupational groups and in communities, including rural California reservations and frontier Alaska towns.

Morrison, Christopher
Christopher Morrison, MPH, is a PhD candidate at Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (Australia) and a Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a social epidemiologist with research interests in the spatial dynamics of alcohol markets and their relationships to alcohol-related harms.

Mumgaard, Thomas
Thomas Mumgaard worked for over 30 years as Omaha’s primary legal advisor on liquor regulation. He has drafted and defended numerous ordinances and state laws regulating alcohol, including Omaha’s “Good Neighbor” ordinance applying nuisance principles to alcohol sales locations. He currently is the Interim City Prosecutor prosecuting misdemeanors, including DUI and alcohol-related offenses.

Naimi, Timothy
Timothy Naimi MD, MPH is a physician and alcohol epidemiologist. He is currently an associate professor with the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and is a physician at Boston Medical Center. His areas of interest in alcohol include binge drinking, youth drinking and alcohol control policy.

Nelson, Toben
Toben Nelson, ScD, is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a primary faculty member with the Alcohol Epidemiology Program. His research examines health policy, organizational change, social determinants of health, program evaluation, prevention of alcohol attributable harm, motor vehicle safety and obesity prevention.

Nesbitt, Sheila
Sheila Nesbitt has worked in alcohol policy for twenty years. Her areas of expertise include environmental strategies, community coalitions, and engaging the criminal justice system. She has worked for North Memorial Medical Center, the Minnesota Institute of Public Health, a county health department, and the National Crime Institute of Public Health, a county health department, and the National Crime Prevention Council.

Nichols, Gabrielle
Gabrielle Nichols is a Master’s student in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a graduate assistant at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth looking a college alcohol policies. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Temple University.

Noel, Jonathan
Jonathan Noel, MPH is a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on alcohol marketing strategies, marketing perceptions among vulnerable populations, and alcohol policy.

Nordham, Justin
Chief Nordhorn started with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in 1998, and was appointed Chief in 2011. He has 22 years of law enforcement experience, holds a Bachelor’s in Law and Justice, is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and is a current member of the NLLEA executive board.

Pantani, Daniela
Daniela Pantani, MS, University of Coimbra, Portugal, is a doctoral student at Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. Pantani’s field of research includes corporate social responsibility and public policies.

Parekh, Niyati
Parekh, PhD, RD is an associate professor of Public Health Nutrition at NYU’s College of Global Public Health. She is a nutritional epidemiologist whose broad research interest is diet in relation to chronic diseases, particularly cancer. Her research has been funded by the NIH, American Cancer Society and the Steinhardt School.

Pepin, Amy
Amy Pepin, MSW, CPS, JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., provides training and technical assistance to primary care sites implementing SBIRT in addition to directing the NH Center for Excellence in addressing alcohol and drug misuse.

Peterson, Lindsey
Lindsey Peterson, MS, CRC is an outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine. She works on research and outreach projects that address prevention, identification and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, including the Juvenile Justice AODA Program and the Wisconsin FASD Treatment Outreach Project.

Pettigrew, Dallas
Dallas Pettigrew, a member of Cherokee Nation, holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Administration and Community Practice. His experience is in Child Welfare, Human Service Administration and Children’s Behavioral Health.

Pezzolesi, Robert
Robert (Bob) Pezzolesi, is the founding director of the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance, a grassroots, statewide coalition devoted to the promotion of science-based, public health alcohol policies. He is also a member of board of directors for the US Alcohol Policy Alliance.

Pierce, Marion
Marion Pierce is a public health analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He serves as the project officer for the Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives contract. Mr. Pierce is a Cum Laude graduate of Howard University, in Washington, DC.

Pinedo, Miguel
A postdoctoral fellow with the Alcohol Research Group, Pinedo’s research focuses on better understanding the intersection between migration and health as it relates to alcohol and other drug problems among Latino populations, primarily those living along the US-Mexico border. His work expands the focus from individual-level factors that influence health outcomes and underscores the importance of migration-related factors in shaping alcohol and other drug use behaviors among Latinos.

Pinksy, Ilana
Ilana Pinsky is a clinical psychologist, PhD, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, She is also an affiliate professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Federal University of São Paulo, Research Scientist – CASA Columbia, NY. Pinksy’s field of research includes alcohol policies and epidemiology and health services research.

Pryor, Nancy
Pryor, Texans Standing Tall Program Coordinator for Screening/Brief Intervention, has made presentations on the benefits of SBI’s effectiveness with university students. She worked with the NCAA and NIAAA on a pilot program utilizing SBI with athletes at Division 3 level school. She has a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from University North Texas.

Ramirez, Rebecca
Ramirez has 15 years’ experience working in the field of alcohol policy development, implementation and evaluation. In 2001, as a program director with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, she began working with the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) to evaluate the effectiveness of innovative alcohol enforcement strategies in preventing alcohol-related injuries and death. Ramirez went on to serve as the NLLEA’s executive director since 2012.

Renner, Jana
Jana Renner, MPA is an associate program officer with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. She oversees the alcohol prevention and tobacco control initiatives for the Foundation which serves the Paso del Norte Region along the U.S. - Mexico border.

Riibe, Diane
Riibe, Chair of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, has more than 25 years’ experience assisting and organizing communities to prevent underage and excessive drinking. She was executive director of Project Extra Mile for 17 years and has presented at local, national and global meetings and conferences. Riibe was a member of the EU/US Civil Society Dialogue on Underage Drinking.

Robaina, Katherine
Kate Robaina, MPH, is a researcher at the University of Connecticut, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care. Her areas of interest are industry CSR strategies, industry involvement in alcohol science, and the impact of these activities on health. Kate is a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society, Beta Rho chapter.

Room, Robin
A sociologist who has previously directed alcohol and drug research centers in the United States, Canada and Sweden, Robin Room directs the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and is a professor there as well as at Stockholm University.

Ross, Craig
Ross, PhD, MBA, is president of Fiorente Media, Inc., a benefit-corporation focused on using media to improve public health, and assistant research professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. He has researched alcohol advertising with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth since 2002.

Sanem, Julia
Julia Sanem, MPH is an Epidemiology PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of Health Promotion at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota. Her professional and research interests include college student health, alcohol policy, and social and behavioral epidemiology.

Scherer, Michael
Michael Scherer is an associate research scientist and statistician at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. His research has focused primarily on the adverse impact of substance use and misuse on outcomes such as motor vehicle crashes or DUI/DWI convictions. He has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Schmidt, Steve
Schmidt, Sr. Vice President of Public Policy and Communications, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), presently oversees the research and development of policy, best practices, and communication strategies to assist states in managing alcohol control and regulatory systems to prevent alcohol-related harm. He has consulted with state and national organizations; authored several articles; and presented at numerous international, national, and state conferences.

Sherman, Julia
Julia Sherman coordinates the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was director of the Assembly Democratic Caucus Staff in Wisconsin. She later worked for the American Medical Association and served as field director for the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth.

Siegel, Michael
Dr. Michael Siegel is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. As principal investigator of an NIAAA-funded proposal to study alcohol brand use patterns of underage drinkers, Dr. Siegel has co-authored 25 publications related to youth alcohol brand consumption.

Silver, Diana
Diana Silver, PhD, MPH, is associate professor of Public Health Policy at NYU's College of Global Health and the principal investigator of an NIH R01 study examining the adoption and diffusion of state level alcohol and driving policies in US states, 1980-2010.

Sirichotiratana, Nithat
As a faculty member of Mahidol University in Thailand since 2002, Nithat Sirichotiratana has his interest in tobacco and alcohol control research. His research projects have been funded by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and was a recipient of “Excellent Researcher for Tobacco Control” award last year.

Slogeris, Becky
Becky Slogeris is a social design associate at the Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She runs the Center's Education and Youth Initiative which uses collaborative and human-centered processes to explore solutions to the most pressing needs of youth in and out of the classroom.

Smith, Blake
Blake Smith provides technical support on alcohol policy and surveillance to countries served in the Pan American Health Organization region. Her work includes authoring publications, developing virtual courses, facilitating data collection and analysis and disseminating relevant information to government officials and experts in the field.

Smith, Gordon
Presenter’s bio is currently unavailable.

Smith, Matt
Matt Smith works for the Greenville, SC, County Sheriff’s Office and is the 13th Circuit AET Coordinator which covers Greenville/Pickens Counties. Smith has worked in law enforcement for over a decade and is a state AET Instructor. He has presented at state and national trainings and conferences.

Sparks, Alicia
Alicia Sparks, MPH, is a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the role of communities in supporting or restricting high-risk alcohol environments around military installations in the United States and the implementation of environmental strategies in those communities.

Sparks, Michael
Michael Sparks, MA, is an alcohol policy specialist and president of SparksInitiatives. His primary interest is assisting communities to implement evidence-based alcohol policy strategies. Among others, Michael is currently working with Johns Hopkins University, Wake Forest University and Paso del Norte Foundation on alcohol policy and public health issues.

Sperkova, Kristina
Kristina Sperkova is the international president of IOGT International. Kristina has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, professional experience in overseas development work, and long and vast experience in developing and leading civil society movements, including youth organizations.

Stockwell, Timothy
Timothy Stockwell, PhD, is the director of the Centre for Addiction Research at the University of British Columbia. His research areas of interest include prevention of alcohol and other drug-related harm, alcohol and drug policy and implementation of public policy to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Subbaraman, Meenakshi
Subbaraman, PhD, is a biostatistician at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA. She works on various drug/alcohol policy projects and recently received NIH funding to examine how cannabis use affects alcohol treatment. She completed her MS in statistics at Stanford and her PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley.

Swahn, Monica
Dr. Monica Swahn is a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health Georgia State University. Her research pertains to alcohol epidemiology and specifically on alcohol and related harm including violence, suicide and HIV among youth. Her research is primarily based in the United States and Africa.

Thau, Sue
Sue Thau is a public policy consultant representing Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) who earned a Master’s degree from Rutgers University in City and Regional Planning. She is nationally recognized for her advocacy and legislative accomplishments on behalf of the substance abuse prevention field with an extensive background in public policy. Thau has worked to save and enhance funding for all federal substance abuse prevention and treatment programs over the last two decades.

Thorn, Michael
Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, leads FARE’s efforts to stop alcohol-related harm in Australia. He previously worked for the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Thorn has a strong policy background with extensive experience in strategic health and social policy.

Tomedi, Laura
Laura Tomedi, PhD, MPH, is the state alcohol epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, where she conducts public health surveillance on excessive alcohol use and related harms while supporting the planning and evaluation of evidence-based prevention strategies for excessive alcohol use.

Toomey, Traci
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.

Trangenstein, Pamela
Trangenstein is a PhD student at Johns Hopkins and research fellow for the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins. Pamela is interested in alcohol policy research and alcohol-related harms to others.

Vick, Nia
Nia Vick is a senior at Institute of Notre Dame and an alum of the Oliver Youth Counter-Ad Workshop.

Vincent, Robert
Rob Vincent is a public health analyst for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Division of Systems Development. Vincent has worked in the area of substance abuse prevention for more than 27 years and manages the Report to Congress for underage drinking.

Vohra, Jyotsna
Jyotsna Vohra, PhD in microbiology, worked at UK Health Protection Agency and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health prior to her current position as head of Policy Research Centre for Cancer Prevention Cancer Research UK. In Vohra’s current position, she is building evidence to support policy to reduce preventable cancer incidences.

Voorhees, Maire Claire
Maire Claire Voorhees, MA, joined the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance as communication director in 2012. She has worked in the areas of substance abuse prevention, treatment and intervention, as well as healthcare, policy, community development and advocacy. She is currently a PhD student at Prescott College, Prescott, AZ.

Wagenaar, Alex
Dr. Wagenaar is professor of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His second book, Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods (with Scott Burris of Temple University School of Law), was published in 2013. He has published more than 180 scientific articles on social and behavioral epidemiology, public health policy, legal evaluations, community intervention trials, alcohol and tobacco studies, violence prevention, traffic safety, and injury control.

Wensely, Izabelle
Wensely is a member of New Hampshire’s Dover Youth to Youth, a 70-member middle and high school group providing evidence-based efforts. Y2Y works across the country to start, or energize, youth advocacy groups while working on policy change, student presentations, media initiatives, and community awareness efforts.

Williams, Edwina
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.

Wittman, Friedner
Fried Wittman, PhD, M.Arch., 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.

Wolfson, Mark
Wolfson, PhD, is professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has over 25 years of experience in conducting research on substance abuse among youth and young adults with a particular interest in the role of community-based environmental strategies in prevention.

Xuan, Ziming
Ziming Xuan ScD, SM, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is a social epidemiologist who is interested in understanding the influence of social-contextual determinants, especially policy determinants on health, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Zeigler, Donald
Donald W. Zeigler, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. He was formerly director for prevention and healthy lifestyles for the American Medical Association.