Presenters

Presenters

Cam Adair PhotoCam Adair

Game Quitters

Cam Adair is the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction. A pioneer in the field, Cam’s story has been featured in two TEDx talks, and major media outlets such as Forbes, Vice, FOX, CW, and The Huffington Post. A YouTuber, he shares weekly videos where his work has been seen by over 750,000 people. Born in Canada, he currently lives in San Diego, California.

Miae Aramori PhotoMiae Aramori, MPH, CDP

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

 

Miae Aramori is a Program Manager with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for the Physical Activity, Nutrition, Tobacco Control and chronic disease prevention programs. Miae has been a chemical dependency professional for the past 22 years and has 14 years of experience in working in local and state government.

Jane Brennan PhotoJane Brennan, BA

Recovery Café

Jane Brennan serves as Special Projects Coordinator for the Recovery Café in Seattle. She received her BA in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2014. Prior to coming to Recovery Café, she served as both a resource and referral specialist and site supervisor for the Urban Rest Stop, providing hygiene services for people who are currently homeless. Currently, Jane has been participating in Recovery Café’s outcome evaluation design and implementation.

 Michael Bricker PhotoMichael Bricker, MS, CADC-II, LPC

Lutheran Community Services

Mike Bricker is the Adult SUD Treatment Program Manager for Lutheran Community Services in Klamath Falls OR. He specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse. Mike is also a consultant on “dual recovery” from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. Mike is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, and a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau. He has been a clinician, consultant and teacher for over 35 years.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown, Manager at Lucid

Hilarie Cash PhotoHilarie Cash, PhD

reSTART Life, LLC

Dr. Hilarie Cash is co-founder of reSTART Life, LLC, the first long-stay retreat program in the US or Canada for adults who are experiencing serious problems with their digital screen use (www.netaddictionrecovery.com). She began her pioneering work in this new field in the mid-90’s. By 1999 she had co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (now closed) in Redmond, WA. In 2008, she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control and in 2009, she co-founded reSTART Life. All of these ongoing endeavors have brought her recognition as one of the nation’s leading experts in the growing field of Internet addiction. She is a public speaker, workshop presenter and has appeared, among other places, on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, and in U.S.A.Today, U.S. News and World Report, NewsWeek, the Times of London, Wired, GQ, and the New York Times.

 David Coffey PhotoDavid Coffey, MPP

Recovery Café

David Coffey is the Executive Director of Recovery Café, which is a support center for people who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges. Earlier in his career, he was a Program Officer for the El Pomar Foundation, and that has given him an appreciation from both the service provider and funder perspectives regarding outcome measurement.

Mark Cooke Photo Mark Cooke, JD, MSW

ACLU

 

Mark Cooke is a Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington’s Campaign for Smart Justice. He works on criminal justice, drug, and mental health policy reform. He also served as a Policy Advisor for New Approach Washington, the organization which successfully campaigned for the passage of Initiative 502, which legalized and regulated marijuana for adults in Washington State. Mark graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 with JD and MSW degrees.

 Sabrina Craig PhotoSabrina Craig

Thurston Couny Superior Court

Sabrina Craig has worked in the SUD treatment field since 1996, most recently as the Thurston County Superior Court- DUI/Drug Court Manager. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in a variety of settings from medically managed inpatient detox to outpatient prevention, both in direct consumer care and program administration. During those years the trends in popular substances have changed some but most obvious has been the evolution of Opioids, more specifically Heroin. Having had the opportunity to provide direct consumer care and administration of programs in varied settings, both private and publicly funded.

Lauren Davis, BA

Washington Recovery Alliance

Lauren Davis is the Public Policy Chair for the Washington Recovery Alliance, a statewide network of addiction recovery coalitions She also serves on the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington, King County’s Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) Advisory Committee, and the Speaker of the House’s Mental Health Task Force.She holds a BA in ethnic studies from Brown University. Lauren spent three years at Forefront, a UW-based suicide prevention center, as the Director of Campus Programs and Senior Policy Analyst.

Previously, she worked in international development, as a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana and a consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Liz Davis Photo

Liz Davis, BA, MiT

Thurston Thrives

Liz Davis is the Community Coordinator for Thurston Thrives, a collaborative initiative to improve public health and safety in Thurston County. As the co-founder and CEO of Northwest Venture Philanthropy, she also provides leadership to several other collective impact efforts at the local, regional, and state levels – including Essentials for Childhood and the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.

Liz has more than 18 years’ experience across multiple disciplines in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including work in the Governor’s office, the high school classroom, and the Fortune 500. She holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Washington State University and a Master in Teaching from The Evergreen State College.

 David Dickinson PhotoDavid Dickinson, MA

SAMHSA

David Dickinson has 35 years experience in the field of behavioral health, working in clinical service delivery as a counselor, program manager, and agency director, as well as serving in leadership positions in State government in Kansas and Washington. His clinical career also included service delivery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Prior to his position as SAMHSA Regional Administrator for HHS Region X, David served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) in the Department of Social and Health Services, State of Washington.

Sara Ellsworth, MA, LMHC, CDP

True North Student Assistance & Treatment Services

 

Sara Ellsworth holds a BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University and a MA in Counseling Psychology from University of Denver. She has been a LMHC since November 2006 and became a CDP November 2009. She has worked directly with children and youth in various capacities for 13 years, including providing direct therapeutic services for mental health and substance use disorders, juvenile justice, family wrap-around and care coordination. She currently works as a Behavioral Health Clinical Services Manager for Capital Region ESD 113’s True North Student Assistance & Treatment Services.

Roger Fernandez

Roger Fernandes, MA

Master Storyteller

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller, and educator who has worked in the field of American Indian education for over 40 years. He is a member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam tribe and has a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. He was born and raised in the city of Seattle and has worked in the local urban Native community in a variety of jobs and roles. As an artist he has done a variety of public and commissioned pieces that share the culture of the local tribal cultures. He works in a variety of mediums, but consistently tries to educate through each piece he creates. As a storyteller, he shares the wisdom and knowledge held in the traditional myths and legends of his people and other tribes across the region. With his degree in systems change he seeks to use both art and storytelling as primary communication styles to help people identify and create new models for community transformation. To help his Seattle urban Native community address social issues, Roger brings his talents as an artist and storyteller to the conversations. Through storytelling, people can see the issue in a larger context and thus find answers that cannot be articulated solely by words and statistics. Through art, people can find a different vocabulary to explain or analyze the issues that confront them.

Connie Fisher PhotoConnie Fisher, BS

Holly Hill Children’s Services

Connie Fisher has been a Training Specialist for Holly Hill Children’s Services since 2003 and oversees the training and development of all staff for two agency facilities. Connie has been involved with child social services agencies for over 15 years as a foster care worker, trainer, administrator, educator, presenter, and consultant.

She retains trainer certification for Safe Crisis Management and American Heart Association. Trainer competencies include de-escalation and behaviour management, parenting, and cultural diversity.

Connie received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University, completing a major in Psychology and minor in speech communications. A member of Psi-Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology and awarded for her research participation.

Adam Fletcher PhotoAdam Fletcher, BA

CommonAction Consulting

Adam Fletcher received his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College focused on Youth Studies and Critical Pedagogy, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Washington’s College of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He was the first student engagement specialist for the State of Washington’s education agency, and was also co-founder of the state’s Youth Service and Leadership Team. He later worked with the Washington State Department of Health as the Coordinated School Health Program manager. Adam is the author of 50 books and over 100 published articles.

Derek Franklin, MA

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services

Derek Franklin is the Immediate Past President of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) and the Project Director of the Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition and the Programs Manager at Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.

He received a BA in Psychology from Occidental College, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle. He has spent over 20 years in the community-based mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment fields.

He has been extensively involved in Washington’s marijuana legalization policy and related substance abuse prevention advocacy issues and presents on the issue both locally and nationally. He works as an associate of Dr. Jeff Linkenbach (Director & Lead Research Scientist, The Montana Institute) providing training support for the Positive Community Norms (PCN) framework and is a PCN practitioner in the community of Mercer Island, WA.

Brad GalvinBrad Galvin, LMHC, CDP, NCGC-I

Lummi Nation

Brad Galvin has more than a decade of experience working in the chemical dependency, mental health, and problem gambling fields. During this time, Brad has served in multiple capacities within tribal behavioral health programs, including managerial and direct service roles He helped to develop the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling’s Responsible Gaming Certification Program, researching and authoring the policies and procedures manual and training modules to help ensure that potential gambling-related harm to casino employees and patrons are minimized. Brad currently runs the responsible gambling treatment program at Lummi Nation.

Jack Gladstone Photo

Jack Gladstone

Jack Gladstone is “Montana’s Troubadour.” An enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation, Jack illustrates American Indian culture through a mosaic of music, lyric poetry, and spoken word narrative.

A former college instructor, Jack co-­‐founded Glacier National Park’s renowned lecture series, “Native America Speaks.” This program, established in 1985, is the longest continuously running indigenous speaker series in Park Service history. Jack has released fifteen critically acclaimed CDs. His latest release, “Native Anthropology,” garnered the prestigious “Best Historical Recording” from the Native American Music Association.

In the spring of 2013, Jack became the first Montanan to receive the C.M. Russell Heritage Award, given to honor his contribution to the “legacy, culture, and life of the American West.” That same year, Jack was inducted into the University of Washington Alumni Hall of Fame in the field of Speech Communications.

In 2014, Jack Gladstone and Friends were featured on Montana PBS, 11th and Grant with Eric Funk, sharing an Emmy for Arts and Entertainment. In early 2015, Jack was honored by the State of Montana with a Governor’s Humanities Award. In October, 2016, Jack garnered the prestigious “Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award” from the First People’s Fund and in December, 2016, the Governor’s Art Award.

Maureen Greeley Maureen Greeley, BS

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Maureen Greeley is the Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG), has worked with and for ECPG since 1998, and became Executive Director in November 2006. At the national level, she holds an Affiliate seat on the Board for the National Council on Problem Gambling and is the Board’s Immediate Past President.

She has presented on Problem Gambling, Process Addictions, Responsible Gaming, Gambling Counselor Certification, Social and Internet Gaming Standards and more across the United States. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration.

Erin Honseler Photo Erin Honseler, MS

Pizza Klatch

Erin Honseler is most recently from Syracuse where she received her Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education with Certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Disability Studies. While at Syracuse University, Erin worked at the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Diversity Education. Erin’s primary interest in research and advocacy is access to education for marginalized identities and examining policies that lead to access disparities.

 Julie Hynes

Julie Hynes, MA, CPS

Lane County Public Health

Julie has specialized in problem gambling prevention for the last 14 years. She coordinates the Problem Gambling Prevention Program with Lane County Public Health (“PreventionLane”) and is faculty with the University of Oregon’s Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services. Julie has been involved in numerous state-level and national publications and leadership roles, policy efforts, work with youth, website development, and is always attentive to the forefront of technology in prevention. In 2012, she was honored with the Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling for her work in helping advance the field of problem gambling prevention and awareness.

 Lanessa Inman PhotoLanessa Inman

YWCA Olympia

Lanessa Inman, serves as the Racial Justice Director at YWCA Olympia. Lanessa has worked in gender and racial justice advocacy both locally and internationally for several years. As program director of Intercultural Foundations, her current focus is equipping individuals, organizations, and education institutions with tools and resources to ensure their services and practices are accessible, inclusive and equitable for those who are marginalized in our communities.

Malika Lamont PhotoMalika Lamont, BA, MPA

Evergreen Treatment Services

Malika Lamont is the Intake Manager for Evergreen Treatment Services in Lacey, WA. Evergreen Treatment Services is the largest provider of Medically Assisted Treatment in the Puget Sound Area. Malika received her BA from Xavier University of Louisiana and Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

Malika began her career as a licensed Adolescent Counselor and Family Care Coordinator for Pierce County Alliance and Catholic Community Services in Tacoma, WA. She was then recruited by the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment to do planning for people with developmental disabilities as a personal agent, and she started her own consulting business to improve education for youth with disabilities.

In 2005, Malika moved to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services to implement HIV testing interventions in Family Planning Settings as a result of an HIV outbreak.

Jim Leingang Photo

Jim Leingang, BA, CDP, WSCGC-II

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Jim Leingang served the community as a Chemical Dependency Professional and Certified Problem Gambling Counselor with Providence St. Peter Hospital. In addition to his experience in the treatment world, he brings experience in promotion, advocacy, and public speaking from working in broadcast media. He received his BA in Human Services from The Evergreen State College and is a graduate of the Addiction Certification program at Pierce College. Jim is now the Community Engagement and Advocacy Specialist for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling.

 MaryAnne Lindeblad PhotoMaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH

Washington State Health Care Authority

MaryAnne Lindeblad brings a broad health care and administrative background to the top position in the Washington State Medicaid program. She is a Registered Nurse and has been an active health care professional as well as a leader spanning most aspects of health care including acute care, long-term care, behavioral health care, eldercare and services for people with disabilities.

Prior to her appointment as State Medicaid Director, she served for two years as the Assistant Secretary for Aging and Disability Services Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously, she was Director of the Health Care Services Division of the Medicaid program. Lindeblad held a variety of leadership positions over the years, including assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board. During the 1990s, Lindeblad also worked in the private sector, serving as director of operations for Unified Physicians of Washington.

Mary McHale Photo Mary McHale, BA

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Mary McHale, BA, serves as the Washington state Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In this role, they work with state and local elected officials to implement laws and policies aimed at reducing the incidence of cancer in our world. Having been with ACS CAN since 2012, Mary is passionately committed to increasing access to care and reducing the burden of tobacco on our communities.

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Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW

Trauma Resource Institute

Elaine Miller-Karas is a licensed clinical social worker, the executive director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute. She is the author of Building Resiliency to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models.    TRI, under her leadership, has traveled to many places in the world including Nepal, Guatemala, the Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Mexico, China, South Africa, Haiti, Great Britain, Turkey, Germany and many locations within the United States.  She has brought two models of intervention to the world community that she has co-created: The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM).  Elaine is passionate about bringing “resiliency-informed” interventions as well as “trauma-informed” education to the world community. She believes in what she calls the “democratization of mental health” by training community members to be Community Resiliency Model Skills Trainers to use skills for self-help and to share the simple skills with their families and wider communities.

Katy Murray Photo

Katy Murray, MSW, LICSW, BCD

Katy Murray is a Licensed Independent and Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work in Olympia, WA. She received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in 1982 and began her career working in the addictions field. She began a full-time private practice in Olympia in 1987, and was trained in EMDR therapy in 1996. An EMDRIA Certified clinician, Katy has a general clinical practice with adults, with specialties in trauma-related disorders, chemical dependency, and psycho-oncology. As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant she provides individual and group consultation to new and seasoned therapists, assisting in the effective integration of EMDR therapy into clinical practice. She is a Trauma Recovery/HAP trainer, the EMDR Institute’s Internet Discussion Listserv Moderator, and an EMDR Institute facilitator. In the past, she served on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee, and served as the lead clinician with the LIfeforce Integrated Trauma Treatment Research pilot study evaluating EMDR in treating trauma in drug dependent clients. Katy has authored several articles on the integration of EMDR therapy in clinical practice.

Carrie Nyssen Photo Carrie Nyssen, BA Sc

American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific

 Carrie Nyssen serves as Vice President of Advocacy and Air Quality for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. She oversees and directs advocacy initiatives in seven states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She has been with the American Lung Association since 2002, serving in various roles within the association’s policy and advocacy mission work. With over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management, advocacy has always played a central role in her responsibilities. Writing and providing testimony, engaging and mobilizing advocates and working in coalitions are among her strengths. She provides assistance in data collection for two annual national reports: the State of the Air and the State of Tobacco Control. Carrie worked on the successful initiative campaign to make Washington smoke-free and led the work on passing the first legislation in Washington State to address asthma. Her current responsibilities include providing education and support to policies promoting healthy air and coordinating and supervising the Healthy Air Campaign in Montana. She serves on the steering committee for Renew Oregon and the Alliance for Clean Jobs and Energy.

Mary Ann O’Garro, BS, BA

 Thurston County Public Health & Social Services Department

Mary Ann O’Garro received her BS in Sociology and BA in Psychology from Central Washington University. Over the past two decades, she gained experience in local public health while working in rural and urban health departments in Washington State. She currently works as an Epidemiologist with the Thurston County Health & Social Services Department, supporting implementation of local programs and community health assessment projects.

Mandy Paradise Photo Mandy Paradise, M.Ed

Project AWARE

Mandy Paradisehas worked in public health and education for 15 years, and she is passionate about improving mental health literacy for youth. She works at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mrs. Paradise is the Program Supervisor for Project AWARE, a grant that focuses on improving the mental health and well-being of Washington students. In addition to being a Mental Health & High School Curriculum Resource trainer, Mrs. Paradise is a certified trainer in multiple youth development programs and is a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

 Cosette Rae PhotoCosette Rae, MSW, LICSW, ACSW, CDWF

reSTART Life

Cosette Rae holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Washington, a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Seattle City University, and certification in numerous clinical modalities. As a former IT professional with 20+ years of experience in computer/Internet technology, she understands the intricate nature of screen addiction and the tools necessary to bring about sustainable change. She, along with Dr. Hilarie Cash, founded the nation’s first treatment program specializing in Internet Gaming Disorder, and is a founding member of the Internet Gaming Education and Treatment Alliance (IGETA) organization. She has published several papers on the assessment and treatment of IGD, and promotes increased awareness of the struggles posed by an ever-connected society.

Taurell Reboulet, MA, LMHCA

reSTART Life

Taurell Reboulet is the Director of the Open World Program at reSTART Life: Center for Sustainable Technology Use in Fall City. He began working with restart during 2011 and has held positions ranging from direct care staff to individual case manager and clinical therapist, and most recently lifestyle involving limited technology use.

Taurell is the owner of Cultivated Core Therapy in Redmond where his work primarily focuses on helping youth and adults struggling with internet and technology related addictions. His work with family systems and individuals aids in creating and fostering healthy relationships, support through the recovery process, proactive socialization and integrating of essential life skills.

Taurell holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Leadership Institute of Seattle of Saybrook University and has also maintained a career as a licensed massage therapist for the past 10 years.

Sara Rigel Photo Sara Rigel, MPH, CHES

King County Public Health

Sara Rigel is currently a Program Manager at Public Health – Seattle & King County – leading and coordinating services and investments in the health care safety net, including the network of 26 School Based Health Centers in Seattle. Sara has been active in the advancement of school-based health centers (SBHC) throughout her career, and is currently a board member of the Washington School Based Health Alliance. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University in Maternal and Child Health and Health Education.

Michelle Ryder Photo Michelle Ryder

YWCA Olympia

Michelle Ryder is the Intercultural Foundations Coordinator for Intercultural Foundations, a program of the YWCA Olympia. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and holds a BA from the Evergreen State College. She is a community advocate committed to working for social justice and change, and has served diverse populations across the globe.

 Mary Segawa PhotoMary Segawa, BS

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Mary Segawa is the Public Health Education Liaison for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, focusing on policy and education issues related to preventing the misuse and abuse of alcohol and marijuana. Her primary emphasis is the prevention of underage use. In this capacity Mary works closely with other state agencies and community organizations to coordinate prevention efforts, align work to achieve common goals, provide training opportunities, and develop resource materials for public use. Mary has provided her expertise from a regulatory and substance abuse prevention viewpoint as a speaker at regional, state, national and international meetings. Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s in counseling from Missouri State University.

Schelli Slaughter Photo Schelli Slaughter, BA

Thurston County Director of Public Health and Social Services

 Schelli Slaughter is the Thurston County Director of Public Health and Social Services and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Evergreen State College. Schelli has over 20 years of experience in human services and community leadership with expertise in the areas of family and child wellness, behavioral health, homelessness and affordable housing, asset building, and domestic violence/sexual assault. She presents frequently on the science of hope and promotes innovative best practices in preventing adverse childhood experiences, poverty, and violence with a trauma informed approach.

Schelli has worked as an executive director, counselor, educator, clinical researcher, consultant, and certified advocate and is recognized as a national, state, and community leader serving on multiple boards and advisory committees. Schelli is passionate about working together across sectors to inspire hope as the pathway to improving public health, safety, and wellness.

Hillary Soens Photo Hillary Soens, MPA

YWCA Olympia

Hillary Soens has been with the YWCA of Olympia since 2010, successfully building the Girls Without Limits! and Girls Circle programs as the agency’s Girls Advancement Director. She moved into the CEO position in 2013 and has since focused on the agency’s financial vitality and mission impact strategy, in addition to launching advocacy and racial equity initiatives. Hillary has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership and development. Prior to joining the YWCA, Hillary worked in youth development, out-of-school-time program development, and conducted organizational assessments and fundraising for several nonprofit organizations.

 Commissioner Chris Stearns

Chris Stearns

Washington State Gambling Commission

Commissioner Chris Stearns is an attorney specializing in Indian law. He previously served four years as Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and was the first-ever Director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is also the past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

He was appointed by Governor Inslee to the Washington State Gambling Commission in July 2013.  In October 2014 Commissioner Stearns was elected Chair of the Commission unanimously.  He has been instrumental in keeping gambling legal and honest in the state of Washington.

Ann Steel Photo Ann Steel, MD, MA, LMHC

Ann Steel, MD, MA, LMHC, has worked with parents, families, and youth for over 30 years as a family physician, an educator, and currently as a mental health counselor and speaker, specializing in technology addiction in Bellevue, Washington. She also spent three years as an assessment specialist and therapist at reSTART Internet Addiction Center in Fall City, Washington, the first center in the nation to treat internet use disorders.

Ruby Takushi Photo Ruby Takushi, PhD

Recovery Café

Ruby Takushi is a clinical psychologist and serves as Director of Programs for the Recovery Café. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990. While training at the University of Washington Addictive Behaviors Research Center from 1996-1999, Dr. Takushi conducted research and published in the field of gambling addiction and cross-cultural counseling. Prior to arriving in Seattle she lived in Washington D.C. and completed her post-doctoral training at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with a specialization in Group Psychotherapy. She served on the faculty of Howard University from 1992-1996 during which time she also worked as a staff psychologist at the D.C. General Hospital Methadone Clinic for women. She has served on the board of the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling and currently serves on the board of the Recovery Café. Dr. Takushi maintains a private practice in Seattle.

 Jon Tunheim PhotoJon Tunheim

Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney

Jon Tunheim received his undergraduate degree in physics from South Dakota State University, and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). While in law school, he joined the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a legal intern. After graduating from law school, Tunheim became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Thurston County in 1990 and served the office most recently as Chief Deputy since 2003.

During his career, Tunheim has personally prosecuted cases involving charges ranging from drug possession to murder, specializing in the prosecution of sexual assault, domestic violence and crimes against children.

Tunheim is an active member of the legal community, having served as a member of the Government Lawyers Bar Association since 2006, and as its president from 2007–2009.

Cassie Undlin Photo Cassie Undlin

Navos

Cassie Undlin is the COO of Navos and is responsible for managing the business and general operations of the organization. She has worked in non-profit, for profit, and for the government in senior leadership roles, with 35 years of experience in healthcare. Previously, Cassie held the position of CEO of The Community Health Plan of Washington, and has served as the CFO for several organizations. Cassie is passionate about the Navos mission, and believes that the success of Navos is dependent upon a continued focus on those we serve.

Leslie Van Leishout Photo Leslie Van Leishout

North Thurston Public Schools

Leslie Van Leishout is the Director of Student Support in North Thurston Public Schools and has worked in education for over 30 years in all levels from preschool to higher education. Ms. Van Leishout is a Golden Apple Award winner and has been a national speaker and published author on standards, assessment, and teacher evaluation. Leslie relishes advocacy for the marginalized and disenfranchised child.

James Von Busch Photo James Von Busch, LPC

James Von Busch has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since 1993. He has worked in both the agency setting as well as private practice providing Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. Mr. Von Busch worked for the University of Nevada – Reno as a Senior Certification Specialist and Trainer. He is an approved trainer for the following NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiatives: Treatment Planning MATRS, PAMI, The Buprenorphine Products as well as POATS.  He also provides training on topics such as: Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age, Telehealth, and Technology Based Clinical Supervision.

Cheryl Wilcox PhotoCheryl Wilcox, BS

DBHR

Cheryl Wilcox is an avid recovery advocate. Cheryl has worked for years with the federal grant Access to Recovery. Working with the recovery community quickly became her passion. As the Project Director, Cheryl works with sites across the state to support individuals recovering from substance use disorder. For three years, she was the Problem Gambling Program Manager for the state of Washington and worked diligently to expand the treatment providers in the State, to encourage more access for individuals in need of treatment.

 Liz Wilhelm PhotoLiz Wilhelm, MS

Seattle Children’s

Liz Wilhelm has been working in the prevention field for 25 years in a variety of settings, including non-profits, state government, colleges, and local health jurisdictions. Over the years, Liz has managed five different federal prevention grants, three through the White House ONDCP and two through SAMHSA. Liz customized the first prevention curriculum for professionals in Washington State (precursor to the WA SAPST) and taught and trained prevention science and prevention ethics courses for over 13 years, including for Seattle Central College, Bellevue College, WWU, and Tacoma Community College.

Teresa Wolfe PhotoTeresa Wolfe, LMHC

North Thurston School District

Teresa Wolfe has worked in the mental health field for 20 years in a variety of roles. Currently she is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist working with children, families, and elementary schools in the North Thurston School District. She has previously worked with Behavioral Health Resources (a community mental health agency) and the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant between NTPS and BHR.