Joy DeGruy, PhD
Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society. Her workshops also go far beyond the topic of cultural sensitivity and diversity; she provides specialized work in areas of mental health and ecological resilience. Her seminars have been lauded as the most dynamic and inspirational currently being presented on the topics of culture, race relations and contemporary social issues. Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, a master’s degree in Social Work, a master’s degree in Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Research at Portland State University and is a member of the International faculty for London’s Department of Health.
David Mee-Lee, MD
David Mee-Lee, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee has been the Chief Editor of all editions of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, ASAM’s criteria, including The ASAM Criteria – Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions, Third Edition (2013). Dr. Mee-Lee has over 40 years experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. He is co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education (IWE) and is a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC.
Sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey bridges sexual and mental health and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for Improving health care through integration of sexual health.
Since 1993 he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). His new book “Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” written with co-author Michael Vigorito was selected as the 2018 Health Professional Book by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). Previous publications include “Sexual Health in Recovery: Professional Counselor’s Manual” (2011) and “Sexual Health in Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Group Facilitator’s Manual” (2009).
Mr. Braun-Harvey is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor and Certified Sex Therapist. He currently serves as Treasurer of AASECT and is honored, as an alumni of the University of Minnesota, to join their Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality in which he is a founding donor of the Doug Braun-Harvey Fellowship in Compulsive Sexual Behavior. He has been providing individual and group therapy in his San Diego private practice since 1987.
Breakout Session Speakers
Lisa Aasheim, PhD, LPC
Lisa Aasheim, Ph.D., LPC is the Chair of the Counselor Education Department at Portland State University and served as the Director of the Community Counseling Clinic and School Counseling Program at PSU for over a decade. She is a renowned specialist in Clinical Supervision, and is the author of Practical Clinical Supervision for Counselors: An Experiential Guide (Springer Publishing). She specializes in couples and family counseling, addictions counseling, and school counseling, and has written textbook chapters and articles on Motivational Interviewing, Counselor Development, Ethics in the Work Settings, the Therapeutic Alliance, Family Counseling in the Schools, and Addictions in the School, Home, and Workplace. She maintains a profound appreciation for the complexities and challenges that come with dedicating one’s professional life to helping others, and is grateful for the opportunity to support those who do this so well.
Lydia Anne M Bartholow is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, substance use disorder specialist, and educator located in Portland, Oregon. She is the Associate Medical Director of Outpatient Substance Use Disorders at Central City Concern, a well-known houseless health services center. She provides direct care for dual-diagnosis clients, as well as overseeing the safety and clinical quality of patient care.
Lydia completed both her masters and her doctorate in psychiatric nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University; her doctoral work focused on the intersection between psychological trauma and substance use disorders. Lydia lectures across the state on topics such as medication assisted treatment, trauma informed care and difficult conversations. She carries a deep commitment to harm reduction, health justice and holistic care. Lydia lives in Portland, Oregon with far too many animals, as well as her children and partner.
Rick Berman has been training and supervising mental health and addictions counselors for more than 20 years. In recent years his work has focused more specifically on problem gambling. He has given presentations at national problem gambling conferences in Canada and the United States. Currently he is Director of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services, a community clinic that offers treatment services for problem gamblers and their family members. He is an instructor in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. He is also an instructor for the Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification Courses co-sponsored by Problem Gambling Services of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, and the Professional Mental Health Counseling–Addictions Program at Lewis & Clark.
Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Rick worked in private practice as a psychotherapist and as an administrator in community mental health settings in urban and rural Oregon, including as Senior Director of Clinical Services at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland and Coordinator of Adult Mental Health Services for Lincoln County Health & Human Services in Newport.
Brent Canode has worked as Executive Director of the Alano Club of Portland for the past decade, growing the organization into the largest non-clinical recovery support center in the United States. The Club serves as a national model for a modern, multi-dimensional recovery community organization, applying the latest evidence-based supports within a community center service delivery environment, which includes mutual aid pathways, peer support services with Certified Recovery Mentors, yoga and meditation classes, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Relapse Prevention training, health and wellness seminars, exercise-based recovery groups, advocacy projects and more.
Brent’s impact on the recovery landscape extends to the national level, where he holds leadership positions with the organizations Facing Addiction, Faces and Voices of Recovery, and the Association of Recovery Community Organizations. Brent has been recognized nationally for his advocacy work by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Institute For Recovery Advocacy, #Voices Project and Viacom’s Here to Listen Campaign. In 2015, Brent served as Oregon Organizer for the UNITE to Face Addiction rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the largest recovery rally in the history of the United States. Brent was also in Philadelphia as an Organizer of the first Caucus For Addiction Solutions at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
In Oregon, Brent has been a visible champion for recovery as Commissioner to the Governor’s Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, Co-Founder of Oregon Recovers, the first coalition in Oregon uniting people in recovery, treatment professionals and healthcare systems to reform Oregon’s fractured addiction support system and Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals and business leaders committed to launching a “gold standard” recovery high school for students impacted by substance use disorders.
Prior to working in the recovery field, Brent held senior positions with nonprofits, public agencies and elected officials from City Hall to the U.S. Senate. Brent has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from University of Oregon, where he held a competitive Teaching Fellowship in the Graduate School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Brent’s proudest accomplishment is simply being an individual in long-term recovery.
Alexia DeLeon, MA, NCC
Alexia DeLeon, MA, NCC is a faculty member at Lewis & Clark Graduate School in the Professional Mental Health Counseling Program-Specialization in Addictions. She is also the Director of Lewis & Clark’s Tri-county Latino Problem Gambling Services program. She took on this position with much excitement, as it merges two of her passion areas (addictions treatment and providing culturally responsive treatment to Latina/o communities). She has experience working within addictions related counseling and also currently serves as a clinical supervisor.
Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC III, CGAC II, treated problem gamblers and supervised problem gambling treatment for many years in Washington county. He is currently employed at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and LifeWorks Northwest as an addiction counselor and supervisor, and teaches as an adjunct instructor at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in their Addiction Studies and Mental Health Counseling tracks. In the past year, he has served as chair of the board of the Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies.
Odelia Garcia, CADC II, CDS II
Odelia Garcia, CADC II, CDS II, started working as an alcohol and drug counselor in 1992. She then worked for six years as a program supervisor, followed by three years as a program co-director. In 2005 Ms. Garcia moved from the private sector to Multnomah Co. where she has been working for over twelve years. She worked the first three years in the Mental Health and Addiction Services Division and the last 9.5 years with the Department of Community Justice. Ms. Garcia presented at Instituto Latino in 2011 and is a member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee on Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services.
Sergio Gutierrez, CADC I
Sergio Gutierrez, CADC I, is bilingual, bicultural and has worked as an alcohol and drug counselor for more than 20 years. He has experience conducting individual and group counseling with DUII clients, working with at-risk youth, providing case management, providing referrals to community programs, performing alcohol and drugs assessments and completing discharge summaries. He has been working with individuals with gambling problems since 2007 and has been a member of Oregon’s Multicultural Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling since 2008. He presented as a speaker for the National Council on Problem Gambling Conference in 2011 and at Instituto Latino in 2011. Mr. Gutierrez currently works in rural Western Oregon for Polk County Mental Health.
David Hsiao, LPC, CADC III, CGAC II has treated problem gamblers and involved with the addictions and recovery field for over 20 years in Portland and Oregon coastal areas. Served as problem gambling provider for Lincoln county, and more recently developed new problem gambling program for Clatsop county based in Astoria. Current member of the Oregon Problem Gambling Multicultural Advisory Committee for 5 years. Works in addictions services as a counselor, clinical supervisor, mental health therapist and investigator, and partnered with community agencies beginning with NARA, Lifeworks, Astoria Pointe, Lincoln County Health and Human Services, to Choices Counseling. David is a board member for the Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies and is an active participant of the NWIAS conference.
“I started Daystar in 1984 as a sole proprietor. As of 2005 we have been granted private-not-for-profit corporation, 501(c)3 status. Daystar provides qualifying and continuing education for people interested in treating those suffering from chemical dependency, or gaining or recertifying as a CADC, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. We have a great cadre of professionals who train one to three day classes.”
Anthony Jordan MPA, CADC II, CRM
Anthony Jordan MPA, CADC II, CRM holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with a Minor in Administration of Justice, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. He is currently the Addiction Services Manager for Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services Division. He has over 20-years working in the field of addiction. He is a member of the Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. He was a Board Member at the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon and the Miracles Club. Anthony has dedicated his life to improving the lives of Black people by fighting against injustices, disparities, and educating audiences on the impact of historical trauma has had on the Black experience. He recently launched Agape Training and Consultant that will focus on trainings to address historical trauma, white privilege, and improving relations. In addition, he will be working with organizations in recruiting, retention, and improving race relation within their organization.
Karen Kern, MPA, CADC II, NCAC II
Karen Kern, MPA, CADC II, NCAC II, joined Central City Concern in 2016 as the Sr. Director of Substance Use Disorder Services, overseeing a full continuum of residential, outpatient and subacute services. Karen brings almost two decades of experience working in social services and behavioral health with both adolescents and adults, including direct service, clinical supervision, quality management, and agency leadership. She holds a Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, a BA in Social Sciences from Washington State University, and a Master of Public Administration from University of Nebraska.
Eve Klein, MD
Dr. Klein is a neurologist with fellowship training in both pain medicine and addiction medicine. She practiced pain management in the Portland and Vancouver, WA region from 2011 to 2015. She has provided medical services for the treatment of substance use disorders at CODA since 2015 and became medical director of CODA in 2016. She also teaches medical students, residents, and addiction medicine fellows at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Klein received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Monta Knudson has worked in many different capacities to ensure that individuals have the tools to be successful in recovery, which includes: treatment, housing, mentorship, job development, and community support. Monta’s experience has evolved since his entrance into the field as a certified recovery mentor for Bridges to Change in 2008. During this time, he worked with community corrections in Clackamas County to eventually managing Bridges to Change programs in Multnomah County until 2011. In 2011, he accepted a position as a program manager for Volunteers of America Oregon where he managed both the clinical, mentoring and administrative operations for multiple programs in Multnomah County. In May 2015, Monta accepted the position of Executive Director for Bridges to Change. Monta’s passion is to continue to develop Bridges to Change and its existing programs, along with identifying gaps in services and filling those gaps with new and innovative programming that is accessible to those in need.
Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS
Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS is the Past President & Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. Eric serves as both trainer and consulting supervisor of the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Club and Peer Support Program. Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member with the University of Oregon’s SAPP program, and a contract instructor with Oregon’s Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency Divisions. Eric is a state & nationally certified addictions counselor with 32 years of clinical experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential and Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Recovery Support Services and ATOD Prevention. Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate, and has served on several Governor’s advisory boards, including the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of video’s, including “Reunited” a video designed for methamphetamine addicted mothers entering the child welfare system. Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor’s Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010. Eric currently serves in a leadership capacity to numerous community boards including; 4th Dimension Recovery Center, New Columbia CREW, Chair of the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Legislative Liaison for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, and immediate past Co-Chair of the State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission.
Teresa McDowell is a professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College. Teresa has spent much of her career working to re-envision marriage and family therapy education in ways that better support social equity and cultural democracy. Her scholarship has focused on 1) integrating critical social theory into family therapy practice, 2) bridging social awareness and equity-based practice, and systemic treatment of problem gambling. She is a long time clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Andrew Mendenhall, MD
Dr. Andrew Mendenhall is the medical leader of CCC’s continuum of substance use disorder services. These services include a 60 bed residential medical detoxification and stabilization unit, a 29 bed long-term residential women’s program, and multiple outpatient and intensive outpatient services programs serving 3500-4000 patients annually.
Dr. Mendenhall is a graduate of Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed Family
Medicine residency at OHSU in 2003. He completed a Fellowship in Clinical Leadership at OHSU in 2004. He is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Mendenhall is a strong advocate for patient choice and evidence-based clinical practices in all clinical environments, in particular those serving patients suffering from the disease of addiction.
CODA’s Deputy Director since 2014, Alison previously directed CODA’s Addiction Medicine Programs. She has worked exclusively with under-served and indigent populations since moving to Multnomah County in 1999. Prior to joining CODA in 2010, Alison managed a psychiatric urgent-care clinic, where she worked with high-risk patients and supervised a multidisciplinary team of mental health and medical professionals. She studied Clinical Psychology at University of Montana and received her Master of Counseling from Pacific University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Healthcare Management at OHSU.
Janese Olalde, M.Ed, QMHP, CADC II, CGAC II
Janese Olalde, M.Ed, QMHP, CADC II, CGAC II has more than 25 years’ experience in the addiction and education fields. Having lived in Mexico for four years, she worked as an addictions counselor with Spanish-speaking clients for nine years and has been involved in the Latino community for more than 30 years. Janese previously worked for the State of Oregon DHS as a Problem Gambling Treatment Specialist and as an instructor at Lane Community College. Currently, Ms. Olalde is the coordinator for the Multicultural Advisory Committee for Oregon’s Problem Gambling Services, provides trainings in Spanish and English for addiction counselors, and provides therapy to individuals and their families in both Spanish and English.
Justine Pope, MPH
Justine Pope, MPH, is the Program Manager for Wheelhouse, which is an inter-agency effort to increase access to medication-assisted treatment in the Tri-County Area. A former farmer, she received her Master of Public Health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She has a research background in health communications and messaging, and a deep commitment to systems design to address the opioid epidemic
Tony Vezina identifies as a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs and has been sober since July 20, 2012. He is the co-founder and current Executive Director of The 4th Dimension Recovery Center (4D), an innovative non-profit youth recovery center that serves over 500 young people each month with comprehensive recovery support services, including peer-mentoring, sober social events, recovery advocacy projects, mutual aid support meetings and much more. 4D is the first youth-led recovery community organization of it’s kind in the United States.
Over the past four years, Tony has been a force for change in Portland, founding the Portland Community College (PCC) Recovery 101 Club in addition to his ground breaking work with 4D. While at PCC Tony had the distinct honor of serving as the Phi-Theta Kappa Honors Society President, gaining regional and national recognition for his service projects. In his last year at PCC Tony served as Student Body President, receiving a Diversity Award for his student advocacy efforts. During his tenure as Student Body President, Tony also led an initiative that was successful in adding an Ex Officio Student to the PCC Board of Directors.
Tony is a visible and respected leader in the youth recovery field in Oregon, and as such, is often invited to present about effective youth recovery support practices at high schools, community colleges and trade associations. Additionally, Tony has been a keynote speaker at large recovery-related events and organizations in Oregon, including Hands Across the Bridge, Northwest Institute of Addiction Studies and Generation Found screenings among others.
Tony was recently elected to serve as a Board Member of the Metro Area Association of Addiction Peer Professionals, a new trade association representing addiction peers from the Portland Tri-County Region. Tony was also instrumental in the production and distribution of the first Recovery Voices Count! Voters Guide in Portland, OR and helped organize the first Portland screening of Generation Found, the groundbreaking documentary on recovery high schools. Most recently Tony was invited to serve as a Board Member of the newly formed Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a group of community leaders committed to launching a recovery high school in Oregon.
Tony is a proud dad to Isabella and has another child on the way. He contributes his recovery experience generously within the 12-Step community in Portland, supporting many young men on their recovery journey. Tony holds credentials as a Certified Recovery Mentor and Peer Recovery Counselor. Additionally, he has an Associate of Arts and is working on a Bachelor’s of Social Work at Concordia University, where he is on scholarship for academic excellence.