Michael DeLeon
Michael DeLeon
Executive Director
Steered Straight Inc
Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, Criminal Justice and a CADC Certificate. He is pursuing his MAC from Liberty University. Michael is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2000 designed with the intention of carrying a message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang-involvement and criminal activity. Michael has spoken to over two million students and young adults as a motivational speaker. Michael wrote, directed and produced “Kids Are Dying” a documentary on New Jersey’s Overdose Epidemic, “An American Epidemic”, and a documentary on the national overdose epidemic plague.

Ruchi Dhami
Ruchi Dhami
Director of Market Insight & Development
Recovery Brands, LLC
Ruchi Dhami is the director of research at Recovery Brands where she oversees the development and implementation of research investigations to elevate the standard of addiction treatment. Dhami and her team primarily focus on objective and authentic academic studies that aid in meeting the needs of individuals seeking care, treatment facilities, and the addiction industry as a whole. Dhami is an expert in quantitative methodologies with extensive experience in utilizing survey tools to develop products and programs to increase efficiency. Previous to Recovery Brands, Dhami’s work includes physician-industry transparency research at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Bioethics, and studies on improving the efficacy of conflict of interest reporting at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She has also authored several peer-reviewed articles in the addiction industry.

Mary Diclaudio
Mary Diclaudio
Family representative
Terry DeClaudio is a dedicated mother and truly believes in the power of including families in the treatment process of co-occurring disorders. She will join Robin Pinard in her presentation, “Embracing Families in Treatment: Understanding the Family’s Perspective.”

Carlo DiClemente
Carlo DiClemente Ph..D.
Professor or Psychology
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Community Collaboration at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). In the laboratory at UMBC, he and his graduate students conduct projects that focus on smoking initiation and cessation, SBIRT training, motivation and stages of change for various health behaviors, mechanism of change in addiction, implementation and dissemination of empirically supported treatments, and creating integrative screening instruments to support client collaboration and integrated care. DiClemente is co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors.

Danielle Doskocil
Danielle Doskocil MHS, MSW, LPC
SAP Counselor
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Danielle Doskocil is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed School Counselor in North Carolina. For the past 10 years she has served as a Student Assistance Program/Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Previously, she worked in prevention and intervention settings, serving as the clinical lead in a boys’ dual-diagnosis treatment facility outside Orlando, Florida. Danielle also maintains a part-time practice, specializing in addictions, anxiety and trauma. She is an author and LGBTQIA advocate.

Leana Dr. Wen M.D., MSc., FAAEM
Health Commissioner
Baltimore City
Dr. Leana Wen is the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest continuously-operating health department in the United States, formed in 1793. BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees committed to improving well-being and combatting disparities through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention. Facing an unprecedented number of people dying from opioid overdose, Dr. Wen issued a blanket prescription for the opioid antidote, naloxone, to all 620,000 residents of Baltimore. Since 2015, this program has saved over 1000 lives. In March 2016, Dr. Wen was invited by the White House to speak on a panel with President Obama about Baltimore’s efforts to address addiction as a public health crisis. Under her direction, the Baltimore City Health Department leads the country in health innovations, including: B’More for Healthy Babies, a collective impact strategy resulting in a 38 percent reduction of infant mortality in just seven years; Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to provide glasses to every child who needs them; Safe Streets, a program to engage returning citizens and hospitals in treating gun violence as a contagious disease; and Healthy Baltimore 2020, a blueprint for health and well-being that enlists all sectors to achieve the ambitious goal of cutting disparities in half in ten years.

Kelly Farrell
Kelly Farrell
CEO & Founder
Kelly Farrell started designRoom Creative (dRC) in the early 1990s. Since then, she has grown dRC into a nationally known, award-winning branding and design firm. With a process that works, dRC now specializes in helping organizations build and market healthy brands. Farrell’s vision for helping organizations that help people includes involvement with community and professional organizations, like the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, where she currently serves as President for the Cleveland chapter, and the Women's President Organization. Additionally, she serves on the Signature Health Medical Board. She is also a member of Advertising Association Federation and The American Institute of Graphic Arts, and is certified by The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Laure Fisher
Laure Fisher
Laure Fisher is Co-Founder and COO of CallTrackingMetrics. In 2012, Fisher and her husband started the business in their basement and have since grown it into a Inc 500 call management platform serving over 30,000 businesses around the world. Her experience in telephony technology, process management and marketing strategies gives her perspective to help companies increase conversions and customer engagement. Previously, Fisher was a founding partner and vice president for Captico LLC, providing online software solutions for small businesses. Additionally, she is an experienced business leader in technology and consulting organizations with a track record of driving revenue growth and skills in project, process, and personnel management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Todd Fisher
Todd Fisher
Todd Fisher is Co-Founder and CEO of CallTrackingMetrics. Todd founded the business in 2012 with his wife, Laure Fisher, in their basement and have grown it into a Inc 500 rated, top ranked call management platform serving over 30,000 businesses around the world. Todd developed the initial software and as the CEO he continues to be the driving technical force of the company. What started as purely a marketing tracking tool has now become a robust call center offering- the first in the industry to combine advertising and contact center reporting into a single product. Currently, Todd and the team are driving new innovations in Speech Analytics, Smart Routing and expanding the software’s CRM capabilities. Prior to CallTrackingMetrics, Todd co-founded SimoSoftware selling it to RevolutionHealth in 2005. At RevolutionHealth, Todd worked to build out a service that provided healthcare information to millions of online subscribers. RevolutionHealth was sold to EverydayHealth in 2008. In 2009, Todd helped co-found Captico LLC, providing online software solutions for small businesses looking to accelerate their marketing and online presence. Todd has made a number of notable developments in the Ruby on Rails community including maintaining the Ruby bindings for libcurl a transfer library primarily used for HTTP. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Lehigh University.

Beth Fisher Sanders
Beth Fisher Sanders LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS
Hope Homes Recovery
Beth Fisher Sanders has been working in the field of addictions recovery since 1987. In long term recovery herself, she holds licensure and certifications in social work and addictions counseling and has professional experience at numerous organizations working as an addictions counselor and family therapist. Fueled by a vision of providing quality recovery support for people in early recovery through community, she founded Hope Homes Recovery Residences in 1996. Hope Homes is a National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) Level 2 and 3 provider, serving adult men and women in three states. Additionally, she is the past president of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences, and during her tenure in that role, aligned with other state associations to create the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, where she served as the founding president. She continues to serve NARR as the Standards Committee Chair.

Jason Friesema
Jason Friesema LPC, CACIII
Clinical Director
Peaks Recovery Centers
Jason would, first and foremost, describe himself as a husband and a father of two children. A Colorado native, Jason also enjoys the outdoors particularly backpacking, mountaineering and just breathing the Rocky Mountain air. Professionally, Jason has worked in a variety of modalities as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor (EMDR trauma certified). Notably he has started a successful outpatient practice on numerous occasions. But Jason's heart has always been in walking with individuals and families struggling with addiction to find transformation, healing and freedom from addiction.

James Gamache
James Gamache MSW, MLADC, ICAADC
Director of Quality Improvment
Jim Gamache is a Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Addictions Counselor and has been working in the field of mental health and addiction treatment since 1995. Gamache has served two terms on the board of New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association and is currently an active member of the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Response Team since 2004. Previous presentations include the Association for Addictions Professionals, National Conference on Addiction Disorders and locally at the New Hampshire Behavioral Health Conference. He has served as a research clinician for the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in studies that focused on cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD in residential substance abuse treatment settings.

Dan Gartlan

Baltimore City
Dan Gartlan is an educator and skilled speaker, noted for providing exceptional learning experiences on Attraction Marketing and many other key topics. As President of Stevens & Tate Marketing, he has 20+ years’ experience developing strategic programs for organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500s, for clients such as Carstens, NeoGrid, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Slate Run Pharma, Aldi Food Markets, Habitat For Humanity, Ball Seed, Gonnella, and more. Dan holds a BS in Education & a BFA in Advertising Design; and he continues his growth as an educator & student through professional training with Vistage International & Dale Carnegie Leadership.

Beck Gee-Cohen
Beck Gee-Cohen LADC, MS
Owner and Consultant
BGC Consulting
Beck is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender & Sexuality and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. He has written articles and papers directly addressing the need for training staff on LGBTQ+ communities. Beck is an internationally regarded speaker and workshop presenter. He has helped create programming for LGBTQ+ specific treatment programs and works closely with LGBTQ+ recovery communities around the world. Beck has over 12 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in recovery and mental health communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities shift their culture and become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations.

Daniel Gemp
Daniel Gemp
President & CEO
Dreamscape Marketing, LLC
Featured in Bloomberg, the New York Times, and a series of healthcare publications, Daniel Gemp has been the President and CEO of Dreamscape Marketing since its founding in 2005. Dreamscape is a leading provider of professional business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing strategy, patient acquisition marketing, and custom digital campaign development for addiction treatment providers. With client facilities in 37 states, 2017 was a record year with 10,000+ patients admitted via clients’ own web sites & 17 design/marketing awards won, including finalist for Search Engine Land's 'Large SEO Agency of The Year'.

Dan maintains consultative focus on extremely efficient and proprietary SEO techniques focused on R.O.I. A graduate of Villanova University’s school of business, Dan applies financial modeling to Dreamscape’s business intelligence campaigns to consult partners on a cost-per-action marketing model. Dreamscape engineers and develops custom solutions for small to large treatment centers and recovery service providers with targeted research, products, and content-centric campaigns that result in new revenue streams, increased brand awareness, implementation of new lead development systems, and direct sales activation.

Sandy Gibson
Sandy Gibson PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor
The College of New Jersey
Sandy Gibson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She served for six years as a substance abuse counselor in a community-based agency that offered intensive day and outpatient treatment, as well as inpatient detox and methadone maintenance programs. Upon completion of her PhD in social work, Gibson became a Study Director at Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research, where she worked for six years writing and directing federal research studies, securing over $2 million in addiction-related research grants. Gibson joined TCNJ in 2010, where she teaches research methods and several addiction-related courses. She teaches addictions counseling in Portugal every summer with extensive site visits to expose students to alternative policies in action.

Henry Gregory PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing
W. Henry Gregory, Jr. Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a wealth of experience. He has expertise as a clinician, educator, trainer, consultant and researcher in a number of service areas including substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, school-based mental health, and behavioral health. Currently, Dr. Gregory is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. He also has served as the associate director for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Psychology’s Center for Community Collaboration.

Dr. Gregory provides consultation and training to public and private agencies and direct services to individuals and families through his own organization, the Rafiki Consortium, LLC. Through Rafiki, he focuses on assisting service providers, policymakers, family members and other stakeholders in understanding and implementing skills, attitudes and treatment/service models that are culturally competent and grounded in a competency orientation toward promoting change.

Kathy Gruver
Kathy Gruver PhD
Speaker, Author, Educator
Alternative Medicine Cabinet
Kathy Gruver hosts a national TV show based on her award-winning book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet. She has earned her PhD in natural health and has authored five books including Conquer Your Stress and Journey of Healing. Gruver has studied mind/body medicine at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard and has been featured as an expert in numerous publications and appeared as a guest expert on over 250 radio and TV shows. In addition, she has delivered over 200 educational lectures around the world and created a stress-reduction program for the U.S. military.

Howard Haft
Howard Haft MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE
Deputy Secretary for Public Health at Department Health and Mental Hygiene, Interim Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
Dr. Haft has been licensed to practice medicine since 1974. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, attended Medical School at Pennsylvania State University, and completed post-graduate Internship and Residencies at Brown University and a Master’s degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Haft is Board Certified as a specialist in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Following his residency at Brown, he held an academic position at the University of California, Davis as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry. He is recognized by the American Board of Physician Executives as a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and as a Fellow of the ACPE. He served as an Adjunct Professor in the McDonough Graduate School of Business and as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Haft was the Founder and the Chief Medical Officer of Conmed Healthcare Management, a publicly traded company providing a full complement of health care services to inmates in county detention centers nationally. He served as the President of Maryland Healthcare, a multispecialty clinic in Southern Maryland, as President of the Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare, and as Medical Director of Health Partners, Inc. Dr. Haft has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Ellis Medical Group in New York. He currently serves as Deputy Secretary for Public Health at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Interim Executive Director for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

Dr. Haft served as a Board Member of the American College of Physician Executives (2012-14), Health Partners (2000-2015), CRISP (2015-16), MedChi (2011-2015).

Gregory Hobelmann
Gregory Hobelmann MD, MPH
Cheif Medical Officer
Ashley Addiction Treatment
Greg started as a staff psychiatrist at Ashley in 2017 after completing his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins. He has also completed an anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2006. Prior to his psychiatry residency, he worked at Ashley for a year as a staff physician and was in an interventional pain medicine practice for three years. He received a BS in Biology from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins. His interests are in addiction and treating patients with chronic debilitating pain.