Dan is a professional speaker who, for over a decade, has shared an inspirational message of leadership, perseverance, resilience and overcoming adversity with audiences around the globe. His work with professional and business communities enables his passion of sharing and teaching yoga to the world.
Dr. Melinda Moore
Melinda Moore is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America, where she trained in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and conducted research on CAMS. Her interest in Posttraumatic Growth emerged from her own experience with suicide and the changes that experience created within her allowing for her current career path and personal interests and relationships.
Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a best selling author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience.
Ryan Sallans is a renowned transgender speaker and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Since 2005, Ryan has been inspiring individuals around the world through the programming that he offers. His work as a speaker is rooted in storytelling and branches out to interlace personal stories with research and data focused on creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ individuals, employees and patients. He is hosted as a keynote speaker across the country for conferences and diversity and inclusion events highlighting finding similarities through our differences.
Jeffon Seely is a senior consultant, transformational speaker and workshop facilitator. Mr. Seely is a highly recognized leading resource in the field of Diversity and Inclusion, Millennials, Mindfulness, and Leadership. He has had his own consulting firm for nearly 11 years, specializing in programs involving mindfulness, inclusion and the evolving role of Millennials and the 2020 Generation. He has assisted major corporations, non-profit organizations, and government and academic institutions with innovative strategies to integrate mindfulness and the evolving generations into management and leadership roles. Mr. Seely has facilitated diversity, inclusion, empowerment, mindfulness, meditation, generations, and engagement training courses to all levels of organizations across several industries.
Cheryl Gagne is a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation. She is the Director of Praxis, a training and consultation project that assists addiction treatment programs to meet the needs of people with substance use disorders. The project is funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) at the Department of Public Health in Massachusetts. Dr. Gagne’s areas of interests and expertise are workforce training and development (including peers), transforming behavioral health programs and systems to promote recovery, using evidence-based practices in recovery-oriented programs, and evaluating recovery-oriented services. She has a passion for increasing the involvement of people with lived experience of recovery in the development, delivery, and evaluation of behavioral health services. She is a person in recovery from mental illness and addiction and an advocate for others who are in recovery and are striving for their rights to participate in valued roles in communities of their choice.
Jean Dukarski is a Certified Peer Support Specialist who has worked as a peer specialist and consumer advocate since 1992. She has worked to organize mental health consumer groups and assist in the expansion of peer-operated services. Jean has spent the last 10 years training Peers and Veterans across the country for certification and ongoing professional development.
Heather Demaray, an enrolled member of the MHA Nation, is a Care Coordinator, Peer Support Specialist, and Free Through Recovery Peer Support Specialist Trainer. She is currently a Care Coordinator for the F5 Project in Bismarck, North Dakota. She has experience in providing reentry services to individuals participating in Free Through Recovery.
Mr. White specializes in program development between community agencies and judicial systems. Michael has developed, implemented, and supported the integration of Medication Assisted Treatment into county and state correctional facilities located in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Texas, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. His experience also includes working within family courts, Department of Child Safety, and obtaining resources for pregnant women with substance use disorders by collaborating with community partners. Mr. White has been spearheading an initiative to develop a Collective Impact Model for opioid dependent individuals and the community systems that interact with the needs of this demographic. Mr. White graduated from Arizona State University with a masterâ€™s in criminal justice. Currently Mr. White is associated with the Maricopa County Correctional Health Coalition, a board member of Sonoran Prevention Works, an executive board member of Hushabye Baby, and is honored with being appointed as a board member to Governor Duceyâ€™s Substance Abuse Task Force.
Steven Samra, MPA, is a senior associate at the Center for Social Innovation and serves as deputy director for SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS). He has served in leadership capacities for SAMHSA for the Housing and Homelessness Resource Network (HHRN), Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), and Services in Supportive Housing (SSH), and has led numerous peer involvement initiatives. Mr. Samra brings expertise in harm reduction approaches, substance use and mental health recovery, peer leadership, criminal justice, cultural competence, and effective outreach and engagement for challenging populations. After entering recovery in 1999 from homelessness, complex trauma, substance use, criminal justice involvement, and mental health challenges, Mr. Samra began medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in 2000 for a severe and chronic opioid addiction. He discharged from the MAT program under medical supervision on February 13, 2014 and has dedicated his career to assisting and advocating for marginalized, disenfranchised populations.
Toni is the Director of Training and Innovation at the Family Involvement Center. In her role Toni develops training curriculum and educational supports for family groups who have children with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. She is also responsible workforce development training and coaching for the Peer Parent support workforce both locally and nationally. She has trained several hundred people both locally and nationally. Toni is trained in the state of Arizona as a credentialed trainer for Peer Parent Support, Cultural Competency and is also trained as a Trainer for ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Mental Health First Aid, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs ) and Trauma. Across the state, Toni has trained over 800 individuals in these combinations of trainings. Toni's most important role has been raising three sons with emotional and behavioral health challenges. Toni and her family, has had personal life experience navigating both the public and private sector of behavioral health.
Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, NCAC-2, LPC is a consultant on recovery from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has educated and trained Counselors in Alaska, Oregon and the Navajo Nation. Mike is also a Behavioral Health Clinician for Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene OR. Mike specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorders. Mike is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, is a member of the NAADAC Speakersâ€™ Bureau, and an Approved Education Provider.
David has been working with individuals with IDD since 1989. His current roles include directing a multidisciplinary team serving 1600 individuals with behavioral health concerns and and IDD at a Behavioral healthcare organization in Washington state and as a project manager and trainer for the Center for START Services integrating systems of care for this population in California, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas. Surprising fact: He still learns something new every day.
Erica Smith, M.Ed is an independent educator and consultant with 20 years of experience. For most of her career, she provided trauma informed sexuality education and supportive services to LGBTQ+ youth in Philadelphia’s juvenile justice system through The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Division of Adolescent Medicine , collaborating across a wide variety of systems to provide optimal care to youth. She currently coordinates supportive services for transgender youth, children, and their families through CHOP’s Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic. Erica provides consulting and training to other human service professionals on juvenile justice, adolescent health, LGBTQ+ issues, adolescent sexuality, and related topics. She earned her M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
Dr. Lea Berentson
Dr. Berentson is currently employed as a Clinical and Perinatal Psychologist at the Women's Clinic at Sanford Health in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is integrated within the Women's Clinic and hospital setting to provide patients more direct access to behavioral health care. Some common areas of her practice are helping patients to manage their mental health during and after pregnancy, assist with preconception planning, bereavement for pregnancy and infant loss, and traumatic birth experiences. Dr. Berentson strives to provide culturally sensitive care that is evidenced based. She is the only mental health professional in the state of North Dakota that has completed the Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C). She is also a Gottman trained certified educator for the Bringing Baby Home program, which is a researched based program which helps parents prepare to life with baby and transition into parenthood.
Dr. Andrew McLean
Dr. McLean is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is also a physician surveyor for The Joint Commission. He obtained his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin and an M.P.H. degree from the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the UND School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima award for outstanding contributions to Disaster Psychiatry, and teaching excellence awards. Dr. McLean previously was the Medical Director of the ND Department of Human Services. He has served on a number of clinical, administrative and regulatory boards including medical licensing and professional health programs. He has lectured internationally on pertinent behavioral and public health issues. Dr. McLean has a particular interest in working with and advocating for individuals with serious and persistent behavioral health issues.