Meet Our Team


 

Board of Directors


Gregory Howard

Chairman of The Board

Greg has more than 25 years of experience in earned media placement, issues management and strategic communications. Greg has worked on numerous high-profile assignments, from US Supreme Court cases to major health, medical, environmental and social announcements.

He has held a variety of media relations and partner positions during his career. For more than 25 years, he has managed client accounts at Washington-based public relations firms. His experience also includes serving as Communication Director for Representative Eliot Engel, working with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and holding communications positions with the New Hampshire Association of Commerce and Industry and with the New Hampshire and Wisconsin State Senates.

Greg has obtained numerous wire service/syndicate, industry trade, and high-profile, high-impact media placements, including PBS’s Frontline, ABC World News Tonight, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, CBS Morning News, CNN Prime News, CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today Show, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Robert Billings

Robert Billings has been active in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years.Currently, he serves as Special Advisor on Industry Affairs to the President and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). From 2007 through June 2013, he held various positions at GPhA, including Senior Vice President Finance, Planning and Special Programs, Interim Executive Director, and Vice President of Policy. Before joining GPhA, Bob was with Mylan Pharmaceuticals, where he first held the position of Director of Government Relations and then Vice President, Industry Relations. Prior to joining Mylan, Bob worked for Apotex Corporation in both public affairs and as Director of Government Relations.  He began his career in pharmaceuticals as an editor at FDA News covering the FDA’s Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising and Communications and the Office of Generic Drugs. Previously, Bob was chief of research for best-selling novelist Tom Clancy (The Hunt for the Red October, Patriot Games, among others).  Bob is a Vietnam-era veteran, serving in the military from 1966-1970. He and his wife currently live in Pittsburgh.

Javan Bunch

Finance Committee Chair

Javan Bunch is CEO of Donald J. Pliner, a luxury footwear and accessories brand based in New York City. Former Executive Vice President of global merchandising and domestic wholesale for footwear, handbags, and accessories at Tory Burch, LLC, he is also a former Senior Vice President of licensed businesses and domestic wholesale at Coach, Inc., where he was responsible for merchandising and design of shoes, eyewear, watches and fragrance. Additionally, he has held senior management positions at the Camuto Group, Isabella Fiore and Joan and David. He is a board member of the Board of Fashion Footwear of New York; a board member of the MCC Theater in New York City for 12 years and co-chair of their gala for the past decade. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Andrew Burki

Andrew Burki, MSW, founded Life of Purpose Treatment in Boca Raton, Florida in 2012 after enduring his own journey of substance misuse, failed treatment, and since 2001, recovery. Andrew spent his late adolescence at a number of substance use disorder treatment facilities, which encompassed various approaches to recovery from chemical dependency. Consequently, his substance use derailed his high school education. Having highly-educated parents who studied at Harvard and MIT respectively, the interruption of Andrew’s education was a source of tremendous shame and distress for him and served as a barrier to ongoing recovery. After treatment episodes at multiple institutions, he arrived at a highly regarded extended care facility in Boca Raton, Florida in 2001, a facility that provided him the clinical care necessary to produce a successful outcome. Unfortunately, it was also there that his parents, then weary of their son’s many failed attempts to recover, were advised by a therapist not to support his college attendance until he was continuously clean and sober for five years, a commonly-held recommendation in the substance use disorder treatment industry.  In addition to serving as CEO of Life of Purpose, Andrew serves on the Board of Directors for both The Delray Beach Drug Task Force and The Crossroads Club. In 2015, he received the Philanthropist of The Year award from the Association of Recovery Schools.

Ted Collins

Mr. Collins had a career as a successful entrepreneur, executive and investor in the global mobile telecoms industry for almost 20 years before substance use disorder made his life unmanageable. Since beginning his journey in recovery in 2013, Ted co-founded MOBER, Inc. (a technology company that develops mobile apps for the recovery community), launched YPR’s Los Angeles Chapter and served as California State Captain for the Unite to Face Addiction Rally. Ted holds a B.A. in Government cum laude from Harvard College (Cambridge, MA) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).

Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban is an author whose best-selling book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with, and recovering from, twenty-seven years of eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Brian speaks regularly about his recovery and breaking the stigma surrounding male eating disorders and mental illness. He has spoken at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. He has spoken at and keynoted prestigious events such the National Eating Disorder Association Conference Family Panel, Entertainment Industries Council 3rd Annual Media And Mental Health Awards and the North Texas Recovery Film Festival. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country.  He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world.

Dona M. Dmitrovic

Interim Treasurer

Dona Dmitrovic is the National Director of Consumer Affairs for Substance Use Disorders at Optum.  Her role in Consumer Affairs is to assist with developing and implementing recovery support services to ensure individuals achieve and sustain long term recovery.  Dona is in long term recovery and a family member supporting addiction recovery.  Prior to this position, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the RASE Project in Harrisburg, PA leading the nationally recognized, Buprenorphine Coordinator Program, supporting individuals with opioid dependence in medication assisted recovery.   She served as the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Johnson Institute in Washington, DC organizing national educational programs and events to promote the power of recovery.  Dona holds a Master of Human Services from Lincoln University and is the former Chair of the Board of Faces & Voices of Recovery.   Dona also served as a mentor for the Developing Leadership in Substance Abuse Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a proud board member of Young People in Recovery.

Mike DeAgro

Mike DeAgro is a YPR co-founder, and served as the original Chairman of YPR’s Board of Directors until September of 2016. Mike is a lawyer in the Office of General Counsel at MedStar Health, a non-profit integrated healthcare delivery system that is the largest healthcare provider in the Washington, D.C./Maryland region. His focus is on patient care and behavioral health regulatory issues, corporate governance, and transactions. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. in 2016, and from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in Economics in 2013. His prior work experience includes counseling pro-bono clients on transactional matters at the Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Law Clinic, and providing litigation support for vaccine-injury cases at the United States Department of Justice. Moreover, Mike’s research and writing has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Self-Disclosure in the Health and Life Sciences Industry: Is Honesty the Best Policy?, 14 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 309 (2016); and Addressing Substance Use Disorder by Embracing Peer Support Systems that Utilize Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9 J.L. & Soc. Deviance 148 (2015). Beyond Mike’s volunteer leadership commitment to YPR, his recovery advocacy experience includes providing legislative testimony on behalf of recovery-oriented bills; advocating for recovery-oriented administrative regulations; founding the Collegiate Recovery Program at Georgetown University Law Center; serving on the Advisory Board of Case Western Reserve University’s Collegiate Recovery Program; creating opiate prevention programs in Cuyahoga County, Ohio; interning at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services; and mentoring youth in the juvenile justice system.

Ben A. Guill

Prior to forming White Deer, Mr. Guill served as President of First Reserve Corporation, an energy-focused private equity firm, from 1998 to 2007. During that period, he helped the firm and the funds it raised grow from $812 million with seven investment professionals to $7.8 billion with 35 investment professionals. Mr. Guill managed First Reserve’s Houston office, focusing on deal origination, investment analysis, negotiation of acquisitions and management of portfolio companies.

Prior to 1998, he was Co-Head of Investment Banking at Simmons & Company International, a leading specialized investment bank serving the energy industry. Mr. Guill joined Simmons in 1980 and served 19 years in corporate finance, working primarily on mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate restructuring. Prior to his service with Simmons, he was an Associate at Blyth Eastman Dillon.

Mr. Guill is currently a Director of National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV). He serves on the Board of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Houston region of Teach for America. Mr. Guill holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton School and a BA in English from Princeton University.

Stephen Gumbley

Stephen is the former Director of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England at Brown University. He began working in human services in 1968, and has been specializing in advocacy, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorders since 1988. A master’s-level clinician, he has served as clinical supervisor and program director in a variety of prevention and treatment settings, including as executive director of the Rhode Island affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, director of substance abuse services for a large community mental health center, and administrator of multistate opioid treatment programs. A noted trainer on a range of clinical and recovery issues, Stephen presents regularly at regional and national addiction conferences. Over the past few years, training emphases have been on Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, particularly in relation to treatment programs, successful adoption/implementation of evidence-based treatment practices, and clinical supervision. Stephen has served as adjunct faculty in the Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies program at Rhode Island College, has taught in the Graduate School at Assumption College, and has taught at the Community College of Rhode Island. He is a former board chair of Faces & Voices of Recovery; Voices of Recovery, a national recovery advocacy organization, and the Steering Committee for the Institute for Addiction Studies at Rhode Island College. He serves on the board of Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery. In addition, he has been in sustained recovery from addiction since 1986.

Charlie Mayr

Emeritus Memoriam 1957-2016 Charlie

Mayr was appointed Chief Communications Officer of Actavis on April 27, 2012. Charlie joined Watson as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs in September 2009. Prior to joining Watson, Charlie operated an advertising and public relations consulting company from 1998 to 2009, serving such clients as Watson, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), Barr Pharmaceuticals and a variety of professional associations and consumer products and service companies. Prior to starting his consultancy business, he served as Director of Corporate Communications for Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1994 to 1998. Prior to joining Barr, he served as Director of Global Communications from 1990 to 1994 for Sterling Drug Inc., the global brand and consumer health products pharmaceutical subsidiary of Kodak. Charlie began his career as a broadcast and print journalist and has a B.A. in journalism from New York University.

Carol McDaid

Interim Vice Chair

Carol McDaid serves as Principal at Capitol Decisions, Inc. Capitol Decisions has a special expertise in addiction and mental health policy.  For over two decades, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading addiction and mental health provider and consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health.  With nearly 30 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides clients with public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including behavioral health, Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector reimbursement issues. Ms. McDaid served as a strategist and advisor to the Parity NOW Coalition, which was influential in passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.”  This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally. To make a difference at the local level, in 2004, Ms. McDaid co-founded the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, John Shinholser.  McShin is a leading non-profit, full-service recovery community organization committed to serving individuals and families in and seeking recovery from addiction in the State of Virginia.  McShin offers peer-to-peer recovery support services that include recovery coaching, housing, and justice based recovery supports. Because Ms. McDaid personally struggled with addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues.  She is a founding member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and is a board member of Young People in Recovery.

Jeff Olivet, M.A.

Jeff Olivet is the President/CEO of the Boston-based Center for Social Innovation. For more than two decades, Jeff has been a national leader on homelessness, poverty, affordable housing, behavioral health, public health, and HIV. During his health and human services career, he has been a street outreach worker, case manager, housing director, coalition builder, writer, teacher, and activist. His work with hundreds of organizations across the United States and internationally has helped to improve strategic planning, organizational management, and implementation of evidence-based practices. Jeff is recognized as an expert in bringing innovative technologies and solutions to complex social problems.

Sharon Weber

Secretary

Sharon is a passionate marketing and brand champion with over three decades of marketing and advertising experience and a strong background in business strategy. She has led global and national brand introductions for companies like Unilever, Nestle, Intel and Kellogg’s in senior management positions at JWT, Lintas and Jack Morton Worldwide. As a person in long-term recovery, Sharon recently combined her passion for recovery education and advocacy with her branding and marketing expertise to co-found Recovery Grads and The Haven at College, a growing national “fraternity” of residential and extended recovery communities on college campuses. She has served as a Regional Alumni Volunteer for The Betty Ford Center since 2008 and was recently appointed to Hazelden’s 2014 Youth Advisory Committee. Sharon has a BA in Liberal Studies and a teaching credential from The University of the Pacific and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento.