Meet The Board

ALEXA EGGLESTON

Board Chairwoman

Alexa Eggleston is Founder of Audacia Consulting LLC, a consulting practice she launched to support strategic advances in improving the lives of young people and those impacted by substance use and addiction. Prior to starting her business, Ms. Eggleston led implementation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s youth substance use prevention and early intervention initiative. With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including more than 10 years in leadership and management positions leading national initiatives, developing and implementing strategic plans to affect policy and practice change, and increasing research translation and implementation, Ms. Eggleston is committed to creating and expanding prevention, treatment, and recovery approaches that are rooted in equity and non-punitive health-based responses. Her expertise and knowledge has a focus on youth development, health and well-being, and substance use and mental health, and spans a wide range of federal and state legal and policy issues in criminal justice, healthcare, education, and child welfare that impact youth and families affected by substance use. Ms. Eggleston also has experience launching new programmatic initiatives in the non-profit and philanthropic sector.

Ms. Eggleston has served as Substance Abuse Program Director with the Council of State Governments Justice Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she was responsible for advising governmental and non-governmental agencies on developing and implementing substance use treatment and other rehabilitative services for individuals involved the criminal justice system, including youth in the juvenile justice system. Eggleston worked as Director of Public Policy for the National Council for Behavioral Health where she conducted public policy activities to increase access to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services through federal legislation and enact criminal justice and healthcare reform. She also spent several years as the Director of National Policy for the Legal Action Center where she directed policy and government relations activities to improve laws and policies that affect people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records. She received 

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).

BRITTANY FONTENO

Brittany Fonteno is a seasoned strategist, trainer, and reproductive justice leader with nearly 15 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. She has expertise in health care, progressive advocacy, communications, organizational strategy and operations, fundraising, and coalition building. Her work focuses on achieving equity for all people by bringing the most marginalized communities to the center of sexual and reproductive health care.

Brittany has worked at Planned Parenthood for the past five years and is currently the Chief External Affairs Officer at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. In this role, she leads the public policy, advocacy, organizing, education and training, and communications and brand experience teams, and also serves on the agency’s executive leadership team. Previously, she held positions at reproductive justice organizations, including the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice and the New York Abortion Access Fund, where she served on the board of directors. Brittany holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish language from American University and a master’s degree in communications from Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing a master’s of public health from the City University of New York. Brittany is proud to have come to the recovery community as a young person and has been in long-term recovery for over eight years.

RYAN HAMPTON

Over four years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and political campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national dialog about addiction. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable.

He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction in 2016 and was singled out by Forbes as a top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. He has been featured by USA Today, NPR, HLN, Vice, Forbes, Slate, HuffPost, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

On October 22, 2018, Ryan announced Recovery Voices Vote, an initiative he’s leading to register and engage 1 million recovery oriented voters by the 2020 election.

In 2016, Ryan created the web series Facing Addiction Across America, documenting his 30 day, 28 state, 8,000 mile cross-country trip visiting areas hit hardest by the addiction crisis. His first book, “American Fix — Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It” published by St. Martin’s Press, was released in August 2018.

HILARY HALL

Hilary Hall is a Vice President at Leavitt Equity Partners, a healthcare private equity firm founded by a former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services. Hilary leads diligence on investment activity, portfolio company management, fund reporting, and team management. While Hilary’s work spans the healthcare landscape, most recently, she has worked closely with management teams in behavioral health, post-acute care, primary care, and women’s health. Hilary is a board observer or participant for five portfolio companies. 

Prior to Leavitt Equity, Hilary was an Associate at private equity firm Sorenson Capital Partners and an Associate Consultant at global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting. In both of these roles she focused on healthcare services and technology. Hilary holds a B.A. in business strategy with a minor in economics from the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University. 

Hilary is an addiction recovery ally who first looks to listen and second seeks to increase awareness, peer support, accessibility to treatment, and funding for programs like YPR. Hilary is based in Salt Lake City, UT.

ERIK HANSEN

Treasurer

Erik Hansen is a partner within the Risk and Regulatory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. An executive with over 25 years of providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to large, multinational companies, SEC registrants, private companies and governmental entities. He is lead partner on several global engagements, with focus on helping clients optimize their risk and control ecosystems. In his role, Erik regularly works with CFO’s, controllers, Internal Audit leaders and Audit Committees to optimize internal controls through leveraging technology, enabling swifter and deeper insights. Erik’s experience includes working with a number of clients to help them address strategic, financial and operational challenges, including growth initiatives, cyber readiness & incident response, cloud based systems infrastructure, strategic cost management, deal execution and workforce preparedness. He has demonstrated the ability to lead teams and develop professionals to become the next generation of leaders.

Prior to joining PwC, Erik was a partner with KPMG LLP and also served as a Director of Internal Audit with the Walt Disney Company.

Erik lives in Houston, Texas and has two children, Alexander and Taylor. He graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas as well as a licensed Chartered professional Accountant in Canada. Erik also holds a Certified Internal Auditor designation.

China Isler

China Isler has over a combined forty years of experience with multiple and diverse recovery
communities, from both a personal and professional standpoint. She has worked at many
inpatient treatment centers and sober living facilities. She has extensive experience leading
workshops, groups and providing one on one advising on the intersection of substance use
disorder, recovery and spirituality, where she educates people about how to live a solution
based, life giving and thriving existence in recovery. Her work is grounded in meeting folks
where they are, and partnering with them in conversation and reflection on meaning, value and
purpose as related to spirituality and sobriety. She utilizes practical, spiritual tools and life skills
to raise and expand consciousness, especially where self-limiting spiritual beliefs and behaviors
are concerned.

She has lived experience as a young person in recovery, having first gotten sober at fifteen
years old, and retaining her sobriety for five years. After struggling mightily with substance use
disorder for a few years in her early twenties, she once again committed to her recovery at
twenty-six years old. She is currently twenty-four years sober. She has consistently mentored
throughout her time in recovery, and her greatest passion is working with young people.
She completed her studies in theology at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently
completing her M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) degree at Starr King School for the Ministry. She
holds a certificate in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) from UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where
she trained as a chaplain. She has worked as a commissioned pastor. She has substantial
experience with contemplative, progressive Christianity, Hatha Yoga, Theravada Buddhism and
Vipassana (Insight) meditation, in both theory and practice.

She currently works as a recovery coach. Post graduate school, she plans to implement a
spiritual care provider position for clinical teams in rehabs across the country, become ordained
as an interspiritual minister, open a private practice as a spiritual counselor and provide
workshops globally on the intersection of recovery and spirituality.

Andrew Kiezulas

Andrew Kiezulas brings with him a wide array of leadership, management and life experience to the YPR Board of Directors. A person in long-term recovery from substance use disorder and a recovery ally himself, Andrew has been involved with YPR since 2013. While completing his Bachelor’s in Chemistry (University of Southern Maine, 2017) and Master’s in Policy, Planning and Management (Muskie School of Public Service, 2018), Andrew founded YPR-Portland, ME (2014), co-founded USM’s Recovery Oriented Campus Center (The ROCC, 2016), and received numerous accolades for his diverse enterprises, including: Inaugural Scholar (USM, 2016), Outstanding Junior Award (USM College of Science, Technology and Health, 2016), Student of the Year (USM, 2017), Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year Award (ARHE, 2017), and Convocation Scholar (USM 2017).

Andrew’s leadership mark extended well beyond the confines of the classroom, lab and campus. A co-author of two U.S. Senate Resolutions, Andrew has collaborated on local, state and federal SUD policy with the F.D.A., White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress. Humbled by these opportunities, empowering recovery allies and people in and seeking recovery still inspires him. He has given hundreds of presentations, talks and workshops in the community.

Andrew is the CEO of Coatings2Go, LLC, a small medical device coating company that specializes in water-based, super-lubricious, hydrophilic coatings for the single-use medical device industry. Since joining the team in 2019, Andrew has made major contributions to all levels of the business. While managing general production, he streamlined production processes, supported technical sales and contract negotiations; expanded C2G’s targeted marketing strategy, SEO footprint and long-term business plan; and identified OFI’s in the overall business and quality systems.

KEN MAXIK

Mr. Maxik is the Vice President Support Services for CompleteRx Ltd. He brings over 20 years of hospital operations, management consulting, and healthcare executive experience to the firm. He is a Certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Senior Member of the American Society for Quality, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
 
He has managed a broad spectrum of engagements throughout the US in the areas of general operations improvement, pharmacy compliance, patient safety initiatives, and hospital benchmarking.
 
Prior to joining CompleteRx, Mr. Maxik was a Regional Vice President for a pharmacy management firm. Mr. Maxik’s professional experience also includes consulting work for a fortune 50 firm, and experience in hospital administration. 

He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Association for Healthcare Quality.
 
Mr. Maxik has a Masters in Business Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy.

GARY MONTROSE

Gary Montrose has worked as a market research, strategy, and program planning consultant to numerous trade associations, state and national government entities, Fortune 500 companies, commercial vendors, health plans, and medical providers in over 40 states over the past 30 years.

Gary has provided strategic guidance, proposal development and program evaluation services in the area of long-term care and chronic care management, with a Medicaid focus. He has led long-range business planning, advocacy, and program implementation engagements supporting adults with disabilities for over ten years.

For HHS/CMS, Gary served as an industry domain expert for development of the official solicitation documents and technical evaluation guidelines for vendor bidding on the  Chronic Care Improvement Demonstration Project (Medicare Health Supports). Gary has also guided the State of Colorado in developing a suite of multi-agency, technology-enabled disease management and care coordination programs with some of the industry’s leading non-profit and commercial vendors.

Gary is a visionary thinker with an exceptional talent for identifying and driving industry trends. He served as a member of the Governor’s Council on TeleHealth (Colorado), Legislature Healthcare Reform Task Force, and as Interim Coordinator of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Health Care Reform Commission. He is co-author of “Managing Health Care Demand,” a 500-page text (Aspen Publications).He has served as a visiting instructor in strategic planning at the University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center and Denver University.

DR. LISA JOHNSON PRATT

Vice-Chair

Dr. Lisa Johnson Pratt is a physician who has spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She is currently the SVP, New Product Strategy at Akcea Therapeutics in Carlsbad, California. As she has progressed through her career, she has led teams in both the drug development/ clinical trials arena and in the commercial realm. Her career has allowed her to work globally, including in emerging markets, including China and Vietnam, on products that have contributed strongly to improving patient health. From preventing cervical cancer, to supporting cancer drugs through the development process, to preventing the sequelae of uncontrolled asthma and hypertension, Lisa has worked to improve the quality of life of people.
After her daughters experienced trauma, Lisa started Ananias Ventures. Ananias Ventures seeks to provide resources to individuals who are trying to magnify the voice of the voiceless. This has led to the creation of the Life After Abuse platform which seeks to inform and support victims of abuse. In Lisa’s case, the sequelae of abuse is not theoretical. While suffering from PTSD, her daughter developed an addiction. Being a physician allowed her to be able to successfully navigate and support her daughter during the recovery process, but during that process she began to recognize the challenges that exist throughout the process for patients entering and existing recovery. She remains committed to ensuring that patients in recovery have the support that they need to live their best life and fulfill their purpose.

Zina Rodriguez

Zina is the Founder of Z&D Consulting whose mission is to collaborate with organizations with creating inviting, intentional and inclusive healing spaces for individuals to achieve mental wellness while creating pathways for success for individuals from underrepresented communities. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the vast disparity in mental health and substance use treatment services for BIPOC and LBGTQ+ communities and the need to address how racial and identity trauma impacts individuals and communities.

 

Zina has over 25 years of experience in marketing and operations. She has held senior leadership positions for national and global behavioral health care companies where she has served as Executive Director and in Senior Marketing and Business Development roles.

 

Zina has worked internationally which has allowed her to develop a specialty in multi-cultural program development and marketing. She is a global speaker on topics related to culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion in behavioral health care.

 

Zina is a social worker, certified addiction professional and ARISE trained interventionist. She is also a Certified Diversity Executive. She has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She holds a MSW with a concentration in Administration from Fordham University and a BSW degree from Rutgers University.

 

Zina currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL and her favorite pastime is sitting on the beach with a good book.

KELSEY SCHMUHL

Kelsey Schmuhl is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.  She enjoys teaching Introduction to Pharmacy to undergraduate students and teaching substance use disorder therapeutics to Doctor of Pharmacy students.  She also provides pharmacy services to patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic.  Through her clinical work, Kelsey works with adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders to help them get the best outcomes from their medications. Kelsey is passionate about expanding access to naloxone through pharmacies and gave proponent testimony for Ohio House Bill 4, which allows pharmacists and pharmacy interns to dispense naloxone without a prescription in Ohio. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, Kelsey is a clinical content expert for Generation Rx, an educational initiative that teaches safe medication-taking practices across the lifespan.

Kelsey graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees in 2012 and 2017 respectively. She also completed a Community Care Residency in 2018 and a Practice-Based Academic Fellowship with an emphasis on substance use disorders and behavioral health in 2019.

Kelsey currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Dan; and daughter, Maia.

JENNA STAPLETON

Secretary

Jenna Stapleton is a dedicated and passionate philanthropist who serves as the Executive Director of the Denver-based Harmes C. Fishback Foundation, a charitable trust that provides financial support to non-profits in Colorado. Jenna also serves on the Board of Advisors of ACE Scholarships, whose mission is to provide children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12. She’s also a proud member of the Orrery Society at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and recently joined the board of Young People in Recovery.

Jenna, her husband Walker, son Craig, and daughters Colette and Olivia live in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Jenna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also holds a graduate degree in social work from the University of Denver as well as a certificate in marriage and family therapy from Denver Family Institute. Jenna is currently working toward her license in clinical social work. Jenna’s passions include watching live music and professional sports, playing tennis, acquiring pets, meditating, reading and being a mom to her three amazing children.

SHARON YOUNG

Sharon Young enjoyed two rewarding career paths and is now an active volunteer and board member for church and community organizations.      She was an employee benefits consultant with a major national firm for more than 15 years.   During that time, she became an active volunteer and board member with several nonprofit organizations, especially focused  in the area of fundraising and development.    She then leveraged her experience as a volunteer, board member, board  chair, and fundraiser into a second career path, serving various organizations in a staff capacity focusing on volunteer engagement and development. Among her volunteer commitments, she served as Board Chair for Atlanta Cities in Schools, a national organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in and perform well in school; has served on the vestry of her church and, on the board of a counseling center.   She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, one of the oldest community leadership programs in the U.S.   

Sharon and her husband are the parents of a son who has dealt with substance abuse issues for many years.    While he has not yet embraced a life of recovery, Sharon  hopes to bring a helpful perspective from her journey as the parent of a struggling young adult.  She has seen the possibilities and successes of a life of recovery, and wants to be a part of expanding opportunities for many more young people.

Sharon received an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and her A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a passionate Tar Heel fan and bleeds “Carolina Blue” especially during basketball season.

CHARLIE MAYR

Emeritus Memoriam

As an early supporter and champion of YPR, Charlie Mayr is remembered by YPR as a memorial board member in perpetuity so his spirit, love of life and passion for our cause will always be with us. 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 received a B.A. in journalism from New York University.