Meet The Board

DR. LISA JOHNSON PRATT

Board 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.

Andrew Kiezulas

Vice Chair

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.

Zina Rodriguez

Secretary

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.

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.

ALEXA EGGLESTON

 

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 

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.

JENNA STAPLETON

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.

Alison Stevens

Alison Stevens is the Director of HR Services at Paychex, the largest HR solutions company for small and medium sized businesses. By combining innovative technology with personal service, Paychex empowers business owners and leaders to focus on the growth and management of their businesses. Alison leads a team of over of over 600 Paychex HR professionals responsible for delivering HR insights and advice to help clients thrive. Alison also serves as a subject matter expert for Paychex on various HR issues and trends facing small businesses in America. Her career in HR and leadership spans 25 years in the professional services industry. Alison holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from The George Washington University.

Living in central Massachusetts, Alison is active in her local community and has served on multiple Boards focused on helping families in need. She is currently a Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley. She is an addiction recovery ally who seeks to increase awareness of how employers can provide access to necessary resources to educate and support the workforce of tomorrow.

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce is Vice President and General Counsel at SWCA Environmental Consultants. Ryan started his legal career in

private practice before moving to the legal department at a large public company in the transportation

industry.  Ryan is also an adjunct faculty in the Master of Legal Studies Program at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Ryan received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and his B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Ryan lives in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Andrea, and his four children: Brooklyn, Sydney, Brent, and Karli.  In addition to his children’s many extracurricular activities, Ryan has remained involved for over 20 years with various groups serving young people, including the Boy Scouts of America as well as church youth groups.

David Puchi

Dwayne Dean is a Recovery Coach Professional and a Recovery Coach Professional Facilitator through the International Association for Recovery Coach Professionals. Dwayne is also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and a Registered Peer Supervisor through the Maryland Addictions and Behavioral Health Professional Certification Board. Dwayne is the founder of Peer Recovery Training and Support Services, where he is the Principal Facilitator and Lead Recovery Organizational Consultant.

As a faculty member of the University of Maryland College Park, Dwayne is a Peer Supervisor and Interventionist for the Global Mental Health and Addictions Program, where he is currently conducting research through a grant from the National Institute of Health to measure outcomes of having a Peer-delivered behavioral activation model to help improve retention rates of persons receiving medication for opiate use disorder. Dwayne serves as a Peer Supervisor for Peer’s on the Domestic studies in Maryland as well as the Global Studies in South Africa. Dwayne serves on the Executive board for Young People In Recovery, and on SAMHSA’s advisory board for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Dwayne is the full-time father of a 3-Year-old daughter (Monroe), and has 10 years of long-term recovery.

Dwayne Dean

David Puchi grew up in a suburb of Chicago—Downers Grove. For college, he headed to Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver, with both Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees. He practiced law for five years and specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions and real estate law. During that time, he held positions at Holme Roberts & Owen, a Denver-based law firm; Colorado National Bankshares, Inc., a bank holding company; and Blackfox Real Estate Group LLC, an entrepreneurial real estate firm. His background as a transactional real estate attorney was well suited for entering the real estate industry as a principal. In connection with founding and managing a vibrant commercial real estate investment and management company for the past 25 years—Baceline Investments, he has been involved with all aspects of running a private investment company. This experience spans every facet of the industry.Throughout his career, he has served on several non-profit boards of directors primarily focused on education. These include, Denver Kids, Inc., the Denver Active 20-30 Childrens foundation, Ace Scholarships and Arrupe Jesuit High School. In 2019, he found sobriety and has been on a new journey not only becoming physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy, but also serving others in a new way. In addition to the board of YPR, he serves on the board of Fishing the Good Fight, which helps men suffering from mental illness and volunteers for other service organizations in the Denver Metro area. He enjoys the Colorado lifestyle and loves to be outdoors, fishing, skiing and being with his family and friends. He is married to Vickie and has four children.

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.