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Carol McDaid

Carol McDaid

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.

Robert Billings

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.
Andrew Burki

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.
Deni Carise, Ph.D.

Deni Carise, Ph.D.

Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA). RCA is the first provider of substance abuse and recovery support services in the country dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services all available on one campus. From March 2016 – March 2018, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ.

Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. Dr Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.

Dr Carise was an NIH-funded scientist and Director of the Treatment Systems Section at Treatment Research Institute. At TRI from 1994 to 2010, she made significant advances in the quality of substance abuse treatment through the development, application, and research of new interventions, systems, and technologies through receipt of numerous NIH and other federal grants. She has published over 100 articles, books, and chapters.

Dr Carise is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (since 1997). She has been affiliated with UPENN since completing a NIDA Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry from 1994-1996. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University, she interned at Homewood (part of the Johns Hopkins Health system) and Union Memorial hospitals in behavioral medicine.

She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, and China and numerous other countries to help develop national systems that integrate scientifically-validated tools into clinical treatment delivery.

Committed to the accurate portrayal of addiction, treatment, and recovery in the media, Dr Carise consulted on Martin Scorsese’s film, Wolf of Wall Street, working with the primary actors on depicting characters who are abusing cocaine and other drugs, and has been instrumental in other movies and screen plays accurately depicting drug abuse, treatment and recovery. She has also been featured in segments of Nightline, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBS evening news, Access Hollywood, New York news and many Federally-funded Web-casts and has also been quoted in popular newsprint media such as US News and World Report, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, NIDA Notes and others. Dr. Carise has presented over 200 lectures by invitation (approximately 35 internationally). She is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deni-carise) on topics including treatment, recovery, prescription drug abuse, the media’s portrayal of drug problems, Healthcare Reform, Parity, and emerging drug trends.

Ted Collins

Ted Collins

Secretary

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).
Ben A. Guill

Ben A. Guill

Treasurer

Ben A. Guill is managing partner and co-founder of White Deer Energy, an investment firm with offices in Houston and New York. 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.

Jacob Levenson

Jacob Levenson

Jacob Levenson founded MAP Health Management, LLC in 2011, and has passionately served as Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Like many Americans, Levenson has witnessed the impact of addiction and understands the emotional and financial devastation of the chronic disease. Motivated to improve overall treatment outcomes, Levenson designed MAP’s PRSS tech-enabled (Peer Recovery Support Specialist) model which led to the successful development of a consolidated population health management solution accessible to all segments of healthcare.

Levenson strives to improve the lives of millions of individuals and families. He has established MAP as the nation’s leader in the provision of tech-enabled PEER and professional services to improve clinical and financial treatment outcomes for healthcare plans, treatment providers, and healthcare consumers. MAP is driven to optimize the care continuum and its data suggests that this is the foundation for improving healthcare delivery in this country. Levenson is also a Board Member at The Levenson Foundation and a founding member of Tri-Private Capital. 

STEVE SOST

STEVE SOST

Vice Chair

Steve Sost serves as VP, Internal Communications, at Impax Laboratories, where he brings more than 15 years of experience in M&A communications, global branding; internal communications; and employee culture design and engagement. Most recently, Steve served as Global Lead, Employee Engagement, at Merck. Prior to Merck, Steve spent six years at Allergan (previously known as Actavis) as Executive Director, Corporate Communications, where he led global internal communications and spearheaded the company’s commitment to addiction awareness. Steve also spent considerable time as a partner with Mayr Communications, a strategic communications firm, advising various organizations, including the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).  Steve received his B.A. degree from Marist College.

JENNA STAPLETON

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.

Ryan Hampton

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.

Tom Brown

Tom Brown

Tom is a motivated and innovative business man. Growing up underprivileged from as far back as he can remember, he knew he wanted a different life, a successful one, but was unsure how. After working for a financial firm in Denver for several years, he gained business acumen. While working this job, he knew one day he would do something with the knowledge he gained. Eventually, his calling came. In the early 2000s, Tom was offered a job as a roofing salesman. Although he knew nothing about roofing, he has the passion that allowed him to give 110% to whatever he did. Tom Brown went from state to state knocking on the doors of thousands of people. Almost as if he was knowing on the doors of opportunity. Tom decided he wanted to approach this blue-collar business with a white-collar edge. With success, in 2005 he took over North-West Roofing and applied his knowledge, integrity, and passion to bring the business where it is today.

Charlie Mayr

Charlie Mayr

Emeritus Memoriam

1957-2016

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.