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Minnesotans, including three Metro faculty and four Metro students, at the 2014 NAADAC Conference in Seattle, WA

NAADAC Board of Directors

NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals

I am serving on the NAADAC Board of Directors from October 2016 through October 2018. As part of this leadership I am responsible for being  the main conduit of information, resources and communications between Minnesota Addiction Professionals, the state chapter, and NAADAC in Washington, D.C. My active involvement during the annual meetings of the Board of Directors at the NAADAC annual conference is enhanced by monthly conference calls with other leaders the North Central Region. She maintains close working ties with the Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno-Tuohy, other NAADAC staff, and Regional Vice-President JJ Johnson.

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I achieved and maintain Minnesota Addiction Professionals status.

“The NAADAC Approved Education Provider logo signifies that an organization has voluntarily opened its educational programs to examination by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) for content applicability to state, national, and international certification standards. This rigorous review process ensures that learners receive a consistent, reliable, and quality learning experience that is applicable to their careers and advances their understanding of addiction and co-occurring disorders-related issues.” –

Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP)

MNAP, the Minnesota NAADAC Affiliate

  • President, 2017-2019
  • Board of Directors member since 2013
  • Successful growth in membership during tenure
  • FaceBook and social media expansion:
  • Actively helping to create continuing education opportunities, including MNAP’s first Winter Conference

MNAP Conference Title


Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration

  • URMI image of hands on jailbarsCo-Founder of annual Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) event with Raj Sethuraju
  • Originally book group idea expanded to community-wide event
  • Fifth year event scheduled for April 13, 2018
  • Substantial growth since first year (2014) attendance was 80: 110 in 2015, 240  in 2016, and the event was oversold  at nearly 400 2017, with 300 attending
  • To see flyers and other materials from past years, see Scholarship: URMI

Minnesota Coalition for Addiction Studies Education: Co-Coordinator

Minnesota Coalition of Addiction Studies Education (MNCASE) is the state affiliate of the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Education. Kevin Spading, Deborah Mosby and I coordinate the semi-annual meetings. Meetings are attended by addiction counseling undergraduate and graduate program faculty from throughout Minnesota, and feature guests such as representatives from the Department of Human Services and the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

“The purpose of INCASE is to provide a global forum for the examination and debate of issues concerning post secondary education in addiction studies, and to enhance the quality of training and education in addiction studies, to disseminate professional knowledge and share ideas regarding addiction studies and scholarship in the field of addiction studies.

“Members keep abreast of the developments in the field via annual conferences and regional meetings, the INCASE newsletter, the listserve, the INCASE professional journal now merging with AMERSA, participation in standing and ad hoc committees, and issues oriented task forces.” – 

Minnesota Recovery Connection MN recovery connection logo

Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) works to ensure that all who seek it have access to the support, care and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery from addiction. I am an avid supporter of Minnesota Recovery Connection: I attend the community meetings of MRC, have coordinated the Metropolitan State University team for Walk for Recovery (2017), and previous years, and collaborate with them on the Recovery Narratives Project and the Recovery Advocacy Seminar.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC Workforce Forum

In part through my efforts, SAMHSA and NAADAC selected Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, Minnesota Addiction Professionals, Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Technical and Community College for one of the four Workforce Forum Initiatives!

SAMHSA-NAADAC Workforce Forums focused on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines, opportunities for advancement and creativity, each state’s workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, national certification opportunities, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities.  Finally, students were able to visit with local SUD treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities. All forums were streamed online live and captured for future digital distribution through NAADAC.

 BBHT logoMinnesota Department of Human Services

Member of the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy Tiered Licensure Working Group, 2013-2014: Made recommendations to the Board for changes to the licensure system.

Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence 

At the request of its Executive Director, I represented NAADAC at the National Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Policy Consensus Meeting in Washington, DC, in November of 2013.


Unitarian Universalist Addiction and Recovery MinistryUU Addiction Ministry logo  

  • Serve on eight-member team serving the Unitarian Universalists worldwide
  • Chaired the group 2013-2016
  • Co-present and exhibit at the annual General Assembly
  • Help serve the broader faith community

Other Recognitions

From State Representative Peter Fischer

Personal note written in response to asking for support for Steve’s Law and Voting Rights Restoration

LGBTQ Pride Parade Appreciation of Support


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