AddictionAbatement, Inc.

Speaker Bios:
Opioid Settlement
Abatement Summit

Model Guidance for States, Counties, Municipalities & Tribes

Meet the Speakers

Georgetown University Law Center

Regina LaBelle, JD

Director, Addiction & Public Policy Initiative, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Regina LaBelle is a Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University Law Center.

Working at the intersection of law and policy, Regina’s work focuses on identifying policies to reduce overdoses, and using the law to promote access to quality addiction treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services.

LaBelle also founded, directs, and teaches in the Master of Science in Addiction Policy and Practice program at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
LaBelle brings decades of public service to her work at the O’Neill Institute. Most recently, LaBelle was an appointee in the Biden-Harris administration and served as Acting Director in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in the Executive Office of the President. The first woman to serve in this position, LaBelle oversaw the establishment of the Biden-Harris Administration’s drug policy priorities, which included a historic focus on harm reduction services. LaBelle previously served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff at ONDCP and oversaw the agency’s overdose response and other drug policy issues, including implementation of the National Drug Control Strategy.

Prior to her work in federal government, LaBelle served as Legal Counsel to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, providing legal and policy advice to the Mayor on high-profile city initiatives. From 1998 to 2005, LaBelle was an adjunct professor of policy and ethics at the Seattle University Institute for Policy Studies.

LaBelle received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Boston College. She is an active member of the Washington State Bar.

Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council

Stephen Loyd, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Cedar Recovery and Chairman, Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council.

Stephen Loyd currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Cedar Recovery, an addiction treatment company headquartered in Mount Juliet, TN servicing patients across Middle Tennessee.

On top of his work for Cedar, he is currently a member of the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners as well as serving as a federal expert witness. A nationally recognized thought leader and clinician, Dr. Loyd has decades of experience in internal medicine, mental health, and substance abuse services. His background includes serving as the Medical Director and Assistant Commissioner for Substance Abuse Services with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Dr. Loyd has been in recovery since 2004. Experiencing addiction first hand has allowed him to develop a unique approach to patient care that is passionate, effective, and impactful. His daily goal is to help as many people receive the quality treatment they deserve in order for them to feel better, get better, and stay better.

Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy

Van Ingram

Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

Van Ingram is the Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Van joined ODCP in November 2004, shortly after it was created with the mission of coordinating Kentucky’s substance abuse efforts in enforcement, treatment and prevention/education.

Van served with the Maysville Kentucky Police Department for more than 23 years, the last six as Chief of Police. He is a former President of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and was named “Kentucky Chief of the Year” in 2001. He is a former recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Enforcement, as well as the Melvin Shein Award for distinguished service to Kentucky law enforcement.

Van is a certified law enforcement instructor and has trained officers across the state on a variety of topics, including community oriented policing, case management, and “Kentucky Substance Abuse Issues” for Chiefs, Sheriff’s and command staff. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of substance abuse issues both in Kentucky and nationally.

University of Tennessee College of Medicine

W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council Member.

Dr. Jackson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where he maintains a private practice in family medicine, and directs the palliative medicine program at the West Cancer Center. Dr. Jackson also serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He also serves on the state of Tennessee’s Chronic Pain Guidelines Commission and its Opioid Abatement Council. From this professional platform, he leads multiple teams of dedicated clinicians who have helped to transform the experience of seriously ill patients in the Mid-South.

Dr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and his Diploma in Theology at Oxford University in England, where he was awarded the Samuel Cox prize for New Testament Studies. He served as the President of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is board certified in Pain Medicine, holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous clinical and teaching awards, and has published his research in numerous journals, including Family Medicine, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has also served as Editor in Chief of The Pain Practitioner, and has co-authored a book on family dynamics. A frequently invited speaker at national and international professional meetings, he has also been featured in several multimedia projects concerning the treatment of affective disorders and chronic pain, as well as the history and philosophy of medicine.

Outside medicine, his interests include an active outdoor lifestyle, literature, music, and theology. His most fulfilling role, without a doubt, is being a dad and a husband. He and his wife Jana are thrilled to have planted a new church in the Memphis area in 2019.
Dr. Jackson believes in Memphis as a place where grit meets grace.

Tiger Analytics

Jarrod Koski

Senior Data Analytics Consultant, Tiger Analytics

Jarrod Koski is an experienced professional and currently works as a Senior Data Analytics Consultant at Tiger Analytics.

He has a passion for applying his data and analytics expertise to tackle complex problems and provide actionable insights. Jarrod has a breadth of experience including modeling and managing data in large, complex litigation matters, healthcare patient modeling, supply chain analytics, financial analysis, and human pattern analysis.

Notable projects include serving as program and product manager in the Opioid Litigation working with cross-functional stakeholders. Analyzing the distribution of prescription opioids across the United States and assessing percentage liability for pharmaceutical companies as well as creating a baseline for historic prescription opioid distribution by county. Jarrod also created healthcare damages models which was used at a state level to estimate monetary damages for pharmaceutical companies involved in the opioid epidemic. He now uses the expertise gained during the Opioid Litigation to assist state and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private entities in Opioid Abatement.

Jarrod is retired from the U.S. Army where he discovered the value of applied data analytics by performing human pattern analysis while serving as a sniper squad leader greatly increasing the effectiveness of his battalion in targeting high-value targets and later taught this technique to others in the military. Jarrod is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. He has also served as a Veterans Court Mentor to the Madison County, IL Veterans Court program where he worked with the Honorable Judge Romani to establish the Veterans Court Mentorship program which continues to help veterans today.

Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition

Jeff Hill

Executive Director, Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition.

I am Jeff Hill and I serve as the Executive Director of the Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition. My passion to reach our community with prevention tools and methods comes from my own lived experiences. My wife (Christina) and I reside in Goldsboro with our dogs, Champ and Olive, but Wilson is definitely home to us.

I have experience serving vulnerable at-risk populations experiencing substance misuse and other challenges. I have worked with impoverished demographics within the Wilson County limits for the past two years, serving populations ranging in various ages, ethnicities, and education within a non-profit (501c3) work environment. My areas of proficiency include educational development, workforce related training, and personal/behavioral skills training/counseling. In September 2017, I became certified to implement a behavioral risk/need assessment known as the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) by the Alma Institute and was later certified as a Recovery Coach via the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) in October 2018.

In my current position as coalition director, I oversee several grants that have allowed us to supply our great community with medication lock boxes, medication disposal kits, naloxone kits and education for prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

Volunteers of America Mid-States

Jennifer Hancock

President & CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States.

Jennifer Hancock is the President and CEO of Volunteers of America of Mid-States. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Kentucky, where she began a career dedicated to social justice and community building.

Jennifer has served in many capacities during her more than 20 years of professional leadership in the nonprofit sector and in her 15 years advancing the mission of VOA. Under her leadership, VOA has become a nationally recognized expert in providing family-focused and results-oriented solutions for the opioid and addiction crisis. Working closely with a wide range of elected officials and community leaders, the organization has earned consistent recognition for providing best practice care in nearly 50 programs.

Jennifer has led VOA through unprecedented growth and now oversees a $50MM budget and a team of more than 650 professionals across 4 states. In addition to addiction recovery services, VOA also delivers solutions in the areas of veteran services including suicide prevention, housing and homelessness, public health, comprehensive care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a Restorative Justice program that helps to keep youth out of the criminal justice system. Her love for bringing diverse stakeholders together to solve a complex social problem and seeing the tangible and many positive outcomes of the mission of VOA is what drives her most.

Jennifer is active in the community, serving as Chair of the Leadership Louisville Center and on the boards of the Kentucky Children’s Justice Act Task Force, University of Louisville School of Public Health, Chair-elect of Impetus for a Better Louisville, Smart on Crime, National Office of Volunteers of America, AdventHealth Hospital, Board Development Chair of the West End Opportunity Partnership, Secretary/Treasurer of 1 Clay County, executive committee of You Decide, Kentucky! and as an Advisory Council Member of Young Professionals Association of Louisville. She was recently honored to receive the 2022 Business First Power 50 award as well as the 2022 Enterprising Women award.


Jennifer Urra, RN, BA

Deputy Director of Holistic Services at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC).

Jennifer Urra, R.N., B.A., C.C.H.P., is the Deputy Director of Holistic Services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction (ODRC). In this role, Ms. Urra leads the following statewide correctional service areas: healthcare systems to include medical, behavioral health, recovery, sex offender, and dental services; the Ohio Central School System (OCSS); workforce development; religious services; and recreation services. The ODRC Office of Holistic Services eliminates silos between services areas and provides an individualized pathway of care within the criminal justice continuum for incarcerated Ohioans.

Former positions within the ODRC include Chief, Office of Correctional Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics Administrator, Director of Nursing, Regional Nurse Administrator, Telehealth Coordinator, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Healthcare Administrator, and various line staff positions across the spectrum of institutional services. Ms. Urra serves as the health authority for the DRC, representing the agency to the Coalition of Correctional Health Authorities (CCHA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). She is a member of the American Correctional Association and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).

Ms. Urra’s private sector experience includes nursing in long-term care and hospital settings, and consulting work related to nursing and MDS software. She served 3 years on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), whose mission is to improve the quality of care for long-term care residents in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Philosophy from the University of Kentucky, her nursing degree from Hocking College, and is completing coursework towards a master’s degree in public health (MPH) at the Ohio University.

First Tennessee Development District

Lottie Ryans

Director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives, First Tennessee Development District.

Lottie Ryans has served as the Director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives for the First Tennessee Development District since April 2016. In this role, she develops creative partnerships and programs to ensure a strong workforce pipeline working with k-12, post-secondary, economic developers and business and industry.

She also works with school systems and community partners to address literacy issues in an eight county region. She currently leads the Caring Workplace Rural Opportunities Initiative, a federally funded Department of Labor initiative to build an ecosystem to employment for justice involved individuals and those in recovery. Ryans’ professional history includes a 32-year telecommunications career. She retired in 2015 after serving as Vice President and General Manager for CenturyLink’s Western North Carolina/Tennessee Division.

Her civic history includes being a three term elected member of the Johnson City Board of Education and service on the State Workforce Board. She has held local, state and national positions on various boards and has received numerous local and national awards, most recently being named as a Trefoil Society honoree for the Appalachian Girl Scout Council and an inductee in the Johnson City Washington County Chamber Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of the 2018/19 Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute cohort and the 2019/20 Leadership Tennessee cohort.

East Tennessee State University

Robert Pack, PhD, MPH

Executive Vice Provost, East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Director, ETSU Addiction Science Center & Director, ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center.

Robert Pack, PhD, MPH is Executive Vice Provost at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Professor of Community and Behavioral Health in the ETSU College of Public Health. He is Director of the ETSU Addiction Science Center, Director of the ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center, and Co-Director of the Opioids Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCCA).

Funding for this work is generously granted from NIDA, HRSA, SAMHSA, PCORI and the Care Foundation of America. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the non-profit opioid treatment program Overmountain Recovery, on the Board of Directors for One Tennessee Health, on the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Advisory Council, and has served as a Technical Expert for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In 2019 he chaired the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) Task Force on Public Health Approaches to Control the Epidemic of Opioid Use Disorder; the Task Force reported on best practices for the use of future opioid settlement resources. He is a member of Class VIII of Leadership Tennessee.

David Garcia

Postlethwaite & Netterville

David Garcia

Associate Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville.

David joined P&N in May of 2022 as an Associate Director, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the class action and mass tort industry. He has worked on hundreds of settlements aggregating billions of dollars in settlement funds, including some of largest and most complex matters ever settled, like: 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing Settlement, Royal Dutch Shell Non-US Residents Securities Settlement, National Treasuries Employees Union, SEC v. World Capital Markets, and Microsoft State Antitrust Settlements.

David is a transformational leader renowned for growth and results through innovation, financial savvy, and expert business acumen. His breadth of experience includes successfully leading/transforming various business units including Class Action, Remediation, Government Contracting, Corporate Services, Data Breach, and Mass Tort. He builds cultures focused on driving and achieving results, improving quality, and propelling operational excellence across the organization. He is collaborative and ethical and he builds solid internal and external partnerships that drive revenue growth while protecting the bottom line.

David is an accomplished leader who motivates and leads teams through proactive engagement, professional development, and a positive work environment. His areas of expertise include Operational Excellence, Business Transformation, and Organizational Leadership.

Legal Services Corporation

Stefanie Davis

Senior Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Aid Affairs, Legal Services Corporation (LSC); NSUDSAP Advisory Panel & Workgroup Member

Stefanie K. Davis is the Senior Associate General Counsel for Regulations and Ethics Officer at the Legal Services Corporation. Her portfolio includes regulatory drafting and oversight, managing LSC’s Opioid and Veterans Task Forces, and coordinating the Graduate Law Fellow program in LSC’s Office of Legal Affairs. She joined LSC in 2013 after nearly ten years in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and two years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in Washington, DC.

Ms. Davis currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation Board of Directors. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. She is a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a 1997 graduate of the University of New Mexico.

Kent Runyon


Kent Runyon, MSM

Vice President of Operations, Centurion.

Kent Runyon is an accomplished leader and changemaker in the areas of behavioral health, human services, and corrections. He is a graduate of Ball State University where he studied both Psychology and Criminal Justice and earned Bachelor’s degrees in both areas of study. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in the Science of Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. Furthermore, Kent completed an Executive Development program through the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Throughout his career, Kent has held executive level roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He began his career serving as a Correctional Officer and quickly earned his way up the ladder to the position of Director of the Correctional Training Institute for the Indiana Department of Correction. He then transitioned into a leadership role with Volunteers of America where he helped the organization through significant growth and expansion as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for compliance, performance improvement, and contract management for multiple programs throughout the state of Indiana and Puerto Rico.

Most recently, Kent held C-level executive roles for privately held behavioral healthcare providers in Florida where he provided leadership in compliance with licensing and accreditation and led operations including management of medical and clinical services. Throughout his career, Kent has led high-level advocacy efforts, public and government relations, business development and has expanded business opportunities. Currently, Kent serves as the Missouri Vice President of Operations for Centurion.

Kent is a passionate advocate for people in recovery and for those facing substance use disorders. He is married and is the proud father of three grown children, a stepson, and is a grandfather to a cheerful three year old boy.

Michael Meit, MA, MPH​

ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center

Michael Meit, MA, MPH

Deputy Director, ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center; and Director, ETSU Center for Rural Health Research.

Meit serves as a senior fellow in NORC’s Public Health Research department and as director of research and programs for East Tennessee State University’s Center for Rural Health Research. Meit previously served as co-director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Through this joint appointment Meit continues to lead NORC projects in the areas of opioid and overdose mortality, rural health, and public health systems, while leveraging synergies between NORC and ETSU research agendas to develop collaborative research initiatives.

Meit has recently led efforts to explore health disparities among rural veterans, develop overdose mapping visualization tools, completed health equity studies exploring geographic health disparities, and has conducted evaluations of rural community-based health initiatives and tribal health professions training programs; he has also led several public health systems research projects in the areas of accreditation, performance improvement, workforce and financing.

Meit has over 20 years of experience in public health systems and rural health research and practice. His experience includes work at both the state and national levels, first with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and then with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington, D.C. Following his tenure at NACCHO, he served as the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Rural Health Practice and as the co-director for rural preparedness for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness. Meit served on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2008, recently completed terms on the boards of directors for the National Rural Health Association and the Maryland Rural Health Association, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and the Journal of Appalachian Health. In 2018, Meit was named to the editorial committee of Public Health Reports (PHR) – the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service.

In 2019 Meit received the National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Researcher of the Year award.


Debby Futrell, PharmD

President and CEO

Debby Futrell, PharmD received her PharmD from Campbell University. Dr. Futrell completed a residency in Ambulatory Care at MCV. Her clinical experience includes director of clinical pharmacy services at an FQHC (Rural Health Group), clinical pharmacist at ECU Family Practice Center and Rocky Mount Family Medical Center.

She has worked with the North Carolina AHEC program for 30 years where she served as director of pharmacy education, director of student training, and now currently serves as President/CEO of Area L AHEC. Dr. Futrell has a strong passion for providing resources related to SUDs and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the Area L region for partners and the community members.

Palm Beach County

Alan Johnson

Chief Assistant State Attorney, Palm Beach County, Florida.

Alan S. Johnson currently serves as Chief Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County, Florida, a position he previously held from 2005 – 2009. He returned to the State Attorney’s Office in 2013 after serving three years as Executive Director of the newly established Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. As an Assistant State Attorney for over 25 years, Mr. Johnson has prosecuted numerous high profile felony cases.

In 2016, Mr. Johnson was asked to lead the State Attorney’s Sober Homes Task Force, established by the Florida Legislature, to conduct a study aimed to strengthen investigation and prosecution of criminal and regulatory violations within the substance abuse treatment industry. Legislation proposed by the SHTF has passed unanimously in 5 of the last 6 legislative sessions. From 2017 to the present, the law enforcement side of the SHTF investigated and filed 120 cases against individuals for violating Florida’s healthcare fraud and patient brokering laws, resulting in 110 convictions to date.

As Chief Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Johnson oversees additional divisions within the State Attorney’s Office, including Legal Affairs, Juvenile, Investigations, Training & Professionalism, Public Corruption as well as Office Support and Professional Staff.

In addition to his duties as Chief Assistant State Attorney, Mr. Johnson has also served in various capacities as a member and chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee as well as regularly serving as a volunteer youth court judge. Since 2000, Mr. Johnson has been a frequent instructor for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA) in areas including ethics & professionalism, discovery & Brady, victim rights, restitution, homicide prosecution, evidence and jury selection.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Columbia University in 1973 and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Julia Richards van Zyl, MD, MBA, MS, LSSBB

Hospital Medicine, Vice President Clinical Design, The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Dr. van Zyl is a hospitalist and the Vice President of Clinical Design at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2013, she has facilitated the clinical process design and implementation of over 1000 Patient Care Pathways and standardized order sets.

Her vision is to design a healthcare system that empowers the entire healthcare team to provide patient and family centered care throughout the continuum of care. Most recently, her focus on the substance use care continuum has created opportunities to design care for an underserved substance use population in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s BRIDGE to Recovery Pathway and Drug Use Associated Infection Pathway ensure that treatment for substance use disorders starts at the appropriate place and time of patient contact. Dr. van Zyl is passionate about providing practical, right-time care for people who use drugs and is excited about developing an efficient and effective network of support for the substance-use population.

Freedom Hill Community Health Center

Savannah Junkins, PA-C, MPAS

Director of Integrated Behavioral Health, Physician Assistant (Freedom Hill Community Health Center); Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc.

Savannah Junkins, PA-C, MPAS is a physician assistant and the Director of Integrated Behavioral Health at Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc (CFHC, Inc), a Federally Qualified Health Center in eastern North Carolina. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010.

A native West Virginian, she moved to eastern North Carolina for her first job as a physician assistant in 2010, and has practiced community medicine in Edgecombe County, NC for 12 years. Her professional areas of interest include substance use disorder treatment and recovery, chronic disease management in the underserved population, and health care policy. She lives in rural Nash county on a 10 acre farm with her husband and 3 daughters.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Stanton G. Elseroad, MD

Emergency Medicine, The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Stanton Elseroad, MD was educated across Tennessee. First raised in Knoxville, then in Nashville for undergraduate degrees in chemistry and political science at Vanderbilt University, and then in Memphis for his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. He is now a board-certified emergency physician seeing thousands of patients for the past decade in East Tennessee – first in training at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga and currently at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he serves as Assistant Medical Director for the past 4 years.

This year as an Assistant Clinical Professor and while obtaining a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern University his primary focus has been the launch of a medication-assisted treatment bridge between opioid use disorder recognized in the emergency department and office based opioid treatment. The program was launched with Dr. Julia Van Zyl and the full UTMCK Pathways Design Team in coordination with the McNabb Center. This MAT Bridge for OUD in ED to OBOT has already treated over 100 patients saving lives. Stanton’s true loves are Aubrey, his wife of a dozen years, and their 3 daughters Hope, Vera and Gwen.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Megan Meacham

MPH, Director, Rural Strategic Initiatives Division, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Megan is Director of the Rural Strategic Initiatives Division within HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), where she leads the team that manages a number of high-priority rural health grant programs, including the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). Prior to becoming Director of RSI, she served as a Senior Advisor in FORHP where she worked on a variety of rural program and policy issue areas, and was a key member involved in the creation of the RCORP Initiative. She has also worked as a Project Officer in FORHP’s Hospital State Division where she coordinated a national quality improvement initiative and managed a number of state-based grant programs.

Megan attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree in Sociology and then returned back to her home state of Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where she got her MPH. She worked at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center as a Pandemic Influenza Planner prior to joining HRSA.

Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters (eight and four), volunteering with the local fire department, reading, and relaxing.

Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C

Karla L. Palmer

Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

As a litigator with over 30 years’ experience, Karla advises clients throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain – from manufacturers and distributors to outsourcing facilities, pharmacies and doctors – on a range of legal and regulatory issues.  These matters include DEA and FDA regulations and guidance, government inspections and investigations, warning letters, consent decrees, and administrative and federal proceedings. She represents entities and individuals in matters involving their DEA registration, including investigations, orders to show cause, immediate suspension matters, hearings and federal appeals of the same.  She is also well versed on pharmacy compounding laws, regulations and guidance, and regularly advises clients on these matters.  

Karla has written about and addressed industry audiences across the country on DEA compliance, and all aspects of the passage and implementation of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act including both compounding and supply chain issues, its guidance documents, and implementing regulations. 

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Edward Healton, MD, MPH

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, has been a trusted and highly regarded member of the Georgetown University community for 20 years. He has led Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) since 2015 as Executive Vice President (EVP) for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine. He is a professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine.

As EVP, Dr. Healton is responsible for advancing the educational and research missions of GUMC – a $350 million research and educational enterprise. The medical center comprises the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Health, a Biomedical Graduate Education program, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center — the only National Cancer Institute-designated “Comprehensive Cancer Center” in the Washington area — and a large biomedical research enterprise.

Dr. Healton leads a robust collaborative relationship with Georgetown’s academic health system partner, MedStar Health, the largest health care system in the Mid-Atlantic comprising 10 hospitals and more than 280 other care locations throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Georgetown University and MedStar Health’s partnership was first established in 2000. In 2017, with Dr. Healton’s clinical and academic leadership, a new, reaffirming 50-year agreement has provided for specific and substantive opportunities to expand and deepen the health system relationship, particularly in areas of research and education.

Prior to his role as EVP at GUMC, Dr. Healton served as Chairman of the Department of Neurology and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and GUMC from 2006 to 2015. From 2001-2011, Dr. Healton also served as Senior Vice-President for Medical Affairs and the Medical Director of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital MNRH.

Receiving his undergraduate training from the University of Oregon and his medical training at Creighton University, Dr. Healton completed his postgraduate training in neurology in the Columbia University residency program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Neurological Institute. He also completed his Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Healton’s subsequent tenure in New York included more than 30 years of clinical, academic and administrative management experience at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Harlem Hospital Center. During that time, he served as Clinical Professor of Neurology, Senior Associate Dean and Assistant Vice-President at Columbia, and Medical Director at Harlem Hospital Center. He also was appointed Emeritus Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University. Dr. Healton has published extensively, especially in the areas of cerebrovascular disease and the neurological complication of systemic diseases such as cobalamin deficiency and severe hypertension, as well as community-based health services research.

Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C

John Gilbert

Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

John Gilbert is a Director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. in Washington, DC.  Mr. Gilbert has over 30 years’ experience related to legal and regulatory issues involving controlled substances, prescription drugs, and precursor chemicals.  His expertise extends to federal and state laws and regulations governing the scheduling, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, import and export of controlled substances drugs and precursor chemicals.

Mr. Gilbert has advised companies at all levels of the drug supply chain on legal, regulatory and enforcement matters involving the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and state laws governing controlled substances and precursor chemicals.  He has also conducted numerous investigations and represented clients in DOJ and DEA enforcement actions.  Before joining the firm, Mr., Gilbert was an attorney in the DEA’s Office of Chief Counsel, Diversion/Regulatory Section.  He also served as law clerk to the DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Honors Program.

GATC Health

V. Tyrone Lam

COO, GATC Health

V. Tyrone Lam is COO of GATC Health, a biotech company using whole genome analysis and multiomics-based artificial intelligence to accelerate more precise disease detection and drug discovery. Tyrone is co-founder of First Americans Health, a specialized clinic bringing treatment services directly to Native American reservations.

He co-founded OneRecovery, the 1st HIPAA-secured, outcome based, peer-support network utilizing “Game Mechanics” for patient behavioral change & treatment protocol adherence. He has held executive positions in private and public technology companies. Tyrone also a board-certified life coach focused on personal development.

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