**Note: The 2019 presenters are still being planned. Below are speakers from the 2018 conference.
Stephanie McCladdie, M.P.A., SAMHSA Regional Administrator
Stephanie McCladdie is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Region IV office in Atlanta, Georgia. SAMHSA’s primary mission is to reduce the impact of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness on America’s communities.
As Regional Administrator, Ms. McCladdie provides direct collaboration and liaison with Health and Human Services (HHS) colleagues in the eight (8) states of Region IV to assure that behavioral health issues are included in the overall goals and objectives. In addition, she facilitates assistance with diverse stakeholders to problem-solve and collaborate on grants, policies, systems and programs. In translating SAMHSA’s mission and vision in the southeast, she is a direct conduit to optimize opportunities to strengthen systems improvement initiatives. She is also responsible for SAMHSA’s communication with the six (6) federally recognized Tribes.
Ms. McCladdie is a military spouse of three plus decades. During her spouse’s military career of nine duty location changes, she forged career(s) in grass-roots/community based organizations, private sector, four state governments and two university systems. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. McCladdie served as the National Prevention Network (NPN) representative for the state of Alabama. In her capacity as Prevention Services Director at the Department of Mental Health, she had direct responsibility for the twenty-percent set aside for Prevention services. During her tenure of almost eleven years, Ms. McCladdie was the Multicultural committee Co-Chair for the NPN and held the position of the past Co-Chairs for the National Prevention Network Research Conference. Her twenty-seven years of human service experience includes Human Rights advocate for the disabled and Older Adult population, Family Advocacy/Mental Health specialist while stationed in Great Britain for the Department of Defense, an Instructor of Psychiatry with the John A. Burns School of Medicine-University of Hawaii AIDS Education Project, staff specialist in Planning, Development & Evaluation in Dayton, Ohio, and a Project Director with Auburn University with direct collaboration for the Child Welfare system. As a military spouse and family member of an individual in recovery she is committed to the recovery oriented system of care and cultural implications of the continuum of care services.
She has received awards and recognition from educational, civic and faith-based organizations in the United Kingdom, Red Cross, Girls Scouts of America, University of Hawaii, Laubach Pro Literary Foundation and non-profit agencies.
Ms. McCladdie received a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration/Social Work and a Masters of Science Degree in Public Administration.
Jim Lange, Ph.D., Executive Director, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
Dr. James Lange is the Executive Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, an academic center of The Ohio State University. He does this, while also remaining the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives for San Diego State University. Recently, Dr. Lange was SDSU’s first Director of the stand-alone Health Promotion Department. His research and service career have earned him an international reputation within the field of AOD abuse prevention. In both 2014 and 2015, he was awarded the California State University Chancellor’s award for his service towards statewide progress in AOD prevention.
Dr. Lange was selected by NIH to be one of five research scientists funded to facilitate their multi-campus “Rapid Response to College Binge Drinking” initiative. From his various research grants, Dr. Lange has authored over 60 scientific publications that have been cited within more than 3,000 publications.
A number of his studies have been featured in major news outlets and his study documenting Salvia Divinorum’s effects through analysis of YouTube videos earned him recognition by Wired UK magazine’s feature "25 Big Ideas for 2011” and the BBC Radio 4.
Dr. Lange was recently invited to attend the first Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) hosted White House conference on Drug Policy Reform, and was instrumental in organizing the RADD—White House ONDCP Teen DUID Summit: Nation’s first-ever comprehensive public forum on teen drugged driving. He advised or currently assists several State and Federal efforts, including: the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention; California State Prescription Drug Task Force; San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel; and RADD – the Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety.
His established record of both research and community-level prevention implementation is what led the Anheuser-Busch InBev company to tap him, along with a team of experts to assist in their Global Smart Drinking Goals: City Pilot program. Dr. Lange serves as an expert coach for selected cities attempting to implement community-level environmental prevention programs to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.
A San Diego native, Dr. Lange received his undergraduate education at Pitzer College, and his doctorate education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before coming to SDSU in 2001, he was a Senior Research Scientist with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
Kathy Hargis, MBA, Associate VP, Risk Management and Title IX Compliance, Lipscomb University
Kathy Hargis is the Associate Vice President of Risk Management and Title IX Compliance for Lipscomb University, where she has held this position for the last thirteen years. In her current role, she oversees emergency management, business continuity planning, environmental health and safety, international security and safety, Title IX, along with the risk management duties for the university. She is the Immediate Past President of the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA) and sits on numerous senior level committees within the institution. She is a highly sought after speaker on risk and compliance issues. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University and holds an MBA with a specialization in conflict management from Lipscomb University.
Andrea Mills, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, Assistant Director, University Counseling Center, Lipscomb University
Andrea Mills M.Ed. LPC-MHSP is the Assistant Director of the university counseling center, an adjunct professor and Program Director for the GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant at Lipscomb University. Ms. Mills has worked with emerging adults in addictions at UAB Hospital as well as maintaining a private practice. Since taking the position at Lipscomb University 5 years ago, Ms. Mills has continued her training in the area of suicide prevention by becoming a QPR trainer and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk trainer for the SPRC. She is also currently certified as both an EMDR practitioner and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Andrea Mills has made a commitment to supervise future counselors and train Lipscomb students and employees regarding suicide prevention and awareness.
Diane Berty, Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities Association
Joining the TICUA staff in August 2010, Dr. Berty has more than 30 years of experience in student affairs work. She served at Austin Peay State University (TN) and most recently at East Central University (OK) as the Vice President for Student Development. Berty holds a doctorate in education and also completed post-doctoral work in higher education administration from Tennessee State University. She is a member of various national professional associations/organizations and served as the co-chair of The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues.
Alex Windings, CPS I, KM Clark Consulting Group
Alex Windings is a native to Southern Illinois, but has happily called Middle Tennessee her home for 4 years. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Public Relations and was the Director for the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition from 2014-2017. Alex now works with KM Clark Consulting Group in Murfreesboro and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. She also serves as the Board Chair for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee.
Through college, Alex’s degree path heavily focused on public speaking, something she didn’t see herself excelling at. However, over the last 5 years Alex has grown to love public speaking and considers it her favorite part of her job.
Alex loves the work she does but enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband, Chris, love cooking, traveling, spending time with their two fur-kids, Milo and Nella, and serving at their home church, Third Baptist Church. Alex is also an avid lover of everything fitness and health. She is a certified POP Pilates Instructor and has been teaching for two years.
Rebecca Juarez, Wellness Coordinator, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Rebecca Juarez is a Wellness Coordinator at the Center for Health Education and Wellness at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Her area of focus is on alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention. Rebecca joined the team at the Center for Health Education and Wellness in April 2015. Rebecca received her Master of Science in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Upon completion of her graduate degree, Rebecca began work at community mental health organizations as a clinical therapist. Her work history includes Peninsula Outpatient Clinic, Cornerstone of Recovery, the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, and Cherokee Health Systems.
Kristina Clark, CPS II, Founder, KM Clark Consulting Group
Kristina Clark is the President and Founder of KM Clark Consulting Group, a consulting company dedicated to developing and sustaining non-profits. Kristina Clark served as the Executive Director of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition from 2007-2016 before transitioning to Grant Writer and Sustainability Consultant for the coalition, a position she still holds today. Ms. Clark has dedicated herself to non-profit work since graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology and minors in mental services and sociology. Before serving as the Coalition Executive Director, Kristina held positions as a domestic violence court advocate and in home counselor for at risk youth. In 2012, Ms. Clark earned her Certified Prevention Specialist II and now trains throughout Tennessee on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse as well as non-profit management and capacity building.
Under her leadership the Coalition has achieved several awards and grants including Drug Free Communities funding (Years 1-10), the National Got Outcomes! Coalition in Focus award 2013, Tennessee Department of Health’s Injury Prevention award 2012 and a 2014 Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve . With community collaboration and staff team work, Ms. Clark has been able to achieve community level change regarding substance abuse behaviors on a county wide scale including successfully advocating for local and state policy change. As an advocate for diversifying funds for non-profit sustainability, Ms. Clark lead her community coalition in trademarking and marketing a successful comprehensive prescription drug campaign, Count it! Lock it! Drop it!® which will provide the non-profit foundation money for the future as well as assist counties throughout the country in reducing prescription drug abuse. Kristina Clark is also an executive board member for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide prevention legislation advocacy organization.
Kristina Clark was raised throughout the United States as a proud Air Force brat. Ms. Clark has now made Tennessee home base with her husband and best friend Michael Clark, their black lab Sammie “Trainwreck” Clark, and beautiful toddler Michael Joseph.
Cameron Clark, Sexual Assault Training Specialist and Statewide Project Coordinator, Sexual Assault Center
Cameron Clark, LMSW, ERYT, is the Sexual Assault Training Specialist and Statewide Project Coordinator at Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center. In this role, Cameron provides professional development and capacity-building opportunities to programs serving sexual assault survivors across the state of Tennessee, with a special interest in the neurophysiology of trauma, organizational wellness and caregiver resiliency. Cameron’s training is influenced by her previous role as clinical therapist at SAC, and her therapeutic training in Somatic Experiencing, yoga and meditation. In addition, Cameron serves the community as a trauma-informed yoga instructor, teaching studio classes and privately.
Jamie Cathcart, Title IX Compliance and Investigator, Trevecca Nazarene University
Jamie Cathcart currently serves at the Title IX compliance and investigator for Trevecca Nazarene University, in Nashville, TN. In this role, she is responsible for sexual violence prevention education and facilitating investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct. Prior to her role at Trevecca, she worked as the Director of the Wellness Center at St. Olaf College. At St. Olaf, she trained and supervised a group of 15 health and wellness peer educators who provided educational workshops and programming to over 1,800 students per year.
Fletcher Haverkamp, Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, Center for Health Education and Wellness, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Fletcher Haverkamp serves as the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Health Education & Wellness. Fletcher was a co-author of the OVW Campus Grant and serves as the Project Coordinator for the grant. Prior to his current role, Fletcher worked at Catholic Charities Columbus Home Group Home for Boys and as Graduate Assistant for the Center for Health Education & Wellness where he facilitated alcohol & other drug programs, sexual violence prevention programs, and conducted data assessment.
Tom Bissonette,MSW, LMSW, Founder / Director of YoungAndWiser, Inc.; Faculty, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tom is a Psychotherapist and a Developmental and Prevention Educator. He has taught courses on Adolescent and Young Adult Development at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for over 20 years. He is the author of Sexual Civility – The Hot New College Romance, a book on how to develop the capacity for real intimacy as a sexual being. During his 25 years as a psychotherapist and faculty he created an effective model for helping youth understand and navigate their own development. Tom is also an expert on Prevention and Treatment of Addictions.
Alexandria Wilga-Day, TDV Project Director, Young and Wiser Inc.
Allie Wilga graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Bachelor in Social Work and is currently enrolled at Southern Adventist University in the advanced standing Masters of Social Work program. She is an intern at Young and Wiser Inc. as Project Director. During her time at Young and Wiser, she has developed a Teen Dating Violence prevention program and has implemented it in multiple schools.
Arriale Tabson, Public Information Officer, Tennessee Highway Safety Office
Since 2016, Arriale Tabson has served as the Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, a division within the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Arriale was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but she is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in public relations. Prior to serving in state government, Arriale handled entertainment tour publicity for Shore Fire Media’s satellite office in Nashville. She also worked in live events publicity for TNA Entertainment’s IMPACT WRESTLING television show, which aired on Spike TV in 2012.
Ray A. White, Ed.S., LPC/MHSP/AS, NCC, ACS, Walters State Community College
Ray A. White is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with both Mental Health Service Provider and Approved Supervisor status. He is actively involved in a variety of higher education roles in the Northeast Tennessee region, including serving as a Counselor for Walters State Community College, teaching undergraduate level course work in Psychology at Tusculum College, and teaching graduate level course work in Counseling at East Tennessee State University.
Additionally, he maintains a professional private practice as Whitewood Counseling & Consultation. Further information regarding his professional and clinical interests can be found at the practices website: www.whitewoodcounseling.org.
White also serves as a Co-Representative for the Uppereast TLPCA chapter.
Lisa Schrader, Director of Health Promotion, Middle Tennessee State University
Lisa Schrader serves as the Director of Health Promotion at Middle Tennessee State University. She began the office of Health Promotion in 2008 and continues looking for effective and innovative ways to expand the area’s reach and scope of services. Lisa also serves as the current Chair of the Executive Committee of CHASCo.
Vinny Black, Health Educator, Middle Tennessee State University
Vinny Black joined the staff of MTSU Health Promotion I the fall 2016 semester as a health educator. In his role, he offers one-on-one coaching services to students and oversees the office’s social media accounts. Vinny is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist and owns a personal training business, Journey to Health.
Valerie Tucker, Building Skills Director, AKA the “WOO HOO Lady,” Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition
Valerie Tucker has worked in our community for 25 years with high risk youth to improve their value, worth, character and self-esteem. Valerie is a Carson Newman graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Communication Arts.
Nora Bromberg, Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition
Nora Bromberg has experience working with disabled/disadvantaged seniors and high-risk teens. Nora is a real “people person,” while always exhibiting a positive attitude no matter what a work day has been like.