Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is the Founder of Encounter Medical Group, P.C., she manages and consults through the global health care policy firm, EM Global, and is Director at Two Dreams, a comprehensive alcoholism and addiction treatment system. Reflecting her long-term commitment to individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), she was named as the founding Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Opioid Response Effort (FORE) with a $100 million endowment.
Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs.
Dr. Barthwell’s current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders.
Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. She was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.
Tom Berkery is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he serves in their Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services (CMAAS) group.
Tom helps advise large corporations, private equity investors, and investment bankers on complex accounting and financial reporting issues associated with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other corporate finance transactions.
He is a CFA charter holder, and a licensed CPA in the state of New York. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Eliza Byard, PhD, is a strategist, advocate, and leader for educational equity, youth development and LGBTQ equality. With nearly two decades of experience as a non-profit executive and public speaker, Eliza has brought people from disparate communities and politics together to forge common cause; and secured tens of millions of dollars from diverse individuals, corporate, and institutional funders for transformative programs, advocacy, and public education campaigns.
Eliza is currently the Executive Director of GLSEN, an organization recognized worldwide as a pioneering leader in the fight for educational equity and LGBT issues in K-12 schools. Under her leadership, GLSEN has helped spur a significant decline in anti-LGBT harassment and violence in schools; established a professional norm of support for LGBTQ youth among educators, school administrators, and school staff in the United States; and sparked and sustained an international movement for LGBTQ-inclusive primary and secondary education. GLSEN now partners with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world to develop the evidence base to improve LGBTQ youth lives in their own countries; and consults with the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international institutions regarding the impact of LGBTQ issues on global targets for education and youth health.
Before joining GLSEN, she worked in documentary and current affairs television production for more than a decade, including numerous projects for Bill Moyers’ Public Affairs Television. Working on many award-winning productions, she learned to tell stories of the past and present in order to compel action for a better future.
Eliza holds a PhD in United States history from Columbia University, where she was a Presidential Fellow of the Faculty, and a Whiting Fellow. She also holds a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Eliza has served on numerous boards and commissions; and is currently a board member of the Center for Talent Innovation, a Trustee of the America’s Promise Alliance, a member of the Gill Foundation Board, and a board member of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
She lives in her native New York City with her wife and two children.
Alexandra Cameron is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Government Initiatives for iHeartMedia. She also leads iHeartMedia’s significant commitment toward combatting the opioid epidemic, including its role as cofounder of The National Opioid Action Coalition (NOAC). iHeart’s active role in responding to the crisis has included thought leadership events and multiple audio and digital campaigns to heighten awareness and break stigma around substance use disorder, including a National Recovery Month effort which enlisted artist support from Macklemore, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay, and others.
iHeartMedia and NOAC have adopted the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation (GRI) as a charitable partner for substance use disorder issues. Alexandra is also on the Advertising Week Advisory Council and is the former CEO of Keek, a startup social video network, growing it to 75 million users.
She has served as chair and board director for numerous industry trade organizations and spent over five years as market manager for three iconic New York radio brands.
She currently serves on the Board of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
Pam has a huge amount of energy and deep knowledge of financial technology going back decades. She knows the legacy computers, processors, coding, regulations, and complex relevant laws and accounting rules in major financial centers. She uses her knowledge as a base, not as a box. With her understanding of what financial institutions have, and what they and their customers need, she applies fresh thinking and innovative ideas that take full advantage of the latest in technology. This combination puts Pam, ahead of most of their customers, not to mention the competition. A WBENC organization and Pam recently recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs in NJ.
With more than 30 years of experience, she has successfully grown companies from start-up to operationally efficiency while consistently driving revenue increases. Her unique expertise includes a clear vision of tracking technologies and developing innovative strategies to meet the industry’s demands while keeping her focus on providing the ultimate customer experience.
As a result, she has received many accolades for her innovative products, for her team, and for Pam’s leadership herself. These accolades include, Pam named “Game Changer of the Year” and her nomination to participate in Fortune’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs. Pendo Systems was named one of the 20 Most Promising Companies in Capital Markets Technology and is a two-time winner of SWIFT’s Innotribe and Top Innovator Award. In 2018, Pendo was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful FinTech Companies.
In 2018, Pam was selected as a female leader globally to participate in the Vital Voices Women Global Ambassador Program. Her clear passion and energy for restoring trust in capital markets make her a frequent speaker for both importance of data transparency and innovation.
Pam’s leadership also extends beyond capital markets to serving the community at the local, state, and national levels. Pam is a woman in long-term recovery, and is the Board Chair of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation (GRI), a national, non-profit community foundation dedicated to addressing the unmet need of those in early recovery of all ages from substance use disorders. She is also a breast cancer survivor and actively supports the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Sean Dugan is a national recovery coach who has helped dozens of high-profile clients stay on the path to recovery since 2007 and has been in recovery himself since 1991.
With a background in management, and film and television production, Sean works with a number of clients in the entertainment business; and has mentored and supported the recovery of people of all ages, including adolescents.
He is currently based in New York City, and is a board member of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
Matt Escobas is Director of Special Initiatives at Fors Marsh Group (FMG) where he oversees the company’s social purpose division tasked with addressing social challenges through in-kind, employee-led project teams.
Throughout Matt’s career he has championed causes that strive to improve lives through evidence-based research. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his current role having led a wide array of public health and social change campaigns on behalf of federal and private sector clients. His work spans a range of topics, including opioid use disorder, addiction recovery, heart disease, stroke prevention, tobacco prevention, and pediatric palliative care. His efforts have received multiple industry awards, including a PR News Platinum Award, Bronze Anvil Award, two National Health Information Awards, and three Thoth Awards.
Matt is a board member of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, and lives in Virginia.
Catherine is a non-profit entrepreneur in the social change sector. Her expertise in management, strategic planning, leadership transition, startup and turnaround has supported
organizations in the arts, human rights, healthcare advocacy, and foundation sectors. After starting national and local nonprofits her work now is focused on advising philanthropy for impact investments through kind and direct financial support.
Cathie’s career includes running successfully and unsuccessfully for public office. For 10 years she provided cultural commentary as a radio talk show host and TV political commentary. She has worked with multiple corporations, foundations and nonprofits as a panel moderator, speaker and facilitator for crisis management, strategic planning and philanthropic strategy. She has trained candidates, volunteers and coached next generation nonprofit leaders.
She currently serves on the board of The MS Foundation for Women, Birds Nest Foundation, The Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, Kodjoe Family Foundation, and Americans for Democratic Action. She is an advisor to Emory University’s Center for Spina Bifida Research and Public Policy.
Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, careered in the East, she now lives with her husband, artist, John Monto in St. Augustine, FL after raising two stepsons who live off the grid near the Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii!
Bill is the managing partner of Mueller Law and is the Deputy Mayor of Montclair, New Jersey.
In 2012, Bill was named as one of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, a distinction reserved for five percent of practicing attorneys in the state and was selected to the Lawyers of Distinction an honor given to the top ten percent of lawyers involved in civil litigation.
Prior to working at Mueller Law, Bill served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C for the Office of Independent Counsel where he investigated allegations of corruption at the highest levels of the Federal Government. He served as a lead attorney in many healthcare cases that resulted in more than $650 million in recovered funds on behalf of U.S. taxpayers. He also served as an adjunct professor teaching healthcare law and legal research and writing at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Before becoming an attorney, he worked on the staff of two other Offices of Independent Counsel and worked for a United States Congressman and a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons. He was elected to many positions in Montclair Township. He currently serves as the Deputy Mayor and First Ward Councilor.
Bill held numerous non-profit leadership roles, serving on the board of directors of the Montclair YMCA, vice chair for the Newark Presbytery, the board for the Northern New Jersey Red Cross, the board for the Family Service League and on the advisory committee for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation. He served on our predecessor board – the National Youth Recovery Foundation and currently serves as a board member of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
Allen Kovac is a 40-year veteran of the entertainment industry, founded Better Noise Music (AKA, Eleven Seven Music Group), Tenth Street Entertainment, and TDA Productions. He has developed and promoted a wide range of artists, including Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Duran Duran, The Cranberries, Mötley Crüe, and Meatloaf.
In 2006, Allen founded Better Noise Music to give artists an integrated, worldwide marketing platform and direct distribution with iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Deezer. Better Noise was named the #1 Active Rock label by Mediabase in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Allen was honored by Sir Richard Branson with the Innovator Award at the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards.
Allen also has produced a number of programs that focus on substance use disorders (SUD), including the highly successful Netflix biopic, The Dirt, based on the best-selling autobiography of the band Mötley Crüe; and Sno Babies, a gripping story about a 16-year-old heroin-addicted honor student that shows how one can begin recovery. In addition, he is the producer of The Heroin Diaries, a theater show based on the bestselling memoir of the same name by Nikki Sixx, which will run in 18 cities across the United States beginning in 2021.
Allen is a board member of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
Molly McKaughan is a writer and former senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) where she worked for more than 17 years. While at RWJF, she managed the Foundation’s program reporting operation and produced the profiles of scholars, fellows, and researchers involved in RWJF programs.
She also has been in long term recovery since 1995. After leaving RJWF in 2016, she published a book of poetry about her recovery from alcoholism titled “Recovering Myself: A memoir in Poetry.” Molly is a board member at the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, and currently lives in New Jersey.
Nikki Sixx is a founding member and the bassist of the band Mötley Crüe (over 100 million albums sold worldwide) as well as the author of three New York Times bestselling books, including his memoir The Heroin Diaries, which will debut as a musical in 2021.
He is 18 years sober and has been a dedicated recovery advocate, philanthropist, and public speaker. He is a frequent media contributor to CNN, Fast Company, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Rolling Stone. He has also spoken to members of Congress for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and serves on the Board of the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation.
The Reverend Jan M. Brown
CEO, Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation
The Rev. Jan M. Brown is the CEO of Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation. Prior to her appointment as CEO in July 2020, she was Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a recovery community organization based in Virginia. She also serves as an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, and Archdeacon of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, where she currently serves at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA.
Jan is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, a Recovery Coach and an international scholar on addiction studies. She has been an addiction educator and public speaker for more than 20 years, focusing on recovery, faith, and the role of the church in addiction and recovery. In addition, she serves as a
consultant to the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy and education for people in recovery. In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. She has been in addiction recovery for 33 years.
Jan was appointed by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to serve on its Commission on
Impairment and Leadership. She has also been featured in the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery as one of the pioneers making a difference in promoting resistance to and recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.
Jan received her Master of Science Degree in Addiction Studies in 2018 from the International Programme on Addiction Studies program conferred simultaneously by three universities: King’s College, London; the University of Adelaide, Australia and Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the College of William and Mary.
She lives in Virginia with her partner Lauren McDonald who is an Episcopal priest.
Caitlin is a 15-year strategic communications leader who has worked with U.S. Members of Congress, Fortune 500 brands such as Dell and GE, and non-profits to develop multi-stakeholder campaigns and initiatives.
Gail is 25-year communications and branding veteran. She spent the majority of her career at American Express where she helped manage their reputation during a dynamic time for brands, media and popular culture.
John is a finance and accounting management professional with over 40 years of experience in a wide array of industries.
Isabelle is a social media and communications specialist in long term recovery. She has worked in the recovery and mental health field doing communication outreach, social media management and event planning for more than three years.
Sabrina is a project manager in long term recovery with six years of experience working on business administration and marketing efforts for notable lifestyle brands such as the Soho House and celebrity clients.