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.
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.
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!
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.