Keynote Speakers

Mark Gold, MD

Mark S. Gold, M.D. is a world-renowned expert on addiction-related diseases and has worked since 1972 developing models for understanding the effects of opioids, tobacco, cocaine, and other drugs, as well as food, on the brain and behavior. Today, Dr. Gold continues his research, teaching, and consulting as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis.

Addiction and Treatment – A 50 Year Research Perspective
Examining Food and Addiction

Carlo DiClemente, PhD

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Director of the MDQuit tobacco resource center, the Center for Community Collaboration, and the Home Visitor Training Certificate Program at UMBC. He is co-developer of the transtheoretical model of behavior change and author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. His books include Addiction and Change, Second Edition; Substance Abuse Treat-ment and the Stages of Change, Second Edition; Group Treatment for Substance Abuse, Second Edition; and the self-help resource Changing for Good.

Addiction and Recovery – Pathways and Process
Relapse and Recycling on the Road to Recovery

Richard Nance

Richard Nance has been the Director of the Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment since 1998. He holds a Master’s Degree in social work from Brigham Young University (1995), a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from the University of Utah (1993), and a Masters in Health administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (1981). His work has included hospital administration, counseling with adults, children, and youth, and adults with substance use disorders. Richard is an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University and BYU where he teaches Applied Skills and Ethics for substance abuse counseling students and guest lectures on public policy. Mr. Nance also serves on two UVU boards: the MSW Advisory Board and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory board. He served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Drug Abuse . From 2005 through 2014 he served on the executive board of State Associations of Addiction Services including responsibilities as Treasurer, President Elect, and President. He also served as Chair of the Behavioral Healthcare Committee of the Utah Association of Counties where he also leads the Public Policy Committee. He was co-author of “Promoting Benchmarking in Addiction Treatment” published in the journal Behavioral Healthcare in April 2009. Funding support for his position comes from the federal SAPT Block Grant, Utah State and Utah County general fund dollars and minor grants, Medicaid, and other non-governmental revenues.

Special Presenters

Keri Waterland

Keri Waterland joined HCA as Assistant director, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery in May 2019. Prior to that she was with the Washington State Senate for two legislative sessions working with the Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee. Prior to her work with the Senate, Keri served in a variety of clinical and executive administrator positions with the Department of Social and Health Services, and the Department of Corrections.
She started working for the state 10 years ago as an intern at Western State Hospital.

Cheryl Strange

Cheryl Strange is the secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Before coming to Western, Strange was assistant director for the DSHS Mental Health Division, where she managed the state’s public mental health system, including the state’s three hospitals, and community outpatient mental health services.
Strange also has served as vice president of the Behavioral Health Division at a privately operated mental health service provider and as assistant secretary for Health Services and as deputy secretary at the state Department of Corrections. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and a master’s in public administration from Seattle University, a certification in management and leadership from the University of Washington School of Social Work, and a certificate in healthcare policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lauren Davis

32nd District State Representative Lauren Davis grew up in King County and is a proud product of the public school system. Lauren’s first job was teaching at a Head Start program, and this fueled her passion for early childhood education. After college, she spent several years working in global development, as a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, West Africa, and a consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
While at the Gates Foundation, Lauren served as the primary caregiver to her best friend Ricky Garcia, who was gravely ill with untreated alcohol and opiate addiction. This August, Ricky will celebrate seven years in long-term recovery. When Ricky got better, Lauren got busy—busy working to fix the system gap that nearly cost his life. Although she was working full-time and attending graduate school, this became her crusade. She championed HB 1713, named “Ricky’s Law,” which was signed by Governor Inslee in 2016. The legislation created an involuntary crisis commitment system for youth and adults with life-threatening addiction. Ricky’s Law represents one of the largest single investments in addiction treatment in Washington state history. It was during those long days at the capitol advocating for Ricky’s Law that women lawmakers began asking Lauren to run for office. For her efforts, Lauren was given the 2016 Hero Award from the Washington Council for Behavioral Health.
Lauren helped to found the Washington Recovery Alliance, where she now serves as the organization’s first Executive Director. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington State and served for many years on King County’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Lauren recently taught a mental health policy course in the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Washington. She is a strong champion for mental health and addiction recovery, strengthening our schools, reforming the criminal justice system, and affordable housing.