SAMHSA ACWS members' biographies
Kelly Andrzejczyk-Beatty, D.O., Psychiatrist, Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority, McAlester, OK
Dr. Kelly S. Andrzejczyk-Beatty is a board certified psychiatrist currently working at Choctaw Nation Health Services at the McAlester, Oklahoma clinic. Dr. Andrzejczyk-Beatty earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. While there, she served as chief resident during her third year of training. Dr. Andrzejczyk-Beatty regularly lectures for residents and medical students at Choctaw Nation, presented at the Choctaw Nation Suicide Awareness Conference, presented at the Pittsburg County Medical Society, was a speaker at the 2018 Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Convention, and more recently presented at the IHS conference. She is adjunct faculty for Oklahoma State University College of Medicine.
Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Hartford, CT
Dr. Delphin-Rittmon currently serves as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, where she previously served as Deputy Commissioner, Senior Policy Advisor and the Director of the department’s Office of Multicultural Healthcare Equity. In May 2014, Dr. Delphin-Rittmon completed a two-year White House appointment working as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role she worked on a range of policy initiatives addressing behavioral health equity, workforce development, and healthcare reform. Dr. Delphin-Rittmon has also served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Health Disparities Research and Consultation with the Program for Recovery and Community Health in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Her professional and research interests have included system-level strategic planning and policy development geared towards eliminating health disparities and promoting recovery oriented care; and individual, organizational, and system level cultural competence including training, program design and evaluation. She is a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; the National Research Institute Board of Directors; and a member of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Dr. Delphin-Rittmon received her B.A. in Social Science from Hofstra University, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical community psychology at Yale University.
Sparky Harlan, M.A., Chief Executive Officer of the Bill Wilson Center, Santa Clara, CA
Ms. Harlan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Bill Wilson Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for runaway and homeless youth, juvenile justice and foster care youth, and youth with serious mental health illnesses. The Center also focuses on serving LGBTQ youth and young women. Services include individual and family grief counseling, crisis intervention, outreach, health education, mental health services, advocacy, prevention services, and foster care and adoption services. Ms. Harlan previously served as the Executive Director of Youth Advocates, now Huckleberry House, in San Francisco. She has also served as the Commissioner of the Juvenile Justice System Collaboration, San Jose, CA. She serves on several community and state advisory committees and boards that support a wide spectrum of advocacies for youth services across the country. Ms. Harlan has received several social and leadership awards in youth advocacy from prominent organizations across country.
Kathryn Icenhower, Ph.D, Manager, Women’s Substance Use Disorders Programs Office of Behavioral Health, Denver, CO
Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kathryn Icenhower co-founded SHIELDS for Families with Dr. Xylina Bean and Norma Mtume, MA in the late 1980’s and officially incorporated the agency in 1991.
Kathryn received her BSSW from Ohio State University and her MSW and PhD from the University of Southern California. She has worked in the substance abuse and child welfare fields for over thirty years in both clinical and administrative positions and has remained at the forefront of the field as an advocate for innovative, comprehensive and collaborative services for high-risk communities.
Under Dr. Icenhower’s guidance, SHIELDS programs have been nationally recognized and used as models by federal, state and local entities including HUD, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. In addition, SHIELDS has been recognized in special reports by the Children’s Defense Fund, the Washington Health Foundation, the National Economic Development and Law Center, Little Hoover Commission, and the Rockefeller Foundation for its innovative and effective models of service. SHIELDS has also been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine and in local and national television features, including CNN, “Life Moments”, “A Place of our Own”, “48 Hours” and “Vh1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”. SHIELDS has also received numerous awards from notable sources for its cost-efficiency, innovative programming, women’s empowerment, and more.
Kathryn sits on numerous local, state, and federal coalitions and advisory boards. She is a member of the California State Child Welfare Council, and was a founding member of the California Perinatal Treatment Network and the National Family Centered Treatment Director’s Coalition. She was also appointed by the California Speaker of the Assembly as a Commissioner for the State’s Children’s and Families Commission (First 5 CA) in 2011. Dr. Icenhower also serves as a consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) and the National Registry for Evidenced Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has assisted the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with policy development for Family Centered Treatment, as well as providing technical assistance on child welfare initiatives nationally through Casey Family Programs.
In 2005, Dr. Icenhower was given an “Innovator Award” from CSAT for her work in Family Centered Treatment. In 2009, she received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her piloting efforts in the child welfare and substance abuse fields. In 2011, Dr. Icenhower was recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in Los Angeles.
Dan Lustig, Psy.D., President of Clinical Services, Haymarket Center, Chicago, IL
Dr. Lustig serves as Vice President of Clinical Services and heads clinical programs at Haymarket Center, a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment facility in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lustig has more than 20 years of experience in the field of addictions. In 2005, he completed a research study examining the Factors Related to Changes in African American Women Participating in Substance Abuse Treatment. He currently sits on numerous committees evaluating methamphetamine and its clinical interventions statewide. In addition to his advocacy, service work, and expertise in psychology, Dr. Lustig holds certifications in mentally ill substance abusers (MISA II), and is a certified substance abuse counselor (CADC). Dr. Lustig also served as a CAADC Past President.
Lavita Nadkarni, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Director of Forensic Studies, University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Denver, CO
Dr. Lavita Nadkarni is Associate Dean, Director of Forensic Studies, and Professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), where she teaches graduate level students, specifically practicum courses in the MAFP program and supervises doctoral students who conduct forensic assessments for community members who are legally involved and underserved. She has been teaching, consulting, and presenting on issues related to forensic psychology for more than 25 years, specifically related to women and children (such as interpersonal violence, child custody, and evaluations involving hardship, VAWA, T-visa, U-visa matters). Dr. Nadkarni has also supervised graduate students involved in research contracts assessing high-risk criminally involved populations, and those returning citizens who have co-occurring substance use and mental illness disorders. She has program evaluation experience with correctional and legally-encumbered individuals and programs. Dr. Nadkarni is a well regarded scholar (one of the co-Editors of the Principles of Forensic Report Writing and Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies). Dr. Nadkarni has served as the Associate Editor and Editor of the Psychotherapy Bulletin, (2008-2013), has been a manuscript and book reviewer for numerous journals and publishers, has been a proposal reviewer for Division 29 and Division 41 multicultural awards and conference presentations. Since January 2018, she has served as Associate Editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Dr. Nadkarni has been involved with the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology since 2001 and recently served as President of the Council.
Jill D. Mays, MS, LPC, Director, Office of Federal Grant Program and Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Atlanta, GA
Jill D. Mays is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Recognized by Atlanta Magazine along with former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and a list of other noted "Women Making a Mark." Jill’s passion for helping others has led her to dedicate most of her career to developing and leading successful clinical and service provision programs in Atlanta and across the country, especially for women and children. Springing out of her own lived experience and that of close family members and friends, for the last five years Ms. Mays has focused her passion on advocating for the unique behavioral health needs of African American women and emerging adult women (ages 18-26).
Ms. Mays is currently Director of the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Cultural & Linguistic Competency at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), where she oversees the implementation, management and evaluation of grants, including SAMHSA’s Mental Health Block Grant, the Crisis Bed Registry Technology Transfer Initiative (TTI) grant, and the Projects to Assist in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grant. Additionally, she directs the development and implementation of DBHDD’s cultural and linguistic competency framework, as well as provides diversity and inclusion competency standards technical assistance and training for staff at the state and working within the contracted network of safety net providers. Formerly, she was Assistant Director of the Office of Adult Mental Health where she provided programmatic and contract oversight for crisis services, the PATH Program, Behavioral Health Treatment Court Services, the Forensic Peer Mentor Program, veterans and older adults initiatives, and other special projects, including DBHDD’s collaboration with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Program. In the past Ms. Mays served as Director of Women & Children’s Services for Atlanta Mission for nearly 15 years; and as Regional Outreach & Resource Development Coordinator for the Disaster Distress Helpline she worked to establish SAMHSA’s first-ever 24/7 crisis hotline and texting service for anyone in the US experiencing emotional distress related to a natural or man-made disaster.
Judge Duane Slone, Fourth Judicial District, State of Tennessee, Dandridge, TN
Judge Slone currently serves as a circuit court judge in Dandridge, TN. He established Drug Recovery Court in his district, has created the TN Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy specifically to address the needs of addicted pregnant women with OUD, co-founded the Boys & Girls Club of Dumplin Valley, was a partner for the implementation of a NAS Primary Prevention Initiative, and established a safe home in his rural district for opioid addicted pregnant women. He’s received multiple awards, such as TN Public Health Association “Visionary Award”, The TN Association of Alcohol, Drug, and other Addiction Services “Voice of Recovery Award” and “Jefferson Countian of the Year, the TN Association of Recovery Court Professionals “Judges Making a Difference Aware” and more. Judge Slone is also the father of three adopted children, one with SED and one who was born with NAS.