CSAP National Advisory Council Biographical Information

SAMHSA CSAP National Advisory Council Members Biographies

Anton Bizzell, M.D., President & CEO, The Bizzell Group, LLC, Bowie, Maryland

Dr. Anton C. Bizzell has more than 20 years of combined clinical, research, health services, policy and management experiences with various private and public organizations and agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including SAMHSA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most of his career has been spent on public health issues related to access and quality of medical, substance abuse and behavioral health services. He has extensive experience in collaborating and interacting with health professional and community organizations as well as expert knowledge in identifying and treating medical diseases in the fields of primary care, mental health and substance abuse. He provided leadership to projects of national significance such as CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Program, and the Federal Drug Free Workplace Technical Support contract.

M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D., Director, Center for behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York

Dr. Dolores Cimini serves as the Director for the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research at the University at Albany. Dr. Cimini delivers administrative, clinical, and prevention services in the University at Albany and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the School of Education, overseeing eight courses in prevention, behavioral health promotion, and peer assistance and supervision. Dr. Cimini’s research-to-service work in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) helped to inform the President’s National Drug Control Strategy in 2008 and 2012.

Scott Gagnon, MPP, Director of Operations, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., Lewiston, Maine

Scott Gagnon is a Certified Prevention Specialist and is the Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., which offers high quality trainings, events, and technical assistance services to Maine’s behavioral health workforce. Mr. Gagnon currently serves on the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul LePage in 2012. Additionally, since 2013, Mr. Gagnon has served as the Chair of the Maine affiliate of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, providing education and awareness around the science and public health impacts of today’s marijuana. In 2016, Mr. Gagnon served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Prevention Task Force of the Maine Opiate Collaborative, convened by former U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty to develop a plan to address Maine’s opioid crisis. In 2015, Mr. Gagnon was awarded the Maine Public Health Association's Ruth S. Shaper Memorial Award and Healthy Androscoggin's Will Bartlett Award and is also the 2013 recipient of the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Prevention Award. He most recently received the 2017 Patrick J. Kennedy Outstanding Advocate Award from Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Mr. Gagnon is a trainer for the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center on the topic of clinical skills in the era of legal cannabis. In addition, he is a presenter in Maine and nationally on several topics including marijuana, drug policy, and workforce development.

Pamela Drake, Executive Director, San Juan County Partnership, Inc., Farmington, New Mexico

Pamela Drake has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention for 26 years. She has served for 24 years as Director of San Juan County Partnership, Inc., which is dedicated to community wellness and prevention awareness. She has been a State of New Mexico Certified Prevention Specialist since 1998. Two New Mexico Governors have appointed Ms. Drake to statewide groups that work to improve the behavioral health of all New Mexicans. She has developed a working relationship with Navajo Nation Chapter officials and Council delegates, school administrators and teachers, and tribal organizations and groups, working together to increase prevention strategies and improve the lives of people living in San Juan County and the Navajo Nation.

Michael Lindsey, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.P.H., Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, New York

Michael Lindsey is a professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. He is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Dr. Lindsey has received research support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the social network influences on barriers to mental health care among African American adolescent males with depression. Dr. Lindsey’s recent research, funded by NIMH and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, involves the development and test of a treatment engagement intervention that promotes access to and use of mental health services among depressed adolescents in school and community-based treatment. Dr. Lindsey is currently principal investigator for a study funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation, which involves the delivery of an innovative combination of interventions aimed at decreasing PTSD and depression, and improving positive parenting skills, among child-welfare involved mothers with trauma-related disorders.

Valerie Mariano, M.A., CPS, Chief of Community and Crime Prevention Branch, Hawaii State Department of the Attorney General, Honolulu, Hawaii

Valerie Mariano is Chief of the Community and Crime Prevention Branch within the Hawaii State Department of the Attorney General. In this role, she coordinates high-profile community awareness campaigns. She has 28 years of experience in substance abuse and crime prevention programs, strategies and activities. She has extensive background in video production, public relations, sales/marketing and communications. She was a planning committee member and implementer for the SAMHSA video on Hawaii’s underage drinking prevention. She was an advisory committee member for Honolulu’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) project to prevent underage drinking.

Craig PoVey, MSW, Prevention Administrator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah

Craig PoVey, M.S.W. works for the State of Utah, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, where he is the Prevention Administrator. Through serving in this capacity, he is a member of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD). He served on the Board of Directors for NASADAD and is the Past President of the National Prevention Network, a subsidiary of NASADAD. Craig PoVey’s broad understanding of behavioral health science and the needs of prevention practitioners has landed him in several advisory committees including the Society for Prevention Research, CADCA’s Coalition Advisory Committee, and the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. He is the past Chair of the Utah Prevention Advisory Committee. In his early career he was a mental health and substance abuse therapist for adolescents.

Judith Cushing, Founder, CEO/ Emeritus, Lines for Life, Portland, Oregon

Judith Cushing is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership) in Portland, Oregon and led that non-profit for 21 years. Lines for Life is a regional private nonprofit organization dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention, addiction crisis response, suicide prevention, and public policy. In addition to managing a staff of professionals providing prevention education, suicide intervention, and alcohol and drug crisis response, and public policy work, her responsibilities included leadership development, community building, and policy advocacy at the state and national level.

For the past 35 years, Ms. Cushing’s work has focused on alcohol and drug policy and prevention, mental health crisis, suicide prevention and advocacy. From 1991-1995 Ms. Cushing served as project director for the Oregon State Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs' Oregon Together Project, a research project in collaboration with the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. The Together project became the national prototype for Communities That Care, a research-based model for community based intervention and mobilization. From 1991 -1998, Ms. Cushing served as a trainer and consultant to the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. In 2003 Ms. Cushing was appointed by President Bush to serve on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Commission on Drug-Free Communities.

Ronald Shippee, Ph.D., President, DelMarVa Forensic Toxicology Consulting, LLC, Severn, Maryland

Ronald Shippee has a total of 40 years of military experience, serving the first 15 years as an Infantry Officer and Rated Aviator. The remaining 25 years, he served as a Medical Service Officer serving in a wide range of biomedical research and leadership positions. Dr. Shippee began his experience in the field of forensic toxicology in 1996, as the Commander of the Fort Meade Forensic Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory at Fort Meade, Maryland. In his last seven years of military service, he served as the Department of Defense Director of the Drug Demand Reduction Program – developing, staffing and implementing program policy for both the military forensic drug testing programs as well as programs that supported the federal regulated civilian forensic drug testing under the Department of Health and Human Services.

For two years following his military retirement, Dr. Shippee worked under contract with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) as a staff forensic toxicologist. In this capacity, he served as an expert witness in support of the laboratory reporting. In 2013, he formed his own forensic toxicology consulting business.

Howard Hakes, President, Hitchcock Automotive Resources, Crescenta, California

Howard Hakes is President of Hitchcock Automotive Resources, one of Southern California’s largest automotive dealer groups, which owns and operates three dealerships throughout Southern California.

Mr. Hakes is passionate about community-based organizations that help the under-privileged, and very involved in substance abuse programs. He was a founding member and President of the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition. Mr. Hakes received a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2012 and was California Certified in 2013 through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). He works at Abacus Guidance Center in Pasadena, California, several nights a week on a pro-bono basis. He also is involved in the homelessness problem facing not only Pasadena, but the whole state of California.

Kelly J. Kelleher, M.D., MPH, Director, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Kelly Kelleher, M.D., is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness, and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental health disorders, substance use, or violence. He has a longstanding interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and substance use services.

Dr. Kelleher is director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and vice president of Health Services Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He also is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Last Updated: 11/05/2018