CSAT National Advisory Council Members Biographies
- Bertrand Brown
- Trenette T. Clark Goings, Ph.D., LCSW
- Kristen Harper, M.Ed., LCDC
- Jason Howell, MBA, PRS
- Andre Johnson, M.A.
- Sharon LeGore
- Judith A. Martin, M.D.
- Lawrence Medina, MBA
- Eva Petoskey, MS
- Terrance A. Range, M.Ed.
- Arthur Schut, M.A.
Ex Officio Members
- The Honorable Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use , Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- David J. Smith, M.D., Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense
- George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Nora D. Volkow, M.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse
- The Honorable David J. Shulkin, Secretary, Veterans Affairs
Bertrand Brown is a young person in long term recovery. He serves as the Youth Advocate at Georgia Council on Substance Abuse. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana and is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. Having an education became a priority for Bertrand and as of August 2017, he is a student of Georgia State University.
Bertrand has had some setbacks in life but he hasn't stopped at the setbacks. He persevered and made it through things such as incarceration. While incarcerated, Bertrand found the message of recovery and started living it and speaking out to his peers.
Bertrand is passionate about letting younger people know about recovery. Bertrand is a true believer that recovery works and is age independent. He is also passionate about telling his story to everyone especially young people. He loves to show them it is possible for everyone. Bertrand has spoken at many different events. His most proud accomplishment was speaking at the Capitol about his recovery. He believes people can't know how to handle problems if they are not exposed to the solutions. He desires to help find those solutions!
Trenette T. Clark Goings, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Trenette Clark Goings is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests are racial and ethnic health disparities and the epidemiology, etiology, prevention, and consequences of substance use among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Goings is currently the principal investigator of “Substance Use Trajectories and Health Outcomes of Monoracial and Biracial Blacks,” a 5-year research grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. Her research has been published in nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals.
Kristen K. Harper, M.Ed., is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for Transforming Youth Recovery’s Higher Education Collegiate Recovery Grant Program where she currently provides assistance and trying to over 140 emergent collegiate recovery programs across the country. She is the former Executive Director of Recovery Communities of North Carolina; a nonprofit devoted the promotion of addiction recovery, wellness and citizenship through advocacy, education and support. Prior to Kristen joining the team in North Carolina, she had the great fortune to be the first, full-time Executive Director for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), where she assisted in the creation, sustainability and accreditation of recovery high schools across the country. As the Collegiate Recovery Community Replication Coordinator for Texas Tech University's Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery from 2011-2013, Kristen provided technical assistance to over 80 universities seeking to create and manage collegiate recovery programs in all regions of the country. Kristen also founded the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University in 2008 within the College of Public Health, where she also became involved with Recovery Africa, a nongovernmental organization who strives to create recovery supports to communities in Africa. Kristen has been to Ghana, West Africa 3 times to provide technical assistance to the emerging recovery community. As a person living in long-term recovery for over 16 years, Kristen has dedicated her life to helping others access recovery support services, locally, nationally and internationally.
Jason Howell, MBA, PRS
Mr. Howell is the Executive Director of RecoveryPeople, a Texas based nonprofit. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and state approved trainer. He is also a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use issues. As such, he is acutely aware of the how many people in the U.S. need addiction treatment and recovery services, and more importantly, how few actually receive the type, level and dosage of support they need to initiate and sustain their own recovery journey. At RecoveryPeople, he oversees several statewide programs, including: a Recovery Incubator, which supports recovery service providers towards sustainability, a Recovery Academy, which supports workforce and leadership development, and the Texas Recovery Oriented Housing Network (TROHN), which is the state affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) responsible for certifying recovery residences in the State of Texas.
Mr. Howell has a keen interest in recovery housing and other forms of recovery support services. In 2008, he founded a recovery residence specifically for gay and bisexual men, and in 2011, he helped form the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). Through NARR, he helped develop a philosophical framework and inclusive nomenclature for the four different types (known as Levels of Support) found across the U.S., helped establish national recovery residence fidelity standards and served as NARR’s Board President from May 2013 to May 2015.
Andre Johnson, M.A.
Andre L. Johnson, a native Detroiter, is currently the President/CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project – a multi-service agency that provides a wide spectrum of support services to the city’s recovery community. Such services include twelve-step support groups; housing assistance; job readiness and employment assistance; HIV prevention, testing, and counseling services. In addition, the agency also oversees an ex-offender program that helps returning citizens reintegrate successfully into the Detroit community, with an aim of reducing recidivism and/or relapse among this population.
Since its inception in 2005, the DRP has devoted more than $15 million to its mission to help Detroiters who were once on the streets become drug-free and productive citizens.
Mr. Johnson has over 23 years of professional work experience, exemplifying a long-standing commitment and dedication to the field of substance abuse. Respected also for his people and negotiation skills, Mr. Johnson played an integral role in re-establishing positive relationships between adolescents and their families at the Wolverine Human Services (Detroit). Moreover, Andre worked with the Fulton County Juvenile Detention Center and Youthful Survivors where he spoke to over 20,000 students in the Atlanta Metropolitan Public School System while pursuing academic studies in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Johnson sits on a variety of committees and advisory boards. He was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health of Human Services Kathleen Sibelius to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) - National Advisory Council; he is a member of the Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Authority Implementation Committee; a board member of the Wayne Center, an agency that provides services for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled; he’s also a board member of the College of Behavioral Health Leadership Board, the Annapolis Coalition Board, and the SAMHSA’s Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Board.
Mr. Johnson is a former faculty member for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals/Drug Court Planning Initiative of the Faculty Training Institute. Internationally, Mr. Johnson provided consultation on behalf of the United States President Emergency Plan Against Aids abroad to the Department of Ministry of Health, in Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and a Masters of Arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Johnson is trained certified recovery coach and considered an expert in his field. He is invited frequently to present at seminars, workshops, and as a keynote or motivational speaker to not only those in recovery but youth, adults, families, and substance abuse professionals. Mr. Johnson currently hosts the “Recovery Talk” radio program weekly on 910AM Radio Superstation, discussing various issues as it relates to the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and the metro Detroit area. In addition, he is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Michigan University – Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. In 2013, Mr. Johnson was the recipient of the prestigious Vernon Johnson award from Faces and Voices of Recovery, and in 2016 he was chosen as a recipient of the Champions of Change Award from President Obama.
Mrs. Sharon LeGore has been an accomplished parent/family leader within the substance abuse and co-occurring disorder field for 19 years, and founded the non-profit organization MOMSTELL, whose mission is to educate, support and unite those impacted by substance use and or/co-occurring disorders. Sharon has worked on drug and alcohol policy and legislative issues for Pennsylvania, and was instrumental in the passage of HB-28, a heroin drug trafficking law that also provided treatment. She was influential in the inception and passage of Pennsylvania’s HR-585, legislation to form the first Statewide Parent Advisory Council for Substance Use Disorders in the country. Ms. LeGore created the strategic framework for the Parent Advisory Council and was instrumental in implementing the Council after the bill became law. Sharon served on the Pennsylvania Children’s Advisory Council including a three-year term as co-chair of the Council. Ms. LeGore is currently serving on both the Governance and Leadership Council for her county Systems of Care and has previously served on the Board of Director’s for the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization and Alliance.
At the national level, Ms. LeGore currently serves as the co-director of the National Family Dialogue for Youth with Substance Use Disorders (NFD) whose mission is to unite families across the nation to strengthen, improve, and sustain substance abuse treatment and recovery systems. She is a consultant on family involvement issues and served as the family consultant for SAMHSA’s State Adolescent Coordination and Adolescent State Infrastructure Grants, as well as Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale (BRSSTACS). Ms. LeGore also served on the Partnership for Drug Free Kids Parent Advisory Board and trained as a parent coach in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) with The Center for Motivation and Change. Sharon has co-authored several publications and has provided Family Involvement and Family Educational Training through both MOMSTELL and the National Family Dialogue.
Judith A. Martin, M.D.
Dr. Judith Martin is an addiction specialist who has worked with opioid-addicted patients and their families for over twenty years. She has provided training about methadone and buprenorphine treatment for addiction to physicians and clinic staff from many states.
She is Medical Director for Substance Use Services at San Francisco's Community Behavioral Health Services. Her previous position was Medical Director at BAART Turk Street Clinic in San Francisco's Tenderloin district.
Dr. Martin has been President of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and has been on the Executive Council and the Committee for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence of that organization. She has also participated in the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)'s Clinical Trials Network (CTN) on multi-site research studies of treatment of opioid and cocaine use disorders.
Lawrence Medina, MBA
Lawrence Medina has 21 years’ experience managing successful nonprofits serving addiction and criminal justice clients in urban, rural, and frontier communities. He has also brought expertise in program design and development, fiscal management, strategic planning, marketing, and continuous quality improvement, to many programs as a consultant. He has served as accreditation manager for the Santa Fe County Youth Development Program, and as Executive Director for Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program (RGATP) in Taos and Las Vegas, New Mexico. He recently managed the startup of Sangre de Cristo House, a women’s transitional living program, serving clients that include pregnant women, women with children, and inmates transitioning from the correctional system. Mr. Medina led an award- winning organization, Concerned Parents of Pueblo that received the “National Family Volunteer Day Award” by the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, DC in 2001. He has served on many boards and advisory committees including the Con Alma Health Foundation, HUD’s Empowerment Zone Strategic Plan Committee, Recovery-Friendly Taos County, and Recovery Communities of New Mexico Advisory Committee. Mr. Medina has been in long-term recovery for over 26 years and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Eva Petoskey, MS
Ms. Eva Petoskey has over 38 years of experience working with tribal communities throughout the Great Lakes region on issues related to wellness, education, evaluation and culture. Since 2007, Ms. Petoskey has served as the Program Director for the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Anishnaabek Healing Circle Access to Recovery, a large statewide collaborative involving the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan. The project provides treatment and recovery support services for over 1500 tribal youth and adults each year. Prior to this appointment, she operated a consulting business specializing in community–based research and evaluation services for tribes and Indian organizations for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing evaluation plans that involve multiple community sites, the management of follow-up interviews, client tracking, data storage, human subjects, GPRA collection, collaboration with cross-site evaluation efforts, training local data collection staff, and reporting evaluation findings to local stakeholders. Ms. Petoskey has created innovative culturally based evaluation approaches and instruments and she is the author of a web based Cultural Assessment Instrument utilized by Michigan Tribal treatment providers.
Ms. Petoskey is a founding member of the First American Prevention Center, a tribally-based organization that has taken a leadership role nationwide in developing culturally-based curriculum and training services for Indian Tribes and organizations. She is the author or the Red Cliff Wellness Curriculum, a culturally based substance abuse prevention and community empowerment model that has been used in over 130 schools and communities in the U.S. and Canada. The Red Cliff Wellness is one of the few tribally developed model programs on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). She has worked as a Senior Planner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Chemical Dependency Division, where she was responsible for monitoring and evaluating a State grant program that made federal block grant dollars available to Minnesota Tribes for substance abuse services. She has also worked at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, the University of Minnesota, and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council of Wisconsin.
Ms. Petoskey is co-author of articles related to engaging communities in change: Prevention Through Empowerment in a Native American Community, Drugs and Society, Vol. 12, No 1/2, 1998, pp. 147-162; Strategies and Tactics of Program Evaluation: Implementation Issues, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 1999. She has authored numerous outcome evaluation reports.
Ms. Petoskey is an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and served on the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band for six years, four years as the Vice-Chairperson. She has a long standing commitment to living her life based on Anishnaabek values.
Terrance A. Range, M.Ed.
Mr. Range currently serves as a graduate student researcher for the Graduate College at Michigan State University. As a former higher education administrator at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Range communicated, enforced, and interpreted the university’s conduct policies for both academic and non-academic departments. He assisted the university’s health services center in triaging student mental health concerns, and developing institutional policies that minimized behavioral health risks of undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to his role as a conduct specialist, Mr. Range served as a senior program director in UC-Berkeley’s auxiliary services division where he coordinated student orientation, campus welcome week programs, and new student convocation. Mr. Range developed, coordinated, and facilitated academic orientation and transition programs for incoming students and guests, with a focus on bridging partnerships with the university’s premier partners in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Washington DC, and Texas.
His former leadership roles include: serving as an expert facilitator for UC Berkeley's “Bears That Care” domestic violence prevention program; working collaboratively with local law enforcement officials on drug and alcohol related crime diversion programs, and partnering with administrative executives on developing proactive solutions to eliminate campus threats in Berkeley and the nearby Oakland community through behavioral risk assessment teams. Additionally, Mr. Range is currently an Associate Consultant for the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) organization, a national initiative committed to increasing the number of African American and Latino men who have access to post-secondary education opportunities. Mr. Range’s research and dissertation interest explore the intersection of federal policies on higher education access, minority post-secondary education persistence, and identity formation among minority and low-income students.
Mr. Range also served as the co-chair of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (a SAMHSA cooperative agreement initiative) Steering Committee. Mr. Range has published and presented at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, the University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, the University of Edinburgh, Southwest University in China, and other preeminent U.S. and international education institutions.
Arthur Schut, M.A.
Arthur Schut is an independent consultant with over 35 years of leadership experience in the field of behavioral health. He provides consultation, training, and education regarding substance use disorders, behavioral health services, organization management, and public policy development. His areas of interest and expertise include: systems of care, quality improvement, adoption of evidence-based practices, and integration of substance use disorder services, mental health services, and primary care services into whole person health services. Art has a deeply held commitment and dedication to serving and advocating for disenfranchised populations.
Throughout his career, Art has provided leadership in the delivery of alcohol and drug treatment and prevention services in several organizations in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and New York. He served as CEO of comprehensive community based organizations offering a diverse continuum of behavioral health care for over 30 years. Art held a faculty appointment to the graduate program in substance abuse counseling at the University of Iowa for more than two decades. Additionally, Art was co-principal investigator of an addiction technology transfer center, and co-project director of a practice improvement collaborative. He was also president and executive committee member of the state substance abuse associations in Iowa and Colorado.
In addition to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) National Advisory Council, Art also currently serves on the boards of directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, NIATx Foundation, and Behavioral Healthcare Inc (a Medicaid managed behavioral health care organization). Art has served on numerous public policy boards, clinical task forces, work groups, and expert panels. Art has been involved with a variety of national substance-use disorder evidence-based practice, quality, and process improvement efforts including: CSAT National Treatment Plan, National Quality Forum (NQF) substance-use disorder consensus standards, and the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx).