CSAT National Advisory Council Members Biographical Information

CSAT National Advisory Council Members Biographies


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
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. He 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 journal articles.

Barbara Goldner, LICSW
Ms. Goldner has been in private practice for over 25 years. Her training incorporates a wide variety of modalities depending on the individual needs of her clients. Her clients have included students, adults, and couples. She enjoys connecting with a young adult population. She also has experience working with clients recovering from addictions, consulting with EAP and impaired professional groups, marriage counseling, stress management, and affective disorders, including anxiety. Ms. Goldner was recently honored along with her spouse, Brian Goldner by their community in Rhode Island. They received the “Lila M. Sapinsley” award for their advocacy in the care of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable and needy populations. Helping to curb the Opioid crisis was a major part of this work. In conjunction with the Governor’s Opioid Taskforce and the state’s legislators, they delivered the Perry-Goldner legislation that has helped put Rhode Island on the map as one state that is leading in the fight against this public health epidemic.

Kristen Harper, M.Ed., LCDC
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.

Sharon LeGore
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.

A. Kenison Roy III, M.D., DFASAM, DLFAPA
Dr. Roy is founder and Chief Medical Officer of Avenues Recovery - New Orleans, a multi-level addiction treatment system in the private sector, in Metairie, LA (New Orleans area). He has had a successful adult addiction and private psychiatric practice for over 20 years. Dr. Roy is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane and LSU Schools of Medicine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, The American Board of Preventive Medicine in Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, The American College of Psychiatrists, the American Medical Association and the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association (LPMA) and is a Past President of LPMA. He has long held leadership positions in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors representing Area 7.

Kenneth Stoller, M.D.
Dr. Stoller is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction (Johns Hopkins). His area of expertise is treatment and clinical research involving substance use problems and, in particular, the use of methadone and buprenorphine. His research interests have centered on cost issues as they relate to drug abuse and treatment, methods to enhance treatment adherence and retention, and co-occurring psychiatric, medical, pain, and substance use disorders. Published manuscripts and book chapters focus on the use of adaptive stepped care, treatment incentives, and integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders in a single setting. Through his work at Johns Hopkins Health Care, he has developed a related focus on fostering policies and initiatives applied in managed care settings to improve health outcomes and control costs, such as increasing the identification and treatment of substance use disorder and coordinating treatment of general somatic, mental health, and substance use disorders. More recently, since assuming the role of Director of the outpatient addiction treatment program for Johns Hopkins—particularly since his involvement with the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and as the representative on the Board of Directors for Maryland—he has refocused his academic work on the pursuit of increasing access to, and quality of, medication-assisted therapies in Baltimore, Maryland, and nationally. This work has received intense attention over the past two years, especially as it relates to coordinated care using opioid treatment programs as hubs of expertise and coordinating with community physicians prescribing medications for opioid use disorder. Dr. Stoller created and implemented the first known buprenorphine hub and spoke collaborative care model in the nation, and this is the subject of numerous presentations, webinars, and white papers.

Last Updated: 08/09/2019