General Barry McCaffrey
Retired, Four Star General, US Army
General McCaffrey is President of his own consulting firm www.mccaffreyassociates.com. He also serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News. General McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and
retired as a four-star General. At retirement, he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses and two Silver Stars for valor. For five years after leaving the military, General McCaffrey served as the
Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). General McCaffrey is married to Jill Ann McCaffrey. They have three married adult children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Nora Volkow
Director of the National Institute on
Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Dr. Nora Volkow serves as the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since 2003. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. Dr. Volkow has published more than 580 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 90 book chapters and non-peer reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders.
Dr. George Koob
Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Dr. George F. Koob serves as the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism since 2014. He is an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of addiction. Dr. Koob’s research explores how the brain and body respond to alcohol, and why some people who drink become addicted while others do not. He earned his Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University, and before coming to NIAAA was an award-winning researcher at The Scripps Research Institute and teacher at the University of California San Diego.
Dr. Christian Conte
Anger Management Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar figure on TV and radio, he is also a prolific writer, powerful communicator, and sought-after media expert. He was co-host of the reality show Coaching Bad on Spike TV, and the resident therapist for Family Therapy on VH1. He’s also a frequent expert guest on radio programs across the country. Dr. Conte’s unique work with professional athletes and college and university Athletic Departments (including the UFC, Pitt, Florida State, and the University of Tennessee) helps them develop better life and emotional management skills, while arming coaches and staff with powerful tools to use in guiding their team members to more successful, trouble-free futures.
Dr. Sean Fearns
Chief, Community Outreach Section, Office of Congressional & Public Affairs, Drug Enforcement Administration
Sean Fearns serves as the Chief of Community Outreach and Prevention Support for DEA since 2015, a position that includes management of the DEA Museum as well as the DEA Community Outreach and Prevention Support section. In this capacity Sean is responsible for guiding a diverse and creative staff to develop and implement strategic national partnerships with other organizations which help educate the public on the current drug threats facing the country, support the DEA field divisions, communicate key Administration drug prevention messages, and reduce the demand for those drugs, including implementing DEA’s Operation Engage.