Our Team

Get to know the Addiction Policy Forum team.

 

Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Founder

Jessica founded the Addiction Policy Forum in 2015 to help build a better response for families and patients struggling with addiction. She has more than 20 years experience in the field, from prevention to criminal justice to policy work. @jess_nickel

Jay Ruais, Vice President Field Advancement

Jay Ruais

Vice President, Field Advancement

Jay served as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for Congressman Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and brings a wealth of policy knowledge and management experience to APF. Given his work on political campaigns, he understands the political landscape shaping the country. Jay received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College in 2008, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from American University in 2013.

Casey Elliott, Vice President Communications and Public Relations

Casey Elliott

Vice President, Communications and Public Relations

Casey Elliott has been working on nonprofit legislation and grassroots advocacy for over six years. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, her experience ranges from the Uniform Law Commission to the American Association of Diabetes Educators to DDC Public Affairs as the Associate Director of Program Management. In 2015 Casey joined the Addiction Policy Forum to work on an issue close to her, and her family's, heart - addiction.

Jennifer Abella, Web Developer

Jennifer Abella

Jennifer is the web developer for Addiction Policy Forum. Formerly the QA Engineering Fellow at HearstLab, she also ran a web development consultancy serving small businesses with social impact. Jennifer is passionate about equality, and leveraging the power of technology to make the world a better place.

Morgan Gliedman, Vice President Education and Engagement

Morgan Gliedman

Vice President, Education and Engagement

Prior to joining Addiction Policy Forum Morgan served as Baltimore City's Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator. Morgan received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Her essays about substance use disorder have appeared in The Washington Post, Vox, and The Fix.

Michelle Jaskulski

Michelle Jaskulski

Director of Faith-Based Initiatives

Michelle and her husband Darrell have four adult children and three grandchildren. Both of their sons have struggled with addiction for many years but are currently in recovery. Determined that no family should have to go through this struggle alone, Michelle is passionate about helping connect impacted families with each other and available resources. Michelle is also active in advocating to raise awareness, end stigma and promote changes within the community as APF's Wisconsin State Chair.

Emma Montgomery

Emma Montgomery

Emma feels the work being done at the Addiction Policy Forum is of great significance and is proud to work in our field advancement division.

Veronica Olivos

Veronica Olivos

Veronica studied at Montgomery College, where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management/Accounting. Prior to joining the Addiction Policy Forum, Veronica worked as an administrative assistant at Brimley Group, as a bookkeeper for Masterpro Recovery and as Data Entry Clerk for the Aylward Law Firm. Veronica has also worked as a volunteer for the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity.

Julia Reid

Julia Reid

Julia Reid is a graphic designer at Addiction Policy Forum. She will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As a graphic designer, Julia is passionate about communicating complex information about substance use disorder through accessible design. She has witnessed the impact of Addiction Policy Forum’s mission and now creates work to educate and help other people affected by this disease.

Mark O'Brien, Vice President Programs and Education

Mark O'Brien

Vice President, Programs and Education

Mark is a recognized expert on criminal justice and addiction with over eight years of experience advocating for and implementing smart policies and practices in these areas. Prior to joining Addiction Policy Forum, Mark served as Baltimore City’s Director of Opioid Overdose Prevention and Treatment, managing a high-profile overdose response initiative.

Lisbet Portman, VP, Digital Content & Strategy

Lisbet Portman

VP, Digital Content & Strategy

Lisbet has advocated for addiction and criminal justice reform as a writer, researcher, and teacher. Her writing about mental health treatment and the architecture of criminal justice systems has appeared in Pioneer Magazine, Scapegoat Journal, and Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2017). Lisbet received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Smith College and her masters in writing from the University of Montana.

Razan Ahmed

Razan Ahmed

As a Health IT Associate, Razan is helping to build the Addiction Resource Center (ARC). Razan attended Pomona College where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

SImone Greene, Director, Innovations

Simone Greene

Director, Innovations

Simone Greene works to highlight best practices and innovators in the field of addiction through her work at Addiction Policy Forum. Prior to joining, she was a project coordinator for The Moss Group, a correctional consulting firm based in Washington, DC. She received her master’s degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology from Marymount University.

Melissa Henson Kalinosky

Melissa Henson Kalinosky

Melissa joined APF after more than 13 years with BR McCaffrey Associates LLC, working directly for General Barry McCaffrey, Chairman of APF's Advisory Board and former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. During her years with BR McCaffrey Associates, she worked closely with several healthcare organizations and non-profit groups dedicated to the mission of helping lives affected by addiction. Melissa graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Communications and spends her free time dedicated to the care of her three young children.

Aimee Manzoni D'Arpino

Aimee Manzoni-D'Arpino

Senior Director, State Chapters

Aimee lost her son Emmett to the disease of substance use disorder in 2016. She vowed to not let her son’s death be in vain and has been actively working to help end the stigma of addiction and help other families find essential resources.In January 2018, Aimee joined the staff at APF and has been an integral part in launching state chapters across the country opening up advocacy & education avenues for families affected by the disease of substance use disorder.

Nicole Moody-Sewell

Nicole Moody-Sewell

Prior to joining Addiction Policy Forum, Nicole was the Supplier Diversity Analyst for Cox Enterprises' Supply Chain Department in Atlanta, Georgia. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia for twenty years.

Terrilynn Parker

Terrilynn Parker

Terrilynn Parker is deeply committed to the mission of the Addiction Policy Forum, having experienced the impact of addiction in her own family and the loss of several loved ones. She is a dedicated team member working on the Addiction Resource Center, a portal to help families in crisis, which connects them with needed resources. She is a wife and mother of two amazing boys, ages 21 and 6.

Kelsey Trotter

Kelsey Trotter

Prior to joining the Addiction Policy Forum as a Digital Media Associate, Kelsey was the communications fellow at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Having worked for a local television station in communications and marketing, Kelsey has a vast background in video production, social media and communications. She brings this creativity and communication skills to her work at Addiction Policy Forum in the programs and education team.

Kevin C. Whaley, Chief Liaison Officer

Kevin C. Whaley

Chief Liaison Officer

Kevin is an experienced law enforcement executive with many years of local and federal experience, serving first as a police officer, then with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a special agent, supervisor and an operations executive in the U.S. and abroad. On behalf of the DEA, he was selected to serve in the Executive Office of the President with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Office of State and Local Affairs, focusing on national and international drug law enforcement issues, including the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

Kelly King, PhD, MPH

Kelly King, PhD, MPH

VP, Data and Health IT

Kelly has nearly a decade of research and managerial experience across academic, governmental, and nonprofit organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the New York City Department of Health, and the Rudd Center at Yale University. She served as the Population Health Manager for the Baltimore City Fire Department, where she utilized 911 data to inform programmatic and policy interventions to connect individuals with substance use disorders to available resources. Kelly received her PhD in Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kimberly Lohman Clapp, Executive Vice President, Community Relations

Kimberly Lohman Clapp

Executive Vice President, Community Relations

Kimberly is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist who has spent a quarter decade giving a voice to the voiceless, holding the powerful accountable, and exposing dangerous trends, scams, and products. She joined the Addiction Policy Forum in 2018 after serving as the APF Family Day emcee in DC, wanting to work with those impacted by addiction and help save the next family from heartbreak.

Mina Bellomy

Mina Bellomy

Mina has been working as a graphic designer in the Washington DC metropolitan area since graduating from the Corcoran School of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. She has worked on branding and promotional design for many corporations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.She hopes to make a difference to the community affected by addiction by creating thoughtful, impactful and inspiring designs which can help provide solutions and resources to people in need. As a mother of two young children, Addiction Policy Forum's mission is very important to Mina since Addiction Policy Forum strives to make a difference not only by helping people currently affected by substance use disorder, but also by providing information to help families protect their children from this disease.

Matthew Fazendin

Matthew Fazendin

Social Worker

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Addiction Policy Forum’s telehealth team. Prior to joining APF, Matthew was focused on working with the veteran population. His experiences include providing individual and group therapy in the mental health outpatient clinic at a VA hospital and working to end veteran homelessness at a local non-profit.

Doug Griffin, Senior Direct, State Chapters

Doug Griffin

Senior Director, State Chapters

Braeden Kelly, Director of Federal Affairs

Braeden Kelly

Director of Federal Affairs

Braeden joined the Addiction Policy Forum in August 2016 and serves as the Director of Federal Affairs. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College. Email Braeden.

Lindsey Messina

Lindsey Messina

Lindsey was born and raised in New Hampshire, the oldest of five, and she's always found the need to help others grow. Her dream was to be a full-time freelance makeup artist and beauty professional, but God had other plans. In December of 2016, a family friend lost their son Austin in an opioid-related car accident, along with a young driver. The devastation the community faced losing two young people at once was unbearable, and a team of passionate community members joined together and took action right away. In January of 2017, Lindsey took on the role of Communications Director for the non-profit community center Austin17House, creating a place for young and old to enjoy themselves and be supported in their gifts to help map out their dreams. Lindsey brings this passion to Addiction Policy Forum where she’s helping to build solutions, resources and answers to those wanting to make a difference in their communities.