Our Team

Get to know the Addiction Policy Forum team.


Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica Hulsey Nickel


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

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.

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.

Jennifer Abella, Web Developer

Jennifer Abella

Web Developer

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.

Julia Reid

Julia Reid

Digital Content Coordinator

Julia Reid is a graphic designer at Addiction Policy Forum. She received 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.

Jay Ruais, Chief of Staff

Jay Ruais

Chief of Staff

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.

Doug Griffin, Senior Direct, State Chapters

Doug Griffin

Senior Director, State Chapters

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

Coordinator, Digital Marketing and Public Relations

Prior to joining the Addiction Policy Forum as the Coordinator of Digital Marketing and Public Relations, Kelsey was the communications fellow at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Kelsey is passionate about storytelling and brings her creativity and effective communication skills to her work at Addiction Policy Forum. Kelsey received her Bachelors degree from Michigan State University and moved to Washington, DC to leave a positive impact on the world.

Kayla Zawislak, CADC

Kayla Zawislak, CADC

Engagement Specialist

Kayla Zawislak is an Engagement Specialist at the Addiction Policy Forum’s Resource Database. While working on the resource line, she answers phone calls, emails, and text messages from professionals, loved ones, and individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder. Kayla obtained her Associate’s Degree in Addiction’s Counseling and her CADC, Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, in 2017. In 2018 she graduated from National Louis University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She is currently enrolled at Aurora University to pursue her Master's Degree in Social Work.

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.

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.

Veronica Olivos

Veronica Olivos

Office Manager

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.

Mina Bellomy

Mina Bellomy

Graphic Designer

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.