Join a State Chapter

At APF, we understand the tremendous need to provide families in crisis with better resources and help communities struggling with the disease implement a comprehensive response. Each state chapter will focus on the implementation of our eight strategic focus areas, all of which are critical to ensuring long-term progress against substance use disorders at the national, state and local levels.

To learn more about how to get involved with your State Chapter, please contact one of our Directors of Community Outreach, Michelle Jaskulski (mjaskulski@addictionpolicy.org) or Aimee Manzoni-D'Arpino (adarpino@addictionpolicy.org). 

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Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker, M.D.

Alabama State Chair
Jasper, AL

Matthew has 25 years of experience in both personal addiction recovery and family support recovery. His wife of 15 years struggled with addiction after getting addicted to pain medicine after a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. After 10 years of battling addiction, her condition eventually resulted in her taking her own life.

If you are in Alabama and want to be involved, click here.

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Ardith Mumma

Ardith Mumma

Alaska State Chair

Ardith applied as a volunteer for Wildwood Correctional Facility and was approved. When she started, she was focused on just teaching crochet, but after she met "her ladies," she fell in love with these precious souls caught up in drug addiction by and large. Prior to working in the prison, Ardith thought anyone in prison deserved to be there. Now she is fighting to get treatment in jails to address addiction as a disease and not something that can be "incarcerated out of a person."  

If you are in Alaska and want to be involved, click here.

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Kelly Lavery-Maurer

Kelly Lavery-Maurer

Arizona State Co-Chair

Kelly's passion is to help those who are dealing with addiction. She believes we must learn more from what has been tried in the fight against addiction and isn't working, and that we must figure out a way to get the word out about this disease in order to save the more than 174 people we are losing daily. Her son, now 27, has been battling the disease of addiction for over 10 years.

If you are in Arizona and want to be involved, click here.

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Dawn Scanlon

Dawn Scanlon

Arizona State Co-Chair

Once Dawn's son's addiction came to light, she found herself consumed with finding answers. She began to understand the need to remove the stigma and shame, which she believes are the two drivers of this disease.

If you are in Arizona and want to be involved, click here.

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Athena Naranjo

Athena Naranjo

California State Co-Chair
Ventura, CA

Athena is currently a non-reciprocal Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) through California Consortium of Addiction Programs and professionals (CCAPP).

If you are in California and want to be involved, click here.

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Jill Ditlevsen

California State Co-Chair
Santa Cruz, CA

Jill's two sons, Shawn and Paul have suffered with heroin use disorder for seven years. Jill's areas of interest are in, but not limited to; finding and supporting families in crisis, working on a crisis line, helping families find treatment for their loved ones and above all, raise awareness and bring about change.

If you are in California and want to be involved, click here.

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Diana Hollister

Diana Hollister

Colorado State Chair
Denver, CO

Diana's oldest son, who suffered from heroin use disorder, eventually ended up homeless and then was arrested for outstanding warrants. He was in county jail for over a year, then asked for help. He went to a treatment facility and was part of their program for 3-4 years. He is now in long-term recovery, which Diana is extremely thankful for. Diana's daughter is now also in long-term recovery and has been for five years. One of Diana's children, who battles with various mental illnesses, is still currently struggling with alcohol use disorder.

If you are in Colorado and want to be involved, click here.

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Ada (Maxine) Haines

Connecticut State Chair

Ada is an adult child of a father with alcohol use disorder. Her father struggled with alcohol until his death when Ada was just thirteen. Ada's son struggles with heroin use disorder and is now incarcerated.

If you are in Connecticut and would like to be involved, click here.

 

 

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Pastor Dan Southern & B.R.I.D.G.E.S.

Pastor Dan Southern & B.R.I.D.G.E.S.

Delaware State Chair

The Board members of B.R.I.D.G.E.S. all bring a unique perspective and skill to offer solutions to the cause. One board member is Dan Southern, a pastor of a church who has seen firsthand loss in its congregation in the battle against addiction.

If you are in Delaware and want to be involved, click here.

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Andréa Grace Phillips

Andréa Grace Phillips

Indiana State Co-Chair
Evansville, IN

Andréa Grace Phillips is an Associate Certified Coach, Family Recovery Coach, and owner of Grace Coaching and Consulting Services. 

If you are in Indiana and want to be involved, click here.

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Indiana State Co-Chair
Indianapolis, IN

A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Justin Phillips is a wife and mother of three children, Bryan, Aaron and Audrey Sims. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. 

If you are in Indiana and want to be involved, click here.

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Chris Reed

Chris Reed

Illinois State Co-Chair
Fox River Grove, IL

Chris is currently an owner of Landstar Construction, as well as one of the founding members and President of the nonprofit organization New Directions Addictions Recovery Services. NDARS manages The Other Side, which is a sober bar, and multiple sober living group homes in McHenry County.

If you are in Illinois and want to be involved, click here.

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Laura Fry

Laura Fry

Illinois State Co-Chair
Wauconda, IL

Laura Fry is the Director of Patient and Family Services. With a background in Emergency Medicine, Laura was no stranger to overdose, but it wasn't until substance use disorder entered her family, did she truly understand.

If you are in Illinois and want to be involved, click here.

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Kelsey Trotter

Kelsey Trotter

Illinois State Co-Chair
Cary, IL

Kelsey is the Coordinator, Digital Marketing and Public Relations at the Addiction Policy Forum and began combating addiction then. Kelsey is an impacted family member and is dedicated to helping those struggling with substance use disorder.

If you are in Illinois and want to be involved, click here.

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Jennifer Stepp

Kentucky State Chair

Jennifer became involved in addressing substance use after her family, as well as her community, were severely impacted by the opioid epidemic. Stepp is the founder of the Bullitt Opioid Addiction Team (BOAT) in Bullitt County, KY. 

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If you are in Kentucky and want to be involved, click here.

 

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Isabel Rodzik

Isabel Rodzik

Maine State Chair

Isabel Rodzik is a Nurse Care Manager for a behavioral health company in Maine. Isabel lost the love of her life, Steven to an overdose death at a rehab facility in 2017. Since that loss, Isabel has vowed to make sure Steven is remembered for the amazing fiancé and father he was and not for his disease. Isabel has also made it her mission to end the stigma of addiction by helping those that suffer from substance use disorder and their families.

If you are in Maine and want to be involved, click here.

 

 

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Carol Boyer

Carol Boyer

Maryland State Co-Chair

Carol's exceptional nature as a leader with vision is evident in some of the projects she organizes such as the re-implementation of the Virtual Supermarket for the Cherry Hill Food Dessert, International Overdose Awareness Days 2016/ 2017 (largest attendance in the nation), "The Other Talk"- a panel discussion and Town Hall with the DEA, a treatment executive, a pharmacist and a pain management physician), "A Day in Someone Else's Shoes" - an interactive festival, where attendees learned first-hand how mental illness and substance use challenges affect health, home, purpose and community and the creation of the " I Still Remember," Memorial Photo Project in honor of those who have lost their battle to the disease of addiction.

If you are in Maryland and want to be involved, click here.

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Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Jessica Hulsey Nickel

Maryland State Co-Chair
Potomac, MD

Jessica’s 25 year career focusing on addiction comes from personal experience. Both her parents struggled with heroin addiction, which led to homelessness, foster care and eventually her mother’s incarceration, after which she was raised by her grandparents. Jessica began working in the field at 15 years old through a community anti-drug coalition in southern California, then continued through national boards, speaking engagements and finding her way to Washington, DC to work on these issues after graduating Princeton in 1998.

If you are in Maryland and want to be involved, click here.

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Mark O'Brien

Mark O'Brien

Maryland State Co-Chair
Lutherville, MD

Mark O’Brien 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.

Mark serves as the Vice President, State and Local Affairs at the Addiction Policy Forum. 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 cited as a model by President Barack Obama, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.

If you are in Maryland and want to be involved, click here.

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Morgan Gliedman

Morgan Gliedman

Maryland State Co-Chair
Baltimore, MD

Morgan Gliedman serves as a Regional Director at the Addiction Policy Forum. Prior to joining Addiction Policy Forum, Morgan Gliedman served as Baltimore City's Overdose Fatality Review Coordinator. 

If you are in Maryland and want to be involved, click here.

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 Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino

Aimee Manzoni D’Arpino

Massachusetts State Chair
Mansfield, MA

Aimee lost her son Emmett to substance use disorder in 2016. Aimee 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 resources to help.

If you are in Massachusetts and want to be involved, click here.

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Jim Surprenant

Michigan State Co-Chair

Jim traveled to Washington, DC in 2017 to be at hearings on Capital Hill, attending CARA Family Day 2017, CARA Family Day 2018, and meeting with state representatives regarding funding for awareness in communities. 

If you are in Michicagn and want to be involved, click here.

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Richard Fox

Richard Fox

Michigan State Co-Chair

Richard has a family member who has struggled with drug addiction for years and looks forward to educating people about drug addiction through the resources provided by the Addiction Policy Forum.

If you are in Michigan and want to be involved, click here.

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Sheri Schmaus

Sheri Schmaus

Minnesota State Chair

Sheri  lost her son Jake to a heroin overdose on May 22, 2013. In order to get through the nightmare, her family started The For Jake's Sake Foundation to help spread awareness about addiction and education into communities and schools.

If you are in Minnesota and want to be involved, click here.

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Karla Jaques

Karla Jaques

Missouri State Chair

Karla's daughter Alicia battled her addiction alone with no insurance and no money, losing her apartment, losing all her belongings she had accumulated while in the Navy, losing her dignity and in the end losing her life in March of 2016. Karla believes that it is so important that we change the stigma surrounding addiction and substance use disorder. 

If you are in Missouri and want to be involved, click here.

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Kelly Stanton Dengel

Montana State Co-Chair

Kelly's mother struggled with alcohol use disorder most of her adult life, so Kelly and her siblings as children witnessed her hit rock bottom numerous times growing up. She was for the most part was successful in her recovery; Kelly's sister however was not. Kelly's sister passed from an overdose in 2016, and her mom passed 5 weeks later.

If you are in Montana and want to be involved, click here.

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Joe Engle

Joe Engle

Nevada State Chair
Las Vegas, NV

After the loss of Joe’s oldest son, Reese, in 2011 to a heroin overdose, it became apparent to him that he wanted to help other families that are suffering from the tragedies that accompany addiction. 

If you are in Nevada and want to be involved, click here.

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Retta Hettling

Retta Hettling

Montana State Co-Chair
Missoula, Montana

Retta suffered from addiction for 22 years and has been in recovery for over five. She is excited about helping other people!

If you are in Montana and want to be involved, click here.

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Bob Catalano

Bob Catalano

New Jersey State Co-Chair

Bob Catalano has been an advocate for families and individuals affected by SUDs for over two decades and has pioneered the launching of the New Recovery Advocacy Movement in the State of New Jersey.

If you are in New Jersey and want to be involved, click here.

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Doug Griffin

Doug Griffin

New Hampshire State Chair
Manchester, NH

Doug lost his daughter Courtney to addiction when she was only 20 years old. Since that loss, Doug has worked to make sure Courtney is remembered for her love of life, not her substance use disorder.

If you are in New Hampshire and want to be involved, click here.

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Katie Len

Katie Len

New Jersey State Co-Chair

In January 2014, Katie lost her younger brother to an accidental overdose. Prior to substance use disorder affecting her own family, Katie had no idea about the disease. Katie strives to raise awareness, erase the stigma and share her brother's story wherever she goes.

If you are in New Jersey and want to be involved, click here.

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 Lorraine McNeill-Popper

Lorraine McNeill-Popper

New York State Chair
Jamaica Estates, Queens, NY

Lorraine lost her twin brother and best friend Larry to an overdose and adopted Larry’s son after his death. Lorraine shares her story with as many families as possible so they know they are not alone. 

If you are in New York and want to be involved, click here.

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Heather McAllister

Heather McAllister

North Carolina State Chair

Heather has worked with individuals as an advocate to assist them with accessing the services they need to obtain basic needs, medical care, mental health and substance use disorder services. Heather has also been involved in statewide initiatives as a consultant to the North Carolina Division of Mental Health and as the State System of Care Coordinator.

If you are in North Carolina and want to be involved, click here.

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Paul Stroklund

Paul Stroklund

North Dakota State Chair
Minot, North Dakota

After serving 30 years in the US Army, Paul Stroklund has been an advocate for improvement in the addiction arena. At the time of his retirement in 2011, his daughter was deeply addicted to opiates starting from a doctor’s prescription. Finding a lack of assistance for her treatment, Paul began advocating for increased addiction services.

If you are in North Dakota and want to be involved, click here.

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Diana & Mike Yoder

Diana & Mike Yoder

Ohio State Co-Chairs
Pickerington, OH

In the past 18 months, Diana and Mike have lost more than five family members to heroin overdoses. The couple has coped with the losses by sharing their experiences and educating others about addiction

If you are in Ohio and want to be involved, click here.

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Greg McNeil

Greg McNeil

Ohio State Co-Chair
Hudson, OH

Greg lost his son, Sam, to a heroin overdose in October 2015.  Soon after, Greg founded Cover2 Resources, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to providing education and advocacy for families with loved ones struggling with opioid dependence

If you are in Ohio and want to be involved, click here.

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Amy O'Grady

Amy O'Grady

Ohio State Co-Chair
Columbus, OH

Amy serves as Chief of Addiction Policy for Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein. She oversees the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan on Klein’s behalf. 

If you are in Ohio and want to be involved, click here.

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Melinda Fixico

Melinda Fixico

Oklahoma State Chair
Altus, Oklahoma

Melinda's addiction advocacy began in 2005 when her oldest began using prescription medication; from there he began using heroin and benzodiazepines. He was in and out of treatment until he reached his 18th birthday, and after that, Melinda was longer allowed to force her son into treatment.

If you are in Oklahoma and want to be involved, click here.

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Ron Enright

Ron Enright

Oregon State Chair
Portland, Oregon

Joining APF is the biggest step yet in Ron’s ongoing mission to advocate for those suffering from addiction.

If you are in Oregon and want to be involved, click here.

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Dr. Christian Conte

Pennsylvania State Chair
Southwestern PA

Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management.

If you are in Pennsylvania and want to be involved, click here.

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Mitch Weintraub

Mitch Weintraub

Rhode Island State Chair

After the death of his younger brother Jackson in August of 2017, Mitch began opening up and speaking out about addiction and mental illness, an issue that is present in him and in his family.

If you are in Rhode Island and want to be involved, click here.

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Rhonda Coffey

Rhonda Coffey

Tennessee State Chair

Rhonda has worked tirelessly to educate lawmakers in Tennessee and put Narcan in the hands of first responders. Rhonda is a certified pastoral & addiction counselor. She is on the advisory council for Overmountain Recovery; a board member for Tennessee Recovery Coalition, which provides access to treatment; and a member of the Sullivan County Drug Coalition (SCAD).

If you are in Tennesee and want to be involved, click here.

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Audrey Porter

Texas State Co-Chair
Arlington, Texas

Audrey Porter lives in Arlington, Texas and has been in recovery from addiction and alcohol use disorder for 19 years. She has become a licensed Intervention Specialist, LCDC, and founded and run an online support group to educate and support families who have loved ones struggling with the disease of addiction.

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Julie Denofa

Julie DeNofa

Texas State Co-Chair
Houston, Texas

Julie DeNofa is a recognized leader in the field of addiction medicine. Her 25 years of experience serving those with addiction and mental health issues started in Pennsylvania as a nurse, then took her south to Florida before making Texas her home.

If you are in Texas and want to be involved, click here.

 

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Cindy Elliott

Cindy Elliott

Utah State Co-Chair
Bountiful, Utah

Cindy Elliott is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol use disorder. Early in her recovery, Cindy’s father, Boyd Casper, died by suicide due to his own alcohol use disorder and from that day forward Cindy vowed to assist others struggling with addiction.

If you are in Utah and want to be involved, click here.

 

 

 

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Dale Covington

Dale Covington

Utah State Co-Chair

Dale believes that those in recovery truly do find themselves in a very unique special position - a position to shine like the brightest beacon of hope and happiness. Dale's hope today is that he can do that very thing.

If you are in Utah and want to be involved, click here.

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Michael Leopold

Michael Leopold

Vermont State Chair

Michael and his family found themselves in the middle of the addiction crisis in Vermont when one family member started using opiates. The difficulty that they experienced trying to get help frustrated them. The lack of information and available resources; the long waiting list to get some sort of treatment; the disrespect during treatment; and the general apathy that was seen towards addicts in general was appalling.  

If you are in Vermont and want to be involved, click here.

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Jim Freund

Jim Freund

Virginia State Co-Chair
Ashburn, VA

Jim Freund lost his son, Scott, to addiction when he was 20 years old. For the past five years, he has dedicated himself to finding solutions that will save other families from the suffering he and his family have had to endure.

If you are in Virginia and want to be involved, click here.

 
 
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Dr. Omar Abubaker

Dr. Omar Abubaker

Virginia State Co-Chair
Richmond, VA

On September 27, 2014, Omar’s son Adam overdosed in the early morning from heroin at age 21. Two years after his son’s death, Virginia declared opioid addiction a public health emergency. Immediately after the state’s emergency declaration, the Virginia Board of Dentistry asked Omar to help develop new opioid prescription guidelines for dentists.

If you are in Virginia and want to be involved, click here.

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Lyn Anderson

Washington State Chair

Lyn began her advocacy for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) after her oldest son, Ryan lost his life to a heroin overdose just 8 months after he began recovery on August 19, 2012 at the age of 18 years old.

If you are in Washington and want to be involved, click here.

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Erica Ellis Bartling

Erica Ellis Bartling

West Virginia State Chair

Erica Ellis Bartling is a counselor and child advocate who works with law enforcement, medical professionals, and prevention professionals across the state of West Virginia to educate, reduce stigma and bring hope to those affected by the opioid crisis.

If you are in West Virginia and want to be involved, click here.

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Darrell Jaskulski

Wisconsin State Chair
Cudahy, WI

Darrell and his wife Michelle have four adult children and three grandchildren. Both of their sons have struggled with addiction for over five years but are currently in recovery.

If you are in Wisconsin and want to be involved, click here.

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