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 (michelle@addictionpolicy.org) or Aimee Manzoni-D'Arpino (aimee@addictionpolicy.org).

 

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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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Connecticut State Chair Coming Soon

If you are in Connecticut and would like 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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 Chelsea Laliberte

Chelsea Laliberte

Illinois State Co-Chair
Streamwood, IL

Chelsea Laliberte is one of the leading experts in the U.S. on advocacy regarding the opioid crisis overdose prevention, and substance use. She has advised local, state and federal governments on comprehensive community solutions to reduce stigma, treatment barriers, and overdose.

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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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.

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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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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Minnesota

Minnesota State Chair Coming Soon

If you are in Minnesota 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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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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 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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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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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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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 Addiction Policy Forum

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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