Join the IRN on June 17th, 2022 for the first ever Indiana Recovery Community Summit! The goal of the Summit is to provide current information and resources to existing, new, and emerging recovery community organizations, recovery community centers, recovery engagement centers, recovery cafes, recovery residences, peer supports, and all areas of the Indiana recovery ecosystem.
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
With decades of public, private, and non-profit service, Mr. Coderre is the first person in recovery to lead SAMHSA. Mr. Coderre’s career has been significantly influenced by his personal journey and a philosophy that acknowledges the essential role peer recovery support services play in helping people with mental and substance use disorders rebuild their lives.
In his role as SAMHSA’s Region 1 Administrator, Mr. Coderre led the prioritization of prevention, treatment and recovery services under the strain of COVID-19. He reconvened the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Opioids and as overdoses spiked throughout 2020, he brought the region together to identify programmatic and policy solutions to respond. He also formed a collaborative to unite federal agencies on serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance to leverage partnerships to increase services and provide hope for people suffering. In an effort to address structural racism, Mr. Coderre launched the Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase to ensure equity in the distribution of resources across New England by introducing organizations who work in BIPOC communities to funders. He has supported federally recognized tribes and has been working with tribal leaders to open the first indigenous wellness center east of the Mississippi River.
Ariel “Air” Britt
Associate Director of Outreach
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Ariel “Air” Britt is the creator of the award-winning podcast, Beauty in the Grit. She is an exceptional speaker with a passion for community and service. Most of her career has been focused on developing prevention, intervention, and recovery support services for youth and young adults. She also served as a political appointee for the Biden-Harris Administration at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Air received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Michigan.
Tipping the Pain Scale
Whether of triumph or tragedy, we all have a story to tell. Mine begins with the darkness of drug addiction and the death of a close friend, and it persists with the light of strength built, lessons learned, and a way to pay it forward.
I believe in the power of stories and the sharing of lived experiences as tools for connectivity and community building. Once unleashed, I believe that power can change the world for the better. It might seem unusual that I’m willing to share the darkest parts of my life with strangers. But I’ve seen what happens when people begin to feel safe enough to reflect on their own stories. Once you recognize the transformative power of reflecting on your own grit, mistakes, darkness, and light — you build an inner strength that no one can take away from you.
As a spoken word artist, educator, motivational speaker—and over a decade of work in youth spaces—I’ve seen these transformations firsthand. My acceptance and examination of my intersections combined with both my craft in theater and spoken word performing, as well as more than 10 years of creating an intergenerational dialogue between youths and adults, has contributed to my success in classrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms.
I am excited to continue driving both youth and adults towards self-forgiveness, redemption, and the irreplaceable role of love in the human revolution.
Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)
Tony Sanchez is a passionate advocate who works tirelessly to enhance and develop recovery-oriented systems of care for all people. As a person in long-term recovery, Tony is continually amazed by the opportunities that have come his way to use his lived experience and knowledge of recovery to serve others. He served as the Director of the Office of Recovery Transformation at Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) from 2016 to 2021. In that role one of his responsibilities was to manage the state contracts of 26 Peer Led Recovery Organizations. He also played a major role in the implementation of Georgia’s Recovery Focus Change Training, assisting the Behavioral Health Safety Net Providers in Operationalizing Recovery.
Shelly Weizman, JD
A human rights lawyer whose areas of interest include advancing public policy related to addiction, mental health, and disabilities. She currently serves as the Project Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center where she works on a project portfolio focused on the overdose epidemic and how the law can promote access to addiction treatment and support recovery. Ms. Weizman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where she introduced and teaches a course on Addiction & Mental Health Law and Policy. She is on the leadership team that developed a new Master of Science in Addiction Policy & Practice at Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She also facilitates the Recovery Policy Collaborative, a network of experts in health, human rights, and policy who have lived experience with addiction and serves on the Board of Directors of Faces and Voices of Recovery. She is a national speaker on topics related to the opioid crisis; health law, policy and finance; addiction law and policy; and related subjects. Ms. Weizman previously served as the Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene in the Office of the Governor of New York where she oversaw policy and operations related to addiction, mental health and disabilities. She also served as the Policy Director for Managed Care in the New York State Office of Mental Health where she implemented reforms to New York’s public mental health system. Ms. Weizman began her legal career as a civil rights attorney at MFY Legal Services, a not-for-profit legal services organization in New York City.
Ms. Weizman is the recipient of the 2022 Boston Congress for Public Health’s 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award, the 2021 Mary L. Fleming Memorial Mentor of the Year Award from the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic (SAFE) Project, and the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Award from the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation. She holds a JD with a concentration in Health Law and Policy from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a person living and thriving in long-term recovery from addiction for over 24 years.
Recovery Support Systems Coordinator
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Amy currently works for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) as the first ever Recovery Support Systems Coordinator. In this role Amy helps set standards nationally for peer and recovery support services working directly with federal and state partners in all states and territories. Previously Amy Brinkley served as the Recovery Support Services Director in the state of Indiana working to expand peer and recovery support services across the state with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. She is a person in long term recovery and wellness from mental illness and a substance use disorder that led to incarceration. She most recently served for 2 years as the Chairperson for NASMHPD’s Division of Recovery Support Services advocating for the professionalization of recovery supports across the country. Amy has been author on several APA articles related to peer support through her work on the APA Policy Advisory Board and continues to serve in this capacity today. Her passion and expertise are driven from the loss of three brothers to suicide and her heart is to advocate for change across the country through effective recovery data collection and evaluation processes that drive recovery-oriented outcomes which will in turn improve the quality of life and recovery for people with substance use disorders and mental illness.
David is constantly curious and believes that everything connects. When we’re fully aware of what connects, we can understand the effects and modify the mechanisms in between for a greater good. As Chief Innovation Officer at Face It TOGETHER. It was David’s job to design better methods and experiences that can help solve the problem of addiction. Through that lens and with a host of personal and professional experiences, David believes we will solve addiction when we don’t solve for addiction. He is dedicated to doing work that advances towards that vision. Along the way, vastly more people will realize their connection to improving the greater good for themselves and others.
Today, David is the Founder and CEO of Commonly Well. Through Commonly Well, David is bringing the Recovery Capital Index to a wider market. And he is working with organizations to improve their care experiences, processes, and methods for measuring outcomes.