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Invited Speakers

Dr. Lisa Armitige


Dr. Lisa Armitige is a medical consultant with Heartland National TB Center as a Medical Consultant and is co-director of San Antonio’s TB clinic. She is board-certified in Infectious Diseases, internal medicine and pediatrics and is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UT Health Northeast.

David Arnold, Senior Director of BACCHUS Initiatives


David Arnold joined the NASPA staff in 2014, and currently serves as the Senior Director of BACCHUS Initiatives. Arnold is a national trainer for the Certified Peer Education program and also directs the activities of the Colorado Coalition of Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators (CADE). Arnold serves on the Coalition for the Prevention of ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM), the National Collegiate Athletics Association Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, and as an institutional representative to the Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention (CoHEASAP). David has presented regionally and nationally on online health literacy, federal compliance in alcohol and drug prevention, new trends in prevention, strategic planning, response to emergent health topics, and the methodology of peer education and peer support.

Christopher Bartolotta


Christopher Bartolotta has been employed by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, since 1990, currently assigned to the Traffic Services Unit as the Commanding Officer, in the rank of Lieutenant.

Mr. Bartolotta is a certified Law Enforcement Trainer in several states on a wide variety of subjects to include policy and procedure development and implementation, interpersonal communications, unique enforcement techniques, patrol function challenges, interview and interrogation, drug and alcohol issues, stress and crisis management, suicide intervention, fraudulent documents, motor vehicle theft and fraud, report writing and documentation, criminal investigations, as well as numerous other topics.

Mr. Bartolotta was the first officer in the State of Connecticut to be certified as a Drug Recognition Expert and a DRE instructor. Several state courts have recognized him as an expert in matters involving Impaired Driving Enforcement, the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and Drug Recognition.

Mr. Bartolotta is a national instructor on underage drinking issues, impaired driving enforcement, fraudulent document recognition, crisis/hostage negotiations and major crime investigations. He has assisted in the publication of two manuals used for law enforcement training. Mr. Bartolotta has regularly lectured at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s National Leadership Conference during its tenure.

In addition to his vast experience in the field of law enforcement and numerous civic contributions, Mr. Bartolotta has been recognized and has received numerous awards for his accomplishments, which include a DARE Outstanding Student Leadership Award, several MADD high activity/appreciation/education awards, a Texas Alcohol Beverage Commissioners Appreciation award, a CSP Troop “L” High DWI activity award, multiple Commissioner Top 20 marksmanship awards, an Outstanding Leadership Award for efforts regarding Underage Drinking and CSP Department awards for Bravery, Meritorious Service, Life Saving, Outstanding Service and several Unit Citations, as well as the Sandy Hook Service Ribbon. He has been recognized by the CT Exchange Club as its “Police Officer of the Year” recipient. Mr. Bartolotta was a finalist for the MADD National President’s Award, the highest form of praise from this national organization. Lastly, he has been serving as the head chair of the Connecticut Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking for several years.

Ashley Brickley


Ashley Brickley is Interim Director of the Disability Center at the University of Missouri. She received her B.S. from Iowa State University, double majoring in Genetics and Psychology, and her M.A.E. in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa. Ashley began her professional career in higher education disability services in 2007 in the UNI's Student Disability Services office. In January 2016, Ashley left her home state of Iowa to move to Missouri and work at Mizzou as the Assistant Director for the Disability Center. She was recently named Interim Director this January and continues to promote equal access and opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

Jeffrey Bucholtz, M.A.


Jeffrey S. Bucholtz is director of We End Violence, and outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Jeff is also an award-winning instructor at Southwestern College where he teaches Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, TELA Communication (part of an African-American learning community), Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Facilitation. In addition, Jeff works as a public speaking consultant with Speak for Success, and teaches courses on Violence Against Women and Popular Culture and Identity at San Diego State University.

For the past sixteen years, Jeff has worked as an activist, organizer, and public speaker, providing consultation, presentations, and performances in the fields of sexual violence, masculinity, relationship violence, gender normativity, popular culture, violence prevention, stalking, bullying, working in alliances, feminist thought, collaboration, and the intersectionality of oppression.

Dave Closson


Dave is national expert on college substance misuse prevention and law enforcement. He is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police.” Dave was named to the “Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2016” by Military Transition News. He is currently the owner of DJC Solutions LLC, a national training and consulting company and a founding member of Prevention Leaders, Inc. Training, speaking, and helping others is what he does best!

Dave is also an Associate for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), There he provides targeted training and technical assistance (T/TA) on substance misuse prevention to States, Tribes, and Universities across the country. His primary focus is partnering with colleges and universities to guide them through needs assessment, capacity assessment, strategic planning and implementation of evidence-based prevention programming.

Dave is a 2-year veteran coach for the CAPT’s Coaching for Success Initiative through which he has worked with multiple high-need universities. As their coach, he developed a customized T/TA plan using a comprehensive approach to build their knowledge, skills, and capacity to implement evidence-based prevention strategies.

Before joining the CAPT, Dave was the Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention. He was responsible for assisting Illinois colleges and universities in reducing the negative alcohol, other drug, and violence consequences impeding student academic success, personal growth and development. His work focused on policy development, education, student assistance, enforcement, assessment, campus/community collaboration and socio-ecological interventions.

Dave brings a unique experience to substance misuse prevention, having served as a Campus Police Officer at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). While serving as their Crime Prevention Officer, EIU was identified in the top 10 nationwide for evidenced-based crime prevention programming by Margolis Healy LLC, on behalf of the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Through his crime prevention programming, Dave worked with over 7,500 students, faculty and professional staff on topics ranging from Motivational Interviewing, Bystander Intervention, Alcohol/Drug Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention, and Conflict Resolution.

Eric S. Davidson, Ph.D., MCHES®, CSPS


Eric S. Davidson, currently serves as the Interim Director for the Eastern Illinois University Health and Counseling Services, overseeing the university’s health service, counseling center, student insurance, and health promotion programs. During the majority of his 22 years at EIU, he has led campus health promotion and prevention efforts, and student affairs assessment practices. Since 2009, he has also directed the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention, overseeing training and professional development for higher education practitioners implementing campus substance abuse programming. Eric assists campuses with understanding drug free schools and campuses act requirements, effective prevention programming, and assessment/evaluation.

Davidson possesses a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. He is also both a Certified Masters Community Health Education Specialist and a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist. n School Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has served as a faculty member at The University of Montana and served as Director of Counseling at The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.

Brett Demming, Chief of Police


Brett Demming has been Chief of the Fort Lewis College Police & Parking Services Department for 20 years. He also has 11 years of patrol sergeant experience, 12 years of fiearms instructor experience, 15 years as a Durango Police Integrated SWAT Team member, 17 years as a RAD Self Defense Instructor, and 15+ years as a field training officer.

Brittani Fults


Brittani Fults is an EEO/Title IX Investigator at The University of Kansas in the Office for Institutional Opportunity & Access. Previously, Brittani served as the Education, Prevention, and Outreach Coordinator for the MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX and ADA. She focused on training on diversity, inclusion, and equity for faculty, staff, and students. Brittani provided training on how to create inclusive classrooms and workplace environments in order to retain diverse populations on campus, and help folks to persist in her academic and professional careers at MU. Lastly, she specializes in power-based violence training for marginalized communities in higher education settings. Brittani is a two time alumna of the University of Missouri, having graduated with her bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Social Justice and Black Studies, and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration.

Dr. Laura Holt


Dr. Laura Holt is a psychologist and outreach coordinator for University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research and clinical interests include gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ issues; interpersonal relationships; emotional regulation; social justice; and distress tolerance.

Matthew Huffman


Matthew Huffman is the Public Affairs Director at MCADSV. He joined the staff in 2012 as a Program Development Specialist with a focus on prevention programming. Matthew has experience in community organizing and education, policy, and program development. He has developed programs on capacity-building for prevention efforts, Title IX implementation, and sexual health promotion. He gained valuable experience first at the University of Missouri Women’s Center, and next at True North in Columbia, as a shelter advocate and later as the youth outreach coordinator.

Dr. Jackie Kibler


Dr. Kibler has studied health and wellness behaviors throughout her career, with an emphasis on suicide prevention. She has presented both nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University.

She is certified in School Crisis Prevention and Response with the National Association of School Psychologists, is a School Suicide Prevention Specialist by the American Association of Suicidology, a Certified Wellness Practitioner by the National Wellness Institute, and a Certified Life Coach with JRNI. She has written and successfully implemented a federal SAMHSA campus-wide suicide prevention grant, as well as a Project SERV grant. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has served as a faculty member at The University of Montana and served as Director of Counseling at The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.

Dr. James Lange


Dr. James Lange is the Executive Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, an academic center of The Ohio State University. He does this while also remaining the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives for San Diego State University. Recently, Dr. Lange was SDSU’s first Director of the stand-alone Health Promotion Department. His research and service career have earned him an international reputation within the field of AOD abuse prevention.

Dr. Lange was recently invited to attend the first Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) hosted White House conference on Drug Policy Reform, and was instrumental in organizing the RADD—White House ONDCP Teen DUID Summit: Nation’s first-ever comprehensive public forum on teen drugged driving. He advised or currently assists several State and Federal efforts, including: the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention; California State Prescription Drug Task Force; San Diego County Alcohol Policy Panel; and RADD – the Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety. In both 2014 and 2015, he was awarded the California State University Chancellor’s award for his service towards statewide progress in AOD prevention.

Jim Marshall


Jim Marshall has been an educator and coach for middle school, high school, and college teams for thirty-eight years. As a speaker, he covers mental health first aid, coping skills, and substance use disorders. His son Cody passed away in 2011 of an overdose and he founded Cody’s Gift, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and prevent substance use disorders as well as raise the awareness on mental health issues and coping skills. Jim shares his son’s story regarding mental health issues and substance use disorders, along with many others that he has encountered on his mission.

Sean Marz, MA, LPC


Sean joined the Alive and Well team in 2016 to provide training and technical assistance to organizations working to adopt trauma-informed practices. He has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, ranging from health education to community mental health. In each of these roles, Sean has worked to advance trauma-informed practices. He served on the Missouri State Trauma Roundtable where he helped to craft the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma Informed. In his work with Alive and Well Communities, he provides training and technical assistance to organizations across sectors based on the Missouri Model. He is a recognized trainer by the federal Gaines Center on how being trauma-informed improves criminal justice system responses and by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Sean has consulted with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on developing trauma-informed measurement strategies for behavioral health and health settings.

Prior to joining Alive and Well Communities, Sean worked as a therapist, specializing in trauma recovery, severe persistent mental illness (SPMI), and co-occurring disorders. He is a recognized Train-the-Trainer by Community Connections, a national leader in developing trauma-informed interventions and cultures. He has applied his vast knowledge in a variety of settings from community mental health to drug court. Sean earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts in Counseling, Family and Marriage Therapy from Webster University.

Nancy McGee, JD


Special Agent Nancy McGee spent nearly 30 years at the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control. McGee administered the state’s alcohol compliance check program and coordinated the department’s efforts on college campuses and with community coalition groups. McGee was also designated the division’s liaison officer for local law enforcement agencies that received federal grants through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program. In that role, she ensured that local law enforcement agencies were trained in best practice strategies to enforce laws to deter underage drinking. Since 2002, McGee has been a consultant for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center. Ms. McGee is an IADLEST Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Trainer. She trains regularly on a variety of topics to include: developing and sustaining community coalitions; environmental management; working effectively with college communities; compliance check investigations (alcohol & tobacco); controlled party dispersal; shoulder tap operations; false identification; media advocacy; managing special events; social media; and working effectively with retailers. McGee has been a featured speaker and panelist at numerous national and state conferences dealing with alcohol policy issues. In 2014 Ms. McGee was selected by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies as an FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow. Ms. McGee spent a year in residency at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products in Silver Spring, MD where she assisted the Center with the implementation and enforcement of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. She earned her BA in political science from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and her JD from the St. Louis University School of Law. McGee is licensed to practice law in both Missouri and Illinois.

Janice Putnam Ph.D., RN


Dr. Putnam is an experienced nurse educator with skills in special project management and quality improvement. She currently teaches courses including drugs addiction and recovery, health policy, and global healthcare. Her practice is interdisciplinary and evidence-based emphasizing ethics and policy related to tobacco and marijuana use. In addition to being a professor at the University of Central Missouri since 1998, she has served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Interim Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and Senior Academic Policy and Compliance Specialist.

Sarah Ehrhard Reid


Sarah Ehrhard Reid is a Program Coordinator in the Office on Women’s Health at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. For over 10 years she has worked to make Missouri a safer, happier, healthier place to live through victim advocacy, data collection, and grants administration. Sarah holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Truman State University.

Shelby Rowe


Shelby Rowe is the youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services, and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. A public health professional, crisis intervention expert and suicide attempt survivor, Ms. Rowe has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement at the local, state and national level since 2007. Before moving back home to Oklahoma in 2017, she worked as the national manager of education and prevention programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York. She is a former member of the board of directors for the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, and currently serves on the Consumer/Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network and the Board of Directors for United Suicide Survivors International. Ms. Rowe holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, and an M.B.A.

Officer Ryan Snow, M.Ed.


Ryan serves full time as a Police Officer with a large University Police Department where he educates the community about DUI and drug-related issues. He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (DRE) and has completed hundreds of hours of training related to drugs and the impact they have on the human body. As a police officer, Ryan has firsthand knowledge of the danger drugs bring to communities. He utilizes this experience to inform others and empower them to help prevent tragedies in their area.

Ryan has spoken at numerous state and national conferences on topics related to drugs. He has also developed training opportunities for campuses and delivered those classes at many of the nation’s premier colleges and universities. In addition to single campuses, Ryan has been invited to speak for collaborative coalitions to bring institutions together to share information. Ryan’s work has been featured in webinars, newspapers, television, and educational articles.

Prior to law enforcement, Ryan graduated with a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. While attaining his graduate degree, Ryan worked for the University Housing and Dining Services Office as the Coordinator for Student Security. He worked closely with Resident Advisors and Area Coordinators to develop a safe learning and living community for students. Ryan managed a staff of over 40 student workers and developed training to help maximize the impact the program had on the campus environment. He utilizes this experience to share a unique perspective that connects the worlds of University Staff to University Police.

Andrea Vasquez


Andrea Vasquez is a senior at Fort Lewis College and the communications director of the Wellness Peer Advisory Council (WellPAC). She has served as a motivational interviewer (MI) for over a year and currently supervises current MI students. Andrea helps staff the Peer Support office on campus. She was an intern at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo and Gateway to Success, both of which help to restore struggling people back to society. Andrea is also a Resident Assistant on campus and has gone through numerous trainings including Common Ground (diversity training), Youth Mental Health First Aid, DOIT (diversity training), MI, suicide prevention, and more.