Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation from the Stockbridge Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin.He is the founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian 501c(3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1988 and dedicated to developing culturally relevant treatment, prevention and recovery materials to support the Wellbriety Movement. The Wellbriety Movement is an effort to create the opportunity for individuals, families, communities and nations to live sober and balanced lives — healthy lives that are balanced emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Dick Kessler has been nationally known in the addiction recovery and treatment arena for forty years. In 1969, Mr. Kessler was a roughneck in the oil-field having worked for eight drilling companies in as many weeks. He was a hopeless alcoholic on the brink of divorce, devastation and death. He was 29 years old and near death when he was hospitalized for the last time and began his recovery. He now celebrates almost 40 years of sobriety.
Mr. Kessler states, “When I got sober there were no treatment centers that I knew of and certainly no help for people like me. I did not really know what was wrong with me or what I should do. When I got sober, I made a commitment that people deserved help, they had to know how to get help and help had to be available. I made it my life’s mission to make sure when people needed help they would know where to go and what to do to get better.”
is a pioneer in the addiction treatment field. In 1971, he opened one of
the first privately operated treatment centers. His accomplishments
include director of the Mile Hi Council on Alcoholism; Vice President of
Operations for Recovery Centers where he opened and directed operations
for over 50 inpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers around the
country; Chief Executive Officer of New Beginnings at Waverly, Waverly,
MN; past president of the National Alcoholism Professionals Society;
currently serves as the president of the Alcohol and Drug Problems
Association of America; taught at the University of Utah School on
Alcohol and Drug Studies for over 20 years and currently teaches at the
National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of
Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and President of ACMHA—The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium, and the National Research Institute. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.
During the Clinton National Health Care Reform debate, Dr. Manderscheid served as Senior Policy Advisor on National Health Care Reform in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At that time, Dr. Manderscheid was also a member of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Work Group of the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. He has continued this work in support of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Dr. Manderscheid received a B.A. degree (with highest honors) in Sociology from Loras College; a M.A. degree in Sociology-Anthropology from Marquette University; and a Ph.D. in Sociology, with a specialization in Social Psychology and Statistics from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
C. C. Nuckols
C. C. NuckolsDr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as "one of the most influential clinical and spiritual teachers in North America." Dr. Nuckols' passion and mission is to assist in the integration of emerging scientific research with traditional spiritual and self-help knowledge. From this integration comes knowledge and technique helpful to those who wish to enhance their personal spiritual consciousness.
Dr. Nuckols' formal educational background is diverse. He has undertaken formal studies in the areas of pharmacology, neurobiology, education and psychology, as well as, a personal interest in the area of nonlinear physics. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism and predominately early Christian contemplative practice. By the grace of God, in 2007, he achieved the very rare spiritual state of personal enlightenment.
Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 50 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 38 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 17 audiotape series.
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