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In order to enhance your Meeting of the Minds experience, we have assembled national and local experts to join us as Featured Speakers and Keynote Speakers during our nine-week training series.

Speakers by Track

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Law Enforcement Mental Health Interpersonal Violence Prevention / Title IX Health and Well-Being Peer Education Virtual Leadership Weekend FSL Leadership Day


Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention

Dr. Phillip Gardiner

Gardiner

Dr. Gardiner is a Public Health activist, administrator, evaluator and researcher. For the past 20 years, Dr. Gardiner has lectured around the country on African American health disparities generally and menthol smoking in the Black Community, particularly. Dr. Gardiner recently retired as the Senior Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California Office of the President, a position he had been in since 1997. Dr. Gardiner is currently the Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a group of Black professionals dedicated to fighting the scourge of tobacco.


Linda C. Hancock FNP, Ph.D.

Hancock

Dr. Linda Hancock a Family Nurse Practitioner with a PhD in Education. She has spent decades working with young people on challenging health and wellness issues. She calls these topics “all the S’s” – Sex, Substances, Stress, Smoking, Social Norms and Spirituality. Linda’s specialty is making science user-friendly and fun. Linda recently retired from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her focus now is to educate, advocate and donate! She wants to provide enjoyable yet meaningful education and donate part any fee generated to recovery related causes.


Ashley Hinton-Moncer, M.S., MPH, Director of Student Wellness, University of Kentucky

Hinton

Ashley Hinton-Moncer, M.S., MPH currently serves as the Student Wellness Director at the University of Kentucky overseeing the student well-being programming initiatives, the Well Kentucky Campus Coalition, the Collegiate Recovery Community, and Koru Mindfulness and Meditation. Previously Ashley served as the Director of Student Health and Wellness at a small liberal arts college, Transylvania University overseeing counseling services, health services, disability resources, health education, while also serving as the Title IX Coordinator. Ashley completed both her undergraduate degree in Exercise and a Master's of Science in Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky, while also obtaining a second Master's in Public Health.


Dr. Melinda Ickes, University of Kentucky

Hinton

Dr. Melinda Ickes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at University of Kentucky, where she is Program Chair of graduate studies in health promotion. Dr. Ickes is also a Faculty Associate of the BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) research team, serving as Director of the Tobacco Policy Research Program and Director of Go Tobacco-free. Dr. Ickes and her colleagues have assisted over 400 campuses and organizations work toward tobacco-free policies, and has published multiple studies related to evidence-based compliance strategies. Dr. Ickes has extensive experience in college health promotion, including tobacco prevention, and has worked with university and community partners to reduce the prevalence of emerging tobacco products among at-risk young adults.


Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D.

Hinton

Dr. Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use by college students. In addition to research and teaching, he has worked extensively with college students and student groups around alcohol and other drug prevention programming and presentations throughout his career (including student athletes, fraternity and sorority members, residence life, and first-year students), both at UW and on campuses across the nation.


Rich Lucey, Senior Prevention Program Manager, Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section

Lucey

Rich Lucey is a senior prevention program manager in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Community Outreach and Prevention Support Section. Rich plans and executes educational and public information programs, evaluates program goals and outcomes, and serves as an advisor to the Section Chief and other DEA officials on drug abuse prevention and education programs.

Rich formerly served as special assistant to the director for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He advised the director on policies and programs designed to support drug abuse prevention on a national basis, and advised the director on the Center’s efforts to prevent substance abuse and promote mental health among college students.

Rich also worked as an education program specialist in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. As the team leader for higher education initiatives, he communicated the principles around evidence-based drug abuse and violence prevention strategies in higher education.


Kathleen A. Ratcliff, MPA, CPS, Executive Director, Upstream Prevention Inc.

Ratcliff

Kathleen A. Ratcliff, M.P.A., CPS is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Executive Director of Upstream Prevention, Inc., a nonprofit based in Johnson County, Indiana. Ms. Ratcliff has worked in the prevention field for the last nine years as an evaluator, technical assistance coach, and trainer for various community and educational-based substance abuse prevention efforts. As a Certified Prevention Specialist, she strives to provide support and assistance to self-defined communities at their varying capacity levels. In the technical assistance realm, this often involves providing support as coalitions work through the Strategic Prevention Framework, with an emphasis on assessment, capacity building, and strategic planning.


Allison M. Smith, Ph.D.

Smith

Dr. Smith facilitates the Louisiana Higher Education Coalition (LaHEC), statewide Core Survey administration, provides professional development training, facilitates campus- community partnerships, and renders technical assistance around the issue of substance use prevention in Louisiana’s colleges. Allison’s experience includes internships with both Nurse Family Partnership and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Dr. Smith, a native of Baton Rouge, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern University in 2009, a Masters of Public Administration from Louisiana State University in May 2011 followed by a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education Administration in 2016.

After spending eight years with LaCASU on the LSU campus, Dr. Smith is currently the Program Administrator for LaCASU at its new home, the Louisiana Board of Regents as of July 1, 2018. In her current role, Allison continues the aforementioned activities while also supporting the broader campus safety policy work and initiatives of the Louisiana Board of Regents.


Dr. Michael Steinberg

Steinberg

Dr. Michael Steinberg is Professor and Chief in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Vice-Chair for Research at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Medical Director of the Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program/Center for Tobacco Studies. Dr. Steinberg has served as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians since 2010, is a former RWJ Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar (2006-9), and is a past-president of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). He maintains an active research career in the areas of tobacco treatment interventions, has published over 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has conducted studies funded by NCI, NIDA, RWJ Foundation, and the NJ Department of Health. His ongoing efforts include an NCI-funded R01 study evaluating physicians' attitudes and communication regarding E-cigarettes (PACE), coordination and training for the 10 New Jersey tobacco Quitcenters, and assisting with the Screen NJ Lung Screening initiative.

Law Enforcement

Sgt. Christopher Bartolotta

Bartolotta

Sgt. 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.


Lt. Amanda Cullin

Cullin

Amanda Cullin is a Lieutenant with the Northwest Missouri State University Police Department in Maryville, Missouri, since January 2016, with over 11 years of law enforcement experience. She works with a leadership team to serve the members, stakeholders, and visitors of Northwest. Amanda supervises the midnight shift and dispatch team while facilitating departmental training and collaboration teams such as the Sexual Assault Response Team. She has the opportunity to work with the Missouri Partners in Prevention coalition along with the passionate advocates and preventionists in Northwest Missouri for the benefit of the Northwest students and employees. Before her time with the Northwest UPD she taught in the Jefferson C-123 School District in the Tri-C area in Northwest Missouri.


Sgt. Joe Jennings, University of Central Missouri Police Department

Jennings

Sergeant Joe Jennings is a Patrol Sergeant with the University of Central Missouri Department of Public Safety where he currently supervises evening and midnight shifts. Sergeant Jennings has been with UCM since January 2013 and was promoted to Sergeant in May 2016. He has also worked in the fire service as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for 16 years.

Sergeant Jennings is currently a standardized field sobriety instructor, Type II breath alcohol supervisor, certified fire investigator, an ALICE instructor, and UCM’s alcohol compliance officer which includes working with the Warrensburg Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Whiteman Air Force Base Security Forces to attempt to curb alcohol related incidents. He also works closely with various UCM student organizations to provide programming aimed at preventing and reducing alcohol and drug abuse.

Sergeant Jennings holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University.


Chief Ken Kennedy

Kennedy

Ken Kennedy is the Police Chief of the Missouri Southern State University Police Department. The has been a law enforcement officer for 40 years (22 JPD / 18 MSSU PD). Titles at JPD as Lieutenant include SWAT commander, Media officer, Training coordinator, Internal Affairs Investigator, and Range Master. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from MSSU in 2000 and a Master's Degree from UCM in 2005. He began teaching RAD in 2005, RAD as a for-credit class since 2015, and is currently teaching the 48th and 49th classes.


Nancy McGee, JD

McGee

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.


Kathleen A. Ratcliff, MPA, CPS, Executive Director, Upstream Prevention Inc.

Ratcliff

Kathleen A. Ratcliff, M.P.A., CPS is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Executive Director of Upstream Prevention, Inc., a nonprofit based in Johnson County, Indiana. Ms. Ratcliff has worked in the prevention field for the last nine years as an evaluator, technical assistance coach, and trainer for various community and educational-based substance abuse prevention efforts. As a Certified Prevention Specialist, she strives to provide support and assistance to self-defined communities at their varying capacity levels. In the technical assistance realm, this often involves providing support as coalitions work through the Strategic Prevention Framework, with an emphasis on assessment, capacity building, and strategic planning.

Mental Health

Kathleen A. Ratcliff, MPA, CPS, Executive Director, Upstream Prevention Inc.

Ratcliff

Kathleen A. Ratcliff, M.P.A., CPS is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Executive Director of Upstream Prevention, Inc., a nonprofit based in Johnson County, Indiana. Ms. Ratcliff has worked in the prevention field for the last nine years as an evaluator, technical assistance coach, and trainer for various community and educational-based substance abuse prevention efforts. As a Certified Prevention Specialist, she strives to provide support and assistance to self-defined communities at their varying capacity levels. In the technical assistance realm, this often involves providing support as coalitions work through the Strategic Prevention Framework, with an emphasis on assessment, capacity building, and strategic planning.


Heidi B. Miller, MD, Medical Director of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission and Primary Care Doctor at Family Care Health Centers

Miller

Dr. Heidi B. Miller is a primary care physician and patient advocate who has focused her career on assuring high quality, trauma-informed, integrated, equitable healthcare for our most disenfranchised patients. She trained at Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her primary care practice is at the Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Care Health Centers. Dr. Miller also serves as the Medical Director for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission. She consults for the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, the Missouri Primary Care Association, the MOHealthNet Patient-Centered Health Home Initiative, and Siteman's Breast Cancer Partnership. She has been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of its 40-under-40 honorees, and received the 2019 Health Care Champion Award from Missouri Health Care for All. And in 2019-2020, with enormous collaboration across multiple organizations, Dr. Miller was the citizen filer of the ballot petition for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.


Kamesha Spates, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Spated

Dr. Kamesha Spates is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology at Kent State University. She works diligently to unveil stigmas of mental illness and suicide in the black community. She recently completed a book entitled, What Don’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Black Women on Suicide, where she uncovers reasons for their nearly non-existent rates of suicide. Her analysis offers a deeper understanding of the positive life strategies that underlie black women’s resilience. Some of her other works can be found in the Key Issues in Crime and Punishment series, the Sociology Compass Journal, and Journal of Pan African Studies. She is currently working on projects 1) that examine the role of the black church in suicide prevention/postvention and mental health awareness; 2) Northeast Ohio’s black community’s preparedness to handle rising suicide rates 3) A black parent’s guide to talking with their Children about Suicide.

Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Title IX

Peter Lake

Lake

Peter Lake is professor of law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and the Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He has spent 30 years in the classroom teaching law students and served as Stetson’s interim director of Title IX compliance in 2015. He is an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy and has been quoted or referred to in hundreds of newspapers and court opinions throughout the United States, including the Supreme Courts of California, Florida, Virginia, and Massachusetts. Professor Lake, an award-winning academic, has authored numerous law review articles, books, and other publications. Professor Lake is a highly sought-after speaker and he has served as a presenter or keynote speaker at several hundred international, national, regional, and local meetings. He has trained thousands of campus personnel on student safety and other issues, including student mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, Title IX and sex discrimination, and First Amendment issues. Professor Lake is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and serves as a part-time Senior Higher Education Consulting Attorney at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.


Sarah Ehrhard Reid

Reid

Sarah Ehrhard Reid is the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Representative in the Section for 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.

Health and Well-Being

Dr. Lucas Buffaloe

Buffaloe

Dr. Lucas Buffaloe is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine with the University of Missouri Health Care. Dr. Buffaloe is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri School of Medicine since 2012, after completing residence training in family medicine. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Buffaloe regularly teaches and speaks on topics including opioid addiction, appropriate use of opioid analgesics, medical use of cannabis, and other topics in addiction medicine and pain management.

Peer Education Virtual Leadership Weekend

Kyle Ali, Global Chairman of the Black Googler Network

Ali

Kyle Ali is an advocate for equal educational and workforce opportunities and has excelled as an identifier, cultivator, and developer of diverse talent. At Google, Kyle leads a team of recruiters responsible for identifying, engaging, and developing diverse student talent through the Building Opportunities for Leadership Development internship program. As Global Chairman of the Black Googler Network, Kyle lives out his commitment to inclusion through collaboration with senior leaders on initiatives focused on improving the company’s racial and gender climate. In the Austin business community, Kyle advises professionals on strategy through workshops focused on interest-based negotiation and regularly lends his expertise to companies as a panelist or facilitator on topics ranging from allyship in action to recruiting and retaining millennials. Kyle is actively engaged in several civic pursuits that support youth of color in Texas, including his work as a board member at Austin based LifeWorks and Building Opportunities and Opening Minds (BOOM) in Dallas.


Linda C. Hancock FNP, Ph.D.

Hancock

Dr. Linda Hancock a Family Nurse Practitioner with a PhD in Education. She has spent decades working with young people on challenging health and wellness issues. She calls these topics “all the S’s” – Sex, Substances, Stress, Smoking, Social Norms and Spirituality. Linda’s specialty is making science user-friendly and fun. Linda recently retired from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her focus now is to educate, advocate and donate! She wants to provide enjoyable yet meaningful education and donate part any fee generated to recovery related causes.


Olivia Harris

Harris

Olivia has worked in consent and communication for a decade. She helped build peer to peer programs that use theatre to teach healthy relationship skills at Drew University and Philadelphia Theatre Company. Prior to that, she worked at the intersection of academics and arts at Harlem Children’s Zone. She began her career partnering with international communities to create theatre for social development. She joined Speak About It in July 2018, and is honored to be part of the organization’s growth.


Kamesha Spates, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Spated

Dr. Kamesha Spates is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology at Kent State University. She works diligently to unveil stigmas of mental illness and suicide in the black community. She recently completed a book entitled, What Don’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Black Women on Suicide, where she uncovers reasons for their nearly non-existent rates of suicide. Her analysis offers a deeper understanding of the positive life strategies that underlie black women’s resilience. Some of her other works can be found in the Key Issues in Crime and Punishment series, the Sociology Compass Journal, and Journal of Pan African Studies. She is currently working on projects 1) that examine the role of the black church in suicide prevention/postvention and mental health awareness; 2) Northeast Ohio’s black community’s preparedness to handle rising suicide rates 3) A black parent’s guide to talking with their Children about Suicide.

FSL Leadership Day


Brieanna Criscione, Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life, Saint Louis University

Criscione

Brieanna Criscione has been the Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life at Saint Louis University since August 2018. Prior to Saint Louis University, she spent more than three years with her own affiliation in the Chapter Services Department of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Brieanna has a passion for providing evidence-based, engaging programming that arms college students with the knowledge and power to make informed decisions regarding safety and well-being for themselves and their peers.


Jenny Damask, Project Leader, RISE Partnerships

Damask

Jenny Damask is a Project Leader with RISE, where she contributes to curriculum, training, and consulting projects as a subject matter expert in addressing health and safety issues in fraternities and sororities. Jenny currently works as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, helping campus partners strategize and evaluate changes to systems, policies, and environments. Jenny is a champion of the public health approach to preventing issues with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, hazing, and sexual assault. She has developed several successful educational programs and promotional campaigns involving social norms clarification and bystander intervention.


Brittany Barnes Deeg, Director of Curriculum and Training, RISE Partnerships

Deeg

Brittany Barnes Deeg is the Director of Curriculum and Training for RISE Partnerships, where she leads 9 team members in delivering RISE’s educational programs and creating educational initiatives for clients. While at Purdue, she was responsible for spearheading the award-winning RESPECT initiative and was recognized with the Gayle Webb New Professional Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in 2017. Brittany is exceptionally talented at maintaining a healthy rapport with students while simultaneously working through highly complex problems.


Dan Wrona, CEO, RISE Partnerships

Wrona

Dan Wrona is the CEO of RISE Partnerships, where he has provided training and consulting to more than 300 campuses and more than 30 inter/national organizations for the past 20 years. In addition to his work with RISE, he has served as a university administrator, a national fraternity staff member, and as a consultant with the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Dan is also a faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Institute for Hazing Prevention and serves as chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. He has been honored with multiple awards recognizing his work, his writing, and his service in elevating the fraternity/sorority profession. Dan is a perpetual student of organizational leadership, systems science, strategy, instructional design, hazing prevention, neuroscience, and social change.