2021 Agenda:

Saturday October 23rd

Rapid COVID Testing, Registration, & Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9am

WELCOME PLENARY: 9:00 - 10:00

Oregon Recovers Steering Committee
Se-ah-dom Edmo, Teri Morgan, & Tony Venzina

SESSION ONE: 10:15 – 11:45

  • Creating Queer Space in RecoveryModerator: Amanda Esquivel, CRM (Prime+ Team, Recovery Mentor LGBTQ+ Focus)
  • Advocacy 101: How do YOU Change the System - Moderator: Jesse Cornett (Interim Policy & Advocacy Director, Oregon Recovers)
  • Do We Fit: Peers Within the Healthcare System? - Moderator: Tony Vezina (Executive Director 4D Recovery Centers & Chair, Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Council & Oregon Recovers Steering Committee)

LUNCH PLENARY: 12:00 – 1:30

Alcohol: A Tool of Oppression
David Jernigan, PhD - Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health

SESSION TWO: 1:45 - 2:45

  • Why Combatting "Big Alcohol" Matters to Oregon - Moderator: Mike Marshall (Executive Director, Oregon Recovers)
  • Community Wellness is Possible: Prevention and Building Resilience for Youth and Families - Moderator: Heidi Wallace (Executive Director, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation)
  • Surviving Racism Through Recovery - Moderator: Se-ah-dom Edmo (Executive Director, Seeding Justice)

SESSION THREE: 3:00 - 4:30 

  • Moving from Frustration to Action: Stories from Oregon Moms  - Moderator: Tonya Karlowicz (Oregon Moms for Recovery, Forever Blake's Momma)
  • How Can Recovery Support Meetings Support Cultural Recovery? - Moderator: Mark Harris, MA, CADC I, MAC (Retired Professor and Consultant with 40 years of experience in the cultural recovery field)
  • Seniors & Recovery: Are We Meeting Their Needs? - Moderator: Stephanie Hooper (President, AGE +)

SESSION FOUR: 4:45 - 6:00

  • Workshop: Your Love Matters: Families and Recovery - Facilitator: Cordelia Kraus, MA, CADC I, LPC, Certified CRAFT Clinician (Clinician in private practice, owner of SoberFamilies.com)
  • Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Treatment System - Moderator: Rep. Tawna Sanchez (Oregon Legislature)
  • How to Overcome the White, Male Dominant Language of 12 Step Programs - Moderator: Solara Salazar, MS, CADC II (CFO, Recovery BLVD)

DINNER PLENARY: 6:30 – 8:00

Prevention & Harm Reduction: Are they at Odds?
Travis Nelson, RN, BSN, RN-BC - Vice President, Oregon Nurses Association
Haven Wheelock, MPH IDU - Health Services Coordinator, Outside In
Tony Biglan, PhD - Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute


  •     AA
  •     CMA
  •     NA
  •     SMART
  •     Dharma
  •     Wellbriety
  •      Yoga

Sunday October 24th


Measure 110: How's it going?
Sarah Hurwitz Reporter, KPTV Fox News
Sabrina Garcia CRM, PSS, THW - Tri-Chair, Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council, Prime+ Peer Mentor, Red is the Road to Wellness
Keesha Dumas - Tri-Chair, Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council, Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator, Multnomah County Addictions and Mental Health Department
District Attorney Paige Clarkson, JD - Marion County District Attorney
David Westbrook - CCO Lines For Life

SESSION FIVE: 10:45 - 12:00

  • How can www.OregonRecoveryNetwork.org Better Serve the Recovery Community?  - Moderator: Sher Griffin (Project Manager, Oregon Recovers)
  • Utilizing Multiple Pathways in Your Recovery - Moderator: Melissa Hereford, CRM (Certified Recovery Mentor, Painted Horse Recovery)
  • Developing Solutions to the Recovery Workforce Crisis - Moderator: Rep. Tawna Sanchez (Oregon Legislature)

LUNCH PLENARY: 12:15 – 1:30

Oregon Recovers Townhall
Oregon Recovers Steering Committee & Staff

Please understand that some programming is tentative and may be moved to other time slots to accommodate the participants’ schedules.


Oregon’s vibrant recovery community will come together to build community, learn about the latest evidence-based approaches to recovery and to mobilize for change.

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