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Mike Barry

Mike Barry has had his share of broad life experiences from which to draw. By age 40 he had reached the peak of his profession as a TV News Anchor, reporter, and producer. But behind the polished image of success was a man already overwhelmed by the disease of alcoholism.

His story is more common than you think, which is why the driving passion of his life today is to help others in need of a new life, free from addiction and in long-term recovery, he himself found.

His new calling as an advocate for the recovery movement is enhanced by his training and experience in broadcasting and technology. His unique combination of talent, energy, and devotion to the cause has placed Mike Barry at the heart of this movement.

He travels the country seeking to educate others about addiction, to remove barriers and discrimination, and thus enable those in long-term recovery and no longer using alcohol or other drugs to become productive members of society.

In 2005 Barry was awarded the Kentucky School’s Advocate of the Year Award and the Vernon Johnson Award from Faces of Voices of Recovery in 2011.

Barry is CEO of PAR (People Advocating Recovery).

J. Wayne Crabtree, M. Div., CADC

Wayne retired from Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness in August 2018, as the Director of the Office of Addiction Services after serving there for almost 28 years. He successfully started the State’s first Syringe Exchange Program in 2015. Wayne left retirement to serve as the Clinical Coordinator for the Specialty Courts in Jefferson County. He has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1995. He is currently serving on the South Louisville Opioid Task Force to address the drug epidemic in that area.

James Green Jr.

James M. Green Jr. is a Juris Doctorate Candidate for the 2021 Class at Chase College of Law. He received his undergraduate education in Physics, with a focus in Optics, from the University of Louisville Class of 2009. Since completing his Undergraduate education, James has worked as Operations Manager for several local companies, in which he devoted private resources to stimulating struggling participants of our community. The community motivated goals have involved generating hundreds of jobs for felons, struggling with the reality of reentering a community within which they no longer feel a part. Also, working to ensure safe housing for those seeking affordable recovery opportunities. James has also built a real estate investment portfolio that is continuing to grow and develop. He is currently moving into a diversified business portfolio with hopes of becoming a stronger business presence within our community.

Donna Hillman

Education

  • B.S., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Major: Psychology; Minor: English
  • M. Ed, University of Akron, Akron, OH, Community Counseling
  • Post Masters coursework, Murray State University, Murray, KY, Counseling

Experience
Instrumental in establishing certification process and writing state administrative regulation to support peer support services in the area of MH. Experience reviewing and revising state administrative regulations governing mental health and substance use disorder services and providers. Experience in policy analysis and revision at the state level. Over ten years of experience providing direct clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and older Americans with MH and SUDs. Extensive experience working with court-mandated clients and interacting with law enforcement and judicial establishment. Experience with certification and oversight of state narcotics programs dispensing medications and providing services to persons with addictions. Program manager for peer-run long term residential SUD recovery facility. Consultant involved in development and training for seminars related to cultural awareness and recognition of substance use in the workplace. Developed mandatory training for staff of local correctional facilities to improve cultural awareness and reduce staff-inmate friction. Person in long-term recovery involved with recovery community.

  • 2016 – 2018 Opioid Initiative (21st Century Cures Act) Project – Leadership and oversight of implementation of the State
  • Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis funding
  • 2012 – 2016 Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA, CSAT – Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
  • 2010 – 2012 Abt Associates – Associate Scientist, Partners for Recovery Initiative, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), SAMHSA
  • 2005 – 2009 Director of Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health (MH/SUD)
  • 2004 – 2005 Program Administrator, Division of Substance Abuse – Frankfort, KY
  • 2001 – 2004 DUI Program Coordinator, Division of Substance Abuse – Frankfort, KY
  • 1996 – 2001 Outpatient Substance Abuse Director/Site Administrator, Four Rivers Behavioral Health, Paducah, KY
  • Professional Development and Training:
    National Certified Counselor – Certified by National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) – Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors – currently inactive

Kimberly Hinkel, MSSW

Kimberly grew up in Louisville and the surrounding area and graduated from Jeffersontown High School. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic and got her first taste of International traveling when stationed in Rota, Spain. After serving in the military, Kimberly returned to Kentucky and rooted her family in Henry county where she would raise her three children.

In 2010 Kimberly returned to college at Jefferson Community and Technical College and took advantage of the opportunity to study art history and philosophy in Paris, France. Kimberly went on to graduate Summa Cumme Laude from the University of Louisville, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work in 2014 and a Master of Science Degree in Social Work in 2015. During her time at the University of Louisville, Kimberly participated in the University’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) and traveled to Botswana, Africa to discuss and consult local orphanages on social work issues and also traveled to Belize with a cohort that taught conflict resolution to prison guards and also taught and primary schools.

Kimberly did her undergraduate practicum placement with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region and later accepted the position of supervisor for volunteers in Spencer county, Kentucky. Kimberly was responsible for training and pairing volunteers with abused and neglected children in Family Court and submitting reports to the Judge with facts and recommendations. It was during this time with CASA that Kimberly realized the magnitude of families being torn apart because of parental substance abuse in the home and the growing number of grandparents raising grandchildren.

In 2015 Kimberly left her position at CASA to become a Community Resource Specialist for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) with a primary focus on outreach, education, and collaboration throughout the KIPDA region to improve and expand programming and supports for the Family Caregiver and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program. Kimberly worked with numerous health/wellness and drug prevention coalitions across the region to plan and host events that would educate communities pertaining to the growing substance abuse problem.

While working with these communities and families, Kimberly recognized the difficulty and frustration in locating addiction resources; especially in rural areas that have no service providers. Her personal experience of having a family member with a substance use disorder and her passion to help others inspired her to create the website www.SOSforAddictions.com.

Kimberly previously served as a policy board member for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) Head Start/Early Head Start Program for infants, toddlers, and prenatal women in the KIPDA region. She also served as a member of the Kentucky Citizens Review Panel for Jefferson County which is a federally mandated group of private citizens charged with determining whether state and local agencies are effectively discharging their child protective responsibilities by reviewing policies, procedures, research and case review to promote child safety and quality services to children and families.

Tara Moseley Hyde

Tara Moseley Hyde is a graduate student at American University in a master’s in Public Administration and Policy program. Tara is also a person in long term recovery and has been in recovery since 2011. In May of 2014, she began working with Young People in Recovery and she has established a Yong People in Recovery (YPR) chapter in her community in Louisville, Kentucky. She has since become a Program Manager and National Chapter Coordinator to develop chapters and programs of Young People in Recovery across the country. Tara has worked with universities across the country to develop recovery support services for young adults on college campuses to have the best collegiate experience while fostering their recovery from a substance use disorder. She has worked with SAMSHA, BRAS TACS, and other state agencies like Departments of Behavioral health to design a standard for youth and young adults peer supports services and bring awareness of recovery across the region.

Shelton McElroy

Shelton McElroy is National Director of Strategic Partnerships of The Bail Project.

Prior to joining TBP, Shelton worked with Parent Advocacy and Participatory Defense in Louisville, KY, assisting parents in the reunification process with their children and using organizing tools to fight the criminal justice system. As a formerly incarcerated individual who was a ward of the state in foster care for over 15 years, Shelton works daily to dismantle dehumanizing systems of oppression. A 2016 Just Leadership USA fellow and a 2018 BMe Genius award recipient, Shelton holds Masters in Mental Health Counseling and studies Documentary Studies at Duke University. In addition, Shelton hosts scholarship workshops for underserved individuals and has raised over $100k for emerging scholars.

Leon Morrow

Leon Morrow retired in 2006 after a 35 year career with General Motors in the field of Sales and Marketing. Leon has a B.S. degree in Business Management from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. Leon and his wife of 26 years currently own an automotive consulting business working with GM automotive Dealers for ten years.

Leon started his journey in recovery on August 15, 1986 and so far has not found it necessary to restart the process. Leon is very active in all areas recovery. Leon Sponsors several fellow members of the fellowship, attends meetings daily and speaks when asked.

In addition to the Business he owns Leon is the State Coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety program, administering a program that teaches 200 driver safety classes per year with 2500 class participants.

Kungu Njuguna

Kungu Njuguna is a first generation American of Kenyan descent who was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Dupont Manual High School in 1996 and received his undergraduate-Political Science (2000) and Juris Doctorate (2003) degrees from the University of Kentucky. Immediately after graduation, Kungu went to work for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office as a part-time prosecutor and a city attorney for Metro Louisville Government. Currently, Kungu is an associate attorney with the law firm of Hessig & Pohl, PLLC, and is the Vice President of the Board of the ACLU of Kentucky.

Kungu is an individual in long-term recovery, but prior to his sobriety date of September 26, 2016, Kungu experienced homelessness and incarceration. He also felt the shame and stigma associated with addiction. In sobriety, Kungu has sought to end the stigma associated with substance abuse disorder. As an active member of KYLAP (Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program), Kungu has openly shared his story of recovery with members of the Kentucky Bar Association, and he penned a short article entitled "I'll Never Be an IV Drug User: A Lawyer's Unexpected Path to Heroin Addiction" (KBA Bench & Bar, Sept/Oct. 2017).

As an active member of the ACLU of Kentucky Smart Justice Advocates, Kungu seeks to reform the criminal legal system by advocating for an end to the “War of Drugs” and for laws that promote treatment, not incarceration. (See, https://www.freethink.com/videos/criminal-justice-reform).
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