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42nd Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Denise Ernst, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of New Mexico under the renowned Dr. William Miller, co-founder of motivational interviewing (MI), with a research focus on the application of MI in real clinical practice. She has been involved in efforts to increase the effectiveness of training, has provided structured feedback and coaching to a variety of professionals, and has developed and delivered several levels of advanced MI curriculum. Dr. Ernst has participated in the development and refinement of the family of MI coding instruments, including the Motivational Interviewing Skill Code (MISC) and the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding system, to determine treatment fidelity, practitioner skills and the critical elements of good MI practice. She has developed, trained, and overseen coding labs. With strong quantitative and analytic training and experience, she is committed to ensuring interrater reliability, utilizing a variety of methods to accurately assess that reliability. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Dr. Ernst trained as a MI trainer in 1993. She has conducted trainings internationally in MI to a wide variety of professionals working in substance abuse, criminal justice, medical care, and public health.

Jonathan Eames is a proven leader in governmental affairs in Oregon and Washington. With over 13 years of experience in the political arena, he brings a wealth of in-depth knowledge of the legislative process and has outstanding working relationships with elected officials, their staff, and key state policy makers. Prior to founding Eames Consulting, Mr. Eames began his lobbying career as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Oregon Health Care Association. He then became the Executive Director of the Washington Health Care Association, the largest long-term care association in Washington State. While lobbying on behalf of profit and not-for profit clients, his leadership paved the way for advancing an aggressive long-term care agenda for WHCA. Mr. Eames has also held the position of the Senior Vice President for Pac/West Communications. In this capacity, he represented Fortune 500 companies, the building trades, and a variety of health care clients while gaining broad experience in the areas pertaining to transportation, corporate tax policy, and state budgets. Mr. Eames graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Political Science. In his personal time, he enjoys family time with his wife and four young daughters.

Rachel Solotaroff, M.D., MCR is Chief Medical Officer at Central City Concern. She provides care as a general internist and board-certified addictions specialist at Central City Concern’s Old Town Clinic, a designated Healthcare for the Homeless program, with a clinical focus on caring for people with chronic pain and substance use disorders.
Rachel’s non-clinical work focuses on developing clinical and financial models to support integrated, seamless care to individuals with complex medical, behavioral and social needs.

Breakout Session Speakers

Douglas Braun-Harvey, M.F.T., CGP is a sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist who bridges sexual and mental health, and facilitates organizational change. In 2013 Doug Braun-Harvey and Al Killen-Harvey co-founded The Harvey Institute, an international education, training, consulting and supervision service for improving health care through integration of sexual health. He teaches and trains nationally and internationally linking sexual health principles within drug and alcohol treatment, group psychotherapy, HIV prevention and treatment, and child maltreatment.  Since 1993, he has been developing and implementing a sexual health based treatment approach for men with out of control sexual behavior (OCSB). He has earned several distinctions for his work, including the 2013 Carne’s Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, 2011 Sexual Intelligence Award, the 2011 Presidents Award from the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals, and the 2011 Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region Public Service Award. Mr. Braun-Harvey is a Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT Certified) in private practice in San Diego California, and can be found on the web at

Megan Chaloupka, LPC, CADC-I, is the current Program Manager of Central City Concern’s Acute Services, overseeing the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams, the State Hospital Waitlist Reduction Team, and the Intensive Case Management Team (ICM), which uses the Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment Model (IDDT). After two years of work at a dual diagnosis adolescent residential treatment facility, she began working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. During her 9 years in community mental health, Megan has worked as an ACT team clinician, Team Lead and Clinical Supervisor. In addition to her current Program Manager role, Megan provides trainings in the topics of suicide intervention, behavioral safety and daily living skill assessment. Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Marylhurst University, an her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Krystina M. Crume is currently the Housing and Project Coordinator for Knapp Street Recovery. She got her start at Knapp Street as a volunteer office manager, and after completing mentor training in 2015 transitioned into a mentorship role. Krystina has been in recovery for over three years after completing treatment in September 2012.

Janet L. Johnson is currently the Program Director at Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC. Janet entered the field of Chemical Dependency in 1998 after becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).  In 1999 she began her counseling career with women in gender-specific Outpatient Treatment. Since receiving her full licensure in 2000, she has worked with adults, both gender-specific and co-ed, residential and outpatient settings.  In addition, she spent nearly six years working with high-risk adolescents in both the community and a juvenile detention setting. Janet is currently pursuing a Degree in Administrative Leadership and Writing through the College of Individualized Studies at Metro State University in St. Paul, MN.

Laura Martin, LCSW is a social worker with 20 years of experience. She has been training in and teaching mindfulness-based modalities in mental health and healthcare professionally since 2002, starting with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and is Certified by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. She can often be found on silent retreats with the Zen Community of Oregon. She has a golden retriever named Louis, who prefers walking meditation.

Salvador Ameasola, CADC II has 18 years of experience in the field of addictions. In 2000, he was certified as a CADC-II counselor, and worked as a DUI Coordinator until 2004. After discovering his passion for working within the Latino community, he founded Estaciones—a recovery program in Washington County. Following his time as Program Director for Estaciones, he moved to Colma, Mexico to serve as Clinical Coordinator at Centro de Recuperacion Integral Social, where he helped implement treatment programs specific to the Latino population. Salvador is currently a Clinical Supervisor at BestCare Services in Madras, Oregon, where he monitors the Residential and Outpatient Latino Program.

Calvin Myers LCSW, CADC-1 has worked with those struggling with Addictions and experiencing Mental Health issues since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1987. Myers has worked in California, Arizona and Oregon. His experience ranges from line staff to opening a 24-hour walk-in crisis stabilization unit and a 36-bed residential treatment facility for those who experience both mental health symptoms and developmental disabilities. Currently Myers is the Interim Program Director for Community Counseling Services for Volunteers of America. In this role he oversees Home Base Recovery a 10-bed Low Intensity Residential Treatment Facility and an 8-bed culturally specific facility serving the Latino Community.

Janese Olalde, MEd, MFT, CADC-II, CGAC-II has more than 20 years of experience in the addiction and education fields. Having lived in Mexico for four years, she worked as an addictions counselor with Spanish-speaking clients for nine years and has been involved in the Latino community for more than 30 years. Janese previously worked for the State of Oregon DHS as a Problem Gambling Treatment Specialist, has a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy, and is currently a Human Services instructor at Lane Community College.

Douglas Querin, JD, LPC, CADC-I is a former Oregon trial lawyer who has practiced in state and federal courts for over 25 years. He is currently employed as an Attorney Counselor for the Oregon State Bar in Oregon’s Attorney Assistance Program. He is an Adjunct Professor at both Portland State University and George Fox University, and former Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Oregon Counseling Association (2006-2014). He currently serves as a member of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Mr. Querin is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on professional ethics at conferences, graduate schools, mental health organizations, and addiction treatment facilities.

Shannon Rose, M.S is a Domestic Violence Program Specialist with the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office. She has more than 10 years experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as developing and coordinating programs. Her areas of expertise include the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance use disorders, serving vulnerable populations, the impacts of domestic and sexual violence on survivors’ health, and trauma-informed service approaches. Shannon is an experienced trainer and educator with a Masters degree in Human Services and a graduate certificate in addictions counseling.

Rick Treleaven, LCSW is the current Executive Director for BestCare Treatment Services, Inc. and the Community Mental Health Director for Jefferson County. Rick has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health since 1982.  He has provided clinical services with diverse groups of people, including youth, families, veterans, victims of abuse, and people with severe and persistent mental illnesses.  He has worked at all levels of the field, as a volunteer, a therapist, a clinical supervisor, and as an administrator of programs.  He was the Community Mental Health Director for Clatsop County from 1996 to 1999.  He has worked for BestCare since 1999, and has been the Executive Director since 2001. In his time as director at BestCare the agency has expanded ten-fold and now provides compassionate behavioral health services in Jefferson, Deschutes, and Klamath counties. In 2006 he was the founding President of the Oregon Prevention, Education, and Recovery Association (OPERA). In the early 1990’s he spent two years in the Peace Corps, stationed in the Solomon Islands. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Social Work in 1987, and from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Arts in 1984. 

Tony Vezina is one of the Co-­Founders of The 4th Dimension Recovery Center. He is the founder of the Recovery 101 Club and Recovery Retention Coordinator at Portland Community College; past Phi­Theta Kappa Honors Society President; past Student Body President Portland Community College; past Outreach Coordinator and Vice President of The 4th Dimension Recovery Center and current Peer­Service Director. He has an AAOT from Portland Community College; Peer­Recovery Counselor; CRM; and is working on a CADC I. Tony identifies in long­term recovery and has been abstinent from drugs and alcohol since July 20, 2012.

Stéphanie Wahab Ph.D., M.S.W. holds graduate degrees in Social Work/Welfare from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She currently teaches motivational interviewing at Portland State University’s School of Social Work in addition to other courses in her role as faculty member. She has trained a diversity of service providers including but not limited to social workers, health and public health care providers, mental health care providers, harm reductionists, case managers, supervisors, and lay practitioners.

Dr. Chris Wilson is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized speaker and trainer from Portland, Oregon. For the past fifteen years, he has worked with victims and perpetrators of crime, as both a group and individual therapist. He currently has a small private practice of individual clients, provides psychological evaluations for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and trains nationwide on a variety of issues including sexual assault, domestic violence, and the neurobiology of trauma. His audiences have included judges, attorneys, civilian and military law enforcement officers, college and university administrators, victim advocates, and mental health professionals. He’s provided trainings for the US Department of Justice, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, the US Department of the Interior, the US Office for Victims of Crime, and the National Crime Victim Law Institute. Dr. Wilson is also a trainer for the US Army’s Special Victims Unit Investigation Course, and two nationally recognized programs: Legal Momentum, providing training for the judiciary, and the You Have Options Program, providing training for law enforcement on the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, designed by Chief Russell Strand of the United States Army. In his spare time he roots for his childhood hometown Boston Red Sox and current hometown Portland Timbers.

Harry Zorrilla, MA, CADC II was born and raised in Arequipa, Peru. After moving to Oregon in 1998, he worked with victims of domestic violence at the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washington County. In 2000, he started as an Addiction Counselor in a private agency known as Change Point in Portland, Oregon. In 2002, he was invited to participate in the first research study on the evidence base practice of Motivation Interviewing within the Latino community. After earning his chemical dependence certification in 2003, he was hired as the Clinical Director for Bestcare Treatment Services’ Latino program. In 2012, he received his certification CADCII as an addiction counselor. Henry received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from San Martin University.