James H. Berry, DO is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions. He is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a General Psychiatry residency at West Virginia University and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He and his colleagues at WVU have developed innovative community-based treatment models in response to the addiction crisis in Appalachia and are actively engaged in novel neuromodulation research related to substance use disorders through WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Berry has been a dedicated clinician and enthusiastic educator in West Virginia since the early days of the opioid epidemic. Statewide, he serves as a member of the West Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorders. Nationally, He serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry Examination Committee, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Board of Trustees, the Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care’s National Integrational Academy Council, and is a member of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board. He has enjoyed advocating on behalf of those suffering from mental illness and addiction before audiences as varied as local town hall meetings to testifying before the United States Senate. Dr. Berry’s work and opinions have led to interviews with local, state, and national media sources such as The New York Times, Politico, NPR, the Huffington Post and The Doctors television show. He and his patients were featured in the PBS NOVA documentary: Addiction that exposed a national audience to the science behind addiction and the humanity of those who suffer.
Dr. Matthew Christiansen, Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), plans and directs West Virginia’s efforts in combating the opioid epidemic. He was appointed to this position in October 2020 by Governor Jim Justice.
Dr. Christiansen is dual board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine and serves as Associate Professor in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Health, Division of Addiction Sciences where he practices primary care and addiction medicine. Prior to his appointment to the Office of Drug Control Policy, Dr. Christiansen was active in treatment of addiction/dependence across the lifespan. He has lectured in multiple states on addiction issues from a public health and primary care perspective.
Dr. Christiansen earned an MD and MPH from Marshall University.
Dr. DePhilippis is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 29 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator, predominantly, in the field of addictions treatment. He earned his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. Of the 28 published manuscripts he co-authored, he served as first author on 6. He serves as the Deputy National Mental Health Director for Substance Use Disorders in the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He has particular interests and expertise in expanding access to evidence-based SUD treatment and measurement-based SUD care. Since 2011, he has coordinated VA’s national implementation of Contingency Management (CM) – the largest implementation of CM in the world. He also serves as a trainer in VA’s national training programs in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders. Dr. DePhilippis also is a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Marc Fishman MD is an addiction psychiatrist, and leads Maryland Treatment Centers / Mountain Manor, a regional behavioral healthcare provider, which offers programs for residential and outpatient SUD and co-occurring treatment for youth and adults. He is a member of the psychiatry faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His academic and research work has focused on addiction pharmacotherapy; models of care for youth, particularly with OUD; and treatment placement and matching strategies. He served as a past President (2010-12) of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a current member of its Board.
Michael Haney has been with Marshall Health since 2018 and is the current Director of the Provider Response Organization for Addiction Care and Treatment (PROACT). Michael has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and is licensed to practice independently in West Virginia and Kentucky. Michael has been in practice since 1991 and in addition to his work at PROACT, he serves on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University where he teaches classes in addiction counseling. Michael also currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Fuller Center for Housing of Ashland and Ironton, Inc.
Autumn is a person that knows stimulant use disorder from personal experience. She has achieved and maintained long term recovery from poly-substance use. With the unique perspective of a person with lived experience, she is determined to spread hope to the recovering persons and the professionals that serve them.
In collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues, funders, physicians, coal miners and community members, he has participated in organizing and managing miners clinics and community health centers in West Virginia for decades. The health center work has included learning from, and working with others, in developing school-based health centers, integrating behavioral health and ambulatory addiction services with primary care, creating clinical education opportunities for health professionals, and developing black lung clinic programs.
He graduated from Oberlin College, and obtained an MPH degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
He is currently the executive director of Cabin Creek Health Systems, a Federally Quali ed Health Center in Kanawha County, WV.
Jeremy Sagun serves as Program Manager of SUD Services at Northwood Health Systems headquartered in Wheeling, WV. He received an M.B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University and completed undergraduate studies in Psychology. He has worked in behavioral healthcare settings for 15 years including experience in both administrative and clinical roles. His professional interests focus on innovative behavioral healthcare treatment models, medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, and integrated care delivery for SUD treatment populations.
I currently work for Seneca Health Services, Inc., as the SUD Program Coordinator and State Liaison for the agencies Mental Health Disaster Team. I have worked in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field in WV since 1997. During this time, I have worked in various settings including Community Behavioral Health and Corrections. I currently serve on Pocahontas County's Community Corrections Board and a treatment team member for Drug Court. I am a past-president of WVAADC.