Speakers

Karen Williams

Karen Williams

Writer and National Speaker
Speaker Bio

Karen Williams, MSSW, is a writer and speaker known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience and apply it to real life. Her current focus is on three areas: brain development and behavior; the impact of substances, stress, trauma and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves. Her presentations and workshops are based on the research of many leaders in the field of brain and youth studies. She is the developer of the brain-based SAMHSA Model Program curriculum Protecting You/Protecting Me, and the "brain-friendly and trauma-informed" Positive Behavior in School and Society (PBSS), a joint project of Rainbow Days, Inc. and AT&T. She is the recipient of the 2012 Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Prism Award and a consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC).

Sessions:

Placeholder Photo

Erin Holmes

Director of Traffic Responsibility
Speaker Bio

Erin Holmes is the Director of Traffic Safety at the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility where she manages Responsibility.org’s traffic safety portfolio and partnerships, and is involved in the development of traffic safety and criminal justice policy. In this role, Erin endeavors to translate research into practice and provide thought leadership on impaired driving issues.

Prior to joining Responsibility.org in September of 2014, Erin was a Research Scientist at the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in Ottawa, Canada. During her tenure at TIRF, Erin published more than 40 reports and articles and delivered in excess of 50 presentations internationally on impaired driving, criminal justice system improvements, alcohol monitoring technologies, remedial programs, risk assessment, and drug policy. She also conducted process evaluations, developed online curricula, education programs, and primers. Erin was involved in TIRF’s international symposia series on interlocks and served as the co-coordinator of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements, a U.S. criminal justice coalition on impaired driving. In addition, she provided NHTSA-funded training and technical assistance to more than 20 states to improve the delivery of interlock programs across the United States. She has extensive professional experience working with practitioners and offender populations including nearly a decade of volunteer experience within the Canadian criminal justice and correctional systems.

Erin graduated summa cum laude and has an Honors and Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. She is a Junior Fellow at the Drug Policy Institute in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida and routinely serves as faculty for the National Judicial College on traffic safety issues.

Sessions:

Jacquie Sheehey

Jacquie Sheehey

Director of Marketing and S.M.A.R.T. Mobile Solutions
Speaker Bio

Jacquie Sheehey has more than 25 years of experience in the drug and alcohol testing industry working with the criminal justice field to develop the most appropriate testing/monitoring solutions for drug/DWI Courts and probation departments across the country specific to high-risk, medium risk and low-risk clients. Her areas of expertise are in marketing and training specific to this field. Ms. Sheehey currently is the Director of Marketing and Director of S.M.A.R.T. Mobile Solutions for Smart Start, Inc., an alcohol monitoring technology company that manufactures ignition interlock and portable alcohol monitoring devices.  Ms. Sheehey has also worked for Varian, Inc. as Director of Marketing for their drugs of abuse testing division and for Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) as a Regional Manager. She has served as a consultant to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals and serves as a Board Member for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).

Sessions:

Placeholder Photo

Terry Derden

Professional Consultant
Speaker Bio

Terry is a professional consultant on police and sheriff department policy, specializing in use of force, body cameras, and Fourth Amendment issues. 

Terry is a former Deputy City Attorney for Boise, Idaho.  In that role, he spent 10 years providing legal advice to the Boise Police and Fire Departments and the Boise City Clerk.  Additionally, Terry served as the Meridian Police Liaison from 2008 to 2016 and the Eagle City Police Liaison from 2014 to 2016.  As the police liaison, Terry provided legal advice and training to police officers on a myriad of issues, reviewed thousands of public records requests and property/weapon dispositions; and regularly drafted resolutions and ordinances on behalf of the department.  Terry also assisted police officers with on-going criminal investigations, legal requests for arrest and search warrants, and provided legal advice for officers and commanders in the field.  Prior to being a full-time police liaison, Terry served as a criminal prosecutor on a wide range of criminal offenses and sat as first chair on more than 30 jury trials and handled hundreds of bench trials. 

In 2015, Terry was awarded the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association, Dale Storer Professionalism Award for his significant and positive contribution to the practice of Idaho municipal law.  Terry lives in Eagle, Idaho with his wife, Nicole (who manages her own immigration law firm) and their four sons.  Terry and Nicole graduated from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2004. 

Sessions:

Chuck Hayes

Chuck Hayes

Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program Project Manager
Speaker Bio

Chuck Hayes is the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program Project Manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and provides technical support for the DEC Program and alcohol impaired driving enforcement programs. He is the former Division Director of the Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division and was in charge of patrol operations until his retirement in 2003.  In addition to his Division Director duties, he also served as the Oregon DEC Program State Coordinator from January 1995 to July 31, 2003. 

 Chuck attended both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training, and the Advanced SFST Instructor training courses.  In 1989, he was designated as the Oregon State Police Training Coordinator for DWI Detection/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.  He completed the Los Angeles Police Department Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training in 1983, and the NHTSA/IACP DRE training in 1989.  In 1994, he completed the NHTSA/IACP DRE Instructor Development Course. He also served as the Western Region Representative for the DEC Program Technical Advisory Panel and served as the IACP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section Chairman from October 1998 to October 1999. 

 Chuck is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the Oregon Executive Development Institute.

Sessions:

James Tobin

James Tobin

Sergeant
Speaker Bio

James Tobin began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. In 2006 Tobin joined the Prescott Valley Police Department. As a proud alumni of Yavapai College in Prescott. Az., Tobin once again became a “Roughrider” as a member of the Yavapai College Police Department in September 2016.

Tobin has been named as his agency’s “Deputy/Officer of the Year” three times (2004, 2008 and 2010) and has been named a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) Yavapai County “DUI Officer of the Year” four times.

 In 2009, Tobin was named the MATFORCE – Yavapai County Substance Abuse Task Force “Community Member of the Year.” 

In 2011, Tobin received the “Community Leadership Award” from the Northwest Alcohol Conference (Boise, Idaho).

In 2012 Tobin received the “Mickey Sadoff - President’s Award” from the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) in Washington, D.C.  Tobin served as the Chairman of the MATFORCE Underage Drinking Task Force in Yavapai County from 2008 to 2013 and from 2016 to present.

In 2013 MATFORCE received the “National Coalition of the Year” award from CADCA from among 5000 substance abuse coalitions, with special recognition given for underage drinking enforcement and prevention efforts.

Tobin’s proudest accomplishment is being a husband to his darling wife Jacinda and a father to his wonderful children.

 

Sessions:

Risa Williams

Risa Williams

Detective
Speaker Bio

Detective Risa Williams completed AZPOST certification in 2007, and served in local jurisdictions prior to joining the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control in 2012.  During her tenure, she has served in various roles as a field investigator in the Tucson and Phoenix offices, coordinator for the CUB (Covert Underage Buyer) program, and program coordinator for a statewide youth alcohol program funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. Detective Williams’ contributions include working with community coalitions and playing a vital role in preventing the sale of alcohol to underage individuals.  Currently, Detective Williams coordinates the training and trade practice unit.  This unit specializes in training wholesalers, suppliers, and their employees to ensure compliance with Arizona liquor laws and regulations. 

Sessions:

Kevin Sabet

Kevin Sabet

Author, Consultant, Advisor, and Assistant Professor
Speaker Bio

Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003) Administrations, and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration. He has appeared since at the Aspen Ideas and New Yorker festivals, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort. He has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and in virtually every major media publication and news channel on the subject of drug policy.

Dr. Sabet is the President of SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a science-based policy organization. He is also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. With Patrick J. Kennedy, he is the co-founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). He is also a policy consultant to numerous domestic and international organizations through his company, the Policy Solutions Lab. His current clients include the United Nations, where he holds a senior advisor position at the Italy-based United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. He also recently served as the only non medical doctor on the writing committee establishing the official position on marijuana legalization for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

In addition, he advises several non-governmental organizations working to reduce drug abuse and its consequences, and serves in an international role as an advisor, in various capacities, to the United Nations and other multi-national organizations.

Dr. Sabet’s regular blog is housed at the Huffington Post and he regularly contributes to opinion-editorial pages, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times. Two of his op-eds published since 2011 have earned him a “Five Best Columns” distinction by The Atlantic. He is the winner of the 2014 Nils Bejerot Award for Global Drug Prevention, given at Stockholm City Hall by the anti-drug organization chaired by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden and the John P. McGovern Award for Drug Prevention given by the Institute for Behavior and Health, and Robert DuPont, the founding director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

He received his Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Science from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 2007 and 2002, respectively, and his B.A. with high honors in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.

Sessions:

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Support Services/Training Manager
Speaker Bio

Ken Jenkins is the Support Services/Training Manager for Ada County Juvenile Court Services in Boise, Idaho.  In his thirty-six-year adult education career, Ken has served as a military, law enforcement, and juvenile justice trainer, training coordinator, and training manager. He has presented generational team building, ethics, communication, and respectful workplace training to law enforcement and juvenile justice audiences for many years.  Years of research, practical classroom experience, and communication training laid the foundation for delivery of this Generational Team Building class.  He believes passionately in providing skill set building and increasing leader-staff communication and collaboration on cross-generational empowerment.  In addition, Ken is an Idaho POST Instructor Development instructor and a strong advocate for both law enforcement and our future – the youth of today.  Ken resides in Boise; his interests include pop culture, generations, history, skiing, and the music of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s

Sessions:

Taylor Amerman

Taylor Amerman

Corporate Responsibility Manager
Speaker Bio

Taylor is currently a Corporate Responsibility Manager at Brown-Forman, a 148 year old beverage alcohol company based in Louisville, Kentucky, best known for its most iconic brand Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. She manages Brown-Forman’s alcohol responsibility programs to eliminate drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, promote moderation, and respect the choice not to drink.


Prior to Brown-Forman, Taylor worked in Global Sponsorships and Sustainability at UPS in Atlanta, GA where she led the implementation of planting 1,000,000 trees around the globe.  She has also worked in Community Relations for the University of Kentucky and the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

Taylor has a MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Nottingham in England where she received a full scholarship to attend.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a BSc in Accounting with honors. During her time at the University of Kentucky, she received the SECAC Global Leadership Scholarship to attend Queens University in Belfast, Ireland.

Taylor currently serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Mid-States and the Louisville Metro Parks Advisory Commission. She has been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters for the last 8 years. This past year, Taylor was selected as the 2016 Young Professional of the Year from the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.  She is also a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Louisville Ignite Louisville program and winner of the YUM! Ignite Louisville Challenge for her work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana. While she was living in England, her involvement in the community was recognized when she was selected to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2012 London Olympics!

Sessions: