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Kristopher Walton

Presenter / Author
Speaker Bio

Kristopher L. Walton has a highly skilled team of clinical therapy professionals and experts on his team to help you learn how to Navigating Your Mind to achieve a life of peace, joy, and happiness. Kristopher has been published by Aviva New York on his first book titled:  Navigating Your Mind:  Achieving a Life of Peace, Joy and Happiness.  Kristopher holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has twenty-three years experience helping people work through their worries and concerns, and guiding them to achieve remarkable success. His mission is to introduce people to proven methods, skills, and scientific knowledge to face fear, overcome problems, and create new visions so they can achieve greater peace in their minds, joy in their hearts, and happiness in their families and their lives.  Kris’ efforts and successes led to his past-appointment by the Governor of Idaho as a member of the State Board of Social Work Examiners and he served on the Association of Social Work Boards. Kris’ book,  Navigating Your Mind:  Achieving a Life of Peace, Joy and Happiness is being sold throughout the North America.  He has served his community by being a weekly guest on local radio with Tim Lewis, “Your Mental Health Moment” on 1260 AM and 97.7 FM. Kris’ perspectives and philosophy have been featured at Idaho Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), at the Department of Energy, the Department of the Navy, Health and Welfare, Al-Anon, Grandparent’s Raising Grandchildren, and in Head Start programs, Utah Veterans Administration. Navigating Your Mind:  Achieving a Life of Peace, Joy and Happiness is available on his website at NavigatingYourMind.com. 

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Ali Edelstein

Ali Edelstein

Director of Social Responsibility
Speaker Bio

Ali Edelstein joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 2017 as the organization’s first Director of Social Responsibility, after serving as Senior Sustainability Advisor at Yum! Brands. In this role, she directs the collective alcohol responsibility, environmental sustainability, and community engagement efforts of 39 world-leading Bourbon and distilled spirits companies in Kentucky. Her current role builds upon her international public affairs experience managing the Fulbright Program at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. She holds a Master of International Business from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Honors College at Western Kentucky University.

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Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes

Sergeant
Speaker Bio

Sgt. Robert Hayes is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Albany Police Department.  The Albany Police Department hired Robert in 1999.  Robert’s passion is traffic enforcement, and in particular the detection of impaired drivers. Prior to working for the Albany Police Department, Robert served for four years with the Florence Police Department (Florence, Oregon) and four years as a Reserve Deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Salem, Oregon). 

Robert attended the fifth Drug Recognition Expert School that was held in the State of Oregon in 1998.  He is currently a Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, Intoxilyzer 8000 Instructor, DITEP Instructor, and a SFST Instructor.  He is also a part-time Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) instructor as well as a Crash Re-Constructionist for his agency.  In addition, Robert has been a Drug Recognition Expert Region II and III Allied Coordinator since July of 2009. 

In 1999 Robert received his Associates of Arts from Lane Community College.  He is also the President for the Linn County DUII Victim Impact Panel and Chair for the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Task Force.  During his career Robert has been recognized with the following awards:

  • 2001 Drug Recognition Expert of the Year for a Municipality in the State of Oregon. 
  • 2005 Impaired Driving Trainer of the Year in the State of Oregon.
  • 2005 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year.
  • 2006 Security Alarm Corporation (SAC) Public Service Award. 
  • 2008 Award of Appreciation by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. 
  • 2013 Ken Snook DRE Award of Excellence.
  • 2015 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year. 

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Dan Zsido

Dan Zsido

National Education & Training Coordinator
Speaker Bio

Dan Zsido, retired as a lieutenant from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2016, where he commanded the Narcotics Division comprised of the Pinellas Initiative with the CFHIDTA (Central Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas), Strategic, Interdiction, Tactical, Diversion and Technical Operations with over 50 detectives, 8 law enforcement agencies, analysts and civilian personnel.  Mr. Zsido began his career in law enforcement in 1982.  He has held various assignments and positions during his law enforcement career as an investigator and supervisor in Patrol Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Field Training Operations (FTO), Street Crimes Unit, Community Policing (CPO), Community Education and the Narcotics Division.  He has 15 years of narcotics investigative experience in areas to include policy development, undercover operations in high schools, street drug purchases, drug search warrants, narcotics intelligence, pharmaceutical crimes and trafficking investigations.  In 2009, Mr. Zsido was selected to establish and supervise the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Strategic Diversion Task Force.  During this time, he developed a nationally recognized multi-agency entity that investigated pharmaceutical crimes i.e. doctor shopping, prescription fraud, drug trafficking organizations, rogue pharmacies and pill mill criminal enterprises.  Mr. Zsido currently serves as the NADDI (National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators) National Education & Training Coordinator since 2016, NADDI Florida Chapter President 2013-16 and NADDI active member since 2005.  He is an active board director with the Pinellas NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) and DFAF (Drug Free America Foundation).  On a national level he provides impactful narcotic training and drug trend awareness to law enforcement, corrections, probation & parole, regulatory investigators, healthcare practitioners, schools, community groups, anti-drug coalitions, HIDTA and the National Guard.  Mr. Zsido has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the Tampa College and is a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Administration Narcotics Course.  

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Molli Barker

Molli Barker

The Executive Director
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Molli serves as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Assessment Center serving Colorado’s largest judicial district.  She has experience working in various communities focusing on collaboration and partnering across sectors to address systemic youth issues. Previous to her role as Executive Director, she served as administrator for a governmental community planning and funding organization, spent over a year assisting the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign and as a Program Director for a Community Action Agency.  She is a fellow with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Program. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and an undergraduate degree in Political Science.

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Ryan Buzzini

Ryan Buzzini

Officer
Speaker Bio

Officer Ryan Buzzini – Biography

Ryan “Buzz” Buzzini has been in law enforcement for 29 years.  He served as a reserve for Ada County Paramedics from 1987 until 1993, as well as worked in the Idaho Poison Control Center for several years.  Buzz worked pharmacy fraud for over 15 years for the Boise City Police department.  As a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, he is trained in the signs and symptoms of legal and illegal drug use. He also held a position with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force keeping a watchful eye on drug trafficking, as it is used to finance terrorism activities.  Buzz has also been a member of the DEA Task Force focusing on the fraudulent prescription pill epidemic. His vast knowledge, accumulated through training and years of professional service, lies in both the realms of medical professionals, as well as street level usage and sales. Buzz has lectured numerous times around the nation to professional drug coalitions, medical & law enforcement conferences, and the drug testing industry. He is currently a contractor with J. Chad Professional Training, “Tall Cop Says Stop”, where he continues to bring his expertise and insight.  His teaching is often times humorous and very entertaining.

Please contact Officer Buzzini at RxBuzz@gmail.com. 

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Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Deputy Sheriff
Speaker Bio

In 2006, Michael Scott started as a Deputy Sheriff with the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office in Casper, Wyoming. In 2008, Michael became a patrol Deputy and also started teaching the DARE program. Deputy Scott has been assigned the position of crime prevention from 2008 – Current.   At the beginning of 2014, he became an investigator in charge of the Juvenile Diversion program. Throughout Deputy Scott’s Career he has attended many training classes to help out Juveniles.  Deputy Scott has traveled to many different states to educate both juveniles and adults about the problems we are seeing in our youth today.  Deputy Scott is currently a certified CIT officer, Crisis Negotiator, and instructor for the Interdiction for the Protection of Children class throughout the state.

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Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

Speaker Bio

Melissa Moore has worked in Public Health for nearly 20 years, leading substance abuse prevention and coalition efforts in multiple diverse communities throughout Wisconsin. Emphasizing the need to go beyond education to impact the external factors that contribute to substance abuse, Ms. Moore has helped lead assessment, planning, implementation and grant writing efforts to transform the culture and reduce this burden on the community. In her current position at the Marathon County Health Department, she continues to contribute to the growing reputation of the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug Partnership as a statewide leader in community coalition engagement.

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Rich Wistocki

Rich Wistocki

Detective
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Child crime expert Detective Richard Wistocki has dedicated his career to helping children by tirelessly pursuing, apprehending and prosecuting child predators.  As an active Cyber Crimes Detective he educates Law Enforcement, using cutting edge investigative techniques, and Parents and Students on responsible digital activity.

•          30 year, decorated member of Law Enforcement

•          23 year SWAT team member

•          Authored the State of Illinois Sexting Law

•          Authored the State of Illinois Sexual Exploitation of a Child Law

•          Member of The United States Secret Service Chicago Electronic Crimes Task Force (CECTF)

•          Member of The Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC)

•          High Technology Crimes Detective, Naperville Ill.  

•          Formed the Will County Illinois States Attorney’s High Technology Crimes Unit that made over 90 sexual predator arrests in its first 3 ½ years. 

•          Created Juvenile Justice Online, a first of its kind diversion program redefining the future of positive juvenile reform.  www.juvenilejusticeonline.org

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Mark Stodola

Mark Stodola

Probation Fellow
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As NHTSA’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona.  Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including field supervisor and division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing the day to day activities of the court including budget, case processing, program development (including the establishment of Arizona’s first municipal mental health court) and managing personnel. Most recently Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments.  Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.   Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.

In his spare time Mark serves on a number of boards and is actively involved in community activities with his wife Susan.    

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