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  • A great group of professional and personal speakers. Very well done. Alina

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Liz Reader

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Elizabeth Reader

Elizabeth M. Reader CCS, CADC, ICADC is the Co-Founder and Program Director of a licensed outpatient therapy clinic, Milford Counseling Inc. She has over 12 years of experience working with substance abuse clients and co-occurring mental health disorders. She facilitated her organization to receive a three year accreditation from CARF for Outpatient: Integrated AOD/MH (adults, adolescents, and children). She is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has written and studied the results of various treatment interventions and has developed new programing for women, men, young adults and adolescents. She is a supervisor and works with Oakland Community College, Oakland University and the University of Detroit to educate and train aspiring therapists. She has been instrumental in education of the public in areas that pertain to the use of substances, making her first appearances related to her experience and success in treating those addicted to synthetics. She was confirmed an expert in Substance Abuse by the 6th Circuit Court of Michigan on 1-21-12. She has been published by the Detroit Free Press and articles relating to her speaking engagements and work have been published in the Spinal Column, and Oakland Press. She is currently co-founding an educational organization called, R.A.D.E.O. (Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach) which aspires to further educate the public, and professionals about issues relating to the use and abuse of substnces.

Judge Jodi

Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski

Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski is Chief Judge Pro Tempore for the District Court 51st District Court in Waterford. She won election in 2012 following her appointment by the Governor of Michigan in 2010.Before assuming her judicial seat, she served as an appointee to the 45A District Court in Berkley, Michigan as a Magistrate and Court Administrator. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri after pursuing her master’s degree in Human Development, Family Studies and Public Policy. Judge Switalski volunteers with the State Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Committee and was responsible for implementing a Veteran’s Court program at 51st District Court. Recently, she was appointed as Region 1 Director for the Michigan District Judges Association. Other professional associations include the Michigan Drug Court Professionals, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Michigan Association for Justice, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County District Judges Association, and Waterford Chamber of Commerce among others. She received the highest endorsement given by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Judge Switalski is a founding board member of RADEO, Regional Anti-Drug Education and Outreach. She is an active member and volunteer with many youth-centered groups including Waterford Coalition for Youth, Waterford Youth Assistance, Childsafe of Michigan and MADD. She was Founder and Coach of the Waterford High Schools Mock Trial. During the Spice/K2 (synthetic marijuana) epidemic, the judge became active in town hall forums across Metro Detroit. This educational effort was extended in to schools and the new collaborative RADEO. Judge Switalski is married and has two children and three step-children. She is an active member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. 

 

Judge Kelly Kostin

Judge Kelley Kostin

Judge Kelley Kostin was elected to the 52nd District Court, 2nd Division in November, 2004 and took office January 1, 2005. Judge Kostin attended the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1983. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit in 1991. Judge Kostin was employed by Ford Motor Company in the Finance Department of the Electrical and Electronics Division prior to attending law school and clerked for the Honorable Fred M. Mester of Oakland County Circuit Court while attending law school. She served as an Associate in a private law firm for 13 years prior to taking the bench. While in private practice, Judge Kostin also acted as a Magistrate to the 52nd District Court. Judge Kostin is associated in numerous community organizations including The Clarkston Area Optimists, the Clarkston Area Task Force for Youth, the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce and Trustee for Notre Dame Preparatory Academy. Judge Kostin was honored to be selected Clarkston's "Youth Volunteer of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce in 2002. Judge Kostin is a member of the State Bar of Michigan; the Oakland County Bar Association; a member and past president of the Oakland County District Judge's Association; and is an Oakland County Bar Fellow. Judge Kostin is married and has one son.

 

Scott Masi

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Scott Masi is a member of the administrative team at St John Providence Brighton Center for Recovery. He represents the organization as a referral and outreach specialist, and previously was the organization’s data analyst. He was an integral part of the strategic planning and integration of Brighton Hospital, the nation’s second oldest treatment facility, with St John Providence and Ascension Health. Brighton Center for Recovery is one of the only dedicated substance abuse facilities affiliated with a nation health system He is an advocate for bi-partisan health policy, including legislative bills to reduce prescription medication risks. In 2010, he was nominated for Michigan’s Controlled Substance Advisory Committee. As a regional and state collaborator, he was a founder of Michigan Opiate Prevention Alliance (MOPA), a group organizing seminars to educate and bring awareness to the opiate epidemic. He helped found the student education program Community Parent Inc. Chasing the Dragon” in Genesee County. He is a member of the Livingston County Human Services Collaborative Body and its Substance Abuse Sub-Committee, as well as a member of the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families. As part of his work for implementation of the Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) model to reduce the impact of substance use, Mr. Masi partners with Labor Assistance Professionals throughout Michigan and the nation. He developed and facilitated a range of substance use related educational programs, including curriculum for the annual UAW Employee Assistance Professionals national confernence. Mr Masi has been asked to address the National Labor Assistance Convention for past two years. He became a founding board member at RADEO in order to champion community needs and bring substance use awareness and education to communities.