Peer Faces:  Celebrating Resiliency
July 29 & 30, 2024

Hilton Polaris Columbus

Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations (OhioPRO) is the statewide advocate for peer organizations and peer recovery supporters. We work to promote the importance of the voices of individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder and to strengthen the system of investment in recovery supports throughout the state.

OhioPRO’s driving force is its mission, vision, and value statements. Our mission is to strengthen and expand the impact of peer recovery organizations throughout Ohio. We envision Ohioans thriving in their recovery. Our six values - impact, expansion, lived experience, unified voice, hope, and connection - guide us in our goal of making a difference in peer support.

The 2024 Peer Recovery Summit's theme is Peers Faces: Celebrating Resiliency. Peer recovery supporters embody resiliency not only in their personal recovery journeys, but also in their work to help others. That resiliency deserves to be celebrated, and OhioPRO is excited to recognize the many faces of peers who make impactful changes every day.

National and local speakers will lead transformative educational sessions that will provide recovery leaders and peer supporters with new ideas and invigoration to continue to do meaningful work in their communities.

OhioPRO is also excited to debut its mobile application at the 2024 Peer Recovery Summit. The mobile application will connect each of Ohio’s certified peer recovery supporters with one another in a secure platform that will provide access to countless peer-specific resources, including events and employment opportunities.

The mobile application was developed at the direction of a group of passionate certified peer recovery supporters – the Peer Support Advisory Group. OhioPRO is dedicated to supporting the work of peer recovery organizations and supporters, and we are confident that the 2024 Peer Recovery Summit will be another avenue to make a positive impact in Ohio.
Hilton Columbus Polaris
8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43240
The rooms that were reserved for the conference attendees are full, however, other accommodations have been arranged at the Hyatt Place Columbus/Polaris. This hotel is less than a mile away.  CLICK HERE is make a hotel reservation at this alternate site.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants indicating they are traveling more than 50 miles may be eligible to receive one complimentary hotel room night stay. Credit cards are required to guarantee your reservation at time of booking and at check-in for incidental payment. After confirming travel distance, charges for room and tax may be paid for by OhioPRO. Once registration closes, OhioPRO will reach out to attendees to notify them if their request has been honored. Note: Sponsors/Vendors are not eligible for complimentary sleeping room. 

Deadline for Hotel Reservations:  July 7, 2024.
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Meet Our Keynote Presenters!
Ariel Britt
Ariel “Air” Britt received her Master’s in Social Work from The University of Michigan. Most of her career has been focused on developing substance use prevention, intervention, and support services for youth and young adults. In 2019, she created an award-winning podcast Beauty in the Grit. It shares true stories from her own journey in recovery and others that have inspired her along the way. In 2021, she served as a political appointee for the Biden-Harris Administration at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Currently, she is working on several projects to harness the power of data and storytelling for social good. Alongside her professional life, Air finds joy and fulfillment in raising her son Jude.
Director LeeAnne Cornyn
Director LeeAnne Cornyn:
Throughout her career LeeAnne Cornyn has worked tirelessly on behalf of Ohio’s most vulnerable populations — children and those living with mental illness and substance use disorder.
She was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine in December 2023 to serve as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).
Prior to her appointment, Cornyn served as Governor DeWine’s Deputy Chief of Staff where her responsibilities included oversight of the health, mental health, human services, education, and children’s issues policy portfolio.  Cornyn also served as the Director of Cabinet Affairs, where she acted as a liaison between the Governor and his 26 state agency directors.
She originally joined the DeWine-Husted Administration as the first Director of Children’s Initiatives where she focused on coordinating efforts between agencies to improve outcomes in maternal and child health, early childhood education, and foster care. She was instrumental in the creation of OhioRISE, which is a DeWine-Husted Administration initiative to keep kids with severe mental health issues in state and ensures that they receive coordinated care services under Medicaid.
Cornyn began working on behalf of Governor DeWine when he was Ohio Attorney General. At the Attorney General’s office, she served as an Assistant Attorney General as well as the Director of Children’s Initiatives.
Also, an educator, Cornyn taught 8th grade science in Los Angeles as a Teach for America corps member. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a law degree from Ohio State University.
Patricia E. Deegan
Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is a founder of Pat Deegan & Associates. For over 30 years Pat has been a thought leader and disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded a company run by and for people in recovery. The mission: To safeguard human dignity by bringing individual voice and choice to the center of the clinical care team. Toward this end she developed Pat Deegan’s Recovery Approach that includes the award winning CommonGround software, Medication Empowerment, Certified Personal Medicine Coaching, the online Recovery Library, the CommonGround Academy for peers and practitioners, and the Hearing Distressing Voices Simulation. Since 2009 Pat has worked as a consultant helping to develop and evolve the OnTrackNY model for coordinated specialty care teams for young folks experiencing early psychosis. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She has held a number of academic appointments, has numerous publications, and has carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University.
Ryan Hampton
Ryan Hampton is a national addiction recovery advocate, author, media commentator, and person in long-term recovery. He has worked with multiple non-profits nationwide to end overdose and served in leadership capacities for various community organizing initiatives. Hampton is in recovery from a decade of active opioid use and is a leading voice in America's rising recovery movement. He is the author of "Unsettled" and "American Fix"—and lives in Nevada with his husband, Sean, and their boxer dog, Quincy.
Don't miss out!
Registration must be complete 
by July 7, 2024.
Monday, July 29, 2024
8:00-10:00 AM
10:00- 11:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
11:00 - 11:30 AM
11:30AM-12:30 PM
Breakout Sessions (Block One)
Everyday Resilience
Jen Schneeman, Co-Founder & Director of Mindbody Resilience, Real Human Performance, LLC

Environmental Scan of Recovery Supports in Ohio
Representatives from C4 Innovations

Introduction to Peer Support in Ohio's Prisons
Olivia Winegardner, MSW, LSW, LICDC, John Helms, LCDC III, CPRS
Traci Brown, LCDC III,
Megan Freeman, MSW, LCDC III
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)

How to Utilize Family Peer Support Across Systems
Tameika Wright, Family Peer Support Training Coordinator, NAMI Ohio Tamisha McKenzie, Program Coordinator, NAMI Ohio

Youth Peer Organizations: Supervising and Supporting Young Peers
Amanda Stoddard, CPRS, CYPS, TRCC, MHFA, Director of Communications, Recovery Center of Hamilton County
Angela Lariviere, YouthMOVE Ohio Director, NAMI Ohio
Lisa Goodwin, Director of Prevention Services and Community Education, The LCADA Way, Lorain Ohio
Dr. Sarah Macovitz, LISW-S BF-TMH, PRSS-DSP, Alta Behavioral Health, Youngstown Ohio

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Guadalupe Velazquez, Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competency (MACC)
12:30 - 1:00 PM
1:00 - 2:15 PM
Lunch and Luncheon Keynote with Ariel Britt
2:15 - 2:45 PM
2:45 - 3:45 PM
Breakout Sessions (Block Two)
The NYAPRS Peer Bridger Model
Ellen Healion, MS.Ed, CPS, Director of Peer Bridger Services, Alliance for Rights and Recovery (formerly NYAPRS)
Recovery Grub: The importance of the food-gut-brain connection for mental health and substance abuse disorder
Alejandra Schrader, Award-winning author, plant-based nutrition certified chef, food TV personality, and activist.
Understanding Family Peer Support in Ohio
Julli Griesheimer, MSW, Wings Support and Recovery Tracie Gordon-Nelson, PhD, Wings Support and Recovery Wren Hawkins, Certified Family Peer Supporter]
How to Support and Utilize Certified Youth Peer Support Across Systems Neveah Fernan, Certified Youth Peer Supporter, IFoster Peer Supporter, STAR House Youth Housing Program
Kennedy Wilbert, Certified Youth Peer Supporter, The LCADA Way, Project AMP
Anjhani McGee, Certified Youth Peer Supporter, Coordinator of Gateway Service and Peer Support and HUD Navigator at Bellefaire JCB
Janelle Freman, Certified Youth Peer Supporter, NAMI Urban Greater Cincinnati Chantelle Smith, Certified Youth Peer Supporter
Building New Horizons: Opening Career Pathways for Peers with Criminal Justice Backgrounds
Amy Brinkley, CAPRCII, CRS/CHW, Recovery Support Systems Coordinator, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
AOD Treatment Challenges in the LGBTQ+ Community: Context, Culture, and Continuum
Andrea Boxill, Public Health Administrator for Department of Addiction and Drug Services, Columbus Public Health
3:45 - 4:00  PM
4:00 - 5:00  pM
Breakout Sessions (Block Three)
Eye of the Tiger Approach to Peer Support Policy
Dana Fogelsong, MSW, National Senior Director, Recovery and Resiliency Services, Magellan Health]
Pawsitive Support: The power of therapy dogs in peer support
Kris Headley, Chief of Prevention and Recovery Supports
Fetch, Chief Inspiration Officer Muskingum Behavioral Health

Mom, Me and CIT: A Mother’s and Son’s Lived Experience with Mental Illness and Law Enforcement
Evan Curtin, CPRS Peg Stephens
Youth Recovery and Wellness
Representatives from C4 Innovations
Overview of Specialized Dockets in the Franklin County Municipal Court and the Role of the Peer in the Court Setting
Judge Gina R. Russo, Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jodi Thomas, Franklin County Municipal Court

The Role of Peer Support as an Indigenous Practice
Vesper Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Kiva Centers
Brenda Vezina, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Kiva Centers
5:00 - 7:00  PM
Break for Dinner
7:30 - 9:30  pM
Inheritance Screening and Q&A
See information about the movie below.
Tuesday, July 30, 2024
9:00-9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 AM
Keynote with Dr. Pat Deegan
10:15 - 10:45 AM
10:45AM-11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions (Block One)
Navigating the Peer Landscape: Understanding Roles, Supervision, and Career Paths
Jimmy McGill, National Peer Recovery Alliance
Prevention and Peers – Let’s Talk
Jose Flores, Mental Health Administrator, Bureau of Recovery Supports, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
Hold On, Pain Ends (H.O.P.E.)
Diane Banks, NAMI National
Peers and Partners: Creating Resilient Clubhouse Communities
Kathy Trick, Director, Miracle Clubhouse (Dayton) Teresa Conley, Pathway Clubhouse (Columbus)
Radical Compassion: Tools for Tough Conversations
Dr. Arianna Howard, Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
12:15 - 1:45 PM
Lunch and Luncheon Keynote with Ryan Hampton
1:45 - 2:15 PM
2:15 - 3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions (Block Two)
Dr. Pat Deegan, Pat Deegan & Associates
The Veterans' Voice - Empowering Veterans: The Crucial Role of Their Voices in Recovery and Behavioral Health
Julian Walk, Program Manager, SOR Program, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Leaning Into Language: Confronting Discomfort in Everyday Interactions
Dr. Jonathon Edwards, New York City Department of Health, Columbia
Beyond the Basics: Providing Peer Services for Human Trafficking Survivors
Amy Cornelius, Sidewalk Soldiers
OhioPRO Mobile Application Demonstration
Megan Conkle, Program Director, Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations (OhioPRO)
3:15 - 3:30 PM
3:30 - 4:30  pM
Breakout Sessions (Block Three)
The Role of “Us” in Recovery
Deana Leber-George, M.Ed., LPCC-S, Manager of Training & Consultation, Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP), Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences | Case Western Reserve University
Beyond Belief: Peer Support and the Enhancement of Spirituality in Recovery 

The Rev. Dr. Bradford H. Price, Fully Affiliated Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Spread the Love: Inclusive and Equitable on Purpose
Nafisah Alim, MA, LCDC III, CTTS, OCPRS-S, Executive Director of People, Places, and Dreams
OhioPRO Mobile Application Demonstration
Megan Conkle, Program Director, Ohio Peer Recovery Organizations (OhioPRO)
Values, Ethics, and Boundaries In Peer-to-Peer Relationships
Ellen Healion, MS.Ed, CPS, Director of Peer Bridger Services, Alliance for Rights and Recovery (formerly NYAPRS)
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Monday Movie Night!
Join us Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room to view the award-winning, compelling, documentary Inheritance!
Please join us for popcorn and refreshments as we present Inheritance.   Inheritance explores the underlying causes of the opioid epidemic in America through the life of one boy and five generations of his extended family over 11 years. Curtis, a bright and hopeful 12-year-old, grows up surrounded by love and struggle while every adult in his family – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – battle addiction. Curtis’s America is a country where people and communities are struggling with an epidemic of substance use disorder, joblessness, poverty, and a deteriorating sense of belonging.

View the trailer on their website at https://www.inheritancethefilm.com/trailer-synopsis

Don't forget to let us know you will be attending when you register!
Matt Moyer, Director
Amy Toensing, Director

Thank you to our
Conference Sponsors
Let's Get Real, Inc.
Ohio Recovery Housing
Recovery Center of Hamilton County, Inc
Recovery Reframed
Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center
Wings Support and Recovery
How do I receive credit?
After the conference, participants will receive a link (via email) to complete a form indicating the sessions attended and will complete a survey regarding the sessions. Participants will receive a "Certificate of Participation" based on the information submitted.

Do I need to make my own hotel reservation if I'm receiving a free hotel room?
Participants must make their own hotel reservation using the link above. Those indicating they are traveling more than 50 miles will receive one complimentary hotel room night stay. Credit card information will be collected to secure the room and cover incidentals. After confirming travel distance, charges for room and tax will be sponsored by the conference.

Sponsors/Vendors are not eligible for complimentary sleeping room.

Who do I contact if I have questions about registration?
If you have questions about registration, please contact Ellen via email at [email protected] or give her a call at 614-740-2633.

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