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mineta-headshotDavid Mineta

Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy

David K. Mineta was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 22, 2010 to be the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In this position, Mr. Mineta oversees ONDCP Office of Demand Reduction which focuses on promoting drug prevention and drug treatment programs, as well as the agency’s newly created focus on programs for individuals in recovery from addiction.

Mr. Mineta’s focus on drug prevention and treatment services has been longstanding. Since 1996, Mr. Mineta has worked with Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He started as a manager of a youth prevention program, but rose quickly to associate director and, since 2007, deputy director. As deputy director, he oversaw all agency grant writing and institutional technology departments, and assisted in strategic planning, community consortiums, and other necessary functions. Before joining AARS, Mr. Mineta was a counselor in the San Jose Unified School District and later in Santa Clara’s Alcohol and Drug Department.

From November of 2000 through July 2010, Mr. Mineta served as a trustee with the Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City. In May 2009, he was appointed to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council.

Mr. Mineta studied Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Masters of Social Work from California State University, San Jose in 1990.

aee83297831c57a4283919b85fa092f0Peter Gaumond 

Chief, Recovery Branch at Office of National Drug Control Policy 

Peter Gaumond is responsible for leading the activities of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy’s Recovery Branch. Mr Gaumond has more than 20 years of experience in the treatment and recovery field.

Prior to joining ONDCP, he served as a Senior Associate at Altarum Institute, where he provided technical assistance to states and tribes under the SAMHSA/CSAT Access to Recovery Program, and at Abt Associates, where he served as Project Manager for the SAMSHA/CSAT Partners for Recovery Initiative. Before that, Mr. Gaumond served as the Administrator of Program Development for the Illinois Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. In that role, he was charged with improving systems and services, and overseeing a wide range of initiatives, programs, and projects budgeted at approximately $30 million annually. Before joining the State of Illinois, he served as program director, family educator, and counselor in the addictions treatment field; as an English and French instructor; and, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina-Faso, West Africa. Mr. Gaumond holds an MA from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and a BA in English from Marquette University. He also studied at the Université de Paris V and at the Université de Paris IV.

Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 3.48.54 PMJohn F. Kelly, PhD 

Dr. John F. Kelly is the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), Director of the Recovery Research Institute and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He has served as a consultant to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and to foreign governments. He is president of American Psychological Association Society of Addiction Psychology and is a fellow of APA.

Dr. Kelly’s research focus has been to improve the quality and effectiveness of addiction care. This has included work on the translation and implementation of evidence-based practice; addiction and criminal justice; treatment theories and mechanisms; and reducing stigma associated with addiction. He has recently published the first comprehensive text on addiction recovery management (Addiction Recovery Management: Theory, Research, and Practice; Springer-Verlag, 2011).

His research focuses on recovery-oriented systems of care including enhancing patient linkage with effective community resources, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. He studies mechanisms of recovery and reducing stigma associated with addiction. He has published more than 100 papers and chapters in journals, such as Addiction, Addictive Behaviors, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Archives of General Psychiatry, International Journal of Drug Policy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Journal of Drug Issues. His work is regularly featured nationally and internationally.  His work is supported by funding through the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Kelly completed his doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego State joint program in clinical psychology, and completed his pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in addiction studies at Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. He has served as an assistant professor in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School and as a research scientist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

alaudet2sendAlexandre B. Laudet, PhD

Director, Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery 

Alexandre B. Laudet, PHD., is an internationally recognized expert in addiction recovery whose federally funded research focuses on elucidating what helps people with drugs and/or alcohol problems quit drinking or getting high, and what helps initiate and sustain recovery. Her main goals are to build the science of recovery to inform services and policy that remove barriers to and create opportunities for long-term recovery and improved lives for people with substance problems. Among her currently projects is the first nationwide NIDA-funded survey of Collegiate Recovery Programs and their students.

Laudet is the founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.(NDRI) and also served as Deputy Director of Institute for Treatment and Services Research at NDRI. She has provided training and consultancy to U.S. federal agencies such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to state agencies such as New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS);  to non-Federal institutions such as the Betty Ford Institute and the Partnership at; and to grassroots organizations such as Faces and Voices of Recovery. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for two scientific journals and is an elected member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD); she regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals and  presents at national and international conferences.


Medical Director, Hazelden Youth Continuum

As the medical director for Hazelden’s youth services, Dr. Lee is Hazelden’s thought leader on matters related to youth, addiction, families, and mental health. A triple-boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Substance Abuse Committee.

Dr. Lee’s experience with families from across the country and abroad provide him with an unparalleled perspective on emerging drug trends, co-occurring mental health conditions, and the ever-changing culture of addiction. Given his unique degree of specialization and powerful messaging, Dr. Lee has been featured in numerous media venues and national academic conferences alike. He is the author of Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond, which provides an honest guide for parental leadership in times of crisis.

Dr. Lee also contributes regularly to a blog for Psychology Today.


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 Faculty, Duke Divinity School, Theology and Christian Community  Development

Matt joined the faculty of Duke Divinity School in 2013 and serves as the Research Fellow in Theology and Community Development.  He is currently leading Duke’s initiatives in Houston.  He has recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge’s Psychology and Religion Research Group (PRRG) where he explored redemptive narratives and models of the Church’s ministry of reconciliation in the world.  While at Cambridge he was a tutor at Cambridge Theological Federation and on staff with St. Edwards King and Martyr congregation.  He received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed his PhD at Texas Tech University in 2010.  His dissertation explored how women construct alternative narratives of redemption from years of sustained trauma and drug and alcohol addiction.  Prior to Cambridge he was the Associate Director at Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and was responsible for the replication model helping to establish collegiate recovery communities in campuses across the United States. From 1996-2008 he was Associate Pastor of Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church and founding pastor of Mercy Street, “a church for people who hated church”.   The Mercy Street community grew to over 800 and consisted of over 30 ministry teams. He is married to Michele Russell and they have three boys:  Miguel (11), Lucas (10), and Gabriel (7).