George Marcelle, a substance abuse prevention leader who helped pioneer educational efforts on issues involving substance use and HIV/AIDS, this month will receive a Founder’s Award from NALGAP, The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies. NALGAP will present the Finnegan-McNally NALGAP Founder’s Award to Marcelle at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) in Anaheim, Calif., a meeting sponsored by the publishers of Addiction Professional.
Marcelle, who has been in recovery since 1974, was a longtime public information officer at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and has worked for more than a decade at ICF International, where he has managed a joint Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/National Prevention Network communications training initiative.
A member of NALGAP nearly from the association’s inception, Marcelle coordinated the first national conference track examining alcoholism in the gay community, in 1980. In 1986, he was instrumental in organizing the first national educational workshop for physicians on the relationship between substance abuse and the emerging HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Marcelle also chaired an LGBT constituent committee for the former California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and drafted a committee report titled Invisible Californians.
Last month, the National Prevention Network honored Marcelle with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be honored at NALGAP’s evening reception at NCAD on Sept. 23 and then will be presented with the award formally at a Sept. 24 morning plenary session.