Marvin Ventrell, JD
Director of Community & Alumni Relations
Marvin Ventrell is the Director of Community & Alumni Relations at Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, Colorado. Harmony, founded in 1969, is one of the nation’s longest running and most respected residential addiction treatment centers. As part of his position at Harmony, Mr. Ventrell also serves on Harmony’s Executive Leadership Team helping guide and execute Harmony’s mission to provide a foundation for lifelong recovery from the diseases of alcohol and drug addiction.
During Mr. Ventrell’s 28-year professional career, he has been a practicing attorney, a public interest association director, and a teacher. His career has been dedicated to advocating for families in crisis and developing institutional systems to address community needs. He previously served as CEO of the National Association of Counsel for Children and currently serves as Board Chair of the Juvenile Law Society. He is an author, commentator, and sought-after lecturer. He has spoken in dozens of universities, medical and law schools, nationally and abroad. He has appeared before the U.S. Congress and has served as an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is a recipient of the University of Colorado Kempe Award and the American Bar Association Child Advocacy Award, and is a Bar Fellow Emeritus of the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Donna Schwartz, MA, CAC III
Community Services Clinician
Valley Hope Colorado
Donna is the Community Services Clinician for Valley Hope's Colorado continuum for alcohol, drug and related treatment services. Donna’s career with Valley Hope began in 1999. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Addictions Counselor level III. Her years in this field bring an array of experiences- - from working with the addicted person, facilitating a family program, and couples work, to working in the community reaching out to professionals working with substance abusers. Connecting with professionals over the years has led to a 'follow up' provider list to refer Valley Hope patients to when they leave Valley Hope services. Her passion is helping the addicted person and their family find their way into recovery; assisting them to a facility that offers quality care that best fits 'their' individual needs. One of the things Donna loves most about her role with Valley Hope is their philosophy of helping people; that of "treating each person with dignity and respect, as if they were your own loved one or closest friend"! Donna sees that our facilities have over forty years of experience; that this philosophy has served us well throughout those years.
Lorie Obernauer, Ph.D.
CeDAR Alumni Recovery Support Services
In her position at CeDAR, Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation, Lorie developed and oversees the Recovery Support Services program. The program offers educational, social and volunteer opportunities for Alumni and Family members that support long term recovery efforts. In addition to managing Alumni services activities, Lorie developed and implements the “Recovery is Discovery” curriculum that introduces recovery concepts and skills to CeDAR patients during their time at CeDAR.
Lorie is also the founder of TPAS, Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services. TPAS is a professional membership association of individuals and agencies that come together, share best practices, and promote the effective practice of recovery and alumni aftercare services.Lorie also founded Beyond Betty, a dynamic social and learning community in the Denver metropolitan area serving professional women in recovery.
In July, 2013, Lorie will continue to follow her passion for supporting others in long term recovery by launching her Recovery Coaching and Consulting business in Denver, CO.
Douglas J. Edwards, MBA
Publisher of Addiction Professional
Douglas J. Edwards is Publisher of Addiction Professional, having formerly served as editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional. Edwards has been serving the addiction treatment community since 2000 in multiple editorial and marketing roles. Edwards will serve as moderator of the discussion.