The goal of the Indiana Recovery Community Summit is to provide current information and resources to existing, new, and emerging recovery community organizations, recovery community centers, recovery engagement centers, recovery cafes, recovery residences, peer supports, and all areas of the Indiana recovery ecosystem.
Workshops will feature a variety of topics for the Indiana Recovery Community.
Keynote Line-up below:
Tom Coderre – Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA
With decades of public, private, and non-profit service, Mr. Coderre is the first person in recovery to lead SAMHSA. Mr. Coderre’s career has been significantly influenced by his personal journey and a philosophy that acknowledges the essential role peer recovery support services play in helping people with mental and substance use disorders rebuild their lives.
In his role as SAMHSA’s Region 1 Administrator, Mr. Coderre led the prioritization of prevention, treatment and recovery services under the strain of COVID-19. He reconvened the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Opioids and as overdoses spiked throughout 2020, he brought the region together to identify programmatic and policy solutions to respond.
He also formed a collaborative to unite federal agencies on serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance to leverage partnerships to increase services and provide hope for people suffering. In an effort to address structural racism, Mr. Coderre launched the Diversity Inclusion Project Showcase to ensure equity in the distribution of resources across New England by introducing organizations who work in BIPOC communities to funders. He has supported federally recognized tribes and has been working with tribal leaders to open the first indigenous wellness center east of the Mississippi River.
Ariel “Air” Britt – Former Associate Director of Outreach, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Ariel “Air” Britt is the creator of the award-winning podcast, Beauty in the Grit. She is an exceptional speaker with a passion for community and service. Most of her career has been focused on developing prevention, intervention, and recovery support services for youth and young adults. She also served as a political appointee for the Biden-Harris Administration at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Air received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from The University of Michigan.
Joseph Green – Tipping the Pain Scale
Whether of triumph or tragedy, we all have a story to tell. Mine begins with the darkness of drug addiction and the death of a close friend, and it persists with the light of strength built, lessons learned, and a way to pay it forward.
I believe in the power of stories and the sharing of lived experiences as tools for connectivity and community building. Once unleashed, I believe that power can change the world for the better. It might seem unusual that I’m willing to share the darkest parts of my life with strangers. But I’ve seen what happens when people begin to feel safe enough to reflect on their own stories. Once you recognize the transformative power of reflecting on your own grit, mistakes, darkness, and light — you build an inner strength that no one can take away from you.
As a spoken word artist, educator, motivational speaker—and over a decade of work in youth spaces—I’ve seen these transformations firsthand. My acceptance and examination of my intersections combined with both my craft in theater and spoken word performing, as well as more than 10 years of creating an intergenerational dialogue between youths and adults, has contributed to my success in classrooms, boardrooms, and living rooms.
I am excited to continue driving both youth and adults towards self-forgiveness, redemption, and the irreplaceable role of love in the human revolution.
Please contact Rebekah Gorrell ([email protected]) with any questions!