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Keynote Presenters

Onaje M. Salim

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Captain Jon T. Perez, Ph.D.

Onaje M. Salim, MA, is the Director of the Division of State and Community Assistance (DSCA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Treatment (CSAT). In this capacity, he leads a team of 38 dedicated federal employees to administer the Substance Abuse and Prevention Block Grant (SABG); Co-occurring and Homeless programs; and Performance Measurement activities, including Technical Assistance (TA) to States and Health Information Technology (HIT). He was formerly the Director of the Division of Addictive Diseases in the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health (DBHDD) in Atlanta, Georgia, whereby he served as the Single State Authority (SSA) for substance abuse treatment services and State Methadone Authority (SMA). Mr. Salim was also an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry on the faculty of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As a substance abuse professional with 32 years of experience, he has held positions as a therapist, administrator, educator, and consultant.

Jon T. Perez

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Captain Jon T. Perez, Ph.D.

Captain Jon T. Perez, PhD, is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist more than 20 years of federal service ranging from direct care to policy and program management in the United States and abroad. He was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1992, and over the last 20 years rose from direct clinical work in small, isolated clinics to directing behavioral health for the Indian Health Service, and now serving as the Health and Human Services Region IX Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Perez is also well known for developing programs for international health diplomacy efforts and creating disaster response networks. He began his disaster relief work during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and since then has been actively involved in developing and deploying disaster teams internationally. His assignments include behavioral health commander during initial U.S. tsunami relief efforts aboard USNS Mercy in Banda Aceh, serving as the Senior Liaison Officer between coalition forces and the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health, and leading multiple response teams for events from the Presidential Inauguration to remote crisis situations worldwide.

Susan B. Blacksher

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Susan Blacksher

Susan B. Blacksher, MSW, has been honored for her extensive contributions over the last 48 years as a public servant, policy advisor and implementer, lecturer, and community activist in the field of substance abuse. Her work over ten years in direct community services has included: recovery homes, a detoxification center and an outpatient center. As a public servant for 17 years Ms. Blacksher’s contributions advocating and establishing women’s services are extensive. During her tenure with the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs she established the first Alcohol Related Birth Defects statewide committee, and was instrumental in establishing more than 23 new programs for women (predominantly responding to the needs of ethnic minorities and underserved women). Her public service includes: five years as Alcohol Program Administrator for Sacramento County, 13 years as Deputy Director for the Alcohol Program of the State of California, and Executive Director of the California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR) since her retirement from the State in 1991. Her current responsibilities include executive oversight of the agency, advocating for social model programs and liaison with government and related agencies. She also has management responsibility for several community programs including Gateway Foundation, a residential program for Women and Sacramento Recovery House, a residential program for men. She serves on numerous boards and commissions and has received a multitude of awards and citations over her long and distinguished career, including being one of the first Americans to receive the “America Honors Recovery Award” from the prestigious Johnson Institute.

Judge Rogelio R. Flores

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Judge Rogelio R. Flores

Superior Court Judge Rogelio Flores began his judicial duties in January, 1987, as the first Court Commissioner for the North Santa Barbara County Municipal Court. In 1997, he was appointed to the municipal court bench, and in 1998 was elevated to the superior court. He received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1979. Judge Flores is currently assigned to various specialty courts in Santa Maria including the Substance Abuse Treatment Court (Drug Court), drug treatment mandated by passage of Proposition 36, and calendars specializing in co-occurring disorders. He previously was assigned to the Mental Health Treatment Court. He is a past president of the Latino Judges of California, and is a member of the National and California Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Flores is honorary chairperson of the National Association of Latino Drug Court Professionals, Mejorar.

David K. Mineta

Thursday, August 23, 2012

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

David Mineta

David K. Mineta was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 22, 2010, as 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 a 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 in 2007 was named 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 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. He served as a member of the American Public Health Association and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America before taking office at ONDCP. He studied Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Masters of Social Work from California State University, San Jose, in 1990.