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Responsible Retailing Forum
The 8th Annual National Conference
April 21-22, 2010

  • To view the program from the 2010 Conference, click here
  • For a full list of conference attendees, please click here.
  • To view a draft of the Responsible Retailing On-Premise Report, click here.

Contact Information and Biography's for Attendees

Kami Anderson, Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission
724-354-2746 ext. 302
Kami Anderson is the Executive Director of the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.  She has been employed in the drug and alcohol field since 1993.  Ms. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Behavioral Health Management Corporation, providing oversight of the Health Choices behavioral health Medicaid program for the Southwest Six Counties. Ms. Anderson served as the Chairperson of the SCA Fiscal Conference Planning Committee for 7 years and is an SCA representative on the BDAP Fiscal Manual Committee.  Ms. Anderson is a member of the first graduating class of the IRETA NeATTC Leadership Institute, and was a recipient of the first William J. Schofield award.  Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a BS degree in Accounting.  Prior to being employed in the drug and alcohol field, she worked as an Accountant for a public accounting firm and as an Assistant Controller for a major petroleum products distributor.

Meg Baker, Keeping it SAFE Coalition
Margaret E. Baker is a Maryland Certified Prevention Professional. She has either volunteered or worked in the prevention field since 1990. Her experience has included projects with adolescents and adults in local Montgomery County schools and agencies.

Abby Bartlett, Wisconsin Distributors
Abby began her career as a bartender, waitress, and beer promoter in Erie, PA while finishing her senior year at Mercyhurst College. Abby promoted beer as part of an internship at Erie Beer Company 2003-04. In May 2004 Abby moved to Madison, WI to work for the sister wholesaler of Erie Beer called Wisconsin Distributors. Abby started out as the Marketing Assistant and now, 6 years later, is the Marketing Manager and Madison Beer Director. Beyond marketing and sales, Abby also works on a steering committee that will initiate the responsible retailers of Madison Forum this spring.

John Bodnovich, American Beverage Licensees (ABL)

Katya Boltanova, MECCA
Katya Boltanova received her training in linguistics and foreign language acquisition from Gorno-Altaisk State University in Russia. Also studied at the University of Iowa as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and has been in substance prevention field since 2002. One of her areas of experience is community building and coalition work in improving the alcohol consumption culture through policy.

Lt. Bill Bongle, Green Bay Police
Bill is the Lieutenant of Green Bay's Community Policing team and a 23 year veteran of the Green Bay Police Department. He has extensive training and experience in the field of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. Bill coauthored the presentation, "Street Sweeping, Broadway Style" that won the Herman Goldstein Award.  The project offers solutions to problems relating to alcohol and drinking problems.

Chad Brown, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
In his role as Walmart’s Director of ATF/Weights and Measures, Chad provides strategic direction to the company’s ATF and Weights and Measure teams.  He also oversees the development of the individual compliance programs within these subject matter areas and provides oversight to the monitoring effort aimed at measuring compliance execution within the company’s stores and clubs and at home office levels. Chad holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Harding University and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. Chad is a member of the State Bar of California.

Porfirio Bueno, Responsible Retailing Forum
Porfirio “Pilo” Bueno has over twenty years in the field of prevention. He started his carrier in the early 80’s in response to the HIV AIDS crises, first serving as a volunteer, then serving as the Director of the Gay Men’s Health Project for New Mexico AIDS Services. Pilo served as the National Coordinator of National Coming Out Day, an organization designed to encourage gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people to take their next step in coming out of the closet. Pilo served as a Project Manager and later as the Executive Director for the Santa Fe Mountain Center, an experiential learning facility in Northern New Mexico.  Pilo he worked for the State of New Mexico Department of Health as a researcher, Program Manager, Staff Manager and acting Bureau Chief. Pilo was the Director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at ValueOptions New Mexico and he currently the National Director of Prevention Services for the Responsible Retailing Forum. Pilo is the youngest of eight children, born in Santa Fe New Mexico. He studied art in Southern France at the Leo Marchutz School of Drawing and Painting in Aix-en-Provence, France; he studied accounting at the Santa Fe Business College and evaluation at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Eric Cartier, CVS Pharmacy
Manager of Regulatory Compliance

William Chandler, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, Retired
William C. Chandler, Ph.D. Retired Director of the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division (ALE). ALE is the agency charged with enforcement and regulation of the alcoholic beverage, retail tobacco sales, and lottery industries in North Carolina.  Chandler worked in all facets of the agency for over thirty years, holding the positions of Special Agent, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Training Coordinator, Assistant Director, Deputy Director and Director.  Chandler holds undergraduate (B.A. in Political Science, 1992), masters (MPA, 1996) and doctoral (Ph.D., 2001) degrees from North Carolina State University. Dr. Chandler's dissertation examined the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage persons in North Carolina, its causes and prevention. Dr. Chandler has held appointments as a visiting lecturer and adjunct instructor in the School of International and Public Affairs at North Carolina State University where he taught public policy analysis in the Master of Public Administration Program.  Chandler taught public budgeting in the Master of Public Policy program at the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University, where he was a visiting instructor. He has lectured on alcohol policy and public corruption in Duke University's SAFEA program which trains senior level Chinese government managers. Chandler is currently a reserve Special Agent with NC Alcohol Law Enforcement and a reserve Drug Agent with the Sanford, North Carolina Police Department.

Steven R. Champeon, Waltham Police Department
Steven has been with the Waltham (MA) Police Department for 22 years. He has held the rank of lieutenant for the past 10 years. Currently assigned as a night commander for the Detective Bureau. In addition to overseeing major case investigations, Steven also is tasked with being the Liquor Enforcement Officer, responsible for the 100 or so liquor licensees in the city. Steven hold's the following degrees: A B.S in the Administration of Criminal Justice, an M.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice, and a Juris Doctorate. Additionally, Steven have been a practicing attorney for the past 14 years, focusing on law enforcement training and consulting.

Charles Curie, The Curie Group, LLC
Charles G. Curie is the principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a management and consulting firm working with leaders in the healthcare field, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU), to facilitate the transformation of services and to attain positive outcomes in the lives of people worldwide. Curie's professional experience spans 30+ years in the MH and SU fields.  He was nominated by the President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2001 to 2006, The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the Nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services, including The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Strategic Prevention Framework for substance use prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war-torn countries MH and SU systems. From 1995 to 2001, Curie was appointed by PA Governor Ridge as Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and implemented a nationally recognized MH and drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program and a policy to reduce and eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system which won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award.  Curie holds a Master Degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Responsible Retailing Forum, Inc. (RRF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

William DeJong, Boston University of Public Health
William DeJong, Ph.D., is a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and a member of the RRF Board of Directors. He also serves as Executive Director for Research and Analysis at Outside The Classroom, Inc., in Needham, MA. Previously, Dr. DeJong was the Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention, and was the Principal Investigator for the Social Norms Marketing Research Project, a multisite randomized control trial to evaluate the impact of social norms marketing campaigns in reducing college student alcohol consumption. In 2000, Dr. DeJong received the American Public Health Association’s first College Leadership Award, and in 2008, he received the Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues.

Emily DeTitta, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
A lifetime resident of Montgomery County, Emily DeTitta is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Public Health. Following an internship with the Public Relations Department of Laurel Regional Hospital she was hired on full time as a Public Relations Specialist.  Within months, she was hired as a Program Manager at the local, non-profit the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, known to many as WRAP. Apart from coordinating various annual events, Emily worked her way up to Program Director with in 2 years, managing and marketing WRAP's free, holiday cab program, SoberRide; and speaking publicly to over 45,000 high school students and military personnel on the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.  After four years at WRAP, in December of 2005 she was hired as a Program Manager by the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control where she currently supervises the department's Outreach Office. In this current role, Emily supports Montgomery Counties 900+ licensed establishments with technical assistance and alcohol law and policy education. Through grant writing, Emily accumulates nearly $100,000 a year in small grants to support many of the Department's community programs.  Emily has been a recipient of the Montgomery County Best Award, three years consecutively (2006-2008), the 2006 and 2008 National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award, and in 2008, recipient of a certificate of recognition from the County Executive for her work as a member of the Senior Fire Safety Task Force.

Katherine (Kathie) Durbin, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
Kathie Durbin is the Division Chief of Licensure, Regulation and Education for the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control. She began her career has a Responsible Beverage Instructor for the State of Maryland. In addition to her training responsibilities, Kathie spent 8 years as a contractor for Montgomery County Health and Human Services actively working on substance abuse prevention techniques with key stakeholders and community organizations. She managed several sizable state grants, a county program of mini-grants and the substance abuse prevention network.  As the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Restaurant Association in the early 90's Kathie assisted the business community with legislative issues and local policies.  Kathie is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work/Psychology. She is a certified Maryland Alcohol Server Instructor, Parent educator/facilitator and is a certified Maryland State Prevention Professional. She plays leadership roles on local, statewide and national alcohol related boards.  Kathie Durbin resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband Chuck and daughters Samantha, Elizabeth and Kate.

Trevor Estelle, The TIPS Program
800-438-8477 ext. 357
Mr. Estelle is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Health Communications, Inc (Providers of the TIPS and CAST Alcohol Server and Seller Training Programs).  Joining HCI in June of 2004, Trevor has managed HCI's growing sales and marketing department for the past 6 years. He and his various teams are responsible for maintaining train-the-trainer workshops, recruiting participants for workshops, participant manual sales, corporate accounts, and retaining current TIPS trainers.  Trevor manages all operations involving trainer recruitment and retention.  In addition, he is responsible for implementing, coordinating, and managing trainer marketing strategies. Currently, Trevor's efforts are focusing on the release of HCI's new eLearning certification tool, eTIPS.  He is responsible for organizing and coordinating an integration team responsible for driving volume through eTIPS.

Janet Evans, Federal Trade Commission
Janet M. Evans, a senior attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Advertising Practices, manages the FTC's alcohol program.  She was the lead author on the FTC's third report on alcohol industry self-regulation, issued in June 2008, and the lead attorney on Constellation Brands, Inc., FTC Docket C-4266 (2009).  Ms. Evans developed and manages the We Don't Serve Teens program, and serves as the FTC staff representative on the federal government's Interagency Coordinating Committee to Prevent Underage Drinking.  Ms. Evans also assists in the prosecution of FTC cases challenging deceptive claims for health-related products and services.  Cases include Indoor Tanning Association, FTC No. 082-3159 (2009) (accepted for public comment); FTC v. Sunny Health (M.D. Fla. 2006) (prohibiting deceptive health claims, ordering $1.2 million in refunds); FTC v. QT, Inc., (N.D. Ill. 2006) (prohibiting deceptive health claims, ordering up to $87 million in refunds); FTC v. Great American Products, Inc., (N.D. Fla. 2005) (prohibiting deceptive ads for purported growth hormone supplements; $15.7 million in consumer refunds); FTC v. Seville Marketing, Ltd., (W.D. Wa. 2004) (halting sales of defective HIV test kits).  Prior to joining the FTC, Ms. Evans was in private practice.  She received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University (1981) and her B.A. summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1977).

Emily Garcia, Altria Client Services

David Gaudet, The BARS Group
David Gaudet is President of The BARS Program, the largest Compliance Check Training service in North America.

Gene Giron, MillerCoors

Lisa Grace Giuffra, Santa Fe Retailing Project
Lisa Grace Giuffra is the Coordinator of the Santa Fe County SPF SIG Project whose goal is to reduce DWI among 15-24 year olds in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.  She has many years of experience in the private sector as Operations Manager, Community Affairs Coordinator and Events Coordinator.  Ms. Giuffra directs the Santa Fe County Retailing Project which helps off-premise retailers reduce sales to intoxicated patrons.  She is also responsible for coordinating the Santa Fe Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance, a powerful coalition in Santa Fe County dedicated to preventing underage drinking and DWI through environmental and educational strategies.

Joel W. Gruve, Prevention Research Center/PIRE
Joel W. Grube, Ph.D., is Director and Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He a member of the Board of Directors for the Responsible Retailing Forum. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking (2003-2003) for the National Academies of Science.  He is currently a member of the National Academies of Science/National Research Council Transportation Research Board Committee on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Transportation (2003-present).  His research focuses on environmental factors influencing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use drug use among adolescents and young adults. His current research includes longitudinal studies on the effects of local community policies on drinking and smoking trajectories among youth.

Maryann Harakall, Maine Office of Substance Abuse
Currently, as the State of Maine Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant coordinator, Maryann leads multiple projects in regards to environmental strategies for substance abuse prevention, including youth advocacy efforts, trainings for police officers and retailers, and school substance abuse policy development.  Maryann holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.

William Harris, Safeway, Inc.
I am an in-house corporate attorney for Safeway Inc., a retail grocery company headquartered in Pleasanton, California.  In my in-house counsel position, I advise corporate senior management and overseeing corporate and division regulatory compliance for alcoholic beverage and tobacco sales, weights & measures, e-Commerce, privacy, and loyalty card issues, among other matters.  I also provide specialized legal support to three Safeway division Human Resource departments regarding all aspects of employment law.  Before joining Safeway, I was an employment law litigator and trial attorney in the San Francisco offices of Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest law firm specializing in employment law, and also a partner in a San Francisco law firm advising corporate clients on employment law, banking, insurance and other litigation matters.  I am a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate majoring in political science and history.

Kelvin Hobbs, Eagle Ridge Institute
Kelvin Hobbs is the director of the Area Prevention Resource Center at Eagle Ridge Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Nazarene University. Kelvin has over 18 years experience in prevention and substance abuse fields. He is a Certified Prevention Specialist and a Certified Trainer for Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training and Exploring Ethics in the Prevention Field 2020. Kelvin has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with youth, parents, schools and communities of all backgrounds and cultural diversities.

Janet Hoffer, Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission
724-684-9000, ext. 4446
Janet Hoffer is the Prevention Coordinator for Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.  She has been employed in the drug and alcohol field since 2003.

Katherine Johnson, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Katherine has been with the Attorney General's Office Tobacco Enforcement Bureau since September 2007. Prior to that she worked for over 5 years as a prosecutor handling all levels of crimes from petty traffic violations through violent felony and drug cases. She also spent a short time working on issues of Bioterrorism and Pandemic Outbreak Preparedness at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Robert Kaplan, Brown-Forman
Rob Kaplan is Manager of Corporate Responsibility at Brown-Forman, producer and marketer of 30 spirits and wine brands including Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodka, and Fetzer Wines.  Charged with managing and reducing the company’s environmental and social impacts, he develops brand and communication strategies to engage consumers while achieving corporate responsibility commitments.  Rob works across Brown-Forman on sustainability and responsibility initiatives, including, for example, acting as secretary for a committee of executive charged with developing and managing the company’s alcohol responsibility strategy.    Rob received his MBA from the Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley, where he studied general management and concentrated on brand management, corporate responsibility, and social entrepreneurship.    Prior to graduate school, Rob was Communications Director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California, a nonprofit advocating for increased public investment in education and crime-prevention, and a political consultant at M&R Strategic Services in Washington, DC for a variety of national environmental nonprofits.  Rob received his undergraduate degree in political communication from the George Washington University.

Thelma Kennedy-Malveaux, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company
Thelma Kennedy-Malveaux is a National Retail Programs Manager.  She has been with ExxonMobil for 30 years and have had a variety of national and international positions in petroleum retail sales and marketing, planning, supply and distribution.  Thelma has a BA degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University and a MBA degree in Finance from The Ohio State University.

Brad Krevor, RRForum
Brad S. Krevor, Ph.D., is the President of the RRF.  From 1989 to 1998, he was the Executive Director of the Tobacco Control Resource Center in Boston, a leading national tobacco control advocacy group. From 1989, he was a Sr. Research Associate at the Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University. At the Heller School, he directed  a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported effort to assist Attorneys General in pro-active efforts to prevent teenage access to age-restricted products (1998-2000), and a RWJF-funded evaluation of Exxon Mobile's implementation of its agreement with 43 state attorneys general to reduce underage tobacco sales. He conducted a comprehensive field effectiveness study of electronic ID scanners sup-ported by Miller Brewing Company; and he is the principal author of the Report on Best Practices for Responsible Retailing, developed as a federal Guidance Document for the Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention. He received his BA and MA degrees from Brown University and his doctorate from Boston University.

Rebecca (Becky) Ireland, Maine's Higher Education Alcohol Abuse Prevention Partnership
Rebecca Ireland has been directing Maine's Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Partnership since its inception in 2002.  Maine's Partnership is a collaborative statewide initiative between the vast majority of the state's colleges and universities (including public, private, two-year and four-year institutions) and the state Office of Substance Abuse to reduce underage and high-risk alcohol and its impact on individuals, campuses, and communities.  She provides training and technical assistance to college and community stakeholders with a focus on environmental management strategies including: strengthening alcohol policy and enforcement, reducing illegal alcohol availability, and reducing apathetic attitudes and misperceived norms.  Drawing on her past experiences a student leader, campus administrator, landlord, and community substance abuse prevention specialist working for a police department, she is able to facilitate collaboration between a diverse mix of campus and community stakeholders. She is currently an appointed member of Maine's Governor's Substance Abuse Services Commission.  She is a former Regional Director for The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Center Associate for the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention.

Reymundo Madrid, Eagle Ridge Institute
Certified in the Prevention field. Trained to conduct workshops in the prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and other Dangerous Drugs, Gangs, Teen Pregnancy, Bullying, HIV/AIDs/ High School Dropout. Retired USAF. Speak two languages - English & Spanish. Over 15 years in Prevention

Ted Mahony, Massachusetts ABC/National Liquor Law Enforcement Association
617-727-3040 ext 14

Pete Madland, Tavern League of Wisconsin
Pete has been a bar and restaurant owner for 24 years.  Pete is currently the Executive Director of Tavern League of Wisconsin. 

Dr. Aleta Meyer, National Institute on Drug Abuse/Prevention Research Branch
Dr. Aleta Meyer is a health scientist administrator in the Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Her research portfolio includes grants that focus on prevention services, workforce focused prevention, community-participatory approaches, positive youth development, physical activity, violence, and women and gender.

Tom Moffatt, CVS/pharmacy
Tom is a graduate of Harvard University (Class of 1986) and Northeastern University School of Law (Class of 1993).  After law school Tom was an associate in the Boston law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo (1993-1997).  Since August 1997 Tom have been with CVS.  Tom's current title is Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel - Corporate Services.  In addition to overseeing the Licensing Department (which led to the participation in the RRF), Tom is involved with SEC filings and compliance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, stock plans, contract review and negotiation, and some dispute resolution.

Grant Moy, Office of Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Grant is the Assistant Attorney General enforcing the consumer protection laws of the District of Columbia. Grant previously General Counsel of a Virginia-based government IT contractor, and had previously been general counsel of a federal agency, as well as a senior attorney in several other federal agencies. Grant also been an associate in the litigation department of a San Francisco law firm where he practiced antitrust law.

Dan Mueller, Exxon Mobil
Former US Army officer who joined Exxon in 1985 in New Orleans, LA.  Various assignments in both Fuels and Lubricants over career.  Positions held in Sales, Operations, Distribution, and Engineering.  Assignments have taken me to 6 different states.  Assumed current position as Legislative and Regulatory Manager, US Retail in October 2009.

Jim Renfrow, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
ATF Compliance Manager for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Lori Rizzo, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Lori has been employed with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board since 1993. She was one of three hired to develop a statewide training program for servers of alcohol. The Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) was created and served as the Board’s primary training for their licensees’ beverage alcohol servers for more than eight years. Lori currently serves as Division Chief of RAMP which with legislation enacted in 2001, evolved from a server/seller program to a comprehensive incentive based certification program for licensees.

Paul Pisano, NBWA

Katherine Plominski, City of Madison Mayor's Office
Katherine Plominski is the Alcohol Policy Coordinator for the City of Madison,  Wisconsin. She received a J.D. with a concentration in Criminal Law from the  University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in English Literature and Rhetoric from the  University of Illinois-Champaign. Katherine has a special interest in problem-oriented  approaches to public safety. The Alcohol Policy Coordinator position is jointly funded  by the City of Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ronalee Polad, National Hospitality Institute
Ronalee Polad was employed with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission Enforcement Division for 25 years, where she served as Outstate Regional Supervisor from 1990 to 2002, when she retired.  In her capacity as Outstate Regional Supervisor, Ms. Polad was responsible for oversight of all enforcement activities in the State of Michigan other than the Detroit Metro area, including conducting license background investigations, issuing complaints and working with law enforcement and local governmental officials.  She also served on several committees regarding drunk driving and underage drinking through the Office of Highway Safety Planning.    She is currently employed by the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) as a consultant, researcher and instructor for their various educational programs.  NHI administers the Techniques of Alcohol Management program, the Michigan Liquor Law Enforcement Training Seminar and Michigan Liquor Licensee Seminar as well as other training programs geared to the hospitality industry for the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association.  Ms. Polad received an Associate in Arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in 1976.  She currently is a member of the Michigan SPF-SIG Committee on Underage Drinking and occasionally fills in on the Impaired Driving Action Team.

Stacy Potter, ROCMND Area Prevention Resource Center
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and am a Certified Prevention Specialist.  I have worked in the mental health and substance abuse arena for 19 years.  I am the Program Director of ROCMND Area Prevention Resource Center and have also served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance as well as a board member of Oklahoma’s Governor’s Task Force on Prevention of Underage Drinking.

Ron Price, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
Ron Price is the Compliance Manager for the Montgomery County Dept. of Liquor Control.  He holds an AA degree from Montgomery College and a BS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.  He served in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of Captain with the Rockville City Police Dept.  Ron has varied institutional knowledge and a working knowledge of Maryland State Article 2B and the M.C.Liquor Boards Rules and Regs.  He was also a partner and owner of a private investigation, security and consulting firm.

Joel M. Ressler, PA Office of Attorney General
Joel M. Ressler has served as a Pennsylvania deputy attorney general since 1978.  In 1997, he was named lead staff attorney for the Commonwealth’s tobacco litigation.  This litigation culminated with the signing of the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which Mr. Ressler has successfully defended against several court challenges.  In 2000, Mr. Ressler was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General and named chief of the newly created Tobacco Enforcement Section in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  In 2002, he received the inaugural Laurie Loveland Award from the National Association of Attorneys General.  The award recognizes individuals within an Attorney General’s office who have helped to advance the work of the Attorneys General on tobacco-related issues.

Melissa Romeo, Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
Melissa Romeo is the Community Outreach Program Specialist for the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control.  Melissa helps support Montgomery County's 900 licensed establishments with community outreach/education, program coordination, and marketing.  Melissa graduated from Towson University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.  While attending Towson University, Melissa interned at Weinberg Harris & Associates, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and Fandango Special Events.  After graduating from college, Melissa spent 5 1/2 years as the Communications Specialist with the Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) of Montgomery County, MD, a non-profit organization that promotes, markets, and sells Montgomery County, MD as a destination fostering economic development and benefiting the overall business community.  Melissa was honored by the State of Maryland in 2006 as the Maryland State New Tourism Professional of the Year at the Maryland Governor's Conference. 

Lisa Scates, Montana Department of Revenue, Liquor Control Division
Ms. Scates is the statewide RASS coordinator for the Montana Department of Revenue, Liquor Control Division.  She serves on the National Education Task Force for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and is also a participating member of the national Responsible Retailing research project and a member on the safety and security committee.  She is currently a board member of the Lewis & Clark County DUI Task Force, a Youth Connections committee member, a Committee Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol committee member, a US-DOCA board member, an Interagency Coordinating Council on State Prevention Programs Work Group member and an Interagency Committee for Change by Women in State Government member and events chairperson.  Lisa's previous experience includes four years in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer, nine years with the San Marino Police Department and eight years with the Palmdale Department of Public Safety.

Steven Schmidt
Steven Schmidt is Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA). Presently he is overseeing the research and development of policy, best practices, and communication strategies to assist states manage control and regulatory systems and prevent alcohol related harm. Previously he was Director of Alcohol Education for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board where he was responsible for the vision and development of statewide initiatives to reduce underage drinking and high risk college drinking; creation of innovative education/prevention programs for local communities; establishment of grant programs that funded college and community prevention efforts; and a comprehensive Responsible Alcohol Management Program. Steve has consulted with state and national organizations; authored several articles; and presented at numerous national and state conferences on a variety of alcohol related issues. He has been professionally employed for over 30 years in positions responsible for addressing alcohol related issues at local, state and national levels.

Tom Scollins, Baltimore County Department of Health
Employed by Baltimore County for two years, Mr. Scollins conducts education and enforcement activities for tobacco sales in the county. There are approximately 900 licensed vendors in Baltimore County.

Cathie Smith, BII
01276 417824
Cathie Smith is the Director of BIIAB, the wholly owned qualifications awarding body of BII, the professional body for the licensed retail sector. She has been with BII since June 1998, joining the organization to develop sector specific qualifications for the industry. She is now responsible for the BII’s qualification development strategy, implementation and awarding of the BIIAB’s portfolio for the industry and its regulators. As well as responsibility for qualifications which support responsible drinks retailing by managers and their staff, Cathie leads on other initiatives such as the BII Schools Project and the BIIAB Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness. With over 600 training centers operating through 6,500 examination venues, BIIAB is accredited by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Wales, SQA in Scotland, and makes a significant contribution to the world of vocational qualifications achievement.  Cathie worked closely with central government on consultation committees connected with the Licensing Act 2003, with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, with the Home Office and with the Security Industry Authority on the statutory qualification requirements of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Cathie was also instrumental in steering the development of qualification specifications with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to meet the requirements of the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005 which was implemented last year. She is an active participant in all national schemes to support social responsibilities in the industry as a member of the Purple Flag Scheme board and the National Best Bar None management board.  Cathie also directs the activity of BII’s team of Client Development Directors who are active in local licensing forums, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, Pub watches and Best Bar None schemes across the UK. The team members are specialist advisors in all aspects of running licensed premises.

Dena Trail, Baltimore County Department of Health Bureau of Behavioral Health
Dena Trail, a native of Michigan, came to the Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area for graduate school in the mid 70’s, where she earned her M.A.Ed. Ms. Trail has provided services in both the treatment and prevention fields since the early 80’s, working with high-risk youth, adolescents and adults struggling with addition issues, chronically mentally ill adults, adolescent sex-offenders and community-based organizations. Ms. Trail is a former VISTA and Peace Corps volunteer and currently works for Baltimore County.

Marlene Trestman, Office of the Maryland Attorney General
Marlene Trestman is a Special Assistant to Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler with responsibility for enforcing public health and consumer laws relating to tobacco and alcohol, and for promoting Internet safety. A graduate of Goucher College, Ms. Trestman received her J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and her M.B.A. from Loyola of Maryland Sellinger School of Business & Management.

Diane Wagner, MillerCoors
Diane Wagner has worked for MillerCoors for almost 20 years.  As Alcohol Responsibility Manager, she manages and develops alcohol responsibility resources and programs in support of the company’s Great Beer Great Responsibility and Respect 21 campaigns.  In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of responsibility programs for MillerCoors eastern region distributor partners.  She is also responsible for building relationships with advocacy groups, law enforcement officials, public safety agencies, college administrators and others that share the goal of preventing underage access and drunk driving.

Steven M. Waldo, Vermont Department of Liquor Control
Steven Waldo is a 30-year veteran of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control in both the Enforcement and the Education Divisions.  A certified law enforcement officer for the past forty years he was previously a Chief of Police.  In 2005 he was the OJJDP law enforcement officer of the year and has since been appointed to the Governor's Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Council for the State of Vermont, which directly advises the Governor.

Shawn Walker, Virgina Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Shawn is the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Law Enforcement at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Prior to assuming his current position, Shawn was the Special Agent in Charge of Education, Training and Industry Matters, an ABC Special Agent assigned to the Chesapeake region and a patrol officer with the Old Dominion University Police Department. Shawn received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and has earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University in Danville, VA. He is a past president of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association, a graduate of the 224th session of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond and the Criminal Justice Supervisory Institute at Radford University. He currently resides with his wife and two children in the suburbs of Richmond, VA.

Terri White, Responsible Retailing Forum, Inc.
Ms. White began her association as an administrator with the Responsible Retailing Forum in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2009. She is also the research manager at the Institute for Behavioral Health within Heller School for Social Policy and Management's Schneider Institutes for Health Policy located at Brandeis University. As a member of the steering committee for the Institute for Behavioral Health, Ms. White is responsible for the initiation and supervision of operations. Her current major responsibilities include management of activities within the Center Core of the Brandeis/Harvard Research Center on Managed Care and Drug Abuse Treatment. Ms White is a member of the Center's internal advisory board where she serves on both the dissemination and quality assurance committees. Ms. White also manages program operations and support systems for training grant faculty, staff and trainees of the Heller School's pre-doctoral training program on "Health Services Research on Alcohol-Related Problems," which is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Harry Wiles, American Beverage Licensees

Tom Williams, Bottles! Inc
Beverage Retailer since 1980
Bottles!, Inc, a marketing firm specific to alcoholic beverage retailers. Director For American Beverage Licensees for 5 years, Director of the Massachusetts Package Store Association for ten years, worked with Brad on RRF, bringing the retailer perspective for several years.

Mark Willingham, Alcohol Solutions, LLC
Maj. Mark Willingham served with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for 28 years where he policed and regulated the alcoholic beverage industry as a law enforcement commander, Florida's youth and alcohol program administrator, FDA tobacco enforcement coordinator, Synar program administrator, Florida's RBS administrator, and the enforcement director of the Governor's tobacco pilot program. As a graduate of the FBI National Academy, he served as the FBI National Academy Associates International President. Mark received the Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies to the United Kingdom where he conducted research on youth access prevention, regulation of the alcoholic beverage industry, and control of abusive drinking. Mark is pursuing a PhD in Business and is focusing his research on responsible alcohol sales procedures. Mark has authored 4 books and over 30 articles on law enforcement and alcohol related matters. He was honored to serve as the co-director of the Best Practices in Responsible Retailing project. Mark continues to conducts research on effective alcoholic beverage service practices; consults with universities, communities, and businesses in the use of responsible retailing practices to improve public safety; and serves as an expert witness in alcohol-related injury and death lawsuits (Dram Shop).

Gary Zizka, Diageo North America, Inc.
Gary M. Zizka is Vice President, Public Policy for Diageo North America, Inc. His responsibilities include developing and implementing responsible drinking programs and supervising review of all U.S. marketing materials for compliance with the Diageo Marketing Code. Gary serves on the Executive Committee of the Century Council, a nonprofit educational organization funded by the nation’s leading distillers that fights drunk driving and underage drinking. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, the Responsible Retailing Forum, and is on the Executive Committee of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., the industry’s trade association. Gary began his Washington career on the staff of the U.S. Senate and was Minority Staff Director of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.



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