Meet Our Members

The Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council (AODAAC) is comprised of 16 voting members (each serving three-year terms) and 12 non-voting members.  Members represent the geographic, multi-cultural and age diversity of the county and include individuals who are recovering from alcoholism or other drug abuse, who are working to prevent and treat substance abuse, and who are representing the medical community, the legal profession, the business community, parent-teacher associations, and County agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Board of License Commissioners, the Department of Liquor Control and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Check this website regularly to see if there are vacancy announcements for open AODAAC positions.


​Voting Members
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Chair

Margaret E.  Mattson, Ph.D., Prevention Provider

Subcommittee(s): Prevention (Co-Chair), Website

 

Dr. Mattson’s major interest is Behavioral Health, specifically the intersection of health/biology with behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and subsequently did postdoctoral studies in public health methodology, including epidemiology and clinical trials. Most of her career was at the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration where she conducted and published research in prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors including tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. She was a co-investigator in national clinical trials of behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for addictive disorders. She has been a member of AODAAC for three years and held various roles including Co-Chairperson of the Prevention subcommittee, Member of the Executive Committee, and currently (2020-2021) Chairperson.
 

Co-Vice Chair

Evelyn Saim-Lobos, Multicultural Diversity
Subcommittee(s): Treatment & Recovery

 

Evelyn Saim-Lobos is a program director within Sheppard Pratt for two Adolescent Recovery Programs: The Landing and the Recovery and Academic Program (RAP). She helped establish the partnership with MCPS for the creation of the Recovery and Academic Program, one of only two recovery education programs within the state of Maryland. She has served as a voting member of the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council (AODAAC) since 2018 and Co-Vice Chair since July 2020. She is also the Chair of the Treatment and Recovery subcommittee and is striving to effectively serve her community. Evelyn is passionate about helping adolescents find the courage, strength and necessary support to maintain their recovery. Of the titles held, Evelyn is most proudly a wife to a wonderful partner and mommy to her daughter, Luna.
 

Co-Vice Chair

Ed “Bunny” Rich, Jr., Business Community
Subcommittee(s): Treatment & Recovery

 

Edwin Rich currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Tree of Hope (formerly known as Avery Road Alumni Association). He has been a long-standing voting member of the AODAAC (Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Council) committee where he has served as the Chair of Treatment and Recovery committee for many years.  He has also served as the Vice Chair for the full AODAAC committee. Edwin is a founding member of Peer2Peer and served as the Vice-Chair for 4 years.  Edwin is a person in recovery of 20 years.  For the last 20 years he has served to bring hope to the recovery community through mentorship and support, volunteering to facilitate groups in various facilities in Montgomery County.  He has volunteered for the last 14 years at the Clarksburg jail where he facilitates groups in the Jail Addictions Service program.

Immediate Past Chair

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Elyse R. Grossman, Ph.D., General Public

Subcommittee(s): Legislative

 

Dr. Elyse R. Grossman is a public health lawyer and policy consultant focusing on alcohol, marijuana, and other drug policy and law.  She currently works at Advancement Strategy Consulting, LLC, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She has more than 17 years of experience researching, analyzing, and publishing on issues of policy and law concerning alcohol consumption and substance use -- especially in areas of prevention and youth.  She completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her J.D. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  She has been on AODAAC since 2015 and served as the Chair from 2018-2020.

 

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Laura Mitchell, MBA, Parent-Teacher Association
Subcommittee(s): Prevention (Co-Chair), Website

 

​Laura Mitchell is an accountant by trade and a passionate advocate for mental health and substance use parity and equity in treatment and prevention. She has served on the MCCPTA Board of Directors for the last 5 years as the Chair of the Operating Budget, Substance Use Prevention, Financial Review Committees, as a Wheaton Cluster Coordinator and the Area Vice President for the DCC. She also serves as a liaison to the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Alliance, the Opioid Prevention Coalition (formerly the Opioid Intervention Task Force), and the County Mental Health Advisory Council (MHAC). Laura is a former local elected official who has worked for two decades to advocate for adequate mental health and SUD prevention and treatment services in Maryland and nationally.  

 

“Advocacy is the therapy that saw me through 15 years of a loved one’s active disease. Five years in recovery, my loved one credits that advocacy for highlighting his path to recovery.”  
 

 


 

 

 

 

Dawinder (Dave) S. Sidhu, Esq., Legal Community

Subcommittee(s): Legislative

 

Dawinder (Dave) S. Sidhu is an attorney, public servant, and academic. He serves as counsel at a boutique criminal law firm, provides pro bono assistance to the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, and teaches law-related undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland.  He previously served as Supreme Court Fellow at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Special Assistant to the Chair of the Commission, staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and law clerk to a federal judge. In addition, Dave has held teaching appointments at the Georgetown University Law Center, University of Baltimore School of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and

University of New Mexico School of Law.

 

He is an elected term member in the Council on Foreign Relations, sits on the Gucci Changemakers Council, volunteers with his local fire department, and founded an outpatient addiction facility in Montgomery County. Born and raised in Maryland, Dave attended Montgomery County Public Schools, and earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and George Washington University, as well as certificates from the U.S. Army War College and Northwestern University.
 

 

Kabir Singh, Individual in Recovery
Subcommittee(s): Prevention

 

Kabir Singh is our Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Fresh Start. A lifelong Montgomery County resident, Kabir attended the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating in 1999. After becoming a person in recovery in 2009, Kabir began seeking out avenues that would enable him to give back and help others.

 

In 2013, Kabir was one of the first Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in the State of Maryland, which served as his entry point into substance misuse treatment. He worked with several organizations and nonprofits, first running groups at homeless shelters and outpatient centers in Montgomery County, before joining an Assertive Community Treatment Team, continuing his work as a peer specialist. Kabir moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer for Amatus Health in the Mid-Atlantic, providing oversight for all facilities in the Maryland area.

 

Kabir continues to be involved in local non-profits and with local governments as a representative of both a member of the community and a person in recovery, including Mike’s Place, a recovery residence in Rockville, and Montgomery County’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Council.
 


Valerie A. Adelson, MHA, RN, Treatment Professional
 

 

Valerie is a Senior Consultant with Federal Compliance Consulting, LLC, a law and consulting firm in Potomac, Maryland. She has significant experience as a clinical nurse, lobbyist, policy analyst, and advocate for a myriad of national associations. Valerie has represented diverse constituencies on complex public health matters to members of Congress, federal and state government agencies, and before national conferences.

 

Valerie has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Health Administration from the Sloan Program in Health Administration, Cornell University. She has clinical experience with several hospitals, including the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children (Dublin, Ireland).

 

 

Cynthia Wright, General Public
Subcommittee(s): Treatment & Recovery

 

Cynthia Wright, Ed.D, is a six year resident of Montgomery County representing the general public. Additionally, Dr. Wright is an Education Program Specialist at the US Department of Education. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Graduate Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Maryland.

 

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Cristina Rabadán-Diehl, Ph.D., Pharmacist
Subcommittee(s): Treatment & Recovery, Website

 

Dr. Cristina Rabadán-Diehl is a Bethesda Resident since 1993. She is a scientist and public health professional with more than 30 years of experience having worked at the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Currently, she is an Associate Director at Westat, a research company in Rockville, and a Professorial Lecturer at GWU. She is an Ambassador for Shatterproof, collaborates with the Addiction Policy Forum and is a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council. Cristina lost her son, Jonathan, in 2019 to an opioid overdose.

 

Rev. Katrina Busk, Clergy
Subcommittee(s): Treatment & Recovery

 

Reverend Busk is an Ordained Elder at Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church. She has been preaching for 13 years and is active in her community through her Sorority, Theta Phi Sigma, and her local church organization and programs. Reverend Busk is a suicide attempt survivor and is a frequently sought-after panelist on discussions on Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Mental Health, and Christian Holistic Living. Reverend Busk is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling at Revelation Message Bible College and is certifying as a Christian Life Coach.

 

Reverend Busk’s father and husband are persons in long term recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. She is currently writing a book, through the eyes of a daughter and wife, about the struggles of alcohol and drug misuse and its effect on the family structure.

 

“I serve on AODAAC because many of our treatment and recovery programs have a spiritual, holistic, aspect to them. I am here to say that you are loved, no matter what your issues or circumstances may be. I’m here as a witness of what love can do. The church should be a place of acceptance and hope.”
 

 

Nick Albaugh, General Public
Subcommittee(s): Prevention 

 

Nick is a native of Montgomery County, spending his entire childhood, and large portion of adulthood, living and working in Montgomery County. Nick has been in recovery since 2008 and has been both a recipient and provider of substance misuse services in Montgomery County. A certified addictions counselor with an undergraduate degree in social work from UMBC, he is able to provide his experience as an individual in recovery and a provider.

 

Nick currently serves as the Executive Director of Maryland for Amatus Recovery Centers which includes Fresh Start Recovery Center located in Gaithersburg.

Nick is proud to be able to serve the county as a voting member with AODAAC to ensure his experience is beneficial to the greater good.

 

Denyse Dillon, General Public
 

 

Ms. Dillon is a public health consultant who has provided advice and consultation to federal and state government agencies and not-for-profit entities. She also has 25 years of professional experience practicing law. Ms. Dillon earned her law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, in addition to a Master's Degree in Public Health from Benedictine University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.

 

Ms. Dillon has expertise in health policy development and implementation, as well as in regulatory compliance. Her experience includes promoting quality healthcare to ensure that services are distributed equitable for all members of the community.

 

Doreen Rubin, General Public
 

Doreen Rubin graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.S. in Education. After a number of years teaching in elementary schools in Prince George's and Montgomery County, Mrs. Rubin was recruited to serve as the Prevention Coordinator for Montgomery County Safe and Drug-Free Schools under a federal grant.

 

Mrs. Rubin received her Prevention Certificate from the State of Maryland after completing numerous courses in the prevention field. Following her success as the Prevention Coordinator, she was recruited to coordinate the Character Education Program for the entire Montgomery County School System.

 

After retirement, Mrs, Rubin began volunteering at Montgomery Hospice, Montgomery County Office of Animal Services, and the White House. She looks forward to volunteering her services with AODAAC because of her strong passion for prevention in our community.


​Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)
Gabe Albornoz, Montgomery County Council
Dr. Raymond Crowel, Director of Health & Human Servicces
Dr. Rolando Santiago, Chief of Behavioral Health & Crisis Services
Corey Brandel, AODAAC Liaison, Behavioral Health & Crisis Services, Treatment Services
Hardy Bennett, Behavioral Health & Crisis Services, Treatment Services
Rose Burnhill, Local Behavioral Health Authority
Yasmeen Mabry, Local Behavioral Health Authority
Gabriela Monzon-Reynolds, Division of Licensure, Regulation, & Education, Alcohol Beverage Services
​Ben Stevenson II, Substance Abuse Prevention
Lt. Brent Kearney, Police Department, Special Investigations Division
Man Cho, Board of License Commissioners
Kim Qualls, State of Maryland Behavioral Health Administration, Regional Services Manager
Kyle Potter, Montgomery County Public Schools
Robin Cody, Department of Correction & Rehabilitation
Celia Serkin, Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHAC)
Ziva Ahzdam, Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHAC)

 

For more information about AODAAC membership, please e-mail the AODAAC Liaison, Corey Brandel: brandc02@montgomerycountymd.gov