The following is an outline of this year’s conference schedule.

Day 1 – Tuesday September 19th, 2023

9:00 AM


Amanda Woody
State of Alaska

Land Acknowledgment
Meda DeWitt

9:05 AM

Opening Remarks

Dr. Anne Zink
State of Alaska

9:15 AM

Keynote Presentation: “Shhh…Let’s Not Talk About That Now” – Stigma: A Barrier to Progress

Dr. Kari Finley
Montana State University

10:15 AM


10:30 AM

MAT Access for Justice Involved Individuals

Tony Piper

Kristine Schwankl
Department of Corrections

Doug Zock
Department of Corrections

Marsha Oss
City of Fairbanks

Christina Shadura
Partners for Progress (DOC Contractor)

12:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 PM

Law Enforcement/Emergency Responders Perspectives Panel

James Savage
True North Recovery INC

Michael Riley
Anchorage Fire Department

Jennifer Pierce
Anchorage Fire Department

Officer Joe Opala
Wasilla Police Department

2:00 PM


2:15 PM

MAT for Alcohol Use Disorder

Dr. Janet Wilkinson
Mat Su Health Services, Inc.

Sara Platt
Recover Alaska

3:15 PM

Technology to Support MAT Linkage to Care

Kathleen Totemoff

Jacqueline Summers
Health TIE

Jane Sullivan
State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services

Jennifer Freeman
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Wednesday September 20th, 2023

9:00 AM

Tracy Dompeling
State of Alaska

9:10 AM
MAT from a State, Local, and Federal Perspective

Lindsey Kato
Division of Public Health – Alaska Department of Health

10:10 AM


10:25 AM
Treating Addiction During Pregnancy

Bethany Berry
Southcentral Foundation

11:15 AM
Linkage to Care and Opioid Treatment Programs Panel

Paula Valdez
Narcotic Drug Treatment Center, Inc.

Brenda Henze-Nelson
Interior AIDS Assoc.

Andrea Mankee
Community Medical Services

Claudette Thor
Front Street Clinic/SEARHC

12:15 PM

Lunch Break

1:05 PM
Easy Buprenorphine Prescribing for Everyone

Dr. Sarah Spencer
Ninilchik Traditional Council

2:00 PM

Taking a Regional Approach to MAT

Dr. Corey Cox

3:00 PM


3:15 PM

Linkage to MAT and Youth

Laura Ross
JBS International, Inc.

Sonya Sipos
Help Me Grow Alaska

Andrew Terranella
CDC Division of Overdose Prevention

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Day 3 – Thursday September 21st, 2023

9:00 AM


9:05 AM
Access to medication for OUD, a federal civil right

Gregory Dorchak
Department of Justice

10:05 AM


10:20 AM

The Importance of Lived Experience in MAT Programs

Sam Garcia
Banyan Treatment Centers

Michelle Gutierrez
VOA – Alaska

Sasha Tsurnos

11:30 AM

Lunch Break

12:30 PM

Screening and Assessment as a Sacred Trust

Danica Brown

1:30 PM
Creating Space for Queer Health in Harm Reduction

Robin Lutz
Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association

2:30 PM


2:45 PM

Dr. Ryan Wallace
Providence Breakthrough Substance Use Treatment Program

3:45 PM

Conference Closing Remarks