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Rebecca

Rebecca Chiasson

Louisiana State Police Crime Lab Chemistry Manager
Speaker Bio

Rebecca Chiasson is the Chemistry Manager at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab which includes both seized drug analysis and forensic toxicology analysis. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nicholls State University and a Master of Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has over 18 years’ experience in forensics, specifically drug chemistry and crime scene processing. In 2011, she was promoted to drug chemistry unit supervisor then chemistry manager in 2013. She has been qualified as an expert 20+ times in forensic drug chemistry in state and/or federal court. She has membership in the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, and the Louisiana Association of Forensic Scientists. She has been appointed to the State Epidemiology Workgroup, the Prevention Systems Committee, the Governor’s DWI-Vehicular homicide taskforce, the Governor’s Drug Policy Board, and Louisiana’s Impaired Drivers Emphasis Team. She co-chairs the Capital Region’s Impaired Drivers Emphasis Team. She assists in the identification, banning, and education of new synthetic drugs that are a public health hazard along with Louisiana Poison Center and DHH. She is also part of the team assembled for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan to identify the severity of drug impaired driving in Louisiana.

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Dominique

Dominique Delagnes

Chief Operating Officer
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Dominique Delagnes is the Chief Operating Officer for Averhealth. She leads a nationwide team of managers and clinicians who ensure things run smoothly at Averhealth’s laboratory in St. Louis, Missouri and patient service centers across the U.S. Dominique is no stranger to substance use testing and toxicology, having spent 20 years in senior leadership roles in operations, account management, and customer service for companies like Alere Toxicology (Abbott) and PharmChem. Dominique grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to the East Coast to attend Boston University where she was a proud member of the BU women’s rowing team. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in operations management.

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Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes

Sergeant
Speaker Bio

Sgt. Robert Hayes is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Albany Police Department.  The Albany Police Department hired Robert in 1999.  Robert’s passion is traffic enforcement, and in particular the detection of impaired drivers. Prior to working for the Albany Police Department, Robert served for four years with the Florence Police Department (Florence, Oregon) and four years as a Reserve Deputy for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Salem, Oregon).  

Robert attended the fifth Drug Recognition Expert School that was held in the State of Oregon in 1998.  He is currently a Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, Intoxilyzer 8000 Instructor, DITEP Instructor, and a SFST Instructor.  He is also a part-time Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) instructor as well as a Crash Re-Constructionist for his agency.  He has instructed over 6000 hours with DPSST.  In addition, Robert has been a Drug Recognition Expert Region II and III Allied Coordinator since July of 2009.  He is also the President for the Linn County DUII Victim Impact Panel and Chair for the DUII Multi-Disciplinary Task Force.  During his career Robert has been recognized with the following awards:

• 2001 Drug Recognition Expert of the Year for a Municipality in the State of Oregon. 

• 2005 Impaired Driving Trainer of the Year in the State of Oregon. 

• 2005 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year. 

• 2006 Security Alarm Corporation (SAC) Public Service Award.  

• 2008 Award of Appreciation by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.  

• 2013 Ken Snook DRE Award of Excellence.

• 2015 City of Albany Police Officer of the Year. 

• 2017 MADD Outstanding DUII Enforcer

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McCaffrey

Barry McCaffrey

General
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General McCaffrey is President of his own consulting firm,www.mccaffreyassociates.com and serves as a national security and terrorism analyst for NBC News. McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. For five years after leaving the military, General McCaffrey served as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He has served on many boards, including Chairman Emeritus of the Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board and Averhealth’s Board. 

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Moore

Melissa Moore

Owner & Trainer
Speaker Bio

Melissa Moore has worked in Public Health for over 20 years, leading substance abuse prevention and coalition efforts in multiple diverse communities. Emphasizing the need to go beyond education to address the factors that contribute to substance abuse, Ms. Moore has helped lead assessment, planning, implementation and grant writing efforts to transform the way communities tackle this daunting burden. An expert in engagement and communication, Ms. Moore is always looking for opportunities to take great ideas and move them into tangible actions answering the age-old question...We recognize this is an issue, now what can we do about it?

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Molli Barker Cook

Molli Barker Cook

Executive Director
Speaker Bio

Molli Cook is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Assessment Center Association (NAC) where she provides support and coordination to Assessment Centers across the country. Since founding the NAC, Cook has assisted communities nationally and internationally in establishing or enhancing prevention, diversion, and early intervention initiatives through the Assessment Center Framework.  Prior to founding the NAC, she served as the Executive Director of the 18th Judicial Juvenile Assessment Center which provides prevention and early intervention support to at-risk youth in the largest judicial district in CO. Cook has experience, expertise, and passion for collaboration across sectors to address systemic issues impacting youth, families, and community. She is a fellow with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policies Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Program. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. 

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karen williams

Karen Williams

Speaker and Author
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Karen Williams, MSSW, is a writer and speaker known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience and apply it to real life. Her current focus is on three areas: brain development and behavior; the impact of substances, stress, trauma and traumatic brain injury on development and behavior; and the developmental readiness of youth to protect themselves. Her presentations and workshops are based on the research of many leaders in the field of brain and youth studies. She is the developer of the brain-based SAMHSA Model Program curriculum Protecting You/Protecting Me, and the "brain-friendly and trauma-informed" Positive Behavior in School and Society (PBSS), a joint project of Rainbow Days, Inc. and AT&T. She is the recipient of the 2012 Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Prism Award and a consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC).

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Luke Niforatos

Luke Niforatos

Executive Vice President
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Luke Niforatos serves as the Executive Vice President at SAM, described by the New York Times as the “well-coordinated opposition” to legalization. Luke’s background is in nonprofit community healthcare, having helped manage Federally Qualified Health Centers and worked on health disparities. Prior to joining SAM, Luke was also the Co-Founder of DocBuddy, a healthcare start-up based in Denver, Colorado that he later sold. At SAM, Luke serves as the principal deputy to the CEO in his roles, manages the day to day operations of the organization, and serves as a spokesman on marijuana issues. 

In 2018, he was the campaign manager for the successful ballot campaign to defeat legalization in North Dakota, and led SAM’s legislative victories in more than two dozen states. He has been featured at The Economist’s Cannabis Summit as well as the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in dozens of events and town halls across the country on the subject of drug policy. He has also been featured in many national media outlets, including Fox News and CNBC, and his op-eds are regularly published across the country. Luke graduated from the University of Denver, and his home state of Colorado gives him a unique vantage point on the issue of sound drug policy.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis

Sheriff Mike Lewis

Sheriff
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Sheriff Lewis retired as a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team (PACE) after twenty-two years of loyal and dedicated service.  In addition to his duties as the agency’s leading Drug Interdiction Expert, Sheriff Lewis was directly responsible for the training and educating of all Maryland State Police personnel in the Criminal Interdiction Venue or “looking beyond the initial traffic stop” while enforcing Maryland’s traffic laws.

Sheriff Lewis remains a certified instructor through the Maryland Police Training Commission, and a certified Master instructor through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

He pioneered the Drug Interdiction Program along Maryland’s notorious U.S. Rt. 13 corridor, coordinating many multi-jurisdictional investigations following the seizures of large amounts of illegal contraband. 

During his twenty-two years as a Maryland State Trooper, he made many nationally recognized seizures of COCAINE found hidden inside electronically controlled compartments within motor-vehicles along the East Coast.

Sheriff Lewis has trained tens of thousands of law enforcement officers extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as other parts of the world to include; Australia, London, Germany, Russia & the West Indies.   Sheriff Lewis has been judicially recognized by the federal & state courts of this country as an EXPERT in the areas of Traffic Stops, Highway Interdiction, Hidden Compartments & Drug Valuation.

Retired from the Maryland State Police on July 1st, 2006, he was elected SHERIFF of Wicomico County, Maryland on November 7th2006, and is currently serving his 4th consecutive, 4-year term.  Sheriff Lewis serves a county of over 105,000 citizens, along with 96 sworn deputies, and five canine handlers.

Sheriff Lewis is past President of the Maryland State Sheriff’s Association where he served the interests of 23 fellow sheriffs and nearly 2000 deputies from across the State of Maryland. 

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The Tall Cop

The Tall Cop

Director / Owner
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Standing at 6’9”, Jermaine Galloway can look intimidating. But in fact, he’s a devoted, passionate man who cares about America’s (and beyond) youth and communities. That passion informs what he does with Tall Cop Says Stop™.

Now a Texan by choice, Officer Galloway worked in Idaho law enforcement for over 18 years.  His various assignments have included:

  • Alcohol compliance and enforcement
  • Crime scene investigation
  • DUI task force
  • Officer mentoring
  • Field training officer

He has trained fellow officers, judges, educators, community leaders, and many others in issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse. These issues include:

  • Alcohol laws
  • Drug/alcohol trends
  • Drug identifiers, logos, and clothing
  • Drug legalization
  • Party patrols
  • Party drugs
  • Synthetic drugs
  • Inhalants 
  • Drug concentrates
  • Cough medicine abuse
  • Alcohol and energy drinks
  • Drug concealment
  • Fake IDs
  • Non-traditional alcohol consumption methods
  • Drugs/alcohol and popular music

Jermaine Galloway has published articles in American Police Beat Magazine and various newspapers. In 2015, his program You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know™ was highlighted in the book Clearing the Haze by Dr. Christian Thurstone and Christine Tatum.

Officer Jermaine Galloway has received such prestigious honors as:

  • 2009: National Law Enforcement Partner of the Year award from Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
  • 2010: National Mickey Sadoff Underage Drinking Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • 2014: National Liquor Law Enforcement Association’s (NLLEA) innovative project award (given to Boise Police Department for Galloway-led 10-10 Zone initiative)
  • 2015: National and international award for American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) for work and training on fake IDs and underage drinking
  • 2017: National Enrique Camarena Drug Awareness Award from the National Elks Drug Awareness program
  • 2018: Law Enforcement Partner Award from the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation for his statewide efforts to prevent and educate law enforcement on drug-impaired drivers

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