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Nanci Shipman

Nanci Steadman Shipman

Speaker Bio

Nanci Steadman Shipman received an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and elementary education from the College of Charleston. In late 2016, Nanci started WakeUp Carolina, a nonprofit recovery community organization founded to raise awareness, promote education, and provide hope in recovery for young adults, individuals, and families touched by substance use through collaborative community partners, trusted resources and lived, peer and recovery-driven support services in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. She has identified gaps and barriers helping to create, partner, and implementation for all to receive access to recovery support, harm reduction measures, and family support services in the Greater Charleston area at no cost. Celebrating with her team in January 2024, WakeUp Carolina hit the milestone of serving over one million community members since 2020.

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Odika Brown

Odika Brown

Speaker Bio

Corporal Odika Brown has been in law enforcement for twelve years. She is currently employed with Summerville Police Department supervising the Crisis Intervention Team. Corporal Brown is a member of Honor Guard, Crisis Negotiators, and an advisor for the Employer Program. Corporal Brown is passionate about working with young people and the mental health community.

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Mark Andrews

Deputy Mark Andrews

Speaker Bio

Deputy Mark Andrews holds a master peace officer license and is a TCOLE certified instructor. He began
his career as a dispatcher for Boerne Police Department, graduated from the academy in 2001, and
became a Deputy in Comal County in 2002. In 2007, Deputy Andrews moved to the Hays County Sheriff’s
Office and is currently assigned to the Community Outreach Unit.
Over the course of his 23-year career, he has worked in several different capacities, including patrol,
environmental crimes, and crime prevention. Deputy Andrews obtained his Certified Crime Prevention
Specialist certificate in 2018 and enjoys working with the community in all aspects of his current
assignment.
Over the summer of 2022, Hays County experienced the loss of several high school-aged children due to
fentanyl poisonings. In response, the Sheriff’s Office formed a task force to include other area law
enforcement agencies and the DEA. Sheriff Cutler tasked Deputy Andrews to learn everything he could
possibly learn and present that information to as many people as possible. Deputy Andrews joined Janel
Rodriguez, the founder of the forever15project who lost her son to fentanyl in 2022, to bring a very
emotional and moving presentation to anyone and everyone. Together they have presented to more
than 25,000 students and adults in more than 350 presentations.

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Janel Rodriguez

Janel Rodriguez

Speaker Bio

Janel Rodriguez and her husband suffered the loss of their 15-year-old son, Noah Rodriguez, a Hays CISD student by fentanyl poisoning on August 21, 2022. They have started an organization called the Forever 15 Project and have worked tirelessly across the nation to spread the word about the fentanyl crisis by sharing their story. Hearing from Ms. Rodriguez is a life-changing experience. 

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Bear

Bear

Next Level K-9 Texas
Speaker Bio

Drugs are the game, Bear is my name. 

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Steven Antommarchi

Steven Antommarchi

Next Level K-9 Texas
Speaker Bio

Over the last 15 years, Steven Antommarchi has held the law enforcement titles of Patrol Officer, Canine Handler, Canine Supervisor, Canine Trainer, and Interim Chief of Police. He is a K9 detection trainer for the Global Forensic Justice Center at FloridaInternationalUniversity, a K9 Instructor and SME for the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, the Law Enforcement Secretary for the American Working Dog Association, and the Founder of Next Level K9, a company that provides training and scientific research on all things K9. Officer Antommarchi has provided K9 deployments that have led to several millions of dollars’ worth of drugs, currency, and property seizures while working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies across the United States. Officer Antommarchi conducts several workshops and seminars focusing on K-9 detection, supervision, training records, court testimony, program budgeting, scientific research, and operational readiness. He does this for the disciplines of narcotics, explosives, patrol, person borne IED, electronic storage device detection, tracking, trailing, accelerant detection, and personal protection. Annually Officer Antommarchi trains, certifies, mentors, assesses and provides professional support for over 150 K9 units worldwide.

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Stodola

Mark Stodola

Probation Fellow
Speaker Bio

As National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona.  Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in a number of capacities including division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. Mark later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years managing the day to day activities of the court. Most recently Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments.  Mark has presented training on topics surrounding high risk drunk drivers at national, regional and state conferences throughout the country. Mark also is an adjunct instructor at Arizona State University.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.   Mark became a Graduate Fellow through the National Council of State Courts Institute of Court Management.

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Chuck

Chuck Hayes

Speaker Bio

Chuck Hayes is the former Division Director of the Oregon State Police Patrol Services Division. He served with the Oregon State Police for 29 and a half years prior to his retirement in 2003. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science and a Management Certificate through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate of the Oregon Executive Development Institute.

Chuck attended both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training course, and the SFST instructor training course.  He completed the Los Angeles Police Department Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School in 1989 and the DRE Instructor Development Course in 1994. He was Oregon’s first DRE and was later appointed as the first Oregon Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program state coordinator in January 1995.  Chuck also served as the regional representative for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DEC Program Technical Advisory Panel and served as the IACP DRE Section Chair from October 1998 to October 1999.

After he retired from the Oregon State Police, Chuck was hired by the IACP as the western region coordinator for the DEC Program and served in that capacity until his retirement on September 1, 2023. As the western region coordinator for the U.S., Chuck provided technical support for the NHTSA drug and alcohol-impaired driving enforcement programs. In addition to his involvement with SFST and DRE, he was also involved in the development, instruction, and training for the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE, Drug Impairment for Education Professionals (DITEP), and Employer Drug Impairment Training (EDIT) programs. Chuck has provided training and conducted presentations at the IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference, Lifesavers Conference, and the Oregon Impaired Driving Conference, as well as numerous webinar training events. 

Chuck has authored numerous publications dealing with drug and alcohol impairment some of which include:

Drug Recognition Experts and DUI Victim Impact Panels – Partnering to Reduce Impaired Driving Recidivism, IACP Chiefs of Police magazine, February 2022

Investigating and Prosecution of Cannabis Impaired Driving Cases, monograph (Contributing author), National Traffic Law Center, August 2020

Combatting Drugged Driving: New Challenges and Old Solutions, Co-author, IACP Chiefs magazine, March 2018

Navigating Through the Ever-Changing Landscape of Impaired Driving, IACP Police Chiefs magazine, July 2016

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Examination Characteristics of Cannabis Impairment, Accident Analysis and Prevention, April 2016. Co-Authored with R. Hartman, J. Richman, M. Huestis

During his career with the Oregon State Police, Chuck served as the Chair of the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force from  1992 through June 2005. In January 2005, Chuck was appointed chair of the Oregon Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII and still serves in that capacity. Chuck is also a member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Committee.

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Laube, Kym

Kym Laube

Executive Director
Speaker Bio

Kym Laube is the Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc., HUGS, Inc., located in Westhampton Beach, NY. In this position she brings over 33 years of substance use prevention knowledge and expertise, leading the organization to provide a full array of multidimensional prevention services and recovery supports. Kym is a national trainer and speaker, working with notable leaders in prevention including CADCA.

Having participated in the HUGS, Inc. Teen Institute program in 1986 as a high school student, Kym understands firsthand, the profound impact, lifelong influence and workforce development the Teen Institute program provides to young people. From student leader to Executive Director in 2002, Kym’s mission has been to empower others to seek their full potential and become agents of change in the world. Kym offers dynamic, passionate and interactive keynotes, trainings and workshops for large and small groups with an uncanny ability to talk with and not at people.  Annually, Kym presents to over 25,000 individuals, young and old across our great country.

Kym’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people extends beyond her executive office and can be seen in the many leadership roles she holds. She is active on various local, state and national boards and task forces and served on the NYS Governor Opiate Task Force. Most notable is her personal recovery and commitment to push individuals to make the space better wherever they are. Her greatest joy is watching her two adult sons creating live a life of choice and forge their own course. She lives in Westhampton Beach with her husband, and way too many dogs.

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Joey Jones

Joseph Jones

System Director
Speaker Bio

Mr. Jones has been working in forensic science since 2006, and today is the System Director for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory. In this capacity, he serves in an executive role overseeing two forensic laboratories and an evidence hub in the northern 29 parishes of Louisiana. As a forensic toxicologist, he assists law enforcement and legal personnel in impaired driving cases and toxicology interpretation. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, OK where his focus centers on impaired driving policy and forensic toxicology.

Mr. Jones earned his Master of Science in Forensic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from Baylor University in 2004. He holds memberships in the National Safety Council – Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving (NSC-ADID) division, the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). In addition, he serves as an adjunct instructor for the Louisiana, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, and Oklahoma Drug Evaluation & Classification (DEC) Programs, where he provides training to Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) nationwide.

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