Susan P. Weinstein, Esq. has almost 25 years of experience with drug and drug-related topics. Most recently she was a court consultant for the National Center of State Courts where she oversaw the civil and criminal justice work group of the National Judicial Opioid task Force. Previously, she owned her own consulting firm where she assisted various organizations on issues including legal and legislative affairs and other matters regarding criminal law and substance abuse. She was also the Director of State and Federal Affairs for the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, the Chief Counsel for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and worked in the criminal prosecution division of the National District Attorneys Association. In addition, she was employed in the criminal appeals division of the Office of the Attorney General in Baltimore, Maryland. She has authored numerous publications and presented at various conferences on the intersection of criminal law and substance abuse. Ms. Weinstein received her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University’s College of Law and her Bachelor of Business Administration from George Washington University. She is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
Sarah Kelsey, Esq. is the former CEO of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, a resource for governors, legislators, attorneys general, prosecutors, drug and alcohol professionals, health professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and others who strive for comprehensive and effective state drug and alcohol laws, policies, regulations, and programs. During her tenure with NAMSDL, first as a research and legislative attorney and then as CEO, Ms. Kelsey specialized in the retrieval, review, analysis, and comparison of each of the states’ drug and alcohol laws. As the CEO of LAPPA, much of her recent work has focused on controlled substances including prescribing practices, prescription monitoring programs, pain clinic laws/regulations, and other related topics. Prior to joining NAMSDL, Ms. Kelsey served as Government Relations Director of the TIPS program, an organization that provides training for the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol. Ms. Kelsey received her B.A. in Government Affairs from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Jasmine Dale, MAcc is an accounting professional with nearly 10 years experience in accounting and financial consulting. She was formerly a Senior Corporate Accountant, then Finance Consultant, with Sentara Healthcare, the largest integrated health system in the United States. During her time at Sentara, she served as the lead resource of financial data and analysis for multiple ambulatory business lines. Prior to working for Sentara, Ms. Dale was an auditor at a regional accounting firm and at Deloitte, one of the largest professional accounting organizations in the world. Ms. Dale received her B.A. in Accounting at Seattle University and her Master of Accountancy from the University of Denver – she currently holds a CPA license in the state of Virginia.
Michael C. Barnes, Esq. is Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, a not-for-profit organization advancing solutions to pressing national challenges, including the substance use disorder and drug poisoning crisis. He is also Principal Attorney at Sequel Legal, where he practices health and drug law and policy. Mr. Barnes’s research and analysis have been published in more than 15 legal, policy, and medical journals. He is a member of the advisory board for the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Drug Enforcement Committee, and the editorial board for the Journal of Opioid Management. Mr. Barnes was a political appointee under President George W. Bush, having served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Amelia Walton is a Licensed Professional Counselor, consultant, and advocate who specializes in working with developmental and acute trauma. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Warren Wilson College and holds both a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an Education Specialist degree from James Madison University. She has advanced training in multiple trauma-informed modalities and is an EMDR certified therapist. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her family.
Brandon Wieland is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner TM who spent the first fifteen years of his career working in the public accounting industry primarily working with non-profit Organizations where he conducted financial statement audits, regulatory and compliance tax filings and served as an outsourced consultant for accounting systems and operations. Mr. Wieland left public accounting in 2021 to pursue a career in the non-profit sector and is currently the Director of Finance for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), an international 501(c)(3) not-for-profit scientific Society with over 11,000 members. There he manages the accounting and finance operations of the ASBMB with the help of his four accounting staff headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Wieland earned his B.A. in accounting from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Brandee Izquierdo is the Director of Behavioral Health Programs for Pew Charitable Trusts where she leads researchers and advocates working at the state and federal levels to expand access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and improve suicide prevention interventions in hospitals and health systems. Before joining Pew, Dr. Izquierdo held several leadership roles, including executive director of the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic Project and director of advocacy and outreach at Faces & Voices of Recovery. She also served as the associate director of special populations with Behavioral Health System Baltimore and as director of consumer affairs for Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration. Dr. Izquierdo is a woman in recovery, holds a bachelor’s degree in government and public policy, a master’s in public administration, and a doctorate in public administration.