Intersect virtual Drug Prevention Summit

September 17, 2020

The event is over, but you can still watch the summit and get CE credit by going to Intersect's Community on Convene.

Are you someone seeking continuing education opportunities in the area of Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol prevention education?

Join us for the Intersect, Inc’s 2020 Virtual Drug Prevention Summit- an opportunity to learn from and connect with speakers and attendees from all over the country who are passionate about prevention education.

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Intersect Virtual Drug Prevention Summit 2020

Intersect is a non-profit coalition in East Central Indiana representing schools, health care, faith-based organizations, and businesses. We focus on tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Our goal is to decrease substance abuse in youth and adults by promoting, encouraging, and empowering communities for healthy living.

With this event, we hope to use a digital platform to dramatically increase our impact in educating beyond our traditional East Central Indiana limitations. This is an incredible opportunity for educators, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and others to gain powerful continuing education credit while learning from our incredible lineup of speakers from all over the country.

Our goal is that you not only learn how you as an individual can make an impact on your community, but we hope that you can also learn and grow from the experiences of others who are similarly passionate.

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Let’s come together to learn from each other and spread the message of healthy living through communities all over the United States.

Price: $29
What is Included:

6 CEU Credits

A Seat at the virtual table for the live, full day event

Access to all recordings for future reference

Connection with all speakers and attendees through ongoing conversations within the Convene Communities platform for further exploration and learning after the event

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What past attendees had to say

Really engaging day! Challenging info to take in. Excited to find ways to implement some of it with what I do.

Dynamic, engaging, personable, timely, captivating, professional, organized, experienced, passionate, focused.

This was a very informational seminar. It was eye-opening and clarified several misconceptions about drug use disorders and addiction

All sessions were informative with lots of examples and practical advice. We made several networking contacts! Can't wait until next year's summit.

Tall Cop and ER doctors were great! Told real life situations. Treatment options and resources helpful breakout sessions!

Event Speakers

Sam Anthony Luciana

Sam Anthony Luciana

Motivational Speaker

Sam Anthony Speaks
YouTube Channel

Motivational Speaker/Recovery

Sam Anthony is a professional speaker in long term recovery from substance use disorder, who uses his personal experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, recovery, mental fitness, spiritual fitness and physical fitness to educate and motivate others.

He took his first drink at 12 years old as a means of hiding his anxiety and depression, in addition to trying to fit in with his peers. As he puts it, “I don’t know what you thought about me, but I was really concerned with what I thought, you thought about me.”

He moved on to smoking weed and trying pills in high school, what he refers to as gateway behavior, and that led him down a path of destruction. Running away from his problems, he left New Jersey and moved south in hopes of starting over. But, everywhere he went, there he was.

What started off as self-medication turned into a vicious cycle or addiction leading to an overdose that landed him on life support in 2013. Thinking he could still function without help and counseling, he then continued an unhealthy lifestyle and subsequently was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2015.

Since that time, and now in recovery, Sam has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational talks, school assemblies and panel discussions. Sams mission is to inspire others, provide hope for the future and educate our youth through sharing his vulnerability. Sam’s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement. He lives in Virginia with his loving wife Rachel and two sons, Micah and Malachi. With regards to his family he says, “I’d be dead literally and figuratively if not for the love of my wife. I’m grateful to have two boys who have never seen their father take a drink or a drug.”

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Amy Ronshausen

Amy Ronshausen

Executive Director

Drug Free America Foundation

Data - Teen Drug Exposure-Risks and Consequences

Amy Ronshausen is the Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction.

Mrs. Ronshausen has dedicated most of her adult life to the work of reducing illegal drug use and drug prevention. In her twelve years with Drug Free America Foundation and S.O.S, she has assisted in coordinating successful grassroots advocacy campaigns to defeat marijuana legalization efforts, organized statewide prevention summits, analyzed and tracked state and federal drug policy legislation, and trained prevention professionals at local, national and international conferences.

Prior to coming to DFAF, Mrs. Ronshausen spent three years as a program specialist with the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, working under four judges. While in drug court, Mrs. Ronshausen linked defendants with treatment providers and monitored their progress through the criminal justice system. In 2007, Mrs. Ronshausen was awarded Best Team Practices for her work in Adult Drug Court.

Mrs. Ronshausen started her work in drug prevention with Operation PAR, where she started off as a call specialist in their access center and then worked as a juvenile certified GAIN assessor. She also worked as a juvenile counselor for PAR’s Adolescent Recovery Intervention Services and the Juvenile Enhancement Treatment Services and is trained in Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Mrs. Ronshausen volunteers as the Executive Director for the Florida Coalition Alliance, representing over 30 community anti-drug coalitions. She chairs the Marijuana Task Force as part of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and serves on the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force. Mrs. Ronshausen serves on the board of Informed Families and was recently elected President of the World Federation Against Drugs.

Mrs. Ronshausen received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of South Florida.

Carlton Hall

Carlton Hall


Carlton Hall Consulting

Becoming a prevention influencer

Carlton Hall is the President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC (CHC) , a multi-faceted, full-service consulting firm designed to provide customized solutions and enable measurable change for communities, organizations, families and individuals. Carlton Hall has been providing intensive substance abuse prevention focused and community problem solving services to the nation for the last 25 years. His responsibilities, unique set of skills and experience have made him one of the most highly sought after instructors and guides for community problem solving in every state and territory in the nation as well as internationally, with successful achievements in South Africa, Ghana, Bermuda, Kenya and others.

Carlton spent twelve years with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) serving in several leadership positions and including most recently, Acting Vice President, Training Operations, and Acting Director for CADCA's National Coalition Institute. In this role, Carlton provided critical leadership supporting the successful design, and delivery of the community outreach component of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s DEA 360 Strategy in priority cities across the country. Carlton is one of the primary architects of CADCA's National Coalition Academy. The Academy, a year-long coalition development program, is designed to increase the effectiveness of communities in drug demand reduction producing population level outcomes.

Currently, Carlton and the CHC team provide executive training and technical assistance support to the Southeast PTTC (Region 4).

Suicide Prevention Speaker

Jeff Yalden overcame incredible odds to become the man he is today. As a teenager, he lost interest in life, in school, in himself. He took the SATs twice and received very low scores. Worse, Jeff suffered from a stutter, a facial tic, bad acne, and a learning disability. Jeff graduated high school 128th in a class of 133, and even though he was accepted to three colleges (out of the 19 he applied to), he opted to enlist in the Marine Corps. During his tenure as a Marine, the Lieutenant Colonel of the ROTC program at Apoka High School in Orlando, Florida asked Jeff to speak to his ROTC cadets about leadership. Jeff loved it; the kids loved it... and thus, a career was born!

Currently, Jeff Yalden speaks at conferences, colleges, and universities about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs to the physiological and psychological well-being of our youth in order to promote optimal well-being. Jeff is highly regarded as North America’s number one teen mental health speaker. He serves as a substance abuse and suicide prevention consultant, an expert witness, and a passionate advocate for mental health. He has worked with hundreds of school communities in all 50 states, 49 countries, and every Province in Canada.

As a keynote speaker or workshop leader, Jeff dives right in, helping people and communities in their daily struggles in order to guide them toward real solutions for the challenges that come their way. Jeff takes research, statistics, and clinical information and communicates it to non-clinical professionals in a practical, engaging, and user-friendly manner.  He is a master in building trust and relationships with his audiences; he gets people to talk openly while guiding them toward a plan which culminates in hope and success.

Darrell Mitchell

Darrell Mitchell

Vice President of Corporate Development, Aspire Indiana Health & Executive Director, Progress House (an Aspire company)

Current Drug Trends/ Treatment Options

Darrell serves as the Vice President of Corporate Development for all of the Aspire Indiana Health corporations, as well as the Executive Director of Progres House, an Aspire company. He is the Founder of the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences (INARR) and serves as the Vice-President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). In 2017, Darrell was instrumental in the passing of Senate Bill 402 and House Bill 1006, which placed Recovery Housing standards into Indiana Law.

A person in long-term recovery, Darrell serves on local, state, and national mental health and recovery boards and committees. He also speaks at local and national conferences and events.

Tim Retherford

Tim Retherford

Executive Director

NASA Hancock

Underage Drinking App - Whats To Come?

Tim is the Executive Director at Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse in Hancock County, Indiana.  He is in his 2nd stint with the organization and has been back since January 2010.  He spent a little over a year and a half at NASA in the late ‘90s, and then spent a little over a decade working as a Community Consultant with the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana.

Tim has a BA from Ball State University.  Tim has been happily married to his wife Debbie for 21 years and has a 16 year-old daughter and a 13 year-old son that make prevention work that much more rewarding.

Learn how you can make an impact on your community. Register today!

Drug Summit Committee

To assure collaboration the following agencies are on the drug summit committee to help make this event successful!

The Children’s Bureau
Madison County Health Department
Community Hospital
The Anderson Center at St. Vincent

Celebrate Recovery
Madison County Problem Solving Court
Madison County Sheriff’s Department
Elwood Chamber of Commerce