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Regional Addiction Resource Center

Mohawk Valley Prevention & Recovery Collaborative    
Speakers Bureau Policy



The MVPRC a program of Catholic Charities Herkimer County has an active group of presenters and speakers including but not limited to directors of prevention, treatment, and recovery services, community support specialists & navigators, therapists, educators, specialized services, and administrative staff.


Our directory of speakers makes it easy to find a substance area expert who is available for media interviews or for organizations who are looking to book a speaker for a meeting, conference and other community events.

Anyone requesting a speaker for the above mentioned may contact

the MVPRC Project Coordinator; Brandi Staring at or call 

(315) 894-9917 x242. If you have any questions regarding topics, suitability for target audience or scheduling a speaker in advance please contact the number listed above.

 MVPRC Speakers Bureau    
Ron Petrie    -  Statistics/Penalties    
Helen Burdick   -   Treatment    
Kristen Branner   -   Mental Health    
   Kent Hogeboom  -   Family Addiction/Recovery    
Mike Scalise  -    Dept of Justice    
   Mike Nerney   -   Addiction & the Brain    
   Jody Wheet   -   Missing & Exploited Children    
Nicole Law  -    Prevention -Vaping    
Chief Michael Jory   -   School Resource    
Melissa Snyder  -    Prevention & Recovery    
Maureen Petrie -    Prevention & Recovery    
Junior Laracuente  -   DEA / OD Map    
   Megan Dischiavi   -   Domestic Violence & Substance Abuse   
Michelle Curtain    -    Suicide Prevention    
Ed Reed   -  Faith Based Services    
Rachel Johnson   -   Tobacco Prevention     
Taylor Money    -   Human Trafficking    
Jeffrey Rohacek   -  Narcan Training  

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