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Join us at the Shared Solutions Addiction Summit:
“Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Collaboration”

Friday, April 6 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

University of Minnesota – Mayo Memorial Auditorium
420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Dave Hartford, President, MARRCH

Dave recently joined The Hills Youth and Family Services to help develop and operationalize a new 60 bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. Construction on this state-of-the-art facility will begin spring 2018 in the north metro area. Dave has nearly 35 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions. He has been a leader, innovator, and advocate in chemical and mental health services in both the public and private sectors. His previous positions include: Behavioral Services Director, Centracare Health, DHS Assistant Commissioner of Chemical and Mental Health Services, Director DHS Direct Care and Treatment Mental Health Services, Director Behavioral Care, Healtheast, and Past-President of NAMI-Mn. Currently, Dave serves on the Mental Health Minnesota Board of Directors and as President of the Minnesota Association Of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health(MARRCH).

Allen Levine, Vice President for Research, University of Minnesota

Allen Levine was appointed vice president for research of the University of Minnesota in October 2017 after serving as interim vice president since the previous January. In this position he oversees the University’s $900 million research enterprise across all its campuses and facilities, including the administration of sponsored projects, research compliance and regulatory offices, and units dedicated to economic development and technology commercialization.

Dr. Levine previously served as vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences; department head of Food Science and Nutrition; and associate director of research; and senior career scientist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

Dr. Levine is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. In addition, he is a member of the Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Programs.

Dr. Levine’s research focus for the past 35 years has been on the neural regulation of food intake. He and his colleagues have published extensively on the brain circuitry involved in the rewarding properties of foods.

He has published over 300 scientific papers and over 100 review articles, editorials, and book reviews, and his current career h-index in Google Scholar is 82. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Nutrition, and the American Psychological Association. He is president of the Obesity Society, a 2,500-member national organization of health professionals, where he is also a fellow.

He has received several awards for his research efforts, including the Mead Johnson Award from the American Institute of Nutrition and the Grace A. Goldsmith Award from the American College of Nutrition.

U.S. Senator Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Since January, Tina Smith has represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, where she has made tackling Minnesota’s opioid and drug overdose crisis a top priority.  Just days after being sworn in, she met with Minnesotans at the forefront of battling the state’s opioid epidemic who described for her the impact it is having on people, families, and communities across the state. 

In both Washington, D.C. and in Minnesota, Sen. Smith has discussed the crisis with families, tribes, health care and law enforcement officials, as well as with rural health providers to determine how she can better support ongoing efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, which has impacted virtually every Minnesota community.

As a member of both the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sen. Smith has pushed to ensure a strong federal response to the crisis.  Last month, as part of that effort, she introduced the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act.  This bill would help tribes develop culturally-appropriate prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts aimed at helping Native communities in Minnesota and across the country.

She also supported the push to secure more than $3 billion in the recently-passed bipartisan budget deal to combat the opioid and drug overdose epidemic, including increased resources aimed at helping states and tribes take on this crisis. 

Sen. Smith has also cosponsored “Penny-a-Pill” legislation on the federal level that would require big pharmaceutical companies to help fund solutions to the epidemic they helped create.  The funding would help establish new addiction treatment facilities, reimburse mental health providers, expand access to treatment programs, strengthen addiction recovery services, and build facilities to provide care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Prior to coming to the Senate, Sen. Smith served as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor, where she worked with law enforcement, Native American communities, and health care providers on opioid treatment and prevention.


Commissioner Jan Malcom


Jan Malcolm was appointed in January 2018 as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health.
Malcolm is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.

Prior to being appointed commissioner, Malcolm was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she co-directed a national research and leadership development program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Earlier she also helped develop initiatives to strengthen the nation’s public health system as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Malcolm previously served as CEO of the Courage Center and as president of the Courage Kenny Foundation following the merger of Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She has also worked as vice president of public affairs and philanthropy at Allina Health. From 1999 to 2003, Malcolm served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. Throughout her career, Malcolm has been active in state and national health care, public health associations and government commissions on health care access and quality.

Jan is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Amy has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70. Amy has built a reputation of putting partisanship aside to help strengthen the economy and support families, workers and businesses.

Amy has always understood that her first duty is to represent the people of Minnesota. She acted quickly to obtain full funding to rebuild the I-35W bridge just thirteen months after it tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River. She worked across party lines to expand education and job opportunities for returning service members, fought to ensure that Minnesota National Guard members received the full benefits they earned, and helped turn Minnesota's ground-breaking "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" program into a national model. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Amy was part of the important Farm Bill conference committee that reached an agreement between the Senate and the House on a long-term Farm Bill in 2014.

Since arriving in the Senate, Amy has worked with Democrats and Republicans on legislation focused on moving the country forward. She fought to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and pushed the cell phone companies to enact more consumer-friendly policies. In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, where she brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy and move the country forward.

Amy has pushed for a bipartisan, balanced approach to reducing our nation’s debt and was part of a group of fourteen senators who fought to create the bipartisan debt commission. She helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate, has pushed to reform the Senate rules, and worked to beat the filibuster and led the fight to confirm the first director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in seven years.

Amy was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. Her senior essay in college, published as the book "Uncovering the Dome," chronicles the 10-year-history behind the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and is still used at colleges and universities across the country.

Amy is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato, who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. Amy and John have a daughter, Abigail.

U.S. Representative Tom Emmer

Tom Emmer

Congressman Tom Emmer was sworn in for his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 6, 2015. On November 8, 2016, Tom was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second term in the 115th Congress.

He was born in 1961 in South Bend, IN as his father finished his degree at Notre Dame. He grew up in Edina and went to St. Thomas Military Academy, where he grew in his faith and learned leadership through JROTC.

Tom learned the value of hard work at an early age. His great-grandfather, John W. Emmer, came to Minneapolis with two of his brothers to found a business that eventually became known as Emmer Brothers Lumber (now known as Viking Forest Products). By growing up around the company, Tom saw first-hand the everyday pressures faced by employers and the families who count on them.

And he played hockey. Lots of hockey. As a college hockey player, he received his BA in Political Science from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1984. He received his Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in 1988. 
But his life really changed when he met a girl from Arden Hills named Jacquie Samuel. It was true love and they married in 1986. Today they are blessed with seven children—six boys and one girl. 

After practicing law for several years, Tom followed his entrepreneurial calling and opened his own law firm. The next 20 years were spent balancing family, business, hockey coaching, and serving on the city councils in Independence and Delano. 

In 2004, he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and re-elected by overwhelming majorities in 2006 and 2008. After an extremely narrow loss in the 2010 gubernatorial race, Tom entered the radio business as a conservative radio host on Twin Cities News Talk AM1130, and his show became a favorite for conservatives across Minnesota. 

Tom cites family as his motivation for entering the political arena nearly a decade ago. Four generations of Emmers have enjoyed Minnesota’s prosperity, and Tom wants to ensure that the next generation of Minnesotans will be blessed with the same opportunities.

Tom currently resides in Delano, MN with his wife of more than 30 years, Jacquie.

David Abelson, MD

David Ableson

David Abelson, MD has had a long and varied career in medicine, health system design, and executive leadership. David trained in general internal medicine and practiced first in private practice and then at Park Nicollet Health Services, a large integrated delivery system in metropolitan Minneapolis. In the early 1990’s he began his leadership career beginning with clinical process improvement followed by multiple positions including Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of Strategic Improvement.

In 2010 David became the CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services and cultivated a culture of Head+Heart, Together.  As CEO, David was passionate about supporting healing experiences for patients and families. He led the direction of Park Nicollet to value-based payment culminating in 2013 with a merger with HealthPartners. As Senior Vice President of HealthPartners and CEO of Park Nicollet , David led a delivery system with multiple hospitals, clinics and specialties with a combined annual revenue of $2.2 billion.

David retired in 2014. Despite retirement, he could not resist the pull of helping organizations collaborate.  He is now the President of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), a collaborative  of health plans and care delivery systems dedicated to improving care in the Upper Midwest.

Jeff Schiff, MD, MBA, Medical Director, MN Department of Human Services

Jeff Schiff, MD, MBA, is the medical director for Minnesota Health Care Programs at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  This includes Minnesota’s Medicaid and CHIP program, MinnesotaCare. He has served as medical director since June 2006.  
His work focuses on the use of evidence to develop benefit policy, quality measurement, and the advancement of improved care delivery models, such as medical homes.  Evidence-based benefit policy is advanced through the Health Services Advisory Council, a physician-based policy advisory body. 
He actively participates on the team overseeing Minnesota’s medical home program, now serving approximately one third of all Minnesotans; Minnesota’s accountable care demonstration pilot; and Minnesota’s State Innovation Model, among other activities. He oversees implementation of Minnesota Medicaid perinatal initiatives.
Dr. Schiff is co-chair of the Medicaid Medical Director’s Learning Network project on perinatal outcomes.  This project has collected maternity and neonatal data from 20 states’ Medicaid programs to analyze birth outcomes across a large portion of the national Medicaid program.
He has recently served as the co-chair of the CMCS Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes Expert Panel workgroup on enhanced maternal care management. This panel recommended to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services strategies to improve maternal and newborn outcomes that could be implemented in the Medicaid program.
He has served as co-chair of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Children's Healthcare Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP Programs.  This subcommittee identified the initial core set of children's health care quality measures for voluntary use by Medicaid and CHIP Programs across the country.
He is a vice chair of the steering committee of the Medicaid Medical Directors Learning Network.  In 2011 he testified to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission, a commission of Congress, on the relationship of payment to quality in the Medicaid program.
Dr. Schiff practices clinically in pediatric emergency medicine.

Dean Gilbertson, President-Elect, MARRCH

Dean Gilbertson

Dean joined the House of Hope, Inc in 2015 as the Executive Director. He has 25 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency, with 10 years in Executive Director positions. Dean obtained his license as an alcohol & drug counselor in 1999. He and his wife Annie have been married for 10 years. During his free time Dean enjoys reading, running, watching sports and coin collecting.  

Shaun R. Floerke, District Court Judge

Shaun Floerke

Shaun R. Floerke, District Court Judge, Sixth Judicial District Judge Floerke is a district court judge of the 6th Judicial District of Minnesota, chambered in Duluth. He was appointed to the bench July 2004. Judge Floerke founded and presides over a DWI problem-solving court, serves as Co-Chair of the Minnesota Treatment Court Initiative and is a past member of the Minnesota Judicial Council, the governing body for the judiciary in Minnesota. He trains judges and other professionals on domestic violence issues nationally with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and also with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP). He is a faculty member and trainer for the National Center for DWI Courts. He was awarded a judicial leadership award by Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 2011 for his work addressing drunk driving.

Wendy Jones, Executive Director, Minnesota Recovery Connection

Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones joined the Minnesota Recovery Connection (MRC) in 2018 after a long career with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), where she was the Director of Education and a member of its Senior Leadership Team. She brings a strong background in program operations, community collaborations and educational services to MRC and is an experienced nonprofit administrator and leader. While at MNHS, she led its Lifelong Learning strategic priority; launched award-winning technology initiatives, including a mobile app for students and a national distance learning program; secured multiple federal grants; and fostered several statewide organizational partnerships. Prior to becoming its Executive Director, Wendy was a passionate MRC volunteer, completing the Recovery Coach Academy and serving as a Recovery Ambassador and Walk for Recovery volunteer. She is a Humphrey Policy Fellow and James P. Shannon Leadership Institute alumna, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota. A person in long-term recovery, Wendy is also an enthusiastic marathon runner, cook and traveler who loves being a Minnesotan.

Bentley Graves, Director, Health & Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Bentley Graves

Bentley Graves is the Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  He joined the Chamber in October 2013. A native Iowan, Bentley made his way to Minnesota and the Chamber by way of Washington, DC, where he spent nearly eight years working on Capitol Hill for an Iowa Congressman. Bentley began his timeon the Hill  as an intern, fresh out of college, and throughout his tenure moved on to hold a number of positions in the Congressman’s office, including Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, and Chief of Staff.   Bentley’s policy experience includes work on small business concerns, health care, transportation, taxes, education, foreign affairs, defense, and federal appropriations. As Chief of Staff, he managed all aspects of the Congressional office and served as a liaison between the Congressman and community, business, and state and local government leaders.

Bentley graduated cum laude in 2005 from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a degree in Political Economy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Community Measurement, a non-profit that provides public reporting about health care costs and quality in the state; a member of the Board of Directors of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota; a member of the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee of MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange; and a member of the Advisory Panel for Own Your Future, an initiative designed to help Minnesotans prepare for their Long Term Care needs. Bentley lives in Excelsior with his wife, who is a native Minnesotan, and their four young children.

Randy Seifert, PharmD

Randy Seifert

Randy Seifert, PharmD, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective July 1, 2017. This new position is a rotating, two-year appointment for College of Pharmacy faculty. Seifert's appointment was made following an external panel review.

The Peters Chair was established as part of a $13.5 million gift from William (Bill) and Mildred Peters to stimulate innovation and research that would advance the practice of pharmacy. Bill, a 1910 College of Pharmacy graduate, along with his wife Mildred owned and operated the Lowry Hills Drugstore in Minneapolis for 33 years.

Seifert has extensive experience in managed care, medical group management, clinical research, pharmacy services management, and academics. He has practiced in several settings including hospital, long term care, clinical research, medical group management and managed care. He also has developed viable business models for community-based medication therapy management services.

As the Peters Chair, Seifert plans to study how best to meet the comprehensive mental and physical health needs of rural Minnesota, and in particular evaluate the impact a community mental health center and community pharmacy interprofessional team has on mental health patient outcomes.

“This project proposes a novel practice model to meet the unmet health needs of rural Minnesota by creating a powerful and intentional partnership between pharmacists providing comprehensive pharmacy care services, including medication management, and mental health care providers, harnessing a variety of strategies already in place, such as telehealth, but utilizing them in new and enhanced ways,” said Seifert. “This project will also incorporate students from a variety of health professional programs to ensure a qualified workforce to sustain and expand the delivery of quality comprehensive care to the entire state of Minnesota. This project can serve as a model for addressing unmet needs of a population that is underserved with limited access, poorly coordinated care, in many cases lack of community transitional care and multiple health conditions requiring complex medication therapy. My collaborators and I will document impact and sustainability through population health, patient experience and cost metrics.”

Along with his new role as Peters Chair, Seifert will serve as a co-director of the college's Center for Leading Healthcare Change, and will have an affiliate appointment as a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. He will also serve as Director of Advocacy within the Professional and External Relations Division, and will oversee government relations activities, including working with the Advocacy Task Force, and serving as a liaison to the Board of Pharmacy and the Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacy Board of Directors.

“As Senior Associate Dean on the Duluth campus since 2006, Randy has been instrumental in building the Duluth branch campus and building relationships with practitioners and policymakers around the state,” said Dean Marilyn Speedie. “Though Randy will relocate to the Twin Cities, he will remain tenured in PPPS and maintain his ties to Duluth. A new Senior Associate Dean will be named soon.”

Seifert received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from North Dakota State University and his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics at the 
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