Zili Sloboda, Sc.D., President, Applied Prevention Science International, and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, was trained in medical sociology at New York University and in mental health and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The majority of her research has been related to the delivery of health-related services to youth and adults and epidemiology. She is an expert on the prevention of substance use by adolescents and has broad experience in research related to at-risk youth. She has been a member of the faculty at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, The University of Illinois School of Public Health and Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, and The University of Akron where she was the Principal Investigator of a multi-site random control trial of an innovative school-based substance abuse prevention program. For twelve years she worked at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in several capacities, finally as the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research. This Division’s focus was on the development and support of national research programs in HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prevention and drug abuse epidemiology and prevention and at the time had the responsibility for several large national epidemiologic and treatment data systems. She was one of the founders of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) both in the U.S. and in Europe. She is well-published in the area of substance use epidemiology and prevention. Her major books (available on amazon) include Handbook of Drug Abuse Prevention and Epidemiology of Drug Abuse. She is currently coordinating a book series on Advances in Prevention Science. The first book in the series, Defining Prevention Science, was released by Springer Press in 2014. The second book, Prevention Science in School Settings edited by Dr. Kris Bosworth was released in 2016, and a third, Preventing Crime and Violence, edited by Drs. Brent Teasdale and Mindy Bradley, was published in 2017. The latest book in the series, Prevention of Substance Use is scheduled for publication in 2019. In addition, she has a long standing commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based programming and the advancement of Translation I and II research through work with SPR and with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Standards for Drug Use Prevention based on research evidence, and the Universal Prevention Curriculum.
Susan B. David, M.P.H., Vice President, , Applied Prevention Science International, has been working in substance abuse prevention and research since 1970 when she began her Federal career at the U. S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). There, she began work in developing publications and disseminating information and progressed to becoming Public Affairs Director, producing a wide-range of communication programs. These included multi-media campaigns, pamphlets, posters, and videos designed to educate the public and professionals on research-based information on drug use and drug-related HIV/AIDS. She directed campaigns to: Educate parents and young people about the dangers of illegal drugs; promote the need for treatment; and communicate the consequences of HIV/AIDS and drug. Several campaigns involved educational outreach and training of community groups to encourage dissemination of prevention messages and events. She also directed the development of training manuals and videos for prevention and treatment professionals. Ms. David then joined Dr. Sloboda’s research division at NIDA to head up an expansion of NIDA communications research to examine the ability of the mass media to prevent the initiation and use of illegal drugs, cigarette smoking and youth violence. She also coordinated the impact evaluation of the White House National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to measure the long-term impact of the campaign on parents and youth. With Dr. Sloboda, she co-authored Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-based Guide, [known as the Red Book], 1997, to help substance abuse prevention practitioners implement evidence-based programs. As a consultant, she updated and edited the revision of the publication in 2003. Since leaving NIDA in 2002, Ms. David has undertaken a career as a Public Health Consultant working on projects involving an updated data system, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN); an American Psychological Association (APA) violence prevention campaign; publications development; and an outreach project for NIDA’s research networks.
Maria Luna Jimenez, M.A., Director of Professional Development, is a Colombian psychologist from the University of the Andes in Colombia and holds a Master's Degree from the University of Deusto in Spain. Her entire career has been devoted to the field of substance use prevention. She is currently the Director for Professional Development at Applied Prevention Science International. During her previous job managing the Prevention programming of the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission at the Organization of American States, Ms. Luna worked closely with Latin American and Caribbean governments, civil society entities, academia and other international organizations around the world. Her 12 years of public policy and specialized training experience in the region brought a deep understanding of the substance use problem in the Americas, and helped her identify innovative political and technical approaches to address it. She has coordinated the development, publication and implementation of several substance use prevention guidelines for the development, promotion and enhancement of policies and practices in different settings and targeted needs. She also coordinated the implementation and evaluation of several prevention programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the development and delivery of Training Curricula for the Prevention workforce. For over a for a decade, Maria served as Coordinator and Technical Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Demand Reduction Expert Group and adjacent Task Force groups, liaising with the Chair and setting the priorities of the group based on the needs of the region. This position allowed her to expand and strengthen her work experience, knowledge, and network through the collaboration with other International Organizations, such as UNODC, EMCDDA, CCSA (Canada), PAHO/WHO and Civil Society networks such as RIOD and RAISSS. Considering that the professionalization of the prevention workforce has a crucial impact on the efficacy in the implementation of substance use prevention, Ms. Luna is fully committed as APSI's Director of Professional Development, to guaranteeing that worldwide prevention training is delivered and disseminated with highest quality procedures to appropriately professionalize the prevention field.
Jim Ryan, OCPC, ICPS, Associate Director of Professional Development, has over 35 years of experience in substance use prevention; community and youth engagement; training, mentoring, and professional development; and writing and editing. An Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, Mr. Ryan’s history includes initiatives with a variety of organizations and systems, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Youth to Youth International, The Ohio State University, Area Agencies on Aging, and Leadership for Alcohol Free Children, as well as incorporation of prevention into child welfare, education, and other systems. Mr. Ryan also serves as the executive director of ADAPAO, the membership association of Ohio’s prevention professionals, and chairs the ADAPAO Prevention Think Tank, an advocacy and planning collaborative of Ohio’s leading prevention provider and funding board professionals. He is also a veteran member of the Prevention Committee of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Mr. Ryan is also senior trainer for Working Partners®, a national leader in drug-free workplace training and consultation. Among his other training credentials and experience, Mr. Ryan is a Master Trainer of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mr. Ryan has devoted his career both to the growth of prevention as a field and to the professional development of his peers. Mr. Ryan’s professional background also includes journalism and publishing. He co-founded Outlook Publishing, Inc. and served as the co-publisher and editor of Outlook, a national award-winning newspaper targeted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of Columbus, Ohio from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Ryan also has more than 30 years of volunteer service with Franklin County Children Services. Mr. Ryan also co-founded and was the first president of The Ohio State University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni Society and served as an inaugural member of The Ohio State University English Department Alumni Advisory Board. Mr. Ryan received the 2001 Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award. In 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association recognized him with the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to the university. Mr. Ryan was also Ohio’s nominee for the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium’s 2014 Prevention Professional of the Year award. In early 2018, Mr. Ryan was recognized as one of only two individuals in agency history with 30 years of volunteer service to Franklin County Children Services.
Joyce Phelps, M.S. Ed., Senior Training Consultant, has applied her knowledge and skills in school settings, universities, NGOs and in private sector companies. As Programs and Training Vice President for a non-profit positive prevention organization, she provided leadership for the development of a K-12 prevention program and its adaptation for international implementation. With her extensive experience in developing effective learning programs for adults, she designed the training for school personnel to prepare them to implement the school-based curricula and parent and community involvement components. To support the program’s growth within US schools and international expansion, she created and led a training of trainers (TOT) program with rigorous multi-step training and testing components. Within seven years of the TOT program’s launch, the training team had grown from 10 US-based trainers to over 100 world-wide. In support of the program’s international expansion, Ms. Phelps served as trainer for pilot teachers and also trained in-country trainers to assure capacity to support the program’s implementation. While Education Vice President for the International Youth Foundation, she successfully led the development of a life skills program, whose implementation began in rural and slum areas of Mexico and India. Her experience in facilitating learning for school personnel was invaluable to her work in the Philippines, in which she designed and led teacher training workshops focused on strategies for creating classrooms with positive climates and adjusting teaching styles to be more student centered and incorporate high-engagement learning activities for students. Before the project concluded, she trained and certified a team of trainers from throughout the country to continue this important teacher training work. At Humana, Inc., her work supported the company’s goal of improving the health and well-being of its members/customers. Ms. Phelps led the design, development and delivery of Humana’s health coach training program, which recently (2015) was recognized as one of 42 programs approved by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches. Through the coach training program, such health professionals as nurses, social workers, counselors and health educators gained knowledge and skills necessary for implementing Humana’s client-centered coaching process for individuals seeking to make positive changes in their health. In recognition of her exemplary work, in 2015 Humana presented her with its Woman of Distinction Award.
Anthony Coetzer-Liversage is a Hubert H Humphrey/Fulbright Alumni who is currently working on his PhD in Public Health, with a specialization in Prevention Sciences at Kent State University in Ohio (USA). He is a UPC Master Trainer for Applied Prevention Sciences International (APSI), and a registered Clinical Pastoral Therapist with the South Africa Association of Pastoral Workers, and a Registered Counselor with the Health Professional Council of South Africa. Anthony focus on looking at integrating prevention and treatment of health conditions, especially substance use, HIV and trauma. Within these he has worked a lot within vulnerable populations, especially men who have sex with men (MSM), and with people dealing with issues of spirituality/religion. Anthony’s current interest is global capacity development of substance use prevention specialists, and is looking into the implementation, and evaluation of the Universal Prevention Curriculum developed by Applied Prevention Sciences International on behalf of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Department within the State Department and Colombo Plan (the ICCE division). He is experienced in workplace interventions addressing various health issues, but especially substance use and HIV/AIDS. He has a special interest in Higher Education and Adult Education, both in face-to-face, blended and online learning. He is also currently the Chairperson of Inner Peace (a NPO), which provides substance abuse prevention and treatment services within South Africa, with a special focus on minority groups. It also has the only registered Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Program in the Northern Cape, South Africa, with services in Cape Town as well.
Our Board of Directors
Dr. John Carnevale is President of Carnevale Associates, LLC. Prior to this position, Dr. Carnevale worked for over 18 years in Federal Government service as an Economist. He served for 11 years at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the Director of Planning, Budget, Research, and Evaluation. Prior to working at ONDCP, was a researcher and a budget examiner at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Dr. Carnevale also served in the U.S. Department of Treasury. When he left federal service in 2000, he established a public policy firm with the mission of closing the knowledge gap between academic research and the understanding of effective policies and programs. Dr. Carnevale holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maine and a Doctorate in Public Finance Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
New Jersey native Nicholas De Mauro is a national leader in Law Enforcement School-Based Prevention Initiatives. He has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, youth services and substance abuse prevention. He also holds a B.A. in Human Services. In 2000, Mr. De Mauro founded the New Jersey chapter of the D.A.R.E. program, expanding it by 2015 to the nation’s largest statewide program. In the 1990s, Mr. De Mauro oversaw 25 statewide non-profit agencies throughout the United States. Mr. De Mauro has been Executive Director of the school-based L.E.A.D. program. He travels and lectures extensively throughout the United States. His volunteer work has included interscholastic team coaching at a variety of schools. Mr. De Mauro is also a member of several major professional organizations, charitable Boards and has received many awards for leadership and community service.
Jeff Lee is the Executive Director of International Society for Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals. Mr. Lee has recently completed his role as Project Manager for the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) Phase II project at Liverpool John Moores University where he also undertook a part-time role for the ERANID project. He previously worked as Executive Director of Mentor International, a substance abuse prevention focused international NG. Before that he was the Director of The Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Education. He is actively involved with the Society for Prevention Research as a member of its International Task Force and with the European Society for Prevention Research where he serves as a Board member. Jeff has written and contributed to a number of publications.
Christina Gynnå Oguz is a former policy maker with long-standing experience from national government positions as well as UN positions, Nordic, European and international affairs, and civil society collaboration. She is an experienced communicator, lecturer, moderator and negotiator and has extensive experience in dealing with media. Ms. Oguz is a former Director at the Swedish Ministry of Health & Social Welfare. She has also served as Deputy National Drug Policy Coordinator for Sweden. Her EU experiences include membership of the Management Board of the European Monitoring Centre for Dugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and chairing the EU Council Working Party on Drugs during two Swedish EU presidencies. She has worked eight years for the UN, first as Head of the Demand Reduction Section at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna and later as UNODC Country Representative in Afghanistan. She has also served as Permanent Correspondent to the Council of Europe Pompidou Group. In addition, she has also served as Head of Delegation to the Drugs Committee of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and the UN Commission on Social Development. She has also chaired the Nordic Council of Ministers Committee of Senior Officials for Health and Social Affairs.