Mark Herring was raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Virginia. She instilled in him that when you see a problem in your community, you have an obligation to try and fix it. He worked construction and other jobs in order to help pay for college. And he's never forgotten where he came from, which is why he works every single day to make our families and communities safer.
Anne Moss Rogers, President of Beacon Tree Foundation, has been an outspoken mental health advocate and on the board for Beacon Tree since 2010. From articles to TV appearances, she has tirelessly and persistently fought for the cause to erase stigma for mental illness including addiction. Despite her family’s best efforts to get help, her 20-year-old son Charles died by suicide June 5, 2015 after many years of struggle.
Ed Gillespie is a business owner, longtime conservative leader and a Republican candidate for Governor in 2017.
Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, is the Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tom is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and has spent most of his career working in homeless services at CARITAS. A person in long-term recovery, Tom is an advocate for people in recovery or who are struggling with a substance use disorder.
Mike is a lifelong resident of Henrico County and has been a Richmond Police Officer for 28 years. The majority of his law enforcement career has been in investigations with a primary focus in all levels of drug enforcement. These include working in an undercover capacity, supervision of narcotic and violent crime investigations, asset forfeiture and money laundering investigations, and currently the Commander in charge of the Special Investigation Division
Jimmy Christmas has been a professional social worker in Richmond, Virginia since
1994 and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2002. He has been employed in many behavioral health agencies and roles throughout his career: The Daily Planet, CARITAS, Hallmark Youthcare, Lakeside House, Henrico Drug Court, Rubicon, Family Counseling Center for Recovery, Casselton Consultants and Insight Physicians.
Delegate Bagby is a graduate of Henrico High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Norfolk State University as well as a master's degree in Education Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Delegate Bagby currently serves as the Director of Operations at the Peter Paul Development Center, too.
Dr. Sarah Scarbrough works as the Program Director in the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office under Richmond Sheriff, C.T. Woody, Jr. In this capacity, Dr. Scarbrough provides oversight and supervision to all programs offered to jail residents of the Richmond City Justice Center,.
Justin was raised primarily by a single mom and his grandparents in a neighborhood besieged by guns, drugs and gangs. He saw childhood friends fall victim to the culture of crime and violence that threatens many Virginia communities.
Linda Hancock is the Director of VCU’s Wellness Resource Center and a Family Nurse Practitioner who has provided primary health care to college students for three decades. Linda’s specialty is making science user-friendly and fun. She specializes in all the “S’s” – substances, sex, stress and social norms. She has conducted several research studies on the impact of social norms and alcohol use harm reduction.
John Adams was born and raised in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He attended the Virginia Military Institute for college, graduating with a B.S. in economics. After college, he was commissioned as a service warfare officer in the United States Navy, serving for almost five years.
Dick Satori is a person in long term recovery who now is a certified yoga and meditation teacher as well as a nationally touring recovery comedian, storyteller, and speaker. His autobiographical one person show, 'Monkey Off Back - Circus Still In Town!' which he wrote and previewed in Richmond and premiered in New York City, exhibits his experience, strength, and hope with hilarity. He has performed at International Recovery Conventions, Colleges, Theaters, and Jails...oh my. For more informati
Stas Novitsky is a person in recovery from substance use disorder. He started and ran Virginia's first, and only, recovery high school, McShin Academy. He is currently the Brand Manager at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine, and his concept app won the 2017 Governor's Datathon for solutions for the opioid epidemic.
G. Mantovani Gay, MD is the medical director for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office in Chesterfield, Virginia. He has been the medical director for the past 13.5 years. He is an Internal Medicine physician with a sub-specialty in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He was previously the medical director at the Greenville Correctional Center, the state’s largest prison, in Jarrett, VA for 2.5 years. He has been practicing correctional medicine for the past 20 years.