The Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare is the leading education provider to behavioral healthcare professionals and allied stakeholders. Our wide range of resources includes two award-winning publications, Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare Executive;national and regional conferences; local lunch’n’learns and virtual Webinars; and topic-focused e-newsletters. The Institute continuously engages more than 190,000 professionals, including front-line clinicians and private-practice therapists; nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals; and executive-level decision makers at a wide range of for-profit, not-for-profit, public, and private mental health and substance use treatment organizations. The Institute also leads discussions among policy makers, prevention and public health officials, law enforcement personnel, and community advocates.
Meet The Team
Doug Edwards is Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare, which produces Addiction Professional, Behavioral Healthcare Executive,the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, and the Summits for Clinical Excellence. He previously was the editor-in-chief and publisher of both magazines. Edwards has been serving the mental health and addiction treatment community for more than 18 years. Noted for his behavioral healthcare market expertise, Edwards presents at conferences and moderates expert panel discussions around the country.
Judi Beshella is associate director of the Institute. Formerly with the Ben Franklin Institute as Conference Director for 8 years, she is extensively involved in the development of the Institute’s Summits for Clinical Excellence.
Program Director, Conferences and Events
Michael is the program director for conferences and events at the Institute.
Director of Marketing
Abbegayle heads up the audience acquisition team responsible for recruiting attendees for all of the Institute’s 80+ live events throughout the country. She works closely with her team to develop, monitor, and execute highly personalized and unique marketing strategies and experiences for each attendee – from the pre-conference marketing, to registration, to the onsite attendee experience.
Tom Valentino has more than 12 years of experience in the newspaper and communications industries. He has covered sports and breaking news in addition to leading a department as Business Editor. He has extensive B2B and B2C marketing and public relations experience as well, creating content for print, digital and multimedia platforms. Valentino is a graduate of the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a specialization in news writing and editing. Tom Valentino is the senior editor of the Institute and has been recognized for his editorial excellence.
Editor of Addiction Professional
Gary Enos has been editor of Addiction Professional since the publication’s founding in 2003. He has served as a writer and editor on topics in the addiction and mental health fields since 1994. In 2015 the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers honored Enos with the Michael Q. Ford Journalism Award.
Senior Program Manager
Gina Meyer is a senior program manager with the Institute and was previously executive director of the American Addiction Treatment Association.
National Sales Account Manager
Cate Olszewski oversees sales for the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, Treatment Center Investment & Valuation Retreat, Treatment Center Executive & Marketing Retreat, and National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. She has several years’ experience in increasingly responsible roles within the Institute, beginning with the first National Conference on Addiction Disorders in 2010.
Delegate Sales Specialist
Ellen is a Delegate Sales Specialist for the Institute’s events in the behavioral healthcare market. She has previously served as associate director of sales at the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Sales Support Coordinator
Katrina Hall is a Sales Support Coordinator for the Institute. Her range of duties include the Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare Executive Panel Series.