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Advisory Board

The Institute’s advisory board is composed of leaders and luminaries in the behavioral healthcare field, as well as those supporting the mission of improving mental health and substance use treatment across the country.

Nancy Hale
Nancy Hale

Following 34 years as a teacher, career counselor, and administrative coordinator, Nancy Hale retired from public education in 2012 and joined Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) as co-program director for the UNITE Service Corps (AmeriCorps) Program. In February 2015, she was named UNITE’s third president and CEO. Very involved in her community, Ms. Hale has served as an executive board member and volunteer with the Rockcastle County (KY) UNITE Coalition for the last 11 years and with the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association for 26 years, as she is a current board member and twice-elected president of the Kentucky Association of Professional Educators.

As a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Pi Chapter, Ms. Hale was named "Kentucky Volunteer of the Year" four times (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004). She received the "Golden Apple Achiever Award" from Ashland Oil, Inc., in 2000 as one of Kentucky's outstanding educators. In 2001, she was chosen as the "Kentucky YMCA Champion," and was the first inductee into the Kentucky YMCA Youth Advisor Hall of Fame in 2010.

Ms. Hale also serves on the advisory board for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.


Ed Jones, PhD

Ed Jones, PhD, is Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning for the Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM). In that role he develops and oversees annual strategic plans for the global growth of IHPM in keeping with its mission statement of “transforming workplaces into environments that promote optimal health, wellbeing and performance.”

Dr. Jones is a clinical psychologist who has previously served in a variety of direct service and executive management roles related to behavioral healthcare and behaviorally focused wellness programs. He served for five years as president of the Commercial Division for ValueOptions, a health improvement company that specializes in EAP services, work-life balance programs, health and wellness products, and care management for all mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. The ValueOptions commercial division covered 16 million members.

Dr. Jones previously served as the chief clinical officer for PacifiCare Behavioral Health (PBH), a managed behavioral healthcare organization with 6 million members nationwide that was acquired by United Health Group in 2005. The company managed behavioral health and EAP services for members insured through health plans and also on a “carve out” basis for employer, labor, and trust groups. Dr. Jones was the senior executive accountable for the performance of all PBH care management centers, including accountability for service utilization, clinical quality, customer service, administrative efficiency, and compliance with NCQA and state regulatory standards. In addition, he was accountable for provider network management and development.

Dr. Jones served as a member of the board of the industry trade association, American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association, for five years, and he served as chairman of the board in 2004. He has published extensively on the development of outcomes management systems as a core technology in behavioral healthcare, and he implemented these systems both at PBH and ValueOptions. As a featured speaker at national conferences he has shared data from these outcomes systems, focusing on risk factors such as suicidal thinking and substance abuse, and highlighting the variability of clinical outcomes at the practitioner level.

Dr. Jones has been a member of the editorial board of Behavioral Healthcare Executive magazine since 2006, and he has written articles on these topics in that forum as well.

Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from Northwestern University, leading to an early career in private practice. In the early 1990s he established a group practice in Southern California, Center for Behavioral Healthcare, and in this role he hired clinicians to work with him under contracts with newly formed managed behavioral healthcare organizations. The consistent focus throughout his career has been on delivering measurable results and improving the health of populations.


Andrew Kessler
Andrew D. Kessler, JD

Andrew D. Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. With 15 years of policy experience--and over a decade in behavioral health--Mr. Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other federal actors. He is a frequent contributor to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly and to

Mr. Kessler has written legislation and report language published by both the House and Senate, and has presented orally before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Institute’s National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

Mr. Kessler received his bachelor of arts in 1993 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1999 he graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he received multiple awards and recognition for his legal analysis and moot court performance


Jean Krisle

Jean Krisle is the CEO and Founder of 10,000 Beds, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. With their partners, 10,000 Beds provides support to those without resources seeking help for addiction.

Not just an addiction coach, Ms. Krisle’s multifaceted career has taken her to audiences and clients around the world. Known for her candor, resiliency, and leadership, Ms. Krisle is the owner of three companies, each with a mission of motivating others to reach their highest potential: 10,000 Beds, Inc., SQUARE Marketing Strategies, and

The mother of an addict in recovery, Ms. Krisle learned quickly how confusing the treatment world can be and how unprepared she was to handle it. She looks back on that time and refers to herself as the typical enabling mother. As Ms. Krisle learned more about the addiction treatment industry, she also recognized that many others dealing with an addiction crisis were probably just as overwhelmed as she was. This prompted her to start a marketing and service company to provide support to families seeking help for addiction.

The idea for 10,000 Beds was born out of Ms. Krisle’s awareness of empty beds in treatment centers throughout the United States and, at the​ same time, people without resources seeking addiction treatment. She knew this was an equation that needed to be solved. ​10,000 Beds’ unique model of reaching out directly to treatment centers for scholarships resulted in more than $500,000 in awarded scholarships between November 2015 and August 2016, with the expectation of doubling that number by the end of 2016.

Today, 10,000 Beds operates with a 100% volunteer staff and board, with funding from individual donors, grants and foundations, and through strategic partnerships with treatment centers throughout the United States who commit to providing at least one scholarship bed per year for a minimum of 30 days of treatment. 10,000 Beds is working to identify 10,000 scholarship beds for addiction treatment by the end of 2020.


Steven Millette, LMHC, LAC

Steven Millette, LMHC, LAC, is director of recovery ecosystem development at Gloo, LLC. He has nearly 30 years experience in the behavioral health and addiction recovery field, having served in clinical, administrative, academic, and executive roles. His passion is to bring systemic change required to solve addiction and behavioral health problems in our society. His competencies include clinical service model development, service and system innovation, and organizational leadership. He is now particularly interested in developing and applying engagement technologies and platform models to both innovate and speed the advancement of needed solutions for the addiction problems in our society.

Mr. Millette previously served as the executive director at The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital and at Pavillon International in North Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Millette has held leadership and clinical positions at prominent treatment facilities in Florida, including the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Assumption College and his master's degree in counseling psychology from Nova University. Mr. Millette is a licensed mental health and addiction counselor.


Raymond V. Tamasi

Mr. Tamasi is president of Gosnold on Cape Cod with over 40 years of experience developing and managing treatment, intervention, and prevention services. The Gosnold continuum of care includes 190 beds that include acute, sub-acute, extended care, and assisted sober living. Seven outpatient clinics provide partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, ambulatory detoxification, medication-assisted treatment, and a full range of ambulatory behavioral health services. Recent innovative additions include a primary integration program, hospital consultation services, school-based services, recovery coaching, community prevention, overdose intervention, and technology-assisted interventions.

Mr. Tamasi has been recognized nationally for the development of innovative approaches and programs. He is a frequent speaker on issues of policy and a redefining of the addiction treatment and prevention system. He is a recent recipient of the National Council on Behavioral Health’s Visionary Leadership award and was named a Behavioral Health Champion at the 2016 National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

He is a member of the Board of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment, the Cape Cod Hospital Board of Incorporators, and the Association for Behavioral Health. Mr. Tamasi has a bachelor's of arts in economics and a master’s in education with a concentration in counseling and healthcare administration.

Mr. Tamasi also serves on the advisory board of the Institute’s National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

Mary Woods

Mary Woods is the CEO of WestBridge. Ms. Woods is a licensed registered nurse and a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor who has over 37 years’ experience in substance abuse treatment services and community mental health programs. Ms. Woods received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira, New York, her bachelor’s degree from New England College Psychology/Sociology in Henniker, New Hampshire, and her master’s degree in human service administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Ms. Woods began her career in the addictions profession as a nurse at the Kenmore Square Detox Facility in Boston. Ms. Woods was employed as a staff nurse at Catholic Medical Center's Detox Unit for three years. She was employed at the Farnum Center where she worked in the following capacities: addiction counselor, coordinator of the New Beginnings Halfway House for Women, and clinician in Farnum Center's Outpatient Clinic. Ms. Woods joined the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester as the Gemini program’s substance abuse counselor, and she has also served as the coordinator of that program and as director of substance abuse services.

Ms. Woods has been a member of the New Hampshire Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Association since its inception. She was a member of their Board of Directors from 1990-1998, and she served as the chairperson of the professional development committee. She served as the Northeast regional vice president for NAADAC, The Association of Addiction Professionals, from 1998-2002. She was president-elect of NAADAC from 2002-2004, president of NAADAC from 2004-2006, and past-president of NAADAC from 2006-2010.

Ms. Woods also serves on the advisory board of the Institute’s National Conference on Addiction Disorders.