Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation to Honor Partners in Drug Abuse Prevention; Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Scheduled to Attend

10/11/12 Awards Ceremony and Symposium on Stigma in Prevention: TASC’s Peter Palanca will moderate and Tommie Johnson will be recognized

(Chicago, IL) — Illinios Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to attend the inaugural awards ceremony and symposium on stigma in drug prevention which will be held at Roosevelt University on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 3 pm to 5:45 pm, followed by a networking reception. This event is free and open to the public. Please register here.

Author and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will deliver the keynote speech and share his own struggles with alcohol, followed by a panel discussion with a team of experts on substance use, abuse, and stigma. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker will emcee the event, and TASC’s Peter Palanca will moderate.

Ten individuals from across the state of Illinois will be recognized by the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundation the as Outstanding Preventionists of the year. Among the award recipients, Rev. Tommie Johnson, recovery support services coordinator for TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities) will be honored for his “Outside the Walls” ministry and his exceptional dedication to prevention and services for people who have been incarcerated.

Where: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor, Auditorium (Murray Green) Library
When: Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 3 pm to 5:45 pm, with networking following Cost: Free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested:

The panel discussion will include:

  • Peter Palanca (Moderator), Executive Vice President, TASC, Inc.
  • Neil Steinberg, Writer, Chicago Sun-Times and author of Drunkard: A Hard Drinking Life
  • Sara Howe, CEO, Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA)
  • Dr. Celeste Napier, Professor, Department of Pharmacology at Rush University and Director of the Research and Recovery Center for Compulsive Behaviors and Addiction
  • Dr. Kristina Peterson, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Services, Roosevelt University
  • Ed Stellon, MS, MA, CADC, senior director of Heartland Center for Systems Change at Heartland Health Outreach

For professionals who register, two CEUs and CPDUs will be available. The event is co-sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center and Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy and College of Education.

The Cebrin Goodman Center has awarded millions of dollars in grants to local and national teen drug prevention programs. Ten years ago, Lillian and Larry Goodman’s granddaughter Cebrin lost her battle with drug addiction. “Educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse is the answer,” said Larry Goodman, chairman. “Our mission is to spare other families the pain of losing a loved one.”

Rev. Tommie Johnson inspires attendees at “Outside the Walls: A Day of Family Unity and Community Reconciliation,” September 2012

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