Cebrin Goodman Center Grants 26 Conference Scholarships to Illinois Drug Prevention, Treatment Professionals

(Springfield, IL) – September 13, 2010. The Cebrin Goodman Center of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations granted 26 conference scholarships to addiction prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois for the 2010 Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) conference.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals employed by an IADDA member agency with preference given to prevention providers, geographic, diversity, and financial need.

“We are grateful to the Cebrin Goodman Center for their generous support of the 2010 IADDA Annual Conference,” said IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “Information gained from the conference workshops will directly benefit those who provide prevention and treatment services to Illinois’ most vulnerable populations, particularly youth.”

Scholarships cover full conference registration and hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

Established in 2007, the Cebrin Goodman Center, located in Skokie, Illinois, is committed to helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. To that end, the center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to successfully combat the formidable lure of drugs.

The IADDA conference, “Navigating change: Setting the course for success” is scheduled for September 15-17 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The conference scholarship winners are:

  • Marcia Buchs, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Chasity Dunaway, Prairie Center, Urbana
  • Billy Fowler, Catholic Charities,Chicago
  • Ricardo Gasca, Renz Center, Elgin
  • Jennifer Geltz, Breaking Free Inc., Aurora
  • Robert Grupe, Heartland Human Services, Effingham
  • Empe Guerra, NICASA, Round Lake
  • Frank Harris, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago
  • Kellie Henrichs, Project OZ, Bloomington
  • Tonette Ingram, Wells Center – IYC St. Charles, St. Charles
  • Marco Jacome, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc., Chicago
  • Carl Jenkins, Catholic Charities, Chicago
  • Nora Jones, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Dennis Kyrouac, Family Service and CMHC for McHenry County, McHenry
  • Joannie Leigh, Chestnut Health Systems, Joliet
  • Julie Love, Prevention First Inc., Springfield
  • Ann McBride, Breaking Free Inc., Aurora
  • Mack McGhee, TASC, Inc., Chicago
  • Teressa Perdieu, Central East Alcholism and Drug Council, Charleston
  • John Powers, Haymarket Center, Chicago
  • Donna Prather, Chestnut Health Systems, Normal
  • Danielle Ramsey, ABJ Community Services, Inc., Chicago
  • Peter Rankaitis, Project Oz, Bloomington
  • Noviel Simms, Human Resources Development Inc., Chicago
  • Jeremy Wright, TASC, Inc., Villa Park
  • Philip Bradley, F.O.R.U.M., Chicago

Established in 1967 as the only statewide advocacy organization in Illinois focusing solely on substance use disorder issues, IADDA represents more than 50 prevention, treatment and recovery organizations across the state.

For more information about IADDA or to register for the conference visit

Quinn Chief of Staff, Michelle Saddler to Be Lead Speaker at IADDA Conference

Michelle Saddler, Chief of Staff to Governor Pat Quinn

(Springfield, IL) – September 2, 2010.  Governor Pat Quinn’s newly-appointed chief of staff, Michelle Saddler, will serve as the opening speaker at the annual conference of Illinois’ top alcohol, drug advocacy group.

Saddler,  who served as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services prior to her appointment to the top post on the Governor’s staff, recently confirmed her attendance at the 43rd Annual Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association Conference: “Navigating Change: Setting a Course for Success“.

In her role as the human services chief, Saddler worked tirelessly on behalf of community-based social welfare agencies, according to IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe.

“As Secretary, Michelle Saddler strove relentlessly to minimize the impact of statewide budget cuts on Illinois’ most vulnerable populations,” said Howe. “We expect the same commitment as chief of staff.”

“We are pleased and honored that Ms. Saddler will welcome conference attendees as the opening speaker for our 2010 IADDA annual conference,” Howe added.

The IADDA conference will be held September 15-17, 2010, at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.