Cebrin Goodman Center Grants 30 Conference Scholarships to Illinois Drug Prevention, Treatment Professionals

Mr. Larry Goodman (center) with students from Glenbard West High School’s Students for Students program.

(Springfield, IL) – August 31, 2011. The Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations, granted 30 conference scholarships to prevention and treatment professionals throughout Illinois for the 2011 Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependence Association (IADDA) conference.

Scholarships were awarded to addiction prevention and treatment professionals 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 2011 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. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal, according to the Center.

Effective prevention efforts are crucial if we hope to shield future generations from the false promises of the drug experience and the unfortunate paths far too many have chosen. The Cebrin Goodman Center supports ongoing partnerships with organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.

The IADDA conference, Designing the Future is scheduled for September 7–9 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville.

The conference scholarship winners are:

Recipient Name           Agency

Amy Bern                    Rosecrance Health Network

David Brack                TASC

Thurman Byrd             IDHS – Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Anita Casey                 Pillars

Harlony Christian        Haymarket Center

Holly Cote                   Community Partnership Coalition

Sonya Davis                Abraxas

Billy Fowler                Central States  Institute

Ricardo Gasca             Renz Center

Darlene Hill                 Pillars

Carl Jenkins                Central States  Institute

Althea Jones                Central States  Institute

Jake Kelow                  Abraxas

Maxie Knighten          TASC

Dennis Kyrouac          Family Service & CMHC of McHenry County

Katarzyna Loniewska Haymarket Center

Susan Lopez                Renz Center

Judith Mandrath          Haymarket Center

Ann McBride              Breaking Free

Brian McIntosh           Haymarket Center

Connee Meschini        Community Partnership Coalition

Peter Palanca               TASC

Heather Pitts                The Human Resources Center

Peter Rankaitis            Project Oz

Carole Robinson         Palos Community Hospital

Emily Silva                  The Human Resources Center

Tricia Sinnott               Renz Center

Camille Springer         Chestnut Health Systems

Erica Taliana                Abraxas

Patricia Taylor             ABJ Community Services

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

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

For more information about the Cebrin Goodman Center visit

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