Prevent Bullying

Law Enforcement Conference Workshop and Presenter Details

  • Officer Wellness Panel – Lunchtime Session

    The officer wellness panel comprises professionals from the academic, health care, and law enforcement fields for an important conversation on how law enforcement officers can maintain and encourage good mental health and wellness on the job.
    Richard A. Kamin, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the EMS Program Director for the University of Connecticut Health Center
    Nancy Legow, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
    Russell Iger, JD, Police Officer, Coventry Police Department
    Gary MacNamara, Chief of Police, Fairfield Police Department (Moderator)

Session 1 Workshops: 9:05AM-10:35AM

  1. Session 1 Workshop: Turning Up the HEAT on the Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut: What Are the Feds Doing?
  2. Session 1 Workshop: Safety on the Frontline for Officers and K9s: Fentanyl Exposure
  3. Session 1 Workshop: Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education Program (HOPE) & Connection to Recovery through Intervention, Support and Initiating Services (CRISIS) Initiatives
  4. Session 1 Workshop: New Policing Models Making Communities Stronger by Reducing Recidivism, Increasing Public Safety, and Reducing Drug Use
  5. Session 1 Workshop: Lawful Prescribing and Prevention of Diversion
  6. Session 1 Workshop: Pulling Together: Developing Strong Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Community Services Agencies
  7. Session 2 Workshop: Evidence-Based Services for Youth: DCF’s Service System to Address Opioid Use Problems
  8. Session 2 Workshop: Campus and Coalition Partnerships: Police Working with the Community
  1. Session 1 Workshop: Turning Up the HEAT on the Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut: What Are the Feds Doing?

    The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that has hit Connecticut hard. In 2016, in response to the spike in the number of overdose deaths in Connecticut, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) and Drug Enforcement Administration formed a statewide task force to investigate and prosecute drug dealers who sold heroin and fentanyl that led to overdose deaths. Knowing that prosecution is not the only answer, the USAO began the Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT) to bring a message of opioid prevention to high schools across Connecticut. HEAT has reached approximately 70 schools and 35,000 students.

    Presenters:
    Rob Spector, Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit
    Dana Mofenson, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Agency
    Ines Cenatiempo, Victim-Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office

  2. Session 1 Workshop: Safety on the Frontline for Officers and K9s: Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl can be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. This synthetic opioid can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled if it becomes airborne, putting first responders – and even police dogs – in danger. With a rapid onset, this opioid is causing deadlier overdoses at quicker rates than heroin and prescription drugs alone.
    This workshop provides information on the dangers of exposure and precautionary measures that should be used when officers and K9s are exposed. Attendees learn how they can strengthen department procedures by gaining new insight on fentanyl safety.

    Presenters:
    TFC Jonathan Naples, CT State Police K9 Training Coordinator
    TFC Kevin Connolly, CT State Police Training Academy

  3. Session 1 Workshop: Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education Program (HOPE) & Connection to Recovery through Intervention, Support and Initiating Services (CRISIS) Initiatives

    This dualistic workshop addresses both the HOPE Initiative, utilized by the Manchester Police Department and the CRISIS Initiative, utilized by the Connecticut State Police. Both initiatives showcase ways for law enforcement to collaborate with community resources to connect high-risk individuals to treatment and recovery.
    Attendees learn how HOPE is creating a paradigm shift by enabling law enforcement to become the entry point to treatment and recovery, as well as how the CRISIS model generates community collaboration to reduce the number of opiate overdoses. Presenters share the challenges they face, how they overcome them, and how you can bring one of these models to your community.

    Presenters:
    Wayne Kowal, DESPP CT State Police Statewide Narcotics Taskforce
    Chief Marc Montminy, Chief of Police, Manchester Police Department

  4. Session 1 Workshop: New Policing Models Making Communities Stronger by Reducing Recidivism, Increasing Public Safety, and Reducing Drug Use

    Criminal justice professionals and experts in fields that focus on prevention and addiction have recognized that the arrest and incarceration of people with addictions has not ended the nation’s drug use problems. There are several law enforcement programs that now divert drug users and low-level offenders from arrest into treatment. This session provides an overview of selecting and implementing the diversion strategy or program that is best suited for your jurisdiction.

    Presenter:
    Loel Meckel, LCSW, Assistant Director, Forensic Services Division, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

  5. Session 1 Workshop: Lawful Prescribing and Prevention of Diversion

    This workshop provides law enforcement professionals with a national overview on the abuse of prescription drugs, an understanding of the Controlled Substance Act as it applies to prescription-controlled substances, and a description of prescription drug crimes and their victims. Discussion topics include prescribing within the guidelines of the Code of Federal Regulations, methods to protect pharmacies and medical practices from common scams, and inappropriate prescribing practices. Actual case examples will be used throughout the workshop.

    Presenter:
    Adrienne Baker, Associate Director of RxREACTS, Purdue Pharma

  6. Session 1 Workshop: Pulling Together: Developing Strong Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Community Services Agencies

    Community-level approaches to opioid prevention, intervention, and treatment are the most sustainable and effective strategies for long-term change. However, accessing and motivating key stakeholders and partners can prove challenging to the development of successful community level efforts. In this workshop, participants engage in a facilitated conversation about engaging critical partners in community coalitions and task-forces.

    Presenter:
    Aliza Makuch, Director of Prevention Initiatives, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

  7. Session 2 Workshop: Evidence-Based Services for Youth: DCF’s Service System to Address Opioid Use Problems

    DCF has a robust network of evidence-based practice providers statewide to care for youth with substance misuse problems, including opioid use disorders. The infrastructure includes a network of community, adolescent, and family behavioral health providers serving every region of the state. The network offers statewide access to clinic-based treatments through Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, and intensive in-home services using Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Assert Treatment Model (ATM) and Multisystemic Therapy.

    Presenters:
    Staff from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families
    (Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC Ines Eaton, MS, UConn Health Melissa Sienna, MS, MPA)

  8. Session 2 Workshop: Campus and Coalition Partnerships: Police Working with the Community

    Attendees gain an understanding of Fairfield University’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic as they sponsor their first annual Opioid Awareness and Prevention Day, train members of the community to administer Narcan, and create a documentary about college students in recovery. Joined by other Connecticut colleges and universities under the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative, Fairfield University demonstrates the commitment to increase awareness both on campus and within the community on the potential for fatal overdose as well as promoting and increasing access to treatment and resources. Attendees also receive information on the university’s implementation of training its Public Safety Officers, Health Center, and Counseling & Psychological professional staff. Additionally, Fairfield University’s Collegiate Recovery Program, which provides structure and support to its students as they pair education with their recovery and provide hope for those struggling with addiction, will be highlighted.

    Presenters:
    Staff from Fairfield University
    (Lisa Arnold, MFT, LADC, Clinical Director, Collegiate Recovery Services, and Todd Pelazza, Director, Public Safety)

Session 2 Workshops: 10:40AM-12:10PM

  1. Session 2 Workshop: Turning Up the HEAT on the Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut: What Are the Feds Doing?
  2. Session 2 Workshop: Safety on the Frontline for Officers and K9s: Fentanyl Exposure
  3. Session 2 Workshop: Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education Program (HOPE)/ Department of Public Health: Stigma & Biology of Addiction
  4. Session 2 Workshop: Evidence-Based Services for Youth: DCF’s Service System to Address Opioid Use Problems
  5. Session 2 Workshop: Campus and Coalition Partnerships: Police Working with the Community
  1. Session 2 Workshop: Turning Up the HEAT on the Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut: What Are the Feds Doing?

    The opioid epidemic is a national crisis that has hit Connecticut hard. In 2016, in response to the spike in the number of overdose deaths in Connecticut, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) and Drug Enforcement Administration formed a statewide task force to investigate and prosecute drug dealers who sold heroin and fentanyl that led to overdose deaths. Knowing that prosecution is not the only answer, the USAO began the Heroin Education Action Team (HEAT) to bring a message of opioid prevention to high schools across Connecticut. HEAT has reached approximately 70 schools and 35,000 students.

    Presenters:
    Rob Spector, Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit
    Dana Mofenson, Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Agency
    Ines Cenatiempo, Victim-Witness Coordinator, United States Attorney’s Office

  2. Session 2 Workshop: Safety on the Frontline for Officers and K9s: Fentanyl Exposure

    Fentanyl can be 50 times more potent than heroin, and a speck the size of a few grains of salt can kill. This synthetic opioid can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled if it becomes airborne, putting first responders – and even police dogs – in danger. With a rapid onset, this opioid is causing deadlier overdoses at quicker rates than heroin and prescription drugs alone.
    This workshop provides information on the dangers of exposure and precautionary measures that should be used when officers and K9s are exposed. Attendees learn how they can strengthen department procedures by gaining new insight on fentanyl safety.

    Presenters:
    TFC Jonathan Naples, CT State Police K9 Training Coordinator
    TFC Kevin Connolly, CT State Police Training Academy

  3. Session 2 Workshop: Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education Program (HOPE)/ Department of Public Health: Stigma & Biology of Addiction

    This workshop addresses both the HOPE Initiative, utilized by the Manchester Police Department, as well as the stigma and biology of addiction presented by the Department of Public Health.
    The HOPE Initiative’s goal is to change the paradigm in law enforcement and create an atmosphere where law enforcement becomes the entry point into the recovery system, rather than the criminal justice system. This session addresses the steps taken to create and administer the HOPE program. Presenters will also share how NARCAN is being used as a departmental strategy to reduce opioid related deaths.
    The Department of Public Health will give a brief overview of addiction, the unintentional stigmas associated with it, and the biological basis for addiction. Participants explore how our tone and language delivery affects the perceptions and behaviors of people with substance use disorders.

    Presenters:
    Susan Logan, MS, MPH, Epidemiologist, Office of Injury Prevention,
    Connecticut Department of Public Health
    Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale University
    Chief Marc Montminy, Chief of Police, Manchester Police Department

  4. Session 2 Workshop: Evidence-Based Services for Youth: DCF’s Service System to Address Opioid Use Problems

    DCF has a robust network of evidence-based practice providers statewide to care for youth with substance misuse problems, including opioid use disorders. The infrastructure includes a network of community, adolescent, and family behavioral health providers serving every region of the state. The network offers statewide access to clinic-based treatments through Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, and intensive in-home services using Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Assert Treatment Model (ATM) and Multisystemic Therapy.

    Presenters:
    Staff from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families
    (Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC Ines Eaton, MS, UConn Health Melissa Sienna, MS, MPA)

  5. Session 2 Workshop: Campus and Coalition Partnerships: Police Working with the Community

    Attendees gain an understanding of Fairfield University’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic as they sponsor their first annual Opioid Awareness and Prevention Day, train members of the community to administer Narcan, and create a documentary about college students in recovery. Joined by other Connecticut colleges and universities under the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative, Fairfield University demonstrates the commitment to increase awareness both on campus and within the community on the potential for fatal overdose as well as promoting and increasing access to treatment and resources. Attendees also receive information on the university’s implementation of training its Public Safety Officers, Health Center, and Counseling & Psychological professional staff. Additionally, Fairfield University’s Collegiate Recovery Program, which provides structure and support to its students as they pair education with their recovery and provide hope for those struggling with addiction, will be highlighted.

    Presenters:
    Staff from Fairfield University
    (Lisa Arnold, MFT, LADC, Clinical Director, Collegiate Recovery Services, and Todd Pelazza, Director, Public Safety)

Presenter Biographies

  • Lisa Arnold
    Clinical Director of Collegiate Recovery Services
    Fairfield University

    Lisa Arnold is the Clinical Director of the Collegiate Recovery Program and the Recovery House at Fairfield University. She is a member of the CRP Advisory Board, which was responsible for opening the first Recovery House in Connecticut, and the first amongst Jesuit universities across the country. Ms. Arnold has over 22 years of experience working with addiction and recovery in various settings, including detox, rehabilitation, extended care, private practice, drug court, and academia.

    Adrienne Baker
    Associate Director of RxREACTS
    Purdue Pharma

    Adrienne Baker is an Associate Director of RxREACTS (Responsible Education on Abuse of Controlled Therapeutic Substances) for Purdue Pharma. Prior to joining Purdue in 2012, Ms. Baker was Principal Agent for the Georgia State Medical Board. As a state law enforcement officer in Georgia for 15 years, she conducted investigations involving pharmaceutical drug diversion and violations of state laws and regulations relating to medical practitioners. Ms. Baker is a Master Police Instructor certified through the state police academy. In addition, she is a state Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor.
    For her entire career, Ms. Baker has traveled throughout the United States educating doctors, law enforcement officers, healthcare professionals, and community groups regarding safe and legal medical practices involving prescription drugs, and was instrumental in passing of SB 36, the Georgia Prescription Monitoring Program. Ms. Baker was named National Law Enforcement Educator of the Year in 2007 and has served as president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) Georgia chapter since 2004. Ms. Baker has served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Tactical Officers Association (GTOA) since 2004. Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Samford University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University.

    Ines Cenatiempo
    Victim-Witness Coordinator
    United States Attorney’s Office

    Ines Cenatiempo oversees the Victim-Witness Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut and is the first point of contact for federal crime victims. The program carries out the mandates of the Federal Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982, the Crime Control Act of 1990, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and the Justice for All Act of 2004. Part of Ms. Cenatiempo's role is to ensure that federal prosecutors comply with these statutory requirements, and that the victims and witnesses of the crimes the USAO prosecutes are receiving the services they are entitled to. Ms. Cenatiempo routinely trains federal prosecutors, support staff, and state and federal victim advocates on victim matters, including victim protection laws and Department of Justice policies. She is a graduate of the School of International Service at American University and Sacred Heart University.

    Kevin Connolly RN, BSN, EMT
    Trooper First Class
    Connecticut State Police
    Kevin Connolly has been a member of the Connecticut State Police for the past 11 years. Before being tasked as an instructor at the State Police Academy, he worked patrol for nine years at Troop B, North Canaan, and was also the Basic Criminal Investigation instructor for the agency. He is currently the program administrator for the agency HAZMAT / Respiratory Protection program; Crowd management / Mobile Field Force instructor; a member of the agency Field Force Extraction team; Terrorism / Counterterrorism Instructor; TCCC instructor; EMR instructor; Active Shooter / Active Aggressor instructor; Firearms instructor; and Protective Services Operations Specialist. Prior to becoming a State Trooper, he worked as an Open-Heart ICU registered nurse.

    Inés Eaton
    Program Manager
    Department of Children and Families

    Inés Eaton is a Program Manager at the Department of Children and Families in the Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Unit. In this role, she is responsible for managing some of the Department’s substance use services. She also manages contracts related to federal grants and is involved in substance use related policy, practice, and training. Ms. Eaton has over 20 years of experience working in the child welfare system.

    Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS
    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Yale University

    Kathryn Hawk is an Emergency Physician and a NIDA K12 Drug Use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholar (DAHRS), with a focus on reducing opioid overdose in high-risk populations. Her primary research interests are emergency department-based interventions to increase access to treatment for substance use disorders, opioid overdose prevention and naloxone access, and understanding how prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) can be effectively used to reduce opioid-associated morbidity and mortality. She has recently been board certified in Addiction Medicine.

    Officer Russell Iger
    Coventry Police Department

    Officer Russell Iger joined the Coventry Police Department in December of 2012 serving in multiple roles including Field Training Officer, the Director of the Officer Wellness Committee, a Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, an Opioid Overdose Prevention (Naloxone) Trainer, and Vice President of the Police Union. He instituted the use of annual wellness checks for all Coventry officers and dispatchers and provided access to mindfulness and yoga training for first responders. He is also a Department Advocate for the Connecticut Police Chief’s Association Wellness Committee, and a member of a regional Critical Incident Stress Management training team. In addition to being a certified police officer in the State of Connecticut, he is a licensed attorney and member of the State and Federal Bars of Connecticut. Officer Iger is currently working on development of a peer support program for the Coventry Police Department.

    Mark A Jenkins
    Founder/Executive Director
    Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.

    Mark Jenkins, a disabled Veteran of the United States Air Force and Founder / Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition has worked in the field of Harm Reduction and Public Health for the past 20 years, delivering innovative prevention/interventions to the most vulnerable members of central Connecticut communities. Mr. Jenkins started in the field as an AIDS Risk Reduction Outreach Worker (ARROW) for the Perception programs in Willimantic. In his subsequent work with Community Renewal Team (CRT) and the Hispanic Health Council, he further cultivated progressive strategies for reaching and delivering services to our most difficult-to-reach populations. Mr. Jenkins’ work in some of the most troubled neighborhoods in the state has given him a unique perspective of the history of drug trends, the dynamics of associated risks, and effective public health responses. The breadth and depth of his connection with people on the street and the service community has made Mr. Jenkins a well-respected and widely known individual in this field. He has presented nationally and internationally about best practices for working with the drug using community.

    Richard A. Kamin, MD, FACEP
    University of CT Health Center

    Dr. Kamin received his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. He subsequently completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and EMS Fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He is an attending physician in the Emergency Department, the EMS Program Director and the EMS Fellowship Director at the University of Connecticut Health Center/School of Medicine where he is actively involved in teaching medical students, emergency medicine residents, pre-hospital providers, and other emergency physicians. Dr. Kamin serves as the Medical Director for the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. He is the medical director for the UCONN Tactical Rescue Team, the CT State Police ESU Paramedic Program, and the West Hartford Police Department Division of Tactical and Protective Medicine Branch. Additionally, he provides medical support for both the North Central CT Emergency Services Team and the New Haven FBI SWAT Team.

    Wayne E. Kowal
    Training Program Coordinator
    DES-PP, Connecticut State Police, Statewide Narcotics Task Force

    Wayne Kowal is the Training Program Coordinator for the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force. In this role he provides CT Drug Threat related training to multiple state agencies, law enforcement organizations, private providers, medical professionals, schools, parent organizations, and drug task force organizations. Mr. Kowal is a founding member of the Connecticut Drug Endangered Children's Alliance and is currently the chairperson of the Connecticut Drug Endangered Children's Alliance Training Committee. Mr. Kowal has worked as a part of a team to develop and implement a pilot program called The CRISIS initiative to the Eastern part of CT. In addition, Mr. Kowal is a retired Colonel Army Engineer Officer.

    Nancy Legow, Ph.D.

    Dr. Legow has been a practicing psychologist for over 20 years. Her expertise spans multiple areas including substance abuse, trauma, co-occurring disorders, group therapy, women's issues, and mood and anxiety disorders. For the past decade Dr. Legow has trained first responders and recruits in substance abuse, depression, suicide prevention, and critical incident support. Her experience includes running large and small treatment programs provide Partial Hospital, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment. In addition, she has trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART: eye movement intervention for trauma survivors), Critical Incident Stress Management, Dual Focused Schema Therapy, Trauma Therapy Initiative, Motivation Enhancement Therapy, and is a Federally-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Dr. Legow earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from New York University, and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Boston University. She received her pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and advanced post-doctoral training from Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and currently maintains a faculty position as Assistant Clinical Professor.

    Susan Logan
    Epidemiologist, Office of Injury Prevention
    Connecticut Department of Public Health

    Susan Logan is the lead epidemiologist in the Office of Injury Prevention in the Section of Community, Family Health and Prevention at the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). She is responsible for overseeing data collection/analysis/reporting and conducting program management on several DPH injury prevention priorities: falls, suicide and self-harm, prescription drug and opiate overdoses, sexual violence, motor vehicle, sports-related injuries, and traumatic brain injury. Ms. Logan is principal investigator of the CT Violent Death Reporting System and the Enhanced CT Surveillance of Opioid-Involved Morbidity and Mortality projects, as well as a co-investigator on the Garrett Lee Smith youth and young adult suicide prevention grant.

    Gary MacNamara
    Fairfield Police Department

    Chief MacNamara is a 30-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, starting as a patrol officer in 1988. He has served the department as a Detective, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He currently serves the department as Deputy Chief. His duties include overseeing the Field Services Division of the Fairfield Police Department, covering patrol, investigations, and Special Services. In the past he has overseen the Emergency Response Team, Hostage Negotiators Training Unit, Internal Affairs, Accreditation, and Public Information. MacNamara is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy (219), as well as a 2009 graduate of the FBI LEEDS Session #61. He currently sits on the CT Police Chiefs’ Board of directors where he chairs the officer wellness committee, responsible for implementing the Serve Well – Be Well program helping officers stay well from “Hire to Retire and Beyond.” He is a former journalist for the Justice Journal where he wrote a monthly column called "What if? " and has appeared as the co-host of a local public access television series “Just the Facts.” He has also appeared on the NBC Today Show, Geraldo Show, MSNBC Live, Dateline NBC and the Line-up on Fox News.

    Aliza (Liza) Makuch
    Director of Prevention Initiatives
    The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

    Aliza (Liza) Makuch is the Director of Prevention Initiatives at The Governor’s Prevention Partnership. Liza holds a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Risk and Prevention from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and is currently a PhD candidate at the NEAG School of Education at UConn. Ms. Makuch has worked in the field of prevention for over 15 years. Her work includes experiences in public and private health and prevention-focused organizations, as well as teaching at the college level. Ms. Makuch’s research and work centers around understanding and removing the social determinants of health that negatively impact the academic and social success of young people.

    Loel W. Meckel, LCSW
    Assistant Director of the Division of Forensic Services
    Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

    Loel Meckel is responsible for operation of the DMHAS Division of Forensic Services. This includes collaborating with criminal justice agencies statewide to implement and manage DMHAS’ community programs for justice-involved adults with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. He also represents DMHAS and participates in state level interagency committees and initiatives to develop and implement the state’s criminal justice policy for this population. Mr. Meckel has worked with police departments in CT to implement Crisis Intervention Teams and is currently working with the Hartford and New Haven Police Departments to train officers and provide case managers with tools to connect people to substance use treatment services.

    Dana R. Mofenson
    Special Agent
    Drug Enforcement Administration

    Dana R. Mofenson is a Special Agent assigned to the New Haven District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Currently, he is the lead investigator assigned to a task force charged with investigating overdose deaths and identifying the source or sources of the lethal opioids. As the lead investigator, he has also instructed state and local officers as to the investigative strategies employed by the task force. The task force has been recognized for their successful efforts and work with victims’ families.

    Marc Montminy
    Chief of Police
    Manchester Police Department

    Chief Marc Montminy has been serving in law enforcement for 30 years, and became Chief of the Manchester, CT Police Department in 2009. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School for Police Staff and Command in Chicago, and a graduate of the 214th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Manchester Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Charter Oak State College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore. Chief Montminy is the co-founder of Manchester H.O.P.E. (Heroin and Opiate Prevention and Education) initiative.

    Jonathan Naples
    Trooper First Class
    Connecticut State Police

    TFC Jon Naples is a Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit - K9 Instructor and is the Narcotic Detection K9 Training Coordinator for the CT State Police K9 Training Unit. He is responsible for planning, directing, and executing all regularly scheduled maintenance training of approximately 60 Narcotic Detection Canine Teams throughout the State of Connecticut as well as all initial Narcotic Detection K9 Training for newly certifying Narcotic Detection Canine Teams. He designed and implemented the Connecticut State Police K9 Training Unit's K9 Fentanyl Safety Protocols and associated Training Program in conjunction with State of Connecticut contracted Veterinarians.

    Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC
    Director of Office of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Treatment and Recovery
    Department of Children and Families

    Mary Painter, LCSW, LADC, is the Director of the Office of Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Treatment and Recovery for the Connecticut Department of Children & Families. Ms. Painter is responsible for the development and oversight of the statewide service array for children and families impacted by intimate partner violence and/or substance use. She has over 25 years of experience as a clinician, supervisor, manager, administrator, and champion in these policy areas. Ms. Painter is an adjunct faculty in the CT Board of Regents Collegiate system and maintains a private practice in West Hartford, where she provides clinical supervision, treats healthcare professionals impaired by substance use and other individuals and families with behavioral health needs. She is the Principal Investigator for several federally funded grants and presents locally and at conferences.

    Todd A. Pelazza
    Director of Public Safety
    Fairfield University

    Todd Pelazza began his career at Fairfield University in the fall of 1977 after graduating from the University of New Haven with a B.S. degree in law-enforcement administration. Working his way through the ranks, he was promoted to supervisor in 1980, Assistant Director in 1984, Associate Director in 1986, and became the Director of Public Safety in 1993. Mr. Pelazza is also a Police Officer in Branford, Connecticut serving since 1977. At Fairfield he has established a full-service law-enforcement agency with an emphasis on service to its community members. Mr. Pelazza serves on a steering committee for the White Ribbon Campaign, a domestic violence awareness program. Mr. Pelazza is also involved with several mentor programs at Fairfield University, with a focus on college age males. He was named 2000-01 National Security Director of the Year by Access Control and Security Integration magazine. He is a member of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and served on their board of directors for a two-year term. Currently, he serves on the Private Security Committee of CPCA.

    Melissa Sienna, MS, MPA
    Research Associate 1

    University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care
    Melissa Sienna has nearly two decades of experience as a Health Services Researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, where she coordinates federal and state-funded substance use treatment projects. She also serves as the state's Project Substance Abuse Family Evaluation (Project SAFE) coordinator and Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) statewide systems manager for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). Ms. Sienna is a GAIN National Trainer and is certified in GAIN Advanced Clinical Interpretation. Ms. Sienna also has served as a consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) providing technical assistance to grantees in the adolescent substance use treatment portfolio. She has extensive experience training and consulting to states and private providers in the areas of workforce development, inter-agency collaboration, financial mapping, implementation of evidence-based practices and assessments, policy, and program sustainability.

    Robert M. Spector
    Assistant United States Attorney
    United States Attorney’s Office

    Robert M. Spector is an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. After serving as a state prosecutor with the Connecticut Chief States Attorney’s Office from 1998 through 2001, he started with the United States Attorney’s Office in 2002. Currently, he serves as Deputy Chief of the Violent Crimes and Narcotics Unit and Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He leads a task force charged with battling Connecticut’s opioid overdose epidemic.