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Neil A. Capretto, DO, FASAM .. became the full-time Director of Treatment at Gateway Rehabilitation Center in 1989. He is a board-certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry with an additional certification in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Capretto was honored in 1997 by ASAM as a Fellow of that organization in their first group of addiction medicine physicians. Dr. Capretto also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine and the Pennsylvania Physicians’ Health Program.

Kathryn Coleman, LSW, ACSW, CAC.. is currently the Program Manager for the Adult Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Program at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this she worked for seven years with adolescents with chemical abuse problems and has fifteen years of experience treating families and individuals in mental health settings in the Pittsburgh area. She is a trainer for the Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs in Pennsylvania and serves as an evaluator for the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board. She has served as an adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Robert Morris College and Allegheny County Community College. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.

Joanne Claus, Ph.D. .. is an Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her doctorate in the Program in Curriculum and Supervision from the School of Education at Pitt and taught in the School of Dental Medicine for 16 years. She has assisted University faculty in the development of over 100 distance education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Dr. Claus has collaborated with content specialists to create curriculum in medication use/misuse in older adults, issues concerning Alzheimer’s disease, and an internal medicine residency program.

Edward Currie, M.Ed., CAC .. is a licensed psychologist, certified addictions counselor and the Executive Director of Drug and Alcohol Services of Beaver Valley, Inc. He has worked in the field of addictions as a counselor and administrator for the past 20 years. His undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at Mississippi State University.

Cele Fichter, MPM, CPS .. is the manager for prevention/education and strategic marketing for the Center for Addiction Services at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Fichter serves as a consultant/instructor for Robert Morris College’s certificate program in the Management of Human Services Organizations. She has Masters degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS degree in Health Education from Point Park College and is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board as a Prevention Specialist.

Michael T. Flaherty, Ph.D. .. is a clinical psychologist and Vice President of the St. Francis Medical Center, Division of Psychiatric and Addictive Services in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been at St. Francis for over 20 years. He has overseen the development and implementation of prevention, treatment and research in one of America’s largest and foremost addictions and psychiatric programs, treating over 14, 000 people annually. He has published articles in the field of addictions, criminal justice, managed care, treatment outcomes, and the development of social policy. He has also authored a Nationally recognized CSAT grant and participates on several CSAT, CSAP, and NIDA grants as a co-investigator or reviewer. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and maintains the American Psychological Association Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse Disorders.

Roy H. Marion, MD .. graduated from Geneva College in 1951, and medical school from the University of Pittsburgh in 1957 . He worked in international health for several years before specializing in family practice in western Pennsylvania. Dr. Marion was responsible in part for the development of outpatient drug and alcohol services in Beaver County in 1972. He was the Medical Director of the Drug and Alcohol Services of Beaver County from 1972 until he retired in 1996.

Tod R Marion, MPH, Ph.D., CAC .. is the Editor and Publisher of the Drug and Alcohol Forum. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 and a Masters in Public Health in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Marion has a background in prevention, working internationally and returning to Pennsylvania to develop prevention education programing in substance abuse among older adults. He has been actively involved in the development of older adult chemical dependency treatment services and is currently the Director of Geriatric Services at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Marion is certified as an addictions counselor by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board and is a trainer for the Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs in Pennsylvania.

Ralph Tarter, Ph.D. .. is a clinical psychologist with a background in Psychobiology. He received his Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He has a specific interest in the etiology of Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs including developmental, psychopathology and genetics factors. Dr. Tarter is currently the Director of the Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR), a joint effort between Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh and St. Francis Medical Center’s Division of Psychiatric and Addiction Services. Dr. Tarter has over 200 publications and is a reviewer on several major journals.