A Digital Education Experience by Intersect, Inc. 

Join us for the Intersect, Inc’s 2020 Virtual Drug Prevention Summit- an opportunity to learn from and connect with speakers and attendees from all over the country who are passionate about prevention education. 

Are you someone seeking continuing education opportunities in the areas of Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol prevention education? 


When: September 17, 2020 All Day Event

Where: Zoom Webinar and Convene Communities

Why: Intersect is a non-profit coalition in East Central Indiana representing schools, health care, faith-based organizations, and businesses. We focus on tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Our goal is to decrease substance abuse in youth and adults by promoting, encouraging, and empowering communities for healthy living.

With this event, we hope to use a digital platform to dramatically increase our impact in educating beyond our traditional East Central Indiana limitations.  This is an incredible opportunity for educators, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and others to gain powerful continuing education credit while learning from our incredible lineup of speakers from all over the country. 


Our goal is that you not only learn how you as an individual can make an impact on your community, but we hope that you can also learn and grow from the experiences of others who are similarly passionate. Let’s come together to learn from each other and spread the message of healthy living through communities all over the United States.

Intersect..... Where Prevention and Community Connect


Price: $29


  • A Seat at the virtual table for the live, full day event

  • Access to all recordings for future reference

  • Connection with all speakers and attendees through ongoing conversations within the Convene Communities platform for further exploration and learning after the event 

  • 6 CEU Credits

Intersect Virtual Drug Prevention Summit

Schedule of Events

9:00am Welcome Remarks
Wendy/ Karesa 9:15am-10:15am
Sam Anthony Luciana 10:15am – 11:15am Suicide Prevention Speaker Jeff Yalen 11:15am - 12:00pm Becoming a prevention influencer
Carlton Hall 12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm -2:00pm Data - Teen Drug Exposure-Risks and Consequences
Amy Ronshausen 2:00pm – 2:45pm Current Drug Trends/Treatment options
Darrell Mitchell 2:45-3:00 Break 3:00pm – 3:45pm Youth Component
Tim Retherford 3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks
Karesa/Wendy Cook Intersect, Inc

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Sam Anthony

Motivational Speaker/Recovery

Sam Anthony is a professional speaker in long term recovery from substance use disorder, who uses his personal experiences with drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, recovery, mental fitness, spiritual fitness, and physical fitness to educate and motivate others. 

He took his first drink at 12 years old as a means of hiding his anxiety and depression, in addition to trying to fit in with his peers. As he puts it, “I don’t know what you thought about me, but I was really concerned with what I thought, you thought about me.”
He moved on to smoking weed and trying pills in high school, what he refers to as gateway behavior, and that led him down a path of destruction. Running away from his problems, he left New Jersey and moved south in hopes of starting over. But, everywhere he went, there he was.
What started off as self-medication turned into a vicious cycle of addiction leading to an overdose that landed him on life support in 2013. Thinking he could still function without help and counseling, he then continued an unhealthy lifestyle and subsequently was arrested and sentenced to 3 years in jail in 2015.
Since that time, and now in recovery, Sam has passionately shared his story with thousands of high school and college students, health care professionals, and government officials through motivational talks, school assemblies, and panel discussions. Sams mission is to inspire others, provide hope for the future, and educate our youth through sharing his vulnerability. Sam’s message emphasizes awareness and encouragement. He lives in Virginia with his loving wife Rachel and two sons, Micah and Malachi. With regards to his family, he says, “I’d be dead literally and figuratively if not for the love of my wife. I’m grateful to have two boys who have never seen their father take a drink or a drug.” 

Amy Ronshausen

Data - Teen Drug Exposure-Risks and Consequences

Amy Ronshausen is the Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction.

Mrs. Ronshausen has dedicated most of her adult life to the work of reducing illegal drug use and drug prevention. In her twelve years with Drug Free America Foundation and S.O.S, she has assisted in coordinating successful grassroots advocacy campaigns to defeat marijuana legalization efforts, organized statewide prevention summits, analyzed and tracked state and federal drug policy legislation, and trained prevention professionals at local, national and international conferences.

Prior to coming to DFAF, Mrs. Ronshausen spent three years as a program specialist with the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, working under four judges. While in drug court, Mrs. Ronshausen linked defendants with treatment providers and monitored their progress through the criminal justice system. In 2007, Mrs. Ronshausen was awarded Best Team Practices for her work in Adult Drug Court.

Mrs. Ronshausen started her work in drug prevention with Operation PAR, where she started off as a call specialist in their access center and then worked as a juvenile certified GAIN assessor. She also worked as a juvenile counselor for PAR’s Adolescent Recovery Intervention Services and the Juvenile Enhancement Treatment Services and is trained in Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Mrs. Ronshausen volunteers as the Executive Director for the Florida Coalition Alliance, representing over 30 community anti-drug coalitions. She chairs the Marijuana Task Force as part of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and serves on the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force. Mrs. Ronshausen serves on the board of Informed Families and was recently elected President of the World Federation Against Drugs.


Mrs. Ronshausen received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of South Florida.

Carlton Hall

Becoming a prevention influencer

Carlton Hall is the President and CEO of Carlton Hall Consulting LLC (CHC), a multi-faceted, full-service consulting firm designed to provide customized solutions and enable measurable change for communities, organizations, families, and individuals. Carlton Hall has been providing intensive substance abuse prevention-focused and community problem-solving services to the nation for the last 25 years. His responsibilities, unique set of skills and experience have made him one of the most highly sought after instructors and guides for community problem-solving in every state and territory in the nation as well as internationally, with successful achievements in South Africa, Ghana, Bermuda, Kenya, and others.
Carlton spent twelve years with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) serving in several leadership positions and including most recently, Acting Vice President, Training Operations, and Acting Director for CADCA's National Coalition Institute. In this role, Carlton provided critical leadership supporting the successful design and delivery of the community outreach component of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s DEA 360 Strategy in priority cities across the country. Carlton is one of the primary architects of CADCA's National Coalition Academy. The Academy, a year-long coalition development program, is designed to increase the effectiveness of communities in drug demand reduction producing population-level outcomes. Currently, Carlton and the CHC team provide executive training and technical assistance support to the Southeast PTTC (Region 4).Learn more about Carlton at

Jeff Yalden

Suicide Prevention Speaker

Jeff Yalden began his career in 1992 while he was a Marine. The Lieutenant Colonel of the ROTC program at Apoka High School in Orlando, Florida asked Jeff to come speak to his ROTC cadets about leadership. Jeff loved it; the kids loved it... and thus, a career was born! 
Jeff Yalden currently serves as an expert consultant in the area of technology and how it relates to our mental health. Jeff works closely with:
Jeff speaks at conferences, colleges and universities about the on-line world and how technology can best be used for optimal well-being.  He's also an expert witness and consultant to many organizations relating to teen mental health and suicide.
Jeff Yalden is highly regarded as North America’s number one teen mental health speaker, consultant, expert witness, and advocate on mental health and suicide. He serves as a leading suicide crisis intervention expert and suicide prevention trainer, having worked with hundreds of school communities in all 50 states, 49 countries, and every Province in Canada.

Tim Retherford

Executive Director at Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse

Tim Rutherford Tim is the Executive Director at Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse in Hancock County, Indiana.  He is in his 2nd stint with the organization and has been back since January 2010.  He spent a little over a year and a half at NASA in the late ‘90s and then spent a little over a decade working as a Community Consultant with the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana.  He has a BA from Ball State University.  Tim has been happily married to his wife Debbie for 21 years and has a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son that make prevention work that much more rewarding.

Darrell Mitchell

Vice President, Corporate Development Aspire Indiana Health & Executive Director, Progress House (an Aspire company)

Darrell serves as the Vice President of Corporate Development for all of the Aspire Indiana Health corporations, as well as the Executive Director of Progres House, an Aspire company. He is the Founder of the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences (INARR) and serves as the Vice-President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). In 2017, Darrell was instrumental in the passing of Senate Bill 402 and House Bill 1006, which placed Recovery Housing standards into Indiana Law. 

A person in long-term recovery, Darrell serves on local, state, and national mental health and recovery boards and committees. He also speaks at local and national conferences and events. 

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Drug Summit Committee

To assure collaboration the following agencies are on the drug summit committee to help make this event successful!

The Children’s Bureau
Madison County Health Department
Community Hospital
The Anderson Center at St. Vincent

Celebrate Recovery
Madison County Problem Solving Court
Madison County Sheriff’s Department
Elwood Chamber of Commerce