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Alcohol Across America – A Project of the RRForum

Alcohol Across America – A Project of the RRForum

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August 14th 2017:Alcohol Across America; A Series Overview

Alcohol contributes to America socially, economically and culturally. But alcohol also impacts our health, safety and quality of life. Our debut will introduce the themes, and the co-hosts, who will explore how alcohol is changing America, and how American culture is changing our use and our attitudes about alcohol.

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Kathie Durbin

Kathie Durbin joined the Department of Liquor Control in 2002 where she developed a comprehensive outreach program focusing on the businesses licensed to sell/serve alcohol as well as the community. In 2007 her role was expanded to the Division Chief of Licensure, Regulation and Education and is responsible for alcohol licensing, alcohol policy, education, legislative initiatives and business compliance. She is certified by the State of Maryland as an Alcohol Server Instructor (RBS) and as a Substance Abuse Prevention Professional. Her current role as an alcohol regulator allows her to continue to play a leadership role on local, statewide and national alcohol related boards such as the Na
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Mark Willingham

Maj. Mark Willingham, PhD, served with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for twenty-eight years and provided alcoholic beverage licensing, regulatory, and law enforcement services. In addition to serving as the Division’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Training Officer, he served as Florida’s Responsible Vendor Program Administrator, Florida’s Youth and Alcohol Program Administrator, and as a State Hearing Officer in alcohol related matters. Dr. Willingham serves as a litigation consultant and expert witness in alcohol related death and injury cases. He specializes in Dram Shop cases, underage sales and alcoholic beverage premises liability matters and has been
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Dr. William DeJong

William DeJong, Ph.D. is a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health and serves on the board of directors for the Responsible Retailing Forum. From 1995-2004, he directed the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention (HEC). He is the author of over 400 monographs, book chapters, and academic papers in substance abuse prevention, health promotion, criminal justice, and social psychology. In 2000, he received the College Leadership Award from the American Public Health Association (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section) and in 2008, he received the Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award
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Scott Wexler

Scott Wexler has served as Executive Director of the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association since 1985. Scott is a trained instructor in responsible beverage service and serves as the Director of the Association’s Alcohol Training Awareness Program, the first server training program approved in New York State. Scott has participated as a member of the New York State Liquor Authority’s ABC Reform Working Group and their Task Force for the Review of On-Premises Licensure, New York State Project Zero Task Force, the Committee on University and Community Relations (Albany), and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Strategic Planning Group. He has also served on the
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Charles G. Curie

Charles G. Curie is principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a firm working with leaders in healthcare, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) to facilitate transformation of services and attain positive outcomes for people worldwide. Curie’s professional experience spans 40 years. He was nominated by the President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head SAMHSA from 2001 to 2006. Accomplishments included The President’s New Freedom Commission on MH, Strategic Prevention Framework for SU prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war-torn countries MH and SU systems. From 1995 to 2001, Curie was appointed by PA
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