Board of Directors
We’re pleased to have the following community members pledge their time and support behind The Phoenix.
- Susan Broderick
- Deni Carise
- Donald Fertman
- Mark Gaylord
- Gregory Sheindlin
- Scott Strode
- Jessica Hulsey Nickel
- Don Côqayohômuwôk Chapman
Susan Broderick, Board Chair, is currently the Project Director at Georgetown University’s newly created National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center (NJJPC) and provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors and other professionals in the juvenile justice system. Prior to this position, Susan spent the past six years at Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) where her work focused on supporting the active participation of prosecutors in the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative.
Susan started her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she served from 1989 until 2003. During that time, she was assigned to the Trial Division, where she handled Domestic Violence and Homicide cases and was also a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau. As Deputy Chief, she supervised a unit of senior level attorneys on all aspects of child abuse prosecutions. Susan also lectured extensively throughout the community and trained members of the New York City Police Department on Child Abuse and Child Fatalities. She was a member of the Mayor’s Child Abuse Task Force, the New York City Network on Abuse and Neglect, the New State Sexual Assault Legislative Subcommittee and the Mayor’s Abandoned Infant Protection Act Subcommittee.
In 2003, Susan joined the staff at the National District Attorney’s Association’s National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. She served as a Senior Attorney until September of 2006, when she was appointed Director of the Juvenile Justice Program. In June of 2006, she was named Interim Director of APRI, NDAA’s Research and Development Division.
Susan lectures and conducts trainings throughout the country on the role of the prosecutor. She has published numerous articles on the role of the prosecutor in the prevention, early intervention and re-entry efforts and is a contributing author to “The Diversion Guidebook” published by the MacArthur Foundation. Susan serves on the Advisory Board for the Reclaiming Futures Initiative, which is focused on youth with substance use issues. She has served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Juvenile Justice Initiative.
While Susan’s professional life has centered on the justice systems, her personal life has been a journey in which she has experienced first-hand most of the topics that she works on. Susan’s experiences growing up in a family where alcoholism was present and her own struggle with alcohol give her unique insight into the issues that many others “experts” have only studied.
As a woman in long-term recovery, Susan has not had a drink since July 15, 2001 and credits that date as a turning point in her life. Over the past fourteen years, Susan has been drawn to finding ways to use her own experiences in recovery to help others in and out of the justice systems. She is the Associate Producer of “The Anonymous People”, a feature documentary about the 23 million people in recovery in the United States. The film has changed the national drug policy conversation from addiction to recovery. She serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Recovery Research Institute and is Chairperson of the Board of Directors for The Phoenix, a non-profit organization that promotes a sober active lifestyle.
Susan’s expertise and wisdom are unique and multifaceted. She has not only worked on the front lines dealing with the problems of substance use disorders present to the child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice systems, but she has also spent the last several years studying what works (and what doesn’t) at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Most importantly, Susan Broderick has lived through these issues. She has a perspective that gives her tremendous credibility and allows her to bring a message of hope to those in the justice systems, in academia and with the millions of people whose lives have been affected by addiction.
Deni Carise, Ph.D is a Clinical Psychologist and part of the recovery community for over 28 years.
She is currently Chief Clinical Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA), a company whose goal is to get 1,000,000 American’s into meaningful recovery. RCA, the first provider of substance abuse and recovery support services in the country creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient and family services that will set the standard for the industry.
Most recently, she was Deputy Chief Clinical Officer of CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at >140 programs in 33 states. Dr Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.
Prior to CRC, Dr Carise completed a 3-year contract as Chief Clinical Officer at Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform.
Prior to Phoenix House, Dr Carise was an NIH-funded scientist and Director of the Treatment Systems Section at Treatment Research Institute. At TRI from 1994 to 2010, she made significant advances in the quality of substance abuse treatment through the development, application, and research of new interventions, systems, and technologies through receipt of numerous NIH and other federal grants. She has published over 100 articles, books and chapters.
Dr Carise is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine (since 1997). She has been affiliated with UPENN since completing a NIDA Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry from 1994-1996. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University, she interned at Homewood (part of the Johns Hopkins Health system) and Union Memorial hospitals in behavioral medicine.
She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, and China and numerous other countries to help develop national systems that integrate scientifically-validated tools into clinical treatment delivery. She is also a consultant, trainer and advisor for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Committed to the accurate portrayal of addiction, treatment and recovery in the media, Dr Carise recently consulted on Martin Scorese’s film, Wolf of Wall Street, working with the primary actors on depicting characters who are abusing cocaine and other drugs. She has also been featured in segments of Nightline, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBS evening news, Access Hollywood, New York news and many Federally-funded Web-casts and has also been quoted in popular newsprint media such as US News and World Report, Fox News, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, NIDA Notes and others. Dr. Carise has presented over 200 lectures by invitation (approximately 35 internationally) in the past 15 years She is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deni-carise) on topics including the Affordable Care Act, treatment, recovery, prescription drug abuse, the media’s portrayal of drug problems, Healthcare Reform, Parity and emerging drug trends.
Don Fertman is the Chief Development Officer for Franchise World Headquarters, franchisor of Subway, a position he has held since 2010. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the franchise development pipeline, from lead generation to restaurant opening. Don has also functioned as Director of Franchise Sales since 1988. Since joining the franchisor in 1981, Don has seen the company grow from 166 restaurants at the time he began his career to over 40,500 units in 103 countries today.
During his tenure at Subway, Don has functioned as the Public Relations manager, publications editor/writer and company photographer before becoming Franchise Sales Manager and later Director, supervising the sale of over 60,000 franchises for several franchise concepts owned by the Franchisor. Prior to his employment at Subway, Don was affiliated with the company through his previous career as a freelance writer and musician, writing and performing jingles promoting Subway sandwiches nationwide. That career also included his participation in a studio project, “How Pop Can You Get” by The Bats, that yielded an album and video which received national attention, including a “recommended” rating in Billboard Magazine and airplay on HBO. Don received a B.S Degree Cum Laude in Communications from the University of New Haven. He has been a member of both the Domestic and Global Strategic Planning Committees and currently serves on the System Advisory Council and Management Committee at Subway World Headquarters
Don took his last drink on June 6, 1983. He speaks openly about his journey to recovery and was on the CBS TV show “Undercover Boss” twice where he discussed his alcoholism publicly. He also participated in a documentary about the Recovery Movement, “The Anonymous People”, which has been screened around the country. Last year Don made a trip out to Colorado to see the Denver facility and learn more about The Phoenix. He gave a presentation to the Phoenix staff and told his story about the day he made the decision to quit drinking. Don was able to meet most of the Phoenix staff from all three Chapters and was impressed with the work and mission of The Phoenix. He has since joined the Board and is working closely with the Phoenix Team to establish chapters outside of Colorado. He has also founded Recovery Branches (www.recoverybranches.org) to help those struggling with addiction to find avenues to recovery and to assist the organizations that support them in their expansion efforts.
Mark Gaylord is the Founder of The Gaylord Group, a Personal Financial Specialist, in Denver. The Gaylord Group’s philosophy centers on utilizing a group of professionals to create and personalize a financial roadmap to help guide an individual’s current and future planning. They specialize in various areas of financial planning, including retirement planning, education funding, estate planning, insurance services, wealth management and business brokerage.
Mark received a Business and Finance degree from Texas A & M University in 1979. He started practicing in Denver in 1979 with CIGNA Financial Advisors which later became Lincoln Financial Advisors. Mark has extensive training in Estate planning, investments, and Life Insurance. Mark earned post graduate degrees CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) along with many continuing education courses. Mark is accredited by the State of Colorado to teach a class on Life Settlements to CPA’s and Attorneys. He went into independent practice in 2005.
Mark is a past president of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce and the Cherry Creek East and Stokes Place – Green Bowers Neighborhood Association. He is a Founding board member of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, which is an annual event held in high regard in Colorado.
Mark’s belief statement for The Gaylord Group:
I believe life and business is all about empowering people to achieve their hopes and dreams. It is not about manipulation or arm twisting. It is about helping others through whatever they need. That is my purpose. I have surrounded myself with specialists in many fields to help my friends, family and clients lead a better, less stressful life. I believe my purpose in life is to help others! We all need help; we all need to work together to better ourselves, our families and our community. My purpose is to help others in any way I can. I believe that by taking care of others, I will then be taken care of. Through a relationship of trust, standing together shoulder to shoulder, we are all in this together. Our goal is to reduce the financial stress we all have in our lives through guidance, new ideas and perspectives, and above all else – honesty. We do this without coercion, without manipulation and without guilt or shame. Together we can reach your goals, beliefs and dreams.
Mark is also in recovery.
Gregory Sheindlin is a trial attorney who has operated his private law firm in the New York City area for approximately 20 years. His firm concentrates in the areas of personal injuries (often focusing on traumatic brain injuries), wrongful death, civil rights violations, criminal matters an other areas. His career began in 1989 as a prosecutor in Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He worked in the Trial Division prosecuting violent and white collar crimes and later in the Investigation Division prosecuting international organized crime involved in narcotics manufacturing, distribution and money laundering. From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Sheindlin was trial counsel for Chubb Insurance company. During his tenure with Chubb, he handled all types general liability cases and director & officer liability matters throughout New York City and its surrounding areas.
In 2008, Gregory Sheindlin volunteered for Lawyers Without Borders to be an independent legal observer for the “Caprivi Trial” in the country of Namibia. The Caprivi Trial involved approximately 200 defendants being prosecuted for high treason and murder based on their alleged attempt to create an independent country in the Caprivi region. It is the longest criminal trial in history, spanning over fifteen (15) years – with all of the defendants remaining incarcerated throughout the entire trial period. While in Namibia, Mr. Sheindlin also volunteered with the Bernard Nordkamp Centre involved with educating and caring for Namibian children. He became close friends with its director (like most people who spend time with this program) and through the present date, he is on the Board of Directors for Kids in Nambia Deserve Love and Encouragement (KINDLE).
Gregory Sheindlin has studied martial arts for over twenty years. In 2002, he was awarded the rank of Sandan (2nd degree black belt) in Seido Karate. He continues training in several disciplines through the present date. For many years, Mr. Sheindlin was also a volunteer instructor at Young Adult Institute (YAI) in Manhattan teaching martial arts to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mr. Sheindlin has worked with many people confronting various recovery issues throughout his professional and personal life. It is his intention to bring his experiences, knowledge and personal love of physical activity to help Phoenix Multi-Sport’s organization and its members develop and maintain the physical and emotional strength they need to live healthy, meaningful lives.
Scott Strode, the Founder & National Executive Director of The Phoenix, was born and raised in Pennsylvania, spending 11 years in Boston before settling in Colorado. He found sobriety on April 8, 1997 and credits getting involved with boxing and climbing as the most influential factors in his sobriety. He has since developed a passion for mountain biking, CrossFit, triathlons, running, cycling, motorcycle touring and almost anything that gets him outside.
He launched The Phoenix in Colorado in 2006, based on his personal experience that a healthy lifestyle has a transformative effect on long-term sobriety. Scott strongly believes that a sober active community helps individuals rise, recover and live through the power of fitness and community.
In addition to pursuing his own fitness goals and leading the team at The Phoenix, Scott is certified or held certifications as a Certified Personal Trainer NASM, USA Triathlon level II Certified Coach, AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, CPR and has been working, instructing, coaching and guiding in the outdoors for the past two decades.
To recognize his substance use disorder recovery work, Scott was named a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2012, and received the “Advocates for Action Award” from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2014. Click here to watch Scott’s TEDxMileHigh talk or visit www.thephoenix.org for more information.
Jessica Hulsey Nickel
Jessica Hulsey Nickel is the Executive Director of the Addiction Policy Forum, a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction and to improve national policy through a comprehensive response. Jessica has a reputation for getting things done and working with both sides of the aisle on complicated policy issues, including recent work on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the House Opioid package.
After 20 years in Washington, Jessica has substantial experience in designing and implementing legislative and appropriations strategies. Her experience includes criminal justice policy and health policy, as well as developing national issue-based campaigns and grassroots initiatives. She works closely with officials on the Hill, in the White House, the Justice Department, the Department of Labor, and state and local governments.
In addition to founding the Addiction Policy Forum, Jessica is the President of Brimley Group, and previously served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG). Jessica has worked to pass and fund the Second Chance Act, increase funding and reauthorize the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, and other legislative measures such as Drug-Free Communities, Access to Recovery initiative, and other criminal justice and addiction policy priorities.
Previously, Jessica worked as a legislative aid for Senator Rob Portman while he was in the House, developing policy strategies in several issue areas including substance abuse and crime.
In 1998, Jessica was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Drug-Free Communities Commission that helped guide the implementation of the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, where she also went on to serve as co-chair.
Don Côqayohômuwôk Chapman
Don Chapman serves as Senior Vice President of KIC and Presi-dent of KIC Facilities Management. He is responsible for P&L and business growth strategies for all KIC commercial and federal con-tracting companies. Over the past fifteen years he has also served in various leadership and subject matter expert roles as President of the Uncas Consulting Group. Since his departure from the 1st Obama Administration has served on three contracts with the ECR/Udall Foundation supporting White House National Ocean Council in strategic areas of tribal outreach, participation as it ap-plies to tribal engagement in the Regional Planning Body process, Coastal Marine Spatial Planning, and the facilitation and outreach to Tribes on the National Ocean Policy and Implementation Plan. He also has consulted to NACA (Native American Contractors As-sociation) where he has served as a Sr Business Development Strat-egist. Don has advised hundreds of Tribally-owned, individually-owned Native and minority-owned small businesses, federal agencies, and investment groups concerning energy, business portfolio diversity, and other synergistic economic development areas. His work has also included the facilitation of multiple acquisitions of federal contracting businesses and formation of multiple Joint Venture and Mentor / Protégé entities over the past five years. His community service in-cludes serving as the vice-chair of the Town of Leesburg Economic Development Commission and as federal contracting advisor Loudoun (VA) SBDC run by the SBA. Don is a member of the Mohegan Tribe of CT.
On October 5, 2009, Don was appointed by US Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the first ever Senior Policy Advisor on Native American Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he served until October 3, 2011. At the Department of Commerce, Chapman was charged with helping implement Secretary Locke’s ambitious agenda to directly improve the economic profile of Indian Country through economic business development and policy imple-mentation activities as well as development and implementation of the Dept of Commerce Tribal Consultation Policy across all of the Commerce agencies. During his tenure, over 60% of his ef-forts were specific to NOAA/Tribal/Treaty Tribe policy issues.
Prior to his federal appointment, Chapman served in many senior executive manager capacities with the Wyandotte Tribal Corporation, Chenega Advanced Solutions and Engineering, TKC Communications, and as a senior PTAP consultant for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Washington D.C. office.
Prior to his Tribal business experience, Chapman worked in the private technology sector as design engineer in the Ericsson Cell Phone Design group, General Dynamics Optical Engineering Group (Advances Technologies Group), as a partner in the technical manufacturer’s representative group
Mechtronics Sales, and as Vice President of Operations at Professional Electronics – a military electronics reverse engineering and manufacturing company.
Don appears regularly around the US as a key note speaker, panel expert, and guest at many uni-versities as well as various Native American conferences and symposiums including NCAI, ATNI, USET, NAFOA, SAIGE, SBA SBDC events, Native American Chambers of Commerce events, NACA Conferences, Sovereignty Symposiums, at White House National Ocean Council events.
He is a NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) – recognized Native American musician, per-former, and entertainer appearing regularly with Firefall’s Larry Burnett. He has shared the stage with America, Poco, Pure Prairie League, The Association, and hundreds of other national and regional acts.
Advisory Board Seats, Steering Committees, and Professional Associations: White House National Ocean Council (Tribal Liaison) Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (Government Contracting Small Busi-ness Advisor) National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (Advisory Board) Blue Stone Strategy Group (Senior Federal Strategist)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Steering Committee Member)
Duke Environmental Leadership (Steering Comm