Conversation from the front lines of opioid crisis

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Conversation from the front lines of opioid crisis

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 6:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The opioid crisis is well known here in Vermont and nationally. Opioid-related deaths have reached an all-time high in the United States. More than 47,000 people died in 2014, then 33,000 people in 2015. AIGA Vermont has decided to ask our community, “How does it impact day-to-day lives? And how can the creative community respond?”. We want to invite the community to a free event where they can listen to a moderated diverse panel consisting of individuals sharing their personal and professional experiences.

  •  WHERE: Burlington City Arts (BCA), 135 Church Street, Burlington
  •  WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00 pm doors open, 6:30 pm program starts
  •  FREE and open to the public – RSVP at
  •  A creative brief and challenge will be shared at the event and work will be exhibited at a follow up event on May 5th.

Moderator: Cathy Aikman, Chittenden County Opioid Alliance Project Director Cathy was the former Quality Assurance Coordinator at Washington County Mental Health Services and has extensive project management, marketing, data/outcomes experience, as well as volunteer management. She joined the Chittenden County Opioid Alliance in 2016 and her work includes coordinating a multitude of non-profit, business, state and local government organizations, using a collective impact approach, to collaboratively reduce the burden of opioids on our communities in Chittenden County. Panelists: Adam DelMarcelle, designer activist and MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts

Adam DelMarcelle is an MFA candidate at VCFA. Adam serves as an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania and Lebanon Valley College, teaching courses in graphic design and printmaking. His current work focuses on design activism and the role design thinking plays in solving larger societal issues. The work created for the “What Heroin Sounds Like” campaign has garnered national attention, allowing Adam to travel widely spreading awareness of the heroin and opioid crisis ravaging our communities. He lives in Lebanon PA with his wife, Missy, his son, Joe, and two basset hounds.

Adam featured in a Huffington Post Article

Adam featured in GDUSA Article

Jackie Corbally, Social Worker and Representative of Burlington Police Department Jackie is a social worker with 32 years of experience. She has worked with a wide array of populations. Throughout her career addiction in some capacity has been present. The pain and destruction of this heroin epidemic is particularly intense and is causing destruction in its wake. Through it all though there is hope and that is what keeps Jackie and her colleagues moving forward. Every day is a new day and as we like to say..."One day at a time"

Gayle Pezzo, former Clinical Director at Friends of Bridge Friends of Bridge is an intensive outpatient alcohol and substance abuse treatment center that worked with adolescents and adults located in Valley Stream, NY. Gayle also has over 15 years experience working in medically managed inpatient detoxification treatment. She received her education at Molloy college for alcohol and substance abuse and received her credential from the Office of Alcohol Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in 1993. Gayle developed the policy and procedure manual for Friends of Bridge for the agencies transition from a non-medically supervised outpatient program to a medically supervised outpatient program. This enabled the treatment to have a qualified medical doctor to assist in the treatment becoming more thorough from a multi-disciplined standpoint. Gayle has since retired however remains in contacts within the field and is passionate about addiction treatment and care. She recently moved to Vermont and is living in Colchester with her parrots and enjoying watching her grandchild.

Tim Daubenspeck, Founder of Families Coping With Addiction Tim started the family group Families Coping with Addictions (FCA) which meets weekly on Wednesdays and provides peer support to family members dealing with this crisis. By training he is an engineer, having worked 32 years for IBM and for Global Foundries. In response to a severe problem with addiction within his family a few years back, Tim found himself needing to prepare himself accordingly. At the time Tim found resources to be lacking and there was none accessible in his community system who could help him find them. At that time Tim elected to go to school and receive training as a mental health counselor. He worked for a year as a MH counselor in the Chittenden County Treatment Court.

Michael Casarico, co-founder of Burlington Labs Michael comes from the front lines of addiction treatment. Michael has a background as a drug court coordinator and probation officer, and still holds his license as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). Michael and Jodie Casarico established, funded and managed a sober house in Burlington, Vermont. Michael is also personally in recovery.

Allie Forward, Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop In Center Coordinator

About AIGA Vermont: AIGA Vermont brings together creatives dedicated to engaging, educating and facilitating responsible design that supports our local and global community. Through events and professional development, AIGA Vermont encourages participation, collaboration, mentorship and an active exchange of ideas.

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