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2018 Westheimer Peace Symposium Speakers & Panelists

Chris Tuell

Dr. Tuell is a clinician of 34 years.  He holds a doctorate counseling degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a licensed clinical and independent chemical dependency counselor.  He is the Clinical Director of Addiction Services at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, OH, as well as Assistant Professor at UC in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. Dr. Tuell has specialized training in behavioral addictions; including gambling, sexual addiction, spending, gaming, and the Internet.  He is certified by EMDRIA to conduct EMDR and is certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in clinical hypnotherapy.

Chris Wyatt

Dr. Christopher Wyatt holds a doctorate degree of pharmacology from the University of Leeds in Leeds, UK (‘94) and is professor and associate dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Dr. Wyatt joined the department of neuroscience, cell biology, and physiology as an assistant professor in 2007. Since joining the Wright State faculty, Dr. Wyatt has published 29 papers on his research. In this research, he received a grant from the American Heart Association for $130,000, and a one-year grant from NIH for $1.3 million. In 2016, Dr. Wyatt receive the Faculty Mentor Award at Wright State University.

Dr. Michael Newman, MD

Dr. Michael Newman, a retired general surgeon who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology cum laude and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He did a residency in general surgery at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. A resident of Wilmington who formerly practiced at Clinton Memorial Hospital, Dr. Newman has practiced at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House since 2006. He is past president of the Clinton County Unit of the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Dr. Newman has been named the medical coordinator for the You-Turn Recovery Docket, the program within Clinton County Common Pleas Court focusing on offenders who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Judge Rudduck

Judge Rudduck is a 1971 graduate of Miami University.  He served in the army from 1971 – 1973. Judge Rudduck received his Juris Doctorate in 1976 from the Ohio State University School of Law.  From 1976 – 1979, he worked for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant A.G. In 1979, Judge Rudduck went into private practice with William Peelle to form the Peelle & Rudduck Law Firm. In 1985, he left private practice to become the Judge of the Clinton County Municipal Court. In 2001, Judge Rudduck was elected Judge for the Clinton County Common Pleas Court. He is currently in his 3rd term as Judge of the Common Pleas Court.

Dr. Bill Kennedy, PsyD

Dr. William (Doc) Kennedy is a business consultant of sports, clinical, and forensic psychologist based in Wilmington Ohio. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology (‘95) and is a Wilmington College alumni (‘91). Dr. Kennedy directed the clinical portion of the Duke E. Ellis Institute and currently maintains a full-time private consulting practice in Wilmington, Ohio. He has 30 years of experience in martial arts and is the founder of Team Torque Martial Arts, a nonprofit martial arts program. As a consultant and trainer, Dr. Kennedy works with individuals, and various sized businesses in areas including project development and problem-solving, executive coaching, mission and vision development, and planning. He has been the evaluator for a federally-funded violence prevention program involving 19 states and the District of Columbia. Dr. Kennedy is also a consultant to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and an advisor to the Wilmington Police Department and on their hostage negotiation team.

Jes McMillan

Jes McMillan is a mosaic artist based in Dayton, Ohio. After receiving degrees in Industrial Design and Applied Arts from Point Park University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Jes returned home to Dayton where she has spent the last decade perfecting an all-inclusive mural process. In 2015, Jes founded The Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton non-profit arts organization to become the vehicle for which she can serve the community through the arts. “Our simplified mural process allows us to achieve highly detailed murals while involving all members of the community regardless of age, ability, background, and status. People create art together, for their own communities, taking pride in becoming the physical representation of a mosaic, thousands of tiny pieces coming together for one big beautiful purpose.”

Kevin O’Donnell

Kevin O’Donnell organizes with the Ohio Student Association, a political home for people who want a world that doesn’t throw people away because of their identity or class. He comes from a family of grassroots activists and learned how to organize from UNITE-HERE in Boston and the immigration movement known as Cosecha. He has spent the last nine months working on a ballot initiative that would roll back the negative effects of the war on drugs and get more resources into addiction and recovery services.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Harm Reduction Ohio’s director of advocacy.

She earned a master of science degree in human development and family sciences from the University of Wyoming in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Morehead State University in her native Kentucky in 2007. She is dedicated to identifying the harm reduction service needs of high-risk communities of drug users and addressing the policies and social climate that prevent access to these services. She’s currently working to create easy, widespread community access to naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses but has had limited distribution in Ohio, especially in rural areas and among hard-to-reach populations.

Lee Sandlin

23 years of youth ministry, outreach, and missions- Missionary Work in Appalachia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic.- 7 years an Urban outreach Pastor in Middletown, OH- Current Director Of Sugartree Ministries in Wilmington, OH

Elizabeth Hopkins

Elizabeth Hopkins is the Lead Organizer for the AMOS Project, a interfaith-based nonprofit of over 50 congregations that work towards racial and economic justice. Elizabeth is the current Criminal Justice Reform campaign manager because of a deep passion in seeing lives restored, families reunited and communities moving towards true unification. A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Elizabeth has experienced both sides of Cincinnati’s racial and economic divides with roots in both African American and Appalachian American cultures. She holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Business Management and is currently completing her Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management.

Clifford Cabansag

Dr. Clifford Cabansag is an addiction specialist for the Lindner Center of Hope. He is a certified addiction medicine physician and tobacco treatment specialist. In 1993, Dr. Cabansag received his B.Mus. in Music Education with Michigan State credentialing for K – 12 music. In 2001, he received his  B.Sci. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology with a minor & certificate in Gerontology from the University of Central Florida. In 2008, Dr. Cabansag received his M.D. with Honors in Understanding Your Patient (introduction to psychiatry) from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. In 2012, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Kettering Medical Center, and in 2014, his Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship at Cincinnati VA. Dr. Cabansag specializes in several areas of therapy, including Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Self-Management and Recovery Training, Relapse Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Ekow Yankah

Professor Yankah holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Columbia Law School and Oxford University.  His work focuses on questions of criminal theory and punishment and political theory and particularly, questions political obligation and its interaction with justifications of punishment.  His work has appeared in law review articles and peer-reviewed legal theory journals and books including NOMOS, Ratio Juris, Law and Philosophy, Criminal Law and Philosophy and the Illinois Law Review.  He has been a visiting fellow at the Israeli Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), a Visiting Professor of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at the University of Toronto School of Law. His areas of expertise include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Election Law, Jurisprudence, and Torts. He has been recognized numerous times by his students for his dedication to teaching; most recently he was awarded the Cardozo Alumni of the Year Award by Cardozo BALLSA, becoming the first non-Cardozo graduate or faculty member to be recognized