This year’s Awards Luncheon celebrates four colleagues – “unsung heroes” – for their important work in substance misuse prevention around our region. We also welcome as Keynote Speaker the accomplished stage, screen, and television actor, Richard Kind. Our Community Service Award will be presented to St. Louis County Councilman Dr. Sam Page and St. Louis County Director of Public Health Dr. Faisal Khan for their innovation and leadership. Drs. Page and Khan worked to combat the gridlock in Jefferson City by creating and implementing the first municipal Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in the United States.
Our Gateway Award will be presented to Jim Shroba, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in St. Louis. Thanks to Jim, the DEA 360 Strategy partnered with NCADA in several significant ways, including purchasing the airtime for our two opioid-themed Super Bowl ads.
The Bronze Key goes to Marilyn Bader, who served NCADA as a classroom prevention educator and training coordinator for almost three decades until her retirement in 2016. Over this period, Marilyn helped thousands of students develop the knowledge and personal resilience necessary to avoid substance use, while also training and mentoring dozens of NCADA prevention educators. She leaves an enduring legacy of excellence.
Finally, this year’s Tasch-Kopolow Scholarship for Addiction Studies will be awarded to Josh Gibson, an outstanding scholar who will graduate in May from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work. Josh is an active duty veteran who used his practicum hours at Veterans Affairs to work with other vets impacted by substance use disorder. Passionate and dedicated, after graduation he plans to continue his efforts at the VA.
The Luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $35 per person or $245 for a table of eight. Seating is limited, so early reservations are strongly advised (click here for online registration). For more information, call Angie Yarbrough at (314) 962-3456 x327.