Samuel (Sam) Simmons is licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 27-year experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. He is currently SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the Be More Project and the culturally-specific trauma informed curriculum Healing Generations that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and to address community violence.
Dr. Pittman’s research centers on three areas within the context of health disparities -- substance use, coping behavior, and stress (chronic and traumatic) with the intent to further our understanding of how these factors, independently and collectively, affect behavioral health (mental health and substance use) outcomes among African Americans. She employs life course epidemiological frameworks to study behavioral and psychosocial processes that link adult health and disease risk to physical or social exposures during emerging adulthood.
David A. Washington is an advocate, trauma specialist, person in long-term recovery and a survivor of adverse childhood experiences. He has overseen a Jail Substance Abuse Program, provides weekend Rewriting Inner Script (RISE) Retreats, and is a therapist for the TAMAR Project (Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health, And, Recovery). He has been in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 1989, currently working with the State of Maryland and previously worked for The Johns Hopkins Hospital Program for Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependences. In 2000 he was hired as a Trauma Specialist, through the Office of Special Needs Populations in Maryland and his life was changed. Since that time, Mr. Washington has worked to advance the field of trauma services in the criminal justice system and has been a presenter with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
W. Curtis Marshall, MS is a Public Health Consultant with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Utilizing structured analytical approaches, he works with public health departments, community-based organizations, and consortiums to identify root causes, to develop and implement population-based programs. Since 2007, he has assisted a wide array of organizations and initiatives to promote trauma as a public health issue in practice and policies. He is passionate about positive father/male involvement and a founding member of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. He served from 2001-2008 as program chairperson for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit. He currently serves as a director on a number of non-profit boards.