Nominations Open for the 2022 Career Achievement Awards!
Every year at the East Coast Symposium, Ashley is pleased to honor two professionals, nominated by their colleagues, who have impacted the addiction treatment field with their efforts in helping patients and their families heal. To nominate a fellow colleague, please submit below. Nominations close June 15, 2022.
The Ashley Addiction Treatment
This award recognizes a professional, with 10 years or less of service, who has made an impact in the field of recovery through innovation, commitment, and dynamic thinking.
The Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award
This award is given to a professional with 20 or more years of experience, who embodies Father Martin’s legacy of treatment with dignity and respect— with continuous efforts in helping individuals and their families achieve long-term recovery. Previous winners include Ray Tamasi, Claudia Black & Jerry Moe.
Career Achievement Award Winners
2021 Career Achievement Award Winners
Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award: Michael Hinkley, Ph.D., MSW, LADC
The Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award recipient this year is Michael Hinkley, Ph.D., MSW, LADC, founder, chief clinical officer and healthcare ethicist of Wildwood Behavioral Health and Recovery at Wildwood Farm. Dr. Michael Hinkley’s vision for an evidence-based clinical program designed to create a transformative experience for clients in early recovery is the combination of the two organizations he founded. There, he focuses on treating substance use disorders and any co-occurring disorders with a special focus on the LGBTQ+ community. Driven by the desire to share his knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community in connection with substance use disorder, Dr. Hinkley lectures widely on these topics.
Previously, Dr. Hinkley served as a parish priest for 20 years and worked with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, addressing the needs of men with HIV/AIDS.
Father Martin Professional Excellence Award: George Kolodner, M.D.
This year, the Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award recipient is George Kolodner, M.D., chief innovation officer from Kolmac. Dr. George Kolodner is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and founder of Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers. He implemented the country’s first intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment program for substance use disorders and has worked tirelessly to increase awareness of IOP care while keeping Kolmac on the cusp of leading-edge treatment for women and men.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kolodner successfully transitioned withdrawal management to a virtual, safe format. This has made treatment even more accessible to the general population in a meaningful and cost-effective manner.
One of Dr. Kolodner’s passions is also to work on changing the policies and practices of insurance companies and medical organizations surrounding substance use disorder treatment. As an editor of the ASAM Criteria, he expanded the severity of withdrawal management treatable through outpatient services.
2019 Career Achievement Award Winners
Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award: Ian Koch
Ian Koch began working in the mental health field in 2003 at age 20. While completely delusional and ignorant to some of his own issues, he got his start working with teens at a youth center while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work. He had a strong desire to help others but was completely unable to help himself. He had been in major trouble since age 12 and was even asked to leave Valley Forge Military Academy at age 14. He continued to appear in court rooms around the east coast and eventually got clean on March 7, 2005. His desire to reach his hand out to others increased and he continued working with youth suffering from mental illness. Around 2 years sober, Ian moved into the addiction field. Ian obtained a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health from Southern New Hampshire University and a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care from Saint Michael’s College. He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in multiple states and has received his Certification as an Addiction Specialist from the American Academy of Health Care Providers. Over the past decade, Ian has worked in various aspects of addiction treatment, including intensive outpatient, residential, medication assisted treatment, detox and private practice. He has also worked in sober living, provided interventions, run family programs and case management for clients. His extensive knowledge and experience ignited the desire to create Surfside Structured Sober Living to provide a critical resource that the community lacks.
Father Martin Professional Excellence Award: Barbara Woods
Barbara Woods, LCSW, ACSW, SAP Qualified
Barbara Woods is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the field of mental health for over 40 years with a specialty in substance abuse for over 30. Within inpatient and/or residential treatment settings she has served as primary counselor, admissions coordinator, admissions director, Director of Clinical Services, Marketing Coordinator, National Director of Business Development and CEO.
She worked in the field of managed care in EAP/Workplace Services department for a number of years and is a trained interventionist. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) for several years and has received national recognition from ALPA and BOAF for service to airmen with substance abuse problems.
In addition, she has served as consultant for a number of treatment facilities specifically focusing on program development, billing, utilization review and best practices for treatment and discharge planning for commercial airline pilots.
Currently she is the OPTUM onsite EAP/HIMS Program Manager for American Airlines. In this role she also provides support and referral services to all American pilots and their families seeking help for themselves or family members suffering from mental health or substance abuse problems.
2018 Career Achievement Award Winners
Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator Award
The 2018 award winner is: Marvin Ventrell, JD & Executive Director of NAATP
The Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award
The 2018 award winner is: Faith Strong