Career Achievement Awards at NCAD
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Nominations open on March 1st and will close on June 1st
The Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence 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 Faith Strong, Ray Tamasi, Claudia Black, and Jerry Moe.
The Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator 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. Last year’s 2018 winner was Marvin Ventrell, JD and Executive Director of NAATP.
Career Achievement Award Winners
2019 Career Achievement Awards
Every year at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), 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.
Congratulations To Our Winners!
The Ashley Addiction Treatment Innovator 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.
Ashley 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. Ian is adamant that clinical resources are important, which is why Surfside utilizes these services in the community, but he believes the key to lasting recovery is participating in constructive action through a supportive and encouraging environment. When Ian is not helping others, he can be found spending time with his wife or running with their dogs Wilma and Charlie, and you will most certainly find him kitesurfing at the beach year-round, regardless of the temperature!
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.