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Tara Moseley Hyde
CEO, People Advocating Recovery

holds a dual master’s degree from American University School of Public Health focused on public administration and public policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and pre-law where she interned at the legislative research commission on the health and welfare committee.  This was where Tara found her passion for public policy and research.

Tara is a person in long-term recovery and has been in recovery since 2011. In May of 2014, she began working with Young People in Recovery and established a YPR chapter in her community which lead to the development of twelve chapters across the state where she became the Vice President of Programs. Most recently, Tara was asked to lead the Kentucky statewide organization called, People Advocating Recovery (PAR) as their Chief Executive Officer. 

Tara has worked with universities across the country to develop recovery support services for young adults on college campuses. Tara has assisted in the development of human resource polices & procedures for employers across the country that support people who identify with Substance Use Disorder to have a successful return to the work force. She has worked with SAMSHA, Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy, the Department of Corrections, and other state agencies such as Departments of Behavioral He
alth to design a standard for youth, young adults, and justice involved persons for recovery peer support services and bring awareness of recovery-centered approaches across the country in every sector.


Sergeant Monty Corbett 
Winchester Police Department

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration, Monty entered the criminal justice profession working as a Corrections Officer at the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington, KY.  He then served as a Probation & Parole Officer in Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.  Monty now has 17 years of law enforcement service and serves as the Administrative Sergeant and Chaplain for the Winchester, KY Police Department.  

Monty works on developing and amending departmental policies, sits on numerous community boards relating to community outreach, and serves his department members and their families with his chaplaincy duties as an ordained independent Christian member of the clergy.  Monty serves as a volunteer with the Supporting Heroes non-profit group based in Louisville, KY, which honors the active duty and line-of-duty deaths of police, fire, and EMS personnel in Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri.  Monty is married to his wife Charlana with whom he has a 5-year-old daughter, Charleigh Quinn.  


Lindsay Horseman, MSW
Director of Recovery Services,
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Clark County Health Departme


Lindsay is a lifelong resident of Clark County, Kentucky. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morehead State University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2017 and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work from Campbellsville University in August of 2018.

She has worked for four years as an Alternative Sentencing Worker for the Department of Public Advocacy in the Richmond Trial Office. She is a person in long-term recovery from Substance Use Disorder and celebrated 13 years of abstinence from drugs and alcohol in February. She is married to Cody Angel, and they have a blended family of five children, ages 25, 23, 21, 16, and 15.  


Karrie Adkins 
Community Coordinator
EALing Communities Study


Karrie is the Madison and Bourbon County Community Coordinator of the University of Kentucky’s HEALing Communities Study (HCS) which aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40% over the study period via a community-engaged intervention. She is entering her 17th year of working in higher education with 14 years of community-university engagement experience focused on developing and maintaining community-university partnerships, program development and implementation, strategic planning, data collection/assessment and reporting, budget management, grant/contract administration, and personnel management and development. 

She has worked with community leaders, agencies, organizations, educational institutions, and residence to match resources with community-identified needs and improve quality of life throughout Kentucky and its Appalachian Region. Currently, she works with a community coalition, HCS faculty experts and research team, and community partners to determine and implement evidence-based practices and strategies that are tailored to the community’s resource landscape and needs in addressing the opioid epidemic.


Karrie holds a Master of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with a minor in Deviance and Criminology) from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Whitlie Rose-Stephens, OTR/L, CLC

Whitlie graduated with her master's degree in occupational therapy in 2016 and has been working exclusively with the pediatric population for 6 years. She has significant experience working with childhood trauma, both personally and professionally. Whitlie is extremely passionate about working with children to help them feel better in their own bodies while teaching caregivers the skills and tools they need to support them.


Mike St. John
Conference Host


Mike is a person in long-term recovery who has transformed his life from one of Substance Use Disorder, pain, and hopelessness to becoming a shining beacon of hope for those still struggling with this devastating disease. In 2016, Mike sought help at the Hope Center Emergency Shelter in Lexington, KY. With the help of treatment he met his wife Marie, which is in long-term recovery herself.  He turned his life around and they started a family. Today, he is a sought-after speaker who shares his message of hope and recovery in schools and jails.  As a way to pay it forward, he hosts a recovery podcast called "St. John LIVE" on Facebook and YouTube. Mike's mission is to help the hopeless and give back what was freely given to him. He is a living testament to the power of hope and the transformative nature of recovery.



Taylor Six

Taylor was born and raised in Lexington and graduated from Lafayette High School in 2014. She moved to Richmond to attend college at Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in journalism in 2018. She began work at the Richmond Register that same year, and worked there until May 2022 when she joined the Lexington Herald-Leader as the criminal justice and courts reporter. She has been in long-term recovery since December 2021, and sponsors women at Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women.


Reagan Taylor 
Madison County Judge Executive

Reagan Taylor has served as Judge Executive of Madison County since 2015.  Madison County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the Commonwealth and is booming with over 100,000 residents, including 17,000 students from Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College.  Judge Taylor has spent his entire life in our county and began his career as an entrepreneur starting his own construction and real estate company before shifting to a career in public service.  Reagan resides in Madison County with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters, Katherine and Natalie. Having felt called to serve in public office, he doesn’t know what the future holds but is committed to doing everything he can to “build a better Madison County.”

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Ron Jackson
Director, Madison County EMS

Ron lives in Berea with his wife and two children. He graduated from EKU in 1995 with a paramedic degree in Emergency Medical Care. His career began in 1993 with Estill County EMS where he served as EMT, paramedic, and Shift Commander before being promoted to EMS Director in 2000. In 2014, he became the Assistant Director for Madison County EMS and remained in that position until he became the Madison County EMS Director in 2022. Ron successfully assisted Madison County EMS in obtaining national accreditation through the Commission of Accredited Ambulances Services (CAAS). Ron enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. 


Zinnia Hensley
Berea Police Department

Zinnia is the Community Services Resource Coordinator for the Berea Police Department. In Zinnia's role with the Berea Police Department, she seeks to identify social services provided by all governmental entities, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. She works diligently to provide services to those individuals who have been a victim of crime. Zinnia works to develop programs and create initiatives that have a practical function in the community, hoping to bring about a quality-of-life change for citizens.


Rev. Kent Gilbert
Lead Pastor Union Church Berea

Kent is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ and since 1997 has served as pastor and teacher to Union Church. Kent is a native of Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Whittier College, Whittier, CA, in 1987 with a B.A. in Religion and Culture. In seminary, he was educated at the University of Chicago Divinity School and at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA receiving his Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree in 1991.

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Shannyn Drummond
Community Member

Shannyn is the Kentucky Community Relations Liaison for CleanSlate, an Outpatient Addiction Medicine provider. Being a person in long-term recovery, she understands the role that communities play in the lives of individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). She appreciates the narratives and focuses on helping to undo the misunderstandings about addiction in each of the areas she visits to educate and uplift both the local recovery community and general population of the area. In Madison County, Shannyn played an integral role in the mindset change within the Dry Dock, a peer-run recovery community center. Medication for SUD was heavily stigmatized, but Shannyn pushed for MOUD-friendly sponsors, medication literature, and open dialogue acknowledging the stigma. She was also a large part of the organizational change at the Dry Dock, including writing and winning a grant to provide a full-time peer support specialist for the Center, and communicated that culture change to stakeholders outside the organization. Shannyn is a graduate of leadership Madison County and holds a B.A. in Linguistics. When not working in the community, she can be found causing havoc on the rugby pitch as a Lexington Black Widow, dazzling audiences as a burlesque performer with the Burlex collective, or rolling dice with friends in a Dungeons and Dragons game.

Forest Road


March 22, 2023

9:00 am


How the Madison Opioid Response and Empowerment Program (MORE) is reducing morbidity and mortality associated with local opioid use disorder

In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency as a result of the growing opioid crisis sweeping the nation. With over 130 people dying every day from an opioid-related drug overdose, this crisis affects millions of Americans and Kentucky residents. In response to this crisis, Kentucky River Foothills, a local community action agency, began a Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning program (RCORP) in 2019, and continued with prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts with their 3-year, $1M, RCORP Implementation grant in 2020.  Hear what Madison County, KY is doing to combat the opioid crisis by using primary prevention, harm reduction, evidence-based treatment, and recovery support.  

9:15 am


Peer Recovery Culture
What is it and how do we harness its energy?

Did you know that personal health directly correlates with community health? Join this session to learn how! We have known that creating a continuum of care for recovery is vital to people sustaining long-term recovery, but how do we do it? A great way is to use peers! It is NOT enough to simply use peers, but to strategically place them along the personal journey that will empower and engage those working in recovery. In this session, you will learn what peer support is and is not, how to use them effectively, and how this practice will impact the greater community.

10:15 am

LEAP - A Pre-Arrest Deflection Model Utilizing Recovery Support Services

In this session, representatives from a community-based initiative will present an innovative approach that Clark County has taken aim at addressing underlying issues rather than solely focusing on incarceration. The speakers will discuss Law Enforcement Assisted Programming (LEAP), the implementation of the program and its results so far. The audience will hear about the program's goal, the eligibility criteria for participants, the reduction in recidivism, and some examples of outcomes for participants. The speakers will also address common misconceptions about the program and emphasize its role as an intervention for individuals facing a range of challenges. This session will provide valuable insights into alternative approaches to traditional law enforcement and their potential to create positive change in communities.

11:30 am

Provided by Anthem-KY Medicaid

We hope that you will take advantage of this important opportunity to learn more about the community resources available in Madison County and beyond. 

Forest Road

1:00 pm

HEALing Communities Study and Voices of Hope: An Innovative Approach to Recovery Support in Madison County

This session will discuss efforts of the HEALing Communities Study (HCS) to address the opioid crisis in Madison County. Through a community-engaged intervention process, the University of Kentucky HCS faculty and staff worked with the Madison County HCS Subcommittee and local agencies to implement evidence-based practices to increase overdose education and naloxone distribution, expand access to medications for opioid use disorder, and provide educational outreach to promote safer opioid prescribing, dispensing, and safe medication disposal. The presentation will highlight the success of Voices of Hope Recovery Coaches embedded in Madison County agencies to provide peer support and barrier relief services, and the creative transportation assistance program that helps keep people in medication treatment.       

2:00 pm

Breaking the Cycle
The Role of Pediatric Therapy


In this presentation, attendees will be introduced to the concept of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS).  A working definition, along with sources, symptoms, and risk factors for STS will be identified and discussed.  Attendees will be able to be identify observable responses to being exposed to the traumatic experiences of others.

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

This session will provide participants education, insight, and awareness on the importance of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and an approach to recovery.  

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

The Venue

Madison Hills Christian Church 
960 Redhouse Road
Richmond, KY 40475 

Our Staff

MORE Staff


Karen Atkins


Karen is the Public Information Officer at Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. as well as the RCORP Project Director.  Karen is an accomplished senior-level Public Relations professional with 25 years of demonstrated experience working in the public/media relations and marketing fields.  Karen is experienced in crisis management, speech writing, employee communications, branding, social media, event sponsorship/marketing, fundraising, grant writing, and research. As the RCORP Project Director she is responsible for the management of the federal Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning (RCORP) Grant including working with community partners to build regional planning capacity to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in Madison County, KY by leveraging skills, expertise and assets of existing local, sub-regional and regional institutions and stakeholders; monitoring grant activities, projects, and activities; tracking accomplishments and reporting requirements.  


Jeri Allison


Jeri is the Business Administrator for Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women and Project Coordinator for the MORE program. With over 38 years of experience in administration and fundraising for higher education, health care, and social services, Jeri focuses on the administrative and funding needs of both Liberty Place and MORE. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, the Fund Raising School, and the National Institute on Planned Giving, which have all helped to mold her career. Jeri has 2 beautiful grandchildren and 2 dachshunds to love and spoil.


Alisha Wilhoit


Alisha is the Program Director for Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women and the Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator for the MORE program. Alisha has over 12 years of experience working in a peer-based long-term recovery program. She is a person with lived experience and is celebrating 13 years of sobriety. Alisha has an associate degree and is enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Her work at Liberty Place allows her to provide invaluable support to clients working to overcome OUO/SUD. She is skilled at administration and management and is volunteering as the vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Crusade, a non-profit focused on homelessness and recovery.


Jackie Dean Rousey


Jackie spent most of her career working to address OUD/SUD. She is the Director of the Kit Carson Commons Scholar House and Eastern Scholar House programs.  She serves as the RCORP-Implementation (Rural Community Opioid Response Program) Liaison at Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. and provides direct services to those experiencing homelessness OUD/SUD (including co-occurring disorders), homeless veterans, and people impacted by poverty. Jackie holds a BSW in Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University (where she is an Adjunct Professor) and an MSW in Social Work from Campbellsville University.

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