Speakers announced as Grand Forks prepares for annual Recovery Reinvented event
Jonathan Holth, the event's new managing director, says he's excited to showcase the event in his hometown.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks was already scheduled to host the 2022 Recovery Reinvented Conference before Jonathan Holth was named managing director of the state initiative. But the opportunity to host the event in his hometown within his first year in his new position is exciting nonetheless, according to the Grand Forks business owner.
“I’m very proud of this community as a whole,” said Holth, who was announced as the new managing director of the Office of Recovery Reinvented in May. He officially took over the position in June. “I think people will be pleased and a little surprised at all of the great work that happens in addiction recovery and behavioral health in Grand Forks and the surrounding communities. We have a spirit of collaboration in Grand Forks and I’m excited to showcase that.”
The daylong annual event will start at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Grand Forks Alerus Center. It will be hosted by Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum.
Recovery Reinvented is a program dedicated to ending shame and erasing the stigma sometimes associated with addiction.
“National and local thought leaders at this year’s Recovery Reinvented will bring a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas for how we can build and support strong communities of recovery,” Kathryn Burgum said in a statement sent to the media on Tuesday. “This year, like every year, we will continue to lift up courageous, inspiring stories of recovery from those with lived experience that provide the hope that people can and do recover from this disease.”
The events speakers are (with bios provided by Recovery Reinvented):
● Dr. Bruce Perry, principal of the Neurosequential Network, senior fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a professor (adjunct) in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Over the last 30 years, Perry, a Bismarck native, has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of “The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog,” a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and “Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.” His most recent book, “What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing,” co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.
“He’s very well educated,” Holth said. “He has great credentials and we’re really looking forward to hosting him.”
● Carrie Steinseifer-Bates, outreach manager for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Steinseifer-Bates is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming and, more importantly, a person living in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. She got sober in 2012 after multiple stays in treatment and has dedicated her life’s work to helping others find treatment and recovery. She has a deep passion for recovery and a strong belief that treatment saves lives. Steinseifer-Bates lives in Oregon with her husband. She has two young adult daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is an active member of the recovery community and enjoys running and competing in triathlons.
“She has a unique story about her Olympic journey and her recovery journey and how they line up together,” Holth said.
● Philip Rutherford, chief operating officer for Faces & Voices of Recovery. Rutherford is a recovery coach and a passionate member of the recovery community. As COO, he is responsible for multiple lines of business within the Faces & Voices ecosystem. Rutherford is credited with a significant role in the conception, design, launch and facilitation of the Recovery Data Platform. This cloud-based platform is the first of its kind and has quickly become a valuable asset in longitudinal data collection for Peer-Based Services. Rutherford has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in substance use disorders. He is a member of standing committees at the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies. He serves on several nonprofit boards including Serve Minnesota, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, Twin Cities Recovery Project, and Doc’s Recovery House.
Faces & Voices of Recovery is “a powerful organization that does a lot of great work in recovery across the nation,” Holth said. “(Rutherford) is a person in recovery himself, so he’ll share his recovery journey and also talk about the work he does today.”
● Teliea Baker, director of The Door Recovery Lodge in New Town, N.D. Baker is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and currently resides in New Town, where she has been the director of North Segment’s The Door Resource & Recovery Lodge since its opening in 2018. The Door is an addiction resource lodge that centers all paths of recovery, focusing on empowerment with peer support and cultural influence, a clean and sober environment for people in the community, and providing a variety of recovery meetings, mentorship and referrals to treatment resources. Baker’s ambition and focus came from her six-year battle with heroin and alcohol addiction and experience with the criminal justice system. Today, Baker shares her story to give hope that will motivate and encourage others affected by addiction. In 2019, she proudly accepted the Recovery Reinvented Zezula Award. She is a certified peer support specialist trainer, Wellbriety women’s mentor, women’s advocate and recovery builder. She has been on the path of recovery for nine years and continues the fight every day. Baker is currently an undergraduate student at Minot State University with a focus in addiction studies.
“She’s also a person in recovery who is doing incredible work with the MHA Nation in western North Dakota,” Holth said. “We try to prop up the voices of North Dakotans whenever we can and she is a powerful recovery voice.”
Also, representatives of Recovery Elevator — a podcast with listeners across the country — will be at the event, interviewing attendees. There will be awards for recovery champions, musical performances throughout the day and, of course, lunch. Everything is free, but attendees must register.
“The speakers play a critical role in the day,” Holth said. “We try to mix speakers who are experts in the brain science of the disease of addiction as well as people who have stories of hope who are in recovery and people who are working on the front lines day to day helping people find recovery. We have a good mix of that this year. I think it will be a great day of hope and learning and inspiration for people.”