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Sean is the Manager of Special Projects & Initiatives, supporting the business development and training operations teams at CADCA. At present, he supports prevention specialists and local technical assistance teams nationwide in the Opioid Response Network (STR-TA), a SAMHSA-funded project that brings a collaborative approach across the fields of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery to increase the capacity of states and communities to confront the opioid epidemic. The ORN has spearheaded the identification of evidence-based prevention curricula for statewide implementation, helped connect prevention resources across states and helped states prepare to incubate opioid prevention coalitions in traditionally underserved regions.
Sean also coordinates launch events and coalition efforts in distributing Deterra Safe Medicine Disposal Pouches for RALI, the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative, a project that is connecting medical professionals, pharmacists, community leaders and legislative representatives to address prescription drug diversion by educating all people in safe drug disposal and increasing the availability of convenient, at-home disposal via environmentally safe disposal pouches.
Before joining CADCA, Sean worked across southern China and in West Africa for more than 7 years as a teacher and program manager for non-profits and governmental organizations focused on cultural exchange and closing the achievement gap in schools. He completed Peace Corps service in Mauritania and China and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Community and Economic Development from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University. He previously studied non-profits, leadership and community health at George Mason University’s New Century College and holds a certificate in Chinese language proficiency from the Office of Chinese Language Council International.