Mark Kinzly has worked in the field of harm reduction and public health for the past 25 years bringing innovative prevention/interventions to the drug using and recovery community. He is currently a national trainer and consultant on the issues of substance use disorder ranging from HIV/AIDS, Hep C interventions to the development of appropriate responses to syringe exchange and overdose prevention. Mark is a trainer for the National Harm Reduction Training Institute in New York City and serves on the advisory boards for the North American Syringe Exchange Network as well as a former board member for A Better Way Foundation. He is also a co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative which brings overdose awareness and trainings to Texas. He currently is on the curriculum development team for overdose prevention/education for SAMHSA, and sits on the board of directors for the National Harm Reduction Coalition.
Charles Thibodeaux has been a licensed chemical dependency counselor since 1992 and has worked in the substance use disorder field for more than 25 years. During that time, he worked in residential treatment settings for adults as well as adolescents. He worked at a community based MHMR where he supervised an HIV prevention street outreach program for 12 years whose target population was active IV drug users and sex industry workers. Charles worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for 10 years - in the HIV division for one year and the substance use disorder/mental health division for nine years. He also presented on harm reduction topics including overdose awareness and prevention at the statewide HIV Street Outreach Conference as well as the Texas Behavioral Health Institute Conference. He is currently a co-founder of the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative which brings overdose awareness and trainings to Texas.