BNM Leadership

We are a community of volunteers working as staff and members of the board.

Denise Cullen

Denise Cullen

Executive Director

You can reach Denise directly at:
denisecullen@broken-no-more.org

Bio

Denise has worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the medical field since graduation from USC’s School of Social Work in 1993.  Her expertise has been in HIV/AIDS and working with terminally ill patients.  Because of this work, and efforts to learn how to be more effective through continuing education classes and seminars, she has a special ability in the area of death, dying and grief.

Her patient population included a large number of Intravenous Drug Users, and so she has professional experience working with patients suffering from addiction as well as personal experience.

She has also become certified by the Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Specialist.

By nature of being a social worker, advocacy is sort of “built in”.The work necessary to effect the changes Broken No More is about is not easy; but through professional training and personal characteristics, Denise is well suited for the challenges.

Gary Cullen

Gary Cullen

V.P. Development, CFO

You can reach Gary directly at:
gary@broken-no-more.org.

Bio

Gary is a father who lost his only child, Jeff Cullen to the disease of addiction in August 2008. Since that time, he has been working to help others who have traveled this path through GRASP: Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing. With the creation of Broken No More he works to expand the organization’s exposure through social media, internet presences, education and fundraisers.

Gary uses his 27 years as a successful business owner to operate the sales, marketing and financial issues an organization like Broken No More require. He attempts to remain “behind the scenes” but is dedicated to this work. He currently owns two small businesses and is CFO and much more for Broken No More.

Julie Siri

Grief Advisor

You can reach Julie at info@broken-no-more.org

Bio

Julie Siri, LCSW is licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience in death, dying and bereavement. Julie has a Masters degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

She is a seasoned hospice worker, grief therapist, dynamic speaker and educator having taught several years at Whittier College and as a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, UCLA and Keck Medical School.

Currently she has a private practice in Palm Springs California. She also conducts groups, retreats and workshops and is available for phone consultation and assistance.

You can contact her at www.JourneyThroughLoss.com, on Facebook at Journey Through Loss or by calling 909-967-0101.

Sam Snodgrass

You can reach Sam at samphd87@gmail.com

Bio

Please welcome our new member of Broken No More’s Board of Directors, Dr. Sam Snodgrass.

Sam has a Doctorate in Biopyschology from the University of Georgia (1987) and, after graduation, received a three year National Institute on Drug Abuse Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). After finishing his post-doctoral fellowship, he was asked to remain as faculty and served as a research assistant professor until 1995. During this time he conducted research in an area of science known as Behavioral Pharmacology, which is the study of how drugs of abuse produce their effects on behavior, and published a number of research articles in scientific journals on the pharmacological and behavioral aspects of these drugs.

After leaving UAMS he served as an instructor in the Psychology Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for 13 years. Among the classes he taught were those concerned with the actions of psychotherapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse on brain and behavior.

Sam has also experienced the effects of opioid addiction in his personal life. For many years he struggled with this disorder. During this time he experienced, first hand, the damage that the stigma and the criminalization of opioid use and addiction produces, not only on those who suffer from this disorder, but on their families and loved ones.

Sam is currently employed at Stockton Medical Group, a Buprenorphine clinic, and is actively engaged in establishing a Needle Exchange Program and Naloxone distribution in his home state of Arkansas.

Sam will be leaving his advisory board position to become part of the Broken No More Board of Directors effective February 16, 2016.

BNM Advisory Board

Stephen Gutwillig

Stephen is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. The Drug Policy Alliance fights for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights and seeks to promote dialogue on cutting-edge drug policy issues around the country. Based in Los Angeles, California, he has served as DPA’s California director since 2008, overseeing the organization’s statewide legislative agenda, “model city” initiative in San Francisco, and marijuana policy reform efforts, including advocacy on behalf of Proposition 19 on the 2010 ballot. His wide-ranging media appearances include include NCB Nightly News, CNN, Telemundo, and Fox News as well as in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post and dozens of other outlets. Stephen has worked for cultural and social change organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles,. Prior to joining DPA, he served for 8 years as executive director of Outfest, the L.A. based nonprofit devoted to nurturing, exhibiting, and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media. He also previously served as director of develop-ment and communications for the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the L.A based social and environmental justice organization best known for organizing low-income, transit-dependent bus riders. He has served since 2006 on the Community Funding Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social change grantmaker in Los Angeles.

Emily Winkelstein, MSW

Emily Winkelstein is a radical social worker and harm reductionist. She (weirdly) has a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and obtained her Masters of Social Work in 2001 from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. Emily has been working in the field of harm reduction and public health for more than 10 years. She spent five years working as Program Manager for the SWAN Project in New York City, an epidemiological study investigating the behavioral and biological correlates of hepatitis C infection among a cohort of younger IDUs. At SWAN, she also conducted field interviews, met wonderful people and managed a drop-in center. Emily is currently working for the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she worked from 2001-2003 as National Training Coordinator. In her current role as Publications Coordinator she writes training curricula and educational materials, policy reports and dabbles in graphic design.

Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler is the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) Project Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she oversees the project’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths in the San Francisco/Bay Area. The DOPE Project began providing overdose education in San Francisco in 2001, and introduced naloxone distribution in 2003. In 2009 Eliza moved to the Bay Area from Massachusetts where she ran the Cambridge Needle Exchange and overdose prevention program for eight years. Working to prevent overdose deaths was the reason that Eliza first starting doing harm reduction work, and it is her main passion to this day. The work of the DOPE Project was a great inspiration to her as she helped develop the overdose prevention program in Massachusetts and she is honored to be able to work with the project in California. Eliza recently received two Masters degrees from Suffolk University in Crime and Justice Studies with a concentration on drug policy,and Public Administration with a concentration on non-profit management. Her academic studies focused on examining the ways that drug policy, the criminal justice system and public health intersect. She also studied the structure and impact of the public sector on community health issues and focused on ways to improve the effectiveness of non-profit organizations in the community. In her current role, Eliza’s primary focus is on expanding access to naloxone, creating a strong network of overdose prevention programs in the US and increasing awareness about preventable overdose deaths.

Aimee Dunkle

Aimee lost her 20-year-old son Ben to a heroin overdose in 2012.  In June 2015 she established the first naloxone distribution program in Orange County.  She travels around local drug treatment facilities, sober living homes, and detox centers training both staff and residents in overdose prevention and naloxone education.  In February 2016 her small non-profit  partnered with the Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) and began naloxone training and distribution among those in active drug use.  Since this partnership began SFOC have recorded 128 overdose reversals.

Aimee is currently working with the Orange County Sheriffs Department Inmate Services Division to establish a Pilot Program to conduct overdose prevention and naloxone training in all Orange County jails.  Aimee is a Board Member of the OCNEP, on the Steering Committee of the Orange County Collaborative on Prescription Drug Abuse (OCCPDA), and a committee member of the Orange County Prescription Abuse Prevention Coalition (OCPAPC).

Julia Negron

Julia has been an advocacy trailblazer in drug policy and prison and sentencing reform for more than a decade. Her passion is harm reduction, decriminalization and ending the mass incarceration of drug offenders.

In personal recovery since 1985, she found a career in substance abuse treatment counseling and is a Certified Addiction Specialist. She knows the ravages of drug addiction well, as she lost both her mother and her sister to drug overdoses. Her youngest son has struggled with heroin dependence for most of his adult life.

Julia is a Board Member of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) and Floridians For Recovery, founder of The Suncoast Harm Reduction Project, and a co-founder of Moms United to End the War on Drugs.

Darleen Berg

After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service in 1987, Darleen worked as a financial analyst and advisor for the Central Bank of Norway for 19 years. She was an executive committee member of the bank’s national trade union federation, president of the regional NBFF chapter, and Editor-in-Chief of the national publication, Forbundsnytt.

Concurrently, Darleen was the administrative director of an intensive care daycare/preschool, served on the town council and its executive board, the school committee, the preschool committee and numerous other boards, committees, ad-hoc and project groups. She has published articles, guest spoken at conferences, and has been a special delegate for numerous civic conventions.

During her 26 years abroad, she lived in Norway, Ireland and Japan, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia for professional, academic and personal reasons.

At present, she is a social worker for the Kennedy-Donovan Center, Inc in New Bedford, MA while working on her thesis for her master’s in public administration at Agder University and her thesis for her master’s in management from BI Executive School in Oslo.

Darleen knows all too well the ramification of substance use. She lost her father from a heroin overdose in 1972; her sister from a drunk driving accident in 1990; a close friend from an overdose in 1989; and her partner from a substance-related death in 2011.

Gauri Naik

Gauri has a Bachelor’s of Computer Engineering degree from Visvesvaraya Technological University – India. After graduating Gauri worked as a Quality Analyst/Software Engineer for 5 Years. She then pursued her Master’s in Software Engineering from California State University – Fullerton. On completion of her Master’s degree she worked for a nonprofit organization “Build Futures” in Orange County as a salesforce administrator. At the same time she volunteered at the Orange County Irvine Heritage Park Library.
At present, she works for Ex Industries as a Quality Assurance Engineer. She brings her engineering experience to work on the website, Email Marketing, and Newsletter at Broken No More and GRASP.

Marilee Murphy Odendahl

Marilee is a writer, poet and artist from the Midwest. Her only son, Ian Murphy Mitchard died from a heroin overdose in 2007. Since that time she has spent a good deal of time educating herself and networking with the harm reduction, grief recovery and drug policy community as well as fund raising for harm reduction organizations. She is a committed activist who focuses on writing to policy makers in an effort to connect with them on a personal level and raise their awareness on the issues surrounding addiction and harm reduction. She also writes on grief issues and believes that self exploration through writing is a valuable tool available to everyone for healing in the face of unimaginable loss.