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Presenter Bios: June 23
Yarelix Estrada, City Research Scientist, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is a first-generation Central American, harm reduction researcher, and advocate. Yarelix conducts community-based substance use harm reduction outreach and research, primarily in BIPOC communities. She is also the director of the NYC Psychedelic Society and is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Recovery Alliance. She received her Master of Science in Public Health in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Shannon Knox, Director of Training and Education, Community Health Project, Los Angeles (CHPLA), is an advocate for drug policy reform in the United States and for promoting the knowledge gained through lived experience as a key proponent in the evolution of policy. She is a peer advocate, having gained her expertise in substance use, harm reduction, and participant engagement through her own life experience as a peer to the populations CHPLA serves.
Donald McDonald, Chief Recovery Officer, All Sober, is a person thriving in recovery from severe mental and substance use disorders since 2004. All Sober is a startup, public benefit corporation that is creating a comprehensive, online recovery ecosystem due to launch this fall. Previously, Donald served as the National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery, Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, and Director of Advocacy & Education at Recovery Communities of North Carolina. He has written and presented extensively on recovery advocacy, addressing stigma, and the intersection of harm reduction and recovery. Donald is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Recovery Coach Professional (RCP) and holds a Master of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Steven Samra, MPA, Senior Associate, C4 Innovations, has expertise and lived experience in substance use and mental health recovery, harm reduction approaches, promotion of lived experience as critical experiential knowledge, developing and leading peer advisory councils, peer leadership, cultural competence, criminal justice, and effective outreach and engagement for challenging populations. He serves in leadership capacities for multiple recovery, substance use, mental health, peer involvement, and homelessness-focused initiatives.