A top group of experts in behavioral health and addiction treatment, mirroring the intended “Generations” attendees, accepted the assignment to create this year’s feature program. They took their place at the city desk and reviewed the literature; identified gaps; examined professional practices, scrutinized abstracts; explored evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence; analyzed surveys; and, compiled organizational and professional input.

Their goal was to create an interactive, evidence-based program all attendees could enjoy and use to strengthen their toolkits of clinical skills to positively impact clients. They also aimed for a ‘hard news’ or state-of-the-science program to challenge beliefs, provide timely insights, and open new ties among and between the disciplines and practices. Kudos to each of these experts on this year’s program byline – – –

Anni Butterfield, MBA, LCSW – Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services, Steward Healthcare-Utah

Jeremy Christensen, LCSW – Assistant Clinical Director, Utah State Hospital

Kevin Curtis, LCSW – Director of Hospital Crisis Services, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Kenton Francis, LCSW – Director of Psychological Health, Utah Army National Guard

Marc B. Gunderson, LCSW – Integration Specialist, Optum;  Mental Health Authority Liaison for Civil Commitment Court

Justin Hatch, MHA, LCSW – Director of Behavioral Health Services, Ogden Regional Medical Center (HCA Healthcare)

Jason Hunziker, MD (CME Course Director) – Adult Psychiatry Division Chief, University of Utah;   Adult Inpatient & Receiving Center, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Tia D. Korologos, BSN, RN – (Facilitator) President, ESI Management Group (Event Developers & Coordinators)

Karen W. Malm, PhD  – Owner / Executive Director, Summit Community Counseling

Lynda Perkins, CMHC – Social Services, Geriatric Unit, Lakeview Hospital

Each of these specialists were asked to sign a disclosure noting any potential conflicts of interest related to financial relationships with any ineligible companies – defined as any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling. or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.  No such relationships were reported. 

All relevant financial relationships of faculty and planners will be resolved prior to the conference.


Amanda Alkema, LCSW – Forensic System Administrator, Utah State Hospital, Department of Health & Human Services

Pam Bennett, LCSW – Adult Mental Health Program Administrator III, Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Kristina Groves, Behavioral Health Program Director, Indian Walk-In Center

Bryant Jenks, LMFT – Program Manager, American Fork Family Clinic & School Based Services, Wasatch Behavioral Health

Verona Mauga, Executive Director, Renew Wellness & Recovery

Kimberly Myers, MSW – Assistant Director, Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Carol Ruddell, MEd – Crisis Services & Suicide Prevention Programs Administrator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Clint Thurgood, LCSW – Crisis Services Manager, Intermountain Health Care

Amanda Walburger, Referral Relations Specialist, Recovery Ways

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