Sam Mettler – Emmy winning Executive Producer Sam Mettler is the creator of the gripping real-life series Intervention. Over 12 seasons, he served as Executive Producer, Director and Writer, working from the field to the edit bay in what many believe to be one of the most emotionally, mentally and physically difficult non-fiction programs ever produced. In the non-fiction genre, he has also served as writer and producer for the series Expeditions to the Edge and producer and format creator for the series Drugged; both for National Geographic.
Bill Carpenter– Currently serving his second term as Mayor of Brockton, MA, he is recognized state-wide as a leader in fighting the Opiate Crisis and was the only Mayor selected by Governor Baker to serve on the Governor’s Opioid Addiction Working Group. He created “The Champion Plan” – an addiction outreach program meant to help those with substance use disorders in addiction treatment facilities.
Tony Hoffman: Tony is a Former BMX Elite Pro and placed 2nd at the 2016 World Championships in Medellin Colombia in the Masters Pro class. He is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games Coach, with Women’s BMX PRO, Brooke Crain, in his lineup. His story is full of redemption as he has seen some of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. Tony is the Founder and Director of The Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills, and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention, each year. In 2016 he also began writing his first book, titled, “Coming Clean.”
Sean Merrill- Sean was a licensed journeyman electrician with a wife, child, home, and successful business. One day he took a pill that his younger brother Corey offered him. That one choice dramatically changed the next ten years of his life. After his brother died from a heroin overdose and with his life in a shambles, Sean cried out to God and ended up at Teen Challenge. Working in the Program Development office of the Brockton program while a student, Sean developed a heart to give back to the ministry that saved his life.
Tyler Reitzner: Tyler is the executive director for the Minnesota Trauma Project, an organization that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the effects of trauma. Tyler will share more about the MN trauma projects efforts and talk about how childhood trauma can contribute to addiction later in life.
Jake Nichols– A pharmacist with an opiate addiction is a volatile combination. Nichols’ 15-year narcotics habit cost him a high-profile career and led to criminal charges for writing fake prescriptions and diverting drugs. After entering Massachusetts’ treatment program for addicted pharmacists, Nichols fully recovered. Today he’s rebuilding his life and aims to “help others fight this horrible disease and to demonstrate that recovery is possible.”
Richard Marinick– Richard grew up in South Boston where he became involved with organized crime at a young age. After doing 10 years in prison for a bank robbery and developing in writing skills while he was away, Richard wrote “Boyos” a semi autobiographical novel about his experiences growing up in organized crime.
Jared Gordon: Jared is a UFC fighter and recovering heroin addict. His story is filled with ups and downs as he has overdosed 3 times along with being in and out of jail, homeless, and in and out of rehab. Currently he is 2 years sober and living his dream of fighting in the UFC with a 14-1 professional record. He is sharing his story in the hopes that others will be inspired by it and know that no one is alone.
Woody Giessmann became an Addictions Specialist and Interventionist in 1993 after his experience as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. That experience allowed him to see firsthand the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse. He has also started an innovative outpatient treatment center called Right Turn.
Willy Drinkwater has been in the mental health/addiction field for 26 years. Currently he is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston & Cambridge College where he teaches in their addiction counselor education programs. He also has a company, Entertaining Education, Inc. which provides staff training for mental health professionals, addiction treatment facilities, addiction education programs, corporations, and community organizations on various addiction and mental health topics.
Dr. Lonise Bias is the mother of the late Len Bias who died from cocaine intoxication three days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1986. She is also the president of Bspeaks, a life investment company that brings messages of hope, inspiration and empowerment to the lives of youth, families, communities and those in the workplace.
Dr. Bias has delivered powerful keynote addresses, facilitated and developed workshops for faith based, public and private sectors “bringing new solutions to old problems.” Her mission for over thirty years has been to invest hope, courage, and endurance in the lives of her audiences.
Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld is a retired United States Navy admiral who served as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. James’s son Jonathan lost his life to a fentanyl laced batch of Heroin that spread on his campus in Denver. Admiral James is speaking out and sharing his sons story to help others deal with addiction. He has also started the S.A.F.E foundation (stop the addiction fatality epidemic)
Ken Daniels, known as the “voice of the Detroit Red Wings”, is heading into his 19th season as the Red Wings play by play announcer. Last year, Ken tragically lost his son Jamie to an opioid overdose. Ken is now speaking out about his experience in hope to educate others and raise awareness about opioid addiction.
Mark Recchi is a NHL Hall of Famer, having played for 22 years and winning one of his five Stanley Cups with Kevin on the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991. Mark talks about what it was like as a friend to see Kevin go through his addiction and recovery. Mark and Kevin currently work together for the Penguins organization, Mark as an assistant coach and Kevin as a scout.