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Cathie Hartnett

Hartnett serves as the Executive Director of Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation (GRI). GRI ran one of the first and largest recovery high schools, launched Young People in Recovery, organized two national Recovery Research Summits that informed the White House National Drug Control Strategy and assisted AmeriCorps with the launch of Recovery Corp.

Hartnett,  and the GRI Board of Directors, established the National Recovery Friendly Workplace Institute to engage employers, content experts, and state leaders to implement Recovery Friendly Workplaces.

Eliza Zarka

Eliza serves as the Director of State Engagement for the National Recovery Friendly Workplace Institute, where she works with other states to help encourage, guide, and inform establishing a Recovery Friendly Workplace model.

Eliza brings her expertise on the Recovery Friendly movement from her previous role as the Addiction & Behavioral Health Coordinator for the New Hampshire Governor’s Office. Eliza worked on issues relating to Substance Use Disorder across the continuum, including prevention, harm reduction, treatment, recovery, and the intersection of mental health.

During her time at the NH Governor’s Office, Eliza worked on a number of projects, including the NH Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, which has grown to over 350 participating businesses. Eliza saw how successful it was in New Hampshire, and after the release of the federal toolkit, Eliza wanted to take a lead role in moving the needle in this ever-important RFW movement being a part in bringing the model to other states.

Eliza’s overall goal, professionally and personally, is to help people be well, get well, and stay well.

Michael Barnes, Esq.

Michael C. Barnes is a Principal Attorney at Sequel Health Law PLLC. Mr. Barnes counsels boards and management teams of public and private companies on business strategy, law, legislation, and regulation to advance market entry and expansion, revenue, M&A, and social responsibility objectives. His practice centers heavily on health and drug law and policy with an emphasis on opioid and other controlled medications, substance use disorders, and pain management.

Mr. Barnes is an advocate for individual rights and innovative responses to some of the top policy issues in the U.S., including the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl crisis; healthcare; justice reform; and privacy. He has provided legal, political, and issue analysis for national news networks, including FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, CNN and HLN.

Previously, Mr. Barnes was Managing Partner and Founder of DCBA Law & Policy. In addition to establishing DCBA Law & Policy, he co-created and successfully exited a global healthcare and policy consulting firm and a private residential substance abuse treatment program.

Mr. Barnes is Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, a not-for-profit organization advancing solutions to the nation’s substance abuse, mental health, and incarceration crises. He previously co-founded a not-for-profit that provided early leadership to address the U.S. drug abuse, addiction, and overdose crisis.

He has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit since 2011, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Drug Enforcement Committee since 2014, and the Editorial Board for the Journal of Opioid Management since 2015. He is a past board member of Pediatric Care and the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation.

Mr. Barnes was a political appointee under President George W. Bush, having served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Barnes worked on political and issue campaigns, and was an editor at a digital national political news organization.

Mr. Barnes obtained his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in international economic policy from La Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived and studied as a Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholar. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Flagler College.

Mr. Barnes is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Mr. Barnes is the lead on drafting the certification process for the National Recovery Friendly Workplace Certification.

Francesca Pece

Francesca is an intern with the Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation that works on a number of projects for the National Recovery Friendly Workplace Institute. She is currently a student at Flagler College, double-majoring in Psychology and Biology and minoring in Coastal Environmental Science. Francesca is part of Flagler’s Cross Country Team and has been working on research in resiliency. She is passionate about behavioral health and plans to apply her research experience and interests to her work with the Institute, to work toward her goal of earning a Masters.