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Annual Meeting

Join us May 11, 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am) at the Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland to celebrate Recovery with us as we review our 2016 accomplishments, share our vision for the future and recognize this year's 2017 Exemplar and Woman of Strength awards.


2017 Exemplar Award                          2017 Woman of Strength

Joan Papp, MD.                                      Judge Joan Synenberg

Annual Meeting 2017

2017 Exemplar Award
Joan Papp, MD.

Joan Papp, MD, is recognized for her tireless community work and advocacy as a leader in the fight against opiode use. As a leader with "boots on the ground," Joan collaborates with stakeholders to help guide policy decisions surrounding access to naloxone, the antidote for reversing an opiod overdose. As chairperson of the Policy Subcommittee, Dr. Papp helped create and pass two instrumental bills for Ohio, House Bill 4 and House Bill 170-both expanding access to naloxone. She worked with Senator Rob Portman to help pass the CARA ACT. Dr. Papp is the medical director of Project Dawn, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program and was recently named as the Director of MetroHealth Office of Opiod Safety, Opening July 1st.
2017 Woman of Strength
Judge Joan Synenberg
 Judge Joan Synenberg is honored for her instrumental role presiding over Recovery Court, a specialized docket supervising people with drug addiction and trauma. This dual diagnosis docket is the first of its kind in the state of Ohio and is certified by the Ohio Supreme Courts. In Addiction to this specialty docket, Judge Synenberg has served on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas bench for 9 years and previously presided over Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Docket, Court of Common Please, from 2009-2014. Under her leadership, hundreds of lawyers have participated in complimentary continuing legal education courses in exchange for donating their legal services to persons in need.
Panel Discussion:
Mental Illness and Addiction/Community Cost and Responsibility
John Corlett
President & Executive Director, The Centers for Community Solutions
Joan Papp, MD 
Judge Joan Synenberg 
 Pam Gill
Thank you to our sponsors


Woman of Strength Award Recipients

Judge Joan Synenberg
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Tracey D. Collins
Margaret G. Weitzel,
Wyse Advertising
Renee Holcomb Hardwick,
Key Bank
K. J. Montgomery, 
Shaker Heights 
Municipal Court


Valeria Harper,

Myrtle I. Muntz,
Notre Dame College

Martha B. Baker,
Recovery Resources Life Director 

Inajo Davis Chappell,
Ulmer & Berne LLP

Exemplar Award Recipients 

Judge David T. Matia
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Steven M. Dettellbach
United States Attoryney for the Northern District of Ohio
Opiate Taskforce
Your Teen Media
Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons
Raymond J Marvar, Esq
General Counsel, Premier Physicians Centers
David LaRue
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.
David T. Dombrowiak
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community West Foundation
Mayor Pamela E. Bobst
Mayor, Rocky River
Dr. Dennis Allen
Former Superintendent, Rocky River Schools
Fred M. DeGrandis
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals