Chris Cera is the CEO of Arcweb Technologies, a diverse team of designers and software engineers founded in 2011 to re-imagine digital products for clients in the fields of healthcare and finance. In 2016 Arcweb Technologies was honored to be cited as one of the top 25 fastest growing software companies in the United States by the the Inc 500. Prior to Arcweb Technologies, Chris was the CTO and co-founder of Vuzit, a cloud document management software company that was acquired by Accusoft. Both Arcweb and Chris have received numerous awards of excellence over the years recognizing growth and innovation, and in 2016 Chris was recognized as "Small Business Person of the Year” by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Chris also co-founded Philly Startup Leaders, one of the city’s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to providing the region’s entrepreneurs with peer support, insights, and inspiration. Chris has co-authored three awarded patents, numerous peer-reviewed publications, and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Drexel University. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Erin Russell partnered with Devin to co-found the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition in 2017. She provides expertise in harm reduction fostered through ten years of progressive responsibility in the field. She got her start as a volunteer with Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s syringe services program in 2008, and served on the organization’s board of directors from 2013 to 2018. Erin currently works in a leadership role with the Maryland Department of Health on harm reduction policy development and program implementation, during which she has been instrumental in passing statewide syringe access legislation in 2016 and a naloxone expansion law in both 2015 and 2017 that made naloxone “over the counter” in Maryland. Erin holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She supports PAHRC with grant writing, policy development, and strategic planning using giant sticky paper.
My name is James Helm. I am the owner of TopDog Law, a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia. I went to Penn State for undergrad and am a huge supporter of the Penn State Nittany Lions. After undergrad, I graduated cum laude from Rutgers Law School and Rutgers School of Business (MBA). As a person in long-term recovery, I am passionate about helping people with substance use disorder. My goal with the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition is to change laws negatively impacting our community.
Keli McLoyd, JD, is a an Addiction Policy Analyst with the Research & Evaluation Group at Public Health Management Corporation, where she focuses on implementation of evidence-based, clinically- and cost-effective substance use practices and policies. Ms. McLoyd carries a breadth of experience related to substance use disorder policy and has consulted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide technical assistance to states through the CMS Innovator Accelerator Program in the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment. Additionally, Ms. McLoyd played an instrumental role in the development of the first clinical guideline to include all FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Ms. McLoyd has also worked with Public Health England to complete a review of policies, practices, and communication efforts associated with treatment of addictions in England. In addition to her role as a Policy Analyst, Ms. McLoyd currently serves as the Director of the Philadelphia Coalition on Children and Opioids – a groundbreaking and innovative Department of Justice-funded project that seeks to align services and create linkages amongst stakeholders in the Philadelphia area to better serve child victims of the opioid crisis. Ms. McLoyd holds a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Mike Mesveskas is the founder and CEO of Philadelphia Counseling Center, an outpatient treatment center located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Mike opened the Center in 2015 with a mission to offer individualized support to those recovering from substance use disorder. Mike’s mission is a personal one that stems from his own experience living life in recovery. Mike grew up in South Jersey, attended Millersville University, and currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, son.
Mitch Vidovich is the Director of Government Affairs at Independence Blue Cross, a national health plan headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, he develops and communicates the company’s public policy positions to elected officials at the federal, state and local levels. This includes topics like the Affordable Care Act, prescription drug pricing and public health issues such as the opioid epidemic. Prior to his work at Independence, he served for five years as a senior staff member to U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, both on Capitol Hill and in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, he worked on issues before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. He is also an alumni of various political campaigns, both at the national and local level. Vidovich serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Delaware County Child Advocacy Center and is a member of the regional Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education Task Force. He is a graduate of Susquehanna University and is completing his master’s degree in business administration at Villanova University.