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Join us for Recovery Reinvented 2019!

November 12, 2019 | 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Bismarck Event Center

Governor Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum invite you to join them for this inspirational event, which will feature state and national addiction and recovery experts who will focus on:

– Reinventing recovery by empowering communities to take action

– Creating recovery-friendly workplace environments

– Eliminating the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction.

The Recovery Reinvented team has provided a collection of resources for employers that includes toolkits with a breadth of ideas and best-practices which you can find on We will be sharing more resources as they come available, as well as communicating announcements about programs specifically designed for employers.

The event will also include a Recovery Resources Expo, which will connect people to extensive addiction, recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state. Information and resources will be available to family members to help guide conversations around addiction and recovery. Recovery Reinvented awards will honor local individuals and groups that are making a tremendous impact in the field of addiction and recovery.

Local stories of recovery from across North Dakota will be highlighted throughout the day as well. If you are interested in sharing your own story to be featured at the event, visit!


Day-Of Information including tentative agenda, venue and hotel information, and continuing education credits

Recovery Reinvented 2019 Speakers

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Get Involved! Share your story, participate in the Recovery Resources Expo, or sign up to volunteer

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8:00 am – Registration & Recovery Resources Expo

9:00 am – Kickoff

9:30 am – Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO of Shatterproof

10:10 am – New Program Announcements & Awards

11:15 am – Riley Salmon, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist & University of Jamestown Men’s Volleyball Head Coach

11:45 am – New Program Announcements & Awards

12:15 pm – Lunch & Recovery Resources Expo

1:20 pm – Carol McDaid, Co-Founder of McShin Foundation

2:00 pm – New Program Announcements & Awards

2:50 pm – Dr. Russ McDonald, President of United Tribes Technical College

3:20 pm – New Program Announcements, Narcan Training & Distribution, & Awards

Event Concludes at 4:30 pm


Bismarck Event Center

315 S 5th St, Bismarck, ND 58504

NOTE: On-site parking will be available at the Bismarck Event Center


For those that are unable to attend Recovery Reinvented in person, please tune in to on November 12th to watch the event live! In fact, several community groups are gathering across the state to participate in the event together, see locations below. If you are hosting a viewing party or interested in hosting one, please email Heather Brandt at

Organization Address Name Email Address Phone Number
Northwest Human Service Center 316 2nd Ave W  PO Box 1266, Williston, ND 58802 Lisa Hoffman 701-774-4663
Northeast Human Service Center 151 S 4th St, Suite 401, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Kim Miller 701-795-3048
Lost and Found Recovery Center 111  7th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56560 Jann Johnson 218-287-2089
Emmons County Public Health PO Box 636/ 118 E. Spruce Ave., 58552 Beverly Voller 701-329-0016
Sargent County Sheriff’s Department 355 Main Street South, Ste. 6, Forman, ND 58032 Vanessa Bayger 701-724-3302
LaMoure County Public Health Department 100 1st Ave SW, LaMoure, ND 58458 Beth DelaBarre 701-883-5356
Southeast Human Service Center 2624 9th Ave S Fargo, ND Jeff McKinnon


We invite you to help people in recovery across the state by bringing items that will benefit individuals seeking recovery. Please bring any of the suggested items below (no cash please) and drop it off at the donations booth when you arrive at the event.


– Coffee, sugar, creamer

– Mosquito spray, sunscreen

– Winter hats, gloves, socks

– Lip balm, lotion, soap, shampoo, female hygiene products

– Twin bedding, pillows

– Kitchen utensils

– Laundry detergent

– Gift cards


This program has been approved for a maximum of 5 hours of continuing education hours by the ND board of social work examiners and the ND board of addiction counselors. All other licenses should submit the agenda and the CEU form available at the event to the appropriate licensing board for approval of continuing education units.


Hotel rooms will be available at the conference rate at the Radisson Hotel (605 East Broadway Avenue) and Expressway Suites (180 East Bismarck Expressway). Those interested should request the block of rooms available for the Behavioral Health Conference.


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Michelle Lindblom is a painter and printmaker living in Bend, Oregon. She was a college professor of Visual Art for over 24 years at Bismarck State College. Michelle has always created art using her intuition and subconscious as a guide. More recently and out of a need to share and connect her art and words with a broader audience, Michelle began writing a blog, “An Artist’s Journey”. Creating art and writing have become a positive channel as she works through her daughter’s substance use disorder. Her perspective as a parent is a voice that is vital as a means to gain understanding and compassion as we all find ways to navigate the complexities of substance use disorder.

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Daniel Rogers is a retired Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Bismarck State College. Dan holds a Master of Arts degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He was a professional actor for ten years and a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Dan also taught at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Dan is a founding member and serves on the Board of Capitol Shakespeare and has served on the board of Dakota Stage Limited.

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Molly McLain, Lead Mosaic Artist, is a community advocate, artist, and educator born and raised in Valley City, ND. She lives in Bismarck with her husband, newly born daughter, and a 2 and a half year old cat, Leo. Molly is active in the North Dakota arts world and frequently presents ideas, teaches classes and creates art projects and murals across the state with organizations, individuals, and schools. She strives for opportunities to hear from, listen, and empower others to find their voice and creative calling and sustain community through ingenuity and vision. Molly has a love for her family, people, the prairie, folk art and culture, mosaics, homemade potato salad, and a good joke.


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Gary Mendell

Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit focused on reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. After losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011, Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare other families the tragedy his had suffered. Since founding Shatterproof in 2012, Mendell has been a national leader in the addiction space, creating solutions that will create more access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorders, including the creation of the Shatterproof National Principles of Care to guide providers, payers and patients to quality treatment. He advocates for state and federal policy changes and soon will be launching a national strategy and call to action to address stigma related to opioid and substance use Disorders.

Riley Salmon

Riley Salmon is a three-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic Gold medalist for USA Men’s Volleyball team. He played professional indoor volleyball for 17 season as well as three professional seasons for the AVP Beach Tour. Salmon struggled with addiction for the better part of 10 years and has been in recovery for 22 months. He currently serves as the Head Coach for the Men’s Volleyball team at the University of Jamestown.

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Carol McDaid

Carol McDaid, principal at Capitol Decisions Inc. in Washington, D.C. As a person in long-term recovery with over 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, McDaid brings a breadth of knowledge and policy expertise in combatting the disease of addiction and supporting recovery. McDaid played a strong role in the passing of landmark legislation requiring insurers to treat addiction, mental and physical health problems equally. Having established one of Virginia’s leading peer-to-peer recovery community organizations with her husband, her experience will translate how to effectively engage communities to support recovery.

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Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald

Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald is the current president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. McDonald is an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation and a proud descendant of the Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Hunkpapa Nations. Prior to beginning his role as president of UTTC in 2014, McDonald served as chairman for the Spirit Lake Nation and was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. His published research focused on Native elders’ health risks and disparities, American Indian veterans’ access to health care, and American Indians’ behavior risk factors. An example of the power of recovery, McDonald is a person in long-term recovery for 25 years after going through treatment 16 times.

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There are many ways to get involved in Recovery Reinvented! Share a video of your story to be featured at November’s event or on social media, volunteer at the event, or consider being a sponsor.

See the sections below for how you can be a part of the solution to reinvent recovery in North Dakota!

Share Your Story to End Stigma

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How do you reinvent recovery?

We are looking to highlight as many North Dakota faces and voices of recovery as we can. We are encouraging brief recorded video statements about the hope found in recovery for yourself or someone close to you, how you eliminate the stigma of addiction, or how you are a part of reinventing recovery.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Between 10 and 20 seconds long
  • No profanity
  • 50 MB limitation on video
  • Use one of the following prompts listed below (italicized text provides examples of what you could share)


  • My name is ___, there is hope in recovery because… my sister has been in recovery for 20 years after going to treatment 8 times.
  • My name is ___, I have been in recovery for ___ and I am grateful for… my friends and family for always encouraging me on my journey.
  • My name is ___, I’m using my voice to eliminate the stigma of addiction because… because my son died from a drug overdose.
  • My name is ___, and I reinvent recovery by… allowing my employees to take time off to go to recovery support meetings.
Submit Your Video

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Volunteer at Recovery Reinvented

To express interest in volunteering at Recovery Reinvented 2019, please fill out the following form. You will be contacted at a later date.

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Become an Event Sponsor

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Have your organization participate in the Recovery Resources Expo

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The Recovery Resources Expo is a powerful opportunity to connect people to extensive addiction,
recovery, and mental health organizations and resources from across the state. Community and
service providers will engage with Recovery Reinvented participants to help reduce
barriers and empower recovery.

There is no cost to have a booth at the Recovery Resources Expo.

Please fill out your information in the following form. In the comments section, include the following details:
– The name of your organization
– City in which your organization is based
– One sentence description of the services your organization provides

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Perform Your Musical Talent at Recovery Reinvented

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Recovery Reinvented is seeking musical artists to join us for the third Recovery Reinvented Conference
on November 12, in Bismarck, ND at the Expo Center. The vocalist and/or musical group selected will
present one to two numbers at the conference.

We are looking for upbeat, energetic material! Your total presentation time must be under seven minutes.

You do not need to be in recovery to submit, but the thematic material must be focused on Recovery. All musical genres will be considered and may include a movement component. An arts panel will select the two-three final presenters.

Your work will be performed in front of over 1000 people, gathered to address addiction and recovery without shame or stigma.

– A small stipend may be available to cover necessary travel and/or certain technical needs.
– Free attendance to the day-long conference is provided.
– Rehearsals will take place in Bismarck in late October.
– For questions contact For application submission, see below.
– Submission deadline: September 20.

Please download and fill out the following application form: Recovery Reinvented Call for Artists.

You will need to upload work sample(s) – up to three – that you are submitting indicating your style of performance as well as similarities to your suggested performance piece. Make sure to name EACH FILE so that it includes your first initial and last name.

Upload your completed application and work sample files to:

To register for Recovery Reinvented 2019 click here.