In October, IC&RC member boards gathered to set the organization’s direction for the coming year and elected Rhonda Messamore, Executive Director of California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), President, and Scott Breedlove, Administrator for the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board (MSAPCB), as Treasurer. Both offices hold two-year terms.
In her nominating speech, Messamore remarked, “I must pay tribute to our most humble, hard-working board members, staff, executive committee and our fearless leader for their tireless efforts and ongoing commitment, which has led IC&RC to be the most prominent organization for addiction and prevention certification in the world. As your President, I shall work diligently with every facet of IC&RC and all other national, international and local organizations. I am grateful to be surrounded by the many accomplished and notably experienced professionals that make IC&RC the premiere certification organization in the world.”
Messamore, who holds a CADC II and ICADC, oversees the California membership board, certification board and education foundation. She started her tenure with IC&RC in 2006, and since then has sat on multiple standing committees and advisory task forces, including Business Plan, Standards, Marketing and AODA.
In her home state, she serves on the several committees for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Program Administration—Continuum of Services Redesign (including workforce development), Ethics Subcommittee and Certification Advisory Board.
Messamore has worked as an addiction treatment provider for inpatient, outpatient, residential, therapeutic communities and women/children. She also is also a volunteer youth advocate with her church.
After the election, Messamore reiterated her “passion for consumer protection and maintaining the highest standards of competence.” She also described her determination: “It is with a grateful heart that I recognize Jeff Wilbee and his efforts to take IC&RC to the highest level. I am determined to continue his work, though his shoes are very hard to fill.”
Breedlove has been involved with the IC&RC since October 2006. During that time, he has served as the Distance Learning Taskforce Chair, Mentoring Taskforce Chair, Membership Services Co-Chair and Finance Committee Chair. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and over 10 years of work experience in various Accounting work settings.
In his acceptance speech, Breedlove said, “As the MSAPCB Administrator, I have a good understanding of the needs facing member boards and as a member of the IC&RC Executive Committee, I have gained knowledge about how our organization operates and the needs and challenges we face to continue to move our organization forward. It would be my honor to serve the IC&RC as Treasurer for the next two years.”
Hope Taft, former First Lady of Ohio who has been a vital advocate for the substance abuse prevention and treatment community gave the keynote address. She joins other governors’ spouses and co-chairs the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, an initiative dedicated to keeping children aged nine to 15 alcohol-free. Taft has been an active participant with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Too Smart to Start and Underage Drinking Programs, and has served on several committees.
“I was very happy when I was made a certified prevention specialist, which qualifies me for IC&RC’s CPS credential,” explained Taft. “I’m concerned now, because funding for universal prevention efforts is decreasing at a time when it should be increasing. I do work in Washington, and this year the national funding was zeroed out. I was told that all the letters to Congress were important, but they all came from professionals who had jobs to preserve. Where were letters from parents, businesspeople, the community?”
Taft went on to add, “Every child is at risk for early drug use. We need to think about how we can reenergize the broader public to make prevention a public issue.”