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IC&RC Hires Mark Attanasi as New Executive Director

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Global leader in the credentialing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals, International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), Board of Directors have announced the appointment of Mark Attanasi as the new Executive Director of IC&RC. Mark, who brings plentiful experience, officially began his new role in November.

A native of New Jersey, who now lives in Oklahoma, Mark has served as the Treasurer of IC&RC for the last 6 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role as he served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Drug & Alcohol Professional Counselor Association since 2010. Moreover, Attanasi brings over 21 years of non-profit leadership experience, and has been in the behavioral health field since 1999.

Mark’s extensive professional and personal achievements include the following:

  • Helped with creating a Native American Certification in the State of Oklahoma with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board
  • NIATX STAR-SI Change Leader
  • Successful restaurant entrepreneur of two restaurant
  • Partnered with the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault developing the “Domestic Violence Awareness Program”
  • Husband, Father and grandfather
  • Highly recruited out of High School in baseball by the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers.

Attanasi is highly motivated to guide IC&RC through an expected growth period for the organization. In his new role of Executive Director of IC&RC, he manages all day-to-day operations for the world’s leading professional credentialing organization.

“We are excited to see the new heights Mark will take IC&RC as its new Executive Director, his expertise is highly admired and appreciated,” says Pete Nielsen, IC&RC Board Secretary. “Mark’s previous experience with IC&RC and dedication to ensuring high quality credentialing standards are astounding for this position.”

IC&RC is a 73 member certification and licensing board that represents more than 50,000 professionals and promotes public protection by setting standards and developing examinations for the credentialing and licensing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.

“CCAPP would like to sincerely congratulate Mark Attanasi on his appointment as the new Executive Director for IC&RC. With his extensive career and successful contributions to the field of recovery, we look forward to Mark’s leadership in this new chapter for IC&RC,” states Kristina Padilla, CCAPP’s Vice President of Education & Strategic Development.

Congratulations to Mark Attanasi as he embarks on this incredible new chapter in his career.

For more information on IC&RC, please visit: https://internationalcredentialing.org

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Pete Nielsen is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, CCAPP Education Institute and the Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP), and Publisher of Counselor Magazine

CCAPP is the largest statewide consortium of addiction programs and professionals, and the only one representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs. BHAP is the leading and unifying voice of addiction-focused treatment programs nationally.

Mr. Nielsen has worked in the substance use disorders field for 20 years. In addition to association management, he brings to the table experience as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, administrator, and educator, with positions including campus director, academic dean, and instructor.

Mr. Nielsen is the secretary of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and the publisher for Counselor magazine. He is a nationally known speaker and writer published in numerous industry-specific magazines. Mr. Nielsen holds a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Science in business management.

Pete Nielsen LAADC, CADC II, CAI, SAP

Pete Nielsen is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, CCAPP Education Institute and the Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP), and Publisher of Counselor Magazine CCAPP is the largest statewide consortium of addiction programs and professionals, and the only one representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs. BHAP is the leading and unifying voice of addiction-focused treatment programs nationally. Mr. Nielsen has worked in the substance use disorders field for 20 years. In addition to association management, he brings to the table experience as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, administrator, and educator, with positions including campus director, academic dean, and instructor. Mr. Nielsen is the secretary of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and the publisher for Counselor magazine. He is a nationally known speaker and writer published in numerous industry-specific magazines. Mr. Nielsen holds a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Science in business management.

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