The Rally In The Valley seeks to bring light to the many strengths that accompany a recovering lifestyle. Recovery must be celebrated, not stigmatized; it is our purpose to promote recovery as a community concept. Grandparents, parents, children, drug and alcohol professionals, medical professionals, law enforcement, legislators, etc. are the many faces of recovery. We will use these inspirational individuals to motivate others to begin the rewarding journey of recovery, and to demonstrate how recovery strengthens our communities. The Rally in the Valley will highlight the common ground in recovery for those who struggle with addiction, mental health complications, and health and wellness issues. It will be a day to focus on eliminating barriers, and experience caring across all communities. The Rally in the Valley will be a celebration of food, fun, music, speakers, and local vendors who will join together to role model unity in recovery.
2018 Inspirational Speakers
Frank Greenagel has a wealth of personal experience, formal training and insight into the current opioid and prescription drug epidemic. He is a professor, a leader, and a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction and recovery treatment. Frank has presented to thousands over the course of the last fifteen years. He shares his passion in speaking to others to inspire change amidst this terrible epidemic.
is a woman of many skills --storytelling, producing, and beyond- but she is always drawn back to the gift that changed her life: acting. She began her craft at an early age and pursued a professional acting career. After struggling with addiction soon thereafter, the greatest challenge of her life, Marisa found security in her captivation with acting, grasping for self-truth in honest and raw performance. In treatment, she met the Obie Award winning Broadway director Lawrence Sacharow, who was then casting his off-Broadway play The Concept, a chronicle of the experiences of recovering addicts. She was cast in the show and found great inspiration. Perhaps the work Marisa is most proud of is her short film GRACE, which she wrote, produced, and starred in. Her performance in the film was highly praised in the festival circuit, including at the Academy Award Accredited USA Film Festival, the prestigious Carmel Film Festival and more. Marisa Vitali’s life has seen an amazing evolution from her beginnings.
Gillian A Beauchamp, MD
Lehigh Valley Health Network | LVHN · Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Dr. Gillian A Beauchamp is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Beauchamp has more than 8 years of diverse experiences, especially in EMERGENCY MEDICINE. Dr. Beauchamp will present on how a substance use disorder is a medical illness characterized by clinically significant impairments in health, social function, and voluntary control over substance use.
She will share that one of the most challenging aspects of providing care for patients with opioid use disorder is that patients face stigma surrounding their disease process. Additionally, she will identify how SUD is a chronic relapsing disease process that requires intensive treatment to re-pattern and essentially re-wire the brain’s neurocircuitry that has been hijacked by substances such as alcohol or opioids.(
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