Main Events & Keynotes


KEYNOTES

The Peerpocalypse Planning Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 keynote speakers! Please note that the keynotes are in alphabetical order by last name, and not in order by schedule. The presentation schedule will be included in the program. 

DEBRA BUFFALOBOY

 

Debra Buffaloboy is Hunkpapa-Lakota, enrolled member at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North Dakota. Debra is also the founder, administrator and co-owner of Multicultural Consultants, Ltd. In Salem Oregon since 1997. She is also the Elder and co-founder of White Buffalo Lodge and a coordinator for MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals (MAAPPs). 

 

Debra has 37-years of professional experience in addiction counseling, treatment, training, program design, curriculum development, clinical supervision, administration and consulting. She is also known as an international, national and state presenter/trainer in cultural competency and proficient in culturally-specific addiction treatment for Native Americans, women, adolescents and incarcerated populations. Debra also has 27-years' experience as a Professional Peer Development Specialist and Mentor. She is also an ACCBO Board Member & Ethics Committee Member.

 

KEVIN FITTS

"I've  been  diagnosed  as  a  schizophrenic,  as  psychotic,  as  manic-depressive,  and  as  psychotic  depressive."  -Kevin  Fitts 

 

In  addition  to  his  responsibilities  as  Executive  Director  of  the  Oregon  Mental  Health  Consumers  Association  (OMHCA),  Kevin  Fitts  serves  on  the  State  of  Oregon  Consumer  Advisory  Council  (OCAC),  State  of  Oregon  Addictions  and  Mental  Health  Planning  and  Advisory  Committee  (AMHPAC),  Unity  Center  for  Behavioral  Health  Advisory  Committee,  Multnomah  County  Adult  Mental  Health  and  Substance  Abuse  Advisory  Council  Executive  Committee  (AMHSAAC),  and  “A  Home  for  Everyone” Coordinating  Council.   

 

Kevin  has  a  lot  of  energy  and  a  lot  of  knowledge  from  a  variety  of  roles  in  mental  health  services  over  the  years.  His  first  experience  of  the  mental  health  field  occurred  when  he  was  a  patient  involuntarily  committed  to  Damasch  State  Hospital  at  19  years  old.  Kevin  found  peer  support  and  developed  ways  to  cope  with  his  challenges  with  self-care  especially  self-management  of  diet,  exercise,  and  sleep.  Kevin  eventually  started  using  his  lived  experience  to  help  others.  

 

TONY VEZINA

 

Tony  Vezina  identifies  as  a  person  in  long-term  recovery  from  alcohol  and  drugs  and  has  been  sober  since  July  20,  2012.  He  is  the  co-founder  and  current  Executive  Director  of  The  4th  Dimension  Recovery  Center  (4D),  an  innovative  non-profit  youth  recovery  center  that  serves  over  500  young  people  each  month  with  comprehensive  recovery  support  services,  including  peer-mentoring,  sober  social  events,  recovery  advocacy  projects,  mutual  aid  support  meetings  and  much  more.  4D  is  the  first  youth-led  recovery  community  organization  of  it’s  kind  in  the  United  States.  Tony  is  also  co-founder  and  steering  committee  member  of  Oregon  Recovers,  a  statewide  advocacy  organization  leading  Oregon  in  recovery  reformation.  Additionally,  Tony  is  helping  to  start  Oregon's  first  Recovery  High school,  and  he  sits  on  various  public  commissions  and  committees  related  to  addiction  and  recovery  services.  He  attributes  his  recovery  to  the  love  and  support  he  has  received  from  the  recovery  community.  He  is  also  the  proud  father  of  two  girls,  Ava  and  Bella.  

WILDA WHITE

 

Wilda  L.  White  is  a  justice  activist,  attorney,  and  businesswoman,  who  writes  and  lectures  on  the  intersection  of  psychiatric  oppression  and  racism.    From  2015  to  2018,  she  served  as  Executive  Director  of  Vermont  Psychiatric  Survivors  (VPS),  an  advocacy  organization  whose  mission  is  to  end  psychiatric  coercion,  discrimination  and  oppression.    Before  joining  VPS,  she  was  Executive  Director  of  the  Thelton  E.  Henderson  Center  for  Social  Justice  at  the  University  Of  California  Berkeley  School  Of  Law,  where  she  convened  groundbreaking  symposia  focused  on  the  intersection  of  race,  sex  and  gender.    She  was  also  an  Assistant  City  Editor  at  the  Miami  Herald  during  the  time  that  the  newspaper  won  a  Pulitzer  Prize  for  Public  Service,  served  as  a  global  management  consultant  with  McKinsey  &  Company,  and  was  a  name  partner  in  a  San  Francisco  plaintiff’s  litigation  law  firm.  She  is  licensed  to  practice  law  in  New  York,  California  and  Massachusetts.    She  holds  a  Bachelor  of  Arts  degree  from  the  University  of  Vermont,  a  Juris  Doctorate  from  UC  Berkeley  School  of  Law,  and  a  Master  in  Business  Administration  from  Harvard  University  Graduate  School  of  Business  Administration,  from  which  she  graduated  with  honors.  Wilda  lives  in  Poultney,  Vermont.