Meet our Board of Directors
Jill founded “2 End The Stigma,” to help individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and to fulfill her desire to erase the stigma and educate others on the disease of addiction. Her commitment to this purpose began as a way to honor her twin brother and create a legacy for his name after he died from an accidental overdose in February 2017.
Her participation on the national Purdue Pharma Ad Hoc Victim's Committee is instrumental in helping those affected to move on from the devastation of losing a loved one to a disease that could have been prevented.
Dr. A. Omar Abubaker earned his DMD, PhD in Head and Neck Anatomy from the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. He also completed his residency training and a fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He Joined the Faculty at VCU School of Dentistry and School of Medicine, VCU medical Center 1991 and has been the Chairman since 2002
Dr. Abubaker has become active in education in the area of addiction, the opioid epidemic and pain management since 2017. In 2015, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies from the International Program in Addiction Studies, which is jointly based in Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Adelaide, Australia and Kings College London, England.
Beth Kirwin has, since 1985, been a certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia since 1985 and works with adults who have substance use/mental health disorders (and their families). Beth has an ABS in Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis on alcohol and drug education and a master’s degree in Education Counseling. In 2020 she retired after 36 years at Tucker Pavilion/Chippenham hospital. Beth enjoys backpacking, hiking, biking, traveling, laughing, and time with family and friends. Her hometown is Columbus, Ohio, and she currently lives in Midlothian, Virginia with her wife, Anne Gilson.
Edward E. Neiger is the managing partner of ASK LLP, a national law firm focusing on mass torts and bankruptcy. With an impressive roster of case involvement to his name including Enron, Lehman Brothers, GM, and representing thousands of victims of Boy Scout sexual abuse and over 60,000 victims of Purdue Pharma, Edward has devoted his career to standing up against powerful people and taking an aggressive stance to fight and recover money for victims.
He is passionate about helping children and those suffering from addiction. He is a co-founder of Rides To Recovery, and is also committed to giving back to the community: assisting victims of domestic violence, providing pro bono services to low-income tenants in eviction proceedings, and helping Holocaust survivors recover monetary damages from the German government, including his own grandfather.
Edward is a Brooklyn native and a first-generation college graduate, earning a JD from Fordham University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in finance from Touro College. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
Lonnie Baldwin is a United States Marine Corps veteran and has made it his mission to help individuals who seek recovery from the disease of addiction. He has been in long-term recovery since 1994 and feels that by helping others find and sustain recovery, he can better sustain his own.
Lonnie and his wife, Tonya, own Winzer Corporation/LB Supply LLC. He lives in Midlothian, Virginia, and has 5 children. Hobbies include outdoor water sports, golfing, and giving back to the community in which he lives.
Eric is a nine-year veteran of the US Army where he served as a Paratrooper. Originally from Harlem, New York, Eric moved to Chesterfield in high school and has remained a resident of Chesterfield since that time.
Eric was honorably discharged from the US Army as a Staff Sergeant and has a bachelor’s degree in Project Management. He brings his leadership, attention to detail, and commitment to community service to his work on raising awareness about substance use disorder. Eric currently resides in Midlothian with his wife, April, their three children Lilianna, Eric, and Seraphina, and their two dogs.
Wade Puryear has spent the last 20 years working with youth, families, and staff in treatment settings and alternative schools. Over this time, he has developed innovative and effective treatment programs and helped many families find solutions to difficult problems. Wade is a Licensed Professional Counselor earning an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and M.S. in Special Education from Old Dominion University. He continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a Post-Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and Post Master’s degree in Professional Counseling.
Additionally, Wade holds a Post-Graduate Professional License from the Department of Education with an endorsement in Emotional Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, and Administrative & Supervision. He currently serves as Vice President of Education for UMFS and Charterhouse Schools and is the owner of Puryear Wellness Services, an out-patient therapy clinic in Midlothian, Virginia.
Dr. Sarah Scarbrough is the founder and director of REAL LIFE, a nonprofit focused on helping individuals overcome barriers to successful community integration post incarceration. Her vision was born out of her work in the Richmond City Justice Center where, prior to founding REAL LIFE, she worked for more than a decade. Her innovative approach and effective solutions has garnered international attention and her work at REAL LIFE continues to expand on that success.
Most recently, Sarah was named a “Hometown Hero” by Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen and in 2018, she was one of the People of the Year honorees from the Richmond Times Dispatch. She was awarded the Edward Peoples Award for Social Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was named one of the Top 40 under 40 in Richmond, VA. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. When not working, Sarah stays busy with her three young children and husband.
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Anne Moss Rogers is an emotionally naked® TEDx storyteller, 2019 YWCA Pat Asch Fellow for social justice, NAMI Virginia board member, and author of the award-winning book, Diary of a Broken Mind. Despite her family’s best efforts, her 20-year-old son Charles died by suicide on June 5, 2015, after many years of struggle with anxiety, depression, and ultimately addiction. Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral and her blog, Emotionally Naked, has been read over a million times.
After learning that one of her articles saved a young woman’s life, Anne Moss sold her digital marketing business and followed her purpose of motivational speaking on the subjects of suicide, substance misuse, coping strategies, and grief. Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Journalism, she currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Randy. Her surviving son, Richard, works in LA as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
Amanda (Mandy) is an analyst at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) in San Diego, CA where she has held several finance related positions since joining the company in 2011.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, and a Masters of Business Administration from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.