In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, we're taking stock of where we've been, and looking ahead to where we are going. We invite you to listen to our Pearls of Wisdom podcast series. Each episode examines a different decade in our network's history, and features conversations with the people who shaped and are shaping the field. In this series, hosts Laurie Krom and Maxine Henry of the ATTC Network Coordinating Office will talk with ATTC staff – past and present – about the history, challenges, and evolution of the network.
guests include: Nancy Roget, Mountain Plains ATTC co-director; Denna
Vandersloot, Northwest ATTC co-director; Pat Stilen, former director of the
Mid-America ATTC; Lonnetta Albright, former director of the Great Lakes ATTC;
Maureen Nichols, South Southwest ATTC director; Todd Molfenter, Great Lakes
ATTC co-director; Andrew Wilson, Central East ATTC co-director; Estela
Besosa-Martinez, project coordinator of the Northeast and Caribbean ATTC in
Puerto Rico; and Abby Roach-Moore, technology transfer specialist with the
Opioid Response Network.
In the second episode of our series, host and ATTC NCO
co-director Laurie Krom talks with Pat Stilen, former director of the
Mid-America ATTC, and Lonnetta Albright, former executive director of the Great
Lakes ATTC, about the growth of the network during its second decade.
Lonnetta Albright spent 17 years as executive director of the Great Lakes
ATTC, including the last five years as Principal Investigator. She is an executive
director of the John Maxwell Leadership Certified Team.
In reviewing the impact of the ATTC Network during that timeframe,
Albright emphasized the value of education and transformation provided by the
network, particularly from its seminal product, The Change Book: A Blueprint for
“I think the greatest gift the ATTCs brought to the field, and continues
to, is to tell the truth and give facts,” she said. “And I’m not just talking
about evidence-based practices but helping people to think. So that Change Book…
helped us articulate what technology transfer is all about.”
Pat Stilen first became familiar with the ATTCs as a consumer, when she
was working for a managed care company, before becoming a consultant and then
joining the network full-time when it was still known as “The Addiction
Training Center.” She retired from Mid-America ATTC in March 2022.
For Stilen, one of the most significant contributions of the ATTC Network
during that time period was creating and developing core competencies to help
with professional development in treatment and recovery services.
still struggling with competencies as substance use counselors,” she said. “So
I really knew from a personal standpoint, having been a substance use counselor
myself and then trying to do training, that we really needed those competencies.
And that would not have happened without the ATTCs.”