2016 Spring Brunch Fundraising Event


Gold Event Sponsor

Gibson Holden Foundation


Bronze Event Sponsors

Jamie and Becky Bentley  •  Caron Treatment Centers

Joseph & Mary Fenkel  •  Hatboro Federal Savings

Horsham Clinic  •  Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, LLP Charitable Fund

Mirmont Treatment Center  •  Katherine & John Mitchell

Rehab After Work  •  Laurie & Steve Rosard

Steps4Hope  •  Summit Behavioral Health  •  Anonymous

PEPC_051516_022On a cool Sunday morning in May, Mary Nixon graciously opened her Berwyn, PA home to host a fundraiser commemorating the five year anniversary of Be a Part of the Conversation, an innovative organization that provides much-needed support to local communities through engaging, educational programming. Approximately 90 people were in attendance, including young people in recovery, family members whose loved ones have struggled with addiction, professionals, friends and supporters. Nixon is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Leaf Club, a non-profit “safe-haven” community center dedicated to education, enlightenment and entertainment.

Guests connected over a delicious brunch on Nixon’s porch, followed by a warm welcome by Be a Part of the Conversation’s Board President, John Mergenthaler, who shared his personal involvement in the organization. Next, guests gathered in the rustic barn just a short walk from the main house for the main program. Hatboro-Horsham High School (HHHS) English teacher, Kristin Hannings, director of the one-act play, Addict, introduced the performance. Four students performed a scene from the acclaimed play (from a recent performance at HHHS, where the actors attend). The cast fielded questions from an engaged crowd before special awards were presented.

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Soren Madsen performs a scene from Addict, a play about substance use disorders.

Be a Part of the Conversation Executive Director, Kim Rubenstein, received a standing ovation for her dedication to the organization before presenting the Conversation Youth Inspiration Award to Caroline Fenkel, MSS, LSW, Clinical Outreach Representative, Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center. Fenkel, who is in long term recovery, is pursuing her doctorate in social work at University of Pennsylvania this fall.
Next, Rubenstein presented the Conversation Inspiration Award to Roland Lamb, MA, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services in Philadelphia. Lamb has been

Pictured, from top left: Shea Hoffman; Doug Leavitt, Esq., Board Vice President; Bill Roberts; John Mergenthaler, Board President; Jim Kosa; Kim Rubenstein, CRS, Executive Director; Nancy DeLucia, Board Treasurer; Kathy Sarlson; Dawn Tucker, MS, Board Secretary; and Heather Gregan, LPC, CADC

Be a Part of the Conversation Board of Directors, from top left: Shea Hoffman; Doug Leavitt, Esq., Board Vice President; Bill Roberts; John Mergenthaler, Board President; Jim Kosa; Kim Rubenstein, CRS, Executive Director; Nancy DeLucia, Board Treasurer; Kathy Sarlson; Dawn Tucker, MS, Board Secretary; and Heather Gregan, LPC, CADC

working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for more than 42 years as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, coordinator of addictive services, program director, trainer, lecturer, consultant and administrator. (learn more about Fenkel and Lamb below)

Following Rubenstein’s presentation highlighting the mission and programming of Be a Part of the Conversation, Steven Perlman, a financial advisor, closed the event by sharing his emotional experience as the parent of someone struggling with addiction.

Be a Part of the Conversation would like to recognize the generosity of its sponsors, who support this valuable programming: The Gibson Holden Foundation, Jamie and Becky Bentley, Caron Treatment Centers, Joseph and Mary Fenkel, Hatboro Federal Savings, Horsham Clinic, Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check LLP Charitable Fund, Mirmont Treatment Center, Katherine & John Mitchell, Rehab After Work, Laurie & Steve Rosard, Steps4Hope, Summit Behavioral Health, and Anonymous donors.

Post written by Lisa Broida Bailey

A photo gallery for the Spring Brunch can be found on Flickr and Facebook.

Learn more about the production of Addict here.

If you would like to support Be a Part of the Conversation, please visit our donation page, or open the detailed form below. Thank you!

SpringBrunch form

“Conversation Inspiration Award” Recipient

Roland Lamb, MA Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) Roland Lamb has been working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for more than 42 years as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, coordinator of addictive services, program director, trainer, lecturer, consultant, and administrator. Because of the extent and nature of the various positions held within the behavioral health system, i.e., managed care, services to the uninsured and coordinating the Single County Authority, he currently provides cross system management across several different work cultures. For the past ten years, Roland has been very involved in the development and implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health models and for the last five years has played a significant role under the leadership of Arthur C. Evans PhD in Philadelphia’s Transformation to a Recovery Oriented System of Care. Roland was honored in 2010 by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) receiving the Nyswander/Dole award. In 2011 was honored by Faces And Voices Of Recovery (FAVOR) with the Vernon Johnson Award and in 2012 received the Lucien Blackwell Award. Roland was the keynote speaker at the Alcohol Recovery Conference in Sheffield, England and served as the 2013 American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) Conference Chair. Roland Lamb, MA

Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS)

Roland Lamb has been working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for more than 42 years as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, coordinator of addictive services, program director, trainer, lecturer, consultant, and administrator.

Because of the extent and nature of the various positions held within the behavioral health system, i.e., managed care, services to the uninsured and coordinating the Single County Authority, he currently provides cross system management across several different work cultures. For the past ten years, Roland has been very involved in the development and implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health models and for the last five years has played a significant role under the leadership of Arthur C. Evans PhD in Philadelphia’s Transformation to a Recovery Oriented System of Care.

Roland was honored in 2010 by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) receiving the Nyswander/Dole award. In 2011 was honored by Faces And Voices Of Recovery (FAVOR) with the Vernon Johnson Award and in 2012 received the Lucien Blackwell Award. Roland was the keynote speaker at the Alcohol Recovery Conference in Sheffield, England and served as the 2013 American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) Conference Chair.

“Conversation Youth Inspiration Award” Recipient

Caroline Fenkel, MSS, LSW

Clinical Outreach Representative, Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center

Caroline Fenkel has been providing direct clinical care of adolescents and young adults for more than seven years. Caroline got her start working at Adolescent Advocates with Patti Ann McAndrews. She has interned with Mirmont Treatment Center, worked for Rehab After Work, and this past year was on the start-up team that developed Brightwater Landing’s trauma-sensitive inpatient clinical program. At Brightwater Landing, Caroline not only developed the Equine Clinical program, she designed the construction of a barn with an indoor arena for clients to obtain treatment.

Caroline’s love of horses began at age three and she has been riding ever since. She is fully certified through EAGALA (Equine Growth and Learning Association) as an “Equine Specialist.” Currently, Caroline works at Newport Academy, one of the best dual diagnosis programs for adolescents. Caroline is a true advocate for young adults who struggle with substance abuse and mental health. Both professionally and personally, Caroline has dedicated her life to helping those who struggle. Caroline has a bachelor’s degree in Equine Studies from Delaware Valley College and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Caroline was recently accepted into the Doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania for Social Work (DSW) and plans to attend this fall. The composite of her clinical and equine experience enables Caroline to offer a unique way to help individuals grow.

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  1. Bill Roberts
    Bill Roberts May 21, 2016 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Great event Kim – thanks so much to the organizers and volunteer team!

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