2020 Conference Presenters & Bios
Doris Perdomo-Johnson, M.A., LMFT
Doris Perdomo-Johnson, M.A., LMFT, is a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor with more than 25 years’ experience. She is a certified trainer and supervisor for Multidimensional Family Therapy with extensive training experience at the national and international level. Her work experience has ranged from crisis intervention, intervention, and inpatient and outpatient work to evidence-based treatment. Prior to coming on board with NDCI, she worked for 19 years at the University of Miami with evidence-based treatment models. Additionally, she has worked with Florida’s Miami-Dade County drug courts as a treatment provider. Currently, Ms. Perdomo-Johnson is with NDCI Adult Technical Assistance as a project director and will oversee the provision of onsite technical assistance for BJA Drug Court Discretionary Grant recipients.
Michelle Hart is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration. She has been a probation officer in Coconino County, Arizona, for over 20 years and is currently the deputy chief of the department. In 2006, she was assigned to the DUI/drug court caseload. Ms. Hart has worked to enhance her county’s drug court program by implementing various programmatic changes, using information gained from NADCP conferences and trainings. In 2008, Ms. Hart began presenting at national conferences held by NADCP and the American Probation and Parole Association. She has a passion for training others in the field of probation and drug courts, promoting best and evidence-based practices. She is a certified trainer in the areas of domestic violence and motivational interviewing and a Moral Reconation Therapy and National Curriculum and Training Institute cognitive behavior group facilitator. She is active with drug courts throughout Arizona, has served on the state drug court conference planning committee since 2010, and is currently the president of the state’s drug court association. She also serves on a workgroup that is writing statewide standards for drug courts in Arizona. In 2012, Ms. Hart became a faculty member for NADCP and NDCI.
Tammy Westcott is a project director for Justice For Vets, one of three divisions of the NADCP. She previously served as the division director for incarceration reduction and as the program director of the Tulsa Alternative COURTS Program for Community Service Council. She was responsible for managing the staff that provided court coordination, data tracking, case management, program development, and assessments for drug court, DUI court, veterans treatment court, and mental health court. Prior to that, Ms. Westcott was an assistant district attorney for seven years in Tulsa County, serving as the director of alternative courts and diversion programs in her last five years there and representing the DA’s office on all treatment court dockets. Ms. Westcott has also led many workshops at the NADCP annual conference and has served for several years as a faculty member for the Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative trainings and technical assistance site visits. She holds a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a master’s degree from Oral Roberts University. Prior to entering law school, she spent many years leading nonprofit organizations.
Carl Dawson has worked in the field of substance-related disorders for over 38 years. He holds an M.S. degree in community mental health “clinical” psychology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Missouri, a national board-certified counselor, and a national board-certified master addiction counselor. He holds a Level II Substance Abuse Counselor certification and is certified as a qualified¬ substance abuse professional by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has maintained an independent counseling practice, specializing in substance-related disorders, intervention and treatment, PTSD, employee assistance programs, and marriage and family counseling. He is a member of the clinical faculty in the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Psychology, and the College of Education, Department of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education, at Missouri State University, Springfield. Mr. Dawson is an educational consultant and faculty member for NDCI and a consultant and lecturer for the State of Missouri/Greene County Drug Court Association and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. He presently serves as a clinical consultant to regionally and nationally based employee assistance programs and is the national substance use consultant for O’Reilly Automotive/Ozark Distributors. He joined the faculty of the National Judicial College in 2016.
Vanessa Price was employed as a police officer with Oklahoma City from 1990 to 2012, working with the Oklahoma County drug court from May 1998 to September 2009. She was instrumental in the development of the drug court program, including policy manual development, budgeting, and staff training. Her training presentations and curriculum development include recognizing the signs of mental illness, identifying a subject under the influence of drugs, effectively communicating with consumers, strengths-based interviewing, team building, drug testing, program planning and development, grant writing, community supervision, cultural proficiency for consumers served, ethics and confidentiality in treatment programs, psychopharmacology of drugs for first responders, and community resource identification and development. In 2014, Ms. Price was appointed by the governor of Oklahoma to serve on the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. In 2015 she was reappointed to a four-year term and elected chair of the organization. She joined the staff of NADCP in 2016 to serve as the director of NDCI. Ms. Price has an associate degree from Oklahoma State University in applied police science and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in criminal justice.
Judge Steven O’Neill
Judge Steven O’Neill has served as a trial judge on the Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas since 2002. He has been presiding in the Criminal Division since 2007 and recently served as the administrative judge. Additionally, he serves as the drug court presiding judge and administrative judge of treatment court. Prior to his judicial appointment, he served as solicitor of Montgomery County. Judge O’Neill was an assistant district attorney for Montgomery County from 1979 to 1984 as well as a criminal defense practitioner during his 18 years in private practice. He received his B.S. in 1975 from Drexel University and his J.D. in 1978 from Villanova University School of Law. In April 2006, Judge O’Neill started the Montgomery County drug treatment court (MCDTC). It presently has 150 participants and over 475 graduates. MCDTC was awarded accreditation by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2016. Judge O’Neill is the past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals and is a member of the Drug/DUI Court Accreditation Panel for Pennsylvania courts. He was recently approved by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to serve as a faculty member for NADCP.
Dr. Shannon Carey
Dr. Shannon Carey, co-president and senior research associate at NPC Research, has worked in the areas of criminal justice and substance use treatment for 20 years, particularly in the area of drug courts and cost analyses. Altogether, she has been involved in performing process, outcome, and/or cost evaluations in over 300 adult, juvenile, family, reentry, DWI and veterans drug courts across the U.S., including federal drug and reentry courts in Oregon and Virginia. Dr. Carey also provides consulting and training in treatment courts operating in Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and England. She was involved with developing and writing the NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards and has assisted several states in writing their state-specific standards for all types of treatment courts. She also assisted in developing treatment court certification processes as well as a peer review process that has been launched in several states, in which treatment court teams visit and give feedback and support to each other on implementing research-based best practices.
Helen Harberts, M.A., J.D.
Helen Harberts, M.A., J.D., has been working in criminal justice since 1983. As a prosecutor, Ms. Harberts rose to become the chief deputy district attorney in Butte County, California. As a chief probation officer (1995 to 2002), she implemented multiple problem-solving courts. After the stint in probation, she returned to her roots as a prosecuting attorney, practicing law exclusively in problem-solving courts for over five years. She retired in 2011, but popped out of retirement for five months in 2012 to 2013 to serve as the interim director of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Houston. She has published a Client Life Skills Workbook for the Hazelden Community Corrections Program, as well as writing chapters in Drug Courts, published by Springer Publications (2007), and NDCI’s The Drug Court Judicial Benchbook. Ms. Harberts continues to train probation and justice professionals across the United States. She was California’s Chief Probation Officer of the Year in 2000, and was honored as the 2009 Prosecutor of the Year by Region 8 of the California Narcotics Officers Association. In 2013, Ms. Harberts was inducted into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame. It was the achievement of a professional lifetime.
Julie Seitz, LGSW, LADC
Julie Seitz, LGSW, LADC, is a project director with the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC), a division of NADCP. She joined NCDC in 2018, bringing with her 20 years of experience working in the clinical sector. Previously, she was the clinical director of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth, Minnesota. Additionally, she spent 10 years as a treatment provider for the Minnesota Sixth Judicial District DWI and mental health courts. She has spent the last 20 years of her career giving clients a voice. In her work with clients, she has focused her clinical practice on feedback-informed research and outcome-driven practice. Ms. Seitz has trained at the local, national, and international levels on feedback-informed treatment, drug court best practices, and the science of addiction.