Justine Wittenauer Welsh, M.D.
Emory School of Medicine
Dr. Welsh is a Child/Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatrist at Emory University School of Medicine, the Director of the Emory Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment (EAST) Services, and a lead member of the Opioid Task Force for Emory Healthcare.
Dr. Welsh completed a combined BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She trained in general psychiatry at Emory University Medical School, leaving the department in 2013 to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. She subsequently completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Harvard Medical School through Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The EAST Services provide individual and group therapy, psychiatric consultation, and medication-assisted treatment for individuals ages 14-26. Dr. Welsh’s area of clinical focus and research is in the treatment and prevention of adolescent substance use disorders, as well as opioid use in young adults.
Davis Vaughn, MSW
Social Worker, Parkaire Consultants
In 2010, Davis worked as a supervisor at Bridges of Hope Trust, a residential treatment center for adults struggling with substance abuse. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Georgia State University in 2013, Davis traveled to Turkey to train in NGO leadership strategy. Davis returned from Turkey to work in residential substance abuse treatment for Tangu Inc. as a residence manager while also working for Proactive Interventions under a licensed interventionist and psychologist.
Davis started working towards a Masters of Social Work at Kennesaw State University in 2014, interning as a case manager at the Elizabeth Inn Shelter at MUST during the Fall and Spring semesters of his first year. He also worked with the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence teaching mindfulness based interventions to children who are in the WRC’s safe house. He completed his Masters degree in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families at Kennesaw State University in 2016 and currently practices as a licensed psychotherapist at Parkaire Consultants in East Cobb. Davis sees clients individually and in groups.
James B. Langford
Executive Director, Georgia Prevention Project
Well-known to many elected officials and policy makers, Jim has been appointed by five governors of Georgia over a 35-year period to several state-wide commissions and boards. He has a long career in non-profit, public service programs that benefit communities and the state of Georgia. He is a former member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources (DNR), the Governor’s Environmental Advisory Council and the Georgia Humanities Council.
From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Langford served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and preserves open space. At TPL, he led the effort to design the connected park and greenspace system of the Atlanta BeltLine, and he directed the acquisition of more than $40 million of land to be converted from commercial and industrial uses into parkland.
For many years, Mr. Langford carried on a business career in parallel to his non- profit work. From 1985 to 2004, he was a co-founder and senior executive of successful high technology companies that focused on electronic commerce. Early in his business career, he held positions with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, New York City, Argentina, and the Caribbean.
Mr. Langford also serves on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center, and he is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club. He earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.
Moderator, Connolly Family Foundation
As Chair of the Georgia Prevention Project, Larry Connolly brings a wealth of business and non-profit management experience to the organization. After a long and successful career as head of his own financial services companies, Mr. Connolly now serves as President of the Connolly Family Foundation and on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. Most notably, he serves as president of CURE Childhood Cancer, headquartered in Atlanta.
In his business career, Mr. Connolly was the founder and CEO of Connolly LLC, serving healthcare payers and retailers. Connolly, LLC was sold to Advent International in 2012 and then merged with Atlanta-based iHealth Technologies in May of 2014.
Mr. Connolly earned his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University and an MBA from Tulane University. He serves on the boards of two initiatives at Washington and Lee – the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty, and the Entrepreneurship Program. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Connolly iHealth, LLC of Atlanta, The Bleachers Corporation of Stamford, CT, and Cherokee Town and Country Club of Atlanta.