Board

Amy Ronshausen
International President
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Amy Ronshausen is the new Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction.

Mrs. Ronshausen has dedicated most of her adult life to the work of reducing illegal drug use and drug prevention. In her ten years with Drug Free America Foundation and S.O.S, she has assisted in coordinating successful grassroots advocacy campaigns to defeat marijuana legalization efforts, coordinated statewide prevention summits, analyzed and tracked state and federal drug policy legislation, and trained prevention professionals at local and national conferences.

Prior to coming to DFAF, Mrs. Ronshausen spent three years as a program specialist with the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, working under four judges. While in drug court, Mrs. Ronshausen linked defendants with treatment providers and monitored their progress through the criminal justice system. In 2007, Mrs. Ronshausen was awarded Best Team Practices for her work in Adult Drug Court.

Mrs. Ronshausen started her work in drug prevention with Operation PAR, the largest treatment provider in Pinellas County, where she started off as a call specialist in their access center and then worked as a juvenile certified GAIN assessor. She also worked as a juvenile counselor for PAR’s Adolescent Recovery Intervention Services and the Juvenile Enhancement Treatment Services and is trained in Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Mrs. Ronshausen volunteers as the Executive Director for the Florida Coalition Alliance, representing over 30 community anti-drug coalitions. She is a LiveFree! Key Leader Council member, chairs the Marijuana Task Force as part of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and serves on the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force.

Mrs. Ronshausen received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of South Florida.
Rogers Kasirye
Vice President of the Board representing Africa
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Executive Director, Uganda Youth Development Link, board member WFAD. BA in Social work and Social administration and an MA in Human Rights from Makerere University, Kampala. Mr. Kasirye has undertaken several consultancy positions as a technical Coordinator, he is also a consultant with Mentor foundation UK. He is the local expert advisor to UNODC in Eastern Africa and is actively involved in capacity building of NGOs and Communities in Drug Demand reduction activities. He is a lead person on Vienna NGO committee on drug abuse. Mr. Kasirye is currently involved in two NIDA supported research tasks on adapting materials on substance abuse and street children. He is a researcher on the global study on gender and alcohol studies coordinated by WHO. Mr. Kasirye was awarded the 1999, United Nation Civil Society Award winner, offered by UNODC and The Federal Republic of Austria and The City of Vienna and the Africa Region Youth Services award 1999, by the Common wealth youth programme, African centre. He also authored several books and papers on drug abuse, social protection, and commercial sexual exploitation.
Linda Nilsson
Secretary of the Board representing Europe
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Linda Nilsson has been active in the field of drug policy since 2008 both on national and international level. In 2008 Linda was employed by the Swedish National Association for a drug free society, one of the founders of WFAD. From 2008 to 2014 Linda worked for RNS where she was in charge of national and international projects focusing on prevention.

Linda took part in the founding of WFAD in 2009, and was in 2014 employed as the Secretary General, a post she left in 2019. As representative for WFAD, Linda partook in the planning of the 2-6th World Forums. In the preparation for UNGASS Linda represented the Global Voice of Prevention in the Civil Society Task Force, the official link between the United Nation, its member states and the civil society a task Linda also held during the ministerial meeting in 2019.

Today, Linda is working for the City of Gothenburg, Sweden, as a development manager with the main aim to develop a recovery-oriented system of care in the city. In the City, Linda works closely with civil society in general and the recovery movement in particular, and is supportive in linking civil society with local authorities. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in Peace and Development.
Robert DuPont
Board Member representing North America
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Robert L. DuPont, MD, psychiatrist, has for more than 40 years been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment in the United States. He was the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and was the second White House Drug Chief. In 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes big new ideas to reduce illegal drug use. He is Vice President of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, a leading consulting firm dealing with substance abuse, which he founded in 1982 with his longtime colleague Peter Bensinger. Dr. DuPont maintains an active psychiatric practice specialising in addiction and anxiety disorders, and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980.
Rima Saade Turk
Board Member representing Asia
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Graduated in Masters in NGO Management. Rima is currently an Executive Director and international relations of Nusroto Al-Anashid Association, she is using her wide network of social relations spanning across the Lebanon and abroad . She is Passionate for humanitarian activities, social services and charitable works, 18 years of experience in the service of prisoners, 14 years of experience in the service of drug users, being a co-founder member and currently Manager of Drug Rehabilitation Center for Male and Female and recently co-founder and Manager of Rehab Center for Juveniles referred by the Ministry of Justice. She has published drug awareness articles in various newspapers and prepared publications and leaflets on drugs for different age groups and published on radio and TV prevention and awareness episodes. She’s member of the International Board of Directors of the World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD) representing Asia. She has received awards: Miss Elegance”1984, “Lebanon Outstanding Women Award 2012”, honoring her outstanding achievements in the social fields, Trophies from different institutions for her educational and charitable events. She is a member of Prison Fellowship International and Amnesty International ; She is the Executive Director of of Prison Fellowship Lebanon .She attended and participated in many international and national conferences on drugs. She organized and managed many events on drugs especially the Regional Conference “Drugs: Prevention and Treatment” held in Lebanon in collaboration with WFAD. She is also a soprano and she organized and celebrated many charitable concerts.

“After a great experience at Nusroto Al- Anashid Association serving the victims of the wide availability of drugs, I had the chance to be elected in the board of WFAD in May 2014 and I was honored to meet Her Majesty the Queen Sylvia of Sweden. This chance encouraged me to continue my mission with enthusiasm .I increased my knowledge and I shared my experience internationally .WFAD realized my desires and opened many doors for me to promote my way and to connect with experts to fight drugs and to be always aware of recent treatments at the global level. Supported by WFAD, I established the Asian Federation Against Drugs gathering all Asian members of WFAD in order to fight drugs according to the need of the continent of Asia”.
Mike Sabin
Board Member representing Oceania
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Nationally and internationally-recognised expert and authority on methamphetamine and drug policy. Extensive drug policy, strategy and research experience, with a balanced perspective and credibility which is widely recognised within several international forums. Affiliated with leading global policy experts and authorities on demand and supply-side reduction initiatives, which are recognised internationally as the most successful strategies to reduce drug prevalence, contrary to advocates of the harm reduction movement. Member of the International Task Force for Strategic Drug Policy and a fellow and associate of numerous international drug free coalitions and specialist drug policy groups, including the highly respected National Association for a Drug-free Society of Sweden. Author of publications on the efficacy of harm prevention, demand reduction focused drug policy initiatives including solutions to the methamphetamine crisis in New Zealand. Respected commentator with regular broadcast appearances from news, current affairs to documentary formats and regularly published articles and editorials. Respected expert lecturer on methamphetamine, drug abuse, drug policy strategy and responses with over 1500 presentations on the national and international stage including the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Founder - MethCon Group Ltd

A leading drug education provider recognised nationally and internationally, with over 85,000 course participants this unique company has been credited with bringing real impetus to responses to methamphetamine and drug abuse, alongside underpinning demand reduction strategies and initiatives. Founded in late 2005, the company has won business awards measured against the Baldrige criteria, with founding director Mike Sabin, a former Police detective and methamphetamine specialist receiving a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader award in 2008, acknowledging outstanding leadership and commitment in this field. The company is now a leading specialist methamphetamine and drug awareness education provider, delivering drug awareness and specialist methamphetamine education programmes to a wide range of companies, government departments, secondary schools and community groups and organisations.
Ivan Alvardo
Board Member representing Latin America
Diana Joseph
Deputy Board Member representing Asia
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Managing Trustee of Fourth Wave Foundation India, Diana Vincent, has over 15 years of experience working with international organisations. She has been actively championing the cause of Inclusion with focus on Children with Special Needs and Childs Right to Education and a substance abuse free environment. She advocates in uniting stakeholders to take responsibility and works with communities to participate in the change process. A researcher by interest and passion, she has also co-authored several papers and journals which have been presented at international forums. Diana holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and has completed an advanced management program in Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership from The Swedish Institute, Sweden.
Eze Eluchie
Deputy Board Member representing Africa
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An Attorney with over 25 years experience at the Nigerian Bar, Eze Eluchie, formerly Executive Director of People Against Drug Dependence and Ignorance and now President of the African Center for Health Law and Development, has devoted the greater portion of his vocation as an Attorney, actively engaged in public impact litigation related to Health and Human Rights, Constitutional development, and other areas which have served to positively influence human rights jurisprudence in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region.

Mr. Eluchie originated and organized the International Conferences on Tackling the Scourge of Substance Abuse. Thus far, 5 sessions of these Conferences have been organized in the following locations: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (1999); Abuja, Nigeria, (2000); Lagos, Nigeria, (2004); London, UK, (2008); and London, UK (2011); and served as Lead Counsel in the first tobacco control litigation in West Africa, which sought to compel the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to regulate tobacco products as drugs, and other activities which have served to positively impact on Substance abuse reduction programs in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region

Mr. Eluchie earned his Bachelor of Laws (comparable to J.D) at the University of Nigeria, his Barrister-at-Law (comparable to ‘Call to Bar’) at the Nigerian Law School, and was a Global Health Law Fellow of Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree in Global Health Law. He has also completed post-graduate certificate courses in Health, Human Rights, and Biostatistics at Harvard University, Boston, MA, and the Graduate Institute on Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, both in the USA.
Boro Goic
Deputy Board Member representing Europe
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After successfully completing rehabilitation, Boro Goic has been actively involved in the recovery field since 2002. Boro Goic established the NGO Celebrate Recovery, with the aim to help individuals and families recover from drug addiction and is active in grass root activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2013 Boro Goic became Chair of Recovered Users Network, a unique European platform which represents the voices and rights of previous users. Furthermore, Boro Goic has been part of a global drug policy debate as a representative of recovered users and advocates for balanced and recovery oriented drug policies on national, European and UN level.
Shane Varcoe
Deputy Board Member representing Oceania
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Shane Varcoe is currently the Executive Director for the Dalgarno Institute (Coalition Of Alcohol & Drug Educators) a long standing Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD), community based, not-for-profit, public interest coalition. As an AOD demand reduction/primary prevention advocate and specialist Affective domain educator, he is the architect of the ‘No Brainer’ alcohol and other drug education project, including the six DVD ‘I Wish I Never…’ secondary school curriculum. Initiated and oversaw development of BOUNCE BACK parent workshops, ‘B.O.W.I’ (Better Off Without it) sporting club AOD education program, ‘The Fence Builder’ and ‘Isabella’s List’ community action. Shane also created Greater Risk the 21 Be There Campaign around alcohol and young people, and now has Dalgarno Institute as the lead agency in a nationwide consortium looking at the youth alcohol misuse issue.

He has authored a number of papers along with paper The Most Effective Drug Pusher Ever – Permission. A précised edition published in The Journal of Global Drug Policy & Practice. Latest contributions to the sector literature include, Social Determinants and Substance Use, and Stigma, Drug Use – and the Proactive Contagions to Reduce Both.

Shane and Dalgarno Institute are members of W.F.A.D since 2010.

We are also members of;
  • Movendi
  • International Society of Substance Use Professionals
  • Executive Member of Drug Advisory Council of Australia
  • National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (Australia)
Shane has been a youth and childcare worker for State Government Department of. Human Services, being deployed in short and medium-term accommodation, as well as working with the states most difficult children in the juvenile detention Centre.

Shane is not only an educator, but mentor and advocate, and along with Dip.Min and A.C.R.A.C.S. qualifications, has over 37 years of youth/community work, education and facilitation experience.
Sushma D. Taylor
Deputy Board Member representing North America
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Deputy Board Member representing Latin America

Special Advisors

Per Johansson
Special Advisor
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Born in Stockholm, Sweden. Graduated from teacher’s college 1978. Worked in the construction business during the 1980s. Has worked as a Secretary General for the National Association for a Drug-free Society (RNS) since the early 1990s.

Per came across the problem of drug abuse while working a year at a mental hospital in between high school and college. In 1979 he came in contact with RNS and met Professor Nils Bejerot, psychiatrist, who founded the organization. He became an enthusiastic volunteer working for RNS.

Per took part in organizing the First World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm in September 2008. Based on that experience four of the Swedish NGOs that organized the Forum founded the World Federation Against Drugs, WFAD, in 2009. Since then four more Forums have been arranged – in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Per Johansson has taken an active role in making WFAD an important player in the world from his position as the Secretary of the Board.

Per’s expertise when it comes to drug prevention is mainly around drug policy in relation to public opinion, which has been a very lively process in Sweden for 50 years where the debate has been going back and forth from harm reduction oriented to recovery oriented.
Jo Baxter
Special Advisor
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Prior to working the alcohol and drug sector, Ms Josephine (Jo) Baxter held the position of Educational Manager in the TAFE sector in Australia in both South Australia and Victoria. In this role, Jo was able to contribute to quality educational management in international TAFE/University course development. This included curriculum development in-country in Bangladesh, India, Italy and the United Kingdom. During this time she completed two research scholarships in the United States.

Jo entered the Alcohol and Drug sector as CEO of Life Education in South Australia in January, 2000. Two years later she accepted the position of National Director of Programs & Training for Life Education Australia, based in Sydney. Over the past 20 years, Jo has worked closely with alcohol and drug rehabilitation teams, including at Odyssey House (Victoria). She is currently Executive Director, Drug Free Australia, where she oversees strategies in capacity building, project management and community development, focussing on prevention of drug use and demand reduction.

Ms Baxter was a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) from 2007 to 2010, providing drug prevention advice direct to the Prime Minister. In 2009, she was elected as a founding member of the Board of WFAD (Oceania) and International Vice President. Jo remained in that role for 10 years, supporting WFAD's stance in the Rights of the Child to be protected from drugs and their harms. She is currently a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD), now in its second 3-year term, and a member of the Australian Health Ministry's National Preventive Health Strategy's Expert Steering Committee.
Asia Ashraf
Special Advisor
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Asia Ashraf from Pakistan hold Masters in Applied Psychology (2003) from Punjab University and Diplomas in HR Management and Speech & Language Therapy from the National Institute for Rehabilitative Medicines, Islamabad. She did a one-year fellowship in Substance Abuse, Education, Treatment, Policy and Prevention from Virginia Commonwealth University, USA (2015-2016). She is national trainer Universal Treatment Curriculums (UTC) for the UNODC and Colombo Plan and is internationally certified addiction professional (ICAP) from ICCE, Sri Lanka. Starting as an intern psychologist (2003), She remained Director Rehabilitation and Head of Psychology Department, Sunny Trust Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre, Islamabad until 2019. Her main responsibilities were overall management, program implementation, monitoring and supervision of treatment and rehabilitation of persons with substance use and mental health disorders. She undertakes counseling, relapse prevention trainings, capacity-building of addiction professionals including TOTs, and orientation sessions for interns and mental health trainees. She is mentor and member of Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN) Islamabad.

Besides working on treatment and rehab of male population, she is deeply interested in exclusive needs and access to these services for the female, who remain neglected and excluded. She improvised treatment and rehabilitation of young girls with substance use disorders by setting up first separate, female unit at Sunny Trust. She also launched a first Recovery Club, an open, free, safe space for persons in recovery at Islamabad, Pakistan.

She delivered a keynote address at the UN Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation preparatory to the UNGA Special Session on World Drug Problem, held in New York on February 10, 2016.

She has 17 years of working experience with women, youth and elderly people in substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Her practical experience, yearlong stay at USA, active participation in UNGASS, close and responsible role in drug policy futures has given her good insight into drug situation, strategies and perspective of the world on it.

She has recently registered and is founder of Peace Inn, a house of Peace and Tranquility for mental health and substance use disorders’ treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. She aims to create a mentoring network for young people and a strong advocacy platform for the promotion of responsible, balanced and gender-based, humane drug policies.