Our Mission.

“NAADAC’s Mission is to lead, unify and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.”

– NAADAC Mission Statement, adopted 1998

Meet the Board

Cyril M. Scovens, M.S., MAC CAC-AD, MAAP President, is the Founder/President of CMS Institute of Addictionology, Inc. In this role, Scovens looks after, coordinates, manages, and leads a team providing all aspects of Addiction Psychology, including Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. A big believer in the Science of Addiction, Scovens supports the efforts of coordinating a synergistic approach to addiction treatment. Scovens is a Certified Associate Counselor Alcohol and Drugs and holds the Master of Science Degree in Addiction Counseling from Coppin State University. He is currently attending Capella University Doctorate school in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior. Scovens is the current Board President of the Maryland Association of Addiction Professionals.

Lisa Connors, LBSW, LCPC, NCC, MAAP Vice President, is the Associate Pastor of In His Image International Ministry, Inc. She is a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. Connors is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist and is also Certified in Thanatology. She has been in the human services, social work, counseling, and addiction fields for over 30 years. Her greatest passion is working with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental health disorders, violence/abuse/trauma, grief and loss, and racial and social injustices.

George Lino, MAAP Treasurer, is an accomplished health and human services industry executive with over 20 years of experience driving performance management of human capital. As Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolina’s Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, in partnership with the both senior and executive leadership teams, Lino creates and executes on leading-edge best practice solutions and programs in support of the organizations mission and goals. Lino has impacted VOACC by ensuring the turnover rates have decreased, revamped health insurance for all employee access, led the coordination and accomplishment of the CARF Accreditation for three years, and implemented a new Human Capital System Paycom which minimized service distribution during the urgent COVID pandemic.

Brandi Keen, ADT, MAAP Secretary, officially joined the Maryland Association of Addiction Professionals board in 2021. She had been working in the housing industry, but decided she could make a bigger impact in the addiction field. In this pivotal role, she believes she can build relationships and work closely with other treatment professionals to advocate for needed changes in Maryland. Keen works at an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, New Life, located in Pasadena, MD. She is excited to work with the community to give her patients the highest level of care possible. When Keen is not working, you can find her spending time with her son and enjoying various hobbies.

Bobby Bradbury, CPRS, MAAP Communications, is ecstatic and honored to be a part of MAAP. Coming from a past that was once centered around his own active addiction, Bradbury has been able to grow and thrive into a beacon of hope for those who still struggle. Currently in school for Human Services, as well as Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, he hopes to stay connected and give back to the community. With this opportunity to serve the state of Maryland, Bradbury’s focus will be on advocacy for professionals in the treatment space in addition to community engagement.

Sheryl Neverson, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C, MAAP Membership, is a licensed clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health. Dr. Neverson earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University, Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She currently serves as Vice President for Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas, Maryland Programs. Dr. Neverson serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, DC. She specializes in trauma-focused care where she recognizes how traumatic experience impacts mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

Damon Bowen, MAAP Membership, is currently the Admission’s Supervisor at Tuerk House Inc. where he supervises staff and is primarily responsible for recruiting and admitting individuals with substance use issues. Bowen’s team is charged with continuous development and maintenance of relationships with referrals sources in the community. Bowen has worked in the field of addiction since 2003. With a past personal experience in active addiction and a passion to be a human servant, Bowen possesses a strong desire to lead others to a new way of life.

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