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Meet the Community Impact Committee

The UNSHAME Kentucky Community Impact Committee (CIC) is a board of local community leaders dedicated to ending the addiction stigma. The objective of this committee is to be a resource for the campaign, representing community organizations and the needs of the general public; the committee provides input and feedback on the campaign, as well as insight and direction for continuous improvement.

If you have any addiction stigma related topics that you would like discussed in an upcoming CIC meeting, please email 

Billy O'Bryan

Billy is the Program Manager for twelve (12) Young People in Recovery (YPR) chapters in the state of Kentucky and is over six (6) years in long-term recovery. In his role at YPR, he helps make communities recovery ready and lead the implementation of YPR's EPIC life skills curriculum at five treatment facilities. Billy also serves as the Co-Chair for the Louisville Host Committee and is a District Committee Member of Alcoholics Anonymous, District 29. He is continuing his education to better serve his community at Northern Kentucky University in their Peer Support Specialist Program.

David Brumett

Greetings! I am David Brumett. I serve as a Program Manager with Voices of Hope, a recovery community organization based in Lexington that provides recovery support and outreach services to people in or seeking recovery. I love the work I am privileged to do! I get to lead an amazing team who are helping others and demonstrating recovery is possible! Also, we continually work to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorder and people in recovery.

My story might be a bit different from others. Addiction didn’t enter my life until the age of 35, following a major life change and a new circle of influence. I’ll never forget the day I asked what it felt like to be under the influence of a substance. Talk about a life-changing moment in time! After that moment, addiction quickly consumed my life. I began to make decisions based on desperation and the fear of having to go through withdrawal. Life seemed to lose meaning and hope evaporated. I am someone that can say that incarceration coupled with long-term residential treatment saved my life.

Thankfully, I discovered recovery and a support group that helped give me a solid foundation. Now, I have joy, peace, and life is filled with hope for the future. Recovery has given me so many things for which I am grateful! As a member of the Community Impact Committee, I can be a voice for people like me and help illustrate that finding hope through recovery is possible.

Debbie Mudd, Pharm D.

Hi, I’m Debbie Mudd. My husband, Talbin and I, have 5 children ranging in ages from 14-27. I am also the proud grandmother of two fantastic kids, Easton, 5 and Brinley, 1. I’m a native Kentuckian and was raised and still reside in a small town called Lebanon – the heart of Central Kentucky. I graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Kentucky in 2005. I have been Director of Pharmacy for Spring View Hospital for 8 years. In my current position, I have implemented processes to decrease the opioid burden in our community as well as initiating Narcan kit dispensing to not only our emergency department but also to any inpatient that may benefit. We issue resource material for needle exchange, treatment facilities and Casey’s Law. While my career is involved with all things medication-related, my passion is opioid stewardship and working in some capacity with substance use disorder. Just like so many others, especially in our community, I have been directly impacted by substance use disorder. I have lost friends and family to this disease including my very own cherished brother, Tommy. So when I came across UNSHAME and the call for committee members, I felt compelled to nominate myself. The stigma of substance use disorder can be almost as deadly as the disease itself when the shame keeps sufferers from getting the help they need. If I can help just one, then I will consider it a win. 

Karen Atkins

Karen Atkins is a native Kentuckian and graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She resides in Lexington with her husband, Kevin, and is passionate about building recovery capital and supporting people in recovery. Karen is a committed Recovery Ally and stands beside those who are in recovery and understands it is a lifelong journey. She knows that SUD/OUD is not a choice. She fights and educates herself and others to end stigma and is fortunate to work in a field where she helps people. Karen is an accomplished senior-level Public Relations professional who values dedication, service, and excellence. With over twenty years of demonstrated experience working in the public relations field, she has a knack for making meaningful connections. She is the Public Information Officer at Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc., a Community Action Agency that assists low-income families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. Karen also oversees Foothills’ Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). As the RCORP Implementation II Project Director she is responsible for the management of the HRSA funded federal grant including working with community partners to build regional planning capacity to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in Madison County. In addition to her work, Karen is involved with Leadership Madison County, the Public Relations Society of America, and Southland Christian Church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to the day when “ally” becomes synonymous with loving your neighbor.

Karyleen Irizarry

Karyleen Irizarry is the current Forensic & Community Health Liaison for RiverValley Behavioral Health in Western Kentucky. She began her career working as a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Puerto Rico in 1999. During her tenure, she obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing and attained a Registered Nurse (RN) license in 2010, facilitating services for individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues. She continued her nursing career while continuing her service as a correctional officer. Since then, the service integration of healthcare and justice systems to improve rehabilitation, accountability and community safety has been her career mission. In 2012, she moved to Nashville, TN where she joined the Tennessee Department of Corrections at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution attaining many professional accomplishments and continuing her efforts of decrease barriers and facilitate rehabilitative services. In 2016, she participated in the implementation and processing of ID applications and Driver License renewals for eligible offenders. Product of Tennessee Department of Corrections and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security partnership for offender successful reentry. In 2017, Ms. Irizarry continued her role of offender services by participating in the offender Risk/Needs Assessment Plan in determining re-entry plans for individuals returning to their community. She has made it her career mission to decreasing barriers, streamline health and rehabilitative services, accountability and community safety for at-risk individuals. Ms. Irizarry holds an Associate's Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Services Management, and a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration.

Katie Fields

Katie Fields serves in the role of a Faith-Based Community Liaison for the City of Louisville. She assists the Faith Community in the steps of moving someone in addiction from crisis to career. 

She also creates space to educate and equip faith leaders with community resources. The goal is to help eradicate the shame and stigma of those seeking help for substance use and for those living in recovery to find a safe community to thrive in.

Sidney Bisschop, MSW, CSW

Sidney Bisschop is the Harm Reduction Director at the Jessamine County Health Department. She oversees the Syringe Exchange Program and the Jessamine Transitions Program. Sidney has a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters degree from the University of Kentucky in Social Work. Prior to her director position, she was a social work for two years in the Jessamine Transitions Program at JCHD. Sidney is currently a certified Social Worker, in training for her Licenses as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sidney’s passion is mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders. Sidney is inspired by her hard-working team and watching those in recovery continue to grow, that is what drives her daily work and long term goals. Sidney was born and raised in Jessamine County, KY and wants to continue to serve her community as a leader in Harm Reduction.

Talana Young MRC, LPCC

HI! My Name is Talana Young and I am Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). I am honored to be a member of the UNSHAME Kentucky committee. With over 8 years of experience in the field, I have developed a passion for mental health, healing, recovery, and inclusion. I am originally From Yonkers, NY, where I've seen first-hand the affect substance use and addiction has on families. I believe in advocating for marginalized communities using my platform to make a positive impact on society. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, I began my career as a supervisor at a residential treatment center for individuals struggling with substance use. I then transitioned to become an Assertive Community Treatment therapist, where I served clients with severe mental illness and co-occuring disorders Currently, I work as a therapist at a local rape and crisis center, providing support and healing to survivors of trauma. In addition to my professional work, I am a proud parent and love spending time with my family. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places, as well as spending time in nature to recharge my energy. As a member of the UNSHAME Kentucky committee, I am excited to continue my advocacy for mental health and promote the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. I believe that through education, empathy, and community support, we can create a world where mental health is valued and prioritized.

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