Special Hoop Opening Ceremony












Speakers- and more to be announced!

(Updated 4/9/14 )

Wellbriety Founder Don Coyhis


Don Coyhis

Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation from the Stockbridge Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin. He is the Founder and President of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit corporation. White Bison was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to developing culturally relevant treatment, prevention, and recovery materials to support the Wellbriety Movement. The Wellbriety Movement is an effort to create the opportunity for individuals, families, communities and nations to live sober and healthy lives that are balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Jerry Moe

Jerry Moe, MA, is National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, he is an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for children and families hurt by addiction. Through the years Jerry has received the Marty Mann Award, America Honors Recovery Award, Ackerman/Black Award, Mona Mansell Award, and the Father Joseph C. Martin Award. He has written several books and was recently featured in the Emmy Award winning Nick News special “Under the Influence.”


Jerry Moe

Theda New Breast


Theda New Breast MPH

Ms. New Breast is a Montana born Blackfeet Indian, and she is one of the pioneers in the Native training field in addition to being one of the original committee members for the Men’s and Women’s Wellness gatherings. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in providing healing and training workshops centered on Historical Traumas, mental health issues related to alcohol and other drug use prevention. She was an appointee as expert consultant to Dr. Nelba Chavez when she was Director of SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) and was presented with the Hammer Award by Vice President Albert Gore for increasing government efficiency for her success in providing assistance to Tribes.

In November of 2013, The Red Nations Film Festival Honored Theda with a Humanitarian Award for her Healing work in the past 32 years with Tribes. Her Documentary Short called, “Why The Women in My Family Don’t Drink Whiskey” also won a Red Nation Statuette on November 11, 2013.

Patricia O'Gorman

Dr. Patricia O’Gorman, author of The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power (2013), and 7 other books and numerous articles on women, trauma and self-parenting, is an internationally speaker known for her warm and funny presentations. A psychologist, and resiliency coach, she has worked extensively in pioneering clinical, and management strength-based approaches.  

A former executive who has directed a rape crises center, The Division of Prevention for The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and held a senior management positions in child welfare, she is currently developing a workbook and curriculum on tackling girly thoughts: The Resilient Woman's Guide to girly thoughts -- how you to say no to your inner critic due in 2014.  Dr. O’Gorman can be reached through her website www.patriciaogorman.com, where you can view her blog, thepowerfulwoman.net.


Jerry Moe

Wellbriety Trainer Marlin Farley


Sis Wegner

Sis Wenger has been the President and CEO of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics for most of the last 21 years. She has authored or edited numerous articles and publications over the years and has been the primary leader of NACoA’s multiple program initiatives for the faith community, primary care providers, social workers and educators. Currently, she also manages NACoA’s evidence-based whole family recovery program, Celebrating Families!™

Marlin Farley

Marlin Farley is from the White Earth Reservation in northwest Minnesota. He has over 27 years of experience in working in the fields of adolescent treatment of emotional/behavioral disorders, family based social work, chemical dependency, restorative justice practices, and as a trainer/consultant in the wellness field. He is the president of Black Stone Consulting. Marlin is also a film producer/director and is the principal owner of Painted Sky Productions. Marlin is a Board Member and Master Trainer for White Bison Inc. and is a leader in the national Wellbriety Movement.

Wellbriety Trainer Marlin Farley

Sharyl Whitehawk

Sharyl WhiteHawk is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibway Indians of Northwest Wisconsin, and is the mother of ten children and grandmother of twenty six and counting. She has been in recovery from alcoholism for the past 33 years and is a certified chemical dependency counselor and prevention specialist. She is also is a survivor of, childhood and adult, physical and sexual violence and has experience working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence advocacy. She has devoted her life to using her experience and knowledge to help other Native People to heal from the devastating effects of addiction and family and sexual violence. Sharyl facilitates Mothers of Tradition, Mending Broken Hearts, Medicine Wheel 12 Steps, and Families of Tradition.

Wellbriety Trainer Sharyl Whitehawk

Wellbriety Trainer Marlin Farley


Anna Whiting Sorrell

Anna Whiting Sorrell, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, is the Director of the Billings Area of the Indian Health Service (IHS). In this position, Ms. Whiting Sorrell provides leadership to the Billings Area and oversees the delivery of health care to more than 65,000 American Indian and Alaska Native users on seven reservations in Montana, one in Wyoming and provides guidance to 5 urban health programs. As a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Services, she serves in a unique capacity to engage the federal, tribal and state health care systems to provide coordinated care for Indians across the region.