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Ann Daugherty Symposium 10th Anniversary: Rolling Out the Red Carpet for these Five Featured Speakers!

Ann Daugherty Symposium 2019

Tara’s Annual Ann Daugherty Symposium is coming up this May 22nd.  If you enjoyed our expert speakers last year, check out this year’s lineup!  We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium, don’t forget to sign up here!

Thomas Farley

Thomas Farley

From 1999 to 2012, Tom Farley was the founder and president of The Chris Farley Foundation, which used humor to deliver prevention messages to teens and young adults.

Tom Farley is the brother of the late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who died in 1997 as a result of substance abuse.  In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, The Chris Farley Show, a Biography in Three Acts (Viking Press), which received national media attention and wide critical acclaim. Tom Farley is currently executive director of marketing and communications at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA.

Tom Farley began building The Chris Farley Foundation using the same skills he gained in his business career, by developing a strategic plan, building the brand, and leveraging his own talents as a communicator. He established the use of humor and other innovative communication methods as a means to deliver messages to kids, teens, and young adults on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. His first major project for the Foundation was the the production of two nationally run, award winning commercials that featured the cast of Saturday Night Live. From there, Tom Farley began work developing the unique, humor-based communications program that leveraged the Foundation’s demonstrated ability to attract and retain the attention of youth audiences. The Foundation’s core program was workshop-based, which effectively used the experiential elements of Improvisation.

An entertaining, funny and engaging public speaker, Tom Farley is frequently asked to provide his knowledge and experience on substance abuse prevention, non-profit management, and building successful brands. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences, conducted briefings on Capitol Hill and to state legislative committees and participated as a panelist at two branding conferences on the topic of developing a state brand for Wisconsin. He has also been featured in People Magazine and USA Today, and interviewed on Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, Larry King Live, and featured in two CNN special reports on substance abuse. Tom Farley has three adult children and lives in Dubuque, IA.

Jamie Johnson

Singer Jamie Johnson to Speak at Tara Treatment Center Ann Daugherty Symposium

Jamie Johnson, founding member of the Grascals and three-time Grammy Nominee will take the stage to share his Recovery story.

Jamie grew up the youngest of four in small town Milan, Indiana and had a love for music from an early age. At the age of twenty five, Jamie moved to Nashville, Tennessee with the dream of a having a career in country music.

Life moved fast and Johnson met, his now wife of 18 years, Susanne. Jamie and Susanne, have one son, Coletrain. Jamie has enjoyed much success in the music business and played his ultimate dream stage. The Grand Ole Opry. over 200 times. Jamie, along with his band, The Grascals, formed as Dolly Parton’s band and went on to record on their own with many superstars of country music and receive 3 Grammy nominations.

From the outside, it appeared that life couldn’t have been much better for Jamie, but struggles with depression and the stress of the daily grind led him seek relief in alcohol. He would eventually develop an extreme dependance on alcohol and sink further into depression.

Jamie has had a long road to recovery and by the grace of God and support from his family and friends he continues to overcome his addiction one day at a time.
Please join Jamie as he tells you stories and sings songs of his journey with God, experiences of those in similar situations, and a new perspective on life. Now celebrating three years sober, He wants to encourage those in the battle that they can overcome the struggle of addiction.

Below is a list of Jamie’s career highlights 3 time Grammy Nominee 190 plus appearances on The Grand Ole Opry 2 time International Bluegrass Music’s Entertainer of the Year 2 time DOVE Award nominee 11 time SPGMA AWARD Winner 2 appearances at The White House (Presidents Bush and Obama) Several appearances on Major Market TV (LATE NIGHT W/ JAY LENO, THE TALK, THE LATE SHOW, CMA FANFEST, CMT, GAC) Recorded on albums including: Dolly Parton, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, The Oak Ridge Boys and others.

Quintin T. Chipley

Quentin T Chipley

Quintin Chipley, MA, MD, PhD, to provide a thought-provoking look at technologies and their impact on the disease of addiction.

Dr. Chipley was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He has degrees from Rice University Hous- ton, Texas (B.A.-1978), Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina (M. Div. – 1984), University of Louisville, Clinical Psychology (M.A.-1992) and University of Louisville, M.D. (2000). and University of Louisville, Ph.D (2015), the last with the dissertation, “William Faulkner and Alcoholism: Distilling Facts and Fictions.” Dr. Chipley also serves as the Counseling Coordinator for the students enrolled in the medical, dental, nursing and graduate schools of the University of Louisville at the Health Sciences Center campus. He considers it the ideal position where he can practice psychology against the background of a medical education. Prior mental health profession work experiences have included Director of Staff Development and Training, Central State Hospital ICF/MR, Louisville, Kentucky, a brief stint in the psychiatry residency of the University of Louisville affiliated hospitals, six years of full-time private practice in psychology with Ragsdell and Associates, Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Chipley’s other work opportunities in life have been so varied as to include alumni fundraising for Rice University, three years of teaching in Kenya, East Africa, and bookkeeping for a small Louisville company. Volunteer passions have included active service and board membership for both Alley Cat Advocates and the Drepung Gomang Institute. He is a board member of the Beacon House, a transitional living facility for men in recovery.


Stay Tuned to Learn more about our other two experts speaking at Ann Daugherty Symposium 2019:

  • Steven Sewell, Grief Educator, Trainer, Author to present on grief within the scope of addiction and its impact on loved ones.
  • Michael E. Townsend, MSSW, Recovery Kentucky Administrator presenting research on Abstinence Assisted Programs.

We invite you to make this Tenth Annual Ann Daugherty Symposium a special one with us.  Please sign up here:

Or, check out last year’s symposium here