A successful businesswoman and well-known political leader, Congresswoman Mary Bono was hailed as the "embodiment of powerful American womanhood" by the Washington Times, rising to become Chairman of the influential U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.
Today, she is widely recognized as a national leader on privacy and technology issues as well as a powerful advocate for issues important for addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Congresswoman Bono was elected in 1998 to serve California's 44th (later changed to 45th) Congressional District after the untimely death of her husband, entertainer turned Congressman Sonny Bono. And in 2012, she became the first ever Chairman of the Women's Policy Committee (WPC) in the House.
Bono established herself as a respected and closely-watched leader on a wide range of critically important issues while serving 8 terms in Congress (1998-2013). She focused her chairmanship on technology, privacy, job creation and consumer protection. In addition, she's been at the forefront of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse, which impacts millions of teenagers across the United States and is now the fastest-growing drug problem in America and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health epidemic.
Bono's selection as Subcommittee Chairman for the 112th Congress was historic, and made her the first Republican woman in American history to hold a gavel on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the oldest standing committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, dating back to 1795.
Mary also served on the House Armed Services Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Small Business Committee. She authored legislation that was signed into law by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, proving to be a true bipartisan consensus builder.
Mary previously served as Principal for Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting. Currently, Mary is on the board of directors for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and Verde Technologies. She is also the Chairman and CEO for Mothers Against Prescription Drug Abuse (MAPDA). She is married to former astronaut Admiral Steve Oswald (U.S. Navy, Retired) and is mother to Chesare Bono, Chianna Bono, stepmother to Chaz Bono and a grandmother of two.
The Honorable Mary Bono, Chairman and CEO of MAPDA
As CFO of Verde Environmental Technologies,, Ms. Klesk plays an intricate leadership role within the organization by bringing financial expertise along with strategic leadership.
Ms. Klesk’s background as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and nearly 20 years of experience gives her the foundation to manage Verde’s rapidly growing multi-million-dollar business. She works with leaders in all industries to ensure Verde’s mission to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications through the use of Deterra drug deactivation system.
As a mother of two, Ms. Klesk understands the importance and necessity of permanent drug disposal to keep unused and unwanted drugs out of the hands of children and potential abusers. She’s passionate about saving lives through prevention and excited to be a part of MAPDA.
Shana Klesk, Chief Financial Officer, Verde® Environmental Technologies, Inc. Secretary for MAPDA
Janet Janes became the Founder of MAPDA in 2011.
In January 2011, Janet Janes, wrote about the devastating loss of her son, Christopher, who died tragically at the age of 19 from an overdose of Methadone. Janet contacted the local news media and courageously told her story about the devastating outcome of young adults experimenting with drugs in hopes that others would not befall the same tragedy. Working with television news anchor Karen Devine, Janet made a connection with Congresswoman Mary Bono. With Mary’s help and connection with other mothers who had lost children who had overdosed to prescription drugs MAPDA was founded. On March 28, 2013, Janet was honored as 2013 Woman of Distinction by the California Legislature Assembly for her hard work, dedication and perseverance in the community.
Janet has been a professional bookkeeper for the past 35 years. She lives with her partner, Edward Justice, who is an environmental testing technician and has one son, Matthew Straughan, who is a pilot. She enjoys playing bass guitar, pottery, swimming, surfing and hiking.
Janet Janes, Founder and Treasurer of MAPDA
Karla has dedicated her career to working with special needs and disadvantaged youth as a Psychologist with Riverside Unified School District. She is a member of the California Positive Network of Trainers (PENT), a consortium dedicated to meeting the needs of students with behavioral and emotional challenges.
Additionally, Karla serves on the Riverside Unified School District Crisis Response Team. Karla holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science in Counseling Guidance from California State University.
Karla resides in Riverside, California with her husband Marc Troast and their two children.
Karla Troast, MAPDA Board of Directors
Ms. Pevehouse is principal and founder of Facticity Advisors LLC, providing counsel on organizational governance, ethics and compliance matters, as well as training and business-driven advice in establishing and revising effective compliance programs, corporate risk management, and conducting internal investigations.
Cynthia’s legal career spans over 3 decades, with more than 10 years of experience as general counsel for publicly traded, multinational companies, including Staples, Inc.; Allianz of America, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.; Polycom, Inc.; and Ask Jeeves. She has led the legal, compliance, government policy, regulatory, as well as internal investigations functions in a range of industries, including technology, interactive media, financial services, and retail.
Cynthia began her career in 1987 as an attorney with a west coast based Am Law 200 firm, including a two-year post in Osaka, Japan. She also served as senior counsel in the Washington DC offices of Steptoe & Johnson, as a member of the firm’s litigation and crisis management practice groups. She is licensed to practice law in California, New York, Washington State, and the District of Columbia. She is also a certified fraud examiner.
Cynthia currently serves on the advisory board of Courtroom Insight, a customized knowledge management solution enabling law firms and corporate law departments to capture, share and analyze critical information about expert witnesses, arbitrators, judges and attorneys. She previously served on the Corporate Pro Bono advisory board, and the boards of San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and West Coast Chamber Orchestra.
As Founder and Executive Director of The Stacie Mathewson Foundation since its inception in 2011, Stacie is dedicated to reducing the nation’s growing substance abuse rate that has reached epidemic proportions and is taking a disproportionate toll on our young people and their families. Her vision is to foster and support a family and youth recovery movement that produces monumental change in the way the nation views, supports and communicates about the disease of addiction.
Through the Foundation, Stacie is bringing a unique, new perspective to youth recovery. By focusing on the impact that primary, secondary school and college environments have on young people, she has launched an unprecedented initiative using community asset and capacity building that is already changing the lives of students with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
Stacie is uniquely qualified to create change in the field of youth recovery. She brings a wealth of business experience to the effort having more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and management experience in the real estate industry.
Mathewson is also the founder and driving force behind Transforming Youth Recovery. Stacie is a visionary whose dedication to prevention and recovery support for our youth is making a significant impact on Northern Nevada and the nation. To date she has received 29 awards for her innovative efforts from national, state and local organizations in the areas of recovery advocacy, education and evidence-based research. In 2013 Stacie was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and in 2016, George Washington University awarded Stacie the prestigious Recovery Philanthropist of the Year Award. Stacie has served as a board member of the Betty Ford Foundation since 2012.
In addition to her professional experience, she is personally connected to the cause, witnessing since childhood how addiction disease can tear families apart and span generations. With the loss of a son who first faced the challenge of chemical dependency in his early adolescence, Stacie’s commitment to preventing addiction and protecting the health of our youth is relentless.
Stacie is a native of Alaska, and currently resides with her husband in Reno, Nevada.
Founder, CEO & President of The Stacie Mathewson Foundation and Transforming Youth Recovery
Sam is the Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy at the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). She primarily works to advance the Association’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch of government. Sam closely monitors regulatory activities by working with the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Election Commission, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She joined ARDA in 1999 as Director of Federal Relations for ARDA-ROC and ARDA-PAC. Throughout her 20 year tenure with ARDA, Sam successfully built and currently oversees the Association’s $6m Political Action Committee. No stranger to the real estate and financial services industry, Sam has served as Director of Political Affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA) and Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Realtors.
Sam has more than 30 years of successful policy and government affairs experience working across global businesses, trade and industry associations in pursuit of commercial, political, financial, and legislative stakeholder priorities. She remains a trusted advisor to a highly extensive, bipartisan network of political, regulatory, public/private sector stakeholders at the federal and state levels of government with a strong track record of developing and executing all elements of an association’s strategic plan and public advocacy initiatives. She was named Top Lobbyist of the Year 2012.
Sam, her husband Marty and son Andrew reside in Washington, D.C.
She serves on the following Boards:
The GW Medical Faculty Associated Women’s Health Board
The Ripon Society
The Creative Coalition, New York - Advisory Board Member
The Travel Business Roundtable
The Travel Industry Association
The Real Estate Roundtable
Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, American Resort Development Association.
Lita Frazier-Brannan is Vice President, Government Relations at Cboe Global Markets, Inc. In this role, Frazier-Brannan serves as Cboe’s sole Washington, D.C.-based associate, managing the company’s government relations and representing Cboe on Capitol Hill. She engages with members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on both sides of the aisle, educating them and their staff about Cboe’s business. Frazier-Brannan is crucial in communicating Cboe’s positions on various issues facing the financial industry and advocating for the industry as a whole.
Frazier-Brannan boasts more than 25 years of experience representing the derivatives industry on Capitol Hill. Before joining Cboe, she headed the Washington office of CME Group and spent 14 years in various roles for CME, including helping coordinate activities in Washington for its political action committee (PAC).
Frazier-Brannan holds a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University.
Vice President, Government Relations // Cboe Global Markets, Inc
Two deserving students from diverse backgrounds have each been awarded a $1000 college scholarship for students recovering from addiction or affected by the addiction epidemic and who are pursuing a degree that will assist individuals and families struggling with addiction.
Nearly 150 eligible students from all over the country applied for this year's prestigious Recovery Centers of America / MAPDA Hope for Addiction Scholarship.