Agatha S. Critchfield, MD


Dr. Critchfield earned an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky. She completed residency at Women and Infants Hospital/Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Tufts Medical Center (New England Medical Center) in Boston.

Dr. Critchfield is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Clinical interests include Clinical Obstetrics, Maternal Substance Abuse, Multiple Gestations, Prenatal Diagnosis/Ultrasound, and Preterm Labor.

The PATHways Program at UK HealthCare is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive prenatal substance abuse treatment program located at the Polk Dalton Clinic in Lexington.


  • Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine
    University of Kentucky College of Medicine
    Medical Director, PATHways Program
    UK HealthCare
    Lexington, Kentucky

Judith A. Daniels, PhD, APRN, FNP, PNP


Dr. Daniels earned an MSN/FNP at Michigan State University and a PhD in nursing at the University of Kentucky. Throughout her nursing career, Dr. Daniels gained a wide array of clinical experiences. She is dual board certified in Family and Pediatrics and maintains an active practice at the Polk Dalton Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky.

Her background in graduate education began at the University of Kentucky. She then joined Frontier Nursing University as an associate professor where she learned a great deal about web-based graduate education.

Research interests center on weight management, motivational interventions, and teaching-learning issues.


  • Assistant Professor
    University of Kentucky College of Nursing
    Clinical Practitioner
    Polk Dalton Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic
    Lexington, Kentucky

Leanne K. Diakov, JD


Since 2014, Mrs. Diakov has served as the general counsel for the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. Before then, she served as the Board's assistant general counsel for five years handling the majority of the Board's disciplinary proceedings.

Prior to representing the Board, Leanne served as a staff attorney for the Department of Workers' Claims. She has experience in a private practice mainly representing individuals in medical malpractice and person injury actions. She also managed corporate, international education programs before earning her law degree.

Mrs. Diakov earned a BA from Furman University, an MA from the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and a JD from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.


  • General Counsel
    Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
    Louisville, Kentucky

Pamela C. Hagan, MSN, RN


Prior to joining the Board staff, Pam held a variety of positions including clinical nurse specialist in ambulatory and inpatient oncology, and practiced in clinical areas of acute care, home health, hospice, and palliative care as well as in nursing education. She has held executive and management roles in community hospitals, hospice care, Veterans Affairs, and university medical center settings and previously served as a member of the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Pam was the Executive Director of Kentucky Nurses Association and then moved to the Washington, DC, area where she was the Chief Programs Officer at the American Nurses Association for 9-½ years.

She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing.


  • APRN Education & Practice Consultant
    Kentucky Board of Nursing
    Louisville, Kentucky

David R. Hopkins, BS


KASPER is operated by the Office of Inspector General in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. David is responsible for KASPER training, managing federal Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Grants that provide funding support for the program, for analysis and research using KASPER data, and for coordinating the KASPER Advisory Council.

David graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science, and has over thirty years experience in Information Technology consulting and project management.

He is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities, and the Kentucky Narcotics Officers Association.


  • KASPER Program Manager
    Office of Inspector General
    Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
    Frankfort, Kentucky

Hendree' Jones, PhD


Dr. Jones holds a PhD in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized expert in the development and examination of both behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for pregnant women and their children in risky life situations.

She has received continuous funding from the United States National Institutes of Health since 1994 and has published over 165 publications, two books on treating substance use disorders (one for pregnant and parenting women and the other for a more general population of patients), and several book and textbook chapters.

Dr. Jones is a consultant for the United Nations and the World Health Organization. She leads or is involved in projects in Afghanistan, the Southern Cone of South America, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and the United States focusing on improving the lives of children, women, and families.


  • Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of North Carolina School of Medicine
    Adjunct Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Executive Director, Horizons
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Andrew Kolodny, MD


Dr. Kolodny is one of the nation’s leading experts on the prescription opioid and heroin crisis that is devastating families and communities across the country. In addition to his role at Phoenix House, Dr. Kolodny is a senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where he researches prescription drug monitoring programs. Dr. Kolodny is also the Executive Director and co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP), an organization with a mission to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing of opioid analgesics. Prior to joining Phoenix House, Dr. Kolodny was Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City, one of the largest community teaching hospitals in the country.

Dr. Kolodny has had a long-standing interest in public health. He began his career working for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, and brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.

Dr. Kolodny believes that health care professionals have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of their patients and the communities they serve.

He earned an MD from Temple University, completed residency at Mt. Sinai School/City University of New York, and completed fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Kolodny is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.


  • Chief Medical Officer
    Phoenix House
    Brooklyn, New York

Ashel A. Kruetzkamp, MSN, RN, SANE


Ashel has a positive, can-do attitude and a visible impact on her department; setting an example for her staff, peers, and others throughout the organization and community. This, along with her recent strides in the fight against Northern Kentucky’s heroin problem, has led to Ashel’s Healthcare Heroes nomination by the Cincinnati Business Courier under the manager category.

Ashel has inspired her staff to achieve a new level of care in the Emergency Department (ED). Using, for instance, her leadership and talents to get her staff involved in a research project with the Ft. Thomas Intensive Care Unit that involves nurse-to-nurse hand off communication to improve the continuity of care. She is committed to her department and it shows in the way she rolls up her sleeves and works along-side them as needed – whether day, night or weekend.

As a passionate leader, Ashel also sees opportunities in the community, and as such, has stepped up in identifying the area’s heroin problem. Before the heroin issue became known on both sides of the river, Ashel noticed a problem and began collecting data in 2010, clearly showing the heroin problem exists and is growing.

She was one of the first healthcare professionals to join a community task force on heroin and now focuses on increasing awareness and educating nurses and the community on the impact of heroin.

In her own words, “Heroin is hugely impacting our community and we need to make the community aware, provide community education and resources. Facts are an important part of the awareness. Many in the community don’t even realize that heroin is as big as it is because it has not impacted them yet. And I hope for many it never does.”

Since identifying the problem back in 2010, Ashel has been a frequent source for media interviews as well as industry and community panels to discuss this growing problem in both Northern Kentucky and Hamilton County.


  • Nurse Manager
    St. Elizabeth Healthcare
    Edgewood, Kentucky

Michelle R. Lofwall, MD, DFASAM


Dr. Lofwall completed residency training in Psychiatry and a clinical research fellowship in behavioral pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University.

She has an outpatient office-based opioid addiction treatment practice and is actively engaged in teaching and clinical research, investigating medication diversion and opioid use disorder treatments.

Dr. Lofwall is the immediate past President of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Associate Editor of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry newsletter, recipient of several medical student teaching and mentorship awards, and a member of the Kentucky Governor’s State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Council.


  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
    Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
    University of Kentucky College of Medicine
    Lexington, Kentucky

Morgan C. Ransdell, JD


Before joining the Kentucky Board of Nursing, Mr. Ransdell worked for twelve years as an attorney with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and for five years as an attorney with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Ransdell holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky.

During his twenty-two years of legal practice, Mr. Ransdell has concentrated in the areas of employment law and professional licensure litigation.


  • Prosecuting Attorney
    Kentucky Board of Nursing
    Frankfort, Kentucky

Ryan A. Stanton, MD, FACEP


Dr. Stanton earned an MD from East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. He completed residency at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Dr. Stanton is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

He has been presenting on the opioid crisis for six years. He is also active in media as the "Doc on Call" and his TV show "Stanton MD" for the ABC affiliate in Lexington along with his podcast, "ACEP Frontline."


  • Central Emergency Physicians
    Baptist Health Lexington
    Medical Director
    Lexington Fire/EMS
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Adjunct Faculty
    Lincoln Memorial University DCOM
    Harrogate, Tennessee

Sharon L. Walsh, PhD


Dr. Walsh’s research has evaluated clinically relevant pharmacologic aspects of methadone and buprenorphine as well as the abuse liability of prescription opioids. She has served on FDA advisory panels evaluating new tamper resistant drug formulations and has taught doctors about the clinical pharmacology of buprenorphine and other opioids.

She is also the past President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.


  • Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
    Director, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
    University of Kentucky College of Medicine
    Lexington, Kentucky