Ben Cort Presentation Info

Ben Cort Bio:

Ben Cort has been part of the recovery movement in almost every way imaginable from a recipient of services to a spokesperson to a respected professional inside of the treatment industry. Sober since 6/15/96 he has seen the devastation that substance abuse can bring first hand as well as the joy that is recovery.

Ben began his career inside of Human Resources and was a Director at an S&P 500 firm by 27. He left that position to help start the Colorado based non-profit Phoenix Multisport, an organization that provides pro-social activities that are primarily athletic in nature to those living sober lives. As an original Board member and the first full-time employee Ben was instrumental in building an organization that still receives frequent national attention for its innovative approach to fighting addiction through sport and the community that surrounds sport.

In May of 2012, he left Phoenix Multisport to join the opposition campaign for Amendment 64, the constitutional amendment that would ultimately allow for the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado. Following that campaign Cort joined the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) where he ran marketing, business development and admissions for their substance abuse treatment service line known as CeDAR. He left that role in January 2017.

Throughout his time with UCH Ben remained active in the discussion around marijuana, assisting several states in their efforts to hold back Big Marijuana and always advocating for recovery. These efforts kept him close to the national discussion and made him a frequent guest in the media. Ben has earned a reputation as being pro-logic and recovery rather than anti anything.  More about Ben.

Dr. Mallory Emig Bio:

Mallory K. Emig, MD, earned her medical degree from the University of Queensland School of Medicine-Ochsner Clinical School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and New Orleans, LA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. Dr. Emig completed her internship and residency in neurology at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and her fellowship in neurophysiology at Duke University in Durham, NC. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association.

Domingo Zapata Bio:

Domingo Zapata is currently the Training Sergeant for the Helena Police Department.  Domingo has been with the Helena Police Department since 2008, serving as a patrol officer, School Resource Officer, School Resource Supervisor, Detective and Patrol Supervisor.  Domingo is also the State Director for the Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run, the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics MT.

Cindy Galbavy Bio:

Cindy is a welding teacher at Helena High School. She has been teaching for 24 years and 21 years at HHS. She is a graduate of MSU-Northern. She’s an AWS CWE instructor and also the advisor for Helena High School American Welding Society Club.

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Marijuana – Youth Connections Coalition – information and resources for parents

Montana Alliance of Prevention  – additional information about marijuana and resources

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