Board of Directors

SASH Board of Directors

The SASH Board of Directors is comprised of a small group of distinguished members. Member's come from all walks of life and parts of the world to volunteer their services to this organization.
Leah Briick

Leah M. Briick, PhD
(she, her(s), Dr.)

Executive Director

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Leah M. Briick brings a thorough understanding of addiction treatment and operations management to her role as Executive Director for SASH. She began in the field as a certified therapist for Cottonwood de Tucson in 1986. Her years of experience represent a full range of knowledge and skills from admissions to marketing and operations management. In her career, Dr. Briick has worked for numerous treatment facilities offering her the opportunity to gain invaluable experience. She has a Bachelor of Science, a Master in Business Administration with a specialty in marketing and a PhD in Healthcare Administration.
Matthew Hedelius

Matthew Hedelius, PsyD, LCSW, CSAT-S


Dr. Matthew Hedelius has been providing treatment for individuals who suffer from trauma and sexual compulsivity for over 20 years and has completed over 40,000 therapy sessions in that time frame. He has experience in outpatient, residential and inpatient treatment settings. He provides bio and neurofeedback as a means of helping patients resolve their addictions and trauma issues. In addition, he has been trained in and provides EMDR to help patients resolve their traumatic histories. He enjoys running half marathons and marathons and loves working with people. He also provides supervision for therapists who are training to be sex addiction therapists.
Allan E. O'Bryant

Allan E. O'Bryant


"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
- Yogi Berra
Allan O’Bryant is the Cofounder and Executive Director of Outer Circle Enterprises which provides structured treatment and transitional living facilities for those struggling with process and snd substance addictions. He is also Executive Managing Partner of Yunzei Partners, a family office focused on early stage investments in a variety of sectors including, healthcare, addiction treatment, energy, digital technology, and others. Allan recently retired from Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) where he was Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer and a member of RGA’s Executive Council. During his storied career, Allan served in several “C” level positions in companies including AFLAC, Lehman Brothers, Yunzei Capital, LLC, and KPMG. Allan Emeritus Chair of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustee of the American School in Japan, He currently serves on several corporate and leadership boards including Novinium Inc., Harvard Law School, Brigham Young University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Since retirement, Allan has dedicated his philanthropic and professional efforts to help people in recovery heal from the ravages of addiction. Using his unique skill set, Allan brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to Outer Circle Recovery and is positioned to help the recovery community in Nashville and beyond.
Terry Post

Terry Post, 


Terry has worked in the addiction field for 14 years. Terry was previously the lead counselor at the Pride Institute, an LGBT specific treatment center, and managed their sexual health program. In addition to being a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, Terry is currently a mental health therapist working in a private practice specializing in co-occurring disorders, trauma, problematic sexual behavior, intimacy issues, and a host of mental disorders. Terry works with both adults and adolescents and some couples. Terry is trained in EMDR and DBT and incorporates attachment theory into his practice. Terry is a member of the LGBT community and understands the unique challenges many in this group face. Aside from working with the LGBT community, Terry seeks to share his knowledge and experience of this group with other professionals worldwide to increase their competency in serving this community. Terry is a sex-positive, kink-friendly clinician eager to help individuals and couples explore their sexuality, overcome sexual challenges, and discover the benefits and satisfaction of sex, intimacy, and connection offer everyone.
Richard Blankenship

Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CCH, CPCS, CBTS, CSRRS

Vice President, Governance/Compliance

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CBTS, CSRRS is the clinical and administrative director for the Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT & Relational Trauma and the Capstone Center for Sexual Recovery & Transformation; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses/partners of sex addicts, couples in recovery, and services for children & adolescents. Richard is one of the founders of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) where he served for over 4 years. Richard is a frequent guest on Atlanta area radio & television programs dealing with sexual addiction, spouses/families of addicts, and domestic violence. He is the author of the LIFE Guide for Young Men, and a Journey Through Secrets. He is the co-author of Spouses of Sex Addicts: Hope for the Journey (book & workbook) and the LIFE Guide for Couples. Richard holds two master’s degrees; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.A. From Harding University Graduate School. Richard is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Georgia, a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors, a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH), a certified clinical sexual & relational recovery specialist (CSRRS), and a certified clinical betrayal trauma specialist (CBTS) through the Addo recovery network. Richard is also a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS) through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. He is married with two children and has worked with churches and counseling centers for over 25 years.

Shane Kraus

Shane Kraus, PhD
(he, his, him)

Journal Editor in Chief

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Mahatma Gandhi
Shane W. Kraus, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His clinical research focuses on study of psychopathology, sexual trauma, substance use disorders, gambling disorder, and compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD). He is particularly interested in using behavioral, epidemiological, and neurobiological methods to assess factors that contribute to the development of addictive behaviors and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders among at-risk groups (e.g., U.S. military veterans, ethnic and sexual minorities, homeless). Dr. Kraus has published extensively on compulsive sexual behavior and was part of the World Health Organization working group who put forth the diagnostic criteria for CSBD for ICD-11. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2013. In 2016, he completed his post-doctoral psychology fellowship at the VISN 1 New England MIRECC/VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Dalanna Burris, 
(she, her, hers)

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.” 
Leonard Cohen
Dalanna Burris is the Behavioral Addictions Specialist at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of substance use and problematic behaviors including problematic sexual behavior, problematic gambling/ gambling disorder, excessive use of internet/gaming/technology, compulsive shopping/ buying. hoarding disorder and disordered eating. Dalanna holds a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling, a Master of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Dalanna has also earned several professional certifications including, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider. She has advanced certifications in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dalanna is also skilled in Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Dalanna is affiliated with NAADAC the Association for Addiction Professionals, the Texas Association for Addiction Professionals, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
Mark Drax

Daryl O'Bryant 
(he, his, him)

Conference Committee Chair

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
-Roald Dahl
Daryl O’Bryant is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 30 years professional experience in delivering large business / technology projects and solutions. In this environment, Daryl has been able to lead a significant number of organizations (big and small), as well as individuals, through revolutionary change. Daryl is a founding board member of Open Project Management Life Cycle, an open source project management knowledge base. Daryl also spent 10+ years working in the pastoral community counseling with families, couples, and youth where much of his focus was on recovery and sexual health. It was in this setting when he quietly began evangelizing the understated value of sexual health. Whether in the business or pastoral community, Daryl specializes in leading people through meaningful and continuous change.

Ed Tilton, 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you figure out why.”
- Mark Twain
Ed is a proven behavioral healthcare leader with an established track record in the recovery industry space. As an accomplished healthcare leader, Ed has diverse management experience including clinical and business operations, expansion of program development, and clinical service offerings. Prior to his role at Begin Again Institute, Ed held a leadership position at a gender-specific program focused on helping men with fused and co-occurring disorders find recovery. In his current role Ed serves as the President for Begin Again Institute, Begin Again Institute, a program dedicated to helping men with intimacy disorders find recovery from a neurobiological and trauma focused approach over a two-week closed group intensive. During Ed’s time at BAI has been proud of the work that they have been able to incorporate for partners to give their clients their best chance at relational healing. While on the SASH board, Ed hopes to be able to work alongside of the existing though leaders to create a platform to help educate and navigate treatment options for those that are still suffering.

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