Austin Eubanks is an expert in the addiction treatment industry and a nationally recognized professional speaker and media contributor on topics surrounding drug policy, behavioral health, addiction, and trauma.
An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma. Austin has spoken to millions across the country regarding strategies for addressing the issues around substance abuse that are plaguing the nation. His work and personal story has garnered the interest of countless major media outlets including the BBC, People Magazine, and the New York Times. Austin has provided expert commentary for Face The Nation, Vice News, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.
Melanie Snow Waxler is the Associate Dean of Marketing, Communications and Media Relations for Pasco-Hernando State College. Originally from East Tennessee, she began her career as a television news reporter. Working as a reporter and anchor, she moved from Knoxville to Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville and then finally settled in the Tampa Bay area. Over the years, she has covered all types of news and was awarded an Associated Press Award for Live TV News Coverage, among other awards. Her husband is currently a reporter for ABC Action News in Tampa and they have two sons, ages 12 and 7. After the birth of their second son, she left television and worked as a Public Information Officer for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office before joining the faculty of PHSC. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership and is a published novelist. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing CrossFit, running, and writing her next novel.