John began working in the Addictions field in 1970 at what is now the Erie County Medical Center. He serves as an Alcoholism Counselor at the downtown Alcoholism Clinic and on the inpatient detoxification unit. In 1978, John joined what is now the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse as a Program Manager in the WNY Regional Office. During his 25-year tenure, he worked with county governments and voluntary agencies to develop a broad range of local services. He retired from state service in 2001 as Upstate District Director, supervising five regional offices. In the years since retirement, John served nine years on the Board of Directors of the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He joined the RASI Board in 2014 and the Kids Escaping Drugs Board in 2015. John maintains a keen interest in the operation of addiction programming and in issues of public policy.