Christopher B. Smithers
Mr. Christopher B. Smithers is President of The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation and Board Member since 1986. A U.S. representative to the United Nations, Founder of The Smithers Center at Columbia University Medical Center, and a member of the Executive Committee of the R. Brinkley Smithers Institute for Alcoholism Prevention and Workplace Problems ILR School at Cornell University. He is a board member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, an Honorary Director of The Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, Locust Valley, New York, and an Honorary Director of The Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, Glen Cove, New York.
Mr. Smithers is a past Board member of the Nassau County Chapter of the American Red Cross and a past member of the Board of Governors of The National Arts Club. Christopher Smithers also served on the Junior Committee for the Humane Society of New York’s major fund-raising event.
He coordinated an innovative alcoholism and substance abuse education program for inner city schools in New York City, using Reader’s Theater Workshops to teach students about alcoholism and substance abuse, which was a collaboration of The National Arts Club and the Alcoholism Council of New York.
Mr. Smithers’ work on this project, as well as on the other programs of the Arts Club, was specially recognized and he received The National Arts Club President’s Medal Award. Mr. Smithers also worked as a Detox Technician for indigents at C.A.R.P. (Comprehensive Alcohol Rehabilitation Program) for three years.
Mr. Smithers joined forces with the United Nations to spread awareness of alcohol abuse and alcoholism by bringing together over 30 United Nations’ ambassadors for the Smithers Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebration. In conjunction with the gala, he worked with the R. Brinkley Smithers Institute for Alcohol-Related Workplace Studies, ILR School at Cornell University, with experts in the field to produce a white paper on alcoholism titled, “Where Do We Go From Here?”
Mr. Smithers attended Cornell University.