R1 Team


R1 Leadership Team


Tom Karl – Founder and President

Tom Karl founded R1 as the result of his professional experience in Learning & Development and his own personal experiences in addiction and recovery. The idea for the Discovery Cards came to Tom following a relapse when he noted a lack of practical tools in addiction treatment and recovery settings. He has used the creation of the tools to help him better understand himself and address his own personal challenges. Through R1, Tom’s goal is to put impactful self-discovery tools into the hands of individuals in recovery and empower them to change their lives. Tom has 25+ years of experience in learning and development, and employee engagement, working with global companies, government agencies, and education institutions. Tom is active in the recovery community and volunteers with patient engagement programs.

Prior to R1, Tom was the Senior Vice President at Lee Hecht Harrison and a Partner with MasteryWorks. At Lee Hecht Harrison, Tom was the Global Practice Lead for Employee Engagement and Career Development Solutions where he led the go-to-market strategy and product development for all practice solutions. In his role, Tom consulted with clients to design, develop, and implement products and solutions to address their pressing human capital needs. Tom provided sales leadership, strategy, and subject matter expertise. At MasteryWorks, Tom led the product strategy to create the first multi-language career portal solution in the industry (including assessment tools, e-learning, career discussion planners, articles, and links to existing organization HR technologies and career resources). MasteryWorks' career portals were licensed and deployed globally. In addition, Tom led the company’s direct business development team and managed strategic reseller partnerships. Tom, with his partner and team, built an international reputation for career planning and was acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison in 2014 after a two-decade strategic partnership. Tom is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in economics.


 Pam Harley - Executive Vice President

Pam combines an execution-focused drive with a strategic perspective gained from 20+ years in Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing. Experience in both publishing and software development has given her a panoramic view into the challenges and opportunities facing those developing professional content today. Pam is a Senior Partner at Clarke & Esposito. Before joining Clarke & Esposito, Pam served as product strategist for Silverchair Information Systems, helping clients develop digital products and grow their business. Pam also led Silverchair’s Semedica division, developing a set of semantic technologies and services for the application of semantic metadata to STM content.

At the American Psychiatric Association, Pam directed electronic publishing strategy and product development. She was the architect of PsychiatryOnline, one of the industry’s first digital products to integrate reference books, textbooks, journals, self-assessment, and other content types on a single platform. Education in biology and a stint as a research assistant at Duke University engendered a passion for scientific communication and gave her insight into the information needs of scientists and researchers. Pam serves on the steering committee for ALPSP North America. She is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and psychology.

R1 Product & Organizational Development Team 

Geoff Wilson
Product Development

Corinne Karl
Art Direction

Andrew Levine

R1 AdvisorS

  Matt Karnell
Advancement Resource Services

Mike Cox

Curt Marshall

R1 Industry & Clinical AdVOCATES

Marty Ferrero
Senior Clinical Director at Caron


Dave Semanco
President, Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals (VAAP)

Drs. Ron & Anita Smith


R1 scientific, technical, and Medical Publishing Advisors

Michael Clarke
Managing Partner, Clarke & Esposito

Pam Harley
Partner, Clarke & Esposito


R1 Operations partners

TRM Services


MWZB Law Partners

R1 12 Step/ AA Recovery Team For Tom KArl

A special "thank you" to my close friends in recovery that have been been part of my daily 7:15/7:30am home group and my 7pm Wednesday night men's group at the Unity Club in Falls Church, VA. They each, and all, have been an unimaginable gift in my life!

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