Danya Institute Inc.

The Institute Team

  • Oscar Morgan, Executive Director & Project Director Open or Close
    Executive Director, Danya Institute & Project Director, Central East ATTC & Central East MHTTC

    h omorgan@danyainstitute.org
    r 240-645-1145, ext. 2011

    Executive Director, Danya Institute & Project Director, Central East ATTC & Central East MHTTC

    Duties:

    Oscar has the overall responsibility for the management, growth, and development of the Institute, guiding all administrative, fiscal, training, and programmatic activities, and have primary responsibilities for supervision of the Institute's personnel. He also serves as the Project Director for the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and is responsible for the programmatic and administrative coordination of all training and technical assistance (T/TA) for the MHTTC. He is the spokesperson and liaison to federal, regional, state and local entities, academic institutions, and mental health agencies, etc. Oscar also recommends and develops other training/workforce initiatives.

  • Andrew Wilson, Co-Project Director, ATTC Open or Close
    Co-Project Director, Central East ATTC

    h awilson@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145

    Co-Project Director, Central East ATTC

    Andrew is a learning and development leader with ten years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. Before coming to the Danya Institute, Andrew worked for the State of Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), serving as the Deputy Hospital Director for the Delaware Psychiatric Center. He also served as an organizational development consultant, where he oversaw strategic planning efforts and change management. Andrew provided leadership as a Workforce Development and Education Administrator, providing evidence-based, continuing education opportunities for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse professionals. When Andrew’s not working, you’ll find him cycling, cheering for any/all Philadelphia sports teams (Go Birds!), traveling, or spending time with family and friends.

    Duties:

    Andrew is the Co-Project Director for the Central East Addictions Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and is responsible for the programmatic and administrative coordination of all training and technical assistance for the Central East ATTC Region. He is the spokesperson and liaison to federal, regional, state, and local entities, academic institutions, mental health agencies, etc. Andrew also supports the development of other training and workforce initiatives.

  • Deborah Nixon-Hughes, Project Director, PTTC Open or Close
    Project Director, Central East PTTC

    h dhughes@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145

    Project Director, Central East PTTC

    Duties:

    Deborah Nixon-Hughes, LCSW-C, is the Project Director for the Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). She is responsible to use proven technology transfer strategies and practices to promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based prevention and early intervention approaches. Debbie will be the spokesperson and liaison to federal, regional, state and local entities; academic institutions; and prevention, treatment, and/or recovery agencies. Deborah is responsible to identify prevention needs through engaging and collaborating with primary care providers; individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families; and other community stakeholders/systems. As a result, she recommends and coordinates workforce trainings and technical assistance initiatives that can address the needs identifies, and thus reduce the effect of mental and substance use disorders on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities.

  • Tamara Moreland, Director of Operations Open or Close
    Director of Operations

    h tmoreland@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145, ext. 2006

    Director of Operations

    Tamara Moreland has worked for the Danya Institute for more than 20 years. She oversees human resources, finance, communication, and grant management for the cooperative agreements. Her responsibilities also include technical assistance to staff and participants on virtual platforms as well as providing assistance to key staff on budgeting.

    Duties:

    Tamara provides day-to-day oversight of current grants/contracts and assists the Executive Director in ensuring all project deliverables and reports are completed on time. She is responsible for human resource management and works with the accountant to process accounts payable for the Institute. She supports senior staff to ensure development and production of required projects and is responsible for handling the coordination, logistics, development of registration, conference brochures, and educational materials for all meetings, trainings, and conferences. She oversees the marketing system to support the internal and external marketing of the Institute’s products and services using various social media techniques and works with senior staff on completing closeout on all administrative, operational and fiscal aspects on all contracts.

  • Debora Doherty, ORN Regional Coordinator and Senior Communications Specialist, ATTC & the Danya Institute Open or Close
    ORN Regional Coordinator for HHS Region 3, and Senior Communications, Central East ATTC & The Danya Institute

    h ddoherty@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145, ext. 2003

    ORN Regional Coordinator for HHS Region 3, and Senior Communications, Central East ATTC & The Danya Institute

    Debbie is a senior communications specialist with leadership experience in healthcare and education. She has more than 25 years’ experience providing communications expertise in an effort to reduce health disparities nationwide in such conditions as behavioral health and addictions, HIV, hepatitis, STDs, and TB. Her experience includes outreach, marketing, writing, editing, and proofreading all forms of communications, including social media posts and web content. Her career has spanned international lines and she maintains demonstrated expertise implementing knowledge management, developing partnerships, teaching, and training. When not working, she enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family, which now includes five beautiful grandchildren.

    Duties:

    Debbie is the Regional Coordinator for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), where she provides supervision and management for the ORN team in SAMHSA Region 3. She and her team respond to and identifies the technical assistance needs of requests received in a multi-state area (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). She develops technical assistance plans and coordinates local consultants who provide the delivery of technical assistance in the areas of prevention, treatment and recovery of opioid use disorders and stimulant use. Technical assistance may include disseminating evidence-based resources and materials; coordinating education and training events; and/or coordinating evidence-based consultation.

  • Teece Berry, Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN Open or Close

    Technology Transfer Specialist

    Teece has a professional background in human development and family studies with a concentration on family policy and sexual and gender minority individuals and their families. Teece is passionate about the intersection of substance use disorder, mental health, gender identity and sexual orientation, and parenting. In their spare time, they enjoy reading middle grade and YA novels, non-fiction, and poetry. He also enjoys walking his dog, yoga, and other physical activities.

    Duties:

    Teece is a Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network (ORN) in SAMHSA Region 3, where he provides coordination on ORN technical assistance requests to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis. In his role as a TTS, he responds to and identifies the technical assistance needs of requests received in a multi-state area (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). He develops technical assistance plans and coordinates local consultants who provide the delivery of technical assistance in the areas of harm reduction, recovery, prevention, and treatment of opioid use disorders and stimulant use. Technical assistance may include disseminating evidence-based resources and materials, coordinating education and training events, and/or coordinating evidence-based consultation.

  • Dave Brown, Sr Associate, School for School-based Health and Behavioral Health Equities at the Central East CEMHTTC Open or Close

    Sr Associate, School for School-based Health and Behavioral Health Equities at the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

    Dave Brown is the Executive Director of Echo Resource Development, INC a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Baltimore City whose mission is to empower communities and the organizations that serve them with the knowledge and resources necessary to build safe, healthy and successful communities. Echo’s work is primarily focused on developing the inherent strengths within communities related to mental health and education.

    Duties:

    In addition to his work with Echo Mr. Brown is the Sr Associate, School for School-based Health and Behavioral Health Equities at the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (CEMHTTC ) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and managed by the Danya Institute, supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance (TA) to the behavioral health and primary care workforce in HHS Region 3, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support services to individuals who have and/or are at risk of developing a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.

  • De'Asia Harris, MPH, ATTC Project Coordinator, PTTC Research Assistant & Interim Open or Close
    Central East ATTC Project Coordinator

    h dharris@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145

    Central East ATTC Project Coordinator

    She spent the summer of 2021 partnering with the University of Miami's Minority Health Research Training (MHRT) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to research health disparities in the Dominican Republic. Her interests are public health research focusing on economic stability and public health among underserved populations.

    Duties:

    De'Asia Harris is currently the Project Coordinator for the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and a research assistant for the Central East Region Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master of Public Health, Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park December.

  • Stephanie Kim, TA Project Coordinator Open or Close

    TA Project Coordinator

    Stephanie graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Psychology with a minor in statistics. Prior to the Danya Institute, she was a behavior technician, working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her passion lies within helping the community and those who struggle to find support and resources such as those experiencing homelessness, substance use disorder, or other mental disabilities. Outside of work, she enjoys crocheting, hiking, and spending time with loved ones.

    Duties:

    Stephanie coordinates training and technical assistance for HHS SAMHSA Region 3.

  • David Jun Matias, Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN Open or Close
    Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN

    h dmatias@danyainstitute.org
    r 240-645-1145

    Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN

    David has dedicated nearly a decade of his professional career to the field of Substance Use and Mental Health. Before coming to Danya, David focused primarily on facilitating training, project management, and fostering collaborations with various agencies within the State of Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services.

    Duties:

    David is a Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network (ORN) in SAMHSA Region 3, where he provides coordination on ORN technical assistance requests to provide training and technical assistance, and to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis. In his role as a TTS, he responds to and identifies the technical assistance needs of requests received in a multi-state area (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). He develops technical assistance plans and coordinates local consultants who provide the delivery of technical assistance in the areas of harm reduction, recovery, prevention, and treatment of opioid use disorders and stimulant use. Technical assistance may include disseminating evidence-based resources and materials, coordinating education and training events, and/or coordinating evidence-based consultation.

  • Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant Open or Close
    Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant

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    r (240) 645-1145

    Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant

    Charmaine worked two years as an office assistant and 18 years in the stress-filled world of tax preparation, after which time she decided she needed a career change to something less stressful, so she decided to join the Danya team. Boy did she miss the mark – Ha! Charmaine graduated from Strayer University in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Hobbies are watching the HGTV and Hallmark channels and exercising.

    Duties:

  • Michael Thompson, Sr TA Coordinator, MHTTC Open or Close
    Sr Technical Assistance Coordinator, MHTTC

    h mthompson@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145

    Sr Technical Assistance Coordinator, MHTTC

    Michael Thompson brings a multi-faceted background with 20 years of experience in information dissemination, technical assistance, data analysis and reporting, marketing, and inventory management services. Over this period, he has supported the planning and organization of strategic activities and initiatives focused on prevention, treatment, health equity, and crime victim assistance. He has done work on behalf of SAMHSA, the Department of Justice, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    Duties:

    Michael will work closely with the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Project Manager to plan, coordinate, design, and deliver T/TA in support of strengthening the skills and knowledge of the behavioral health and primary care workforce that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support service to individuals who have or are at risk of developing a serious emotional disturbance, a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.

  • Princess Walker, PMP, CMS, MPHc, Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN Open or Close

    Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN

    Princess graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Health Administration and Policy Program with a concentration in Public Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a results-oriented public health professional passionate about community health education. Specifically, she serves underprivileged communities to address health disparities in high-risk groups. She has worked extensively at both the community and state levels developing strategic prevention/behavioral healthcare plans. Princess is proficient in qualitative research and analysis, program/project management, and public health issues. Currently advancing her degree as an MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology. She hopes to advance community-level monitoring and evidence-based interventions and training to improve health outcomes produced by Substance used disorder and other communicable diseases.

    Duties:

    Princess is a Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network (ORN) in SAMHSA Region 3, where she provides coordination on ORN technical assistance requests to provide training and technical assistance, and to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis. In her role as a TTS, he responds to and identifies the technical assistance needs of requests received in a multi-state area (District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia). She develops technical assistance plans and coordinates local consultants who provide the delivery of technical assistance in the areas of harm reduction, recovery, prevention, and treatment of opioid use disorders and stimulant use. Technical assistance may include disseminating evidence-based resources and materials, coordinating education and training events, and/or coordinating evidence-based consultation.

  • Adrian Wicker, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator Open or Close
    Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

    h awicker1@danyainstitute.org
    r 240-645-1145

    Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

    Adrian's experience includes working for more than a decade in behavioral health, particularly in areas related to helping individuals with disabilities to understand the impact of employment on their state and federal benefits so that they can achieve economic self-sufficiency.

    Duties:

    Adrian is a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Coordinator who performs various duties to increase operational efficiency of T/TA activities for the programs of The Danya Institute. Adrian works closely with Directors to lead large-scale and specialized consultation, training, and coaching efforts for the behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment and recovery support services for substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: implementing quality assurance processes to ensure the provision of training and technical assistance and contract deliverables; identify key trainings to implement, design the most complex curricula, evaluate, and develop tools to better assess training and other workforce development activities; and assisting with wide-ranging project activities including, research, manage data collection, and virtual hosting. Additionally, the TAC coordinates the flow of information from multiple sources, prioritizes activities, coordinates responses and ensures appropriate follow-up of assigned tasks.