The Institute Team
Renata Henry, MEd, Executive Director Open or Close
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Executive Director, Danya Institute; PD, ATTC, MHTTC, PTTC
Renata serves as the Project Director for the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and the Principal Investigator for Central East's Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and the Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).
Renata 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. In addition, she serves as Project Director for Central East's ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC, government-funded programs that provide analysis, training, and technical assistance to enhance the behavioral health workforce throughout five states and the District of Columbia.
Holly Ireland, Project Director, ATTC Open or Close
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Project Director, Central East ATTC
Holly is the Co-Project Director (Co-PD) for the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and is responsible for the programmatic and administrative coordination of all training and technical assistance (T/TA) for the ATTC.
Holly Co-PD works closely with ATTC Project Director to ensure grant deliverables are met. She works with multiple stakeholders within the region to seek input on T/TA needs within the states. She serves in conjunction with the ATTC Project Director as a spokesperson and liaison to federal, regional, state and local entities, academic institutions, treatment and recovery agencies, etc. Holly also recommends and develops other training/workforce initiatives.
Oscar Morgan, Project Director, MHTTC Open or Close
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Project Director, Central East MHTTC
Oscar is 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.
Deborah Nixon-Hughes, Project Director, PTTC Open or Close
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Project Director, Central East PTTC
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 will recommend and coordinate workforce trainings and technical assistances 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 Parris, Director of Operations Open or Close
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Director of Operations
I provide day-to-day oversight of current grants/contracts and assist the Executive Director in ensuring all project deliverables and reports are completed on time. I am responsible for human resource management and work with the accountant to process accounts payable for the Institute. I support senior staff to ensure development and production of required projects and am responsible for handling the coordination, logistics, development of registration, conference brochures, and educational materials for all meetings, trainings, and conferences. I oversee the marketing system to support the internal and external marketing of the Institute’s products and services using various social media techniques. I work with senior staff on completing closeout on all administrative, operational and fiscal aspects on all contracts.
Debora Doherty, Sr. TA & Communications Specialist, ATTC & STR-TA Open or Close
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Sr Tech Transfer & Communications Specialist, Central East ATTC & STR-TA
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 and her family, which now includes three beautiful grandchildren.
Debbie is responsible for all aspects of communications for the Danya Institute and the Central East ATTC including, but not limited to, the newsletter, social media, updating and posting on both websites, and writing and designing collateral materials and guidelines. She is also the Technology Transfer Specialist for the STR-TA TAPJ5 area, which includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Michael Thompson, Sr TA Coordinator, MHTTC Open or Close
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Sr. Technical Assistance Coordinator, Central East 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.
Michael will work closely with the Central East 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.
Adrian Wicker, TTS Specialist, STR-TA Open or Close
TTS Specialist, STR-TA
Adrian joined the Danya Institute in August 2018 as a Technology Transfer Specialist working on the Opioid State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Project (STR-TA) in TA Provision Jurisdiction (TAPJ) 4.
Adrian works to provide training and technical assistance to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis across Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Her experience includes working for over 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.
Shelley Miller, Family Planning SME Open or Close
SME Family Planning & Reproductive Health
Shelley Miller has worked in Family Planning and Reproductive Health for over 35 years. Shelley started her career in women’s health as a counselor and over the years has served in a variety of roles including the Director of Patient Services for a large Title X agency and as the Director of Training Performance Improvement for TRAINING 3, a Regional Training Center. Shelley has provided consultation, coaching, training and technical assistance both nationally and internationally and currently serves as an independent consultant.
Shelley works closely with the Holly Ireland, Central East ATTC Co-Project Director, on the SBIRT implementation project with Title X.
Anna Johnson, Admin Open or Close
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Anna joined the Danya Institute administrative team in the fall of 2018. Her previous jobs include tall ships, a children's toy store, and an ambulance. When she's not elbow deep in spreadsheets or mail merges, you can find her training for distance running races or volunteering with a local dog rescue organization.
Anna provides administrative and clerical support to the TTCs Project Directors and Director of Operations, as well as other staff as needed. She supports training events, prepares participant name badges, attendee lists, and certificates, develops flyers, sets up registration, prepares materials, and contacts attendees and speakers as needed. Anna also coordinates office management issues such as building services, supply inventory, and equipment maintenance.