Danya Institute Inc.

The Institute Team

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

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    r 240-645-1145, ext. 2011

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

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    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.

  • Alex Waitt, MS, MSEd, LPC, Co-Project Director, ATTC Open or Close
    Co-Project Director, Central East ATTC

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    Co-Project Director, Central East ATTC

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    Alexander is a Licensed Professional Counselor and serves as 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. Alex also supports the development of other training and workforce initiatives.

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

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    Project Director, Central East PTTC

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    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 Parris Moreland, Director of Operations Open or Close
    Director of Operations

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    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.

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    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, Senior Communications Specialist, ATTC & the Danya Institute; and Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN TAPJ5 Open or Close
    Senior Communications, Central East ATTC & The Danya Institute; and Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ5

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

    Senior Communications, Central East ATTC & The Danya Institute; and Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ5

    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.

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    She is also the Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), where she provides supervision and management for the ORN project in HHS Region 3, as well as coordinates TA requests from Provision Jurisdiction (TAPJ) 5 in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Debbie is responsible for all aspects of communications for The Danya Institute and the Central East ATTC including, but not limited to, the bi-monthly e-Newsletter, weekly training bulletin, social media, updating and posting content on both websites, and writing and designing collateral materials and guidelines.

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

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    Senior 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.

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    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, T/TA Manager, PTTC Open or Close

    Training and Technical Assistance Manager, PTTC

    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.

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    Under the direction of the Project Director of the Central East Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the Training and Technical Assistance Manager (TAM) serves as the point of contact for all training/technical assistance (T/TA) activities for the PTTC. The TAM will work closely with Directors to leads large scale and specialized consultation, training, and coaching efforts on substance abuse prevention interventions and other topics relevant to substance use disorders (SUDs). 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.

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

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    Central East PTTC Research Assistant & Interim Central East ATTC Project Coordinator

    De'Asia Harris is currently a research assistant for the Central East Region Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and interim Project Coordinator for the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May of 2017 and Masters of Public Health, Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park December 2021. 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.

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  • Adrian Wicker, Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN Open or Close
    Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ4

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    Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ4

    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.

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    Adrian joined the Danya Institute as the Opioid Response Network (ORN) Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for Provision Jurisdiction (TAPJ) 4, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Adrian provides coordination on ORN technical assistance requests to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis.

  • Aman Sajid, MPH, Consultant, Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN Open or Close
    Consultant, Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ5

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    Consultant, Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), Opioid Response Network (ORN) TAPJ5

    Aman graduated with a master's degree in public health and holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and biological sciences. Past work experience includes being a Care Navigator with Housing Works in NYC, where she worked with individuals experiencing the dual crises of homelessness and HIV. Part of her care coordination involved assisting clients who also had an opioid or stimulant use disorder to adhere to their medications.

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    Aman joined the Danya team as a consultant to work with the Opioid Response Network (ORN) as a Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for both TAPJ 4&5. She provides coordination on technical assistance requests HHS Region 3 (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), especially if the request pertains to stimulant use disorders. She will also serve as an SME and provide training on stimulant use disorder.

  • Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant Open or Close
    Administrative Assistant

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    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.

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  • Hernitte Altidor, Prevention Fellow Open or Close

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    Hernitte Altidor is a current student at Howard University. She is in her 2nd year of the MSW/MPH dual degree program. Her goal is to bring change and educate communities and others with both degrees of knowledge once received. She has worked as a lead educator and program manager for a nonprofit that provides equitable health education for students in school, pregnant parents, and those in the juvenile justice system. She has a passion for service and is committed to serving in roles that uplift marginalized communities. In addition, she enjoys traveling, dancing, fitness, and having fun in her spare time.

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  • Tenisha Jones, Prevention Fellow Open or Close

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    Tenisha Jones, M.Ed is a third-year doctoral student in School Psychology at Howard University. Prior to attending Howard, she obtained a Master of Educational Policy & Leadership from the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include the mental health, well-being, and education of Black Girls. while her current research projects address issues of diversity embedded in the practice of school psychology under the direction of Dr. Celeste Malone. Additionally, she has research experience investigating Youth Participatory Action Research Programs in Michigan and Preschool Quality Assessments at the High Scope Educational Research Foundation. In tandem with her research, she has also given national conference presentations and training on her work. Tenisha has extensive professional experiences in education ranging from a Middle School Behavioral Interventionist, High School Director of College & Career to Collegiate level Success Coach.

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