Danya Institute Inc.

The Institute Team

  • Renata Henry, MEd, Executive Director Open or Close
    Executive Director, Danya Institute; PD, ATTC, MHTTC, PTTC

    h rhenry@danyainstitute.org
    r 240-645-1145, ext. 2002

    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).

    Duties:

    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
    Project Director, Central East ATTC

    h hireland@danyainstitute.org
    r (240) 645-1145, ext. 2005

    Project Director, Central East ATTC

    Duties:

    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
    Project Director, Central East MHTTC

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

    Project Director, Central East MHTTC

    Duties:

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

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

    Director of Operations

    Tamara Moreland has worked for the ATTC for the past 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 provide 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, Sr Communications/TTS, ATTC/ORN Open or Close

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

    Senior Communications, Central East ATTC & Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), 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.

    Duties:

    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. She is also the Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), where she provides 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.

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

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

    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.

    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.

  • Jaye Yarbrough, MPH, ATTC Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator Open or Close
    ATTC Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

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

    ATTC Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

    Jaye Yarbrough is a training and quality assurance professional with years of experience in public and population health. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore with a dual degree in Gender and Women Studies and Sociology. Jaye joins Danya after working 8 years in Baltimore City on several city and statewide initiatives, including the launch of the Affordable Healthcare and its marketplace, the CMS-funded Accountable Health Community, and the West Baltimore Collaborative. When not working in public/population health, Jaye is a group fitness instructor and a community activist focused on health and wellness for communities that lack resources.

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  • 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.

    Duties:

    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.

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

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

    Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), 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.

    Duties:

    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.

  • Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant Open or Close
    Administrative Assistant

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

    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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  • Shelley Miller, Consultant, Family Planning & Reproductive Health SME Open or Close
    Consultant, Family Planning & Reproductive Health Subject Matter Expert (SME)

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

    Consultant, Family Planning & Reproductive Health Subject Matter Expert (SME)

    Shelley Miller has worked in Family Planning and Reproductive Health for more than 35 years. Shelley started her career in women’s health as a counselor and through 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, and training and technical assistance both nationally and internationally and currently serves as an independent consultant.

    Duties:

    Shelley works closely with Holly Ireland, Central East ATTC Co-Project Director, on the SBIRT implementation project with Title X.

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

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

    Aman Sajid, MPH, Consultant, Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS), ORN

    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.

    Duties:

    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.