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 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, Director of Operations Open or Close
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Director of Operations
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. Tamara 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 & Sr. TTS, ATTC & ORN-TA Open or Close
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Sr. Communications & TTS Specialist, Central East ATTC & ORN-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 five 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 Senior Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) for the Opioid Response Network Technical Assistance Project (ORN-TA) in Provision Jurisdiction (TAPJ) 5, where she provides management for the ORN project, as well as coordinates TA requests from 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.
Jaye Yarbrough, ATTC/PTTC-Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator Open or Close
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Jaye Yarbrough, ATTC/PTTC-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.
Adrian Wicker, TTS, ORN-TA Open or Close
Technology Transfer Specialist, ORN-TA 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.
Adrian joined the Danya Institute as the Technology Transfer Specialist (TTS) on the Opioid Response Network Technical Assistance Project (ORN-TA) in Provision Jurisdiction (TAPJ) 4. Adrian provides coordination on technical assistance requests to develop strategies and programming to address the opioid crisis across Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Aman Sajid, TTSS, ORN-TA, Consultant Open or Close
Technology Transfer Stimulant Specialist, ORN-TA
Aman recently 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.
Aman joined the Danya team to work exclusively with the Opioid Response Network as a Technology Transfer Stimulant Specialist for both TAPJ 4&5. She will provide coordination on technical assistance requests that involve stimulant use disorders across Region 3 (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV). She will also serve as an SME and provide training on stimulant use disorder.
Shelley Miller, Family Planning & Reproductive Health SME, Consultant 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.
Charmaine Smith, Administrative Assistant Open or Close
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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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