NASADAD staff members can be reached via e-mail, fax, & phone:

Telephone number: (202) 293-0090
Fax number: (202) 293-1250


Office of the Executive Director

Robert Morrison

Executive Director and Director Legislative Affairs

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Robert Morrison first came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) in 1998 when he worked on legislative and regulatory affairs as Public Policy Associate. Robert then broadened his health care portfolio by serving as Associate Director of Government Relations at Smith, Bucklin and Associates from 1999 to 2001 where he directed government affairs programs for a variety of organizations, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Robert returned to NASADAD in 2001 as Director of Public Policy and went on to become Deputy Executive Director; Interim Executive Director; and, in 2009, Executive Director. Robert began his career working for the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) for approximately four years, spending his last two years as a Legislative Aide. In 2013, Robert re-assumed the lead for the Association’s legislative and regulatory affairs program – returning to the type of work that originally brought him to NASADAD. Robert graduated from Drew University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Political Science and completed graduate work in American Government at the Johns Hopkins University.

Shalini Wickramatilake

Public Policy Associate

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Shalini Wickramatilake is NASADAD's Public Policy Associate. Starting at NASADAD as a SAMHSA CSAP Fellow in September 2013, and then hired as Research Analyst and Team Lead for the Women's Services Network and the State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee, Shalini has created research inquiries, analyzed data, and written reports on various substance abuse-related issues. 

Shalini previously worked at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety net hospital, as a Research Coordinator for a CDC-funded study on Patient Navigation for Cancer Screening. She also has clinical experience working as a Treatment Coordinator in a residential facility for adolescent girls struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Shalini studied mental health and earned her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Brian Denten

Public Policy Intern

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Brian joined NASADAD as Public Policy Intern in January 2015. Brian is a graduate student at American University, studying for a Masters degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining NASADAD, Brian interned for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, tracking legislation and collecting data on youth sentencing issues.

Fachon James-Simpson

Member Services Coordinator/Meeting Planner

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Fachon Simpson is currently a Membership Services Coordinator/Meeting Planner at NASADAD. She has performed a wide-range of executive/administrative duties for the Executive Director/Director of Legislative Affairs, Deputy Executive Director/ Research and Program Applications, and Director of Finance for over 10 years. Fachon provides services for planning and staging the membership’s Annual/Board Meetings and all other NASADAD meetings. She is responsible for hotel contracts, meeting rooms set-up, meeting logistics, arranging exhibitors, travel, lodging, audio/visual equipment set-up, registration and development and distribution of meeting materials.  Ms. Simpson is also responsible for scheduling conference calls and meetings, responding to membership requests for technical assistance, disseminating information via e-mail and fax, and the staging of meetings.

Ms. Simpson also performs various tasks within NASADAD’s Department of Finance. Her duties include preparing invoices and purchase orders; collecting membership dues; developing spreadsheets and inputting data; and tracking membership funds.

Financial and Management Information Systems

Hollis McMullen

Director of Finance

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Yong Liu


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Eric Campbell

Executive Assistant

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Eric Campbell serves as the Executive Assistant to Mr. Robert Morrison, supporting both the Executive Director and Finance Director. In this role, he performs both programmatic and administrative functions, acting as the central point of communication for projects and tasks under the purview of the Executive Director and Deputy Director. Eric manages NASADAD travel, materials, and meetings; and coordinates correspondences with members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and other governmental and allied organizations.

Prior to joining NASADAD, Eric acquired 5 years of experience serving as a Confidential / Executive Assistant to upper level Executive Management at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Research and Program Applications

Rick Harwood

Deputy Executive Director/Director of Research and Program Applications

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Mr. Harwood is the Director of Research and Program Applications of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., (NASADAD) a 501c3 entity that works on behalf of the respective States, the District of Columbia and the Territories to promote improved delivery of public substance abuse services. He has over 30 years experience examining the economic costs of health disorders and doing economic analysis of the effectiveness and financing of health care, with a concentration in behavioral health.  Previously, he worked at The Lewin Group, which he joined in March, 1992. In prior positions he served as Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Executive Office of the President and was on the professional staff of the Institute of Medicine and the Research Triangle Institute.

Marcia Trick

AOD Research Analyst

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Marcia Trick, M.S. joined NASADAD in April 2005.  She has extensive experience in the design of inquiry instruments, collecting and analyzing data, and writing reports in a wide variety of subject areas.  She currently works as the National Treatment Network Team Leader and as the HIV Coordinator, and serves as back-up to the Opioid Treatment Network Team Leader. In all these capacities, she conducts inquiries of State staff, analyzes and summarizes data collected from inquiries, and writes reports to be distributed to States and federal partners. At NASADAD, she has written reports or issue briefs on:  State Prescription Drug Monitoring; Methadone and the Criminal Justice System; Screening and Brief Intervention, Performance Measurement and Management, and Methadone Overdose Deaths and has worked as part of a team on a variety of research projects that serve the interests of the membership.

Nima Shahidinia

AOD Research Analyst

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Nima Shahidinia is a Research Analyst, Team Lead for the Opioid Treatment Network (OTN) and Program Management Work Group (PMWG), and Assistant Secretary to the NASADAD Board of Directors. Nima has worked over three years in public affairs on issues related to health and human services. He earned his Master of Public Policy from American University's School of Public Affairs in 2013, with a focus on U.S. drug policy, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Santa Clara University in 2010.

Heather Dougherty

AOD Research Analyst

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Heather Dougherty is a Research Analyst and Team Lead for the Women’s Services Network (WSN) and State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee. Heather previously worked for the United States Army Substance Abuse Program as a Prevention Specialist located at Fort Detrick and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest and most renowned American military medical centers. Heather also served a year with AmeriCorps working for a Health Care for the Homeless Program in Connecticut where she acquired a passion for mental health and substance abuse. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts in 2013. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University in 2010.

Candice Russell

AOD Research Associate

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Candice Russell began working at NASADAD in October 2012. She assists with work for the Prevention and Treatment networks by summarizing inquiries for state substance abuse public policies and compiling data for specific projects. She also assists with work for the Youth Coordinators. Working with adolescents and young adults is something Candice is passionate about as well. As a student at George Mason University, Candice previously worked as a research assistant for the Human Emotions Research Lab, a National Institutes of Health funded longitudinal study that focused on measuring shame and guilt within a population of individuals involved in the criminal justice system in Fairfax County. Candice graduated from George Mason University in May 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is very passionate about mental health and plans to pursue higher education in mental health prevention and health psychology.

Elizabeth Selmi

AOD Research Associate

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Elizabeth Selmi (Liz) began working as an AOD Research Associate at NASADAD in August, 2014. Prior to working at NASADAD, she interned at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence in London, UK, which works to promote a coordinated, multi-agency community response to domestic violence. She also has clinical experience working as a research assistant at a psychiatry lab in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY. The research focused on comparing cognition in bipolar individuals with their siblings unaffected by the disorder. Liz graduated in May 2014 from Boston University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She hopes to pursue her Master’s in Public Health in the future.

Prevention Services 

Tracy Tlumac

AOD Senior Research Analyst

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Tracy A. Tlumac, Ed.D., is an AOD Senior Research Analyst with NASADAD, primarily working with the National Prevention Network (NPN). Dr. Tlumac has more than a decade of experience working on campus and community alcohol and other drug abuse issues. As Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (2009-2012), Dr. Tlumac served both as the AOD prevention expert and managed the day-to-day operations of the national training and technical assistance center, where she worked with college prevention professionals, researchers, federal agency representatives, state and community stakeholders, law enforcement officials and the like. She organized and conducted skills-building trainings and assisted campus prevention professionals in assessing their prevention needs, developing and implementing strategic plans, and translating AOD research into best practices for their campuses and surrounding communities. From 1998-2005, Dr. Tlumac directed The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded “A Matter of Degree” coalition at the University of Delaware, where she implemented environmental prevention strategies to reduce AOD problems among students and worked to establish a statewide prevention coalition. She received her doctorate in higher education administration and educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007.

Evangeline Aneke

AOD Research Associate

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Evangeline U. Aneke, CPS, serves as an AOD Research Associate with the National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and is responsible for providing support towards National Prevention Network (NPN) and Substance Abuse Prevention efforts within NASADAD. Prior to her current position, Evangeline served as the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fellow for the Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH) in Delaware. Her primary efforts included work involving Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the Strategic Prevention Framework- State Incentive Grant. Evangeline is originally from New York and received her Bachelor’s of Science from Stony Brook University in May of 2011.

Kasha Horton

SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellow

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Kasharena L. Horton, better known as Kashabegan working with NASADAD as the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Fellow in September 2015. She is responsible for providing support towards National Prevention Network (NPN) and Substance Abuse Prevention efforts within NASADAD. Prior to her current position, Kasha served as a Policy Intern at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She is awaiting publication within the Journal of Nutrition, Education, and Behavior on a manuscript she has co-authored focusing on low-income adults' perceptions of farmers' markets and community supported agriculture programs within D.C. Kasha is originally from Massachusetts and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health from American University in May of 2015.

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