NASADAD Staff

NASADAD staff members can be reached via e-mail and phone:

Telephone number: (202) 293-0090

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

Federal Affairs Manager

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Currently Federal Affairs Manager, Shalini Wickramatilake-Templeman first came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) as a Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Prevention Fellow in 2013. She then joined NASADAD’s Research and Program Applications Department as liaison to the Women's Services Network and the State Youth Substance Abuse Coordinators Committee. In prior positions, she served as a research coordinator at Boston Medical Center, case manager at a residential treatment program, and program coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Shalini earned her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health with a focus on Health Policy and Management there. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

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.

Emily Diehl

Public Policy Associate

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Emily Diehl is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Policy. She came to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors as an intern in January of 2019 and now serves as a Public Policy Associate with the organization. Before arriving at NASADAD, Emily spent four years as a Patient Care Coordinator in a residential treatment facility in California and is a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Her knowledge of the substance use field and passion for helping others led her to Washington D.C., in order to promote effective addiction-related policies.

Financial and Management Information Systems

Hollis McMullen

Director of Finance

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Yong Liu

Accounting Manager

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Research and Program Applications

Melanie Whitter

Research and Program Applications

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Melanie Whitter is the Director of Research and Program Applications for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD). In this role, she facilitates the translation of research and knowledge into state practice, sharing state evidence-based and best practices across the nation, and identifying state problems and issues that merit further study and research; provides technical assistance to the NASADAD membership; and coordinates and facilitates timely information exchange to the States concerning policies, programs and practices in the substance use disorder field. Prior to her role at NASADAD, she held the position of Principal Associate and led Abt Associate’s Behavioral Health Practice. She has also held the position of Single State Authority for alcohol and other drug services for the State of Illinois and served on the NASADAD Board of Directors, as the Vice-President for Treatment, and as a Regional Director.  She is a member and served on the Board of the College for Behavioral Health Leadership.  Over her career, she has been recognized for her commitment to advancing system change by building workforce and infrastructure capacity, creating and sustaining partnerships, and emphasizing research and evaluation.

 

Doug Fuller, PhD

Associate Director of Research and Program Applications

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Douglas Fuller, Ph.D., joined NASADAD in May 2020.  He currently works as the National Treatment Network Team Leader and the Opioid Treatment Network Team Leader, as well as leads other technical assistance and research projects.  His experience includes serving as a senior health researcher with over 18 years of experience focused on HIV/AIDS, substance use/disorders, criminal justice, and veteran wellness. Dr. Fuller brings expertise in strategic planning, contract management and acquisition, project budget monitoring, collaborative engagement, technical assistance, and diversity initiatives.  He provides deep subject matter expertise in primary and secondary data for patient reported outcomes, clinician reported outcomes, HIV and hepatitis testing, and access to care for historically vulnerable and underserved populations. He received his doctorate in sociology from Howard University in 2005.

Tracy Tlumac Flinn

AOD Senior Research Analyst

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Tracy Flinn, Ed.D., joined NASADAD in September 2013 as a Senior Research Analyst primarily working with the State and Territory Prevention Directors. In this role, Dr. Flinn provides and arranges for technical assistance to state and territorial substance use prevention directors; coordinates topic calls and webinars; develops fact sheets and other resources; coordinates the annual National Prevention Research Conference and Prevention Leadership Summits; and oversees and manages day-to-day project implementation.

Dr. Flinn has over 20 years of experience working in prevention at the national, state, and local levels, and is a senior expert in substance use prevention strategies, project management, training and technical assistance, and alcohol and drug research, trends, and policies. She was previously the Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. Dr. Flinn also 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 alcohol and other drug problems among students and established a statewide prevention coalition of colleges and universities. She received her doctorate in higher education administration and educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007.

Lauren Caton

AOD Research Analyst

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Lauren Caton is a Research Analyst for the Women’s Services Network (WSN) and State Youth Coordinators. She previously conducted research at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UC San Francisco (UCSF) on topics ranging from opioid use disorder treatment expansion to adolescent reproductive health. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley in maternal, adolescent, and child health. She graduated from UT Austin in 2016 with a B.S. in nutritional sciences & toxicology.

Jose Silva

Research Analyst

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Mr. Silva is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a dual master’s degree in public health and social work. Before arriving at NASADAD, Jose was an Education/Employment Specialist in the Behavioral Healthcare Division of the Arlington County Department of Human Services, and spent time as a Trauma Survivors Network Fellow with the Allegheny Health Network.

Caroline Halsted

AOD Research Associate

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Caroline Halsted works with the opioid treatment, youth and women’s learning communities at NASADAD. She previously worked for the Illinois Governor’s Federal Affairs Office and participated in the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s summer research internship program. Caroline holds a B.S. in Community Health with a concentration in health planning and administration and a minor in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Claire Gray

AOD Research Associate

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Claire Gray works with the Prevention and Treatment Learning communities. Before coming to NASADAD, she previously worked with a community coalition in Baltimore, advocating for alcohol policies that protect the public's health, safety, and quality of life. Claire received a B.A. in Public Health and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability from Johns Hopkins University.