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.

Rick Harwood

Deputy Executive Director

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Mr. Harwood is the Deputy Executive Director 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.

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 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.


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.

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.

Heather D’Onofrio

AOD Research Analyst

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Heather D'Onofrio 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.

Amy Frandsen

AOD Research Analyst

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Amy Frandsen is an AOD Research Analyst at NASADAD. Amy assists NASADAD’s Research Analysts and the Treatment, Opioid Treatment, Prevention, and Women’s Services learning communities. Her main responsibilities include: providing technical assistance to States by collecting and summarizing information from States on topics relevant to the learning communities; assisting with case studies; facilitating and summarizing webinars and calls; as well as researching programs, practices, and policies as requested by NASADAD members.

Before coming to NASADAD, Amy was a CSAP fellow and worked at the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health as a Prevention Program Manager. Amy received a B.S. in Public Health from Brigham Young University.

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.

Joel Tinkler

AOD Research Associate

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Joel Tinkler is an AOD Research Associate at NASADAD. He assists the Opioid Treatment, Youth Coordinator, and Women’s Services learning communities. His main responsibilities include: providing technical assistance to states by collecting and summarizing inquiries regarding topics relevant to the learning communities, maintaining NADASAD’s website, and facilitating and summarizing webinars and calls, among other responsibilities.

Before coming to NASADAD, Joel was a Data Collections Specialist with the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement’s human trafficking program. He was also a Commission on the Status of Women Fellow with WomenNC. Joel received a B.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Claire Gray

AOD Research Associate

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Claire Gray is an AOD Research Associate at NASADAD. She works with the Treatment, Prevention, and HIV Coordinators Learning Communities, assisting with inquiries as requested by NASADAD members. She previously worked with the Baltimore Good Neighbors Coalition, advocating to improve alcohol policies that protect the public’s health, safety, and quality of life in Baltimore. Claire received a B.A. in Public Health and a B.A. in Global Environmental Change & Sustainability from Johns Hopkins University.