Peter Luongo, Ph.D., LCSW-C
Before joining IRETA in 2011, Dr. Peter Luongo worked in the behavioral health field for over thirty years as a social worker and administrator. In Maryland, Dr. Luongo was the Single State Authority under three governors as the director of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. He also served within the Montgomery County, MD Department of Health and Human Services for over two decades, including as the Clinical Director of Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Dr. Luongo has served as a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, he received the Maryland Social Worker of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers and in 2012, he was selected as one of "50 Heroes for Justice" by The University of Maryland School of Social Work. Click here to see his list of publications
Holly Hagle, Ph.D.
National SBIRT ATTC Director
Dr. Hagle has been actively working with providers since joining the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) in 2003. She is the Director of the National Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Addiction Technology Transfer Center (National SBIRT ATTC) and as such oversees all of the training and educational initiatives. Dr. Hagle oversees the curriculum development and project coordination for three Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) SBIRT federally funded projects with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing since 2006. Dr. Hagle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health and Community Systems, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. Dr. Hagle has her BS in Psychology, MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction and PhD in Education, Instructional Management and Leadership. Click here to see her list of publications
Dawn Lindsay, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation Services
Dr. Dawn Lindsay joined IRETA in April 2011. She completed her graduate work in clinical psychology at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and was on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh until joining IRETA. She has eight years of experience conducting NIDA- and NIAAA-funded research in the area of adolescent substance use disorders. She is a member of American Psychological Association and the American Evaluation Association. Click here to see her list of publications
Jim Aiello, MA, MEd
Jim Aiello joined the staff of IRETA in August 2008. For the previous 12 years he served as Executive Vice President of Treatment Programs for Gateway Rehabilitation Center, one of the oldest and largest providers of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in western Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he had responsibility for the administration, planning and coordination of Gateway’s services, delivered at 19 locations in Pennsylvania. He was with Gateway for over 25 years in various supervisory capacities. Prior to this he was Director of Clinical Services for Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR’s Regional Chemical Abuse Program, and Unit Director for the South Hills Health System’s Regional Alcoholism Program. Mr. Aiello has been an instructor in Penn State’s Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program, has a Masters degree in Theology from St. John’s University in New York City, and a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Georgia. He currently serves on the advisory board of Penn State Beaver’s Psychology Department and the Board of Directors of Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR Inc.
Piper Lincoln, MA
Piper joined the staff as research associate in September, 2012 to assist with addiction-related evaluation research. She has been involved in behavioral research for the past seven years at Carnegie Mellon University where she received a BS in Decision Science and MA in Behavioral Decision Research. Piper works on applied research and data evaluation.
Jessica Williams graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She has served as a project manager for IRETA since February 2010. At IRETA, Ms. Williams oversees communications, including research, policy, and educational content on the IRETA website, social media, and e-newletters. She also writes and edits articles and grants.
Kristine H. Pond has worked for IRETA for over ten years on traditional and webinar training and technical assistance projects. Responsibilities include event registration, budget, site procurement and onsite event management, correspondence with trainers and attendees, development of educational and promotional materials. She also secures certification for course CEUs for multiple credentialing agencies, manages staff travel coordination and assists Chief Financial Officer with Accounts Payable.
Julius J. Habjanetz
Chief Financial Officer Human Resource
Julius J. Habjanetz has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration while majoring in Accounting at Duquesne University and an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Community College of Allegheny County. He has over twenty-six years of multi-fund accounting in the non-profit and governmental fields. His specialties are federal, state and county accounting and the Indirect Cost Proposal for the Federal Government.
Melva I. Hogan has worked at IRETA for over ten years and her responsibilities include: processing GPRA data, webinars, correspondence/scheduling attendees and instructors for the Scaife Medical Student Seminars, processing IRETA website store orders, assisting the Finance Manager and numerous other projects.
Digital Media Intern
Leila Giles started working at IRETA in December, 2013. She is involved in online projects such as newsletters, webinars, and the website; managing IRETA's social media presence; and creating videos and graphics. She holds a B.S. in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her past work experiences have ranged from serving as a production assistant in Hollywood to answering phones for a congressperson in Washington.
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