Peter F. Luongo, Ph.D.
Executive Director


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 in a variety of clinical and administrative leadership roles. 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 where he received the Johns Hopkins University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996. 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. In 2015 Dr. Luongo was nominated and elected a Class A Trustee of the General Services Board of Alcoholics Anonymous. View a list of his publications



Julius Habjanetz
Chief Financial Officer

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.



Dawn Lindsay, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation Services

Dr. Dawn Lindsay oversees research and evaluation activities at IRETA. Prior to joining IRETA, she conducted research on adolescent substance use disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and American Evaluation Association. View a list of her publications



Jessica Williams, MPH
Director of Communication and Health Promotion

Jessica Williams graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked at IRETA since February 2010. At IRETA, Ms. Williams oversees communications, including content on the IRETA website, social media, and e-newletters. She also writes and edits articles and grants.



Piper Lincoln, MS
Research Associate

Piper Lincoln joined the staff as a Research Associate in 2012 to assist with evaluation services. Prior to joining IRETA, she was involved in behavioral research at Carnegie Mellon University where she received a BS in Decision Science and MS in Behavioral Decision Research. Ms. Lincoln works on applied research and data evaluation.



David Reazin, MHS
Director of Clinical Operations

David Reazin has a masters of human services degree from Lincoln University. He has 40 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment, and program development. He has worked as an individual, group and family therapist, clinical supervisor, program director, administrator, and has directed the development of software to manage and evaluate clients involved in treatment and/or the criminal justice system.



Jessica Samuel
Project Coordinator

Jessica Samuel graduated from West Virginia University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Political Science. She joined the staff as an administrative assistant in November of 2015. Her responsibilities include event planning, development of educational and promotional materials, managing course CEUs for multiple credentialing agencies, staff travel coordination, and assisting the Chief Financial Officer with Accounts Payable.



Leila Giles
Communication and Digital Media Coordinator

Leila Giles returned to IRETA in February 2016, where she previously spent a year as an intern. Between tenures at IRETA, she worked with a research center at the University of Pittsburgh as their Communications Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Communications Media with a minor in Psychology. Her responsibilities include working with IRETA’s website, newsletters, blog, social media, videos, and events.


Rachael Vargo 2016 for website


Rachael Vargo
Research Assistant

Rachael Vargo joined the Research and Evaluation team at IRETA in August 2016. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (2012) where she also worked as a research assistant through the Department of Psychology. Before joining IRETA, Rachael held multiple positions related to social work services, mental health, research, and integrated healthcare. Ms. Vargo assists with applied research, data collection, program evaluations and project coordination.


IRETA Board of Directors

Michael Harle, MHS
106 West Main Street Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 239-9600, x201

Henrick Harwood – Vice Chairman
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 605 Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-0090, ext. 104

Rev. Dr. Toussaint King Hill, Jr.
West Hunter Street Baptist Church
1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW Atlanta, GA 30310-1812
(404) 758-5563

Eric Hulsey, DrPH
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
One Smithfield Street, Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

David C. McAdoo, MBA – Treasurer
Southwest Behavioral Health Management, Inc.
2520 New Butler Road New Castle, PA 16101
(724) 657-3470, x13

Jeanne Minnicks, MBA
Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden
1020 State Street, Bade, PA 15005
(724) 869-6592 

Jesse Scheck – Secretary
Community Member
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 583-4258

James Simms, D.Min. – Chairman
St. Paul Baptist Church
6701 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 362-4932