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


Holly Hagle, Ph.D.
Director of the National SBIRT ATTC at IRETA

Dr. Holly 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 Health 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. View a list of her publications



Dawn Lindsay, Ph.D.
Director of Evaluation Services

Dr. Dawn Lindsay is the Director Evaluation Services at IRETA. In this capacity, she is the evaluator of the National SBIRT ATTC and oversees other 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.



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.




Sarah King
Project Coordinator

Sarah King graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a undergraduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies in 2014. She joined the staff as project coordinator in February of 2015 working on 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.


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Crystal Downey
Project Coordinator

Crystal Downey graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and economics, as well as a minor in labor studies and employment relations. She joined IRETA in October 2015 as a Project Coordinator. She works with trainers and clients on various aspects of online course development, face to face trainings, and webinars. Prior to joining IRETA, she was a Program Assistant with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Mechanicsburg, PA.



Jessica Mace
Administrative Assistant

Jessica Mace 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. At IRETA, she performs a wide range of duties such as managing evaluation data, performing accounting tasks, and providing administrative support to the staff.



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. Leila’s roles include working with IRETA’s website, newsletters, blog, social media, videos, and events.

IRETA Board of Directors

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D.
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
1101 Market Street, 7th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107-2907
(215) 685-4736

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

Bruce Kraus
Pittsburgh City Council
510 City-County Building 414 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 255-2130

Peter Luongo, Ph.D., LCSW-C
425 Sixth Avenue Suite 403 Pittsburgh PA 15219
(412) 391-4449

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

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

Susan Weiner, MBA
Forging Futures
139 Freeport Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 944-3008