Julius J. Habjanetz
Chief Financial Officer

Jules earned his 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

Dawn brings a strong academic and analytical background to the IRETA team. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. After completing an addiction services rotation during her internship at the VA in Chicago, followed by an NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dawn was committed to focusing her career in this field. She spent five years as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Pitt researching substance use disorders in adolescents.

In her post-academic life, IRETA offers Dawn the opportunity to apply her analytic skills to on the ground, real-world research problems. She oversees all of IRETA’s applied research and evaluation projects, and truly enjoys working at a place where no two days are alike.

Dawn is a member of the American Evaluation Association, and is on the Advisory Board of the Opiate Reform Initiative, a new non-profit organization in the north hills of Pittsburgh dedicated to educating suburban communities about the opioid epidemic.

David Reazin, MHS
Director of Clinical Operations

David earned a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University.

Before joining IRETA, David 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.

With over 40 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment and program development, David’s dedication to improving the lives of clients experiencing alcohol and other substance use disorders is unmatched. He is a member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

Jessica Williams, MPH
Director of Communication and Health Promotion

Jessica was hired as an assistant at IRETA in 2010 and has risen in the ranks to lead the Communication and Health Promotion team.

During her tenure at IRETA, she received a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and has found her voice as local advocate for addiction recovery and harm reduction services.

At IRETA, Jessica creates online content and other educational materials, in addition overseeing IRETA’s training initiatives for health and human service providers. No matter what she’s working on at IRETA, Jessica welcomes the opportunity to shine a light on all who have struggled personally with addiction.

Piper Lincoln, MS
Research Associate

Piper joined the IRETA staff as a Research Associate in 2012 to assist with evaluation services after receiving her Master of Science in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon University.

At IRETA, Piper is able to continue her pursuit of behavioral research in public health while working for a nonprofit in an underserved area and having an immediate impact on the lives of others.

As a research associate, Piper enjoys thinking critically about research methods and evaluating what influences behavior spanning from individual to societal level perspectives.

Leila Giles
Communication and Digital Media Coordinator

After graduating with a degree in communications and a minor in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Leila first got her start at IRETA working as an intern, before rejoining the team as a full-time staff member.

During her absence, Leila spent a year working for a research group at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on substance use and social media’s influences on mental health and societal attitudes.

If you’ve spent time with IRETA’s website, blog posts, newsletters, or Facebook page, you’ve seen Leila’s work. That’s only a partial picture of Leila’s projects at IRETA. No two weeks are the same, a fact that Leila appreciates.

Jessica Samuel
Project Coordinator

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance while minoring in Political Science at West Virginia University.

After spending five years in the banking industry, it was Jessica’s curiosity that brought her to IRETA. She had an insatiable eagerness to learn more about substance use, mental health, and their effects on people from all walks of life, and now works at IRETA coordinating trainings, providing continuing education to training participants, and assisting with fiscal operations.

Whether she’s working alongside trainers and clients or lending her banking expertise to various fiscal tasks, Jessica is thrilled that IRETA gives her an opportunity to apply her unique skills toward helping other people.

Rachael B. 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 in 2012, where she also worked as a research assistant for the Department of Psychology.

Rachael’s experience working directly with those who have been impacted by substance use disorders has built empathy and shown her the importance of looking at situations from other people’s perspectives rather than being judgmental.

At IRETA, Rachael is involved in collecting and maintaining data for a variety of projects related to improving responses to substance use and addiction.