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 26 years of multi-fund accounting in the nonprofit and government sector. 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 non-profit organization in the north hills of Pittsburgh dedicated to educating suburban communities about the opioid epidemic.

David Reazin, MHS
Director of Clinical Quality Improvement Services

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
Senior 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.

Abigail Bartus, MPH, CPH
Communication and Health Promotion Associate

Abigail earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Slippery Rock University, and reiterated her love for public health by pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

While pursuing her Masters, Abigail worked as a research specialist for the University of Pittsburgh on substance use disorder related projects.

At IRETA, Abby oversees a Pennsylvania-wide education initiative on safer prescribing and ways to address opioid addiction in healthcare settings. While she’s had experience with health education curriculum development, as well as disease surveillance and monitoring, she is incredibly excited to continue pursuing her passion for helping people affected by substance use disorder by working at IRETA.

Christie Nebel, LPC
Clinical Quality Improvement Associate

Christie earned a MA in community counseling from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and is currently working towards a MBA at Chatham University.

Christie has worked in many different capacities within the behavioral health field. Her career started as a drug and alcohol outpatient counselor, and she transitioned to providing therapeutic support to individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through community treatment team services. She has also worked in a managed care organization and assisted in the creation of a medication-assisted treatment program within a family health center.

Working at IRETA provides Christie with the continued opportunity to positively impact peoples’ lives that have been negatively affected by addiction.

Jessica Thurston, LPC
Clinical Quality Improvement Associate

Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. In 2014, Jessica completed the required field work and obtained her license as a professional counselor.

Jessica began her career as an in-home child and family therapist. She worked primarily with juveniles involved in the criminal justice system and their families, providing them with therapeutic support and interventions. She transitioned to working in an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center where she was able to pursue a personal and professional passion to helping those struggling with addiction. Jessica has worked in a variety of roles, including but not limited to case management, direct client care, and supervisor as a lead therapist.

Working at IRETA provides Jessica with the continued opportunity to positively help those that have been impacted by addiction. She is able to instill hope and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Jessica Samuel
Finance and Program Associate

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.

Marla Kauffman
Communication and Health Promotion Coordinator

Marla received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication and English Composition from Duquesne University in 2013. After working briefly for a social media marketing start-up, Marla was hired as the Marketing & Development Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Western PA. During her time at Planned Parenthood, she nurtured a passion for the non-profit sector, particularly as it relates to healthcare and human services.

Working at IRETA provides Marla the opportunity to advocate for those affected by addiction and educate larger communities about the issue. She has plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health.