SAMHSA CSAP National Advisory Council Members Biographies
Craig PoVey, MSW, Prevention Administrator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Salt Lake City, Utah (Term Ending 2020)
Craig PoVey M.S.W. works for the State of Utah, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, where he is the Prevention Administrator. Through serving in this capacity, he is a member of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD). He served on the Board of Directors for NASADAD and is the Past President of the National Prevention Network, a subsidiary of NASADAD. Craig PoVey’s broad understanding of behavioral health science and the needs of prevention practitioners has landed him in several advisory committees including the Society for Prevention Research, CADCA’s Coalition Advisory Committee, and the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology. He is the past Chair of the Utah Prevention Advisory Committee. In his early career he was a mental health and substance abuse therapist for adolescents.
Judith Cushing, Founder, CEO/ Emeritus, Lines for Life, Portland, Oregon (Term Ending 2021)
Judith Cushing is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership) in Portland, Oregon and led that non-profit for 21 years. Lines for Life is a regional private nonprofit organization dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention, addiction crisis response, suicide prevention, and public policy. In addition to managing a staff of professionals providing prevention education, suicide intervention, and alcohol and drug crisis response, and public policy work, her responsibilities included leadership development, community building, and policy advocacy at the state and national level.
For the past 35 years, Mrs. Cushing’s work has focused on alcohol and drug policy and prevention, mental health crisis, suicide prevention and advocacy. From 1991-1995 Ms. Cushing served as project director for the Oregon State Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs' Oregon Together Project, a research project in collaboration with the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. The Together project became the national prototype for Communities That Care, a research-based model for community-based intervention and mobilization. From 1991 -1998, Ms. Cushing served as a trainer and consultant to the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. In 2003 Ms. Cushing was appointed by President Bush to serve on the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Commission on Drug-Free Communities.
Howard Hakes, President, Hitchcock Automotive Resources, Crescenta, California (Term Ending 2021)
Howard Hakes is President of Hitchcock Automotive Resources, one of Southern California’s largest automotive dealer groups, which owns and operates three dealerships throughout Southern California – Puente Hills Toyota, Toyota of Santa Barbara and Northridge Toyota.
Mr. Hakes is passionate about community-based organizations that help the under-privileged, and very involved in substance abuse programs. He was a founding member and President of the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition that received a $625,000 grant from SAMSHA, the organization is now called CV Alliance and is fully functioning without any grant money. Mr. Hakes received a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2012 and was California Certified in 2013 through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). He now works at Abacus Guidance center in Pasadena Ca. several nights a week on a pro-bono basis. He also is involved in the homelessness problem facing not only Pasadena but California.
Richard F. Catalano Jr., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (Term Ending 2022)
Dr. Richard Catalano is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, the co-founder of the Social Development Research Group, and Past President of the Society for Prevention Research. For over 40 years, he has led research and program development to promote positive youth development and prevent problem behavior. His work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for positive and problem behavior, designing and evaluating programs to address these factors, and using this knowledge to understand and improve prevention service systems in states and communities.
He has published over 400 articles and book chapters. He has been a member or chair of several NIH review committees, the prevention editor of the Surgeon General’s report on Facing Addiction: Alcohol, Drugs and Health, member of National Academy of Sciences study groups, and is currently a member of the Board of Children, Youth and Families and NAS Consensus Study on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development.
Dr. Catalano is a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is the co-developer of the Social Development Model; the parenting programs “Guiding Good Choices,” “Supporting School Success,” “Staying Connected with Your Teen,” and “Focus on Families;” the school-based program, “Raising Healthy Children;” and the community prevention approach, “Communities That Care.”
Kelly J. Kelleher, M.D., MPH, Vice President of Community Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Term Ending 2022)
Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness, and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental health disorders, substance use, or violence. He has a longstanding interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and substance use services. Dr. Kelleher is Vice President of Community Health and Principal Investigator for the Center of Innovation Pediatric Practice at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He also is a distinguished professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, George Mason University, Celebration, Florida (Term Ending 2023)
David Anderson, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University (Mason). He served on the faculty at Mason for 28 years, finishing his career there as Professor and Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health. He served as project director and researcher on over 180 grants and contracts; these encompassed a range of national, state and local projects, and included needs assessments and evaluation, curriculum, research and program implementation. He conducts needs assessments; prepares evaluation and analysis; and assists with strategic planning. His work emphasizes college students, youth, school and community leaders, program planners, and policy makers. Specialty areas include drug/alcohol abuse prevention, strategic planning and mobilization, communication and education, health promotion, and needs assessment and evaluation. At Mason, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on drug and alcohol issues, community health, and health communications.
Cady Berkel, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, REACH Institute, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (Term Ending 2023)
Dr. Cady Berkel received her B.A. from the George Washington University and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Berkel focuses on reducing health disparities (including substance use, mental health, HIV and other STIs, and obesity) through research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs. She studies the implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings, including healthcare and court systems. Her work evaluates implementation mechanisms that promote positive outcomes for programs delivered in community settings, through behavioral observations and machine learning. She also conducts basic research on risk (e.g., discrimination and poverty) and resilience (e.g., racial/ethnic socialization, identity, and cultural values) mechanisms associated with health disparities.
Jim Kooler, Dr.P.H., Administrator, Friday Night Live Partnership, Visalia, CA (Term Ending 2023)
Jim Kooler, Dr.P.H. serves as the Assistant Deputy Director of Behavioral Health at the CA Dept. of Health Care Services. In this role he is responsible for leading the policy efforts to see that youth receive the behavioral health services they need. He previously served as the Administrator for the California Friday Night Live Partnership and the California Center for Youth Development and Health Promotion. He has designed and implemented effective alcohol and other drug prevention and youth development programs at the County and State level for over 36 years. He helped to pioneer the Friday Night Live (FNL), Club Live (CL), FNL Kids, and FNL Mentoring programs. He helped create the Betting On Our Future (BOOF) problem gambling prevention program. He champions youth development in multiple settings and was responsible for developing the Quality Assurance Standards for the California Mentor Initiative and the California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership.
Sally Manninen, MA, Director of Community Health, York Hospital, York, ME (Term Ending 2024)
Sally Manninen has 20+ years in education and substance use prevention and 11 years’ experience working with community partners in southern Maine on a full continuum of substance use prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery projects. She is Director of the Community Health team at York Hospital, a small non-profit hospital serving southern York County Maine. She has worked at York Hospital since 2008, becoming the Coalition and Community Health Director in 2017.
Ms. Manninen is an experienced Prevention Specialist, trainer and grant writer. She spent ten years in the public health system of Massachusetts, providing training and technical assistant to community coalitions across the northeast region. She has written several successful SAMHSA grants and served as a reviewer of both Drug Free Communities and Partnerships for Success grants. She also helped write a Maine Health Access Foundation grant for York Hospital that has provided $150,000 to help create a new medication assisted treatment program for people with opioid use disorder.
Sarah Mariani, CPP, Section Manager, Washington State Healthcare Authority, Olympia, WA (Term Ending 2024)
Sarah Mariani currently is the Section Manager overseeing substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion services for the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Sarah has a strong commitment to serving youth and families in high need communities in all of the Section programs and initiatives. Currently, she focuses on policy development and strategic planning to ensure effective service delivery and outcomes. Sarah is the co-chair for the State Prevention Enhancement Policy Consortium that oversees the state’s five-year Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Mental Health Promotion. Additionally, in this role she also serves as Washington State’s National Prevention Network representative and is the NPN President.
Sarah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seattle University followed by a year of AmeriCorps working in schools and with families. Sarah continued her work as a community organizer in building healthier communities working throughout Snohomish County, WA. Prior to joining the state, she was the Executive Director for the county program to prevent youth violence and substance abuse. Sarah has worked in prevention for over twenty years including coalition-building, strategic planning, and training. Sarah began working for the State of Washington in 2006 and has contributed to the development of multiple substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion initiatives for the state. Including development of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative model and as part of her work to support workforce development, Sarah created the first of its kind, Washington State online professional development platform which includes interactive content as well as online courses for the prevention professionals in the state.
Monica S. Ruiz, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC (Term Ending 2024)
Monica S. Ruiz, Ph.D., MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University (GWU). She has focused most of her career on prevention research among marginalized populations (such as people who inject drugs [PWID]) that are at greatest risk of HIV infection. She has expertise in clinical HIV prevention research for PWID in the United States and abroad. Dr. Ruiz also has policy experience: as Acting Director for Public Policy at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, she provided legislative education to Congressional staff on the effectiveness of syringe access programs for HIV prevention and engaged in advocacy for the removal of the syringe exchange funding restriction language in HR 2764.
As the PI for the original project (1 R01 DA031649-01; Impact Evaluation of a Policy Intervention for HIV Prevention in Washington, D.C.), Dr. Ruiz led her research team to the successful completion of a quantitative and qualitative analyses of policy change for syringe access in D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. She and her team have numerous published papers in peer-reviewed journals; they have presented their findings at both domestic and international conferences. Her findings regarding the impact of policy change on HIV infections in D.C. gained national media coverage, including an interview on National Public Radio and widespread newspaper coverage (e.g., Washington Post, Huffington Post, and USA Today).