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SAMHSA’s leadership team, made up of the Assistant Secretary, Deputies, Directors, and Regional Directors, brings SAMHSA a variety of experience and expertise in the behavioral health fields, including law, policy and research, mental health and substance use services, state and federal government, and more.

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Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D.

Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use

Tom Coderre

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

Sonia Chessen

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Trina Dutta

Chief of Staff

Michelle Greenhalgh

Director of Legislative Affairs

Larke Nahme Huang, Ph.D.

Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE)

Neeraj Gandotra, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Kurt John, Ed.D., M.P.A., MSF

Director of the Office of Financial Resources (OFR)

Monica Johnson, M.A., LPC

Director of the 988 & Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office

CAPT Karen Hearod, M.S.W., LCSW

Director of the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP)

Daniel Lonnerdal, M.S., FACHE

Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Management, Technology, and Operations (OMTO)

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.

Director of the Office of Recovery (OR)

Brian Altman, J.D.

Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory (NMHSUPL)

Naomi Tomoyasu, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ)

Anita Everett, M.D., DFAPA

Director of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

CAPT Christopher Jones, Pharm.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Yngvild K. Olsen, M.D., M.P.H.

Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

Regional Directors

Dennis Romero, M.A.

Regional Director (Region 2; Acting Region 10)

Jean Bennett, Ph.D.

Regional Director (Region 3)

CAPT Michael King, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Regional Director (Region 4)

Lynda M. Zeller, M.P.A.

Regional Director (Region 5)

Kristie Brooks, M.S.

Regional Director (Region 6)

Kimberly Freese, LAC, M.P.A.

Regional Director (Region 7; Acting Region 1)

CAPT Emily Williams, LCSW-PIP, BCD

Regional Director (Region 9; Acting Region 8)

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