Agency Biographies

SAMHSA’s leadership team, made up of the Assistant Secretary, Deputies, Directors, and Regional Administrators, 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.

  • Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Assistant Secretary
    Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use (OAS)
    As the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. McCance-Katz advises the HHS Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in HHS.
  • Thomas Clarke, Director of NPHSUPL
    Director of National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory (NPHSUPL)
    Thomas Clarke is the Director of National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory (NPHSUPL).
  • Deepa Avula, Chief of Staff/Director of OFR
    Chief of Staff/Director of Office of Financial Resources (OFR)
    As the Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Financial Resources, Ms. Avula is responsible for formulating SAMHSA's more than $3 billion dollar budget.
  • Paolo del Vecchio, Director of OMTO
    Director of Office of Management, Technology, and Operations (OMTO)
    As the Director of the Office of Management, Technology, and Operations, Mr. del Vecchio works in partnership with SAMHSA and the Department of Health and Human Services to manage, provide leadership, and ensure SAMHSA's needs are met.
  • Daryl W. Kade, Director of OC
    Director of Office of Communications (OC)
    As the Director of the Office of Communications, Ms. Kade provides leadership in the development of SAMHSA’s priorities, strategies, and practices for effective communications to targeted public audiences, including relations with the media.
  • Anita Everett, Director of CMHS
    Director of Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
    As the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, Dr. Everett provides executive leadership for federal efforts to improve the nation’s mental health service systems.
  • Johnnetta Davis-Joyce Director of CSAP
    Director of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
    Johnnetta Davis-Joyce is the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
  • Dr. Louis Trevisan Headshot
    Director of Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
    Dr. Louis Trevisan is the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Krishnan Radhakrishnan, Director of CBHSQ
    Director of Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ)
    Krishnan Radhakrishnan is the Director of Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
  • Dr. Neeraj Gandotra Headshot
    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Gandotra is the Chief Medical Officer for SAMHSA.

Regional Administrators

  • SAMHSA Region 1 Administrator - Tom Coderre
    SAMHSA Regional Administrator Region 1 includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Dennis O. Romero, M.A. Region 2
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Mr. Romero oversees Region 2, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.
  • Click to view full-size image of Jean Bennett, Ph.D.
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Jean Bennett oversees Region 3, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Captain (CAPT) Michael King, PhD, MSW
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Captain King oversees Region 4, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Click to view full-size image of Captain Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D.
    As SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Captain Coady oversees Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Click to view full-size image of Commander Karen Hearod, LSCW
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Karen Hearod oversees Region 6, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas.
  • Kimberly Nelson headshot
    As SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Kimberly Nelson oversees Region 7, which includes Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.
  • Click to view full-size image of Charles Smith, Ph.D.
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Charles Smith oversees Region 8, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • Emily Williams Region 9
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Emily Williams oversees Region 9, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada, American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Marshall Islands, and Palau.
  • Click to view full-size image of David Dickinson, M.A.
    As a SAMHSA Regional Administrator, Mr. Dickinson oversees Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Last Updated: 01/04/2018