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Meet the Team

Sheri Doyle Senior Manager

Sheri Doyle is a senior manager with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. In this role, she oversees research and policy analysis to inform state and federal efforts to expand access to substance use disorder treatment.

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Alexandra Duncan Senior Officer

Alexandra Duncan works on Pew’s federal and state initiatives to reduce the inappropriate use of prescription opioids and increase access to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders.

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Jane Koppelman Senior Officer

Jane Koppelman is a senior officer with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative, working with state and local policymakers and practitioners to promote evidence-based strategies that lead to successful recovery from and/or prevent opioid use disorder.

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Alaina McBournie Senior Manager

Alaina McBournie is a senior manager with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She works with states to identify and advance solutions that enhance access to substance use disorder treatment.

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Leslie Paulson Officer

Leslie Paulson is an officer with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative, playing a central role in developing a new line of community-oriented work. She oversees the evaluation of promising community-based models addressing the opioid epidemic, specifically the Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) project. 

Before joining Pew, Paulson focused primarily on behavioral health integration, practice-based research, and community engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from Michigan State University and master’s degrees in public health policy from the University of Minnesota and community health social work from the University of Michigan.

Frances McGaffey Associate Manager

Frances McGaffey is an associate manager with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She is a member of a policy team that partners with states to advance reforms that expand access to effective treatment for opioid use disorders. She also contributes to Pew’s substance use disorder research and helps to develop publications that respond to states’ needs. 

Before joining the initiative, she worked with other Pew teams on state fiscal health and prison health care. McGaffey holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a master’s in public policy from George Washington University. 

Christopher Lipson Associate Manager

Christopher Lipson is an associate manager with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. He helps to provide states with technical assistance in developing policy solutions to expand access to substance use treatment and reduce overdose deaths. 

Previously, Lipson was a director of state government affairs and advocacy for the American Diabetes Association, where he developed legislative and grassroots strategies in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and support those living with the disease. Lipson holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s in applied American politics and policy, both from Florida State University.

Glenn Wright Associate Manager

Glenn Wright is an associate manager with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. He leads a team that helps states to identify and advance solutions that enhance access to substance use disorder treatment.

Before joining the initiative, he advised other Pew teams in developing state-based strategies to expand access to dental care and advance evidence-based decision-making by states and counties. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in West Virginia and a master’s in public policy from George Mason University.

Andrew Whitacre Principal Associate

Andrew Whitacre is a principal associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. He is a member of a policy team that partners with states to advance reforms that expand access to effective treatment for opioid use disorders. 

Before coming to Pew, he worked on building healthier counties at the National Association of Counties and supporting state leaders on substance use disorders at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in American government from Georgetown University.

Jenna Bluestein Principal Associate

Jenna Bluestein is a principal associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative, providing research support for state policy analysis and developing publications for policymakers on evidence-based treatment and overdose prevention for opioid use disorder. Before joining Pew, Bluestein worked on physical and behavioral health integration in Medicaid at the National Academy for State Health Policy and supported community health efforts at the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Bluestein holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s in public policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Vanessa Baaklini Senior Associate

Vanessa Baaklini leads and supports original research projects and develops publications on effective treatment for opioid use disorder.

Before joining Pew, she worked on implementing and evaluating substance use prevention initiatives in health care settings.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State University.

Victoria Yastishock Senior Associate

Victoria Yastishock is a senior associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She works with states to improve access to effective treatments for substance use disorders and adopt metrics to identify gaps in access to treatment.

Before joining Pew in January 2019, Yastishock served as a public health analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Seattle University and a master’s in public health from George Washington University.

Kamren Gilbard Associate

Kamren Gilbard is an associate with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She is a member of the policy team that partners with states to assess and improve substance use treatment systems.

Before coming to Pew, Gilbard worked part time for the Rhode Island Department of Health and a medical-legal partnership while finishing her undergraduate degree.

Gilbard holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy, specializing in health policy, from Brown University.

Danita Moses Coordinator

Danita Moses is a coordinator with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative, supporting research projects on effective treatments for opioid use disorder.

Before joining Pew, Moses worked as an internal operations manager for an information technology management consulting firm, providing project management, training, contracts, and human resources administration.

Moses holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeastern University.

Deloris Snodgrass Administrative Assistant

Deloris Snodgrass is an administrative assistant with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. 

Before coming to Pew, Snodgrass worked for FTI Consulting as an office manager. She has more than eight years of experience working in administrative support in federal government services and in the private sector.

Snodgrass is attending Prince George’s Community College to complete a variety of certifications in human resources and information technology.