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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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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.

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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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.

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. McBournie also oversees research and engagement on the state and federal levels to ensure that programs are in place to facilitate patient access to care.

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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. 

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.

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.

Ryan Ruffin-Hawthorn Administrative Assistant

Ryan Ruffin-Hawthorn is an administrative assistant with Pew’s substance use prevention and treatment initiative. 

Before coming to Pew, Ruffin-Hawthorn worked for Dispute Resolutions as a court-appointed civil mediator. He has more than five years of combined administrative assistance, research, and legal policy experience at the local, state, and national levels.

Ruffin-Hawthorn holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Texas Tech University and is working toward a master’s in counterterrorism and homeland security policy at American University.

Andrew Whitacre Officer

Andrew Whitacre is an officer 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.

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.

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.