Leadership │Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES)
Director, AIR CARES
A board certified physician, Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar has broad experience working on opioid-related epidemiology, policy, public health intervention/evaluation, and as a treatment provider. Prior to joining AIR in 2018, Dr. Salisbury-Afshar served as Medical Director of Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore and Medical Director of Behavior Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health. She is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine/public health, and addiction medicine and her expertise lies at the intersection of these fields.
Deputy Director, AIR CARES
Susan Heil is responsible for research and planning tasks and management of projects that evaluate federal policy, implement programs, and transform systems of care, including work in the area of opioid misuse and abuse. Dr. Heil has assisted several federal agencies with strategic planning, performance assessment and improvement, and evaluation of designated program areas. She has also conducted needs assessments, strategic planning, and technical assistance delivery to state-level grantees. Learn more about Susan Heil.
Krishna Winfrey has more than 25 years of experience leading teams in the design and implementation of complex research and evaluation projects. She has deep expertise in the design and implementation of surveys collecting sensitive information and as well as complex, multi-mode, and multi-faceted data collection efforts in the public health and health services areas for states, foundations and federal clients. She has led technical assistance delivery teams supporting a broad range of recipients and the development of complex data and analytic products. Ms. Winfrey leads new business development and support the development of strategic direction for CARES. Learn more about Krishna Winfrey.
Senior TA Consultant
Kelly King is an applied behavioral scientist with over a decade of experience developing, managing, and evaluating cross-sector initiatives designed to reduce harm associated with substance use and criminal-legal system involvement. She is a skilled technical assistance provider that draws upon her expertise in mixed methods action research, cross-system data integration, and implementation science to support local, state, and national efforts to link individuals with behavioral health conditions to evidence-based treatment and recovery services. Learn more about Kelly King.
AIR CARES Advisory Board
The members of the Advisory Board collaborate with center staff on strategy, outreach, and networking opportunities around AIR’s addiction work. Each member of the board has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of public health, public safety, and/or addiction treatment and prevention.
Mady Chalk is a public policy researcher, clinician, and academician with over 30 years of experience demonstrating strong leadership, management, research, and organizational development skills in the mental health and substance abuse treatment and research fields, working with national trade and professional associations, county, state, and federal agencies. She has led major reorganization efforts in the private and public sectors; provided strategic consultation to states related to the ACA, parity compliance, quality improvement, performance measurement, data integration, use of medications in treatment, and managed care contracting.
Until 2017, Barbara Cimaglio served as deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health where she oversaw the Divisions of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Alcohol/Drug Abuse Programs within the Department. She led the Department’s effort to develop a comprehensive approach to working with community prevention and public health. Cimaglio was a key leader in the development of Vermont’s Care Alliance for Opioid Addiction (Hub & Spoke), the state’s response to the opioid crisis.
Regina LaBelle is a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She manages a project portfolio focused on the opioid epidemic, addiction policies, barriers to treatment for substance use disorders, public health approaches to drug policies and how law can promote access to treatment and support recovery; expanding the Institute’s current scope of work in this area. Before joining the Institute, LaBelle worked as the Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during the Obama Administration.
Geoffrey M. Laredo
Geoffrey Laredo, a principal at Santa Cruz Strategies LLC, is a nationally recognized expert in addiction policy and associated public health and public policy issues. He retired from the federal civil service in 2018 after thirty years working across different agencies including the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Laredo was the director of the Office of Policy and Public Liaison at the National Institutes of Health. He was also a policy fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.