Leadership │Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (AIR CARES)
Director of 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. Learn more about Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar.
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.
Center Advisory Board
The members of the Advisory Board collaborate with center staff on strategy, outreach, and networking opportunities around AIR’s work on the opioid crisis. Each member of the board has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of public health, public safety, and/or addiction treatment and prevention.
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.
Chauncey Parker is a veteran of more than 30 years in criminal justice. Currently, he serves as the director of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA (High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), a federally-funded program that invests in public safety and public health partnerships designed to reduce drug abuse and its consequences. He also serves as executive assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
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.