PRESIDENT and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Gary Tennis serves as NAMSDL’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Gary specializes in drafting and developing treatment, intervention, and prevention model laws, policies, guidelines and strategies. He serves as a liaison with Congress, federal agencies and national organizations on behalf of NAMSDL. A Pennsylvania prosecutor for more than 35 years, Gary recently served for several years as the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Gary is also a co-founder of NAMSDL.
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Kevin Smith serves as NAMSDL’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Deputy CEO). Kevin assists the CEO with daily management of financial, administrative and personnel operations, and the daily management of NAMSDL’s website, webinars and other telecommunications tools. Additionally, he is the primary point of contact for NAMSDL’s initiatives involving law enforcement, criminal justice, military, veteran’s and information management issues.
Kevin has served with NAMSDL for more than 15 years in various roles. Prior to joining NAMSDL, Kevin has more than 30 years of experience in operations and drug and alcohol work with law enforcement agencies, multijurisdictional task forces, state and local policymakers, federal agencies and communities. He has had the opportunity to assist stakeholders in many aspects of the drug and alcohol arena, including policy development, diversion control, prevention and treatment.
Chief Operating Officer
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Cheryl Dondero serves as NAMSDL’s Chief Operating Officer and assists the President and CEO with the daily management of all financial, administrative and personnel operations. Additionally, she is the primary point of contact for NAMSDL’s initiatives involving Warm Hand-off of Overdose Survivors to Treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) research and initiatives and Pathways to Pardons.
Prior to joining NAMSDL, Cheryl was the Director of Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services where she was responsible for developing a comprehensive, community-based drug and alcohol service provider network for all treatment, prevention, intervention and recovery support services. Prior to her county positon, she was the Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), under Secretary of DDAP at the time, Gary Tennis, where she retired with 35 years of service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cheryl received her Master of Human Services (MHS) degree from Lincoln University in 2002. She proudly identifies herself as a woman in long-term recovery and knows first-hand the devastating effects of addiction on her own life, the lives of her family and friends and on our nation’s families and communities. She is passionate about helping others to achieve a life of recovery free from drug and alcohol addiction. She is excited to again be working with our President and CEO Gary Tennis and the rest of the exceptional NAMSDL staff and board members.
MANAGING LEGISLATIVE ATTORNEY
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Chad serves as a Managing Legislative Attorney providing grant and project management services for NAMSDL, and focusing on research and analysis of prescription drug monitoring (PMP) and prescribing practice laws and policies. He also provides technical assistance and drafts model legislation. Previously, Chad served as the Managing Director of the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board where he coordinated the development, operation and enhancement of the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
SENIOR LEGISLATIVE ATTORNEY
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Jonathan performs research and comparative analysis of states' drug and alcohol laws, regulations and policies. Among his areas of specialty are criminal justice and health care issues involving alcohol.
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Jennifer manages NAMSDL’s information retrieval, storage and dissemination systems to maintain and promote the organization as a drug and alcohol legislative and policy resource center. She is responsible for NAMSDL’s website, extranet, databases and assists with the Technical Assistance process.
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Tammy is the Administrative Assistant and supports NAMSDL by managing the administrative workflow, which entails establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with other staff, outside agencies, organizations, vendors and the general public. Tammy also assists to ensure operations adhere to policies and regulations, and keeps current with all organizational changes and business developments.
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Bethany is the Executive Assistant and supports the NAMSDL staff and offices administratively, while also contributing to NAMSDL program initiatives where she can lend her experience and technical assistance. Beth’s most recent experience as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol Education at the PA Liquor Control Board, coupled with more than 30 years of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania experience in corrections, research, program planning and management (juvenile justice and victim services), grants and accounting provides a strong foundation for numerous NAMSDL model law initiatives.
In addition to her commonwealth experience, Beth has administrative and leadership experience with non-profit organizations, working in the areas of training, education and recovery. Beth returned to college as an adult and received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Albright College in 2002 and her Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from Shippensburg University in 2004.