Danya Institute Inc.

Board of Directors

  • Founder & CEO, Danya International Open or Close

    Jeffrey A. Hoffman, PhD (Chairman)

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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    As founder and CEO of Danya, Dr. Hoffman provides overall strategic direction and leadership for Danya. Overseeing all aspects of Danya's strategic alliances and commercial ventures, he is responsible for the strategic growth of the company. Dr. Hoffman has more than 25 years of experience as an executive, clinician, and researcher, and he has published extensively in a wide range of public health areas, including drug and tobacco addictions, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and family relationships. Dr. Hoffman initiated the opening of Danya's East Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya, and led the public-private partnership pilot study, called Mobile Direct Observation Treatment, using mobile video phones to monitor tuberculosis medication compliance. Dr. Hoffman also serves as Chairman of the Board of the not-for-profit Danya Institute; as a member of the Board of Save A Child's Heart, which performs pediatric heart surgeries in Israel for children from Palestine and developing countries; and as a member of the Board of the Corporate Council on Africa, the leading US-Africa trade organization.

  • Executive Director, The Danya Institute Open or Close

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    Renata Henry, MEd

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    I have the overall responsibility for the management, growth, and development of the Institute, guiding all administrative, fiscal, training, and programmatic activities, and have primary responsibilities for supervision of the Institute's personnel. In addition, I serve as Project Director for the Central East Addiction Technology Training Center (Central East), a government funded program providing analysis and training to enhance the behavioral health workforce throughout three states and the District of Columbia.

  • Executive Director at NACBHDD Open or Close
    Ron Manderscheid, PhD

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    Ron Manderscheid, PhD

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    Dr. Ronald Manderscheid's career spans the public, private, and academic sectors. He has served in numerous leadership roles at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)--both components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He served for many years on the faculty of the University of Maryland where he taught statistics, sociology, and social organization. He currently is the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • Director of Health Equity Open or Close
    Steven B. Owens, MD, MPH, MA

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    Steven B. Owens, MD, MPH, MA

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    Directs health equity initiatives and oversees DHPE's internship and fellowship programs

  • Founder of 133 Public Affairs Open or Close

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    Gayle Osterberg

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    A 16-year veteran communications officer in Washington, DC, Gayle is a founding partner of 133 Public Affairs, where she leads the firm's work with copyright industry clients including the Copyright Alliance, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Music Publishers' Association. She is the Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance's new Copyright Alliance Education Foundation, and the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Politics on Film, a new annual juried festival showcasing political and policy-oriented film in the Nation’s Capital.

  • VP Program Management and Evaluation, Danya Intl Open or Close
    Jennifer Scherer, PhD

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    Jennifer Scherer, PhD

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    With more than 20 years of experience conducting large-scale research and evaluation projects for an array of federal agencies as well as for nonprofit organizations, Dr. Scherer leads Danya's Global Evaluation and Training unit. In this role, she leads the business division in providing research and evaluation design and implementation, training and technical assistance, supervision of contracts and grants, and development of business opportunities and partnerships, both domestically and internationally. Dr. Scherer previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Research Analyst for COSMOS Corporation. In this capacity, she provided management oversight for the firm, established corporate policies, assessed technical operations, ensured contractual compliance, coordinated human capital requirements and issues, oversaw business development and marketing, served as senior research scientist and directed scientific research and performance monitoring projects. As the previous Vice President of Research and Adminsitration for Association & Issues Management, Inc., she conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in support of client and firm projects, investigated industry-related inquiries, and directed a public outreach center.

  • Independent Consultant Open or Close

    Vanesta Poitier

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  • Chief Financial Officer, Open Technology Group Open or Close

    Steven R. Steiner

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