Tribal Opioid Technical Advisory Group

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Meet the Tribal Opioid Technical Advisory Group Members

Adrian Dominguez

Adrian Dominguez

Chief Data Officer, Seattle Indian Health Board, Urban Indian Health Institute

Mr. Dominguez received his MS in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Public Health, and was awarded the Harvard University Health Professionals fellowship. Currently, he is the President of the Washington State Public Health Association.

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Mr. Dominguez has nearly 30 years of experience working as an epidemiologist and public health professional. He oversees and directs all public health data elements that includes epidemiology, surveillance, research, methodology, informatics, data metrics, data systems, and data infrastructure. He leads a team of epidemiologists conducting research, surveillance, and evaluation on issues of importance to urban Indian communities. He weaves technical rigor together with the utmost respect for the strength and resilience of indigenous communities.

Anne H. Skinstad

Anne H. Skinstad

Clinical Professor, Dept. of Community & Behavioral Health, Univ. of Iowa Program Director, The National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (AI/AN ATTC) and The Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) TA program Program Director

Dr. Skinstad received her Ph.D. and and Psychology degree (equivalent to a Psy.D) from the College of Psychology, University of Bergen in Norway.

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Additional Titles: The National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (AI/AN MHTTC) Program Director, The National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (AI/AN PHTTC) Program Director, The National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Trauma TSA Center

Dr. Skinstad was the chief psychologist for the first in-patient treatment unit for women with substance use and mental health disorders and their children at the Hjellestad-Clinic in Bergen, Norway. Her research and clinical interests have been on SUD in women with co-occurring mental health disorders. Over the last 20 years, she has overseen the development of different workforce development initiative in Native communities, as well as training curricula on prevention, treatment and assessment of substance use and mental health disorders with different populations. Furthermore, she has directed the cultural adaptations of different curricula to Native American tribal communities.

Christina Arrendondo

Christina Arrendondo

Medical Director, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Dr. Arredondo's interests lie in public health capacity building, Native health, data management, addiction services, integration of culture into a medical model of care, and helping bring about behavioral change.

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Dr. Arredondo worked in mental health treatment and research in San Francisco and Stanford University and has worked in inpatient care, outpatient care, and emergency care. She received her BA in Psychology from Carleton College, her MD at University of Washington, and Psychiatry Residency and Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University.

David Begay

David Begay

Associate Research Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, College of Pharmacy, Community Environmental Health Program

Dr. Begay was raised with the deep cultural knowledge, tradition, and language of the Dine’ (Navajo) people. He is a member of the Dine’ Hatallii (Spiritual and Herbal Healers) Association. David is a disabled combat Vietnam veteran. He is also currently a member of the Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board (IRB) appointed by the Navajo Nation Council.

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David Begay, Ph.D. is currently working with several federally-funded health research projects. David is a former adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He is also a former professor and academic dean for Dine’ (Navajo Nation) College. He is currently VP for the Indigenous Education Institute, Friday Habor, WA. He has worked with NSF and other federal projects including NASA for 20 plus years, JPL, and Goddard Space Flight Center on Heliophysics educational outreach. David is considered a tribal elder and provides cultural consultant services to many organizations and corporations both in the United States and internationally.

Dawn Lee

Dawn Lee

Owner/director of Dawn Lee Consulting, LLC

Ms. Lee is currently working for numerous tribal communities as an operations consultant to start new Behavioral Health and Opiate treatment programs to bring healing to those communities using an integrative healthcare model. Dawn is a member of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Washington State Association for Treatment of Opioid dependence (WSATOD) and the Seven Directions Opioid Treatment Advisory Group at the University of Washington.

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Dawn Lee has been working in the field of substance use disorders since 1999.  She is licensed in Washington State as a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP). She has been working in tribal communities since 2004 and was the visionary for the didgʷálic Wellness Center for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

In addition to her work as a SUDP, she developed multiple programs within the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community which increased her staff from 6 employees to 90. For her work at didgʷálic her team won the Portland Area Indian Health Service Leadership Award, Recognition of Excellence Award, and the Indian Health Service Directors Awards.

Dennis Donovan

Dennis Donovan

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Prior to moving to the UW, Dr. Donovan served as Associate and Acting Director of the first Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as President of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, among other distinctions.

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Dr. Donovan has over 35 years’ experience as a direct service provider, clinical trainer/supervisor, treatment program administrator, and clinical researcher. He served for 25 years as Director of the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Psychology, Health Services, and Global Health. He also served as Associate Director with UW Center for AIDS Research Behavioral Sciences Core, Principal Investigator of the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, and Co-Director of the Information Dissemination Core and the Pilot Project Core for Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE). He also served on the External Advisory Committee for the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) at Montana State University.

Kevin English

Kevin English

Director, the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC)

Dr. English is the director of AASTEC, which serves 27 Native American communities in the Southwest. Current AASTEC services are organized around four priority areas— epidemiology, health research, training, and public health practice. He has been working with tribal communities across the country since 1995 as a researcher, public health practitioner and a clinical pharmacist. Dr. English received his doctorate in public health from Columbia University in 2013.‍

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Dr. English is the director of AASTEC, which serves 27 Native American communities in the Southwest. Current AASTEC services are organized around four priority areas— epidemiology, health research, training, and public health practice. He has been working with tribal communities across the country since 1995 as a researcher, public health practitioner and a clinical pharmacist. Dr. English received his doctorate in public health from Columbia University in 2013.

Matthew Town (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Matthew Town (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Portland State University

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Town held positions at the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center and the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center. His on-going scholarly interests include stress coping processes, resilience, Indigenous methodologies, health and well-being, and social and cultural determinants of health.

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Matthew Town, PhD, MPH, is an Indigneous/multiracial scholar committed to interrupting legacies of trauma that affect marginalized communities. His work centers culture and diversity science to the health and well-being of people. Dr. Town received his MPH in Global Health from Oregon State University, and his PhD in Sociology from Portland State University. Before joining Portland State University's School of Social work, Dr. Town was an Assistant Professor at Pacific University, a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, and briefly held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Diego.

Nathan Billy

Nathan Billy

Director of Behavioral Health Programs National Indian Health Board

Mr. Billy is currently completing his PhD dissertation, which focuses on Choctaw cultural identity as a source of strength and resilience in recovery from substance use disorders.

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Nathan Billy serves as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for the National Indian Health Board. Mr. Billy is a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has previously served his nation as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Deputy Director of Behavioral Health. Mr. Billy's therapeutic and administrative experience includes a specific focus on substance use disorders; opioid prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives; suicide prevention, screening and assessment; and integrating behavioral healthcare in both clinical and tribal law enforcement settings. Mr. Billy is currently completing his PhD dissertation, which focuses on Choctaw cultural identity as a source of strength and resilience in recovery from substance use disorders.


Sandra Momper

Sandra Momper

Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan

Dr. Momper’s research interests include substance abuse, suicide prevention and intervention, and reducing health disparities among rural and urban American Indians/Alaska Natives.

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Dr. Momper’s research interests include substance abuse, suicide prevention and intervention, and reducing health disparities among rural and urban American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Sean Bear (Meskwaki)

Sean Bear (Meskwaki)

Co-Director, the National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (AI/AN ATTC)

Mr. Bear's passion is to assist people in overcoming the many obstacles within life and themselves, and to return to the spiritual ways of their ancestors.

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Mr. Bear has worked with Native Americans with substance use issues for many years. He received his third honorable discharge from the Army after over nine years of service and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He received his BA in psychology and human services from Buena Vista University and studied mental health counseling at Drake University for two years.