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NRI's Staff

Executive Director/CEO
Tim Knettler, M.B.A., C.A.E.
703-738-8160

Mr. Knettler has over 20 year's executive level experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has provided strategic planning, global strategies, transition (Interim) management, revenue/membership growth, public policy/advocacy, and other leadership expertise to associations and other non-profit and government organizations. Mr. Knettler currently serves on the Key Professional Association Committee (KPAC) - made up of invited CEO's of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) - and previously served on Joint Commission's Expert Panel that developed new privileging standards. He is the main contact for new initiatives and works closely with our federal partners, colleagues, and multiple associations to inform the public mental health system through our research and analytical capacities.

Senior Director of Government & Commercial Research
Ted Lutterman
703-738-8164

Mr. Lutterman has more than 20 years of experience working directly with state mental health authorities developing, compiling, analyzing, and using performance measures and data on mental health services, finances, and outcomes. He leads NRI's State Profiling System, the State Data Infrastructure Coordinating Center, and the Olmstead Data Pilot.

Senior Director of Performance & Quality Improvement
Lucille Schacht, Ph.D.
703-738-8163

Dr. Schacht has more than 20 years experience working with complex data systems, applying advanced analyses, and creating technical reports and presentations. She is the director of the Behavioral Healthcare Performance Measurement System (BHPMS) at NRI.

Senior Director of Research & Consulting
Vera Hollen, M.A.
703-738-8165

Ms. Hollen has over 20 years of experience working with mental health systems in multi-site projects, policy analysis, strategic planning, performance measurement, and quality improvement activities.  She is the Director of NRI’s Mental Health-Criminal Justice Research Center.

Associate Director of Government Programs
Azeb Berhane, M.A.
703-738-8167

Controller
Ed McCurry
703-738-8177

Research Associate
Amanda Blatnik
703-738-8180

Research Associate
Kristin Neylon, M.A.
703-738-8174

Web Developer
Rick Dietz
703-738-8170

Senior Researcher/Statistician
Glorimar Ortiz, M.S.
703-738-8168

Operations Administrator
Alex Dorisca, Jr.
703-738-8169

Clinical Quality Educator
Missy Rand, L.P.C., C.S.A.C.
703-738-8172

Quality Improvement Specialist
Mirriam Ekam
703-738-8173

Senior Research Analyst
Robert Shaw, M.A.
703-738-8171

Data Analyst
Nigussie Gemechu, M.S.
703-738-8179

Quality Improvement Specialist
Alexis Tyson
703-738-8176

Administrative Assistant
Sharon Jackson
703-738-8160

Research Associate
Amanda Wik, M.A.
703-738-8178

Research Associate
Mihran Kazandjian, M.A
703-738-8166

Data Technician II
Ping Wu
703-738-8175