Sarah Gad, JD
Sarah is an attorney, Assistant Professor of Law, the founder of a2A. Following her own battle with addiction and incarceration, she chose to attend law school to fight for criminal justice and drug law reform. Sarah recently graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where she became the first formerly incarcerated woman to earn a JD.
Sarah has given guest lectures about her opioids work at national conferences, medical centers, and Congress. She received the 2019 University of Chicago Humanitarian Award for her opioid outreach work. She takes a special interest in the intersection between law and mental heath, and clarifying the rights of multi-minoritized and system-impacted groups.
Marcia Glass, MD
Dr. Marcia Glass is a practicing physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Palliative Care at Tulane University. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Tulane University. Dr. Glass has volunteered with Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and the Yale/Stanford Johnson.
Dr. Glass takes a special interest in prison health policy, and has worked extensively with death row inmates within the Louisiana prison system. She also runs a blog called Opiana, which is a collection of perspective pieces from medical providers working on the frontline of the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Dina Gad, MD
Dr. Gad is a practicing physician and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Cornell University. She received both her undergraduate an medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gad is among the of less than 3% U.S. physicians who are licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for OUD.
Dr. Gad takes a special interest in addiction medicine, and firmly believes that the opioid crisis is a public health issue, not a criminal one. She has treated numerous addicts in her 12-years as a practicing physician and can vouch for the success of MAT. She firmly believes that increased access to MAT medications is key to resolving this epidemic.
Rana Yaghmaian, PhD
Mental Health Director
Bruce Reilly, JD
Rana Yaghmaian, PhD, CRC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator at PSU. She received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Dr. Yaghmaian takes a special interest in exploring the unique experiences of people with substance abuse disorders who hold multiple minoritized identities. She is a recipient of both the 2018 Dean's Fund for Excellence and the 2019 Faculty Development Grant, which collectively afforded her a total of $20,000 to support a qualitative research study that will explore the unique experiences of women of color with invisible chronic illnesses
Bruce Reilly is an attorney, writer, and founding member of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). Bruce graduated from Tulane Law School in Bruce provides expert analysis on discrimination in employment, housing, and
Bruce authored "Communities, Evictions, and Criminal Convictions," a foundational report on public housing, and “The Racial History of Felon Disenfranchisement in Louisiana,” which served as a key building block to VOTE v. Louisiana and the re-enfranchisement of 40,000 people, including himself. He currently serves as an advisory board of Prison Policy Initiative and takes a special interest in eliminating barriers to re-entry for people with felony convictions.
Rebecca Burke, MD
Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Burke is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She works as a consulting physician at both Tulane University Medical Center and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. She is responsible for helping develop the Supportive/Palliative consulting service and outpatient Palliative Care Clinic at University Medical Center.
Dr. Burke received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained her Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Burke is interested in advanced care planning, complex symptom management at the end of life, and academic advancement of the Palliative Care specialty.