Who We Are

Who We Are

The IRA is participant driven, meaning we involve active and former drug users in meaningful ways at every level of our organization, up to and including 51% of our Board of Directors. Due to criminalization and social stigma, we are not able to publicly list all of these essential people, though we are working tirelessly to end the stigma that forces people to have to protect themselves and stay hidden. To state clearly: active drug users are and always will be the experts on how to best reach and collaborate with active drug users, and we could not exist without their input and expertise.

Some of our key volunteers and advisers:

Dr. Alicia Suarez, DePauw University, Medical Sociologist, Viral Hepatitis
Frank Miller, Psychologist (retired)
Kris Roehling, HIV Prevention Specialist, Recovery Coach
Dr. Carrie Lawrence, IU Public Health Rural AIDS Center, Project Cultivate
David Debruiker, Overdose Educator, Social Work Intern
Emily Brinegar, MSW, HIV Prevention Coordinator
Sarah Cahillane, Peace Corps HIV Specialist
Heather Bland, Overdose Educator
Dan Bigg, Director, Chicago Recovery Alliance
Dr. Barbara Andraka-Christou, Esq., J.D., Ph.D. MAT Specialist
Claire Detrich, RN, Overdose Educator
Whitney Meeks, BSW Student, Overdose Educator
Dawn McDowell, CNA, Overdose Educator
Danielle Yeknich, RN, Addictions Specialist
Jackie Daniels, LCSW
Emma Rice, RN, Peace Corp HIV Specialist
Jake Gardner, Overdose Educator
Christopher Abert, Social Worker, HRC Harm Reduction Trainer, Overdose Educator
Christy Thrasher, Teacher, Overdose Educator
Dr. Beth Meyerson, IU School of Public Health
Carly Evans, Overdose Educator
Emma Roberts, Capacity Building, Harm Reduction Coalition
Michael Emmett, Social Worker, Home Based Case Manager
Alyson Grinder, BSW, (MSW student in Harm Reduction)
Brandon Drake, Courage To Change Sober Living, Recovery Coach
Dr. Scott Moore, Naloxone standing order physician
Nursing Interns, IU School of Nursing

We also have an Advisory Board which meets quarterly, to which are invited active participants, local politicians, business owners, city and county officials, law enforcement, community members, social service providers, volunteers and anyone else who cares to attend. Please contact us for more information.