ORTDD Staff Listing

Name Title Phone
Wilson Compton, MD, MPE NIDA Deputy Director;
Acting Director, ORTDD 
301-443-6480
Vacant Deputy Director, ORTDD;
Director, ODHD
 
Angela Holmes, Ph.D. Diversity and Disparities Program Officer 301-827-2487
Lindsey Friend, Ph.D. Research Training and Career Development Program Officer 301-402-1428
Julie Huffman Diversity, Disparities, and Training Program Analyst 301-443-9798
Isabela Lopes, MPH Diversity, Disparities, and Training Program Analyst 301-827-8255
Kelley Villers Program Specialist 301-827-8190

Biographies

Wilson Compton, MD, MPE
Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Biography

Angela Holmes, Ph.D.
Angela Holmes joined the NIDA Office of Diversity and Health Disparities in July 2020 as a Diversity and Disparities Program Officer (Health Science Administrator). She currently manages and oversees the NIDA Diversity Supplement Program. Before joining extramural research, Angela did her postdoctoral fellowship in Movement Disorders with a focus on cervical dystonia in NINDS, completed a detail as a Health Program Specialist in the NINDS Division of Translational Research and had government contract positions at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Defense Centers for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She also had the opportunity to do an internship in the American Psychological Association’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs whose goals were focused on increasing the recruitment, retention and training of underrepresented groups in psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University with support from a diversity NRSA predoctoral fellowship and received postdoctoral training at NIH in the NINDS Human Motor Control Section with diversity supplement support. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia.

Lindsey Friend, Ph.D.
Lindsey Friend is a Research Training and Career Development Program Officer (Health Science Administrator) in the Office of Research Training, Diversity, and Health Disparities at the National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Her priority is to assist NIDAs extramural research training and career development programs. Lindsey received her doctorate in neuroscience from Brigham Young University where she studied cocaine and cannabinoid effects on reward circuitry.  She did a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development studying glutamate receptor physiology before joining NIDA in 2020.

Julie Huffman
Julie Huffman joined the NIDA Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) in July 2013. Prior to joining the ODHD she was in the NIDA Division Neuroscience and Behavioral. She brings over 20 years of government experience to the ODHD and has served in multiple DHHS agencies. Mrs. Huffman’s primary responsibilities include maintaining the ODHD participant databases for the diversity supplement, seminar series, and summer internship programs, tracking program participants’ NIH grant and application records, as well as handling logistical actions for the Office. She is the coordinator of the NIDA summer research internship program which includes pre­ and post­program activities and communication with participants and Principal Investigators.

Isabela Lopes, MPH
Isabela Lopes is a Diversity, Disparities, and Training Program Analyst in the Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD). Ms. Lopes joined NIDA in August 2020 and performs analysis on the office’s programs and initiatives aimed to promote diversity and support career development for NIDA trainees. She comes to NIDA from the DHHS, Office of the Secretary, where she began her federal career as a Pathways Intern in 2017 and upon graduation in 2019, became a Management Program Analyst. Isabela has a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a concentration in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration and a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Community Health Promotion. She sparked an interest in the health field when she encountered uninsured individuals and was able to experience firsthand the impact that social determinants have on health. Her interests in the health of racial/ethnic minorities, substance use and addiction research, and a passion for eliminating health disparities makes her beyond excited to be a part of the NIDA, ODHD.

Kelley Villers
Kelley Villers re-joined the NIDA team as a Program Specialist in October 2022. Before her return, she spent three years as an Army Civilian serving as a program manager supporting the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick and the Medical Research and Development Command. Prior to her time as an Army Civilian, Ms. Villers served as Executive Assistant to Deputy Director of NIDA, Dr. Wilson Compton but, began her Federal Civilian service with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), working in the Office of the Director where she supported Drs. Anthony Fauci and Hugh Auchincloss. Prior to her Federal Civilian service, she served for 6 years in the U.S. Army, including one tour to Germany and a deployment to Iraq where she received a battlefield promotion. She was honorably discharged as a Non-Commissioned Officer in 2016 and earned her Bachelor’s in History, with a minor in Business Administration, in 2017. In her free time, Ms. Villers enjoys cruising with her husband in their 64 ½ Mustang, actively participates in feral cat rescue and population control, and works with local historic committees associated with their home overlooking Antietam Battlefield.