Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Project/Medical Director
Dr. Jordan completed an MD, PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed a general adult psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Yale University, where she served as Program-Wide Chief. Currently, Dr. Jordan is an assistant professor at Yale and a physician attending at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing these issues. In Connecticut, Dr. Jordan is working with Black churches to offer evidenced based interventions for substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 Society by her undergraduate alma mater.
Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP, FASAM, Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Tetrault is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. She is the founding Program Director for the Yale’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship. She is a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist at the APT Foundation, where she provides primary care services, chronic disease management, including HIV and Hepatitis C treatment; and addiction specialty care including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone treatment. She co-directs the Addiction Recovery Clinic, a specialty clinic embedded within the residency continuity practice, which serves a dual clinical and educational mission. She is on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Medicine Foundation and the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director’s Association. She is co-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Interest Group, and past- president for the New England Region of SGIM. Her academic interest focuses on improving care of patients with substance use and the chronic diseases associated with addiction. She is recognized as a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar for her work expanding addiction medicine curricula for health professions students at Yale. Dr. Tetrault has published widely in the field of Addiction Medicine including epidemiologic investigation, investigation of unique delivery care models, examination of safety of addiction pharmocotherapies, and addiction medicine curriculum design, evaluation, and dissemination.
Kathryn Cates-Wessel, PI
Ms. Cates-Wessel has more than 30 years of background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. She is Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and Principal Investigator and Project Director for both the PCSS and STR-TA grant. As Principal Investigator and Project Director of these projects, she oversees the overall administration of the projects staff; consultants and sub-awards; negotiating contracts and overseeing work of partner organizations, consultants and vendors; and ensuring that all aspects of this these projects are undertaken according to the project plans. Prior to her work at AAAP, she was Associate Director of Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies for over 19 years and Executive Director of Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy, a think tank of leaders from law and medicine advocating for prevention/treatment of addicts over incarceration. Prior to that she was Associate Director of a residential treatment center for adolescents for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.
Elena Cromeyer, Project Specialist
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador to a Salvadoran father and Mexican mother, Elena was raised in Latin America and the United States. Her multilingual and multicultural background has enabled her to pursue studies and work in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Her professional and life experiences led her to pursue a career in public health, working in the non-profit, forprofit, academic and governmental sectors.
Elena obtained a Master of Public Health in international community health from the NYU College of Global Public Health. Before this, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Letters and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership, Practice and Research from the Rutgers University School of Public Health, where she is focusing on One Health–or the intersection of population, animal, plant and environmental health.
Prior to joining REACH, Elena worked for more than 13 years on issues related to tobacco use, obesity, chronic disease, gender-based violence, health policy and maternal health, specifically focusing on the health of people of color (PoC) in urban settings and health disparities, in New York City (NYC) and Trenton, NJ. As the REACH Project Specialist, Elena aims to draw attention to the unique health needs of under-represented PoC and better understand the biological, social, environmental, psychological and genetic drivers that are associated with substance use.
Elena is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks Italian fluently. In her spare time, she enjoys advocating for and volunteering on campaigns to advance renewable energy in NYC, cooking, hiking, traveling, indulging in Scandinavian crime fiction books and series, cat rescue and exercising–in particular long-distance running.