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Executive Committee

Executive committee of the Board of Directors

The Executive Committee is comprised of small group of board members whose aim is to provide strategic direction for the organization. The committee helps to set the organization’s agenda (both priority areas and collaborations) in an effort to increase The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s impact on the problem of substance abuse and addiction.

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Chairman, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Mr. Lane joined the board because he believes addiction and substance abuse are the country’s greatest problems.

Mr. Lane is the Chairman of the Board for the Center. He has had a distinguished career in finance, including executive positions at Neuberger Berman, Lehman Brothers and Travelers Group. Mr. Lane also serves as a director of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System), co-chairing its investment committee. Mr. Lane is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. 


Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Senior Advisor to the President and CEO, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Mr. Califano started the Center in part because he recognized that we will never control costs of health care, crime and social services without first dealing with substance abuse and addiction. 

Mr. Califano is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Center. He is also Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Center. He had a renowned career in public service, acting as President Johnson’s assistant for domestic affairs from 1965 to 1969, and as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1979. He went on to practice law until 1992, when he founded the Center. The author of 12 books, Mr. Califano received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. 


President and CEO, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Ball joined the Center to broaden its mission and deepen its impact on our country’s top public health problem through the evaluation and promotion of science-based policies and practices. 

Dr. Ball is the President and CEO of the Center and Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous NIDA-funded research and training grants, and has directed various clinical and research programs for the APT Foundation. Dr. Ball received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. 

Melinda Hildebrand

Vice Chair, Hildebrand Foundation and Executive Chair, Episcopal High School, Houston, TX

Melinda serves on the board because of her passion to be a part of a national effort to educate and prevent addiction.

Mrs. Hildebrand also serves as Vice Chair of the Hildebrand Foundation, Vice President of Hilcorp Ventures, Inc and Chair of the Board of Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. Mrs. Hildebrand received her BBA from the University of Texas-Austin.


President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Rev. Malloy joined the board because he enjoys being part of an organization that translates the best research on addiction and substance abuse into improved policy, increased public awareness and greater financial support for the cause. 

Rev. Malloy is President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame (1987-2005). He has previously served in many leadership roles, including at the American Council on Education and for President George H.W. Bush’s Advisory Council on Drugs. He received his B.A. from Notre Dame and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. 


Vice Chairman of the Board, First Data Corporation

Mr. Plumeri is very passionate about the work of the Center and its impact on changing the discussion about substance abuse of all kinds in our society. As a person directly affected by this disease, his involvement gives Mr. Plumeri an opportunity to support something he believes in.

Mr. Plumeri serves as Vice Chairman of the First Data Board of Directors. He has served as a senior advisor to KKR, a senior advisor to First Data Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano and the head of First Data’s client delivery, innovation and marketing organization. Mr. Plumeri received his B.A. from The College of William & Mary. 


President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Sullivan serves on the board to join in the efforts of others who are working to alleviate the problems caused by addiction.

Dr. Sullivan is a health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician and educator. He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during President George H.W. Bush’s administration and was Founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Sullivan received his B.A. from Morehouse College and M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine.


Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Mr. Tuggle joined the board because he fully supports and wants to be a part of the company’s leading approach to informing the public about addiction and substance abuse, and encouraging positive action by individuals and institutions.

Mr. Tuggle is Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, having joined the company in 1989. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Tuggle received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.Div. from Yale University. 

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