Peter Smith, MBA is the lead developer of the LDP and an expert in leadership development. Since 1988, Peter has worked as an expert organizational consultant with senior managers, management and work teams, committees and work groups to help them achieve the results they want.
Lori Weaver, BA, MHSA, COD, is the Deputy Commissioner at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services with a strong focus on training and leadership development across all levels. Drawing upon 28 years of leadership roles, Lori has demonstrated expertise and success in achieving
Haner Hernandez, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and is an expert trainer with over 29 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically competent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, and recovery support programs.

Program Coordinators:


Raymond Sanchez is the Application and Project Coordinator for the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) at the Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies, Brown University School of Public Health. For the past 10 years, his main focus has been to coordinate and provide the latest evidence-based training and top-quality technical assistance for the addiction treatment and recovery professional workforce in New England in partnership with numerous federal, state, and local agencies.
Denise Adams, MBA is the Director of New England Projects for AdCare Educational Institute and has 28 years of experience in non-profit human services workforce development, training, and administration. Denise began working at the New England Institute of Addiction Studies 25 years ago, eventually serving as the Institute’s director, and joined AdCare in 2017. Denise has organized 56 regional intensive New England Summer School programs, including the New England Leadership Development Program.
Mika Salas is the Operations and Communications Coordinator for the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) at the Brown University School of Public Health’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS). Mika has 3 years of experience in education that she applies to the Leadership Development Program by managing multiple online learning and communication platforms and assisting in facilitating each learning session.


Erin Burnett is the Senior Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator (AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.) for the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center and Leadership Development Program Alumni from Cohort 2.