Sarah Gad

Founder & President

Sarah is a third-year law student at the University of Chicago and founder of A2A. Sarah herself is a recovering opioid addict who has lived through incarceration. She has been sober since starting MAT nearly 5 years ago. Sarah's journey through addiction, incarceration, and success with MAT was recently the subject of a Marie Claire article entitled:  How My Overdose Inspired me to Save Other Addicts.

Sarah volunteers her time with various prison-reform related organizations, including the Chicago Community Bond Fund and the Drug Policy Alliance. She has given guest lectures about opioid addiction and MAT at various medical schools and hospitals around the country.  She also works with and represents nonviolent drug offenders through legal aid clinics in the Chicago community. After law school, she plans to enter politics to pursue criminal justice and drug law reform. 

Julie Hayden, MRS, MACP, PsyD

Mental Health Director

Dr. Hayden is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in substance abuse, chronic mental illness, PTSD, childhood trauma, and acceptance commitment therapy. Dr. Hayden worked as a psychologist, professor, and Dean of the Behavioral Sciences program at California State Polytechnic University. She  runs court-certified 52-week DVRP and group therapy sessions at the La Mesa prison in San Diego.

Marcia Glass, MD

Program Director

Dr. Marcia Glass is a practicing physician and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Palliative Care at Tulane University. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Tulane University. 

Dr. Glass has volunteered with Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and the Yale/Stanford Johnson. She takes a special interest in prison health policy, and has worked extensively with death row inmates within the Louisiana prison system. She also runs a blog called Opiana, which is a collection of perspective pieces from medical providers working on the frontline of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

A2A is proud to announce that we have teamed up with two prominent criminal justice reform groups in the greater Chicago area:

The Chicago Urban League

The Women's Justice Institute 

If you are an organization interested in partnering with A2A or an individual interested in volunteer opportunities, please visit our contact page or email us directly at info@addiction2action.org.

If you are either an undergraduate or graduate student who has a world-changing idea, please visit the Clinton Global Initiative University website to find out more about how to turn your idea into action!

Dina Gad, MD

Vice President, Medical Director

Dr. Gad is a practicing physician and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Cornell University. She received both her undergraduate an medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gad is among the of less than 3% U.S. physicians who are licensed to prescribe buprenorphine for OUD.

Dr. Gad takes a special interest in addiction medicine, and firmly believes that the opioid crisis is a public health issue, not a criminal on.  She has treated numerous addicts in her 12-years as a practicing physician and can vouch for the success of MAT. She firmly believes that increased access to MAT medications is key to resolving the opioid epidemic.

Rebececa Burke, MD

AssistantMedical Director

Dr. Burke is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She works as a consulting physician at both Tulane University Medical Center and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. She is responsible for helping develop the Supportive/Palliative consulting service and outpatient Palliative Care Clinic at University Medical Center.