Current Staff

Terra Hamblin
Terra Hamblin, M.S. – Project Director
 thamblin@casat.org

An alumni of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), completing her Master Degree from the College of Education in Counseling Educational Psychology with an emphasis in higher education, Ms. Hamblin has had over 20 years being a Nevada resident, student, educator, and professional. Ms. Hamblin’s commitment in workforce development, specifically in the behavioral health field is reflected through her achievements thus far in her career. Currently, Ms. Hamblin is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH). As a Senior Project Manager, Ms. Hamblin has worked for UNR’s Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) on multiple behavioral healthcare-related workforce development grants and contracts for the past 17 years. Currently, she is the Senior Project Manager for the National Frontier and Rural Addiction Telehealth Education Center (NFARtec), which serves as the national subject expert and key resource on delivering addiction treatment and recovery services in frontier and rural areas using telehealth technologies and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC) subcontract. Ms. Hamblin is also Principal Investigator for HRSA’s Behavioral Health Workforce Educational Training Grant, serves on the CASAT Senior Management Team, manages CASAT’s academic programs, and provides oversight to multiple addiction technology transfer contracts. Lastly, Ms. Hamblin served as a certification/licensure liaison for the Mountain West ATTC six state region and led the Leadership Academy, a six-month long program offering a unique opportunity for behavioral health professionals to explore their skills and leadership potential through a variety of learning and experiential modalities only driving her passion in building leaders in the field.

Jordan Baez
Jordan Baez, M.S.Project Coordinator
 jbaez@casat.org

Jordan Baez is the Project Coordinator for NRAP at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). She has her Master’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Addiction Treatment Services from UNR and is currently obtaining a Social Justice Graduate Certificate. Jordan teaches two University courses for the Center of Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT), including placing Peer Recovery Support Specialist’s into their internship with local agencies.

Jordan collaborates with the University to ensure student health and wellness by participating in the Wellness Committee, facilitating the Student Wellness Advisory Group, and is a member of UNR’s Service Learning Council.

Jordan previously was a member of the Nevada Peer Leadership Advisory Council and is currently the Mountain Regional Representative for the Association of Recovery and Higher Education. She is past-President and founding member of NRAP Pack, the student organization at UNR which was established to help students maintain a sober lifestyle through recovery meetings, peer support, and alcohol/drug free events.

Founding Staff

Meri Shadley
Meri Shadley, Ph.D. – Founder

Dr. Shadley was an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where she was also the founding Program Director for NRAP and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies’s (CASAT) Director of Academics. Dr. Shadley is dually licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor as well as provides supervision to LADC, MFT, and CPC interns for the State of Nevada. She has an active clinical practice and has published, consulted, and trained community practitioners extensively in the interconnection of addiction treatment and family therapy with a special focus on women, domestic violence, youth, and problem gambling. Dr. Shadley is a past-president of the Nevada Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, past-president of the Safe n’ Sober Foundation, founder and past-president of Oikos, an adolescent treatment program, past treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence and served on Nevada’s initial regulatory board for Drug and Alcohol Counselors. She presently sits on the Nevada Attorney General’s Committee on Domestic Violence, and has received several leadership awards including the John Chappell Award for Excellence as a Substance Abuse Treatment Professional in 2008.

Daniel Fred
Daniel Fred, M.S. – Founder

Daniel has been in long-term recovery since July of 2002. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Kristy, since January 2004, and they have three incredible daughters. Daniel is passionate about helping people in or looking for recovery. This passion has made him into a recovery advocate who shares the hopeful message of recovery wherever and whenever he can.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 2005, where he was a member of the collegiate recovery program, Center for the Study of Addiction. He loved this field so much, he went on to earn his master’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Addiction Treatment Services at The University of Nevada, Reno in 2012.

In 2008, Daniel was both a co-founder and Collegiate Director for Nevada House of Prayer. Utilizing this experience, he helped develop and manage Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention program (NRAP) at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also taught the courses for the addiction treatment studies minor, CASAT, and was awarded Faculty of the Year in 2016 and 2019 for his dedication.

In 2011, Daniel co-founded NRAP with Dr. Meri Shadley and was the Project Coordinator until 2015.

In 2016, Daniel worked as the Director of Recovery and Community Initiatives at Transforming Youth Recovery, where he advocated for recovery on a national scale. Currently, he is a Project Coordinator for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the university of Nevada, Reno.  In addition to his work in the classroom, he also coordinates NevadaCARES, which is an interpersonal violence prevention program.

Daniel has participated on various local and national advisory boards working to see expanded access to recovery resources and to erase the stigma of addiction. These include the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, Transforming Youth Recovery, Nevada Certification Board, and Awaken Inc.