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NCWR Leadership

Donald J. Kyle, Ph.D.Donald J. Kyle, Ph.D.


Donald J. Kyle, Ph.D. currently serves as CEO at NCWR. He is also an adjunct professor, department of biomedical Science at Oklahoma State University. With more than 100 patents and nearly 200 publications, Kyle brings tremendous biomedical insight to the field of addiction medicine. “There are neurological adaptations associated with chronic pain and addiction, and new treatment options are needed. I work in these fields because I want to advance our understanding of their complex relationship,” Kyle explains.


James D. Hess, Ed.D. James D. Hess, Ed.D.


James D. Hess, Ed.D. currently serves as CFO of NCWR in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is also the chair and director of OSU School of Health Care Administration, interim vice provost, OSU Center for Health Sciences, professor of family medicine and health care administration and a Riata Faculty Fellow in the School of Entrepreneurship. Hess has performed extensive research focused on emotional intelligence, problem solving, innovation and conflict management, and has been published in numerous publications. He believes addiction affects almost every family in one way or another. “When we restore a patient to wellness, we also have the opportunity to restore a family and relationships. I can think of no higher calling than the restoration of a family,” shares Hess.


Ann Kraft, MBA, M.S.Ann Kraft, MBA, M.S.


Ann Kraft, MBA, M.S., currently serves as head of strategic partnerships for NCWR. Previously she was vice president and global head of business development for rare disease and neuroscience at Ipsen Bioscience, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and held various roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Kraft has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and biotech business development activities including strategy development, collaboration, negotiation, licensing, acquisitions, deal structuring and alliance management. She is a member of the board of directors for the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association (HBSHAA) and was a co-chair for the 2019 HBSHAA Annual Conference.


Monica RobertsMonica Roberts


Monica Roberts serves as Director of Communications for NCWR and is the assistant vice president for External Affairs and Strategic Communications for the OSU Center for Health Sciences. In this role she oversees strategic relationships and communications, working with NCWR leadership and key partners to advance the mission of NCWR.



Calleigh MeyerCalleigh Meyer, MHA


Calleigh Meyer, MHA, is director of operations for NCWR. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Center, as well as develops policy strategies in collaboration with the NCWR CEO and president of OSU Center for Health Sciences. In addition to implementing operational and strategic goals, Meyer assists the CEO on the management of the organizational structure and supervision of faculty on NCWR matters.

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