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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. Eric Polak, MBA


Eric Polak, MBA, currently serves as CFO of NCWR. He is also Vice President of Administration and Finance for OSU Center for Health Sciences. With more than 10 years of experience at OSU-CHS, Eric Polak oversees all aspects of financial management of educational and clinical programs. Additionally, he supervises several administrative support functions ranging from campus emergency management to clinic financial services. He has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.


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.



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