Eric Foster was named IADDA's Chief Operating Officer in December, 2009.
Mr. Foster provides administrative oversight for the day-to-day operations of IADDA, inclusive of management of the Illinois Teen Institute, Operation Snowball, Mid-level Institute, and a number of member initiatives. He leads the development of policy recommendations for internal and external programming, and research activities, as well as works in conjunction with the CEO to implement strategic planning objectives.
Prior to joining the IADDA staff, Mr. Foster served as the Director of Outpatient services at The South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. While there he served as an agency change leader on Strengthening Treatment Access and Retention - State Implementation (STAR-SI project). In addition to working in the addiction field, he has worked in the field of Domestic Violence as a children's counselor and presenter on the relationship between Alcohol Drugs and Domestic Violence. He holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration, a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the Illinois State University, and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.