Karen Carpenter-Palumbo is the new President/CEO of NAATP and began her new position on April 4, 2011. Prior to accepting the position, Ms. Carpenter-Palumbo served as Commissioner of the State of New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services from 2007 through 2010. She also has extensive experience working in the mental health field and other health related organizations, as well as in the insurance industry. She has been a strong advocate for both the private and public sectors of the addiction treatment field, and brings that strong commitment to the field to her new position at NAATP. Carpenter-Palumbo holds a Master of Social Work degree, and has been the recipient of many awards for the work she has done in the addiction field, among them the 2010 SAMHSA Science and Service Award, the 2010 Spirit Award from the international Nurses Society on Addictions, and the 2009 Ramstad-Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership.