Advisory Board

Hugo J. Barrera

Director, South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area


On March 13, 2016, Hugo Barrera reported as the new South Florida HIDTA Director, replacing retired former Director Timothy Wagner. Hugo J. Barrera, retired Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Miami Field Division, returned to his hometown of Miami in July 2008, where he oversaw and directed ATF operations until October 2015 in South Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A native of Cuba, Mr. Barrera received his Bachelor’s Degree from Barry Catholic University, in Miami Shores, Florida. As a veteran law enforcement professional, he became an ATF Special Agent in 1983 after almost 7 years as a City of Miami Police Officer where he served as a Homicide Detective. In 1990, SAC Barrera entered ATF’s management ranks and served in the following positions: From 1990 through 1996, Resident Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Division, Houston Field Division (El Paso, Texas) and Boston Field Division (Maine and New Hampshire). From 1996 to 1998 Special Agent Barrera was appointed to the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations (Internal Affairs) at ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC.

In April of 2000, Special Agent Barrera was appointed as the SAC of the Miami Field Division. He oversaw ATF’s investigative efforts in South Florida with focus on the post 9-11 terrorist attacks.

SAC Barrera was appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Director, ATF’s Field Operations (East), in April of 2004 overseeing eight of ATF’s most populated Field Divisions in the U.S.

He served as Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII), from December 2005 until July 2008. He oversaw ATF’s collection, analysis, and utilization of information in the Bureau’s key case investigative database systems at the U.S. Bomb Data Center and International Bomb Data Center, which enhance law enforcement information sharing domestically and internationally.

A member of the Senior Executive Service, SAC Barrera served as a member of the Executive Committees of the South Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force and of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force. He serves as a member of the Miami Dade County Chief’s Association as well as the Broward County Chief’s Association. He serves on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians.

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP, ICAD
Chief Clinical Officer
Origins Behavioral Healthcare

John Dyben serves as the chief clinical officer for Origins Behavioral Healthcare, providing academic and clinical supervisory support. His background includes degrees in psychology and health science, with his doctoral practicum having focused on the dynamics, epidemiology and treatment of substance use and addiction in older adults. John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain and board certified as a master addictions professional and a mental health professional in the State of Florida as well as an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, substance abuse professional and certified MBTI practitioner.

John’s responsibilities at Hanley Center at Origins have included clinical director, director of older adult and boomer recovery, director of spirituality and director of men’s recovery. He also has experience in community-based mental health and wellness fields, which included therapeutic and administrative positions with Boys Town USA. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach State College and a faculty member of the Addiction Professionals Training Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida.

John Eadie, MPA
Coordinator, Public Health and Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Project
National Emerging Threat Initiative, A National HIDTA Initiative

John Eadie is the Public Health & Prescription Drug Monitoring Program project coordinator for the National Emerging Threat Initiative of the National HIDTA Assistance Center. He previously served as director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence at Brandeis University (2010-2015). For 44 years, Eadie has served in management, executive and consulting capacities in the field of public health. As director of the Division of Public Health Protection in the New York State Department of Health (1985-1995), he directed the state’s pharmaceutical diversion program, including the PDMP. He co-founded both the Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs and the National Association of State Controlled Substances Authorities, served as president for both organizations and held other posts. Since leaving New York state service in 2001, Eadie has served as a consultant on PDMPs, including serving as the administrative reviewer for the Massachusetts PDMP. 

Jim Hall, PhD
Senior Epidemiologist
Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities Nova Southeastern University

James N. Hall is a drug abuse epidemiologist affiliated with Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Applied Research on Substance Abuse and Health Disparities. He is the Miami-based member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group. Hall compiles local drug use data including hospitalizations, deaths, addiction treatment and prevalence, as well as drug pricing, strength and abuse trends. He works closely with local drug use coalitions, law enforcement and other community organizations. Hall served as the executive director of Up Front Drug Information and Education Center in Miami from 1982-2012 and was the recipient of the 2010 Path of Public Health Award for Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Services from Florida International University.