Agency Leadership

Agency Leadership - Agency Structure

Edward C. Carlson, MA, M.F.T
Chief Executive Officer

Edward C. Carlson became Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc. (OHL) in January 2005, bringing over 30 years of experience in human services and addiction field. As CEO, he is building on the 40-year legacy of Odyssey House, and expanding its outreach and services to the community. His responsibilities include program design and implementation, and overall management of the organization’s staff, resources and fiscal health. He has taken OHL from a small, 61-bed treatment program to a multi-program social service agency that treats over 900 people per month. Under his tenure as CEO, Odyssey House has significantly expanded its continuum of care services and has become the largest and most comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility in Louisiana. Due to its encompassing system of care, OHL has been recognized nationally as model treatment program.

Mr. Carlson has served on multiple advisory and research panels in several states over his career, overseeing numerous reports related to policy recommendations establish responsive systems that implements best practices based on sound research, strategies to reduce the cost and suffering of drug and alcohol addiction and expand the quality and quantity of treatment, and ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs.

Mr. Carlson has been responsible for the implementation and operations of over 39 treatment programs during his tenure in the substance abuse field.

Mr. Carlson is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University where he received a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in clinical psychology with a concentration in substance abuse, criminal justice population and cognitive behavioral science. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT) and a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Forensic Counselors and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has served on the Grant Makers in Health Substance Abuse Advisory Committee as well as the Grant Makers for Organizational Effectiveness Evaluation Committee.

Mr. Carlson is a native of New Orleans.

Agency Structure

Arvin Singh, MBA, MPH, MHL, PhD.c
Chief Operations Officer

Arvin Singh is a dynamic, collaborative, multi-site leader who hails from Indiana and developed his vocational and academic skills in the DC/East Coast region. He is a graduate from the George Washington University, where he received his Master in Public Health (MPH); a graduate from Penn State, where he received his Master in Business Administration (MBA); a graduate from Brown University, where he received his Master in Healthcare Leadership (MHL), and is currently enrolled/pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Public Health (PhD) & obtaining his Master Level Certificate in Negotiation at Harvard University. In addition, Arvin is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is one year away from qualifying for his Fellowship (FACHE). His professional accomplishments started at Indiana State, within Americorps, where he led teams to several disaster areas [Joplin Tornado and the BP Oil Spill disasters].

He moved to DC shortly after and worked at Congress on the Affordable Care Act; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS); the Pentagon overseeing reforms at the Defense Health Headquarters Agency (DHHQ), and the White House - directly under the Obama Administration overseeing the healthcare initiative for children (Let’s Move Campaign) - achieving invaluable experience in healthcare policy, politics, economics, trade, and so forth. In order to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare/hospital operations, he moved to Baltimore and led Johns Hopkins through significant, innovative changes - such as their new partnership with RoundTrip & Lyft for patient transportation. It was here where Arvin also obtained his Lean, 6-Sigma Green Belt with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute – expanding his knowledge base in eliminating waste and streamlining healthcare operations.

In 2018, Arvin moved to New Orleans with his wife, a medical doctor in the Neurology field.

In his role at OHL as Chief Operations Officer, Arvin oversees day-to-day operations of the Agency, ensures Agency policies and procedures are enforced, leads expansion/acquisition/construction efforts over the new multi-million dollar facilities, and works with the Chief Executive Officer to provide staff support and guidance.

Lastly, Arvin is an avid community supporter. As a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and active member of his DC-based lodge, he donates his time and effort towards giving back to cities which have blossomed him into the leader he is today (including New Orleans based Freemason lodges). In his free-time he enjoys an active life-style and plays basketball & tennis, enjoys flying Cessna planes, drone piloting and videography, chess, computer building/technology, politics, and is an at home garage inventor.

Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart - Agency Structure