Chair: Alex Windings

Vice Chair: Kristina Clark

Secretary: John Rust

Treasurer: Camilla Bibbs-Lee

 

Region 1

Christy Smith

Unicoi County Prevention Coalition

Email: ucpreventioncoalition@gmail.com

Christy Smith serves as the Director of Unicoi County Prevention Coalition (Uniting Communities through Prevention and Change) in Erwin, Tn. Prior to being director in Unicoi, Christy was employed with Insight Alliance (WCADC) for five years as a Community Outreach Assistant. Christy has been director of Unicoi County Coalition since its inception in 2016. She has over 8 years experience in the prevention field and is a Level 1 Certified Prevention Specialist. Christy received her Masters in Appalachian Studies from East Tennessee State University in 2007, and teaches Appalachian History, Religion, and Culture at King University in Bristol, Tn. She graduated twice from the CADCA National Coalition Academy, under Insight Alliance and Unicoi County Prevention Coalition.

Region 2

Karen Pershing, MPH, CPSII

Metro Drug Coalition

Email: kpershing@metrodrug.org

Karen Pershing serves as the Executive Director of the Metro Drug Coalition in Knoxville, Tennessee. She
received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of
Tennessee. After working for many years in public health, Karen received her Master’s Degree from UTK
in Public Health. Ms. Pershing has provided numerous trainings throughout her career on health-related
topics. Other credentials include: Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute Class of 2013 (A
National program through SAMHSA), Leadership Knoxville Class of 2013, Tennessee Department of
Health recognition for work in prescription drug abuse prevention, member of the Tennessee Public
Health Association, Executive Women’s Association, and UT Chancellor’s Associates program. She is a
Certified Prevention Specialist II and a 2014 graduate of the UT Consortium for Social Enterprise
Effectiveness. Karen was the 2016 recipient of the Partners and Leadership Award from the Tennessee
Public Health Association as well the recipient of the 2017 FBI Community Director’s Leadership Award,
representing the Knoxville Field Office.

Region 3 North

Barbara Kannapel

Smith County Drug Prevention

E-mail: smithcodrugprevention@yahoo.com

As a youth advocate, I have worked many years with youth development programs. I have worked in substance abuse prevention/education for 15 years and for the past two years have mentored students that are involved in the Juvenile Justice system. I have served as Executive Director of Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition since 2012 and am currently serving on the Carthage City Council and Smith County Commission. Being passionate about bringing positive change to youth and families, I volunteer at our local youth center, “The Spot.”

 

Region 3 South

Camilla Bibbs-Lee

Hamilton County Coalition

E-mail: cnbibbs@aol.com

Camilla Bibbs-Lee, MSCJ has served as a community change advocate for more than 20 years. Her career began as a Public Relations Coordinator/ Case Manager for Senator Jim Sasser in 1993. In 2002, Ms. Bibbs-Lee was selected to coordinate the Weed and Seed Initiative in the M. L. King Neighborhood. The program’s ability to “weed out crime” and “seed in hope” hinged on a collaborative effort between law enforcement, neighborhood association members, community crime watch groups, prevention and intervention support services for youth and families, and neighborhood/ housing restoration efforts.

In 2006, Camilla led the charge to transform the M. L. King Weed and Seed program into community-based coalition that would impact the entire Hamilton County region. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director for the Hamilton County Coalition. Together with help from a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of professionals and community advocates, Ms. Bibbs-Lee develops comprehensive, environmental strategies that foster safe, healthy drug-free youth and young adults. Under her leadership, the Coalition has implemented strategies to enhance Rx Drug Take Backs and assist with Permanent Drop Boxes for law enforcement, host Community Think Tank workshops, Support Alcohol Vendor Compliance Checks, Provide TIPS training and Alcohol Awareness training for Beer Board Members, implement tobacco scans, distribute Drug Prevention/ Awareness materials to SRO, facilitate Youth Coalition projects, develop community-oriented prevention and safety plans, & serve as a Networking hub.

Camilla is a native of Chattanooga. She received an undergraduate degree from Fisk University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree from the University at Chattanooga. She has two children and she enjoys traveling and quiet time.

Region 4

DeWayne Holman, MPA, CPSII

Nashville Prevention Partnership

E-mail: dewayne@npponline.org

Executive Director of the Nashville Prevention Partnership (NPP), DeWayne Holman is a past Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in the Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse Program. Holman has spent the better part of his career in substance abuse prevention and in community action with NPP, the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, and the Neighbors Resource Center.

Holman graduated from Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and was inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society for academic excellence. Holman went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from Tennessee State University and a Certificate for Public Health Planning and Administration. He was also inducted into the Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Public Administration for academic excellence. He is married to Trisha and has two daughters, Marissa and Rachel.

Region 5 North

Alex Windings

Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition

E-mail: alex.windings@kmclarkcg.com

Alex Windings is a Principal for KM Clark Consulting Group, a consulting company dedicated to developing and sustaining non-profits. In 2014, she graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a minor in Foreign Language with a focus on Spanish.

From 2014-2017, Ms. Windings was the Executive Director for the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition (WCADC) where she led a community wide organization in reducing tobacco, alcohol and other drug use among youth. Through her work with WCADC and KM Clark, Alex has led statewide trainings on different substance abuse prevention initiatives including Count It! Lock It! Drop It! (CLD) and “How to Talk to Your Kids About Anything” from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. She is the Lead Trainer for CLD and helps counties across the state with implementation of this important prescription drug abuse prevention initiative.

Along with her training around prevention work, Alex has trained on topics around social and traditional media. In 2015, she earned her Certified Prevention Specialist I and Certified Trainer certifications through the Tennessee Certification Board.

Ms. Windings also serves as the Board Chair for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, mentors college girls at her local church and is a Certified POP Pilates Instructor. She was raised in Southern Illinois but has called Middle Tennessee her home for 4 years and enjoys spending her off time with her husband Chris and their two dogs, Milo and Nella.

Region 5 South

Jenny Golden

Lawrence County Substance Abuse Coalition

E-mail: LCSACoalition@gmail.com

Jenny Golden is the Director of the Lawrence County Substance Abuse Coalition (LCSAC). She has over seventeen years of experience working in the field of health promotion and joined the newly formed coalition in Lawrence County in June 2016. Before moving into prevention, she was the Community Wellness Director for a non-profit hospital system in Kentucky. She has a passion for helping people. She has connected resources to assist Lawrence County in getting a Drug Recovery Court and works closely with the school’s suicide prevention program, child advocacy center and local shelter to increase awareness on becoming a trauma informed county and reduce stigma for those suffering from substance use disorders. She is a youth mentor with IAM4Kids mentoring program and actively engaged in her community through the Kiwanis Club and her local church. She married her high school sweetheart, Brad, and they are raising their two children, Jacob (14) and Ella Grace (10) in the hometown they love. Jenny is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, a graduate of the CADCA National Coalition Academy and a Level I Certified Prevention Specialist.

Region 6

Robin Racine

Drug Free Tipton

E-mail: robin.racine@pcswtn.org

Robin Racine serves as the Director of Drug Free Tipton in Tipton County, Tennessee. With over six years of experience working in the field of prevention, she has led the coalition from its beginning stages to an active coalition that engages the community in substance abuse prevention. She has and continues to serve on a variety of community boards. Robin received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Harding University. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist II and a graduate from the CADCA National Coalition Institute. Robin has been married to Mike for 23 years, has two sons, two beautiful daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren with the fourth on the way.

Region 7

Zachary R. Ferguson

Memphis Area Prevention Coalition

E-mail: zferguson@memphisprevention.org

Zachary Ferguson serves as the Executive Director of the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition. Prior to joining MAPC, he served as the West Tennessee Director for Community Shares of Tennessee. A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Zach moved to Memphis in August 2011 after accepting a two-year appointment to serve as an United Methodist Missionary through the General Board of Global Ministries where he served as an Organizer for Workers Interfaith Network. Before moving to Memphis, he was the Youth Services Director for the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board in Martinsville, Virginia, where he oversaw the Youth portion of the Federal Workforce Investment Act for Southside Virginia. Zach holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and American History from the University of Richmond, and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

At-Large

Susan Miller, Epidemiologist

Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Informatics & Analytics

E-mail: Susan.Miller@tn.gov

In October 2016, Susan Miller began serving as the Communications Director for Prescription Drug Overdose in the Tennessee Department of Health’s (TDH) Office of Informatics & Analytics. She has over fourteen years of public health experience in Tennessee. Susan earned a Master’s of Science in Health Promotion from Purdue University, IN. Prior to her current role, she worked as an epidemiologist with the TDH’s FoodCORE program and as the Women’s Health Director for Governor Bredesen’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination. Susan scratched the surface of her public health career in 2000, when she served as a summer employee in the Louisville (KY) Metro Public Health Department collecting and counting mosquitoes.

At-Large

John Rust

Tennessee Coalition on Children & Youth

E-mail: john.rust@tn.gov

John Rust has worked in the social services field for 25 years. His career began in child welfare as a child protective service worker. He moved on to direct a tutor/mentor program and then branched out to the community development side of social services. He is skilled in strategic planning, legislative advocacy, funds development and community change. 2003 was his first foray in community anti-drug work. It quickly became a passion that he still enjoys today. He currently is the Regional Coordinator for the Upper Cumberland region with the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

At-Large

Kristina Clark, President and Founder

Clark Consulting

Group E-mail: kclark.grantconsulting@gmail.com

Kristina Clark has been the Executive Director of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition since 2007. Ms. Clark has dedicated herself to non-profit work since graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology and minors in mental services and sociology. Before serving as the Coalition Executive Director, Kristina held positions as a domestic violence court advocate and in home counselor for at risk youth. In 2012, Ms. Clark earned her Certified Prevention Specialist II and now trains throughout Tennessee on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse as well as non-profit management and capacity building.

Under her leadership the Coalition has achieved several awards and grants including Drug Free Communities funding (Years 1-10), the National Got Outcomes! Coalition in Focus award 2013, Tennessee Department of Health’s Injury Prevention award 2012 and a 2014 Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve . With community collaboration and staff team work, Ms. Clark has been able to achieve community level change regarding substance abuse behaviors on a county wide scale including successfully advocating for local and state policy change. As an advocate for diversifying funds for non-profit sustainability, Ms. Clark recently lead her community coalition in trademarking and marketing a successful comprehensive prescription drug campaign, Count it! Lock it! Drop it!™ which will provide the non-profit foundation money for the future as well as assist counties throughout the country in reducing prescription drug abuse. Kristina Clark is also an executive board member for the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a statewide prevention legislation advocacy organization.

Kristina Clark was raised throughout the United States as a proud Air Force brat. Ms. Clark has now made Tennessee home base with her husband and best friend Michael Clark and their furry canine children Max and Sammie.

At-Large

Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations, Addiction Campuses

E-mail: bsullivan@addictioncampus.com

After one year with Addiction Campuses, Brian Sullivan was promoted by Chief Marketing Officer Eric Mitchell from Public Relations Manager to Director of Public Relations. Before hiring with Addiction Campuses, Sullivan served over a decade in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. He oversees all media communications, community projects, publicity campaigns and public marketing strategy for Addiction Campuses and all of its affiliates. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He was nominated for the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year Award. He is an active member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Lola Embrey Children’s Fund, which he founded in honor of his late grandmother. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.