Chair: Alex Windings
Vice Chair: Kristina Clark
Secretary: John Rust
Treasurer: Camilla Bibbs-Lee
A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition, Inc.
Angela “Angie” Dickens serves as the Executive Director of the Johnson County A.C.T.I.O.N. (Alliance of Citizens Together Improving our Neighborhoods) Coalition in Mountain City, TN. Angie has been involved with the Coalition since its inception in 2003. She has over thirteen years of experience in the Prevention Field. Prior to her role at A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition she worked for a Domestic Violence program for two years as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Johnson County Safe Haven. Angie is currently working on her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University.
Karen Pershing, MPH, CPSII
Metro Drug Coalition
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.
Region 3 North
Barbara Kannapel, Executive Director
Smith County Drug Prevention
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
Tanya Southerland serves as Executive Director for the G.R.A.A.B. Coalition (Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors). Prior to joining the G.R.A.A.B. Coalition in late 2009, Tanya served as Drug Demand Reduction Officer for the Civil Air Patrol, earning Drug Demand Reduction Officer of the Year for the Tennessee Wing in 2009. She has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards and volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the YMCA Afterschool Program. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist Level 1 and is in process of earning her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Walden University.
DeWayne Holman, MPA, CPSII
Nashville Prevention Partnership
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
Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition
Alexandra (Alex) Windings is the Director for the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition. Originally from Southern Illinois, Alex came to Tennessee in 2014 after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelors degree in Public Relations. Alex has dedicated herself to non-profit work since beginning college in 2011 and loves the challenge of growing a coalition in such a large community. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist as well as a certified POP Pilates Instructor. Alex is married to Chris and has two fur babies, Milo and Nella.
Region 5 South
Franklin County Drug Prevention
Tabatha Curtis is the Director of the Franklin County Prevention Coalition. She has over seven years of experience working in the field of prevention. She has over twenty two years of experience in working with youth and families as an employee of the Franklin County Board of Education. Tabatha is a facilitator for the “Strengthening Families” program, coordinates parenting classes for young incarcerated adults, moral reconation therapy classes for juveniles and young adults, and social skills classes for young adults. As director of the prevention coalition she has actively engaged the community in the coalition’s efforts to educate and reduce substance abuse and violence. She is an avid supporter of the 12th Judicial Drug Court. Tabatha has extensive knowledge and experience in the outcomes based SPF planning process and was a coalition coach for the Partnership for Success grant for the state of Tennessee. She has served as a grant peer reviewer for the state of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Drug Free Communities Grant program. Over the past seven years she has been successful in accruing over 1.3 million dollars in grant funding for Franklin County. Ms. Curtis is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, a graduate of the CADCA Academy and a Level II Certified Prevention Specialists.
Xavier “Lawrence” Andrews
Lauderdale County Prevention Coalition
As a youth & community advocate, I have worked many years with youth/community development programs. I have worked in substance abuse prevention/education for 6 years and for the past 13 years have mentored students in the Lauderdale County Juvenile Justice System and Lauderdale County School System. I have served as Director of the Lauderdale County Anti-Drug Coalition since 2012 and am currently serving on the Lauderdale County Health Counsel as Chair and also serve as Lauderdale County Commissioner for District #4. I also serve as associate pastor at Truth and Faith Baptist Church in Ripley Tennessee. We do believe that everything that we do in The Prevention Alliance of Lauderdale County Anti-Drug Coalition revolves around our Vision and our Mission Statements Our Vision: “To create a healthier and safer community with strong families that has the necessary opportunities, relationships, networks and supports to raise their children successfully.” Our Mission: “To reduce the incidence of substance abuse by young people residing in the Lauderdale County through a collaborative coalition that coordinates resources through public policy, laws, revenue and strategy development.” He is married to Brenda Dickerson Andrews and has five children daughter Lauren, sons Adrian, Lawren, Errol, Lincoln, DeAndre and one grandson Kelly.Region 7
Zachary R. Ferguson
Memphis Area Prevention Coalition
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.
Susan Miller, Epidemiologist
Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Informatics & Analytics
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.
Tennessee Coalition on Children & Youth
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
Kristina Clark, President and Founder
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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.
Hamilton County Coalition
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.