APNC was once again honored to award the Art of Counseling and Art of Prevention Awards to two very deserving APNC members at the 2015 Spring Conference in Asheville.
Art of Counseling Award – Louis Leake
The APNC Art of Counseling Award recognizes achievement by those engaged in “front-line” work. The recipient of the 2015 Art of Counseling Award is highly regarded by his colleagues across the state. He selflessly gives back to the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina as demonstrated in his leadership as the South Central Regional Vice President.
Louis Leake is described as dedicated, diligent, energetic, genuine, sincere and enthusiastic. His colleagues have often commented on how he selflessly gives back to the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina by going above and beyond every step of the way and he is known for being the “go to” person for knowledge, encouragement, and resources.
- He honorably served in the United States Army for over 15 years.
- He then served as Program Director for a rehabilitation facility for released inmates who had alcohol or drug addictions.
- Served as Director of Administration for a large Christian center in Fayetteville, NC
- He is very active in his church and developing his own spiritual growth.
- In 2013 he won the CRC Health Group Vital Few Award.
- He is a Resource Council Member at a state prison in Scotland County.
- He is also a Fundamentals of Substance Abuse Counseling instructor at Fayetteville Technical College.
A former teacher and mentor stated, “He is the only student I have ever had that took everything I presented him and took it and ran with it. He continually strives to learn everything he possibly can. He is committed and willing to do whatever he can to advance the profession and level of care being provided to the populations we serve.”
Art of Prevention Award – LaTasha Murray, CSAPC
The APNC Art of Prevention Award recognizes the outstanding achievements by individuals engaged in “front-line” work in the field of prevention. In fact, nominees must have dedicated at least 5 years into the field of substance abuse prevention.
This year, APNC is proud to award the prestigious “Art of Prevention” award to LaTasha Murray.
LaTasha is the Prevention Director at Robeson Healthcare, and has been a role model in the field through regional, statewide and national prevention initiatives for almost ten years.
LaTasha is an inspiring individual to everyone around her, as she radiates with energy, knowledge, passion, and kindness. She truly cares about her community, family, and colleagues, while always striving to be the best that she can be for all of them. Her selfless acts, long hours, and determination to find a solution (paired with her “never give up” attitude) is motivating to all those around her. She is not only a talented preventionist, but she is also a dedicated mother, wife, and active member of her church where she proudly serves as “First Lady.”
Over the last ten years, she has:
- led her agency to become a driving force in prevention as she provided technical assistance to other prevention providers and communities across the state;
- been a mentor to other prevention professionals in their journey to become Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultants;
- guided communities to maintaining sustainable prevention efforts;
- served as a leader in providing prevention and wellness services to our National Guardsmen;
- advocated for the field of substance abuse prevention with our state leaders; and
- was instrumental in the development of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers’ Association.
She’s served as a former Treasurer for the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association (NCSAPPA) and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Vice President — playing a lead role in statewide initiatives to provide training and technical assistance to prevention providers and services to the NC National Guard through the NC Centers for Prevention Resources; and she has presented at statewide and national conferences.
She is dedicated to learning the best practices to providing good services and is not afraid to ask for guidance to get there. She takes a leadership role in presenting at the annual Prevention is the Answer Forum (PITA) and the NCCPRs slate of speakers for the webinars.
Of course, I would be doing her an injustice if I did not mention her heart… LaTasha is one of the kindest and most humble people I have ever met. I have witnessed her continuously make sacrifices for others and never once heard her complain. This is one of the many qualities that make her an amazing “preventionist,” as she not only sees the good in everyone around her, but also makes it her duty to foster their potential.