We’re in challenging times in the addiction field. Money is tight at all levels, while the need for the services our members provide is becoming greater. The political environment is changing with health care reform in Washington and a substantial leadership change in Raleigh. We may need to make big changes to maintain our organizational viability. But challenge also brings opportunity. The talented committed members of APNC are dedicated to building a stable foundation for the organization, advocating for addiction and substance abuse professional services, and providing education and tools that add value for its members.
A little about me: I come with a long history working with nonprofit and state agencies in the human resources, education and MH/DD/SAS fields. Previously, I was with the NC Health & Wellness Trust Fund Commission, a public health foundation promoting community-based public health initiatives. As Director of Tobacco Free Schools program, we were successful in adopting tobacco free policies in all of North Carolina’s 115 public schools, and becoming a national model for tobacco control interventions. I’ve also worked with the Governor’s Institute on Alcohol & Substance Abuse, the NC STEM Learning Network and served as chair of the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Together, we can maintain this organization’s strong presence in the substance abuse prevention community as we reflect the highest standards of the addiction profession. APNC has a proud history of making North Carolina better, and together we can build on that history and make 2013 our best year yet.