The Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) is pleased to announce that Sarah Potter has been selected by the Board of Directors to serve as it’s next Executive Director. “We are very excited to have Sarah as our new Executive Director of the Association,” says Tony Beatty, the Board President. Sarah brings an exceptional combination of energy, consistency, and proven leadership in prevention, treatment and recovery. Her commitment and expertise in behavioral health will serve APNC well during the changing landscape of health in North Carolina. The Board is confident she will guard the integrity of APNC and embed new opportunities that will carry the mission of our organization to the next level and further position us as a national leader.”
Sarah brings 25 years of work experience in behavioral health public policy, advocacy, community development, and executive leadership. She previously served as development Director for the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, one of the largest associations in the country. During her tenure, she grew the Association budget by 180%, and increased membership by 40%. Until September 2018, she was the Chief of Community Wellness, Prevention, and Health Integration at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health where she was the States’ chief architect in implementing best practices in the community-based prevention system, and guiding the states’ strategy in responding to the Opioid crisis. She currently serves as a consultant to S.A.F.E. Project, a leading national non-profit pushing to advance innovation in preventing and addressing substance use disorders. She is adept at managing and tackling complex issues and has a passion for advocating on behalf of behavioral health services and supports.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead an organization that has such a powerful mission, honorable reputation, and incredible talent,” Potter said. “I have had the privilege to witness prevention that works, treatment that is effective, and the power of recovery. Together we are stronger, and in this spirit I look forward to working with the exceptional professionals, Board, and staff at APNC to support organizations, groups, and individuals that prevent and promote healing from substance use disorders.”
She will assume the role of Executive Director effective January 21 st , 2019. She follows the Association’s previous Executive Director, Donald McDonald, who left the organization in November for a new professional challenge as National Field Director for Faces and Voices of Recovery.
Welcome to the team Sarah!