Jessica has twenty one years of experience in substance misuse prevention, including thirteen years conducting training and technical assistance to prevention block grant providers, law enforcement, coalitions and collaboratives in Illinois and North Carolina.
She’s passionate about encouraging community strategic planning for ATOD primary prevention initiatives and collaborating with statewide partners, most recently on the impact of Federal Tobacco 21 laws and reducing North Carolina’s tobacco retail violation rate 20.8% to an unofficial 12.2% rate. She been with DMH since May 2018 serving as the Prevention Block Manager, Interim Section Chief and in July 2019 was promoted to Section Chief.
Prior to 2018, she focused on training, TA and instructional design roles with the NC Training and TA Center. In her spare time, she is a proud mother and spouse, an avid sports fan, gardener, reader, animal lover and weekend explorer of North Carolina beaches/mountains and sites.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.