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Josh Stein, MPA, JD

North Carolina Attorney General

Josh Stein was sworn in as North Carolina’s 50th Attorney General in 2017. As Attorney General, he is focused on protecting North Carolina families from crime and consumer fraud.

Stein has made combatting the opioid epidemic a top priority. His office drafted the STOP Act to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids through smarter prescribing practices, the HOPE Act, which gives law enforcement additional tools to stop the flow of prescription pain pills into the drug trade, and the Synthetic Opioid Control Act to crack down on the trafficking of illicit fentanyl. All three laws were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Stein is leading the effort to identify, track, and test untested sexual assault kits. Testing these kits will help law enforcement identify and prosecute criminals, prevent future crimes, and bring closure to victims.

As Attorney General, Stein has also worked to protect taxpayers, seniors, students, and military families from fraud. His Department of Justice won awards or settlements of more than $80 million from scam artists. He is working to improve data security and is leading a national effort combat robocalls. Additionally, his office has recovered nearly $50 million from tax cheats and health care providers defrauding Medicaid over the past two years.

Stein is also focused on protecting our state’s natural resources. He opposes offshore oil drilling along North Carolina’s coast and fights to ensure that polluters are held accountable to clean up the messes they create. Stein previously served as a state Senator and as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice. In those roles, he successfully led efforts to put more violent criminals behind bars by expanding the state’s DNA database, wrote the School Safety Act and the Identity Theft Protection Act, worked to protect kids from online sexual predators, and helped run payday lenders charging loan shark interest rates out of the state.

Stein grew up in Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and earned law and public policy degrees from Harvard University. He and his wife Anna have three children – who all attend or attended North Carolina public schools, like Anna and he did.

Jessica Dicken. MSW

Jessica Dicken, MSW

Section Chief, Community Wellness, Prevention and Health Integration Team, DMH/DD/SAS

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 has 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.

Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H.

Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H.

Senior Program Officer, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program

Dr. Gardiner received his Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley, where he focused on Youth Violence as a public health issue. Throughout his research career, Dr. Gardiner has maintained his community activism to address racial disparities in health, through writing, organizing, evaluating and public speaking. For the past 20 years, Dr. Gardiner has lectured around the country on African American health disparities generally and menthol smoking in the Black Community, particularly. Recently, Dr. Gardiner retired from the University of California Office of the President, where he was a Senior Program Officer for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for the past 23 years. Among many interests at the TRDRP, Dr. Gardiner also focused on the “Triangulum;” the intersection between tobacco, marijuana and electronic cigarettes, the latter being the delivery device for the two before mention drugs and other substances.

Dr. Gardiner is Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a group of Black professionals dedicated to fighting the scourge of tobacco impacting the African American community in California and Nationally. It has been AATCLC work around the country that has led to many menthol restrictions and prohibitions, and Dr.

Gardiner has played an important role in these activities.

Session Speakers

Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC

Nicole Augustine has been working in the field of prevention since 2001. She has a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University School of Public Health. Nicole is employed at Wake Forest School of Medicine as the Project Coordinator for the North Carolina Behavioral Health Equity Initiative (NCBHEI) and the Project Coordinator for the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). The goal of the NCBHEI project is support communities in identifying, acting on and effectively addressing a key behavioral health equity issues. The goal of the Southeast PPTC is to provide training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations in the substance misuse prevention field in the Southeast region of the United States (HHS Regions 4). Nicole is a passionate prevention provider, committed to supporting initiatives designed to address the complex substance use issues affecting our society.

Lt. Patrick Burns, Chapel Hill Police Department (Ret.)

  • Native of Chapel Hill 
  • Graduated from Alamance Community College with Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology
  • Graduate of the 43rd Administrative Officer’s Management Program through NC State University
  • Retired from the Chapel Hill Police Department attaining the level of Lieutenant, overseeing Narcotics and ABC investigations, as well as the Crime Prevention Unit
  • Pre and post retirement coordinated the multi-agency Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) with the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC police departments, in partnership with NC Alcohol Law Enforcement
  • Worked as the law enforcement liaison for the Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Teenager of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Teens and Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community
  • Current Vice Chair of the Orange County ABC Board

Megan Canady, MSW, MSPH

Megan Canady is a Research Associate with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. She coordinates the North Carolina Safe Sleep Campaign, leading activities to strengthen the adoption of infant safe sleep practice statewide. Megan also provides training and technical assistance for health care providers across North Carolina with the perinatal tobacco cessation quality improvement initiative, You Quit, Two Quit. She previously worked at the Cabarrus Health Alliance managing adolescent health initiatives across the county. She earned her Master in Social Work and Master of Science in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill.

Gayane Chambless, MA, NCC

Gayane Chambless is the Program Director of the Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth, a community coalition working to prevent underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and youth cannabis use. She received her Master’s of Arts in Counselor Education from North Carolina Central University, and her undergraduate degree from UNC – Chapel Hill. Gayane has a long history of advocacy and community engagement, particularly in Orange County where she has lived for nearly 40 years, with her husband of 32 years. She has a son, who is currently serving in the military, and a grandson, Jacob. Her passion and primary focus has always been to support young people, and fostering health, safe communities for youth to thrive. Gayane collaborates with multiple agencies, community members and teens from local schools to reduce early onset of alcohol and other drug use and increase access to resources.

Dylan Ellerbee, BA

Dylan Ellerbee is an in expert in community level change, policy advocacy and underage drinking prevention. Dylan has been a Research Associate at UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest School of Medicine; he has coordinated and worked on the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative for 12 years; he serves as treasurer on the US Alcohol Policy Alliance Board of Directors; is a trainer for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); and is the founder and serves as Chair of the Board for the North Carolina Alcohol Policy Alliance. Dylan travels the country speaking and training on substance abuse and public health. He holds a BA from Beloit College and a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University.

Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS, CSAPC

Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS, CSAPC is the Executive Director of Community Impact NC (CINC). CINC works in partnership with communities to support and create evidence-based practices and education that prevent and minimize the harm of substance use.

Anna is Vice President of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and serves on the NC Substance Use Federation Advisory Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC) in the state of North Carolina. In addition to her tenure in the prevention field, Anna has experience working in both residential and outpatient substance treatment as well as an employee assistance consultant.

Anna and her husband, Ryan live in Wilson, NC. They have two of the cutest kids you will ever meet. Being wife and mom are Anna’s favorite roles!

Jim Martin, MS

Jim D. Martin, M.S., is Director of Policy and Programs with the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (TPCB), Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services. Jim’s major responsibilities include providing statewide leadership and expertise on tobacco use prevention and control policy and programmatic solutions. Prior to his current position, (1992-2000) Jim served as Field Director for Policy and Programs with Project ASSIST, now known as the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch. Jim also served as Governor James B. Hunt’s Advisor on teen tobacco use prevention.

Prior to Project ASSIST, Jim served as a staff member with the National Cancer Institute’s COMMIT Project in Raleigh, NC–a comprehensive community-based research trial to reduce and prevent tobacco use. Jim has published several articles on tobacco use prevention and control and he has conducted numerous local, state, and national level presentations on policies and programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. He has also served on multiple national committees.

Jim is a native of Virginia. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Community Health Education from Virginia Tech. He worked as a Director of Worksite Health Promotion with the Virginia Department of Health, Mount Rogers Health District from 1986 – 1989, before relocating to North Carolina.

Annie Murphey, LICSWA, CDP

Annie Murphey, LICSWA, CDP has been licensed since 2005 in Oregon and then Washington State and spent many years working downstream in the chemical dependency field, followed by domestic violence and mental health in various settings, including schools, private practice, outpatient clinics, and as a juvenile court probation officer. She has served on boards, coalitions and task forces for approximately ten years and developed close working relationships with various sector representatives which helped in the transition to prevention. She previously was a community coordinator in Washington State, overseeing a Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) state grant as well as a Federal Drug-Free Communities grant in the Spokane area. She is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition and provides technical assistance and training for state and national coalition development. Annie has seen the patterns of trauma in both adults and children, given perspective with research around ACES, resiliency, school to prison pipeline, and trauma-informed practices and their intersection with prevention practices she is hopeful for systemic change in her community.

Colber Prosper (CADCA)

Mr. Colber Prosper was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he started coalition work at the age of 13. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School and was recruited to play football at Maryville College (Go SCOTS). During graduate school (Go Vols) Prosper was selected out of a national search to serve as a CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America) Ambassador. As an Ambassdor, Colber went through the National Coalition Academy and was inspired to train communities on coalition development. Since then, Prosper has trained across the United States and in other countries. Finally, Colber is passionate about community leadership and youth engagement, which were central to his own involvement when he was a teen.

Tyler Walston, MA, CSAC, LPC-A

Tyler started working for Community Impact NC in 2019 where he works as a Prevention Specialist. His efforts focus on increasing youth and parent engagement into community based and environmental strategies. Tyler received his Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2015. Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with the state of North Carolina, as well as, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Tyler worked in intensive outpatient treatment for 4 years, where he conducted group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, and conducted assessments. Tyler has been working with youth in a number of different arenas from church to football for over 10 years. Tyler was born and raised in Wilson, NC, where he lives with his wife Brooke and their daughter Emma.

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