Successfully assisted int he development of a robust and flourishing Community Health Promotion Council for for one of the largest and most deployed installations in the Army resulting in lowered suicide rates, less high risk behavior, and fewer drug and alcohol incidents.
Effectively conducted community needs assessments that resulted in the reduction of repetitive services, the creation of needed services, and improvement in needed services for the community. This saves money and increases effectiveness of programs and services.
Extensive experience in strategic planning for multiple organizations at various levels including Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, the Fort Campbell Army Substance Abuse Program, and Wayne County Vision.
Lead multiple successful teams and not-for-profit organizations in project management, needs analysis, and organizational development.
Plan, organize, and direct of all aspects of the Drug Testing, and Prevention Education programs and staff of seven for the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). This includes developing an installation-wide ASAP Installation Prevention Plan to include creating resiliency efforts, interventions, and training for each target group identified as high-risk. Design special training in response to identified trends and installation needs. Identify program areas in need of revision to improve program understanding and provide program emphasis where needed. Plan and organize community partnerships to promote positive relations and provide substance abuse education to Soldiers and Families off the installation. Conduct a community needs assessment to determine the prevention efforts that will be utilized to help mitigate high risk behaviors.
Develop, supervise, and conduct leadership training programs in alcohol and drug abuse for unit commanders, platoon leaders, and senior Non Commissioned Officer's. Prepare and coordinate local policy letters for the Commanding General's approval and implementation. Review DA policies and ensure local regulatory compliance.
Serve as the lead facilitator of the Installation Prevention Team (IPT); a working group for the Installation Community Health Promotion Council (CHPC). Under my leadership, the IPT developed and instituted the Domestic Violence Action Plan and the Substance Abuse Action Plan.
Conduct and analyze a community needs assessment to determine the issues relating to individuals and families to develop community resilience and decrease high risk behaviors. Serve as a research analyst with responsibilities of collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for the CHPC. Collect and consolidate data from multiple Garrison agencies (ACS, ASAP, CID, PMO, etc), and from observation, interviews, and focus groups. Ensure the integrity and completeness of data entered to Department of the Army database. Analyze data in order to integrate all resiliency strategies and risk reduction interventions in to the installation to mitigate high risk behaviors. Develop strategic communication plans designed to increase awareness of resilience efforts and to decrease stigma related to help-seeking behavior. Conduct, write, and present summative reports quarterly to the Senior Mission Commander (SMC). Present risk reduction statistics, trends, analysis, and intervention strategies to the CHPC which resulted in multiple approved initiatives to improve the overall holistic health of the community. Develop short and long term prevention strategies and recommended actions during consultations and briefings with brigade and battalion level commanders resulting in less high risk behaviors. Conduct program reviews to determine the efficacy of interventions and make adjustments as needed. Represent the Installation as the point of contact for all resiliency efforts, and high risk behavior prevention and intervention efforts.
Teach students various Sociology classes in an interactive manner always providing multiple concepts without personal bias. Promote class participation, group work, and examination of personal beliefs and ideals.
Encourage use of critical thinking via assignments and during class discussions. Create and update class syllabus, assist in class format, facilitate study sessions, and mentor students as needed.
Assist students in improving study skills, writing techniques, and identifying educational goals. Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge of the field or discipline. Plan and organize instruction in ways which maximize student learning. Modify, where appropriate, instructional methods and strategies to meet diverse students' needs. Evaluate students using methods which fairly measure student progress toward objectives. Effectively use Distance Learning program to teach students in on-line program (D2L).
Served as the Installation Suicide Prevention Program Specialist, and worked in conjunction with the Community Health Promotion Council (CHPC) to ensure suicide prevention activities were carried out in accordance with guidance in AR 600-63. Served as the installation POC for suicide prevention and as the local subject matter expert on Army policy and procedures related to suicide prevention. Communicated and coordinated with relevant agency staff across the Installation on an on-going basis in order to fully integrate a community approach to suicide prevention. As the facilitator for the Installation Suicide Prevention Task Force, developed suicide prevention strategies for consideration and implementation and provided monthly updates to the CHPC. These strategies, in conjunction with multiple efforts, significantly reduced the number of active duty Soldier suicides on Fort Campbell.
Ensured installation suicide prevention efforts involved post-wide education and awareness for all Soldiers, Family members and the Civilian work force. Integrated efforts of commanders, chaplains, unit ministry teams, behavioral health and other medical staff, health promotion officers, ACS staff, ASAP staff, SFAC staff, CID, Safety Office, Employee Relation Specialists, Union Representatives, EEO Counselors, and other relevant agency representatives in development of Suicide Prevention Program goals and objectives for the Installation. Identified documents and consolidated data related to any organization and / or command program expenditure utilized for suicide prevention and kept leadership informed as to actual associated costs.
Served as the key facilitator for multiple county organizations, city and county governments, area non-profits and elected officials, working together to lead the county to achieve multiple community strategies to make Wayne County a better place to live and work. Worked in a proactive manner to help organizations collaborate, reduce duplication of services and identify gaps in service.
Developed and implemented training programs designed to create community awareness of child abuse, and provided information of existing services to prevent child abuse. Identified program resource requirements and created and managed the operational budget of $150,000 annually. Researched and prepared fact sheets, information papers, memorandums, briefings, needs assessments, surveys, and other correspondence concerning program areas.
Conducted a community needs assessment for Wayne County. Used practical knowledge of interviewing and counseling principles, methods, and techniques in small groups to evaluate programs and services. These results assisted city and county staff in allocating funds while continuing to offer prevention services. Conducted all marketing and public relations for the organization to include a monthly public access television show, a web site, billboards, and marketing materials . Successfully managed all not-for-profit development to include grant writing, personal asks special events and the Annual Campaign which resulted in $150,000. Planned and developed policies, goals and objectives for the organization and subsequent working groups . Managed all financial operations. Developed and maintained database of donors, volunteers, and prospects. Managed office staff and up to 100 volunteers.
Sociology major with emphasis on education. Courses included Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Principles of
Sociology, and Sociology of Education. Cumulative GPA 3.82.
General Studies major with minors in Sociology and Political Science. President's Honor Roll and Dean's List. Cumulative GPA 3.92
Associate Certified Prevention Professional
Drug Testing Coordinator Certified (Military, Civilian, and DOT)
Risk Reduction Program Coordinators Course
Prevention Coordinator Course
Prime for Life Instructor Certified
ASIST(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Instructor Certified
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