Planning Committee

Alan J. Dellapenna, Jr., RS, MPH

Alan is the Branch Head of the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB), North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch supports the NC Department of Health and Human Service’s response to the opioid epidemic, including implementation of the NC Opioid Action Plan, convening the Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee (OPDAAC), coordinating the NC’s Syringe Exchange Initiative, providing health data to track the opioid epidemic, and supporting policy initiative to combat the epidemic.

Mr. Dellapenna Co-Chairs, Unintentional Death Committee of the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force, serves on NC Brain Injury Advisory Council, and advisory boards for the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Mr. Dellapenna joined the Division of Public Health following a 27 year career as a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Service (PHS), retiring at the rank of Captain. He spent his PHS career assigned to the Indian Health Service, the federal agency responsible for health care and public health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

In 2018, Alan was awarded the Alex Kelter Vision Award by the Safe State’s Alliance. The award is Safe States Alliance’s highest honor and recognizes individuals who have brought leadership and vision to the field of injury and violence prevention.

Alyssa Kitlas

Alyssa Kitlas is the Community Overdose Prevention Coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB). In this role, Alyssa coordinates the North Carolina Safer Syringe Initiative, supporting the more than 40 registered programs in the state; coordinates technical assistance provided to community based organizations and local health departments related to overdose prevention and harm reduction; and co-convenes the Opioid Action Plan SSP Advisory Group, a group of individuals with lived experience with substance use and/or who work at syringe service programs that is critical to guiding overdose prevention work in the state. Alyssa is also on the planning committee for the 2021 NC Opioid Summit.

Amanda (Khalil) Isac, PharmD, MPH

Dr. Isac serves as a pharmacist for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. In this role, she helps support the expansion of various clinical programs and polices around increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, integration of harm reduction strategies into health systems, and education around safer prescribing practices. Dr. Isac’s work also includes coordination of naloxone distribution across North Carolina for a variety of community-level and state partners. As a practicing community pharmacist, she has been actively engaged for several years in leading key pharmacist initiatives on addressing the opioid crisis including safer syringe sales, naloxone training, and implementation of medication take-back programs. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of South Carolina and completed a post-graduate pharmacy residency at the University of Georgia.

Anna S. Godwin, MS, LCAS, CSAPC

Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS, CPS is the CEO 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 Prevention Specialist (CPS) 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 Stanley, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS

Anna Stanley serves as a coordinator for the State Opioid Treatment Authority team within the Addictions and Management Operations Section of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. In this role, she provides regulatory oversight and consultation to the Opioid Treatment Programs across North Carolina. Anna received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Substance Use Disorder Counseling from UNC Charlotte. She has been working in the mental health and addictions treatment field in a variety of capacities for 12 years.

Charity Anderson, MPS

Charity Anderson received her master’s degree in prevention science in 2018 and is currently working toward her prevention specialist certification. She is also a certified recovery coach and trained in youth suicide and crisis prevention. Charity currently serves as the Youth and Family Engagement Specialist with Community Impact NC, under the Division of Coalition Support. She previously served as a Social Emotional Generalist and Community Liaison with GOAL High School in Colorado Springs, supporting at-risk youth with life skills development, substance misuse prevention, and recovery support.

Elyse Powell, PhD

Elyse is the State Opioid Coordinator for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Dr. Powell coordinates NC DHHS’ response to the opioid epidemic, including shaping response strategy and leading coordination across treatment, prevention, surveillance, and policy strategies to best improve outcomes for North Carolinians. Dr. Powell is passionate about advancing the way we prevent and treat chronic diseases, including addiction. Dr. Powell received her Ph.D. from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Prior to that, Dr. Powell worked as a Junior Policy Associate for The New York Academy of Medicine, supporting the NYS Department of Health obesity prevention coalition and policy center. She earned her BA from Princeton University, where she studied the neuroscience of addiction.

When she can, Dr. Powell spends time enjoying NC’s outdoors biking, camping, and rock climbing.

Glorina Stallworth

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Jessica Dicken, MSW

Jessica has twenty-two 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 navigating prevention efforts during and post COVID. She’s been with DMH since May 2018 serving as the Prevention Block Manager, Interim Section Chief and since July 2019 as 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 Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Karen Wade

Karen Wade is a Policy Advisor at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she works across DHHS to support policy development and help carry out Departmental priorities. Prior to this position, she served in roles in DC at the Health Resources & Services Administration and the US Senate. She received both her undergraduate degree and MSPH from UNC Chapel Hill.

Kendall Wood, BS

Kendall Wood is the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) Project Manager for North Carolina at the Governor’s Institute. She provides overall project management and oversight for the project including the 5 SPF-Rx funded sub-recipient communities. She is currently a committee member of the North Carolina DMH Prevention Team. Previously, she served as the NC Partnership for Success Outreach Specialist assisting the state prevention team in planning, implementing and evaluating evidence-based strategies, and trainings and technical assistance efforts for 13 PFS funded communities throughout North Carolina. Prior to moving to North Carolina in April of 2016, she served as the Program Coordinator for the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) and the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP) at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Here, she worked on preventing underage and binge drinking as well as helping reduce heroin and prescription drug overdose deaths throughout her local community. Mrs. Wood has experience working with coalitions, mobilizing communities, building capacity at local and state levels, and providing outreach and technical assistance to communities around substance use prevention. Mrs. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College park.

Margaret Bordeaux

Margaret Bordeaux, a CDC Foundation assignee, is the Justice-Involved Overdose Prevention Specialist in the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) at the NC Division of Public Health. She is committed to advancing restorative, transformative, and innovative approaches in spaces where substance use and justice involvement intersect. In 2017, Margaret graduated from Shaw University, Raleigh, NC, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology. She’s currently pursuing an Executive Master of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Margaret, a single mother of three, draws from her personal experiences to empower her compassionate advocacy for people who are marginalized by their drug use and justice involvement.

Nidhi Sachdeva, MPH

Nidhi Sachdeva (she/her) is a connector of ideas and people, builds community, and advocates for justice. She is a Senior Research Program Leader with the Duke’s Department of Population Health Sciences, where she built and leads a portfolio of prevention research, implementation science, and evaluation projects focused on reducing harms and saving lives from the opioid epidemic. Nidhi comes to Duke from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch where she lead strategic planning, partnership development, policy and program implementation, and local capacity building for injury and violence prevention efforts around the state with a special focus on the prevention of drug poisoning and overdose death. Nidhi also served as a Program Manager at the University of North Carolina’s Injury Prevention Research Center where she oversaw several poisoning prevention policy and program evaluation studies. She has worked in public health in various capacities and settings and on multiple levels within government (local and state) and research universities. Nidhi earned a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

Sara Smith, MA, MCHES

Sara Smith, MA, MCHES® is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) with over 12 years’ experience working in Health Education. She is currently the Communication Lead with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB), where she coordinates and manages communication efforts that pertain to overdose prevention implementation. Ms. Smith received her master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and Undergraduate Degree in Health Promotion from the State University of New York at Oswego.

Stacey Stottler

With more than 12 years of substance use prevention experience, Stacey Stottler has served as a program manager, a prevention specialist, and a training and technical assistance associate. Currently she serves the North Carolina as the State Opioid Response Prevention Program Manager. Stacey is passionate about speaking with and learning from fellow prevention providers and specializes in Communication Campaigns and Youth Prevention Education. Stacey graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield and currently resides in Illinois with her husband and three children.

Toska Cooper

Toska Cooper is a Project Manager at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC). Ms. Cooper’s work focuses on the management of state and federal level funded opioid overdose prevention research projects. Outside of the IPRC, Toska serves the University as a Carolina Covenant Mentor and Secretary of the Carolina Black Caucus. She is also a recipient of the 2019 UNC Peer Recognition Pinnacle Award. Beyond UNC, she is involved with Safe States Alliance as an elected Executive Committee At-Large Member and Vice Chair of the annual conference. Toska lives on the foundations of service and leadership, exhibited through her professional and personal endeavors. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and recently completed a Health Informatics Certificate to intertwine her passion areas of public health, education and technology. Outside of these interests, Toska loves people and is enthused by helping others become the best versions of themselves. She is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and current board member for PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro. In her spare time, you can find Toska volunteering to build a house, running an obstacle race, baking a new dish or traveling to national parks.