Meet Our Board of Directors

Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS
Foundation President

Tony BeattyCentral Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2013 – (Sep. 30) 2017
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2017 – (Sep. 30) 2021

Tony Beatty began his first career as a part-time Substance Abuse Tech at the Seventh Street Detoxification Center in Charlotte in August 1982. He retired in November, 2012 as the Program Administrator for the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Division of the Provided Services Organization. He now teaches in the Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Central Piedmont Community College. Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989 and a Master of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University in 1998. Tony is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. In addition to serving on the NCFADS Board, he is serving his second four year term on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.

Jessica White
Foundation Vice President

Jessica WhiteJessica L. White & Associates
Charlotte, NC

Board Term 1st: (Dec. 1) 2013 – (Sep. 30) 2017
Board Term 2nd: (Oct. 1) 2017 – (Sep. 30) 2021

Jessica White is owner of Jessica L. White and Associates. Previously, she was the Director of Community Relations and Business Development at the McLeod Addictive Disease Center in Charlotte, NC where she was responsible for leading all marketing efforts and training events for the center. Prior to her marketing role, Jessica managed several departments within the McLeod Center, conceptualized the Residential DWI Program, and was instrumental in building relationships and bringing new revenue streams to the organization. Her efforts at the McLeod Center were recognized when the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) honored the McLeod Center with the 2013 Organizational Achievement Award. In her spare time, Jessica is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer.

Heather Jennissen, RN, BSN
Foundation Secretary

The Blanchard Institute
Charlotte, NC
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2015 – (Sep. 30) 2019

Heather Jennissen has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Mankato State University and extensive clinical and management skills in mental health and addiction treatment. She also has a strong background in strategic planning and community education. Heather is an active member of International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) and a volunteer for Girls on the Run. Currently, Heather is the Director of Clinical Outreach at The Blanchard Institute.

William Faulkner, CSAC, CSARFD, QTCP
Foundation Treasurer

William FaulknerRecovery Ventures
Black Mountain

Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2013 – (Sep. 30) 2017
Board Term 2nd: (Oct.1) 2017 – (Sep. 30) 2021

William Faulkner, CSAC, CSARFD, QTCP, is the Facilities Director for Recovery Ventures residential treatment program in Western North Carolina. As a therapist, he feels blessed to see the progression of change in clients over a two year time period. William is very proactive with the addictions field in North Carolina. He co-chairs the Best Practices and Professional Standards Committee of the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and also serves on the APNC Board of Directors.

Brenden A. Hargett, PhD
Foundation Board Member

Brenden HargettCardinal Innovations Healthcare
Kannapolis, NC
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2014 – (Sep. 30) 2018

Brenden is a Clinical Manager in Utilization Management for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare in Kannapolis, NC and manages the complex team. Brenden has extensive clinical experience in a variety of behavioral health settings both public and private. He holds a Ph.D in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Brenden has acquired knowledge and expertise as a trainer in trauma informed care, social and emotional development, and multicultural competency. Additionally, he has vast experience in program development, clinical supervision, and co-occurring disorders for adolescents as well as adults. Brenden works tirelessly on workforce development strategies with the intent to bridge the gap between research and practice while creating more comprehensive behavioral health service systems.

Wilmina Rosario, PhD
Foundation Board Member

Wilmina RosarioIndependent Clinical Consultant

Jacksonville, NC

Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2017 – (Sep. 30) 2021

Wilmina is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) and is a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in substance use and co-occurring disorders of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Rosario has worked counseling individuals and families affected by substance misuse and substance use disorders as well as counseling individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. She has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor, program supervisor and as Division Director in the substance use and mental health fields since 1987. She has extensive experience developing, managing and directing a wide range of substance use treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Rosario is currently an Independent Clinical Preceptor and Consultant for the United States Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program located at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.

Shawn Ricks, PhD
Foundation Board Member

Shawn RicksOld Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2017 – (Sep. 30) 2021

Shawn is an Associate Professor in Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University, where she teaches courses in crisis intervention, methods and addictions. In addition, Dr. Ricks maintains a private practice in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Ricks received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, and her Masters in Counselor Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Associate), as well as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (Associate). She is certified in Motivational Interviewing, Strengthening Families and Preventing Long Term Anger and Aggression in Youth (PLAAY). Prior to joining Old Dominion University, Dr. Ricks spent 9 years at Winston-Salem State University where she created a university-wide minor in addictions.

Peter Baker, DTh, CSAC
Foundation Board Member

Peter BakerAssistant Director, Jail and Court Servicesat Criminal Justice Resource Center
Durham, NC |
Board Term 1st: (Jan 1) 2018 – (Sept 30) 2020

Peter is the Assistant Director of Jail and Court Services for the Criminal Justice Resource Center, a County Agency, in Durham , North Carolina. Peter has extensive experience in managing substance abuse and mental health services in the criminal justice arena since 2001. He has previously worked in a variety of substance abuse settings from 1992-2001. He holds a Doctorate of Theology from the North Carolina Theological Seminary in Clinton, NC

He has served as a state and national trainer for Drug Treatment Court operations, as well as having served on the Alliance Behavioral healthcare provider advisory board. He is very much vested in helping to sustain and create better ways to serve those persons mandated to treatment through the criminal justice system. Peter’s more recent years have specifically been spent focused on addressing the challenges of mentally ill offenders by helping them to acquire needed services in the community.

Debbie Caton Rogers, MA
Executive Director

debbie-rogers-1North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies
Greenville, NC

Debbie Caton Rogers was named Executive Director of the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies effective October 1, 2016. She retired from the Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) August 31, 2016, where she had served as Director since 1994.

Debbie joined Eastern AHEC as Assistant Director of Mental Health Education, coming from positions in state facilities as a staff psychologist and behavior programming specialist. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from East Carolina University, with specialization in IDD and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and has also completed extensive graduate coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Debbie was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in August 2016 for her contributions to her community, exemplary professional career and years of service to the state of North Carolina. As Executive Director, she is the principal staff member of the Foundation. This position is central to the overall operation of the Foundation and includes administrative, financial management, technical/clerical production, logistical/program planning and oversight of the daily operations of the Foundation office. The Executive Director also provides assistance to the Foundation Board on matters pertaining to strategic planning

Jim Edmundson, EdD
Administrative Consultant

Jim EdmundsonNorth Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies
Clayton, NC

Jim Edmundson began an affiliation with NCFADS in 1978 serving as its administrative coordinator. As a university administrator, Jim contributed leadership, academic program planning, and operational processes to the development of NCFADS. After retiring from UNCW as Vice Chancellor of Continuing Studies in 1992, he was named Executive Director and served in that role until his retirement in 2016. Jim’s exceptional leadership over a span of 38 years resulted in the NCFADS Lifetime Achievement Award being changed to include his name to honor his extensive and valuable service.

Virginia L. Johnson, CSAPC
Ex-Officio Foundation Board Member

Virginia Lynne JohnsonEmpowered Ideas
Fuquay-Varina, NC | Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Empowered Ideas
Board Term 1st: (Oct.1) 2009 – (Sep. 30) 2013
Board Term 2nd: (Oct.1) 2011 – (Sep. 30) 2015

Virginia is a speaker, instructor, facilitator, communications specialist and marketing strategist. Her experience  bridging gaps between nonprofits, government and corporations; along with expertise in strategic planning, organizational development, event management and nonprofit sustainability have positioned her as a knowledge leader in several fields – including her passion for substance abuse prevention, in which she has been a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant since 2001.

Virginia has coordinated federal and statewide initiatives, community mobilization and capacity efforts, developed targeted messaging and integrated digital advocacy within the nonprofit sector. She also has over 12 years of community festival and professional conference management experience. Virginia is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Empowered Ideas, a marketing communications firm focused on small businesses and nonprofits.