I retired following 23 years as a program administrator for the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women, where I supervised a substance-use treatment program. Having seen many women return to the program because they lacked support, resources, or a plan, I have dedicated my time to solving this problem. I am now the executive director of Redirection-NC, a nonprofit program that I developed to assist justice-involved individuals identify and utilize support systems and resources as they transition back into their communities. Redirection-NC now operates two houses that facilitate women as they adjust to stable, communal living.
In addition, I am the vice chair of the Capital Area Reentry Council, which helps bring together stakeholders who could offer assistance and resources to help formerly incarcerated individuals become productive citizens, with the goal of reducing recidivism and victimization. I also serve on the Wake County Human Services Board as a liaison to the Wake County Housing Advisory Committee. As a passionate advocate and volunteer, I have served on numerous boards and committees, including the Overdose Prevention Coalition, the Alliance of Aids Services-Carolina, Recovery Communities of North Carolina, and Jobs for Life. I am very active in my church (Trinity Baptist Church) and in disaster relief efforts through NC Baptists on Mission.
I am a native of Raleigh and the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of three.
And most importantly, I am a woman in long term recovery and what this means to me is I haven’t needed a drug to change how I think, feel or act since December 13, 1986, one day at a time. As a result, I have been afforded the opportunity to be the person described above. I celebrate every day I've been given to the fullest and am grateful for all recovery avenues.
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