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DHHS Applies For $25 Million In Federal Grants To Fight Opioids PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:57

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has applied for $25 million in federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.

“The opioid epidemic ravages physical and mental health, holds people back from education and careers, and tears families and communities apart,” said Governor Roy. Cooper “We must do even more to fight the opioid crisis in North Carolina and these grants would help us make critical progress to prevent and treat opioid addiction and save lives.” 

DHHS will apply for approximately $22 million in federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s grant program. DHHS would use these dollars to provide opioid prevention services, medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to at least 5,000 North Carolinians. This funding would also allow the state to enhance efforts to combat overdoses by purchasing additional naloxone, a life-saving overdose reversal drug.

DHHS will also seek nearly $3 million in federal funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response. The department would use these funds to enhance the tracking and reporting of overdose-related data to enable state leaders and programs to better target and evaluate prevention strategies.

“These grants are important steps in fighting the opioid crisis,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “But they are only part of the solution. We also need sustainable funding to close the coverage gap and increase access to affordable health insurance. Addiction is a chronic disease and people need access to care beyond the life of these grants.”

North Carolina is putting previous federal grants to fight the opioid crisis to excellent use and wants to build on that success. In fiscal year 2017-18, North Carolina provided opioid use treatment to more than 5,700 individuals-- nearly four times the program’s first-year goal-- through federal funding awarded by the 21st Century Cures Act, State-Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:22
 
Citizens Can Apply For State Boards and Commissions On New Web Site PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:52

A new web portal for North Carolina boards and commissions to streamline the application process for people who wish to serve and provide more information to the public has been launched. 

“I want to encourage talented, qualified North Carolinians from all 100 counties and all backgrounds to serve on boards and commissions that shape the quality of life in our state,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “North Carolinians can use this new tool to learn more about the work of state boards, as well as to apply or nominate someone to serve.”

 

The new website will feature profiles of state boards and commissions, a list of recent appointments, current openings, member resources, and portals to submit applications and recommendations. This will be the first online portal for Governor’s appointments to Boards and Commissions in North Carolina history, and the first time in seventeen years that the system has been updated to provide a more open and streamlined process.

 

The Office of the Governor oversees over 2,400 appointments to more than 350 boards and commissions that represent a broad range of areas and issues for North Carolina. More than 600 appointments expire each year, and those vacancies are filled on a rolling basis throughout the year.

 

For more information, visit the North Carolina Boards and Commissions page at bc.governor.nc.gov 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:57
 
Cooper Announces Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:23

Governor Roy Cooper announced his nominations and appointments to 19 boards, commissions, and councils.

“I am grateful that these well-qualified North Carolinians will help me lead our state forward through their service on these critical state boards and commissions,” said Governor Cooper.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the Cape Fear Navigation and Pilotage Commission:

*     Henry Foy of Wilmington as a New Hanover County Resident. Foy is a retired attorney who has represented clients including Brunswick County, CSX Railroad, and Atlantic Telephone Membership Corporation. 

*     Louis Batuyios of Wilmington as a New Hanover County Resident. Batuyios is the owner of International Shipping Co., Inc. and has been in the shipping business for over 45 years. 

*     Dr. Kurt Scheetz of Southport as a Brunswick County Resident. Scheetz works at his own private practice, Scheetz & Bachara Family Dentistry. 

*     Dave Gardener of Surf City as a Representative of Maritime Interests. Gardener has deep sea experience with Keystone Shipping, Gulf Coast Trailing, Dutra and B&B Dredging, and has also spent 18 years as owner/operator of a fleet of ocean going passenger fishing vessels. In addition, Gardener has 8 years of experience in the Naval Reserve. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine:

*     Dr. Goldie Byrd of Durham as a member at-large. Dr. Byrd is the Founding Director for the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at NC A&T State University where she served as the Chair of the Department of Biology and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina State Water Infrastructure Authority:

*     Juhann Waller of Greensboro as an engineer in the private sector. Waller is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He is the founder of JC Waller & Associates, PC, and an adjunct faculty member at NC A&T.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Water Treatment Facility Operators Certification Board:

*     Angela Christian of Newport as a manager of NC municipality using a treated groundwater supply. Christian is the Town Manager for the Town of Newport. Prior, she was the Chief Operations Officer and Deputy County Manager for the Onslow County Government. 

*     Samuel Call of Wilkesboro as a director of utilities with an NC municipality. Call is the Utility Director for the Town of Wilkesboro. Prior, he worked as a Water Plant Superintendent, a Water Plant Operator, and a Waste Water Operator for the Town of Wilkesboro. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Child Care Commission:

*     Lanier DeGrella of Durham as a Public Member. DeGrella was the North Carolina Statewide Infant Toddler Quality Enhancement Project Manager for the Child Care Services Association. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Indiana Bureau of Child Development.

*     Beth Messersmith of Durham as a Parent of a child in daycare. Messersmith is the Senior Campaign director for MomsRising.org. 

*     Rhonda Rivers of Charlotte as a For-Profit facility operator. Rivers is the Director of Curriculum and Training/Village Preschool Director for Rainbow Station. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners:

*     Sheena M. Petty of Clayton as a Licensed Cosmetologist. Petty currently works at Hair The Avenue, Inc., a business she developed and started in 2015. Previously, Petty worked as an independent contractor, hair & make-up artist, and as a Cosmetologist.  

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board:

*     Dr. Azure Holland of Raleigh as a licensed veterinarian. Holland is the Owner-Practitioner for Azure Holland, A Mobile Veterinary Service. Prior, Holland worked at VCA Triangle Tower Animal Hospital. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission:

*     Bob Emory of New Bern to the Coastal Forestry seat. Emory previously worked with Weyerhaeuser Company, and held positions in land acquisition, land use, and logging and wood procurement. He previously served on the Coastal Resources Commission for 20 years.

*     Councilwoman Renee Cahoon of Nags Head as a member of local government within the coastal area. Cahoon works at R.V. Cahoon, Inc., a retail and rental business. Cahoon has served on the Coastal Resources Commission for 16 years.

*     Robin Smith of Chapel Hill as a member with experience in marine-related science. Smith is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in environmental law and policy. Now in private practice, Smith previously served North Carolina as Assistant Secretary for Environment and as a Special Deputy Attorney General. 

*     Mayor Trace Cooper of Atlantic Beach as coastal property owner. Cooper is serving his sixth term as Mayor. He is the founder of Cooper Development Company, which focuses on hospitality projects and other sustainable, community-oriented development. 

*     Lauren Salter of Williston as a commercial fishing representative. Previously, Salter worked at the North Carolina Fisheries Association and the NC Division of Marine Fisheries.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Oil and Gas Commission:

*     Councilwoman Rebecca Wyhof Salmon of Sanford as an elected official of a municipal government. Salmon is the President of Blue Roof Strategies, LLC. Prior, Salmon served as the Vice President of the North Carolina Telecommunications Industry Association. 

*     Dr. Jim Zhang of Chapel Hill as a member experienced in public health. Zhang is a professor at Duke University. Prior, Zhang taught at several universities internationally in Global Public Health departments, specifically in departments for Environmental and Occupational Public Health. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Tennessee Valley Authority Regional Resource Stewardship Council:

*     Randy Wiggins of Murphy as North Carolina’s representative. Wiggins serves as County Manager for Cherokee County. He worked previously as County Finance Officer for Cherokee County.

 

Gov. Cooper has reappointed the following individual to the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Board of Trustees:

 

*     Mary Ann Rice of Asheville as a member at-large. Rice is Senior Vice President for the State Employees Credit Union Asheville-Biltmore Village branch. Rice currently serves as Chair of the A-B Tech Board of Trustees. Prior, she served on the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation Board and the Board of Directors for the United Way.  

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Caldwell Community College Board of Trustees:

*     James Sponenberg of Lenoir as a member at-large. Sponenberg is employed at The Property Shop where he works as a realtor/broker. Prior, Sponenberg spent time as President/CEO of Parkway Bank and Senior Vice President/Market President of CertusBank. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Gaston College Board of Trustees:

*     Sheriff Alan G. Cloninger of Dallas as a member at-large. Cloninger is the Gaston County Sheriff and previously served as police officer with the Gaston County Police Department. Cloninger is a licensed attorney and also serves on the Governor’s Crime Commission. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Martin Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Nancy Joyner of Windsor as a member at-large. Joyner has served as a Special Education teacher, a math and science teacher, and a school counselor and she currently works in real estate. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Susan English of Marion as a member at-large. English spent 28 years as a nurse with the McDowell Hospital. She also taught nursing at McDowell Techical Community College. 

 

Gov. Cooper has reappointed the following individual to the Pitt Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Randy Walters of Farmville as a member at-large. Walters serves on the Board of Trustees at Pitt Community College. He is the President of Farmville Furniture Company and also serves as Chair of the Pitt County Development Commission Board. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Robeson Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Kyle R. Chavis of Lumberton as a member at-large. Chavis currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Lumbee Guaranty Bank. Prior, Chavis served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Lumbee Guaranty Bank for the past 8 years.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Wake Technical Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Edward D. Paradise of Cary as a member at-large. Paradise serves as Vice President of Engineering for the Security and Trust Organization at Cisco and as the Site Executive for their Research Triangle Park Campus. Paradise also serves on the advisory boards for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Triangle Family Services, and Bull City Ventures.  

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees:

*     Sylvia D. Robinson of North Wilkesboro as a member at-large. Robinson served in Wilkes County public schools as a teacher, coach, department chair, and mentor for young teachers for over thirty-two years. Robinson is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and has served on the Wilkes Community College Board of trustees, Wilkes County Board of Health, and the Community Health Board. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:30
 
Governor Cooper Announces Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 08:30

Governor Roy Cooper announced nominations and appointments to 17 boards, commissions, and councils. 

“These committed North Carolinians will serve our state well,” Gov. Cooper said. “They have demonstrated their experience and dedication to our state, and I am grateful for their service.”

Gov. Cooper has nominated the following individual to serve on the Board of Transportation:

     Sam Bowles of Charlotte as the representative of the 10th Transportation Division. Bowles is the Managing Partner at Threadridge Investment Partners, a private investment management firm in Charlotte. Bowles currently serves on the UNC Healthcare System Board of Directors and the Kenan Flagler Business School Board of Visitors.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission:

*     Norman Alexander Mitchell, Sr. of Charlotte as an At-large member. Mitchell was a Mecklenburg County Commissioner and previously served on the National Association of Counties Homeland Security Task Force. Mitchell is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne division at Fort Bragg and the 101st Airborne in Vietnam where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists Board of Examiners:

*     Nikki Jeffcoate of Fuquay Varina as a Speech Pathologist. Jeffcoate works in Acute Care Services as a Clinical Supervisor in Speech and Language Pathology at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. She previously worked at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital as a Staff Therapist.

*     Mary Jane Richardson of Lumberton as a Public Member. Richardson is an Assistant District Attorney in District 16B-Robeson County. Previously, she served as an Assistant District Attorney for District 16A-Hoke and Scotland Counties. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Credit Union Commission:

*     Amy Woody of Asheville as a member with credit union management experience. Woody has over 26 years of credit union experience at McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union and Mountain Credit Union, where she has been the executive Vice President since 2003. 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators:

*     Jon Renegar of Asheville as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator of a non-profit facility. Renegar has served as a licensed nursing home administrator for 13 years. Currently, he is the Director of Operations at Carolina Village. 

*     Amy Huntley of Garner as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Huntley is the Vice President of Operations at Liberty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services, and previously served as the Regional Director of Operations for the West Region. 

*     Vanessa Burton of Lumberton as a Public Member. Burton serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Robeson County. She previously worked as a Corporate Trust Officer at Wachovia Bank and Trust. 

*     Ruth Little of Ayden as a Public Member. Little is the Vice Chair & Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health at East Carolina’s Brody School of Medicine. Little also served as the Public Health Director for the Jones County Health Department.

*     Curtis Grogan of Cary as a Public Member. Grogan has served as the Risk Management Director for Wake County Public Schools and also in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as Section Chief/Risk Manager. Grogan has also worked with several large commercial insurance companies.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology and Innovation:

*     Rick Webb of Cary as an At-large member. Webb is a Managing Director at Accenture and previously worked at IBM and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Webb also served as the State Chief Information Officer for the State of North Carolina. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board:

*     Heather Stehberger of Charlotte as a marriage and family therapist. Stehberger works at Youth Villages where she is an MST Expert and a Comprehensive Clinical Assessor.

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Commission on Public Health:

*     Greg Hatem of Raleigh as At-large member. Hatem is the Founder of Empire Properties and has redeveloped properties that now house popular restaurants in downtown Raleigh, such as Sitti, The Pit, Gravy and Raleigh Times.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the Governor’s Crime Commission:

*     Judge Beverly Scarlett of Durham as a District Court Judge. Scarlett has practiced law in areas of family law, juvenile abuse, neglect and dependency, juvenile delinquency and child support. Scarlett has served as a District Court Judge since 2007 and was previously an assistant prosecutor in Orange and Chatham counties. 

*     Lauren Smith of Holly Springs as a Citizen Under 21. Smith attends Holly Springs High School and organized the Raleigh March for Our Lives. She is currently a leader of Students Demand Action in Wake County, the National Honor Society and the Speech and Debate Honor Society.  

*     Judge Marvin Blount III of Greenville as a Superior Court Judge. Blount is the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Pitt County. Blount has held court in approximately 50 counties in North Carolina presiding over matters ranging from complex civil matters to murder trials. Previously, Blount worked in private practice and also served on the North Carolina Board of Transportation. 

*     The Honorable Susan Frye of Winston-Salem as a Clerk of Superior Court. Frye has spent 37 years working in the justice system in Forsyth County, starting as deputy clerk of court in 1976 and including other positions with the court and the county jail.

*     Sheriff Keith Stone of Rocky Mount as a Sheriff. Stone has served as Sheriff of Nash County since 2014 and was previously a member of the State Highway Patrol for 25 years. Stone started his career in law enforcement in 1984 with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

*     Detective Matthew James Cooper of Raleigh as a Police Executive. Cooper is a Detective in the Raleigh Police Intelligence Center and previously worked with the Raleigh Police Gang Suppression Unit and the Raleigh-Durham F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force. Cooper serves as President of the Raleigh Police Protective Association. 

*     Chris Suggs of Kinston as a Citizen Under 21. Suggs is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Kinston Teens. Suggs is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Black Youth Network and has served as the youngest appointee to the Crime Commission since August of 2016. 

*     Patrice Andrews of Morrisville as a Municipal Government Official. Andrews currently serves as the Morrisville Chief of Police. She is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, FBI National Academy Associates, and National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. Andrews has 21 years of experience in law enforcement. 

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina General Statutes Commission:

*     Kama Bethel Pierce of Matthews as an At-large member. Pierce serves as the Director of Development at Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. She previously served as both a staff attorney and federal law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McKee in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Commission:

 

 

 

 

 

 

*     Matthew Sperati of Rocky Mount as an At-large member. Sperati is a managing partner at Lassiter & Sperati, PLLC and the Co-Owner and legal counsel for Koi Pond Brewing Company, LLC. He has served on local boards for the City of Rocky Mount, including the Planning Board and the Housing Authority Board.

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board:

 

*     Debra C. Duncan of Monroe as a Public Member. Duncan currently serves as the Guardian Ad Litem for Union county. Duncan also served as a City Council Member and Chief of Police for the City of Monroe. 

*     Judge Ronald W. Burris of Albemarle as a Public Member. Burris served in the U.S. Army in military intelligence division. After serving, Burris began to practice law, working as an associate attorney, a partner attorney, and then served as a District and Superior Court Judge. Burris is a certified mediator with the NC Dispute Resolution Commission.

*     Tammy B. Owens of Raleigh as a Public Member. Owens is a Business Systems Analyst for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Substance Abuse Professionals Certifications Board:

*     Lea Tackett of Raleigh as a Public Member. Tackett works as the Director of Building Management and Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff at the North Carolina Department of Justice. Previously, Tackett worked for NCBIO and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Western North Carolina Public Lands Council:

*     John Parton of Whittier as a Swain County Resident. Parton has practiced law in American Samoa, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. He returned to Swain County in 1996.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the License to Give Trust Fund Commission:

*     Sheila Martin of Rocky Mount as a member who has demonstrated an interest in promoting advance care planning education. Martin is the Executive Director of the Dunn Center for Performing Arts. Martin is the Founder and Chair of the Pitt Charity Golf Tournament, which donates all its proceeds to Organ Donor Education. 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Southern Regional Education Board:

 

*     Rep. Graig R. Meyer of Chapel Hill as a State Legislator. Meyer has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2013. Prior, Meyer spent time working in North Carolina’s public schools, coordinating programs such as the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program.

 

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council:

 

*     Rep. Rosa U. Gill of Raleigh as a State Legislator. A former teacher, Gill also served as chair of the Wake County Board of Elections and the Wake County Board of Education. 

    Rep. Linda P. Johnson of Raleigh as a State Legislator. Johnson has served in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2000. Prior, Johnson was a board member for the Kannapolis City Board of Education and also worked as a tax accountant and a computer analyst.

*     Rep. Erica D. Smith of Henricho as a State Legislator. Smith was elected to the General Assembly in 2014. She previously served on the Northampton County Board of Education. Smith has also worked as a Senior Specialist Engineer and a Patent Examiner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 08:48
 
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