Mr. Brown is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is a devoted father to his son, Benson. Matt is a social worker in training and is currently achieving his Master's in Social Work. He has a particular interest and expertise in the field of adolescent drug and alcohol addiction and has previously worked at Duke University Medical Center supporting teens and families throughout their recovery journey. Matt is a young professional in the field, bringing both insight and eagerness that support the values and mission of the Orange Partnership for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth.
Ms. Kenney is a certified public accountant with over 25 years’ experience working in profit and non-profit accounting. Lori graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. She and her husband Paul have two daughters; Sarah and Elizabeth, both of whom are graduating this year from Belmont Abbey College. They have lived in Mebane for 14 years. Lori enjoys sports, reading and is active in her church community. She is interested in serving as a board member because these issues impact so many families. Lori has personally been impacted by substance abuse. When she was young, two family friends were killed by a drunk driver. Her father was an alcoholic his entire life and she believes he was never was able to live a normal life because of it. She postulates if he would have been around this kind of organization, he might have had a better chance. She feels the mission of Orange Partnership is important to the community to give youth a chance of developing without the influence of substance.
Mr. Kukovich is a 5th generation metalsmith and award-winning jewelry designer. A successful businessman, he is the founder and “El Presidente” of William Travis Jewelry which has operated for more than 15 years in Chapel Hill. The son of an immigrant family, raised by his mother after his father left, he and his six siblings were no stranger to hardship. As a child growing up in poverty, he is intimately aware of the allure of drugs and alcohol as escapism from hardship. Coming from a large, close family, he escaped such pitfalls through sports; however, he watched many friends succumb to the temptations of drugs. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26, he won the first of his 17 American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum Awards. With 3 JCK Design Awards, 3 JCK Jewelers Choice awards, 2 Platinum Guild Internationals and a number of other accolades, he is one of the most decorated designers in the trade. In addition to his successful business, he served as an Executive Board member of Extraordinary Ventures, a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses with the philosophy that all people are employable. The father of two young children, Travis’ goal is to serve as a mentor and help provide alternate activities for at-risk youth.
Mr. Lawson is the UNC Medical Center Director of Emergency Services. He has over of 19 years of emergency and trauma nursing experience, with 15 years in leadership roles. He started his health care career as a nursing assistant working on a medical/surgical unit while he attended licensed practical nursing school. Since becoming an LPN, Christian has worked in a variety of settings, from a small (6 bed) rural emergency department in Arkansas to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. From there he moved to Georgia, working in the emergency department at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. After six years there he relocated to Knoxville Tennessee to lead the emergency department at The University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville he completed his MBA at the University of Tennessee. After six years in Knoxville, Christian assumed the role of Director of Emergency Services at the University of North Carolina. In his role he leads an expansive nursing service line, but also works with all emergency department nurse leaders across the UNC Health Care System. He has passion for leadership development as well as the care of the behavioral health population. Christian leads a coalition effort of the NC Emergency Nurses Association, NC College of Emergency Physicians, NC Psychiatric Association, NC Psychiatric Nurses Association, and NC Hospital Association advocating to increase, funding, resources, and improve the standard of care for behavioral health patients. Also, he is very active advocating at the state and federal level in an effort to improve the care and resources for patients in the emergency setting especially behavioral health and substance use disorder.
Mr. Lewis is currently the Coordinator of School Community Relations with Orange County Schools. Mr. Lewis has been in education for 20 years. His experience began high school levels teaching Mathematics, this has transitioned over the years to encompass all grade levels while in the classroom. Mr. Lewis viewed teaching an avenue to mentor youth and throughout his career he has worked with at-risk youth. Beginning in Gaston County, he worked with at-risk teens in partnership with Gaston County's Boys and Girls Club, the Juvenile Court System, and Gaston P.A.Y.S. He served as a mentor for Real Life 101, a program meant to support first generation college students through their time in college or university. He has chaired the Durham Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's national program Go-To-High School Go-To-College, volunteered at multiple voter registration drives via the Voteless People is a Hopeless People program, and continues to offer support for elderly Brothers or their widows through the Brother's Keeper program. In his role with School Community Relations Mr. Lewis has facilitated relationships with UNC CH, 4H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, No Kid Hungry NC, and Kiwanis, among others, to partner in supporting Orange County Youth. Mr. Lewis is currently pursuing his E.D. (Educational Doctorate) from UNCG.
Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of Education and Outreach at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She has authored numerous articles on the effects of alcohol and other drugs. Her scientific expertise lies in neural dynamics of corticostriatal circuits during drug exposure and action selection in animal models. She specializes in measurements of real-time neural activity, such as dopamine release and neuronal firing patterns, during animal behavior. Currently, a major focus of her lab is to investigate the long-term consequences of adolescent binge alcohol on neural mechanisms of reward bias and behavioral flexibility. The mother of an adolescent, she understands the importance of talking with youth and wants to empower other adults to do the same.
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