About Our Coalition

Learn more about our Weakley County Prevention Coalition story, our members, and the missions we serve.

Trust Worthy

We are trusted in Weakley County to give the best tools and services for our mission of being drug-free.

Experienced

As one of the oldest coalitions in Tennessee, WCPC is a trusted community entity for prevention resources and education.

Professional

We keep our organization professional by providing the community with tools, resources, events, and knowledge.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse and its consequences thereby enhancing the lives of youth and adults across Weakley County Tennessee. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to create a safe, tobacco-free, and drug-free community by uniting individuals and groups toward a common goal.

The average age of initiation of prescription drug misuse

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

The average age of initiation for e-cigarette use

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

The average age of initiation for alcohol use

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

About Us

The Weakley County Prevention Coalition is one of only a very few original community-based prevention organizations in Tennessee, which began in the late 1980’s with the vision of the late Governor Ned Ray McWherter. The Coalition was formed in response to the alarming consequences individual communities encountered due to underage tobacco and alcohol use and the disturbing trends in marijuana and cocaine use and abuse by youth and adults. McWherter understood that by joining together community representatives were more knowledgeable as to the risk and protective factors impacting substance use issues. He also knew the state would be best served by recognizing successful efforts to reduce and/or eliminate the negative behaviors and consequences of the tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse.

Today, the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is one of dozens of established coalitions in Tennessee, funded by state and federal grants to address tobacco, underage and binge drinking, and prescription drug misuse. WCPC also offers Lifeline Recovery services, as well as community Narcan training.

The mission of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences, thereby enhancing the lives of youth and adults across Weakley County. WCPC’s vision is to create a safe, tobacco and drug-free community by uniting individuals and groups toward a common goal. WCPC continues to educate the public about the latest trends in substance abuse and is constantly evolving to develop new helpful tools and resources that empower citizens and the local community in order to reduce and prevent drug and alcohol-related problems. WCPC is comprised of an ever-growing group of citizens representing all 12 community sectors with one common goal: to create a safer, healthier, drug-free community. WCPC is excelling at strengthening its presence and service to youth in Weakley County.

Do You Know Us?

Weakley County Prevention Coalition Board

CATHERINE JONES, WCPC CHAIR

Parental Involvement and Teacher Center Coordinator with Weakley County Schools

SUZANNE HARPER, WCPC VICE CHAIR

Director of PR/ Marketing with Twin Oaks Technology

MICHELLE THOMAS, TREASURER

Marketing Support Coordinator with SERVPRO

CHELSEA WHITE, SECRETARY

Public Health Educator with Weakley County Health Department

GARY EDDINGS, LAW ENFORCEMENT LIASON

Deputy with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department

A WORD FROM OUR VICE CHAIR

“I truly consider WCPC to be a cornerstone organization in Weakley County in their efforts to make our community safe, healthy and drug-free. It is an amazing thing to see all 12 sectors working together for the betterment of Weakley County and the future of our youth. Whether you are in the health-care field, work with the school system, or are a concerned parent – every single person in WCPC brings something essential to the table. We hope you consider WCPC to be a community resource, and also a much greater cause to be a part of. All are welcome!”

SUZANNE HARPER

A WORD FROM OUR secretary

I am so proud to be apart of an organization that’s always innovating. Watching the leadership adapt to the ‘new normal’ brought about by Covid-19 restrictions has been absolutely inspiring. I have the opportunity to work with counterparts from the nineteen rural counties in West Tennessee, and the Weakley County Prevention Coalition consistently receives praise for their accomplishments region, state, and nation wide.

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Who We Are

Meet the Faces of WCPC

Now that you know more about us, it’s time to meet us! Meet the faces of your Weakley County Prevention Coalition and get to know more about us and why we love serving our Weakley community.

Courtney Echols

Courtney Echols

CPSII, WCPC Director

Courtney, a Jackson TN native, graduated from the Universtiy of Tennessee at Martin in 2014 with a Beachelor’s of Science in Sociology. She served as the WCPC Program Coordinatior from 2015-2018 before assuming the role of director. Her top priorities within the coaltion are overseeing the Weakley County Youth Coalition and their youth funtions and events. She also is a certified Responsible Beverage Service instructor and graduate of CADCA Academy. She lives in Martin TN with her husband and their two children. She serves on a variety of civic and volunteer groups and has a passion for serving others and making the community a safer place.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

WCPC Coalition Lifeline Coordinator

Chris is the new Lifeline Peer Coordinator for Region 6 North.  He comes to us from the Place of Hope in Columbia, TN, where he was part of the Recovery Support staff. He is involved in Jail Ministry for several counties, a certified Recovery Coach, and currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He resides in Huntingdon, TN, with his wife and has 11 children. Chris is focused on reducing the stigma related to the disease of addiction and increasing community support for policies that provide for treatment and recovery services. Chris himself, has several years of sobriety and he enjoys sharing his story in hopes that it will inspire someone to change their life.

Cannon Brawley

Cannon Brawley

WCPC Youth Engagement Coordinator

Cannon Brawley is from Martin TN and a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Human Performance, a concentration in Public Health, and a minor in Biology. His top priorities within the coalition are overseeing the Weakley County Youth Coalition as well as youth functions and events. He is very family oriented and loves engaging with the youth in his community. He is always looking for ways to help others and get involved within the community. Cannon is committed to providing services and resources to anyone in need.

Melesa Lassiter

Melesa Lassiter

BSN, RN, Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

Melesa Lassiter is a Dresden TN native, graduating from Bethel University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She completed the necessary testing to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse. She has been with the Weakley County Prevention Coalition since September of 2017 as the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) of Region 6 North covering all off North-West Tennessee. Her goal as a ROPS of northwest Tennessee is to educate the public, medical community, law enforcement, and first responders on the opioid epidemic. She currently trains and equips individuals with the life saving drug Narcan (naloxone). 

Aimee Bilger

Aimee Bilger

WCPC Community Engagement Coordinator

Aimee Bilger comes to us from Jackson State Community College. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a minor in Political Science. She is married and has two children. While being committed to being an effective team member, she is also committed to helping decrease the use and misuse of alcohol and prescription medications by youth and adults 12 years and up. She also wants to strengthen the coalition’s current prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level through training and strategic planning.

Madelynn Ross

Madelynn Ross

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

Madelynn Ross is originally from Jackson but recently purchased a home in Huntingdon, Tn. to be closer to family.  Madelynn’s son-in-law Jonathan Kee is the Principal of Huntingdon High School, and Daughter Heather works for Huntingdon Primary School.  They have three beautiful children. Madelynn comes to us from A Mother’s Love, a treatment program in Humboldt, Tn. that is designed to treat pregnant women with substance use disorder.

Madelynn is a person with lived experience and recovery from substance use disorder and has made it her mission to help others who struggle with addiction issues.