Our Weakley County Prevention Team

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

CPSII, WCPC Director

Courtney, a Jackson, TN native, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She served as the WCPC Program Coordinator from 2015-2018 before assuming the role of director. Her top goal is to ensure the coalition remains a well-known resource to community members and implementing effective strategies to reduce substance misuse and abuse in the county among youth and young adults.  She has extensive experience in planning, leadership development and team facilitation, and cross-sector collaboration and engagement. She also is a certified Responsible Beverage Service instructor, Certified Prevention Specialist, and graduate of CADCA Academy. She lives in Martin, TN, with her husband and their two children. She serves on various civic and volunteer groups and has a passion for serving others and making the community a safer place.

Allica Austin, MBA

WCPC Assistant Director

Allica Austin achieved an MBA from Liberty University and BS from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She was recruited from her undergraduate internship to help launch employee health initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she moved into roles focused on prevention and reducing chronic diseases. She has taught group exercise classes for many years, indoor cycling class is her favorite. Allica is driven to push herself and others to take action and achieve their goals, even when the task at hand seems challenging. Her favorite quote to push her through work outs and hard tasks is, “you can do anything for 30 seconds.”

Sydney Parimore

Campus Engagement Coordinator

Sydney is currently a senior at The University of Tennessee at Martin. She will graduate from the university in December of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She is an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha, and she loves to draw and paint in her spare time. Sydney serves as the coalition assistant and intern and looks forward to working with the coalition and seeing the positive change that comes from what we do. Sydney’s desire to work in prevention stems from past experiences with loved ones. Alcohol abuse is a big part of her story, and she is passionate about what the coalitions does. She is looking forward to helping others deal with their difficult situations and being a part of the change.

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). 

Jennifer Watkins, M.S.Ed; BS (Psych); BA

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist

Jennifer Watkins, BS (Psy), M.S. Ed., is a Union City, TN native, graduating from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education, and the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She has been with the Weakley County Prevention Coalition since January of 2021 as the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS) of Region 6 North covering all off North-West Tennessee, specifically focusing on Obion, Lake, and Dyer counties. 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). She is an avid football fan and dog rescuer. She has three children; Jamie, Alex, and Elizabeth, and three dogs, Olive, Snickers, and Ripple.

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.