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.

Cannon Brawley

WCPC Youth Engagement Coordinator

Cannon Brawley graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2019 with a Bachelor 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.

Aimee Bilger

WCPC Community Engagement Coordinator

Aimee Bilger 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 misuse and abuse of alcohol and prescription medications by youth and adults 12 years and up. She currently works to strengthen the coalition’s current prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level through training and strategic planning.

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). 

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.

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.  

Sydney Parimore

Coalition Assistant/UT Martin Intern

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.