Kristen Gingery has been the Executive Director of the Morgan County Partnership since 2018. The Partnership is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that provides evidence-based prevention programs and mental health supports to children and families in Morgan County, West Virginia. Kristen is currently a Doctor of Education student at Frostburg State University. She currently works the PI on the Partnership’s FORE grant and as an Evaluator and Consultant for The Martinsburg Initiative (TMI), addressing substance use and related youth Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
She is the Co-Chair of the National-Community Advisory Board (N-CAB) of the Grid for the Reduction of Opioid Vulnerability (GROV). Ms. Gingery joined the IDT to co-create community-driven interventions that promote health equity and access to mental health and public health services for underserved communities that are negatively impacted by substance use disorders.
Keith Ready is the news and sports content creator for the Cannon Courier. which is the weekly community newspaper that serves Woodbury and Cannon Counties in Tennessee. Keith also works as a freelance reporter covering mainly government meetings for the Murfreesboro Post. Keith wears many hats serving as the President of the Cannon County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Directors of the Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, member of the Upper Cumberland Health Council, and on the board of directors of the Cannon Event Association. Keith was connected to this project as a member of a very active Cannon County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and knows several people in both Cannon and Rutherford Counties who have struggled and continue to struggle with addiction.
Michael Railling is the Public Health County Director for Cannon, DeKalb, and Smith Counties in Tennessee. He is connected to this project both on a personal and professional level. He continues to see many patients from the clinic struggling with addiction. Personally, he has also had a brother that has struggled with addiction for many years. Michael knows firsthand how addiction can impact a family.
Michael has been with the Tennessee Department of Health for 17 years and received his BS from Tennessee Tech University and his MPH from East Tennessee State University. He currently resides in Cookeville, Tennessee with his wife Shannon, son Cole, and daughter Anna Cate.
Bree Ramey works as an Infant Family Specialist and Mason Country Supervisor for Mountain State Healthy Families in West Virginia.
Bree is also the President of the Mason County Family Resource Network and a member of the Prevention Coalition. The network operates the Mason County Baby Pantry and Foster Closet and coordinates many communitywide projects and events.
Travis is from Thomas County, Kansas. He works as the Executive Director for LiveWell Northwest Kansas. LiveWell focuses on building community supports that build capacity for better health and early learning outcomes for families in Northwest Kansas.
Travis also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science program at Fort Hays State University, and is PhD Candidate for Leadership Communication at Kansas State University.
Sherrie has a Master in Education-Health and Wellness from American College of Education and works as the County Director for the Public Health Department, representing two counties in middle Tennessee that are located west of Nashville. Dickson County has a population of just over 54,000 and Humphreys has over 18,500 in their population.
Sherrie's desire to join CAB, and subsequently the IDT, was to support her communities and be part of efforts towards prevention, education, and treatment of the opioid epidemic.
Karrie Thompson works as the Assistant Director of Drug Free Dickson. Karrie is a graduate from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance and is a CADCA graduate.
She comes from a public health background and is passionate about decreasing the misuse of alcohol and prescription medications by youth and young adults. Karrie works under the Drug Free Communities grant in Dickson, TN.