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Board of Directors

CTC's Board of Directors consists of seven volunteer leaders who collectively bring to the table a wealth of knowledge that is applicable to the substance abuse prevention and education efforts of the coalition. They each are key volunteer leaders in (and for) the coalition. A summary of their relevant experience is as follows:

Michele Baranaskas

Michele (Secretary) is the Coordinator for Partners in Community Outreach, a coalition of three research-based early childhood home visitation programs in West Virginia:  Healthy Families America (HFA); Maternal Infant Health Outreach Workers (MIHOW) and Parents As Teachers (PAT).  Michele has a Master of Social Work degree from WVU and is a Certified Social Worker licensed in the State of West Virginia.  She has over 25 years of experience working in nonprofit social services in West Virginia.  A resident of Kanawha County, Michele has been a member of Kanawha Communities That Care, Inc. Board of Directors since its incorporation. 

Jessica Hudson

Jessica (Chair) is the Chief Professional Officer for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Charleston and St. Albans and also the Unit Director for the St. Albans Club.  Jessica is always able to provide CTC with an audience for programs or town hall meetings, whether it is with youth or their parents.  She has over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector in the areas of program, development and non-profit management.  She is a certified NASA educator which provides further opportunities for the CTC to work with and educate young people throughout the county.

Patty Deutsch

Patty (Treasurer) is the Program Director of the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in both West Virginia and North Carolina. She is CIS and CTTS certified in Addictions and Tobacco Treatment. She offers private therapy sessions specializing in substance abuse addictions and mental health issues in the Charleston area. She currently leads the "Parents, Families, and Work" imitative for CTC. Patty delivers the program to Kanawha County businesses and employees to identify, address, and support substance abuse programs for all employees. It is through this program that Patty addresses the importance of not serving alcohol to teens/hosting drinking parties for youth.

Patty McGrew

Patty is the Director of the Adolescent Health Initiative for West Virginia, housed through the Office of Child, Maternal, and Family Health. Patty has 14 years of experience in public health, focusing on youth programs -- including risk reduction and curriculum implementation. She oversees an annual budget of $1.2 million dollars and serves on numerous boards and advisory groups.

Connie Fitzgerald

Connie (Vice Chair) has been the Program Manager of the Adolescent Unit at Highland Hospital for the past 16 years.  The unit has 20 beds which serve youth, ages 12-18, with severe mental health issues.  Connie also manages the Temporary Probable Cause Project (through the Supreme Court) at Highland Hospital, an adult assessment program that helps patients avoid the Mental Hygiene Court process.  The program has been in effect for almost 3 years and is the only one in the state.  During her professional career, Connie has held a number of positions for various advisory committees and Board of Directors. Presently, Connie is involved with projects at the United Way and the Kanawha County Community Health Initiative.     

Dennie Large

Dennie is an Account Executive for WGEM, an affiliate of NBC Television and FOX, which provides local programming from the CW network known on-air as the "Tri-States' CW".  Dennie has over 23 years experience working with television broadcasting and media.  He has served on various boards and is considered a valuable CTC board member because of his dedication to non-profits as well as his contributions to the Media/Marketing and fundraising Task Team.

Alana Morris

Alana currently works with Mission WV as an HM Educator. She provides education to adults and high school teens on special topics such as teen pregnancy prevention, budgeting, communication, goal setting, social media, and various other subjects. She currently serves on the Kanawha County CPS Truancy Board and the Truancy Curriculum Committee, the Teen Expo and is Putnam Chamber Member. Ms. Morris provides the coalition with knowledge and resources to help the Youth Involvement Team. Her leadership abilities and knowledge from working in the classroom makes Ms. Morris an excellent member of the Youth Involvement Task Team.