About Addiction Prevention Coalition
The Addiction Prevention Coalition (APC) is a non-profit community resource that aims to eliminate addiction in Central Alabama. Originally named The Freedom Source, APC has been providing support for the greater Birmingham area for over a decade. Through our in-school prevention programs, educational events, and our collection of support services, APC aims to be a convener of organizations united to prevent addiction and relapse.
Executive Director Mike Vest comes with a wealth of experience in non-profit management and public administration. In addition to his role at the Addiction Prevention Coalition (APC), Mike actively serves the community as the Commissioner of Shelby County. His passion for our cause stems from four generations of family members’ substance and alcohol abuse. Mike is an inspiration and just last fall survived a bike accident that doctors said could leave him paralyzed. Not only did he survive but he celebrates each day of his life by giving back to our programs and initiatives.
Director of Operations Carie Wimberly brings 20+ years of experience with BellSouth and additional experience as an administrative asset to local churches. Before joining APC, Carie and her husband were already well-known community advocates, supporting the 12-step Recovery Mission. Carie’s passion stems from addictions in her family that caused her to reach out for help over 20 years ago. With the help of the APC Team, Carie has also launched Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PALs), which is a support group for individuals struggling with a family member or friend’s addiction.
Angela Dollison serves as the Director of Student Initiatives. Born and raised in Demopolis, Angela enables and empowers students by facilitating peer-to-peer inFOCUS groups in 15+ schools across the Birmingham area. Angela believes that prevention is a powerful tool and not only stops the spread of addiction but actually creates a positive, inclusive community. Angela graduated with a B.S. in Community Health Education and has over 7 years in this field. and is currently undergoing certification as a Prevention Specialist.
Masey Smith works as the Grants Program Manager for APC. As she finishes her Master in Public Administration at UAB, Masey contributes to the team with a passion for researching funding opportunities and establishing resources for APC. Masey’s experience as a teacher and 10+ years serving in nonprofits fuel her enthusiasm for APC’s mission.
Emily LaRussa is our AmeriCorps VISTA. She is a native of Birmingham and attended UAB for her B.S. in Psychology. She is actively pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UAB. In the past, Emily has worked with child-care and ASD. Substance abuse is an area she is very passionate about after seeing many of her peers struggle with addiction or lose their battle through an overdose. She also has a passion for prison reform and eventually hopes to use her Master’s Degree to administer therapy to those in prison as well as their family members.
Jennifer Campbell Consulting directs our marketing and manages our social media content. JCC’s team of marketing professionals has over 30 years of marketing experience and provides a variety of services from marketing strategy to graphic design to event planning. Each team member is passionate about helping businesses grow and achieve their goals.
Hunter Freeman is a Content Developer. Hunter Freeman began his work with APC as an intern working across a variety of mediums. After graduating from UAB with a Bachelor’s in English, Hunter helped with writing webpage content featured on the APC website as well as educational content for Prevention and Recovery. He loves to find ways in which his writing can help people and continues to apply his talents at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Our Board of Directors
The Honorable Shantá Owens
District Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama
Chairman, ARC Realty
President, Accounting and Business
AllComm Wireless, Inc.
Chief Technology Officer, ProAssurance
Attorney, Maynard, Cooper, & Gale PC
Dr. Sherri Huff
Birmingham City Schools
Area Sales Manager, ID Technology
Reporter, ESPN, SEC and AL.com
Vice President, Nall Development
Our Board of Advisors
Toni Herrera-Bast– Chief Communications Officer, YWCA
Trent Boozer- Publisher, Recovery Campus Magazine
Dr. John Dantzler– Executive Directory, UAB Beacon Recovery
Gus Heard-Hughes- Vice President-Programs, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Meg McGlamery- Executive Director, Crisis Center, Inc.
John Steakley– Executive Director, Unbound Grace Ministry
Dr. Mark Wilson- Health Officer, Jefferson County Department of Public Health