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 is our Social Media and Marketing Consultant. Jennifer is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Marymount Manhattan College in Non-Profit Administration and her Master's Degree from New York University. She has over fifteen years of experience in marketing and management in the corporate and non profit sectors. Her passion is helping others achieve their goals while enjoying life's everyday adventures.
Jenny Hastings is our University of Alabama Birmingham Intern. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Community Health and Human Services. Jenny is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia but has made Alabama her home for the past ten years. Substance abuse prevention has become a passion of hers after seeing someone she loved lose control of their life. She hopes to take the experience from APC to continue her mission by reaching out to youth in the community and preventing the spread of addiction.
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, Board Chairperson - District Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama
Steve Briggs - President, Longevity Quest
Tommy Brigham - Chairman, ARC Realty
Tim Clay – President, Accounting and Business Consulting, Inc.
Rusty Dorr - Attorney, Maynard, Cooper, & Gale PC
Dr. Sherri Huff – Program Specialist, Birmingham City Schools
Kathleen Lawrence – AllComm Wireless, Inc.
Jay Mullaly – Area Sales Manager, ID Technology
Nancy Peeples – Community Volunteer
Lauren Sisler - Reporter, ESPN, SEC and AL.com
Michael Stoeckert – Chief Technology Officer, ProAssurance
Mat Whatley - Vice President, Nall Development
Our Board of Advisors
Dr. Neal Berte - President Emeritus, Birmingham Southern College
Trent Boozer - Publisher, Recovery Campus Magazine
Ann Florie - Executive Director, Leadership Birmingham (Retired)
Gus Heard-Hughes - Vice President-Programs, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Drew Langloh - President & CEO, United Way of Central Alabama
Meg McGlamery - Executive Director, Crisis Center, Inc.
Honorable Drayton Nabers, Jr. - Director, Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics & Leadership
Joel Welker - President & Publisher, Birmingham Business Journal
Reverend Thomas Wilder - Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church
Dr. Mark Wilson - Health Officer, Jefferson County Department of Public Health