Nicole Augustine joined the Prevention Team in January 2012 and is a Prevention Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cornell University, and a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Nicole began her work in prevention as a sexual health educator in 2001 and moved into substance abuse prevention in 2004. Nicole is passionate about her work and is committed to choosing prevention because it works! Nicole is inspired by the work she does. She loves the field of prevention and enjoys helping people make the most of life’s experiences. Nicole’s dreams are in color and look so real she doesn’t realize she is actually still asleep. Her favorite song, Killing Me Softly by The Fugees, is what she would sing at a karaoke bar.
Marcella Beam joined the Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center in January 2012 as a Prevention Specialist. Marcella has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a Minor in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to working at Anuvia, Marcella worked for Communities in Schools of Cleveland County as a Graduation Coach. During that time, Marcella worked with at-risk youth and educated them on the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. Marcella serves on the Alexander Youth Network volunteer leadership council as the Ambassador Lead. Marcella is currently working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. In her free time, Marcella enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and trying new foods from different cultures. Marcella loves the summer, especially going to the beach. As an adolescent, Marcella was frequently in trouble for talking, talking, and more talking. Her high school chemistry teacher made her sit alone at the back of the class so that she would not be a distraction.
Carolina has been with Anuvia since September of 2005 and is a Prevention Assistant. Carolina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. Carolina’s role at Anuvia has allowed her to provide trainings on diversity and substance abuse prevention. She takes pleasure in facilitating trainings and implementing community based prevention. Carolina is very grateful and proud of her amazing family, which inspires her to fulfill her professional and personal goals. Carolina also takes pleasure in running and reading. Her favorite quote is, "When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others it is the beginning of reality,” by Dom Helder Camara.
Clint is a Prevention Specialist, and has been with Anuvia since September 2011. A native Charlottean, Clint received his Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry from UNC Wilmington, and his Masters of Science in Public Health from UNC Charlotte. He is currently a Certified Health Education Specialist, and is in the process of becoming a substance abuse prevention consultant. Clint currently serves as a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition (DFC) and the DFC Public Policy committee. In his spare time, Clint enjoys playing and watching sports; especially the Carolina Panthers and Duke Blue Devils. Clint’s dream has always been to tour the United States, from coast to coast, on his motorcycle with his father.
Susan is a Prevention Supervisor and has been with Anuvia since January of 2005. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC). Susan earned her Master of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Anuvia, Susan worked at the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, a statewide prevention agency in Connecticut. Susan is interested in community-based prevention efforts, environmental prevention strategies, as well as parent and youth leadership in prevention. In her free time, Susan enjoys running, traveling and reading. If Susan could be one animal, she would choose to be a sea turtle, particularly from Hawaii. She really admires their ability to look so relaxed and so at peace frolicking in the waves of the ocean.
Cindy Murphy has been with Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center since July of 2001 and is the Director of Prevention Services. Cindy is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cindy serves as a founding member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition and on the Coalition’s Evaluation Committee. In addition, Cindy represents Anuvia as the Chair of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association. Cindy shares her life with her husband, their young son, and their dogs. Together they enjoy cooking, entertaining, traveling near and far, and improving their historic home. Cindy loves the color green, drinks too much Diet Coke, and covets antiques.
Melissa Neffa is a Prevention Specialist and has been with Anuvia since July of 2014. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Public Administration and International Affairs. Melissa is working toward her Master of Arts in Health Education and Health Promotion and toward her accreditation as a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. Melissa is passionate about community-based efforts and the prevention field. She enjoys reading biographies and watching documentaries and is inspired by people who try to make a difference in their communities and the world. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Zorana Roldan-Romo has been with Anuvia since August of 1999 and is a Prevention Supervisor. Zorana received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC) and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). Zorana is the Treasurer of Charlotte Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition and the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committe of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association. Zorana was the pioneer in serving the Latino population with substance abuse prevention services in Mecklenburg County. She enjoys implementing all of Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Strategies to create a comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention. Zorana is married with two beautiful children. In her spare time, Zorana enjoys dancing, acting, and playing volleyball. If she could have one special power, it would be to fly, so she could visit her family and friends and travel the world.
Kami Shackelford joined the Prevention Team in January 2012 as the Prevention Administrative Assistant. She has been with Anuvia since February 2008. Prior to Prevention, she was a member of the Office Systems Team as a Medical Records Technician. In her current role, Kami is the primary contact person for STAND Camp as well as other programs. She enjoys working with the Prevention Department and appreciates being a part of the Anuvia family. Kami is a wife and mother of six and searches for sleep at every opportunity. Her favorite letter of course is “K” and she would much rather have Pepsi any day over Coke.
Justin Sharpe joined the Prevention Team in July 2014 as a Prevention Specialist. Justin earned both his Master of Public Health Degree and Bachelor of Science in Public Health Degree from East Carolina University. He is excited to start his career in public health and begin to implement his prevention education into the community. Justin is a loyal ECU Pirate, an avid wake-boarder and snow-skier, prefers the beach over the lake, and summer over winter any day.
Queen Smalls is passionate about prevention and joined the Prevention Team in December 2013 as a Prevention Assistant for the Focus Program. She uses her analytical skills and resourcefulness to deliver effective presentations that foster awareness and development. Queen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Johnson C. Smith University and is from the Upper Westside of Manhattan. Her spirituality and family are her lifelines and she believes that consistency in the areas of health and wellness are essential. Moreover, Queen is intuitive, embraces diversity, and is grateful for life’s opportunities.
11.20.2014 - Bridging the Gap for the Young Adults in Recovery
The first time I had a shot of rum was 45 years ago, when I was about eight years old. I got it from my grandmother, who was an alcoholic. Looking back, I realize now that my father was an alcoholic, too. In ninth grade, I started with the drugs.First drink at age 8, recovery at age 53 ... click here for full story