Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, Frankie Roberts owned and operated a community-based barbershop for approximately 18 years where he received his informal education in community organizing, job development, relationship building, and individual/family counseling. After losing his brother to incarceration and addiction, Mr. Roberts co-founded LINC Inc., a non-profit agency that provides shelter and services for men and women returning from prison. LINC's mission is to educate and motivate youth to make positive life choices while empowering men and women returning from incarceration to be productive members of our community. LINC has successfully helped reintegrate over 1200 men and women who have been released from prison since 2002; 92% of which have remained out of prison. In 2006, LINC, Inc. received “Public Organization of the Year (Non-Public Sector)” by the Public Administration Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mr. Roberts won “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2011. He is the past Chairman of the Department of Social Services’ Board of Directors, member of Criminal Justice Partnership Board, member of Cancer Outreach Board through New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and past member of the Juvenile Crime Commission.
Kenny House, LCAS, CCS
Employed at CHC since January of 1979, Kenny oversees the Behavioral Health Services - including the Prevention, Outpatient Treatment, and Primary Care Integration programs. Mr. House is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years of experience in the substance abuse and mental health field. He has been involved in program development that has covered a wide range of services from prevention to outpatient treatment for both adult and adolescent populations. Mr. House is the Vice-President of Clinical Services for Coastal Horizons Center- a local private, non-profit agency serving residents of New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties – and the Eastern Region of NC via Prevention and HIV/Early Intervention services. He was a co-investigator for a clinical trial utilizing Buprenorphine (Suboxone) and helped to lead a federally funded research project utilizing telemedicine in identifying HIV & Co-Occurring Disorder risk indicators in rural areas. Mr. House is currently the Chairperson of the North Carolina Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Board President for the Wilmington Area Leadership Foundation, and a Board member for Cape Fear HealthNet, the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, and for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina.
Stephanie Smith, RN, PhD
Stephanie Smith, RN, PhD She served for 20 years as a Nurse Corps Officer in the US Air Force, gaining significant leadership experience in a variety of organizational and interorganizational settings as well as clinical nursing experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. She has earned several degrees including a BS in Social Work from Pembroke State University, a BSN from Western Carolina State University, a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and an MS and PhD in Public Administration & Policy from Auburn University. She has also earned two Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Health Care Administration and Policy from Auburn University. Smith has served as a PI and Co-PI on numerous research grants, which most recently included a funded $200,000 proposal through Emory University.
Philip Tarte, MPH
Phillip Tarte, MPH joined the New Hanover County Health Department as its director on July, 19, 2016. Prior to New Hanover County, Mr. Tarte served a nine-year term as Public Health Director for Union County, NC and he has over 21 years of experience working with local and state health programs. While employed with Union County, Mr. Tarte was responsible for leading a staff of 120 health care professionals and managing a budget of nearly $11.6 million. His community involvement includes serving as an existing board member for both the NC Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Board and NC Institute of Medicine.
Imelda Odibo, MD, FACOG
Board certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Dr. Odibo completed medical school in Nashville, TN at Meharry Medical College followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. Immediately following, she completed a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
Marie Raynor, NC Certified Paralegal
Beginning her career with New Hanover County Government Offices in 1985, Marie is well established in the legal community. Having worked under the direction of Attorney James A. MacDonald for 23 years she has gained experience in all aspects of the operations of a general law practice. Marie is a seasoned professional who has abundant experience in communicating with clients and a diversified public. She has earned a reputation for her skills in finding solutions for tough problems. Marie holds an A.A.S. in Accounting from Cape Fear Community College, a North Carolina Paralegal Certification and a North Carolina Real Estate Brokers License. Over the years she has volunteered with many organizations, including, but not limited to, the Wilmington Jaycees, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of America, New Hanover County Mock Trials and New Hanover County Schools. Marie has many eclectic interests, a well rounded group of associates and a deep commitment to serving her community and especially those in need.
One of every three people in North Carolina have been affected by the opioid crisis and Jordan Johnstone is no exception. After losing several friends from drug related deaths, he is committed to combating this epidemic. As a business expert in retail sales and management with a wife and two young sons, Jordan is a passionate patient advocate. Jordan is enrolled in the Harvard University (edX) online course entitled “The Opioid Crisis in America”. Additionally, he is enrolled at Western Carolina University majoring in Business Management and Law. He believes that as a society, we must help those suffering from substance use disorder. Together, we need to shed a light on this problem and let those impacted know that it is never too late to begin recovery.
Jimmy Mahan is a native Kentuckian, and has spent the last 20 years in North Carolina. A graduate of Woodberry Forrest School and Washington & Lee University, he spent the first eight years of his professional life working with kids large and small. He taught at the O'Neal School in Pinehurst, NC eventually rising to Upper School director while also enjoying a stint as an Academic Counselor in two major NCAA programs (University of Kentucky Men's Basketball and N.C. State Football and Basketball). Jimmy later entered the business world becoming one of the founding partners of Live Oak Bank and moved into their Director of Marketing position for seven years. Following his time in Business, Jimmy returned to his passion of helping children. He served as a Cottage Parent and Aftercare Coordinator for The Crossnore School; a home for abused, abandoned and neglected Foster Children in the mountains of North Carolina. Though in love with the blue ridge life, Jimmy is now back in one of the most special places in his life at the North Carolina YMCA Camp Sea Gull on the Neuse River. He is the current Director of Staff and plans on bringing all the knowledge from a diverse career to help the counselors he hires and the kids they inspire.
Julia Triggs, MD
As an attending Psychiatrist for Carolinas Physician Network at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Julia Triggs, MD is responsible for the evaluation and care of inpatients 18 years of age and older with psychiatric and substance use disorders. She was recently awarded the “Community Preceptor of the Year” by the Coastal Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Triggs is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her post graduate training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program in Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, she attended medical school at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV.