TIDES STAFF

William M. (Skip) Johnstone Jr, MD, JD, MBA, FACOG, FACS
New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Physician Group OB GYN Specialists

As a faculty member of NHRMC’s Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residency program and Gynecology Division Chief for the NHRMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skip Johnstone, MD is a member of the Physician Quality Partners Accountable Care Organization Operating Committee, the NHRMC Patient Experience Committee and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Baby Task Force. He is also a Professor of OB/GYN through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Prior to focusing on academics, he had a 20-year private practice and still practices as a female pelvic floor surgeon. Dr. Johnstone completed medical school at East Carolina University School of Medicine and residency at the University Medical Center of Eastern North Carolina. In addition, he completed a Master of Business Administration through the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a law degree from Concord Law School in Los Angeles. Dr. Johnstone’s commitment to contributing to the opioid epidemic is demonstrated by his recent completion of the Buprenorphone Waiver course through the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is starting a non-profit to establish a treatment plan for opioid-addicted women utilizing existing agencies and providers.

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Debbie Kinsey
Executive Director

After graduating from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Debbie Kinsey spent 16 years in the technology industry.  She worked as a Corporate Trainer and Implementation Specialist for software conversions and was a Sales & Training Director at a large training company in Research Triangle Park.  In 2006, she opened a cafe/coffee shop in Wilmington. The cafe was community minded and sponsored community events that focused on homelessness in our area. During that time, she began volunteering for a recovery ministry working with women struggling with addiction.  In 2010, she became the Care Coordinator at Port City Community Church where she coordinated the counseling and care for their congregation. She continued her work in addiction and recovery by helping to manage their Refuge Recovery Ministry. When Wilmington became known as the number one city in America for opioid use disorder, she became involved in developing strategies to respond and combat this devastating epidemic. She was instrumental in coordinating events that brought together local addiction and recovery organizations to share their resources.  Debbie has a heart for women in addiction and we are so glad to have her as a part of our team.

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Grace Thompson
Case Manager

Ms. Thompson relocated to beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina to work at Tides as their case manager in March of 2021. She is passionate about helping to improve the lives of pregnant and newly postpartum women with substance abuse disorders and their children. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, she was a Children's Service Investigator for the State of Missouri where she conducted investigations into reports of neglect, abuse, and exploitation of children. She also was a full-time faculty member at Bryan University in Arkansas where she facilitated courses designed to help non-traditional, first-generation college students develop emotional intelligence and soft skills to increase self-esteem, career success, and overall life satisfaction. While on faculty at Bryan University, Ms. Thompson was honored to receive the "Most Influential Teacher Award".  Ms. Thompson has bachelor's degrees in both psychology and counseling/human services from Limestone College and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Walden University.

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Carmen Greene
Transitional Living Manager

Carmen Greene is a United States Air Force veteran with 20 years of leadership experience in communicating with a diversified population. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Organizational Management from the University of Mount Olive. She has been on staff  with Tides for over two years. She has managed our transitional living facilities since it opened in June 2019.  Her belief in communities coming together to help one another has been a driving force in assisting the underserved for the past eight years.  

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Hayley Vandegrift
Administrative Assistant

Hayley Vandegrift is not only our Administrative Assistant here at Tides but also a graduate of our Tides program.  She has experience working as a receptionist and in human resources for various organizations including medical, dental, construction, and staffing agencies.  Hayley has three beautiful children and a fiance' who are her world.  She enjoys visiting with family in her hometown of LaPlata Maryland, spending time on the water & at the beach, and is passionate about helping women in recovery.  Hayley hopes to one day become a certified substance abuse counselor.