The Madison County, North Carolina chapter first began meeting as a group of concerned citizens and professionals in 2015. Judicial and law enforcement officials noticed a rise in community members struggling with substance use and addiction, and families of those individuals who were seeking help, support, and resources but unable to find what they needed. The founders began to meet regularly and bring awareness and support to the community, with an overall goal to form an organization that would provide education and resources in all aspects for these same individuals and their families, and to erase the stigma associated with substance use and addiction so that those affected by substance use and addiction would not fear reaching out for help.
The organization grew in size over those first two years, and we are proud to join the national Families Against Narcotics organization as the first North Carolina chapter. The inaugural board members, as well as the majority of its current members, each have a personal connection with substance use and addiction issues in the community. The Madison County Families Against Narcotics chapter has monthly meetings in the NC Cooperative Extension Center the first Monday of every month, at 7:00 pm, and we invite anyone interested in learning or otherwise affected by substance use or addiction issues to join us as we fight together against this epidemic.
First Monday of Every Month
NC Cooperative Extension Center
258 Carolina Ln,
Marshall, NC 28753
All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
Dr. Craig Goforth
Dr. Craig Goforth received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in criminal justice in 2010. He began his career at Mars Hill University (MHU) in 1990, serving lastly in the role of Assistant Vice-President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid prior to joining the faculty full-time in fall 2015. In fall 2016, Dr. Goforth was promoted to Associate Professor Criminal Justice. During his time at MHU, he has taught a variety of criminal justice courses such as Policing in America, Critical Issues in Policing, Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice, Victimology, Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Organized Crime. Also during his tenure at MHU, Dr. Goforth has served in other administrative-type positons such as Dean of Students and Chief of MHU University Campus and Security. He has engaged in scholarship both through the publishing of scholarly works as well as presenting at a variety of professional and practitioner-related conferences.
Dr. Goforth has been a sworn law enforcement officer (current) for over 27 years, having earned the advanced certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Commission and is a former military police officer in the United States Army, and a former Chief of Police. Dr. Goforth has served as a fraud investigator for commodities for the government which required extensive field interviews and investigations. He was promoted to director of that unit where he assisted with a large grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, and had the responsibility for overseeing accountability for the spending of those monies.
Other professional service in the local community includes four terms as an elected school board member (17 years) where he has implemented and overseen several grants and building projects for the district. He is President of the Board for My Sister’s Place, Madison County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center. As the President of the Board, he has been active in securing and assisting in managing grants for the Center from the state and federal level.
Jake Morrow is the Juvenile Court Counselor assigned to Madison County. He is on several local boards in the community. He feels privileged to live and work in Madison County, and is the coach of the youth soccer league.
“Families Against Narcotics is different, in a good way. I support the effort to help those who are using and their families, and the effort to reduce the stigma and shame associated with substance use. I want to take part in providing opportunities for those struggling and to help prevent or mitigate what problems we can.”
Kelly Boone is a graduate of North Buncombe High School and attended AB Tech in the Criminal Justice program, and is now an Assistant Clerk of Superior Court for Madison County NC. She has served the State of NC in Madison County in the Clerk’s office for over 15 years. Kelly has been on several boards for mental health and addiction, as she has seen substance use, abuse and addiction tear apart families and communities across the area in the last several years. Kelly wishes to erase stigma so people will reach out for help and not be ashamed to admit they need help for themselves or a family member. She would like to provide more education in the schools and community, and she would also like to improve availability for help when one needs it for families as well. Kelly’s overall goal would be for everyone to come together to fight this horrible epidemic and save lives.
Nicholas Honeycutt is the current principal at Madison Middle School, and the youth director at Mars Hill Baptist Church. He has a true passion for kids and watching kids be successful, and wants to be a part of the group working to give students after school opportunities that provide safety and structure. Nicholas had close friends and students who have been impacted by prescription drugs and is involved with Families Against Narcotics to be a part of the group to provide education to parents and young students to hopefully prevent substance abuse. Nicholas also wants to be a part of the network for those dealing with substance abuse to reach out to.
Forrest Gilliam is currently serving as county manager for Madison County. He is a graduate of Madison High School and Appalachian State University. Forrest is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (2003-2004, 2014-present) and the Madison County Partnership for Children and Families (Smart Start) (2013-present).
“Substance use and addiction impact our citizens and the operation of county government, directly increasing service demands for several of our departments. County government plays a key role in how we continue to address the challenge of substance use and addiction in our community. I am personally concerned by the impact I have seen of drug and alcohol abuse on families in Madison County, and I am hopeful that this effort will bring new voices to the table in order to more effectively address this critical issue.”
William Jenkins is currently employed at Universal Mental Health Services as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. He is also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-R, and a community volunteer at the North Carolina Department of Public Services.
"I have lived the experience with substance abuse, and as a result, I have expertise that professional training cannot replicate. I have a passion for assisting others with mental health and substance abuse challenges in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, supporting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping skills and self-help strategies based on my own recovery experience."
Rick Ingram graduated Madison High School in 1978, and attended Mars Hill College from 1978-1980. He also attended A-B Technical College between 1993-1995. He worked for Honeywell between 1979 and 1996 and is now retired. Rick is married to Teresa G. Ingram and has a son, Rick Ingram.
“It is my intent to fight the epidemic of narcotics in my community and surrounding area. I not only want to provide help to those who are addicted, but to eradicate the harmful effects this plague is having on our adolescents, teens and young adults, by seeing that they are properly educated of the harmful effects these drugs take on the entire family structure, and the deaths associated with these actions. I want to work toward providing our youth with clean and wholesome activities that replace the search for something stimulating in a small, poor Appalachian Mountain county. I do think it's possible and I'm willing to do my part to achieve this, and to fight for our children's future.”
Heather D. Sharp is a health educator with Madison County Health Department. She holds a master's degree in Sociology/Human Services and has worked in Western North Carolina in the field of behavioral health for 15 years. Since 2014, Heather has served as the Director of the Madison Substance Awareness Coalition (MSAC), focusing on education and prevention of substance use disorders, reducing the stigma of addiction and raising awareness of the opioid overdose epidemic and harm reduction initiatives. Heather is passionate about reducing youth substance use, thus impacting all Madison County residents. Heather is a resident of Madison County, where she lives with her husband and 2 children, who attend Madison County Schools.
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