This town hall seeks to foster tangible steps that will make significant and lasting contributions to the well-being of the people affected by addiction in the Western North Carolina Region.


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Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
Western Carolina University’s UC Grand Room in the A.K. Hinds University Center
8:15am until 2:30 pm.

8:15am – Registration
8:30am – Welcome & Introductions: WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and Center for the Study of Free Enterprise Director Ed Lopez
8:45-9:30am – Opening Keynote: Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
9:45-10:45am – Panel Discussion 1: Holly Jones, Community Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator at NC Department of Justice, Al Kopak (Criminology & Criminal Justice), WCU alumnus Kevin Rumley, Veterans Treatment Coordinator, Moderator: Lilly Knoepp from Blue Ridge Public Radio
11:00-12:00pm – Panel Discussion 2: WCU faculty experts Beth Young (Social Work),  April Messer (Nursing), Audrey Redford (Economics), Moderator: Cory Vaillancourt from Smoky Mountain News
12:15-1:00pm – Closing Keynote: Senator Jim Davis (R-NC)
1:00pm – Breakout Working Groups