Opioid Town Hall

The Impact on Our WNC Community
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, at Western Carolina University

About the Event

In partnership with the Jackson County Community Foundation’s opioid and addiction awareness campaign for the month of September, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise is excited to host the opioid and addiction Town Hall. 

Western Carolina University
UC Grand Room, A.K. Hinds University Center, 3rd floor

See the Parking Map
Reid meter lot will be reserved with a police officer at the entrance allowing complimentary parking for guests for the Town Hall. When entering campus at the main entrance, turn left at the roundabout and the parking lot will be on your right. Look for signs for parking and signs to the entrance to the UC Grandroom.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
8:15am until 2:30 pm (approximate). Lunch will be provided during working groups. 

The town Hall includes four breakout working groups designed for working professionals to put ideas into action. These are opportunities to network, brainstorm, and hatch plans for tangible next steps. A box lunch is provided, but pre-registration is required to attend a breakout session. 

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Use the form below to register for the event. One registration per attendee, please. See Town Hall Event Schedule for speaker times.

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Town Hall Event Agenda: Thursday October 3, 2019, UC Grand Room, A.C. Hinds University Center

8:15 am Registration, Gather
8:30 Welcome & Introductions: WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown
8:45-9:30 Opening Keynote: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
9:45-10:45 Panel Discussion 1 Al Kopak, WCU Criminology & Criminal Justice; Holly Jones, Community Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator at NC department of Justice; WCU alumnus Kevin Rumley, Veterans Treatment Coordinator.
Moderator, Lilly Knoepp from Blue Ridge Public Radio
11:00-12:00 Panel discussion 2: Beth Young, WCU Social Work;  April Messer, WCU Nursing; Audrey Redford, WCU Economics;  Edward Lopez, WCU Economics
Moderator: Cory Vaillancourt from Smoky Mountain News
12:15-1:00 Closing Keynote: State Senator Jim Davis
1:00 pm Breakout groups by topic for working professionals:
(registration required, box lunch is provided)

Speakers and Panelists

Keynote Speaker Shelley Moore Capito

Keynote Speaker Shelley Moore Capito

Senator - West Virginia

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.)

Shelley Moore Capito was elected by the people of West Virginia to the United States Senate in 2014. She is the first female U.S. senator in West Virginia’s history. Senator Capito serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee; and the Rules and Administration Committee.

A lifelong West Virginian herself, Senator Capito was born in Glen Dale in the Northern Panhandle. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Duke University and a M.Ed from the University of Virginia. She and her husband Charles L. Capito Jr. reside in Charleston. They have three adult children: two sons, Charles (wife Laura) and Moore (wife Katie), and one daughter, Shelley (husband Colin Macleod). They have also been blessed with six grandchildren: Celia, Charlie, Eliza, Rose, Arch, and Macaulay.

Keynote Speaker Jim Davis

Keynote Speaker Jim Davis

State Senator, NC-15

State Senator Jim Davis (R-NC.)

Jim Davis is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly. He represents the Senate’s fiftieth district, which includes CherokeeClayGrahamHaywoodJacksonMacon, and Swain counties.

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Davis earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Missionary College, now Southern Adventist University in 1969, and earned his DDS degree from Loma Linda University‘s School of Dentistry in 1974. In 1989, he graduated from Loma Linda with his MS in orthodontics.


Holly Jones, Community Partnership & Outreach Coordinator at North Carolina Department of Justice

Al Kopak, PhD, WCU Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Edward Lopez, PhD, WCU BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism

April Messer, MSN, CCRN, WCU Assistant Professor of Nursing

Audrey Redford, PhD, WCU Assistant Professor of Economics

Kevin Rumley LCAS, LCSWA, CSI- WCU Alumnus & Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator

Beth Young, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, WCU Assistant Professor of Social Work & The Substance Abuse Studies Certificate Program Coordinator


Lilly Knoepp, Blue Ridge Public Radio
Cory Vaillanourt, Smoky Mountain News

Getting Here

This event will be held in the University Center Grand Room.

WCU Bardo Arts Center