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WHO
WE ARE

We are a team of dedicated partners and collaborators working together to make an impact.

TEAM MEMBERS.

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Susan M. Bissett, PhD

President

Dr. Susan Bissett is the president of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute and is committed to reducing overdose deaths in West Virginia.

 

Bissett has over 25 years of administrative experience with non-profits and higher education. She is fiercely committed to public health and health education. Most recently, she has developed and implemented opioid prescription and medication safety programs aimed to educate all young people and the public about the dangers of prescription and illicit drug use/misuse. She is an advocate for evidence-based prevention programming, harm reduction services, and common sense SUD response. Susan has written over 100 articles to date with her most recent publications focusing on harm reduction programming, medication safety, and increasing the pipeline of healthcare professionals in Appalachia. When not combatting the substance abuse epidemic or on her yoga mat, she can be found on a yoga mat, exploring the mountains of West Virginia, or curled up with her two dachshunds and a good book!

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Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel serves as the Outreach Director and Grants Administrator for WV DII.

Heather McDaniel has worked in the Substance Use Disorder field for many years. From managing behavioral health/substance use disorder helplines to assisting with launching new treatment centers and programs in multiple states to working in state government, Heather has vast experience in the field and is committed to helping improve the treatment and recovery sector in West Virginia.

 

Heather is passionate about helping those struggling with addiction and is excited to work with a team of people focused on helping our great state.  She looks forward to collaborating with others to improve the existing treatment and recovery landscape within the state and help advance public policy and work to reduce stigma statewide.

Heather McDaniel

Outreach Director &

Grants Administrator

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Mia Manfredi is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Bissett, President of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute. She has over 15 years of experience in office management primarily in the legal field where she worked in Criminal Defense and Family Law. There she worked diligently assisting adult and juvenile clients enter into treatment programs both privately and through the Kanawha County Drug Court Program. Ms. Manfredi’s background provides unique insight to the opioid epidemic and the struggles facing West Virginians.

 

Mia’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Psychology as well as multiple certifications in health and fitness.  She enjoys teaching Pilates and Lagree in her spare time so that she may encourage others to live their best lives.

Mia Manfredi

Executive Assistant

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Edward A. Sisson has joined the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute as a Development Consultant. Sisson has 25 years of Experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry serving in Various Positions with Glaxo Smith Kline. He Retired as a Sr. Executive Clinical Specialist in the NeuroHealth Division at GSK.

 

Sisson has worked in Higher Education Development for 10 years at West Virginia Wesleyan College. A Native of the Kanawha Valley Sisson has Returned and is Living in Charleston.

Ed Sisson

Development Consultant

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Angelina Nemeth is the Administrative Support Associate to the WV Drug Intervention Institute. 

 

Angelina is passionate about being of service to her community and believes that “You have to give it away to keep it,” meaning that being of service to another person helps to alleviate one’s own suffering. Prior to joining the WVDII, Angelina spent years in the non-profit sector, serving in AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Southern WV as well as West Virginia State University’s Extension Service, where she specialized in grant writing, fundraising, and volunteer management & recruitment. She also spent time doing recovery work in the Charleston area as a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist.

 

Angelina lives in South Charleston, WV, with her two children, Gabe and Luna. They love spending their time in Appalachia, visiting the local parks and national forests, swimming, kayaking, going to the lake, and riding boats in the summer.

Angelina Nemeth

Administrative Support Associate

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Dr. Rebecca S. Linger serves as a Research Consultant and the Nalox(ONE) WV coordinator for the WV DII.

 

Rebecca is also a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. She received a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University. She earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University in the laboratory of V. Jo Davisson at the School of Pharmacy. She has over seventeen years of teaching experience at the professional level. She has published several articles on mechanistic enzymological topics in top scientific journals.

Rebecca S. Linger, PhD

Research Consultant & Nalox(ONE) WV Project Coordinator

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Dr. Rebecca S. Linger serves as a Research Consultant and the Nalox(ONE) WV coordinator for the WV DII.

 

Rebecca is also a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. She received a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University. She earned her Ph.D. at Purdue University in the laboratory of V. Jo Davisson at the School of Pharmacy. She has over seventeen years of teaching experience at the professional level. She has published several articles on mechanistic enzymological topics in top scientific journals.

Rebecca S. Linger, PhD

Research Consultant & Nalox(ONE) WV Project Coordinator

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Lilith McGhee serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the WVDII.

 

Lilith has experience working on various neuroscience studies related to alcohol and substance use disorder (SUD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) research at West Virginia University. She has experience working as a student alongside quick response teams and threat preparedness at the local level. Lilith is passionate about practicing evidence-based prevention strategies and identifying gaps in current practices.

 

In her free time, she works in the community, specifically with service industry on overdose prevention effort. 

Lilith McGhee

Outreach Coordinator

lilith@wvdii.org

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Reed Byers

Recovery Workforce Mentor

Reed Byers is a Professional Speaker, Coach, and Consultant who is passionate about

creating innovative solutions to social challenges.

He uses his lived experience with mental illness and addiction to empower others to find

their unique road to recovery while promoting health and relationship building

throughout the community. He has broad experience in the non-profit sector and recovery

ecosystem including grant evaluation, developing youth programs and coordinating

stigma reduction campaigns.

Byers is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS), community organizer, and

mental health and youth advocate. He serves as Adjunct Faculty with the National

Recovery Institute, delivering training on a variety of topics that assist with sustainability,

development, and increasing capacity of recovery-focused organizations.

His other passions include running and volunteering. From organizing mural projects,

kids races, and community clean-ups to running in a shark costume to raise money for

suicide prevention, Reed is dedicated to making the community a vibrant and healthy

place to thrive.

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Joe Murphy, President of MURPHY MEDIA, has over 20 years of experience working as a Video Production Specialist. He is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and artist however, while skilled in cinematic storytelling with traditional still and video images, Murphy may be just as typically be found directing a Virtual reality shoot, creating a mobile application platform,  or piloting an Unmanned Aerial System during the open of ABC’s Indy 500.

As a native West Virginian, Murphy has continuously been actively engaged in developing platforms and media outreach to combat the opioid epidemic. Murphy’s work with agencies such as Recovery Point, CCSAPP, and most recently, his work with Lily’s Place has brought attention and potentially Millions of dollars in much-needed support.

Joe is the creator and visionary behind Rex the Rx, ONEbox, and many new initiatives to support the mission of WV DII and educate the public on the importance of medication safety and the opioid epidemic using cutting-edge technology.

Joe Murphy

Content, Creative, and Media Partner

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Jason Hager has over 20 years of experience helping clients grow and market their businesses. He has worked with companies large and small, local and international, to increase market share and generate more business. He is a marketing expert and has trained groups of business professionals from all over the world on sales and marketing strategies.

 

Jason has the ability and experience to help organizations of all sizes plan and execute highly effective marketing plans with measurable results. He has been an international keynote speaker and consultant to businesses on marketing strategy, business development, social media, and website development.

Jason leads the marketing and public relations efforts for WVDII. He has worked with Dr. Bissett and the WV DII team to create and launch online learning programs for Naloxone training as well as medication safety programs for adults and children.

Jason Hager

Marketing & Public Relations Consultant

Education Program Coordinator

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Matt Rafa is a 2010 graduate of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and a pharmacy manager at Kroger Grocery Store in Wheeling, WV.  In his 12-year career, Matt has been on the board for WV Pharmacists Association for 8 years and is currently the President. He has won numerous awards for community volunteerism and pharmacy achievement. Having lost friends to overdose, Matt is honored to be working with the WVDII to hopefully prevent others from the loss of loved ones.

 

 

 

Matt Rafa

Evaluation Consultant

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ONEbox Team

Rachel Hensley &
Kenny Matthews

ONEbox Team

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