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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

Formerly the Assistant Dean at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, Dr. Susan Bissett is fiercely committed to public health and health education. She has implemented and developed opioid prescription and medication safety programs aimed to educate young people and the public about the dangers of prescription and illicit drug use/misuse.

 

Dr. Bissett has written over 100 articles to date with her most recent publications focusing on metrics for pharmacy student success, harm reduction programming, medication safety, and increasing the pipeline of health care professionals in Appalachia. Her professional experiences have included: teaching communication, pharmacy, and social science courses on several campuses; developing curriculum for pharmacy and scholarship programs as well as first-year programs; assisting with the development of learning outcomes and rubrics for pharmacy, communication, and writing courses; and the implementation of a digital portfolio for pharmacy education and assessment.

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Bruce Whitten

Director of Educational Programs

Bruce Whitten is passionate about helping West Virginians lead healthier lives. He brings a diverse set of experiences to the WVDII and is excited about taking Don’t Keep Rx AroundTM programming to the next level.

Bruce has spent the past 3 years in the role of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Specialist with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. During his time there, he completed training in numerous curricula and has delivered presentations and lessons to thousands of students across West Virginia. He helped develop and appeared in Real Talk, a video series created for students, teachers, and parents, centered around personal responsibility.

Bruce received a bachelor’s in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and spent time working in public relations, media planning, and ad sales.  In addition, he earned a bachelor’s in health sciences from WV State University. He is currently in his final semester at Marshall where he’ll graduate with a master’s in public health in May of 2022.

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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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Heather McDaniel

Heather McDaniel serves as the Director for the West Virginia Hope in Action Alliance.

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Director, WVHAA

Joe Murphy

Content, Creative, and Media Partner

Jason Hager

Marketing & Technology Consultant and AR/VR Developer