We are a team of dedicated partners and collaborators working together to make an impact.
Susan M. Bissett, PhD
Dr. Susan Bissett is the president of the newly formed West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Dr. Bissett is a higher education professional with roots in academic and student affairs who is fiercely committed to public health and pharmacy education. Her professional experiences have included: teaching communication, pharmacy, and social science courses; 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; implementation of a digital portfolio for pharmacy education and assessment; and implementation and design of living-learning communities. She has also 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, and increasing the pipeline of health care professionals in Appalachia.
Jessica Napier-Eagle, MS
Jessica Napier-Eagle is the Education Director at the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) where she is dedicated to program development, implementation, and evaluation of harm reduction and universal prevention programs. These programs range from teaching young children how to be safe around medication to how to save a life using naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. She has been devoted to teaching all age groups, from children to older adults about the dangers of substance misuse and proper medication practices, as well as being an advocate for life-saving policies across West Virginia for many years.
Her professional experiences include numerous educational presentations on scams and identity theft, elder abuse, and opioid prevention to civic groups and organizations, senior citizens, and middle school and high school students and teachers. Jessica feels blessed to have also been able to spend a number of years researching the criminal justice system of West Virginia, along with program evaluation and quality assurance monitoring. This work also led to her gaining additional knowledge and understanding on evidence-based practices and programs by training and evaluating the state’s probation officers, correctional officers, and day report officers on risk/needs assessments. Mrs. Napier-Eagle has a passion for helping other West Virginias regardless of their life circumstances or opportunities and has demonstrated an eagerness and determination with a variety of people or groups to meet this goal.
Jessica Napier-Eagle’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice earned in December 2007 and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2009, both from Marshall University.
Charlee Fox, J.D.
Assessment & Research Director
Charlee Fox is the Assessment and Research Director for the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute. She holds a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Shepherd University. In addition, she obtained a Certificate of Achievement in completing The Opioid Crisis in America Course offered by HarvardX. Combining these fields of expertise, Charlee has merged her passion for environmental and public health sciences with her fervor for advocacy, research, and writing.
Following law school, Charlee honed her research and writing skills on both federal and state levels. Serving as a federal judicial law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, she drafted numerous federal documents. Upon the completion of her clerkship, Charlee worked for a large law firm where she composed many briefs, court filings, and legal memorandums. Outside of her professional career, she enjoys spending time roaming the wonderful hills and paddling the wild rivers of West Virginia.
Tinina McCourt is enthusiastic about creating programs to educate college students about the importance of medication safety here in West Virginia. Prior to joining the WVDII education team, Ms. McCourt had spent time working with TRiO programs to help support college-bound high school students as well as fellow college students achieve their academic goals.
As a recent graduate of Concord University, Ms. McCourt has earned her Bachelor’s in Science majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology, including minors in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. During her undergraduate years, she was also an active McNair Scholar who conducted research on LGBT online dating in Appalachia.
Ms. McCourt continues to be in the process of earning her master’s degree in Sociology, where she will gain the tools necessary to progress in the non-profit sector and help to make a positive impact on her home state here in the mountains.
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.