Cumberland County native Julie Long has been named the first program director of Cumberland County Rising, a county-based anti-drug coalition.
CCR Board President Steve Stone announced the full-time position, which was made possible through a state grant; no local funding is involved.
Long, who joined the coalition last month, has attended state-sponsored training and educational programs.
“We are very grateful to have Julie Long on the team at CCR,” Stone said. “She brings great experience and education to her position and, most importantly, she brings a heart with a desire to serve driven by a love for children.”
Long said she feels excited and blessed to be a part of CCR. “I have a heart and passion for the cause,” she said, “and hope and pray that together we can make a positive change in our community.”
Long, whose background is in elementary education, holds a master’s degree in human services. She previously spent several years working with the Teens Against Drug (TAD) Center, and as a prevention specialist working with kids and youth at Cumberland Mountain Mental Health.
“I have seen first-hand how drugs can tear a family and a life apart,” Long said. “I have had drugs tear my family apart and I can emphasize with others who are dealing with it.”
Long collaborated with the recent Legal and Lethal event at Cumberland Medical Center, attended by dozens of medical and mental-health professionals.
In April, she was invited to take part in a program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and represented CCR at the Blue Ribbon Ceremony held at the Community Complex.
Long is already working on additional programs with CCR, including hosting “Prevention in the Park” at the new splash pad, tentatively scheduled for June 6.
Long is eager to work with members of the community to help combat and prevent drug addiction. Visit the CCR website by clicking here. Or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (931) 210-0384.