Drug Free Coweta Staff Onboard for New Federal Grant

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Two new staff members, both residents of Coweta County, have joined the Association of Village PRIDE, Inc., (AVPRIDE) to coordinate activities for Drug Free Coweta, announced CEO Dr. Tami Morris.

“We are delighted that we have been able to bring on board staff who are members of the Coweta community.  Because they live in Coweta and have children in local schools, we know they will be able to hit the ground running and already have a high level of knowledge about the local needs,” said Dr. Morris.

Marla Grimes’ experience includes 20 years in social services in both residential and non-residential substance abuse facilities.  She earned her B.S. degree in Human Environmental Sciences from Oklahoma State University and is currently seeking her certification as an alcohol and drug counselor.  As a 10-year resident of Coweta County, she has worked with families as a case manager for Department of Family and Children’s Services, as well as volunteered with faith-based and other local non-profit organizations.  She is a proud mother of three adult children and one teen, who is a sophomore at Newnan High School. In her free time, Marla enjoys writing, acting, and directing stage plays and short films. 

Leah Robilotto is joining the Coweta Drug Free Coweta team with 20 years in marketing and communications and close to a decade in social work. Due to illness in her own family, Leah returned to graduate school to study the psychological implications of chronic illness on families. She has a M.A. in Child and Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Leah has trained thousands of educators and parents on keeping children and adults with chronic illness safe and included, while managing their mental health. She lives in Coweta County with her husband and two children.  She periodically works as a substitute teacher in Coweta County Schools.  

Grimes and Robilotto join AVPRIDE Wellness Programs Manager and Drug Free Coweta staff support, Kenisha Washington, to work together on cross-county initiatives and new projects.  

Upcoming events on April 24 will be an opportunity for the community to meet the staff at the Ready, Set, LINC event at the Newnan Coalition and also at the DEA Take Back Day events.  Leadership team member Sharon Rogers, owner of Newnan GNC, has led the Drug Take Back Day efforts in Coweta.  There will be two locations on April 24: Crossroads Church and the Newnan Police Department.

The new staffing has been made possible by the acquisition of a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) grant.  The $625,000 grant, which spans 5 years and provides $125,000 per year, will be used to continue and enhance the work of the Drug Free Coweta coalition in opioid and prescription drug education and misuse prevention.

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