Bill Gibson, CPS-II - Executive Director
Bill Gibson is a former police officer and District Attorney General who has personally witnessed the evolution of the drug epidemic in Putnam County over time. Bill oversees development of the coalition and assures the implementation of the strategic prevention framework action plan. He is a graduate of the CADCA National Coalition Institute and is certified by SAMSHA as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Trainer.
Sam Barnes, MD - Medical Consultant
Dr. Barnes is a retired orthopedic surgeon and Cookeville native. He completed his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt, attended Medical School at UT Memphis, and forged his career in military orthopedics. No longer practicing, Sam devotes his wealth of knowledge to examining the prescription drug epidemic in Tennessee. Dr. Barnes’s goal is to establish a “standard of care” that physicians will use in order to safely treat chronic pain.
Kimberly Sowell, New Leaf Program Manager
Received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Masters in Human Services/Executive Leadership from Liberty University. She is currently working to complete her second Masters in Professional Counseling, also from Liberty University. Since 2009 she has been employed with Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Systems where she has worked as a Crisis Intervention Specialist, E-Therapist in the MyRecovery Program and currently the Program Manager for New Leaf Recovery Center. Kimberly is married, mother of three children, and a life time resident of Cookeville, Tennessee
Robert is the Community Representative for Bradford Health Services, the largest treatment provider for substance abuse services in the southeast. He is a native of San Antonio Texas and was raised in Chicago. He is a 1996 graduate of Queens University in Charlotte North Carolina. Robert’s role in Power of Putnam is to work on sustainability strategies through Bradford’s community education program. Bradford, The Power of Putnam and other community partners have helped educate thousands throughout the Upper Cumberland on matters relating to addiction.
Jennifer Matthews, Assistant Director
Nathan Payne, Lifeline coordinator
Amy Gibson, DFC Grant Coordinator
Sarah Blessing, PFS-RX