Staff

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.

Email: bill@powerofputnam.org
Phone: 931.520.7531

 

 

 

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 Valerio

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




TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
For information and referrals concerning addiction issues please call the
Tennessee REDLINE number @ 1-800-889-9789
This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Heath and Substance Abuse Services

This website was developed in part under grant # SP021017-02 from the office of national drug control policy and substance abuse services and
mental health services administration, U.S. Department of health and human services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed
are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHRA or HHS.

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