Panelists- Drug & Alcohol


Lattie Baker
Executive Director, Alcohol Drug Council of North Carolina
Lattie Baker, Jr., Executive Director of the Alcohol Drug Council of North Carolina since August 2004. Baker is the current Vice-President of The Addictions Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) and the "retired" Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse Programs, North Carolina Department of Correction (1985-2004).  Baker served as a public school teacher and guidance counselor; and was the Director for the Educational Talent Search Program for St. Augustine's College and N.C. State University.  A native of Willow Springs, N.C. (Wake County). Baker is a graduate of Fuquay Consolidated High School, Kings Business College, and St. Augustine's College.

William Renn, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Director for UNC Health Care System
William F. (Bill) Renn, LCSW,LCAS,CCS is an Associate Professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is a member of the faculty of the Skipper Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.  Renn is the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Program Director for the UNC Health Care System. Bill Renn currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies.  He was appointed by Govenor Easley to serve on the Substance Abuse Advisory Board to the Department of Corrections.  In the Spring of 2006, Renn won the Addiction Professional’s of NC award for the “Art of Counseling.”  In June of this year he served on a consensus panel of healthcare experts with the National Institute of Health and wrote a Stat Of the Science Paper on Tobacco Cessation, Control and Prevention.

Bill Renn earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University.  Mr. Renn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (CCAS), and a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). The National Association of Social Workers- NC Chapter has named Bill Renn as one of three experts in North Carolina in the practice area of substance abuse.

Robert Robinson
Deputy Director, Durham Center
Robert Robinson is the Deputy Director for the Durham Center Local Management Entity.  Robinson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Justice and Norfolk State University with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. He is also a certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) by the State of North Carolina and has over 14 years of experience working with children and adults with mental health and substance abuse issues in both the public and private sectors.

The Durham Center is responsible for ensuring that Durham County citizens who seek help for mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse receive the services and supports for which they are eligible to achieve their goals and to live as independently as possible.  The Durham Center is also responsible for making sure Durham County citizens receive quality services and their individual rights are protected. The Durham Center contracts with more than 140 service providers in the area to provide mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services to children and adults in Durham County.

Al J. Mooney, MD
Clinical Director, Five County Mental Health Authority, Henderson, NC
Al J. Mooney, MD possesses an active, unrestricted North Carolina license in the practice of medicine. He has been board certified continuously since 1979, and has provided medical care in the specialties of family, behavioral, community, and addiction medicine for 31 years, serving North Carolina for 18 of those. As a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine, helped establish the certification standards for the specialty. Dr. Mooney has maintained a medical school clinical faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill since 1979. He has extensively served the public mental health sector by working in the state hospital (including John Umstead Hospital), community service provider organizations, state leadership and advisory councils, LME administration, volunteer associations, and homeless shelters. In addition he has extensive experience in the private sector through his past positions as CEO of a JCAHO accredited healthcare facility and as board member of a managed care delivery organization, Independent Practice Association (IPA). As co-author of a best seller book, The Recovery Book, he has gained international recognition as a foremost authority on addiction and recovery, topics which are the mainstays of the mental health reform effort and philosophy.

Angela Thigpen, MS, CSAPC
Angela Thigpen is currently the Director of Prevention Services for Alcohol and Drug Services.  Thigpen began her work in the field of substance prevention over 13 years ago.  She received a B.A. Degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.S. Degree in Agency Counseling from NC A&T State University.  Angela is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant with the NC Substance Abuse Practice Board.  She serves on many boards and committees including: Addiction Professionals of North Carolina Board (Prevention Committee Chair), North Carolina Substance Abuse Professionals Practice Board, the Guilford County Substance Abuse Coalition Board, NC Prevention Expert Panel and many other community committees.  Thigpen has served as an adjunct professor with Guilford Technical Community College and provides training throughout the state of North Carolina on various issues related to substance abuse prevention. 

Angela Covington
Substance Abuse Counselor, Cumberland County Mental Health Center
Angela Covington received a BS in Psychology from Fayetteville State University; MA in counseling from Webster University. Covington has worked for the Cumberland County Mental Health Center for 7 years in addictions. She is currently working with (TASC) Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, and serves as a treatment counselor for  Drug Treatment Court. Ms. Covington works part time for a non-profit domestic violence agency in the area. She also serves on the Governor’s Substance Abuse Advisory Council and is the Founder and Director of New Directions, a transitional housing program for addicted women.

Content Expert:

Bart Grimes, Substance Abuse Specialist, Durham Center