NAADAC Welcomes Angela E. Maxwell, PhD, CPS, as NAADAC President-Elect

NAADAC is proud to introduce Angela E. Maxwell, PhD, CPS, as the new President-Elect of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Her two-year term began on October 18, 2020.

Maxwell is the Prevention Services Director for Alcohol and Drug Services in High Point, NC. She oversees services in ten counties across central North Carolina and has worked in substance use prevention for 25 years. She is also the co-founder of Aspire Training and Consulting Group, LLC.

Maxwell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of Science degree in Agency Counseling from NC A&T State University, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies from NC A&T State University. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.

“It was my 2010 conference experience that sparked my excitement about NAADAC and its leadership in training, educating, advocating, and advancing the addictions field on a national and international level,” Maxwell said about her introduction to NAADAC. “I am convinced now more than ever that NAADAC has been, is, and must continue to be the premier strategic leader for the addiction’s field. While it is understood that our field is diverse in terms of its workforce, persons served, and services provided, there must be a unified voice that consistently advocates on behalf of the field. NAADAC is the most qualified professional association to lead this unified national and international effort.” 

Maxwell serves on several local, statewide and national boards. She is a statewide trainer in the areas of substance use prevention, workforce development, strategic planning, coalition development, and workplace wellness. Maxwell has also received several statewide substance use professional of the year awards in 2008, 2010, and 2019.

"In my role as President-Elect, my goal is to collaborate with NAADAC staff, board leadership, Regional Vice Presidents, and YOU, the members, to identify the critical issues facing the profession and to bolster resources needed to effectively address such issues in an effort to garner the respect due our profession and to ensure its sustainability,” said Maxwell. “I wholeheartedly believe that the everyday heroes who work within the full continuum of the addictions field are some of the best folks in the world.  You are doing great work! Please know that NAADAC and I are here to serve and support you. Do not hesitate to take advantage of every opportunity to share your expertise, experiences and needs."

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

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