NAADAC is proud to announce that Angela E. Maxwell, PhD, CPS, has officially assumed her role as the new President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, a national organization that represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Maxwell's two-year term as NAADAC President began on October 10, 2022.
Maxwell's inauguration is particularly significant to NAADAC as she represents the first Black President of our association, as well as the first President to be a Certified Prevention Specialist.
“NAADAC is so excited to welcome Dr. Angela Maxwell as the new President of NAADAC," said NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP. "Dr. Maxwell is very steeped in prevention, and this will add more capacity to NAADAC's breadth of work.”
Maxwell is the Prevention Services Director for Alcohol and Drug Services. She oversees services in ten counties across central North Carolina and has worked in substance use prevention 25 years. Maxwell is also the co-founder of Aspire Training and Consulting Group, LLC. She serves on several local, statewide and national boards and 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 (2008, 2010, 2019).
Maxwell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (UNC-Chapel Hill), a Master of Science degree in Agency Counseling (NC A&T State University) and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies (NC A&T State University).
During her speech during the Closing Ceremony, Maxwell expressed her thanks to all members of NAADAC for making our association the effective force it is for the communities we serve.
"I am committed to bringing to bear and elevating the voices of everyone who is impacted and is struggling and suffering from addiction. That is my commitment to you all," said Maxwell. "I look forward to working with the staff, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and all of you over the next two years."