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APAA Leadership Team:

Joe Powell, President and CEO. Mr. Powell is a person in long-term recovery.  For him, that means that he has not had to drink alcohol or use drugs for 28 years. He is nationally renowned as one of the premier providers and experts in the country on Peer Recovery Coaching and other peer recovery support services. In 2010, Faces and Voices of Recovery and the Hazelden Center’s “America Honors Recovery” Selection Committee chose Joe Powell to receive the Vernon Johnson award, which “honors individuals who are the standard-bearers for putting a public face and voice on recovery and striving to make sustained recovery possible for even more Americans.” “Each Vernon Johnson award recipient has demonstrated the tremendous and varied impact a single person can make on the progress of a movement,” said William Moyers, Vice President of Foundation Relations at Hazelden. Joe is just as well-known on the streets of Dallas by individuals in recovery that he has personally helped as he is in the hallways of state and federal government. Mr. Powell has been a LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) for over 20 years and worked in a number of substance abuse and mental health treatment settings before being invited to join the Board of Dallas Helps, and consequently the establishment of APAA.  He became founding President in 1998 and Executive Director in 2001. He was awarded the Vernon Johnson award through the Hazelden Center and Faces and Voices of Recovery, a Faces and Voices of Recovery Founding Board Member Award, a Mental Health Association “Prism” award, and a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Community Recognition award.

Eleanor Doty, Operations Director. Ms. Doty is a Resourceful Human Services and Administrative Professional with 15+ years of experience in the following sectors:  Community & Faith-Based Nonprofit, Consulting, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Social Services.  She holds a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Ms. Doty is currently the Operations Director at the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction. Prior to APAA she served as an Operations Manager, Program Coordinator, Recruiter  and Assistant  Personnel Director.  Her community service includes: Revitalize South Dallas Coalition (addressing economic development in South Dallas/Fair Park), RUFCO Neighborhood Association, board of directors of National Black Presbyterian Caucus, Women’s Empowerment Initiative (Newark, NJ and Philadelphia, PA). Ms. Doty identifies as a person in recovery.

Khaliq Bryant, Finance Director. Mr. Bryant is also serves as the Business Manager at the African American Museum in Dallas. Prior to APAA and the museum he served as a Department Ticketing and Marketing Associate and Basketball Operations Assistant. He has overseen all financial activities of a non-profit organization to; include but not limited to, payroll, financial statements, tax filings, GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) framework compliant financial policies and procedures. Mr. Bryant prides himself with providing excellent customer care and quality service. He holds a Masters in Sports Management and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management. His honors include Non-Profit Management, Program Planning and Evaluation and he is a member of Phi Beta Lambda. Mr. Bryant identifies as a person affected by addiction.

Theotis Willis, Program Manager. Mr. Willis was born and raised in Dallas. He was a star athlete in basketball and track in High school. He received a full-ride scholarship to Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In 2005 he completed his Associates Degree and now holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of North Texas. Mr. Willis has grown with APAA since joining in 2009 as an LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) intern. He then received his PRSS (Peer Recovery Support Specialist) certification. He is currently obtaining his Masters in Social Work at A&M. Mr. Willis identifies as a person in long term recovery.