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the learning cohort

The Learning Cohort is made up of a group of community organizations and their leaders who share a common interest in building an ecosystem of support for employers and individuals in recovery from substance abuse and or those who are involved in the justice system.  The cohort meets at least quarterly and participates in the process of collaborative efforts towards connecting employers with the necessary resources to promote health and productivity amongst their workforce as well as offer support and recovery services to those with a substance use disorder. By reducing barriers associated with hiring, the Caring Workplaces Initiative sets out to connect employers with a new pipeline of work ready individuals who are in need of a fair chance. The collaborative design of the Learning Cohort, helps to eliminate duplication of services and strengthens the overall goal of the Caring Workplaces Initiative. The First Tennessee Development District wishes to express its appreciation to all our community partners involved in the Learning Cohort, as we continue to work together to help make a stronger workforce in the Northeast Tennessee region.


Amanda Carr, BS
Employment Services Program Manage

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Casey M. Carringer, MBA

Senior Director, Health Programs

Population Health


Alice McCaffrey


Alan Rau
Chief Executive Officer


Miles A. Burdine 

President & CEO

BJ Gott
Director of Operations

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Angela Hagaman, MA, NCC
Director of Operations 
Addiction Science Center

Ginny Kidwell
Executive Director for the Tennessee Institute of Public Health

Mina McVeigh, LCSW
Behavioral Specialist

Kelly Moore, PhD
 Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychology


Andrea D. Clements, PhD

Professor & Assistant Chair, ETSU Department of Psychology 

Co-Founder and President, 

Uplift Appalachia 

Associate Director for Research Design and Implementation, ETSU Ballad Health Strong BRAIN Institute 

Mark Stevans
Director of Communications, Special Projects & WIOA

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