About Us

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Roanoke Prevention  Alliance (RPA) was created in 1997 to build a coalition of citizens, parents, and professionals devoted to preventing drug and alcohol abuse among teens and young adults in the City of Roanoke.

By working together, the coalition implements strategies based on collected data and deploys resources that are tailored to the needs of specific neighborhoods. Since problems vary by neighborhood the targeting maximizes the effectiveness of limited resources.

Current Board Members/ Executive Committee

  • Melanie Morris, President
  • Karen Pillis, Treasurer
  • Jeffery Wood, Secretary
  • Sheva Alagna, Board Member
  • Mackenzie Chitwood, RPA Director
  • Karen Garlow, Board Member
  • Josh Johnson, Board Member
  • Decca Knight, Board Member
  • Susan Rieves-Austin, Ex Officio Board Member
  • Victoria Rosenberg, Board Member
  • Stacey Sheppard, Board Member
  • Heavan Smith, Board Member
  • Antonio Stovall, Board Member
  • Office Jacob Underwood, Board Member
  • Darnell Wood, Board Member
  • Sgt. Timothy Young, Board Member
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