FIRST CONTACT would not exist without our volunteer team of dedicated professionals. Thank you to all our volunteers, who sacrifice their time and efforts to help us make a positive change in our community, and accomplish our mission. The following individuals currently serve on the FIRST CONTACT team:
Officers & Staff
Director & President
Craig received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Gardner Webb University and his Masters of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been certified by SBIRT (clinical skills training) and is an NAADAC Certified Recovery Coach. He has served as Pastor, Minister of Evangelism, Education, and Youth in over 20 years of ministry. He is a board member of Hope RX of Henderson County and Blue Ridge Prison and Jail Ministry. Craig has experienced firsthand the struggle and devastation of addiction.He has a passion for those suffering from Substance Abuse Disorder as well as family members who have had their lives dramatically affected by its consequences. He founded First Contact to help those struggling with addictions to formulate a path to recovery, and a plan to return to a life of normalcy. He serves to inform and educate families and provide comfort and support.
Vice President & Secretary
Ellen received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. She has been the Executive Secretary for the NC Tomato Growers Association for over 18 years and is a native of Henderson County. Ellen recently retired from the State of North Carolina with 30 years of service in administrative office work. She has an extensive background in managing and organizing casework, budgets, and data for the N.C. Family Court and Dept. of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention systems.Ellen loves her family and enjoys singing in the church choir and playing the piano.She has experienced the loss of a loved one due to addiction. As a volunteer with First Contact since December of 2014, she has a heart for working with families dealing with loved ones in addiction and helping support them through their struggles. She wants to help others understand and deal with the pain caused by addiction.
Susan received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and her Master of Business Administration Degree from Western Carolina University. She has been the Business Manager for Mud Creek Baptist Church for the past 21 years.Susan has lived in Henderson County for 27 years and has 3 children. Although she hasn’t dealt first hand with the impact that addiction has on a family, she knows that every family, including her own, could be one choice away from needing the services of First Contact. God has given her years of financial experience in a nonprofit organization and she feels blessed and wants to use this gift as she serves Him through volunteering. She believes that she will see lives changed and miracles performed through recovery of addicts. She believes First Contact is a ministry that is making enormous and critically important differences in the lives of many.