Phillip A. Mooring, Executive Director

Phil Mooring, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, is co-founder and director of Families in Action. For twelve years prior to assuming his current position in July 2001, he served as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, Greenville, NC.

In September 2014, Phil was appointed by NC Governor Pat McCroy to the NC Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.  He has served as Vice-Chair of the NC Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; as Chair of the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association; President of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina; and, has served on the board of directors of the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.

A graduate of Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA) Atlantic Christian College (now Barton) Wilson, NC, and East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), Phil completed the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management in 2002.  He has served as a reviewer for the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

A recipient of numerous awards for his work in substance abuse prevention and treatment and for his work to strengthen families, Phil introduced the national Red Ribbon Campaign to NC, established the NC Parent Corps under the US Office of  National and Community Service, was successful in securing funding for the North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI), and established the NC Parent Resource Center at Families.

A recipient of numerous awards for his work in substance abuse prevention and treatment and for his work to strengthen families and prevent substance use disorders, including a WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) recognition for volunteer drug prevention work, Phil is a recipient of a National Service Award from the Parent’s Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE), the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina’s Art of Prevention Award and the Norbert L. Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Eastern Region State of the Art Outstanding Substance Abuse Professional Award.

Phil and his wife, Avis, live in Wilson, NC where they are active in the community and attend Peace Church. They are the parents of two sons and the grandparents of four grandchildren.

Anna Godwin, Coordinator – Parent Resource Center

Anna joined Families in Action in 2012 where she serves as the Coordinator of the NC Parent Resource Center. In 2006, Anna received a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreational Therapy. She then went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Professional and Substance Abuse Counseling and a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in the state of North Carolina. Anna has experience working in both residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and has also worked as an employee assistance consultant.

Anna and her husband, Ryan, live in Wilson, NC where they are actively involved at their home church, Farmington Heights.

Maria Najera-Vick, Administrative Assistant

Maria joined Families in Action in 2002 where she serves as the organization’s Administrative Assistant. A North Carolina native and graduate of James B. Hunt, Jr. High School, Wilson, NC, Maria holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Data Processing from Wilson Community College. Prior to coming to Families in Action, she was co-owner of a residential building company, and has worked for BB&T and for a local healthcare clinic.

Maria is an involved member of the community where she volunteers with the Wilson Humane Society and the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition. She and her husband, Carter, live in Wilson and have two sons, Bryson and Hunter. They are active members at First Baptist Church in Wilson.