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.

He has served as vice-chair of the NC Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; as a founding member and Chair of the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association; president of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina; and, co-chair of the NC Substance Abuse Federation. He has served as president of the NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies, and has served on the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. More recently, he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.

A graduate of Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, GA) and former member of the board of trustees, he also graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton – Wilson, NC), and East Carolina University (Greenville, NC), and holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. He has served as a consultant to the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

Phil introduced the national Red Ribbon Campaign to NC, established the NC Parent Corps under the US Office of National and Community Service, and was successful in securing funding for the North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI), established the NC Parent Resource Center at Families, and was a principal in the creation of the Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition.

He has been recognized at the local, state, and national level for his work to prevent and treat substance use disorders and to strengthen families, including a WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC) recognition for volunteer drug prevention work, 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, the APNC 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 proud parents of two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, 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 currently serves on the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina board as North East Regional Vice President and serves on the Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition board.

Anna and her husband, Ryan, live in Wilson, NC where they are actively involved at their home church, Farmington Heights. They have one son, Liam, and one daughter, Liza.

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 County Substance Prevention 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.