Partnership for a Drug Free Hall (PDFH) is an alliance that engages the community to create conditions toward the prevention and reduction of substance abuse. PDFH is comprised of agencies and community members dedicated to providing Gainesville-Hall County with information, resources and actions to address illegal drugs and substance abuse in our community.  Alcohol and drug addictions destroy lives, but working together, we can help those struggling with addiction and their families learn to live in recovery and lead fulfilling, productive lives. 



  • Promote community substance abuse prevention programs, resources and services.
  • Create awareness and reduce risk factors among youth and families by providing drug use prevention, education, outreach programs and services.
  • Serve as a catalyst for resources and help instill the tools needed to achieve and sustain a long-term recovery.
  • Change the social environment by working to eliminate the stigma related to substance abuse.


PDFH represents many sectors including health, wellness, business, education, law enforcement, the judicial system and more.  In addition to providing education and valuable resources, PDFH representatives can come to your organization and conduct drug overdose training, suicide prevention training, alcohol and drug awareness training, and more. 


PDFH Training & Resources      

  • How to recognize the warning signs of substance abuse
  • Tips for speaking to your child about alcohol or substance abuse
  • Assistance in finding substance abuse treatment for a loved one
  • Guidance in Sustaining a Drug Free Workplace
  • 3 Steps to Save a Life:  Opioid Overdose Training
  • How the criminal justice system is helping mitigate the impact of substance abuse in our community
  • Tobacco Education Training


To learn more about the Partnership for a Drug Free Hall, contact PDFH Chair Jessi Emmett, Director, Treatment Services & Accountability Courts (Hall & Dawson Counties),





Our Executive Committee


Name Area of Focus Title/Position
Adam Raulerson Chair, Mental Health Sector Laurelwood
Brannon Nix Chair, Fundraising Turner, Wood and Smith Insurance
Deb Bailey Founding Member & Government Liaison Northeast Georgia Health System
Jacob Weiers Chair, Hall County Education Sector Hall County School System
Jessi Emmett Chair, Courts & Law Enforcement Sector Hall County Treatment Services
Judy Brownell Coordinator, Partnership for a Drug Free Hall Center Point
Kemie West Founding Member & Chair, Business Sector Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
Kristy Basinger Co-Chair, Medical & Community Health Sector PT, CHT, Gainesville Physical Therapy
Mark Mobley Chair, Faith Sector Director, Center Point
Reese Daniel Founding Member & Chair, Recovery Community Addiction Counselor & Volunteer
Susan Daniel Marketing & Communication Consultant Owner, Creative Inc.
Suzanne McNail Co-Chair, Medical & Community Health Sector Northeast Georgia Health System
Tanya Sanders Chair, Gainesville City Education Sector The Hub at Gainesville High School








Our Partner Members

Name Area of Focus Title/Position
Andrea Williamson-English School Hall County School System Lead Nurse
Ashley Stephens Recovery Community Peer Support, NGHS
Avery Nix Recovery Community Eagle Overlook
Bianca Prieto Recovery Community Peer Support, NGHS
Bobbie Gay Recovery Community Volunteer
Cindy Driggers Mental Health Benchmark Human Services
Cindy Gay Recovery Community Volunteer
Cindy Levi Mental Health CEO, Avita Partners
Cynthia Park Faith Senior Associate Rector, Grace Episcopal Church
Dallas Gay Recovery Community 3 Steps to Save a Life
Daniel Thompson Medical/Community Health Georgia Healthy Family Alliance
Dave Smith Faith Volunteer
David White Recovery Community J’s Place Recovery Cebter
Deb Esposito Recovery Community Peer Support, NGHS
Debbie Wiley School Hall County Middle School Health Teacher
Dr. Mary Watkins Medical/Community Health Watkins Chiropractic
Elaine Hortman Community Agency Center Point, Prevention Associate, Substance Abuse Prevention
Erica Lopez-Gil Medical/Community Health District 2 Public Health
Heather Harrington Court/Law Enforcement Treatment Court
Jacob Weiere School Wellness Coordinator
Jamie Roberts Recovery Community Peer Support, NGHS
Jarod Anderson School Social Worker, Gainesville City Schools
Jennifer Lively School The Hub
Jessica Van Court/Law Enforcement Cpl., Gainesville Police Department (GPD)
Jordon Hussey Recovery Community Executive Director, J’s Place
Joy Kellerher Mental Health Thrive Gainesville
Kathy Mellette School Ivester Early College
Kevin Holbrook Court/Law Enforcement Sgt., Gainesville Police Department (GPD)
Miranda Smith Medical/Community Health District 2 Public Health
Patti Shipp Mental Health Counselor, Integrated Counseling
Sandy Amour Community Community Volunteer
Sanjay Mehta, MD Medical/Community Health Interventional Pain Specialist, Thrive Medical Partners
Sarah Bell Schools Deputy Superintendent, Gainesville City School System
Scott Ware Court/Law Enforcement Public Affairs Officer, Hall County Sheriff’s Department
Stuart Higginbotham Faith Community Rector, Grace Episcopal Church
Tamara Etterling School Student Services Director, Hall Co School
Tommy Wiley Business Carroll Daniel Construction
Troy Shaw Recovery Community 3 D Life
Zach Estes Business Community member