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Paula C. Kemp


Executive Vice President, National Families In Action


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Since 1986, Paula Kemp has served as Executive Vice President for National Families in Action. She is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization under the direction of the President and CEO. In this capacity she oversees the maintenance of insurance policies, lease agreements, payroll and human resources. She is responsible for meeting, conference planning and training logistics.

Ms. Kemp’s duties include writing and speaking for the organization, developing programs, and filling requests for media representatives and others who need information about alcohol and other drugs.

From 1982 to 1986 and again, since 2002, Ms. Kemp serves as a volunteer board member for National Families in Action. She brings unique experience from her own family’s eventually successful attempts to intervene and seek treatment for an addicted child.

She has provided training for teachers and community volunteers and addressed parent groups around the country and in Italy, Australia and Malaysia. She has consulted with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the State Department and served as Chair of the RADAR Network (Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource) Steering Committee.

Ms. Kemp assisted in the development of training for the Parent Corps®, a program funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is also co-author with Sue Rusche of You Have the Right to Know, a drug-education curriculum developed as part of a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. She developed an innovative after-school program, Club HERO, recognized as a Promising Program, for middle-school youth as part of another federal demonstration grant. She continues to provide training to communities and schools implementing Club HERO in 17 north Georgia counties. With Sue Rusche, she wrote the DARE Parent Program. She is author of a tip card, 12 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Drug Free. Ms. Kemp was editor of Drug Abuse Update from 1994-1999.

Ms. Kemp holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California.

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