2024 Northwest Prevention Leadership Academy

2024 Northwest Prevention Leadership Academy

Using Liberating Structures
Back by popular demand —online and in-person

The goal of the 2024 Northwest PTTC Prevention Leadership Academy is to engage leaders in the prevention workforce to identify and build upon their strengths to encourage the heart, model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, and enable others to act effectively in prevention.

R10 Academy 2024

The Leadership Academy combines both virtual and in-person sessions to explore leadership principles for prevention coalitions using a set of Liberating Structures. The Northwest PTTC is again collaborating with facilitators from Liberating Structures, Anna Jackson, and Fisher Qua, to present the academy. Liberating Structures is a set of practical methods and tools designed to foster active participation and create innovation among team members, collaborators, and communities. Their use flattens hierarchy and facilitates trust-building and shared commitment to group values and outcomes. Northwest PTTC staff is excited to be collaborating with facilitators of Liberating Structures to present the academy.

Primary Audience

The primary audience is community-level and prevention practitioners representing states and tribes throughout HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Participant Expectations

  • Attend all virtual and in-person sessions of the Academy on scheduled days/times.
  • Use a web camera and have the appropriate technology to join the three online sessions (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone).
  • Ability to attend the in-person Academy in Tacoma, Washington, on September 11 and 12, 2024.
  • Actively engage in both online and in-person sessions.
  • Following the July 24th session, complete the Pre-Session 2 Prep Work Packet (including listening to several podcasts) and complete the leadership self-assessment by August 15th.


Leadership Academy Schedule

Save these Dates and Times:

Session 1
Virtual: Exploring Liberating Structures to Flatten Leadership Hierarchy
Date & Time:
July 24, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Alaska
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Mountain


Session 2
Virtual: Personal Leadership Assessment & Growth Opportunities
Date & Time:
September 3, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Alaska
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Mountain


Session 3
Enhancing Leadership by Using Liberating Structures
Location: Tacoma, WA
Dates & Times:
September 11, 2024
10:00 am – 4:30 pm Pacific
September 12, 2024
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Pacific


Session 4
Virtual: Leadership Wisdom Group: Application of Learning to Leadership Planning
Date & Time:
September 24, 2024
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Alaska
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Mountain



Meet Your Leadership Academy Facilitators

Anna Jackson is a consultant specializing in designing and facilitating collaborative learning experiences, strategy development and implementation, capacity building, program design and evaluation, and adventurous leadership development. Liberating Structures (LS) are participatory methods central to her work. Anna first adopted the LS repertoire in 2011 and now works with others as they integrate LS into their everyday and strategic practices, using the repertoire to help individuals and groups imagine new possibilities for their work and move toward the future together. She has a particular focus on supporting social services systems change and promoting community-based mental health support.


S Fisher Qua I am based in northern New Mexico. My primary areas of focus and involvement professionally have been in education (postsecondary, though with an increasing familiarity in K-12), community health & wellbeing, and supporting scientific research organizations. I am very committed to developing participatory approaches to working with complex problems that tap into more of each person’s intelligence, imagination, and creativity.


Albert Gay is a national trainer and consultant in the field of substance use prevention. He has worked with governmental agencies, as well as with Indiana University’s School of Public Health as an Education and Training Specialist and Research Associate with the Prevention Insights. In this position, he coordinates substance use and HIV prevention strategies and training. Nationally, he has trained the behavioral health workforce, the United States military, and diverse population groups and community coalitions in the Strategic Prevention Framework. Locally, Albert was the coordinator for a Communities That Care coalition; and currently, he is the chair of a county council and a key stakeholder for a city-wide coalition (both of which are Drug-Free Communities Coalitions). Besides prevention, his other areas of interest include youth work, faith-based initiatives, mental health promotion, social justice, cultural competence, historical trauma, organizational development, and strategic planning.


Capetra Parker, MPH, Prevention Strategist, Evidence2Success Project Director, UW Social Development Research Group. Capetra supports communities across the nation as the Evidence2Success project director and coaches several Communities That Care (CTC) Plus communities in the U.S. She has also contributed to the workforce development of Prevention Specialists through training and curriculum development in diverse capacities. Ms. Parker has co-authored journal articles about the implementation of CTC in urban communities through the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS). Her work focuses on promoting system changes and cross sector collaboration. She has a special interest in empowering communities to employ strategies that address race, equity, and inclusion disparities. Ms. Parker earned her MPH from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


Dr. Kevin Haggerty has specialized in prevention programs at the community, school, and family level. He is the former director of the Social Development Research Group. Dr. Haggerty serves as the PI/ Project Director for the Northwest PTTC. He is an Emeritus Professor of Prevention at the UW School of Social Work. For more than almost 40 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities, and schools can better identify, assess, and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs. He has an extensive research background in the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in emerging adults and is an expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention.


Dr. Louise Parker is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University and serves on the graduate faculty for the Prevention Science PhD program at WSU. In her work with WSU Extension, she has collaborated with community-based educators in designing, delivering and evaluating prevention programs. She is particularly interested in the cultural adaptation of interventions to increase reach and relevance for diverse communities. Dr. Parker is on the WSU Project Team for the Region 10 Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NWPTTC) and co-facilitated their Virtual Prevention Leadership Academy in 2020 and 2021.



Debby Jones is a Certified Prevention Specialist and the Prevention Director for Wasco County and YouthThink in the state of Oregon. She also serves as the counties Overdose Prevention Coordinator. Jones received her BS Degree from Brigham Young University. She currently serves as the Chair for the State of Oregon’s Addiction and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and the Vice-Chair of Oregon’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Commission. She is a Board Member of the 4 Rivers Early Learning Hub as well as the Oregon Coalition of Prevention Professionals and a member of the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center’s Advisory Council. Jones is also an active member of Fairplay for Kids and their On-line Harms subcommittee. She is a certified QPR, and SAMHSA’s Prevention Core Competencies Instructor. Jones is the Co-Creator of T2T Connection, a resiliency resource for children, teens and parents.

Ms. Jones has presented at the following conferences:

  • National Prevention Network
  • Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse
  • Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care Through the Lens of Prevention
  • Mind Your Mind
  • Oregon Prevention Summit


Cyndy HillierCyndy Hillier has been in the prevention field working in her community since 2011. In addition to being a graduate from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy she was also in the first cohort of CASAT/PTTC/CADCA’s Coalition Business Administration certification. Cyndy uses her passion and skills to serve as part of the Oregon Coalition of Prevention Professionals (OCPP) Executive Leadership Team and is dedicated to ensuring preventionist are at the table for conversations focused on the youth and families in Oregon. Cyndy serves as a City Councilor for the City of Tualatin in her spare time as well as being a softball mom chasing her two daughters from their t-ball through collegiate careers. She and her husband and precious dog Charlie have lived in Tualatin, OR for 26+ years and look forward to many more.


Certificates of Participation

In order to receive 20 continuing education hours, participants are expected to complete up to 2 hours outside of the sessions, join each session, and be on-camera for the on-line sessions. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.



The Leadership Conference is free of charge; however, participants must arrange and pay for their own hotel, per diem, and travel expenses.

No meals will be provided.



Click here to Register for the Northwest Prevention Leadership Academy

*Participant registration closes on August 9, 2024.


Travel & Lodging Details

Hotel Murano

Please be sure to secure your registration for this event prior to making your travel arrangements.

Training Venue:
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that includes the link to reserve a room in our hotel room block at a discounted rate. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.



Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).

Starts: Jul. 24, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Jul. 24, 2024 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
August 9, 2024
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