Georgia Prevention Project Leadership

The activities of the Georgia Prevention Project are led by the Project’s Board. These business and community leaders play a critical role in supporting the efforts of the Georgia Prevention Project statewide. Members include:

Board of Directors

James B. Langford

Founder and Chairman, Georgia Prevention Project

James B. Langford serves as Founder and Board Chair of the Georgia Prevention Project. Well-known to many Georgia elected officials and policy makers, he has been appointed by five Georgia governors over a 35-year period to several state-wide commissions and boards including the Board of Natural Resources and the Georgia Humanities Council.

In 2016, Mr. Langford created the Georgia Substance Abuse Research Alliance (SARA) as a policy-making organization to recommend strategies for addressing substance use disorder (SUD) in Georgia. SARA consists of more than 200 policy makers, elected officials, practitioners and non-profit and for-profit executives. In 2018, he was chosen as the only Georgian to serve as a member of the White House Opioid and Heroin Task Force to help set and implement national policy.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Langford served as Georgia State Director of the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and preserves open space for public use. At TPL, he led the effort to design the connected park and greenspace system known as the Atlanta BeltLine, and he directed the acquisition of more than $40 million of land to convert from commercial and industrial uses into new parkland along the BeltLine corridor.

For many years, Mr. Langford carried on a business career in parallel to his non-profit work. From 1985 to 2004, he was a co-founder and senior executive of successful high technology companies that pioneered electronic commerce. One of these companies, Harbinger Corporation, became a publicly-held company in 1995. Early in his business career, he held positions with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, New York City, Argentina and the Caribbean.

Mr. Langford also serves as Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a consortium of 25 colleges and universities that focuses on educating undergraduate students on the root causes of poverty. He is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club and the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center.

Mr. Langford completed undergraduate studies in journalism and archaeology at the University of Georgia, and he earned his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.

Eve H. Byrd, D.N.P., M.P.H.

Director, Mental Health Program, The Carter Center

Eve Byrd became director of the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in February 2017. Prior to joining The Carter Center, she was a faculty member of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and served as executive director of the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, Department of Psychiatry at the Emory School of Medicine.

She has held leadership positions both nationally and locally in work aimed at eliminating stigma and improving access to care for people with behavioral health disorders.

Byrd has expertise in building coalitions to improve behavioral health policy. She has been a consultant to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Georgia Division of Aging, the Atlanta Regional Commission, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Georgia State Rep. Pat Gardner. Until she joined The Carter Center, Byrd practiced as a nurse practitioner in geriatric psychiatry, establishing onsite services in affordable housing for older adults and young disabled, as well as practicing in a patient-centered medical home for individuals with dementia. She began her career as a public health nurse in Georgia.

Byrd earned a doctorate of nursing practice with a concentration in health systems leadership and implementation science from Emory’s School of Nursing, where she also earned a master of science in nursing with a concentration in psychiatric/mental health nursing. She earned her master of public health in health policy from Emory’s School of Public Health. She earned bachelor's degrees in nursing from Emory and in psychology from Florida State University.

Timothy J. Gunter

President and Chief Executive Officer, Core5 Industrial Partners

As President and Chief Executive Officer, and a company founding partner, Tim holds overall responsibility for shaping the Core5 vision, strategy and organizational structure, including the charge to raise capital for future real estate funds and maintaining long-standing relationships with institutional owners. He interacts regularly with the Japanese parent, Kajima, on behalf of their industrial interests.

Recognized by his peers as an industry leader, Tim has been named to the “Who’s Who” list by the Atlanta Business Chronicle numerous times and chosen by Commercial Property News magazine as one of the top three executives in industrial real estate. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the nation’s oldest and most distinguished community leadership development program and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Tim’s past civic duties include appointments to the board of directors for Batson-Cook Development Company, a sister company to Core5 in the Kajima USA portfolio, and service on the board of trustees for the Georgia Conservancy, a state-wide environmental organization dedicated to the appreciation and protection of Georgia’s natural ecosystem. He is a former member of the alumni steering committee for the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and served on the board of directors for Teach for America along with the endowment board for the Paideia School, a non-profit school founded by parents who want an individualized, creative and intellectually challenging education for their children. Tim also held a position as a member of the board of trustees of the Georgia State University Foundation.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry Resources from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a Master in Business Administration degree in Finance from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He stays actively involved in the real estate community with memberships in the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Real Estate Group of Atlanta.

Tim previously served 25 years as a founding member of Kajima’s former industrial company, IDI, where he functioned as President and CEO.

Amanda J. Abraham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia

Abraham received her PhD from Louisiana State University in 2006 and specializes in addiction health services research. Her work focuses on the impact of federal and state policy on the accessibility and quality of substance use disorder treatment, the adoption, diffusion and implementation of evidence-based practices for substance use disorder treatment, organizational change, and workforce development.

She currently serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous federal grants including a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to examine the association between medical cannabis laws and health care utilization among a nationwide cohort of patients with chronic pain. She is also the Principal Investigator of the UGA SBIRT Interprofessional Training Program. This SAMHSA funded training grant provides alcohol and drug screening and brief intervention training to students in the Doctorate of Pharmacy program, Master of Social Work program, and Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at the University of Georgia and the Master of Social Work program at Georgia State University.

Dr. Abraham’s work has been published in top journals, including Health Affairs, JAMA Internal Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research, Psychiatric Services, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Karen Kuehn Howell, Ph.D

Assistant Professor at the Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Kuehn Howell is currently involved in work on the MSACD Project Prevention Grant, as well as the "Maternal High-Risk Behaviors" physician training grant. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Memphis, a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Memphis, and B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.

Her research interests include: Developmental consequences of prenatal drug exposure; developmental consequences of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS; the developmental consequences of maternal high-risk behaviors. Additionally, her clinical interests are: Developmental consequences of prenatal drug, sexually transmitted disease, and environmental toxin exposure; depressive disorders in childhood and adolescence.

Dr. Kuehn Howell’s publications include Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Ability, Academic Achievement and School Functioning in Adolescence: A Longitudinal Follow-Up as well as The Medical and Developmental Consequences of Prenatal Drug Exposure.

Davis Vaughn, LMSW

Parkaire Consultants, Inc.

In 2010, Davis worked as a supervisor at Bridges of Hope Trust, a residential treatment center for adults struggling with substance abuse. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Georgia State University in 2013, Davis traveled to Turkey to train in NGO leadership strategy and also worked as an English teacher. Davis returned from Turkey to work in residential substance abuse treatment for Tangu Inc. as a residence manager while also working for Proactive Interventions under a licensed interventionist and psychologist.

Davis started working towards a Masters of Social Work at Kennesaw State University in 2014, interning as a case manager at the Elizabeth Inn Shelter at MUST during the Fall and Spring semesters of his first year. He then worked with the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence teaching mindfulness based interventions to children who are in the WRC’s safe house in a partnership with Emory University. He completed his Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families at Kennesaw State University in 2016.

Davis currently works as a therapist in private practice at Parkaire Consultants. He sees clients on an individual and group basis. He works with children to young adults struggling with a range of symptoms and diagnoses. Davis is trained from a medical model and practices from an existential, humanistic, and cognitive orientation. Davis serves as part of a multidisciplinary team of counselors, social workers, educational consultants, and occupational therapists. He maintains close relationships with and receives regular consultation with local psychiatrists.

In addition to his work at Parkaire, Davis spends much of his free time working to educate the community on addiction treatment and mental health. He has extensive public speaking experience addressing diverse populations on a wide variety of issues relating to psychology, mindfulness meditation, substance abuse, education, homelessness, and PTSD. He has maintained strong grassroots relationships with the recovery community, the Turkish-American community in Atlanta, the African American Muslim community, and schools within the Atlanta area.

Brian Mcgregor, Ph.D.

Founder and Owner, McGregor Research & Consulting
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Brian McGregor is a community psychologist by training and specializes in the areas of behavioral health equity and criminal justice. He is the founder and owner of McGregor Research & Consulting, LLC which offers consultation and evaluation services, with a focus on educational, health, and criminal justice initiatives. Dr. McGregor is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morehouse College and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, one of few programs of its kind at the time. While in graduate school, he received a pre-doctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship from the American Psychological Association, funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

After completing his doctoral studies, he provided individual and group psychotherapy, crisis services and reentry planning in medium and maximum security prisons in the state of Alabama from 2006 to 2008. During those 2.5 years, he served as both a clinician and supervisor of mental health services. He then returned to the Atlanta University Center to complete a Health Policy & Leadership Fellowship at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at the Morehouse School of Medicine. As a member of the 2009 – 2010 inaugural class, Dr. McGregor focused his postdoctoral training on mental and behavioral health policy, viewed through a health equity lens.

After the fellowship, he worked in SHLI as a behavioral health disparities researcher within the Division of Health Policy and in the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, conducting community based research and program evaluation involving underserved communities.

Dr. McGregor provides his expertise to several organizational boards, including Foreverfamily, a non-profit organization serving children and families in Georgia with incarcerated parents and Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, where he is a founding member of the Board of Directors. Also, he is a recently appointed board member of the Academic Consortium of Criminal Justice Health.

Matthew Brown

Former Teen Advisory Council (TAC) member
College Prevention Partnership (CPP) member, Queens University of Charlotte

Matthew is a recent alum of Kennesaw Mountain High School and will be attending Queens University of Charlotte this fall. In high school, Matthew was part of the Kennesaw Teen Advisory Council, which is an organization that was started by GPP. In K-TAC, he helped to spread the message of substance abuse prevention to his peers and worked to positively impact students' lives.

Matthew was president of K-TAC in 2019 – 2020 and was awarded the 2019 Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development Award in the "Rising Star" category, an award that recognizes young leaders in the state who are impacting their community. He is now a member of the College Prevention Partnership and plans to continue working in prevention while impacting his community.