APNC, UNC Systems Office, Independent Colleges & Universities, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, and North Carolina A&T State University present

Tipping the Pain Scale


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    Below is a recording of the panel held on February 17 in Greensboro, NC, moderated by APNC’s Executive Director, Sarah Potter.


Sarah Potter

Sarah Potter, MPA

Executive Director


Greg Williams

Greg Williams

Producer of Tipping the Pain Scale

Joseph Green

Joseph Green

LMS Voice

Dominiqiue Clemmons-James

Dominiqiue Clemmons-James, Ph.D., LCMHC, CRC, NCC

North Carolina A&T State University

Nia Adams

Nia Adams

North Carolina A&T State University Student Ally

Tyler Yates

Tyler Yates, CADC

Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem

Panelist Bios

Dr. Clemmons-James holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. She is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and the Coordinator of Aggies for Recovery, the collegiate recovery community at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. There, she provides innovative programming relevant to her campus culture. As a recovery advocate on a Historically Black College campus, Dr. CJ is passionate about exploring the areas of addiction and recovery among people of color. Her other professional interests are working with veterans, identity development, biofeedback training, relaxation techniques, life-long recovery, and wellness.

Tyler Yates is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in North Carolina and will graduate in May from The University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. He is the Syringe Services Program Coordinator with GCSTOP and a person living in long term recovery. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outside with his family and friends and exploring trails with his dog, Dexter.

Nia Adams is a Senior Sports Science Fitness Management student from Woodbridge, Virginia. Nia started her mental health journey her freshman year as a Title IX student ambassador, supporting, and advocating for students who went through trauma. Nia has served as a Mental Health Advocate in A&T’s Collegiate Recovery Program for 3 semesters now. She peer-facilitates weekly mental health programs on different topics that help students understand their feelings and what they are going through. Nia also serves as the Event Coordinator on the Council of Presidents and hosts monthly programs titled “Unwind Time” that gives students the opportunity to debrief and catch a break from everything they may have going on in their life. Nia continues to advocate for her peers and her community through her work and craft.

Joseph Green is a motivational speaker, educator, trainer, professional storyteller, award-winning spoken word poet, and a person in long-term recovery.Joseph’s life story and work are featured in media outlets such as Youth Today, UpWorthy, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and many more. Joseph’s presentations and workshops are for anybody seeking a reconnection to purpose, motivation, or community.

Joseph has partnered with many programs making a positive change in schools and communities nationwide. He has designed youth empowerment programs and a comprehensive training for adults working in youth development. In Washington DC, he created “The Healing Root DC” – a mental health literacy program for youth leaders. In Maryland, Joseph works with incarcerated youth to highlight their stories and help end mass incarceration.

Greg Williams is a health policy consultant and communications specialist, providing strategic oversight and direction to numerous initiatives. Most notably, Greg manages the Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform, a national collaboration aimed at improving outcomes for patients, payers, and health systems, and served as a managing editor of the Addiction Recovery Medical Home Alternative Payment Model.


Greg has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits and government agencies on addiction. As person in long-term recovery from addiction himself, Greg’s work has been dedicated towards creating positive changes in access to quality health care and recovery supports for the over 40 million Americans with a substance use disorder. Greg is the award-winning filmmaker and producer of three feature length documentaries: The Anonymous People, Generation Found, and Tipping The Pain Scale.