Officers of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition

The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. represents one of seven local affiliates of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Our national organization consists of a coalition of 25 preeminent organizations, including the Howard University School of Law, National Association of Black Social Workers, and the National Medical Association. Through the support of our national organization, interested organizational partners, and grassroots members like you, we hope to prevent and reduce illegal drug abuse and related crimes in Prince George’s County. Website:  Combined Federal Campaign, Member #58612. 

Dr. Valencia Campbell,  President

Valencia Campbell  has more than 15 years of project management experience dealing with urban school systems, teacher organizations and institutions of higher education. She has completed projects for the Baltimore Public School System, National Science Foundation, National Council of Negro Women, National Congress of Black Women. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at Howard University and Bowie State University. She hosts “Real Talk” radio show on 99.1 WNEW with Dr. Alvin and Friends.

Her many awards include: Governor’s Citation for Work on the Improvement of the Status of Women, Woman of the Year for Southern Prince George’s Business and Professional Women, WHUR Hometown Hero Award, 9to5 National Association of Working Women Awards, and the Presidents’ Volunteer Service awards. She was honored to hold a Presidential Appointment to the United Service Organization World Board of Governors. 

Valencia is the author of Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about Their Career Success. Print media featuring her work include the Washington Post, Gazette, Prince George's Suite Magazine and the Virginian Pilot. She has appeared on national panels including the Congressional Black Caucus Author’s Pavilion, World Children's Festival, and the National Press Club Book Fair and Author’s Night. 

Radio show appearance include, The Carl Nelson Radio Show, The Wealthy Speakers Show, Black Authors Network, Inside Government, Urban Motivator Show, Dr Alvin on CBS 1580 am and other Radio One stations. She holds a Ph.D .and M.A. degree in Sociology from Howard University and a B.A. degree in Sociology from Virginia State University.

Linda Thornton Thomas, Vice President

Linda Thornton Thomas is a 25 year resident of Prince George’s County. She graduated from Coppin State University earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a Master’s Degree, Administration and Supervision, and Marymount University, receiving a Master’s Degree, Psychology. 

Linda Thomas has always enjoyed working with children beginning with her teenage years as a 4-H Leader at the Westmoreland County 4-H Camp, later becoming the Summer Camp Activities Leader. She began her teaching career with the Westmoreland County Public Schools in Virginia as a Seventh Grade teacher. She served as Reading Coordinating Teacher overseeing the Title I budget and the implementation of several reading and language arts programs. 

Mrs. Thomas relocated to Prince George’s County in 1985 and became a Home/Community/School Resource Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools. In 1990, she began working as an Education Specialist with the United States Department of Education. With multiple experiences in curriculum and program development, Mrs. Thomas began a robust career in administration as principal in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She now serves as District IV School Board Member for District IV and the Executive Director of two non-profits. 



Ronald E. Blakely, Treasurer

Ronald Blakely has served as Deputy Director, White House Initiative Office on Historically Black Colleges and Universities since March 17, 2007. His responsibilities include evaluating, assessing and improving programs and management systems that support the accomplishment of the goals of the Presidential Executive Order on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

Prior to joining the Initiative, he served as the Department of the Army’s HBCU/MI Program Manager in the Small Business Office.  Mr Blakely also served as a Senior EEO Program Manager in the Office of Civil Rights for the US Environmental Protection Agency, developing Affirmative Employment and Special Emphasis Program Initiatives on Minority Employment (African American and Asian Pacific Islander) programs, HBCU research, Summer Research Faculty Fellows, Faculty Exchange, Campus Executive and Equipment Transfer Programs. 

Mr. Blakely holds degrees from Tuskegee and Pepperdine, along with a certificate in contracting and procurement from the University of Virginia. He retired from the US Air Force Reserves in 2000.

Cheryle A. Mines,  M.S.A., M.P.H., Secretary

Cheryle A. Mines has over fifteen years of broad-based executive level management experience in hospital based acute, specialty care and long term care facilities with nonprofit and for profit financial structures, working toward delivery of high quality, cost effective, customer focused health care services.

Ms. Mines has consulted in the areas of long term care service and physician office practice management; and has previously been Assistant Adjunct Professor – University of Maryland University College. 

Ms. Mines has also served on boards for the Maryland State Board of Licensed Healthcare Administrators, American Lung Association of Maryland, and Wayne County Easter Seals. Ms. Mines holds advance degrees in health administration and public health.

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The National African American Drug Policy Coalition 

The National African American Drug Policy Coalition is a unique collaborative initiative to address the problem of drug abuse in the African American community with each member organization contributing distinct intellectual content, practices and procedures for eradicating the deleterious societal effects of drug abuse. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADP main website: ) chartered a new local chapter in Prince George’s County, Maryland, headed by Dr. Valencia Campbell.  

Further, coalition members, by and through their respective missions, share a common desire for the implementation of policies and practices related to drug abuse that:

• Embrace the protection of the nation's children. 
• Reduce crime and improve public safety and order.
• Enhance public health.
• Promote the wise and efficient use of scarce public resources.

Contact Information  and Location for 
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Holy Cross Hall Room 400
Washington, D.C.  20008
Tel: 202.806.8600    |   Fax: 202.537.3806

The National African American Drug Policy Coalition Center for Drug Abuse Research 

Howard University 
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., Suite 400 
Washington, D.C. 20008 
Phone: 202.806.8600 
Fax: 202.537.3806