Meet the Team


Heather McDonnell-Stalnaker

Heather McDonnell-Stalnaker 

C-SPF-PFS Project Director

Heather McDonnell-Stalnaker, M.A., LPC, is the project director of the Collegiate Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success program. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2005. She holds a MA in Counseling from WVU. Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor through the WV Board of Examining Counselors, a National Certified Counselor (NCC) thought the NBCC, Certified in Equine Assisted Therapy & Learning through EAGALA, a Certified Trauma and Resilience Provider- Educational (CTRP-E), and Certified Trauma & Resilience Trainer (CTRT) through Starr Commonwealth. She has worked in a variety of settings such as, corrections, in-patient and out-patient behavioral health, public education, and private practice over the last 15 years. In addition to her work as a counselor, Heather has also provided trainings and professional development to a variety of groups such as Harrison County Schools’ Project AWARE Leadership Teams, Healthy Grand-families, WV School Counseling Association Conference, Harrison County School Counselors and Nurses and school faculty. Training topics include building educator support plans, trauma awareness, stress management, self-care for professionals, Women’s Wellness Workshops, EAP/EAL Work, Modifying Mindsets and educating students with anxiety & stress.

Katelyn Fowler

Katelyn Fowler 

C-SPF-PFS Lead Epidemiologist

Katelyn Fowler, MSW, is the Lead Epidemiologist for the Collegiate Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success and was the previous coordinator for the Marshall University Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant. She began her career at the bachelor’s level with a focus on the justice system. She gained experience as a student working with Family Court in Northeastern Kentucky before working in community-based corrections for several years after graduation. As a reentry specialist, she worked with individuals, groups, and community agencies, such as probation and parole, reentry coalitions, and drug prevention task force in Southeastern Ohio. Katelyn then received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Marshall University and went on to work in outpatient mental health. During this time, she worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. She also has experience working with adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through her career, Katelyn has developed a passion for prevention and education. She has conducted numerous trainings on suicide prevention, assessments and screening tools, addressing student’s mental health needs, ACES and the impact of trauma, sexism and gender roles, Mental Health and LGBTQIA+ populations, and more. She is also currently a field faculty liaison for Marshall University’s MSW program, as well as the secretary for the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group.

Amy Saunders, M.A.

Managing Director
Marshall Center of Excellence for Recovery, MURC

Amy Saunders, M.A., is the managing director of the MU Center of Excellence for Recovery at Marshall University, where she oversees multiple behavioral health initiatives on campus and in the community. She received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University and has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of behavioral health and public health. Saunders served as the director of Marshall’s Wellness Center for over fifteen years where she implemented multiple health and wellness initiatives on campus. She has served as the director of a school-based mental health program overseeing services to students in five middle schools. She has authored and received over 25 public and mental health-related grants where she has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) or as an Evaluator. Saunders has assisted with strategic planning and coalition development on campus and within the local community and state. She is a founding member of the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership and the West Virginia Collegiate Initiative to Address High-Risk Drinking and Substance Use, coalitions working to provide substance use education and prevention in West Virginia. She serves as an advisory member on the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment.

Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., CPS, OCPC

Lead Evaluator & Family Scientist
Marshall Center of Excellence for Recovery, MURC

Tammy L. Collins, Ph.D., IC&RC certified prevention specialist and Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, has more than 25 years of experience in translating research into practice and policy in the fields of substance use disorders, mental health, justice, and education. She currently conducts applied research as Lead Evaluator for Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery, is the Family Scientist for WV Kids Count, and an evaluation consultant for projects in Union and Montgomery Counties in Ohio. Her doctorate of philosophy in human development and family science with a cognate area of adolescent behavioral health risk and protective factors was earned from The Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism/public relations from Marshall University. Dr. Collins has led administrative and applied research teams at Ohio and WV state agencies including being Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Senior Research Analyst at the WV Supreme Court of Appeals, and Policy and Planning Coordinator at WV Division of Criminal Justice Services; as well as leading research and evaluation teams at The Ohio State University and Marshall University. Dr. Collins has served as a subject matter expert for national, state, and local prevention, youth and community development, and applied research projects.

Alyssa Milbee

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: Marshall University

Alyssa Milbee graduated with honors from Marshall University in December 2021, earning bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Health Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Pre-Professional Healthcare Studies. Alyssa is a current MS-1 at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and she has worked as the university’s C-SPF student leader since March 2021. Alyssa has conducted research on substance use and its implications on the health outcomes of minority and vulnerable populations, in addition to general health disparities, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, hypertension, and COVID-19 at the West Virginia Minority Health Institute within Marshall University’s Department of Public Health. Alyssa’s previous research projects have included collaboration with the Men’s Health Equity Institute, the Putnam County Health Department, and the Department of Health Sciences at Marshall, where Alyssa assisted with a National Public Health Week campaign for climate justice and environmental equity funded by the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health, and Equity. Alyssa served as a Senator for the College of Health Professions as a member of Marshall’s Student Government Association throughout her time as an undergraduate student, and she now serves as the SGA Executive Cabinet’s Graduate Student Liaison. Citing passions for clinical healthcare, policy, health communication, and public health, Alyssa enjoys utilizing our project’s resources to promote prevention science infrastructure and research. 

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: BridgeValley Community & Technical College

Hey everyone! My name is Megan Dennis and I’m 18 years old. I was born in Kentucky but moved to WV when I was 7! I am currently attending BridgeValley Community & Technical College on the South Charleston campus. I am majoring in Nursing because it’s always been a part of me from growing up with sick family members to taking care of some of them at the time. I think it’s always been something I’ve been interested in since I was little. This program is really great especially going into the medical field, and I’m so excited to start my journey here! I am so thankful that I was chosen for this position, and I hope to be a big part of this program for our communities!

Carley Knuckles

Carley Knuckles 

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: WVU Institute of Technology 

Carley Knuckles is a junior nursing student at WVUSON-Beckley Division obtaining her BSN on WVU Tech’s campus. Her passions include advocating for mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and substance use prevention and awareness. She is the president of an Active Minds chapter at WVU Tech and initially brought the chapter to her campus her freshman year after noticing the need for increased mental health awareness. Carley has obtained the awards in 2020 of Outstanding Student Organization for Active Minds and Outstanding Student Service for herself. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in nursing and either work in public health prevention nursing, pediatric nurse psychotherapy, or medicated assisted recovery nursing. She began working for C-SPF in August of 2021 and is merging her passion for mental health awareness and substance prevention by being a student leader. She states that her C-SPF experience has allowed her to gain more social awareness for many populations that will allow her to be a culturally competent nurse who uses a preventive approach to patient teaching.

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: WV School of Osteopathic Medicine

Devin Towne, one of our student leaders, is in his second year of medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from NY, he completed his undergraduate coursework in CT. After receiving his Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University, he spent two gap years working in an emergency department prior to beginning medical studies in WV. As an osteopathic medical student, he feels it is his responsibility to delve deeply into the realm of prevention throughout his studies. Through his work with Marshall University Center of Excellence for Recovery, he has been afforded the opportunity to assess prevention through a unique lens and work toward sustainable outcomes within his community based on a targeted needs assessment. As he intends to utilize a humanistic, prevention-centered approach throughout his practice of medicine, Devin is grateful that the C-SPF project has allowed him to get his feet wet and to begin to acquire tools that he feels are pertinent to providing competent, person-centered care within his respective community.

Madison Taylor

Madison Taylor 

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: Concord University 

Madison is a West Virginia native, living and working in Raleigh County most of her life. She’s a Woodrow Wilson High 2020 alum and graduated with honors, 7th out of 255 students at the Summa Cum Laude status. While in high school she was a mentor for students with academic probation in the Next Step Program. She is now a junior at Concord University pursuing a Health Science Pre-Professional degree. After graduating, Madison plans on continuing her education at the WVU school of Public Health for her master’s degree in Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology. In her free time, she is a tutor with the Student Support Services at Concord University and the Student Government Association’s representative for the CU Prevention and Recovery Organization. As the Concord University student leader for the C-SPF-PFS initiative, she hopes to make a positive impact on her campus and community. 

Maurice Porter

C-SPF-PFS Student Leader: West Virginia State University 

Maurice Porter is our project’s student leader at West Virginia State University. Maurice moved to West Virginia in 2020 and is a nursing student at West Virginia State University. Maurice states, “My goal is to help prevent the spread of substances throughout West Virginia.” Maurice is already hard at work starting some incredible initiatives.