Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Staff

MS. VANESSA C. COOKE, ABD.

Principal Investigator and Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Center

Email:  vcooke@bowiestate.edu  Phone:  (301) 860-4127

As the Principal Investigator, Ms. Cooke serves as the principal agent in the signing of, and approving all activities associated with the Center.  She makes contact with funding agencies and potential funders and other interested stakeholders to insure the successful cooperation of the project.  She is responsible for the planning and implementation of all campus programs and activities and attends all training and other project-related activities, i.e., conferences.  She serves as the University's liaison to all funding agencies and possesses project management skills and experiences as well as skills in data management and manipulation.

As the Program Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center.  She supervises the Assistant to the Director (or Administrative Assistant), practicum students, work-study students, and peer educators.  She is also responsible for developing curricula on substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS and providing training to other Universities funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Education Institution (MEI) Initiative.  She serves as the liaison for all on and off campus contacts and travels as the project representative to all funding agency training, local and national conferences, and other college organizations.  She is able to converse with diverse populations and be able to travel as a representative of the project.

She has been the Director of ATOD for the last 11 years.  Prior to her tenure at Bowie State University, she worked for the Maryland General Assembly as the legislative liaison to Darren Swain.

She was graduated from Washington Bible College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biblical Studies and Counseling Psychology.  She was graduated from Bowie State University with a Master's of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and she has completed all but her dissertation from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 

MR. WILLIAM R. RIDLEY, B.A., M.A.

Assistant Director of A.T.O.D.

Email:  wridley@bowiestate.edu  Phone:  (301) 860-4126

As the Assistant Director of ATOD since April 2009, Mr. Ridley is responsible for educating the university community on issues pertaining to substance abuse, sexual responsibility, HIV/AIDS and other STIs.  He is the University Liaison (UL) for the Minority Education Institutions (MEI) Initiative funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) through McFarland & Associates, Inc.  The MEI Initiative aims to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and substance abuse on minority campuses.

He is responsible for administering HIV tests, evaluating client risk factors and assessments, and distributing condoms and educational materials to the campus community. In addition to serving as UL for the MEI Initiative on the campus of Bowie State University, Mr. Ridley is a trainer with McFarland & Associates and travels throughout the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands to facilitate workshops for students and staff on topics such as Male Responsibility, HIV/AIDS in Black America, and LGBTQ students and HIV/AIDS on college campuses.