Gregory Puckett

Executive Director, Community Connections, Inc.
Gregory Puckett

"Speaking on behalf of our small, predominantly rural coalition here in southern West Virginia, I fully attest to the wonderful support and knowledge of CADCA and its staff. Being a part of this organization has allowed us to tap into resources, develop the skills and tools necessary to build and strengthen capacity and expertise of our coalition, and, despite our size, have a loud voice on Capitol Hill." — Greg Puckett

A native southern West Virginian with a passion for prevention, Greg Puckett has worked tirelessly to bring special projects and initiatives to the area in the hopes of preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs amongst youth. In 2001, he began serving as Director for the Mercer County Drug Free Community Support Program, a special initiative of Community Connections Inc. (CCI) (the County’s Family Resource Network). Together with community partners from the Creating Opportunities for Youth Coalition, he has been successful in reaching across county and state lines to help guide the prevention process. He led the charge to support funding for Teen Courts throughout West Virginia and has advocated for the establishment of Local Coordinating Councils in every county.

Through his leadership, Puckett has challenged the community cultural norms and the coalition has even been recognized by America’s Promise as a four time winner of the 100 Best Communities for Young People from 2005-2010. In October 2006, he was appointed as Executive Director of Community Connections and is also the Director of the West Virginia CADCA (Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America) Alliance and Director of the West Virginia Teen Court Association. He currently serves on several state committees including the West Virginia Drug Endangered Children Taskforce, the state Underage Prevention Workgroup, and the West Virginia MADD Leadership Committee. In 2010, Puckett also assisted CADCA in securing funds to host the first-ever, statewide National Youth Leadership Initiative.