Zachary “Zac” Talbott received the 2019 Richard Lane/Robert Holden Patient Advocacy Award this year from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence given once every 18 months. Talbott currently serve as president of the Addiction Counselor board in Georgia, is affiliated with the Southeastern U.S. regional chapter of the National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery and is the president-elect of NAMA Recovery.

He has provided operational, policy, compliance and clinical consulting for office-based opioid treatment providers and opioid treatment programs across six states. He has been sought after as a speaker for a variety of national, regional and state-level conferences, speaking at the National Press Club for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to kick off Recovery Month in September 2017.

Talbott also serves as a planning partner for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Talbott said he and TLC board managers have talked about the center’s plans with officials from the state, county, city and the local medical community. Among the reasons for the selection of the Wiley Boring Center on West Broadway is that it is on a major highway, not in a residential area, and the entrance and parking is around back to help preserve the privacy of patients, Talbott said.

Among those who signed letters of support for the certificate of need for TLC Maryville: Mark Parrino, president of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence; Ed Mitchell, Blount County mayor; Karen Pershing, executive director of the Knoxville-based Metro Drug Coalition; Tom Hatcher, Blount County Circuit Court clerk; Amy Galyon, program director of the Blount County Recovery Court and Veterans Treatment Court; Charles McNutt, associate pastor, care ministry, Sevier Heights Baptist Church; Keith Johnson, senior pastor of East Maryville Baptist Church; Smith Worth, of the North Carolina State Opioid Authority.

Talbott’s personal advocacy as he works to establish a Blount County opioid treatment center is based on his local ties. He is a graduate of Maryville High School, as his sister, Leslie Tummel, who is among the four board managers of TLC Maryville, along with Talbott. Tummel is also a Maryville native, graduate of Maryville College along with her husband, Joshua Tummel, a Knoxville native who also is a MC grad.

She has a doctorate in physical therapy from Belmont University and owns Young Living Essential Oils. He is a commercial account executive with Third Door Insurance, who says he has shared in the recovery of several friends and family members.

The fourth board manager is Alan “Chip” Fuller, who came to the field of opioid use disorder treatment in 2015 to help establish Counseling Solutions in Chatsworth, Georgia. He served more than 23 years as an educator and administrator in Maryville City and the Blount County Schools, was bonded with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office more than 20 years ago, serving as a reserve deputy and/or chaplain with BCSO during that time. He is an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a Recovery Month Planning Partner with the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

All of the board members of the board of managers are investors in the Patricia Hall Talbott Legacy Centers.

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