Our Team

Karesa Knight-Wilkerson | Executive Director and Tobacco Control Coordinator

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Karesa Knight-Wilkerson graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Communication from The University of Kentucky. She acquired her Certified Prevention Professional certification in 2007 from Indiana and has attended and presented at numerous tobacco control and other prevention conferences over her career. She is currently the Executive Director and the Tobacco Control Coordinator for Intersect, Inc. in Madison County Indiana and has served in this role since April 2002. Before that she worked in tobacco and drug prevention with youth in Kentucky as well as worked for the American Cancer Society. She has been working in tobacco control since 1995. She currently resides in Lapel, IN with her husband Rodney and her 2 children Allye and RyKar.

Wendy Cook | Project Coordinator of The State Implementation Grant


Wendy Cook is the Project Coordinator of The State Implementation Grant. She works on initiatives to help reduce Underage Drinking in Madison County. Wendy oversees The Strengthening Families Program of Madison County, provides businesses with The Team Awareness workshops. Wendy also assists with "The Parents Who Host, Lose The Most media campaign".

Shelly Ross | Project Coordinator of DMHA Prevention Block Grant


Shelly graduated from Ball State University in 1990 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. She works on initiatives to help reduce drug and alcohol use in Madison County. She specifically works in Northern Madison County. She promotes the Northern Madison County Prevention Coalition along with coordinating the SADD groups at Elwood, Alexandria and Frankton schools. Shelly oversees the Strengthening Families Program in Madison County and provides businesses with Stress Management trainings. She also promotes our media campaign Parents Who Host Lose the Most.