Meet The Hamilton County Coalition Team
Camilla Bibbs-Lee, MSCJ
She has served as a community change advocate for more than 20 years. Her career began as a Public Relations Coordinator/ Case Manager for Senator Jim Sasser in 1993. In 2002, Ms. Bibbs-Lee was selected to coordinate the Weed and Seed Initiative in the M. L. King Neighborhood. The program’s ability to “weed out crime” and “seed in hope” hinged on a collaborative effort between law enforcement, neighborhood association members, community crime watch groups, prevention and intervention support services for youth and families, and neighborhood/ housing restoration efforts.
In 2006, Camilla led the charge to transform the M. L. King Weed and Seed program into community-based coalition that would impact the entire Hamilton County region. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director for the Hamilton County Coalition. Together with help from a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of professionals and community advocates, Ms. Bibbs-Lee develops comprehensive, environmental strategies that foster safe, healthy drug-free youth and young adults.
Under her leadership, the Coalition has implemented strategies to enhance Rx Drug Take Backs and assist with Permanent Drop Boxes for law enforcement, host Community Think Tank workshops, Support Alcohol Vendor Compliance Checks, Provide TIPS training and Alcohol Awareness training for Beer Board Members, implement tobacco scans, distribute Drug Prevention/ Awareness materials to SRO, facilitate Youth Coalition projects, develop community-oriented prevention and safety plans, & serve as a Networking hub.
Camilla is a native of Chattanooga. She received an undergraduate degree from Fisk University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree from the University at Chattanooga. She has two children and she enjoys traveling and quiet time.
Calandra Smith is the Program Coordinator for the Hamilton County Coalition and has served in that role for an excess of four years. Mrs. Smith has worked in the field of corrections and social services for more than 10 years.
She has received more than 240 hours of certified prevention training in Substance Use and Abuse Prevention to include, Capacity Building, Tobacco Prevention Training, Prevention Advocacy, Media Advocacy, Rx Misuse/ Abuse Prevention, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Prevention, Trends in Adolescent Substance Abuse, and Off Premise Retail Server Training.
Mrs. Smith provides awareness, education and empowerment through teen prevention program activities and collaborates with law enforcement, substance abuse treatment professionals, and youth recreation directors, faith-based leaders and government officials to improve policies and practices that keep youth, teens and young adults safe and Drug Free!!