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Talk It Out NC

North Carolina ABC Commission
400 East Tryon Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
919-779-0700

Talk It Out NC Leadership

Zander GuyABC Commission Chairman A. D. “Zander” Guy, Jr., leads the NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking and directs Commission staff in implementation of the Initiative and the Talk it Out multi-media campaign. In March 2017, Chairman Guy was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve as Chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. He previously had served on the ABC Commission from 2009 to 2013 and was Chairman from February 2012 to February 2013.

Guy is a native North Carolinian who has always lived and worked in the southeastern part of the state. He attended Campbell University and is a graduate of the Realtors Institute.

Chairman Guy is the former Mayor of the Town of Surf City and is a member of the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees.

He previously served on the N.C. Banking Commission under Governors Hunt, Martin, Easley and Perdue. He is past President of the Neuse River Council of Governments, past member of the Local Government Advocacy Council, and former Mayor and Councilman of the City of Jacksonville. For more than 25 years he held elected office in municipal government. In 2011, he sold his real estate company and retired after 41 years in the business.

Chairman Guy is married to Sabrina M. Guy. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Kat HaneyKatherine JoAnn Haney serves as the director for the NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking.

Haney has worked in governmental affairs for more than two decades; notably with the Austrian Consulate, NC Bar Association, and the NC Department of Administration. She has worked in numerous elections and is well-versed in party politics and platforms. She has managed every aspect of a campaign including strategy, media, correspondence, designing marketing materials, direct mail, polling, calendar, fundraising, coordinating volunteers, phone banks, neighborhood walks, event planning, messaging, budgeting and grassroots outreach.

She has started numerous small businesses and currently does consulting work in interior design, copy editing, and politics.

Haney is a native of Golden, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives in Raleigh.

Phone:  919-779-8341
Email:   kat.haney@abc.nc.gov

Hope Walker

Hope Inscore Walker serves as the director of program development for the NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking. Walker is responsible for creating and maintaining strategic partnerships.

Walker has more than 25 years of experience in business development, program management, project management, marketing, public speaking, event planning, and fundraising. As a public sector account executive and project manager at SAS Institute she qualified for the President’s Club Award six times. She also has several years of experience in business development negotiating Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) contracts and agreements for Value Added Reseller (VAR) representing over $20 million in sales.

She is the founder two non-profit organizations, The Pink Fairy, which supports breast cancer patients going through treatment and Breath Diva, which provides resources and services for individuals seeking addiction recovery and relapse prevention.

Walker is a native of Rocky Mount and is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College). She and her family live in Cary.

Phone:   919-779-8371
Email:    hope.walker@abc.nc.gov

S. Jeffrey Strickland JrS. Jeff Strickland, Jr. serves as the programs coordinator for the NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking and oversees the grant programs related to alcohol law enforcement. Strickland also manages the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.

He has experience in communications and research for statewide political campaigns and at the North Carolina Center for Voter Education.

Strickland is a native of Pinehurst, where he graduated as the valedictorian of his public high school. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in North Raleigh.

Phone:  919-779-8351
Email:   stuart.strickland@abc.nc.gov

Alan Fields is the Project Coordinator for the NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking and serves as the liaison between the NC ABC Commission and law enforcement agencies in North Carolina.

Fields has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division. He progressed through the ranks and served as District Supervisor in Fayetteville and Greensboro. He has an extensive background in criminal investigations, civil investigations, and internal affairs investigations.   Fields retired from the ALE in 2014 as an Assistant Director who oversaw operations in Western North Carolina.

Since retirement, he started a small business providing public safety consulting services to local governments. The primary focus of his business is nuisance abatement litigation support for law enforcement agencies.

Fields is a native of Duplin County and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Phone: 919-779-0700
Email: alan.fields@abc.nc.gov