Prevention Strategies

Our Team


David L. Wyrick, Ph.D.

President of Prevention Strategies

Dr. Wyrick is the Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Faculty Athletic Representative at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a former NCAA dual sport student-athlete (Basketball & Track and Field; Elon University) which strengthens his passion for promoting health and wellness among athletes. As a prevention scientist, David has extensive experience in research, evaluation, and educational methodologies related to alcohol and other drug prevention and mental health promotion. David has received multiple awards from the National Institute on Health and has over 25 peer reviewed publications. David loves traveling with his wife Cheryl and three daughters Katherine, Caroline and Elizabeth.


Melodie Fearnow-Kenney, Ph.D.

VP of Research and Development

Dr. Melodie Fearnow-Kenney has been involved in substance abuse prevention research and program development for over 17 years. A former Academic All-American in Division II Women’s Basketball, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College (1989) and Villanova University (1991), respectively.

After training as a Developmental Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University (1996), she completed a two-year post doctoral program in Prevention Research at Arizona State University. In 1998, she took a position with Tanglewood Research in Greensboro, NC. There she as served as principal investigator, co-investigator, and evaluator for over a dozen NIAAA and NIDA grants. She has co-edited two books, authored academic papers on child development and substance abuse prevention, and served on several review groups for the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

Her research and program development efforts continue to be focused on alcohol and other drug prevention, primarily at the high school and college levels. Melodie is actively involved in prevention activities in her community through the Hanover County drug coalition, Hanover Cares, and the Greater Richmond Area Regional Drug-Free Alliance (RDFA). She also serves as a part-time researcher in the Global Education Office at VCU. She lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia with her husband, Chris, two sons (Jacob and Zachary), and a daughter (Mia).


Cheryl Haworth Wyrick, Ph.D.

Vice President of Operations

Dr. Wyrick’s research and program interests are focused on measurement issues related to evaluating alcohol and other drug prevention programs. She earned her B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from Elon University (1995) and her Educational Research Methodology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2004).
She has managed four NIH grants and has authored several academic papers on preventing adolescent drug use. Dr. Wyrick serves on the steering committee for the Early Career Preventionist Network (ECPN) and serves as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro. She lives with her husband, David, and three daughters, Katherine, Caroline, and Elizabeth in Greensboro, NC.


Jeffrey J. Milroy MPH, DrPH

Director of Programs: Prevention Strategies

Faculty; Department of Public Health Education University of North Carolina Greensboro

Dr. Milroy earned a B.S. in Community Health Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam (2002), his M.P.H. in Public Health Education from the UNC Greensboro (2006), and his Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from the UNC Greensboro (2010). Presently Dr. Milroy is Prevention Strategies’ director of Programs. Dr. Milroy is a member of multiple professional organizations including the Society for Prevention Research, the American College Health Association, and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Milroy has provided consulting services for the NCAA, Be Active, NC, and the National Center for Drug Free Sport. Dr. Milroy is interested in the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults. His research foci include alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, physical activity promotion among college student populations, and innovative program planning and implementation. Dr. Milroy was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario Canada, and currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Stefanie, and daughters Gracie and Lila.

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Muhsin Michael Orsini, Ed.D.

Vice President of Research and Evaluation

Adjunct Professor
Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Orsini has extensive experience teaching in a variety of contexts involving diverse subjects, settings, and populations. Prior to earning an academic degree he served honorably as a Chaplain Assistant assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps of the US Army. During five years of military service he completed numerous vocational and leadership courses, participated in Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, West Indies, and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. After that he earned a B.S. in Psychology from Campbell University and then worked as an Information Specialist at the National STD Hotline operated by the American Social Health Association in Research Triangle Park, NC. After that he earned a MS in Teaching from the New School for Social Research and then worked for five years as a teacher of social studies and mathematics at Person High School in Roxboro, NC. After that he earned an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from UNC Chapel Hill and then worked for four years as an Evaluation Specialist in the School of Education. After that he worked for six years as Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro. His research interests are focused on program evaluation, curriculum, instruction, and teacher education, and he has served as principal investigator or evaluation consultant for numerous grants or contracts awarded from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, US Department of Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and various non-profit organizations.