Prior to being employed by MADD, Tilde developed alcohol, tobacco, drug and crime prevention programs for five years under the auspices of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She helped found the Olde Southside Community Partnership organization and created the High School Southside Columbus PRIDE Team, a performing arts and educational youth prevention program that brought forth national, state and local leadership awards. Tilde earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University and studied Clinical Counseling at the University of Dayton. Doug Edwards, Assistant District Attorney, 28th Prosecutorial District, Buncombe County, Asheville, North Carolina Doug Edwards is an Assistant District Attorney for the 28th Prosecutorial District in Buncombe County, Asheville, North Carolina. Doug is assigned to the Superior Court Division where he is responsible for the prosecution of serious felony crimes including robbery, burglary, felony assault and homicide. As part of his assignment, he is the sole prosecutor responsible for the prosecution of all felony traffic offenses, to include impaired driving, habitual impaired driving, vehicular assaults and vehicular homicide cases. Doug is a veteran trial lawyer having tried more than 50 cases to a jury verdict and hundreds to bench trial. In his capacity as an Assistant District Attorney, Doug works closely with local and state law enforcement officers by assisting with trainings and providing advice throughout investigations. Doug has assisted with law enforcement training in breath- testing instruments, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and courtroom testimony. Additionally, he sits on the Western North Carolina Driving While Impaired Task Force, addressing issues faced by prosecutors and law enforcement officers on a local level. Nationally, in addition to serving on the MADD Child Endangerment Panel, Doug has spoken at the National Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. Doug is a Board-Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He is a graduate of Wingate University, and he obtained his Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Doug is also an adjunct instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in the Criminal Justice Curriculum program in the areas of Criminal and Constitutional Law. J.T. Griffin, Chief Government Affairs Officer, MADD J.T. Griffin serves as Chief Government Affairs Officer with MADD. In this position, J.T. leads MADD’s efforts to shape federal, state and local policy toward the goal of eliminating drunk driving in the U.S. As Chief Government Affairs Officer, J.T. has been a leader of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving . In over 30 states, he has overseen the passage of laws that have been proven to significantly reduce drunk driving crashes. At the federal level, he has successfully lobbied for the introduction of legislation which will require all states to pass laws to make sure drunk drivers receive an ignition interlock device.
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