The Finnegan-McNally NALGAP Founders' Award is given at the discretion of the NALGAP Board of Directors to individuals whose professional and/or volunteer activities over a period of 25 years or more reflect the examples set by NALGAP’s co-founders (Dana G. Finnegan, Ph.D., and Emily B. McNally, Ph.D.), support and further NALGAP’s mission, and improve opportunities for LGBT individuals to benefit from substance abuse prevention treatment, and recovery support programs and services.
The 2020 winner is Pamela E. Alexander, MSA, MUP, Deputy Director at the Ruth Ellis Center, an LGBTQ+ Center focused on the intersections of health and well being of gay young people.
When the opportunity presented itself for Pamela to consider working at the Ruth Ellis Center, she expressed her deepest gratitude and honor in serving at-risk LGBTQ+ youth experiencing challenges in navigating systems of oppression. Pamela suggested she saw the move as an exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated staff that is making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ young people. Pamela’s professional career has focused on more than 35 years of experience in working in the human service field. She has an extensive administrative/management background in program development and accreditation compliance and she has been credentialed in the field of substance use disorders at the state, national and international level. As a Detroit area leader in human services, Pamela has served on numerous community, state, and national boards throughout her career to support children and families. She is a dedicated leader and activist in the LGBTQ+ community. Pamela is a Gold Star Mother with the loss of her son, SSGT Vincent J. Bell who served in the USMC for 10 years and was killed in action in Kajaki, Afghanistan on November 30, 2011. She has two wonderful daughters, London J. Bell, JD, LLM, an International Human Rights Attorney and Andrea J. Bell, LMSW, a psychiatric social worker.
NALGAP The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies will announce their 2021 Finnegan-McNally NALGAP Founder’s Award at either NCAD West or East.