April Brooks (President / Founder)

April Brooks is the founder of StrongWILL with a passion to help others who have struggled with addiction.After the passing of her beloved brother, William Douglas West, she knew she wanted to take action and desired to make an impact in our community.April has spent most of her life in Hampton Roads and has always believed in giving back to the community, helping others, and advocating for causes she believes in.She has a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Health, PE, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Community Health Education.She is married to loving husband, Nathan Brooks, works fulltime, and is now expanding their family by one future StrongWILL activist later this year.

Nathan Brooks (Treasurer / Co-Founder)

Born and raised in Suffolk, Va. Nathan has always enjoyed being outdoors and volunteering. He currently volunteers at Driver Volunteer Fire Department and serves as a Lieutenant as well as the treasurer. He works full time at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as an Inside Machinist Supervisor specializing in hydraulic repair and overhaul. He moved to Portsmouth in 2013 and married his beautiful wife April in 2015 and are expecting a new addition to our lives later this year. He has spent time with her organizing the StrongWILL and watch her strive to make it a successful non-profit. He enjoys playing golf being at the fire station and spending time outside with his wife and dog Stella on nice days walking the neighborhood for exercise.

Dr. Sherri Spain (Secretary)

Sherri grew up in Suffolk, VA. Sherri has spent her school and professional career focusing on helping individuals and families through a variety of emotional and behavioral health concerns.  She currently a works full time at Genesis Counseling Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Radford University and Master of Arts in Community - Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University. She earned her Ph.D. Clinical Psychology at Walden University. Aside from her friendship with April and Nathan, she fell in love with their passion to create StrongWILL and was moved by their efforts to create change in our community.  Sherri became involved in StrongWILL because of its mission to support local community agencies that focus on advocating, supporting, educating the community, as a means to help individuals through recovery from addiction. 

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