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MSU alum Gene Detherage appointed to Gov. Beshear’s Recovery Ready Communities Advisory Council

Gene Detherage (Class of 2020), an outreach and engagement specialist with The Fletcher Group, was appointed to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's Recovery Ready Communities Advisory Council.   

Following the passage of House Bill 7, which established an advisory council under the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, Detherage was one of 12 individuals selected from across the state in the fields of recovery, education, business, health care and local government to establish "Recovery Ready" standards.  

Detherage, a native of Morehead, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Universities Studies in 2017 and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in 2020. He was a housing specialist at Pathways Inc. in Grayson from 2015 to 2018 before accepting his current position with The Fletcher Group. He provides technical assistance and community organization to help combat substance abuse.  

"The MPA program faculty at MSU are very proud of Mr. Detherage's success working in the addiction recovery space," said Dr. James Masterson, associate professor of political science at MSU. "He was the program's first graduate in the Addiction and Counseling Services Management Area of Concentration. We hope more students will follow in his footsteps, helping our region recover from the adverse effects of the drug epidemic."  

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