Staff

Amanda Peters

Director

Amanda Peters earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in integrative studies focusing on non-profit management, public administration, social justice and composition & rhetoric from Northern Kentucky University.   

Working over a decade in crisis stabilization, resource navigation, community building and workforce development programs, Amanda has held positions in corporate, not-for-profit, higher education and government arenas.  Passionate about supporting communities and families and committed to improving the quality of life for all Northern Kentuckians, Amanda currently serves at the director of the Northern Kentucky office of Drug Control Policy. She has also recently joined the Safety-Net Alliance executive committee and serves as a board member for the Northern Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy.  

Amy Martin

Assistant Director

Amy received her bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville in 2009.  She began her career working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Governor’s Office at the Department for Local Government in the Office of Federal Grants division.  Amy has worked in local government for over a decade and held a previous position as a Public Administration Specialist for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District before accepting the role of Assistant Director for the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy in December of 2018.

Amy resides in Florence with her husband Craig and two dogs.

Samantha Grothaus

Care Coordinator

Samantha Grothaus is a Care Coordinator for the NKY Addiction Helpline and started working with the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy in July of 2019.  Samantha graduated in December of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Addictions through Northern Kentucky University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Northern Kentucky University and will graduate in the August of 2021. Samantha previously worked as a Targeted Case Manager at Transitions, Inc. working with individuals who are affected by substance abuse. Samantha also worked as a primary counselor for a mandated population for substance abuse, and for the Women’s Addiction Recovery Program in NKY and is a Clinical Mental Health Intern at Northkey. What Samantha likes most about the Helpline is the chance to work on a different perspective of care for the population by helping them enter, navigate, and being a support post treatment.

Joscena Finley

Care Coordinator

Joscena Finley is a Care Coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline. She began working with the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy in February of 2020.  Joscena has an Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice and studied Human Services at the University of Phoenix. In her previous positions, Joscena has worked in business management and as a Behavior Specialist at Hopebridge and DCCH Center for Children and Families working with abused and neglected children.  Joscena enjoys helping people who are in crisis and having a part in orchestrating their recovery. 

Christina Weinel

Care Coordinator

Christina joined the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy as a Care Coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline in February 2021. Knowing how addiction can affect families, Christina is passionate about helping those with substance use disorders and their families navigate recovery options and various wrap around services. Prior to joining the Helpline, Christina worked as a recovery advocate and is a certified Adult and Family Peer Support Specialist. She also worked as a Quick Response Team Member (QRT) for Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties, and volunteered with the Alexandria Police Department Angel Program working with the police social workers. In Christina’s spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, and writing.

Lori Brooks

Care Coordinator

Lori Brooks is a Care Coordinator for the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Addiction Helpline. Prior to joining the Northern Kentucky Addiction Helpline, Lori worked as a Social Worker for Child Protective Services Department through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  Lori also serves as an Advocate for The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky working with the homeless population. Lori has always had a passion for helping and serving those in need in her community as well as other communities in the area.