Knoxville - Karen Pershing

2017 Director’s Community Leadership Award Recipient

FBI Director Christopher Wray presents Knoxville Division recipient Karen Pershing with the Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 20, 2018.

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The Knoxville Division honors Karen Pershing, executive director of the Metro Drug Coalition, for more than 30 years of dedication to the health of her community. Under her leadership, the group is working to reduce the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which newborns experience painful withdrawal symptoms as a result of drugs taken by their mothers during pregnancy.

FBI Director Recognizes Distinguished Community Leaders

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 20, 2018, Director Christopher Wray recognized the recipients of the 2017 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

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2017 DCLA Winners


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