Ruby holds a Bachelor of Social Work from UNC Wilmington and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience in program management, adult and higher education and is the former Mental Health First Aid Coordinator for North Carolina. Ruby currently serves as a Human Services Program Consultant for the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services where she oversees the state’s MHFA initiative, juvenile justice mental health and substance abuse programming and the NC Drug Education School Program. She also serves as an advisor for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, where she provides feedback and insight on family resources and trainings.
In March 2018, Ruby founded Herring Training and Consulting, LLC which provides training and technical assistance to support organizations in developing implementation and sustainability plans for embedding Mental Health First Aid into their organizations to address mental health needs while creating caring communities for individuals living with mental illness. Recently, she contracted with Eastern Area Health Education Center and the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute to train over 150 agriculture extension agents in MHFA and she has just contracted with the East Coast Migrant Head Start to train all of their staff in NC in MHFA and to develop a plan to implement the training in across the organization as part of their staff wellness initiative in their strategic plan.
Most importantly, she is the mother of twin girls - one with major depression and anxiety and one with ADHD and anxiety and is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental illness, particularly in the education system.
Specialties: program coordination & management, program monitoring and evaluation, training and development, non-profit boards, strategic planning