Grant applications are a lot of work and sometimes it’s hard to know whether or not a grant opportunity is worth applying for. During this session, you will hear from three different coalitions and how they used their SPF-PFS grant to serve their communities. Each coalition will share its success and challenges, and there will be plenty of time to ask all your burning questions about the grant to help you decide if it could be a good fit for your organization and to learn how this grant has benefited these organizations.
Stacey Gibson BS, LSW, OCPC
Stacey Gibson is the Director of the Sandusky County Family and Children First Council. She has a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Community Services from Bowling Green State University, and is a Licensed Social Worker and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant. Stacey has over 30 years of experience working in communities focusing on adults and youth involved in at-risk behaviors, and is responsible for supporting her coalition by assessing local conditions; and developing and implementing prevention strategies, while actively engaging community members.
Charlotte is employed by the Sandusky County Board of Health as the Health Education Coordinator and Supervisor of the Health Planning and Education Division. She also serves as the Coordinator for the Prevention Partnership Coalition and lead for the SPF-PFS grant in Sandusky County. Charlotte has a B.A. in Social Work/Family Community Services from the University of Toledo. Charlotte has over 20 years of experience working in communities focusing on adults/youth involved in at-risk behaviors; and is responsible for supporting her coalition by assessing local conditions; and developing and implementing prevention strategies, while actively engaging community members.
Toni Knoll is a strategy and policy consultant currently serving as Consulting Director for Community in Crisis. She oversees the organization’s youth substance use prevention programs, including DFC and SPF-PFS grants. Her professional experience includes more than 30 years in marketing research, demography, and strategy development. She also served as Policy Director for a New Jersey state legislator and worked on both a professional and volunteer basis in cross-cultural training and international relocation. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including alumni boards at Penn State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She also holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Susan has over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and behavioral health field. She has worked in educational, residential outpatient and community settings, serving youth and adults. Currently, Susan is the Prevention Program Manager at Community in Crisis, a non-profit specializing in prevention, education and recovery support located in NJ. In this position she oversees the implementation of their Partnership for Success grant. Susan holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University. When not at work, Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids and hiking with her dog.
Program Director, Wellness Coalition of Rural Linn County, Mount Vernon, IA Ericka Johnson earned a Master of Public Health and Business Administration in 2013 from Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Science in 1999, with a major in Community Health Education from Iowa State University. She graduated from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy in 2014. She is a Certified Prevention Specialist and has worked as the Program Director for the Wellness Coalition since 2012. Prior to that she worked as a Prevention Specialist for a local substance abuse community-based treatment facility for 12 years. As Program Director of the Wellness Coalition, she provides oversight to a Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success Grant and the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act Grant. As part of her role as director, she provides support for the planning and implementing of environmental strategies and evidence-based programming, increased capacity and engagement of the coalition, and securing future funding for the coalition. In addition to the two current grants, she has been involved with the Drug-Free Communities grant, STOP Act grant, and a state tobacco and comprehensive prevention grant. She collaborates with school districts, local governments, local organizations, community stakeholders, and other individuals in rural Linn County, and utilizes these partnerships toward the sustainability of the Wellness Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys vacationing with her husband and two children, being outside, reading, doing crafts with her kids, and decorating her house.
Program Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnership for Success Grant for the Wellness Coalition of Rural Linn County. Kassy received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Mount Mercy College in 2010. In 2013 she became Project Coordinator for the coalition’s Drug Free Communities Grant. In 2014, she graduated from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy. Kassy is a Certified Prevention Specialist in the state of Iowa. Prior to her work in prevention she worked as a Behavioral Health Intervention Specialist for a local organization. In 2019, the coalition was awarded the Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnership for Success Grant and she became the Program Coordinator of the grant with a focus to reduce alcohol use among youth. As Coordinator for the Wellness Coalition of Rural Linn County she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of services and programs specifically under the SPF Grant; recruiting and retaining membership; and looking for new opportunities for the coalition to better their communities. She assists in the grant writing process to secure new funds for the coalition. She enjoys working with the school districts and local stakeholders in her community, and collaborating with local agencies in rural Linn County to ensure the sustainability of the coalition. In 2015, the coalition was awarded their second round of DFC and was awarded the STOP Act Grant for the first time. The coalition was just awarded the 2021 CARA Grant, where they will add a focus on reducing prescription drug use among youth. Kassy enjoys spending time with her family, working on her family’s farm, and undertaking too many DIY projects.