Working "WITH" your Community


Join us as we explore the “doing WITH” of coalition work. With over 20 years of examples and lessons learned, we would like to share our story with you! Bring your own stories, successes, and challenges so we can learn together!


Amy L. Macechko, OCPS

Amy has served as the Health & Wellness Coordinator for the Talawanda School District (Oxford, OH) since 2006. Her primary responsibility includes chairing the Health Coordinating Council, which seeks to minimize the non-academic barriers to student learning through policy, practice, and programming efforts. Her work focuses on multiple facets of wellness, specifically drug prevention, mental/social/emotional health, and the promotion of active living and healthy eating. In this position, Amy also serves as Project Coordinator for the Coalition for a Healthy Community – Oxford Area. As Coordinator, she provides administrative support for the community-based organization, including strategic planning, training, grant writing, and evaluation support. In this role, Amy also serves as a liaison between the greater Oxford Area and the District to cultivate partnerships that support health and wellness. Amy received a BA in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University in Wheaton, Illinois. Prior to this position, Amy taught high school psychology and sociology. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.

Rebecca Baudry Young, M.Ed.

Miami University, Director, Office of Student Wellness

Rebecca Baudry Young joined Miami University’s staff in 2010 as the Director for the Office of Student Wellness. Rebecca provides leadership and expertise to Miami University’s strategic plan to address high-risk alcohol behaviors and sexual assault prevention. Rebecca supervises the development and implementation of bystander education, peer education programming, risk reduction and prevention strategies for sexual assault and high-risk alcohol behaviors, and professional development for campus partners. She also serves as a liaison for Miami University to the city of Oxford to develop environmental strategies that enhance a culture of care, concern, and inclusion.

Rebecca received her graduate degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati. She previously worked for the Ohio Resource Network to provide support to statewide initiatives addressing alcohol and other drug prevention, and safe and supportive learning environments.

Taking it to the Limit: Creating a Prevention Network


Drug Free Cecil, a coalition of coalitions, will share what it means to rethink prevention as a  “network” of prevention partners. Collaboration and coordination are vital components in leveraging resources and reducing duplication of services; however, in order to strengthen prevention’s presence within the continuum of care, preventionist will need to look beyond the local landscape by creating state, national and even international partnerships.

  • Participants will be able to distinguish the differences between coordination, collaboration, networking and partnerships
  • Participants will learn that there is “life beyond resistance” of their prevention growth efforts
  • Participants will understand that the sphere of their prevention influence is only as vast as their prevention vision.

Let’s Take to the Limit and beyond!


Beth Creek

Beth is the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Source, known locally as YES. Working with more than 2,000 youth annually, YES has designed intervention and prevention programs to meet the specific needs of at-risk children, youth and families in Cecil County, Md. A former classroom teacher, curriculum developer and accomplished trainer/speaker, she has devoted much of the past decade to prevention.

Beth also serves in leadership roles with several local coalitions focused on preventing underage drinking/substance use, and is the immediate past chairman of Drug Free Cecil. She has also chaired the county Tobacco Task Force, and served for the past 10 years in leadership of the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework to reduce underage drinking. In 2018 Beth, and team, developed the Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition, a division of YES, which has received local, state and national awards for their work. She and community partner Virgil Boysaw have developed an online course “So You Want to Build a Youth Coalition” designed to guide communities through their youth prevention efforts.

In December 2020 The YES Coalition was awarded a Drug Free Communities grant to focus on underage drinking and tobacco use in North East, MD.


Virgil Boysaw, Jr.

Virgil a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and now lives in Gambrills, Maryland, currently serves as the Cecil County Drug Free Coordinator for the Cecil County Health Department. He served in management in both the private sector (Retail Sales) and the public sector for over 35 years.

Virgil holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowie State University. His professional work experiences have prepared him to serve in the areas of leadership and administration. Before working in Cecil County, Virgil served as the Director of Juvenile Services for the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families. He was responsible for the oversight of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Initiative that addressed the rate of minority representation in the juvenile justice system and the Community Conferencing grant that allowed victims, offenders, and their respective supporters to resolve their own conflicts safely and in their own communities. Also, Virgil served as the Prevention Services Program Manager for the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, and Program Supervisor for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Virgil managed both the Maryland Prevention Block Grant, the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework Grant (both from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]), and monitored the Maryland College Drinking Initiative. In addition, he managed several community-based initiatives including the Disaster Relief Initiative (Fort Meade), the Anne Arundel County Hotspot Initiative (Severn, Md.) and the Strengthening Families Initiative (county-wide).

In addition, Virgil has experience in both federal and state grant writing. He was the National Prevention Network representative for the State of Maryland; therefore, he acted as the liaison for Maryland to Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), SAMHSA, and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD).

Also, Virgil is an Adjunct Faculty staff member teaching Adult Basic Skills for Anne Arundel Community College and recently was appointed a voting member of the Neighborhood Youth Panel of Cecil County.

Virgil believes that Cecil County can and will be the best example of true partnerships and collaborations for all Maryland. In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Prescription Medication Misuse & Abuse Prevention


Family Connections’ ADAPT Coalition works with a diverse group of sectors to prevent/reduce prescription medication misuse and abuse throughout Essex County, New Jersey. We incorporate partnerships with faith-based leaders, law enforcement officials, local businesses, senior housing coordinators, among others. These efforts increase opportunities for localized prescription medication take-back events and expand the education on the proper forms of monitoring, securing, and disposing of old/unused prescription medication. In the session, you will learn how our coalition continues to find ways to bring diverse groups and voices to the table to enhance our substance use prevention efforts throughout the county.


Joel Torres, MA, MCHES

Joel is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Masters in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University. Joel is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) with over 10 years of experience in community organizing, outreach, advocacy, and grassroots campaigns. Joel currently serves as the Senior Manager for Family Connections’ ADAPT Coalition, a substance use prevention coalition working to prevent and reduce underage drinking, prescription medication misuse/abuse, youth tobacco, cannabis, and vaping use, and other substance use within Essex County, New Jersey. He has also worked with municipal health departments and non-profit organizations to bring programs and services to under-served, low-income members of the community. Previously, Joel served as an elected representative on the Hudson County Board of Commissioners, representing parts of Jersey City, and on the Jersey City Board of Education, where he served as President in 2017.

Sector Engagement


With the ECS Retreat theme centering around working WITH your community, we had to make sure to have a session to really expand on the topic of sectors and sector engagement.  Your sector representatives are a huge part of your WITH and are the driving force behind your coalition’s work and success. In this session, we are going to hear from coalitions that have been able to find great success in engaging their different sectors as well as some of the struggles they may have experienced along the way. We are also going to have a fun activity to get you up and discussing how you can grow your sector engagement followed by some time to ask our panelist questions.


Sandy Rayhons

Sandy is the Director at Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), a Drug Free Communities coalition in northern Iowa serving Hancock County. Sandy began working in prevention in 2010 with a local community coalition before joining ASAP in 2015. Prior to working in the prevention field, Sandy’s career was in home visiting programs with children and families. She received her BA in Human Services from Buena Vista University and has her license in Social Work.

Sandy is a native of Garner, Iowa where she currently resides. She and her husband have three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys reading, movies, spending time with family and friends and traveling with her husband.

Kelly Hutcheson

Kelly Hutcheson is the Project Manager for Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), a Drug Free Communities coalition in northern Iowa serving Hancock County. She started her position with the coalition in November of last year, but has been a member of the coalition for several years. She began working for the Hancock County Health Department in prevention as the Grant Coordinator in 2007, and continues this position part time. Kelly also works for the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Schools System as the YIELD (Youth Investing Energy in Leadership Development) Coordinator. She received her AA from North Iowa Area Community College and her BA from the University of Northern Iowa in Recreational Therapy. Kelly is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and took her training through the Mayo Clinic. Kelly has a passion for working with youth and education.

Kelly is married and lives on an acreage in Garner, Iowa, with her 2 dogs, 1 cat and a horse. She has 3 sons and one daughter and 4 grandpups and 2 grandcats. She enjoys word puzzles, cooking shows and spending time with her family.

Tammie Doebler

Tammie has been engaged in coalition work for 14 years and has started two successful community coalitions. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition in northwestern Minnesota. Tammie started working with youth as a mentor for a local non-profit organization. She later became the director of the program, which then led her to community mobilizing around youth-focused issues. Tammie’s passion is helping youth thrive by finding their greatest potential. She has helped create a community culture in the Lake of the Woods School District that empowers youth to be alcohol, tobacco and drug free. Tammie has shared her knowledge and expertise on this topic by speaking at several conferences in Minnesota and at the National CADCA Forum with Dr. Jeff Linkenbach. In 2007, she received the Minnesota Juvenile Officer’s Association Award for Outstanding Service and the Minnesota Crime Prevention Team of the Year Award. Tammie has been working with Positive Community Norms and the Science of the Positive process for 11 years and has seen first-hand how communities transform through the implementation of this Framework.

Sandy Peterson

Sandy has been an active volunteer with the Lake of the Woods Prevention Coalition in northern Minnesota since it was established in 2011.  She joined the staff as the Drug Free Communities Grant Project Coordinator in February 2021.  She oversees the youth coalition “STUDs” (Students Teaching Uniform Decisions) and is passionate about helping steer youth in the right direction and showing them that the choices they make now will impact the rest of their lives.  Over the years in her volunteer role, she has had the opportunity to attend many CADCA Conferences and other substance use prevention trainings and events which fueled her interest in coalition work.  For the past twenty years Sandy worked as a jail administrator at the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s office and feels that her unique experiences in the corrections field have molded her vigorous interest in prevention science.

Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success Grant Panel


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 Stonerook

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

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 Visser

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.

Ericka Johnson

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.

Kassy Rice

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.

Cultural Competence


In this ever-changing world, it is more important now than ever to shine a light on cultural competency. While headlines continue to read negativities around social injustices throughout the nation, one community is working to change norms and provide a more inclusive environment. In this session, you will discover how this rural community is working WITH their local youth coalition and school system to bring cultural competency to the forefront of the conversations and discover the steps for creating a culture of awareness and acceptance.


Stephanie Schlueter

Stephanie is a Community Health Strategist for Three Rivers District Health Department and is also Chair for Champions for a Drug-Free Pendleton County. She is a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Community Development. Her favorite part about working in public health is the component of mental health and substance use prevention and the ability to connect with partners that are also working to address similar needs in their communities.

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based tool that helps detect and address substance use through a brief 5-minute screening. Utilizing the SBIRT model can be especially beneficial for adolescents in a school setting to help recognize early substance use in a non-punitive way.

In 2019, Prevention is Key (PIK) received a five-year SAMHSA grant to establish an SBIRT program in up to ten middle and high schools in Morris County, NJ. The project’s goal is to increase the capacity of student services to effectively and efficiently address alcohol/drug use, and mental health, which promotes school engagement and improves learning outcomes. PIK has train school-based professionals and peers to administer SBIRT to 2,000 students over the five-year period.

This presentation will provide an overview of Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is and how Prevention is Key identified a need for SBIRT in Morris County, New Jersey. We will explore challenges and lessons learned of piloting SBIRT implementation in NJ schools while discussing the next steps in the program and recommendations for other SBIRT pilots.

Prevention is Key (PIK) is a private, non-profit, community-based health organization serving Morris County, New Jersey by providing science-based prevention education programs, professional development training, advocacy, information, and referral service that address issues of substance use prevention, recovery support, ATOD dependence and emerging issues of concern in the community.


Ashley Brown, CHES

Ashley Brown is a Preventionist at Prevention is Key, serving the Morris County communities assisting with the coordination, promotion and facilitation of evidenced-based initiatives and programs. Ashley holds her Bachelors in Public Health Education from William Paterson University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has been in the Prevention Field for over 5 years. Ashley previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) for United for Prevention in Passaic County, where her passion sparked and journey in the Prevention Field started. Prior to Prevention is Key, Ashley was a Demand Reduction Specialist on a statewide level with the Drug Enforcement Administrations’ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and has continued her work over the past few years with non-profit agencies serving various communities in New Jersey.

Patrice Reilly, CPS

Patrice Reilly is the Manager of Prevention Programs at Prevention is Key, in her role she manages the coordination, promotion and facilitation of evidenced based programs in the schools and the community. Patrice hold her Bachelors in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). Over the past 15 years working in the prevention field, Patrice’s passion has been to support children and teens through skill-building education and healthy environments that help them overcome adversity and develop positive coping skills. Additionally, Patrice has served many northern New Jersey communities and is committed to empowering and providing parents with the resources to raise healthy children.

Carly Sinnott

Carly Sinnott is a Preventionist at Prevention is Key in Morris County New Jersey. Since graduating from Elon University, Carly has worked at several nonprofits. She has been with Prevention is Key for two years, specializing in working with children to build life skills through various evidence-based substance use prevention programs.

LGBTQ+ and Substance Prevention


Building A Safer Evansville (BASE) began working to reduce substance abuse among LGBTQ+ youth in Evansville in 2017. This session will take you through the coalition’s journey of creating a more inclusive and safer community for our LGBTQ+ youth including:
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Know your community
  • Finding allies
  • Connect with youth
  • Creating community partnerships
  • More than just Pride…



Jennifer Braun

Jennifer Braun has worked in the prevention community, specifically with Drug-Free Communities Coalitions, for the past twelve years. She has served as the Executive Director of Building A Safer Evansville (BASE) for the past nine years. BASE is a community organization that focuses specifically on community wellness and substance abuse prevention. Under her direction BASE has received numerous awards and honors for their work in preventing youth substance abuse. Jen has worked closely with LGBTQ+ youth over the past 3 years to help create a more inclusive community. Before her time in prevention, she worked within the nonprofit community in Rock County grant writing, marketing and building community relations. Jen holds degrees in Communications and Political Science from UW-Whitewater. When she’s not focusing on public health, she concentrates on raising tiny humans, furry friends, and plant babies, and enjoys skiing, traveling and thrift shopping.

Patrick Reese, Chief of Police (Evansville, WI)

Patrick Reese has worked in public safety for 20 years as an EMT, 9-1-1 communications, police officer and now serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Evansville, where he’s worked for 17 years. Patrick serves on the Executive Action Team for Building a Safer Evansville (BASE) as the Treasurer. He’s been involved with BASE for 9 years and has worked with board members, elected officials, medical professionals and community leaders to be the first in Rock County and one of the first in Wisconsin to carry Narcan in police squad cars. He has led his department to become a well-respected fully accredited law enforcement agency, one of only 46 agencies in the State of Wisconsin to be fully accredited. Under Patrick’s guidance and partnership with BASE, the Police Department was able to train a Drug Recognition Officer. The expert was then able to train school staff, other police officers, and community members on identifying illegal and harmful drugs. Patrick holds degrees in Police Science and Management of Criminal Justice through both Madison College and Concordia University – Mequon WI. When not partnering with BASE, Patrick enjoys vacations all over the world, spending time with his dogs, step-son, and husband, David.

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