Cultivating Private Donors

Finding solutions to help sustain and maintain an organization post funding can be challenging.  During this session Andi and Toni are going to be sharing with you some of the successes they have had in their community with cultivating private donors to help sustain and grow their organizations’ work.

Toni Knoll & Andi Williams

Presenter Bios Coming Soon

Conducting a School Analysis

When it comes to getting data about youth and their environment the easiest place to go is to the schools. The youth spend most of their time there and can be the easiest way to engage with them in terms of data collection. To learn more about conducting a school analysis and how it benefited Camille and her coalition in brigding the gap between the school and the coalition, be sure to check out her session.

Camille Croweak

Camille Croweak is the Drug-Free Communities Project Coordinator for Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County, located in Kentucky. Camille took this position in 2016 upon award of the grant but has been involved with this coalition since 2010 through work with her previous employer. Camille began her career as a substance use prevention specialist in 2008 with work at a Regional Prevention Center in Kentucky. She is a certified Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainer (SAPST) through SAMHSA and CAPT. She works closely with the state of Kentucky to provide these trainings throughout the year to new prevention specialists in the field. Camille received her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Louisville in 2007 and became a Certified Prevention Specialist in 2009.

Building Youth Leadership (Panel)

Building strong youth leaders is the drive behind the work these presenters do. To held build stong leaders around the nation there are Teen Insitute programs that have been very successful in helping youth grow and learn. In this panel you will here about two different Teen Institues and how they have worked hard to grow their programs and help build the leaders of the future.

Kym Laube, Jamie Sierfeld & Rachel Taylor

Kym Laube

Kym Laube is the Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc., HUGS, Inc., located in Westhampton Beach, NY. In this position she brings over 30 years of substance use prevention knowledge and expertise, leading the organization to provide a full array of prevention services, from after school programs to community coalitions with many services in-between.

Having participated in the HUGS, Inc. Teen Institute program in 1986 as a high school student, Kym understands firsthand, the profound impact, lifelong influence and leadership skills the Teen Institute program provides to young people. From student leader to Executive Director in 2002, Kym’s mission has been to empower others to seek their full potential and become agents of change in the world. Kym offers dynamic and interactive keynotes and workshops for large and small groups with an uncanny ability to talk with and not at people.  In 2019, Kym presented to over 25,000 individuals, young and old across our great country.

Kym’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people extends beyond her executive office and can be seen in the many leadership roles she holds. Kym is the President of the National Association of Teen Institutes and the Past President of the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County.  Serves on the NYS Association of Substance Abuse Professionals board, and various local, state and national boards and task forces. In 2016, Kym was appointed to serve on NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Opiate Task Force. Most notable is her personal growth and recovery and commitment to push individuals to make the space better wherever they are. She lives in Westhampton Beach with her husband, two sons, and way too many dogs.

Jamie Sierfeld

Rachel Taylor

Surviving a “Gap” Year

If your organization has ever had Drug Free Communities funding or funding where you have to compete of continuation funds, then you know there is always that fear of not being awarded funding and having to take a “gap” year. In this session Colleen will share the good, the bad, and the ugly of having a gap year, but also how their coalition was able to still grow and continue the work that needed to be done in their community during their gap year.

Colleen Banik

Colleen Banik became a member of the Steuben Prevention Coalition in 2016 as the Assistant Prevention Coordinator and became the Prevention Coordinator in September of 2018.

She is a lifelong resident of Steuben County and has an extensive circle of contacts in the community with experience in Healthcare Administration as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and the CF0 of Guthrie Corning Hospital and a 20-year background in government as Community Relations and District Coordinator for former Congressman and NYS Senator John “Randy” Kuhl, Jr.

She is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business Institute with an AA Degree in Advanced Paralegal Studies.

Developing Drug-Free Clubs to Engage Youth

When it comes to developing a club for youth it can be difficult at first to develop a following and get youth involved. Add to that the fact that it is a drug-free club and youth sometimes shy away for fear they won’t be seen as cool if they join. However, Drug Free Cecil has just what you need to get your drug-free club for youth off the ground and running smoothly. They are going to share some of their successes and how they have been able to keep their youth engaged and help improve the local community along the way.

Virgil Boyshaw, Beth Creek & Erin Hamson

Virgil Boyshaw

Virgil Boysaw, Jr., 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 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 safety and in their own communities.  Also, Virgil served as the Prevention Services Program Manager for the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (at the time, the Single State Agency-SSA), 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 SAMHSA), and monitored the Maryland College Drinking Initiative. In addition, he managed several community-based initiatives including the Disaster Relief Initiative (Fort Meade, Maryland); the Anne Arundel County Hotspot Initiative (Severn, Maryland); and the Strengthening Families Initiative (county-wide).

Virgil was the National Prevention Network representative for the State of Maryland, served on the Prevention Status Reports (PSRs) on Excessive Alcohol Use (EAU) Project, and is currently a member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Advisory Committee and a Prevention Consultant for the State Targeted Response-Technical Assistance Consortium (STR-TA).

Virgil has adopted 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.”


Beth Creek

Beth Creek is the Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Source, known locally as YES. Working with nearly a thousand 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, she has worked in youth-serving non-profit agencies for nearly a decade. Beth also serves in leadership roles with several local coalitions focused on preventing underage drinking and drug use and is the chairman of Drug-Free Cecil.


Erin Hamson

Beyond Prevention

The world or Public Health is vast and contains a variety of different focus areas. We all know about prevention but that is only a small part of public health. During this session Sonya and Sabrina are going to take you beyond prevention to talk about some of their direct services work within the field of recovery and support.

Sonya Elefante & Sabrina Sabater

Sonya Elefante, MSW, LSW, CPRS

Sonya Elefante is the Peer Support Supervisor at Prevention Links and oversees programs such as STAR, Family Support, RESTORE, and the Recovery Center. Sonya has been with Prevention Links since July 2019 and has been working in the recovery field since 2015. Being a person in long term recovery herself since 2013, she knows first hand the importance of recovery support and engagement programs and recovery communities.  Sonya received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Social Worker. She is also a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and has worked in both clinical and peer recovery settings. She believes in the important work that we do and strives to work toward making the recovery space more inclusive and accommodating for everyone. In her free time, Sonya enjoys painting, drawing, photography, and music, and considers these a part of her own recovery. Sonya also spends a lot of her time hanging out and exploring new places with her dog, Charlie.


Sabrina Sabater, MSW

Sabrina Sabater is the Director of Recovery Support at Prevention Links. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University in May. She has been with Prevention Links in some capacity since 2015 and has continued to display a passion and dedication for the work she does. Her experience includes working with adolescents, students, and families at the Raymond J. Lesniak Experience Strength and Hope Recovery high school, New Jersey’s first public recovery high school. She has also assisted in the implementation of a number of peer recovery support programs including the Union County Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery Program during its pilot phase in the summer of 2017, which included a hotline operating from 8 am – 5 pm for people to be connected with peer recovery support. This pilot has now evolved into Union County Helping Hands365 which operates a 24/7 peer support hotline 365 days a year. Sabrina has participated in a number of initiatives with law enforcement and other community organizations working to increase accessibility to peer-based community recovery support services. She was also involved in the implementation of the Experience Strength and Hope Recovery Center, which provides recovery coaching services, mutual aid meetings, and various sober social events. Sabrina’s favorite parts of her role are supporting staff, identifying their strengths, and expanding the impact we can have on our community.

How Schools and Communities Use Survey Data To Create Change

When it comes to collecting data, everyone usually has their own agenda. A coalition, a school, and a community look at a student survey in different ways which can lead to disagreement about what questions to ask as well as other survey related options. However, this session is going to be all about learning how schools and communities use that data to help create change in the community and how this can help create partnerships with the coalition on similar issues leading to overall improvement of the community.

Allison Bardon

Presenter Bio Coming Soon

Substance Abuse Prevention and Beyond

The Coalition for a Healthy Community – Oxford Area has been creating community-level change for the past 23 years. While the Coalition began with a primary focus on youth drug and alcohol prevention, their expanded vision of a healthier community for residents of all ages has been a key to their sustainability. Learn the strategies and community partners that enabled the Coalition to create lasting change in other public health areas and a specific example of how an asset-based approach has produced positive health outcomes for a neighborhood complex.

Amy Macheko, 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.

Adapting Prevention Work During a Pandemic – Panel

It’s been a hard year for everyone for a multitude of reasons. However, the big issue we have all been facing is the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many of us have seen a shift in how we interact with each other and as a result, we had to learn how to adapt our work to continue to serve our communities. This panel is filled with a variety of different organizations from different types of communities to share with you how they have been successful in adapting their work throughout this pandemic.


Rhonda Gunnell, ADAPT – Washington Parish, LA

Robin Racine, ACT Tipton, TN

Kelly Miloski, Riverhead CAP, NY

Jen Braun, Building A Safer Evansville (BASE), WI

Miles Bonny, Taos Alive, NM

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