Safe In NM

Creating Environments Free
of Substance Abuse

Adult Coalition Members

SAFE in Northern Michigan’s structure and operations of the coalition; including coalition leadership, decision making processes, by-laws, workgroups, and financial management:

The SAFE leadership structure consists of a Steering Committee and several work groups, including SAFE Youth. SAFE adheres to a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Manual, which: 1) Identifies required and desirable sectors for membership; 2) Describes established work groups and the option for creating temporary work groups; 3) Timelines for creation and review of strategic action plan and logic model; 4) Commits the coalition to data-driven, evidence-based approaches; All Steering Committee and work group members are volunteers, except for the DFC coordinator, DFC evaluator, and DFC Director.

To provide the support students need to conduct their prevention activities in the community, the SAFE Steering Committee and the DFC Coordinator convene meetings monthly. Decisions are made using a consensus model; so far, the Steering Committee has reached consensus on all decisions; if there is a disagreement in the future, the DFC Coordinator would call for a vote.

The SAFE Steering Committee Officers

DFC Coordinator Susan Pulaski, Health Department of Northwest Michigan
Chair Randy Koch, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Co-Chair Corey Hebner, Michigan State Police;
Secretary Liz Eddington, YMCA
Communications Beth Anne Eckerly, Charlevoix-Emmet ISD

 

Other members of the coalition are representatives from the 12 sectors. Steering Committee members serve on work group(s) and/or “specialize” in assisting SAFE Youth directly on a specific project, such as chaperoning events or assisting with producing promotional materials.

SAFE has six work groups that are in line with the SAFE strategic action plan and logic model:

SAFE Youth Work Group drives the coalition. The SAFE Youth coalition has over 70 teens from the 3-county region. The SAFE Youth determine which interventions and strategies to implement in their community using the logic model as a guide. After implementation of interventions, SAFE Youth evaluate the effectiveness and make changes as necessary.

Communications and Media Work Group is chaired by Beth Anne Eckerle, the Communication Specialist at Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District (ISD). Work Group members will develop and implement a Marketing Communications Plan with assistance from marketing expert and SAFE Youth.

Recruitment and Engagement Work Group is chaired by Susan Pulaski, the DFC Project Coordinator. Its members assure the required and recommended sectors listed in the SAFE SOP Manual are represented on the Steering Committee.

Funding and Sponsorship Work Group is chaired by Gavin Kerly, a SAFE Youth member from Petoskey High School. This work group focuses on identifying and seeking funds from local businesses and community members that may be interested in supporting SAFE finically.

Data and Evaluation Work Group is chaired by Nichole Flickema, the DFC Evaluator. The Data Work Group 1) Reviews and analyzes MiPHY reports; 2) Solicits input from youth and adults regarding current substance use patterns; 3) Informs the Steering Committee if priority substances should change; 4) Works closely with the Project Coordinator to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the action plan and logic model.

The Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off (POD) Work Group is chaired by Rachel Smolinski, of Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources. The purpose of the POD workgroup is to maintain and expand the drug take back initiative which provides a convenient location for residents to properly dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Current Coalition Members

Natalie Kasiborski – Health Department of Northwest Michigan, DFC-Project Director

Susan Pulaski – Health Department of Northwest Michigan, DFC-Project Coordinator

Nichole Flickema – Health Department of Northwest Michigan, DFC-Evaluator

Randy Koch – Outpatient Supervisor, Harbor Hall and Coalition Secretary

Amy Brown – Health Department of Northwest Michigan-Community Health Coordinator

Kathy Jacobsen – Charlevoix Area Hospital

Fred Simons – Community Member

Christian Smith – YMCA-Director

Liz Eddington – YMCA

Angie Woodin – Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Davis Timmer – Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Maureen Kilpatrick – Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Corey Bennington – Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Beth Anne Eckerle – Charlevoix Emmet ISD

Jayne Chickering – Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator, Emmet County 7th Probate & Family Court

Corbin Donaldson – Private Client Banker, Chemical Bank

Dan Hasty – Student Director, Genesis Church

Corey Hebner – Trooper, Michigan State Police Trooper

Lawrence Donovan – City of Petoskey-Public Safety

Kyle Knight – City of Harbor Springs-Police Chief

Amy Sovolovitch – McLaren Northern Michigan, Health Educator

Tanya Janes – McLaren Northern Michigan, Manager, Community Health & Volunteer Services

Tory Thrush – Career/College Readiness Consultant, Char-Em ISD

Sarah Ford – Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Community & Donor Engagement Officer

Scott Kelly – BASES-Director

Katie Joyce – HDNW-Tobacco Representative

Vicki Hiser – Antrim Parent

Laura Powers – Antrim Parent

Geri Jones – Antrim Parent

Sarah Juntune – Antrim Parent

Janet McKenna Beebe – Antrim Parent

Gavin Kerley – Youth Sector Representative

 

School Representives

Shelby Richardson – Harbor Springs Public Schools

Katie Frentz – Petoskey Public Schools

Robyn Farkas – Pellston Public Schools

Karrie Gaffney – Charlevoix Public Schools

John Hertel – Boyne City Public Schools

Alice Thumser – East Jordan Public Schools

Amy Derrer – Mancelona Public Schools

Jean Keiser – Bellaire Public Schools

Cindy Rogers – Central Lake Public Schools

Jessica Pletcher – Ellsworth Public Schools

Mike Travis – Elk Rapids Public Schools

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  • FACT: 83.6% of Charlevoix County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
  • FACT: 84.2% of Antrim County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 35.2 percent of Charlevoix County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 23.7 percent of Antrim County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 24.7 percent of Emmet County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • FACT: 89.1% of Emmet County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
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