ALPENA, MONTMORENCY &

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTIES

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MONTHLY MEETING

1st Monday of the Month

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Shoreline Wesleyan Church
135 River St.
Alpena, MI 49707

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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SHERIFF STEVE KIELISZEWSKI

President Term Exp. 12/22

Steven Kieliszewski began his 34 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer on Mackinac Island. Following a stint as a deputy with the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, he was hired by the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. Kieliszewski started as the animal control officer and rose through the ranks in the patrol division, eventually being promoted to sergeant, appointed to Undersheriff, and elected as Sheriff in 2004. He's held that position for the past 16 years. 

 

Steven has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from Alpena Community College. In addition to his role as Sheriff, Steven serves as an expert traffic crash reconstructionist for Alpena County and surrounding areas. He also established the Alpena County Search and Rescue Team, chairs the Search and Rescue Committee for the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, and is a member of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association and Michigan Chiefs of Police SMMART team. As a member of that team, Steven responds statewide to requests from other sheriffs and chiefs of police to plan funerals of police officers who die in the line of duty or while on active duty.

 

In his years as Sheriff, Steven has seen a huge increase in individuals being incarcerated with drug and alcohol addictions. Working closely with Catholic Human Services of Alpena, Steven's office became the first sheriff’s office in northeast Michigan to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to those incarcerated individuals. 

 

Steven has been married to his wife Erin for over 30 years. Together they share six children and four grandchildren.

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MADELINE McCONNELL

Vice President Term Exp. 12/22

Madeleine McConnell works in northeast Michigan as an Addiction Specialist. The recipient of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, she is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Madeleine contracts with Catholic Human Services to support the development and implementation of addiction treatment services, and owns a private practice where she provides neurofeedback and therapy services.

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JENNIFER BAKER

Secretary Term Exp. 12/22

Jen Baker has been a passionate advocate for those suffering from addiction, as well as for their families, for over fifteen years, coming to the work out of her family's own experience with substance use disorder and loss. Jen’s career began as a substance use disorder counselor, which gave her insight into the significant role trauma plays for many substance-addicted clients. A qualified expert witness on sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence, Jen has trained medical staff, mental health professionals, prosecuting attorneys, drug courts, substance use professionals, and FAN groups on trauma informed care and recovery. 

 

Jen graduated with honors from Oakland University and has resided in northern Michigan with her family since 2006. She is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and peer recovery coach who brings her heart for holistic family healing to the AMP FAN board, which she is honored to serve.

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DONNA HARDIES

Treasurer Term Exp. 12/22

Donna Hardies is a Certified Prevention Specialist with Catholic Human Services-Up North Prevention, a role she has served in for the past 11 years. Her work in the substance use prevention field encompasses a variety of community partners, including schools, community service agencies, law enforcement, community coalitions, and health service providers. Donna works with those partners to help educate people of all ages about the negative outcomes that result from drug use and addiction. She also advocates for policy and system changes that will prevent underage drug and alcohol use and adult abuse of legal and illegal drugs. Having seen the negative impact of drugs and alcohol use in our communities and families, Donna believes in the positive results that a Families Against Narcotics chapter will have in our communities.

BOARD MEMBERS

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MICHELLE STYMA

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Michelle Styma is the Chief Executive Officer of Thunder Bay Community Health Service, Inc. (TBCHS). She holds an associate degree in commerce from Alpena Community College, a bachelor's degree in community development and health administration from Central Michigan University, and a master's degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University. Michelle has been with TBCHS for 35 years, of which 17 have been as the Chief Executive Officer. Under Michelle's leadership, TBCHS expanded access to care to include five primary care clinics, three pharmacies, two dental practices, optometry, behavioral health and substance use disorder services, three school-based health centers, three school nurse programs, and expanded access to mental health counseling for students in 19 additional local area schools.

 

In 2017, Michelle was selected as a member of Governor Rick Snyder's Public Health Advisory Commission, tasked to advise on emerging issues in public health in support of collaboration and a unified approach on public health responses. She brings commitment and dedication and is a healthcare leader, supporting access to care for the residents of Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle, Cheboygan, Otsego, and Oscoda Counties. Michelle's memberships include the National Association of Community Health Centers Health Policy Committee, Rural Health Committee, and Membership Committee.

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JOSEPH GARANT

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Joseph graduated from Central Michigan University in 1980 before beginning his working career, which now spans 40 years. He has taught middle school science, worked in substance abuse prevention, outpatient counseling, clinical supervision, and administration in both outpatient and residential settings. Following his retirement from Catholic Human Services in 2012, after 26 years of employment, Joseph completed a master's degree in May of 2000. He currently works as an Employee Assistance Counselor and Rehabilitation Director for NEMROC (North Eastern Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center) and also has a small private practice.

 

Joseph's experience working with people who are actively struggling with addiction and people in long-term recovery is extensive. He has been a member of the 88th District Drug Court since it’s inception, is a peer recovery coach, and sits on the advisory council for Point East. A board member for Light of Hope Clubhouse, Joseph has been a registered MHSAA sports official for 30 years.

JILL BUSHA

Director Term Exp. 12/22

Jill is a person in recovery and also has family members who are in recovery. She has worked as a homeschool teacher and volunteered her time serving on the board of directors of both the Association for Children's Mental Health and Disability Rights Michigan. A volunteer for the AuSable Valley Wraparound Community Team and the Alpena Recovery Alliance, Jill has a bachelor's degree in Joint Studies: Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition, she is nearing the completion of her bachelor's degree in Advanced Biblical Studies. 

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HONORABLE ED BLACK

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

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JESIKA BROWN

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Born in Ohio, Jesika moved to Alpena when she was three years old. She currently works at Catholic Human Services as a Peer Recovery Coach and also has experience working in the Sunrise Centre as a technician, working with women with substance use disorders. Jesika suffered from an addition to heroin and opiates, but has been in recovery since 2018. Since finding recovery, she has dedicated her life to helping people with substance use disorders turn their lives around and learn that there is a better way to live.

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MARCY NUNNELEY

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Marcy is a lifelong resident of Alpena, where she raised her three children and they are now raising their children. She has worked as a Licensed Social Worker and Limited Licensed Counselor for almost 30 years, 9 of which have been in substance use treatment. Currently working at Catholic Human Services in Alpena, Marcy works with individuals and families in an outpatient setting, serves as a clinician with the 88th District Court-Drug Court, and provides students with the 26th Circuit Court-Family Division's PIVOT program the opportunity for individual and group therapy. Marcy is also involved with Alpena Recovery Alliance. She wishes to provide resources, support, and hope to those struggling, as well as their families, and wants them to know that someone is there to walk with them on their journey.

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KARA STEINKE

Director  Term Exp. 12/22

Kara Steinke is the Regional Administrator of Catholic Human Services (CHS), where she oversees outpatient treatment, prevention, and home-based child welfare for 11 northeast Michigan counties. Kara holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational development from Spring Arbor University. She has been with CHS for 26 years, specializing in prevention outreach and development as well as the integration of care in the community for prevention and treatment in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon counties. A certified prevention consultant through the Michigan Bureau of Addiction Professionals for 20 years, Kara has more than 2,000 hours of specialized training in leadership. She has been asked to present in several capacities around leadership and substance use disorder community based planning (local, state, national). Her most recent guest-speaking event was at Gonzaga University's Payne Institute of Leadership. 

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