benzie & manistee
In response to the opioid epidemic, the first chapter of Families Against Narcotics was founded in 2007 in Fraser, Michigan. There are now 22 FAN chapters across Michigan, 1 in North Carolina, and several more in the process of being formed. Michigan ranks in the top third of the country for drug-related deaths. Rural areas such as Benzie and Manistee counties have been hit hard by the opioid crisis, and Manistee is in the top 20 counties in Michigan for overdose deaths.*
In February of 2020, a group of concerned community members met and formed the Benzie/Manistee chapter of FAN. Our board consists of people in recovery, law enforcement, concerned citizens, community leaders, health professionals, parents, family members who have a loved one dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and family members grieving the loss of a loved one.
The Benzie/Manistee FAN chapter is passionate about making a difference in our communities. Our monthly educational forums will include guest speakers and powerful personal stories from individuals who have been impacted by addiction. All are welcome to attend our monthly forums. We are dedicated to supporting families, reducing stigma, raising awareness, and educating the public--especially youth, parents, doctors, law enforcement, and judges--about SUD, the drug epidemic, illegal narcotics, and especially RX painkillers.
*Opioid Addiction: Meeting the Need for Treatment in Michigan; University of Michigan – Poverty Solutions 4/19.)
2nd Wednesday of the Month
Manistee County Road Commission
8946 Chippewa Hwy.
Bear Lake, MI 49614
All are welcome to attend
(Children 10 and older please)
A former case manager/coordinator at the 85th District Sobriety Court in Manistee, Daryl Goodman is a consultant at Goodman Consultation and Training Services, with an emphasis on motivational interviewing training and trauma informed care training. During a 45-year career, Daryl worked as a live-in home manager for group homes serving adults with developmental disabilities, as a Disability Determination Examiner with the state of Michigan, as a case manager and supervisor for the state of Michigan, and as the Residential Services Director for Manistee-Benzie CMH. He spent 16 years leading a clinical treatment team for a community mental health organization, and 12 years as the president of a private company that provided residential and various behavioral health services in the community. He retired from full-time work in 2017. Daryl’s family has a 10-month-old dog that keeps them hopping, as well as entertained. They are working at training her as a therapy dog. Daryl also likes working on his 1987 Corvette convertible and traveling the beautiful roads of Northern Michigan.
Dr. Susanne E. Glynn has both an MSW and a PhD in social work and has worked in the behavioral health field for over four decades, both as a clinician and as an educator of graduate students at several universities. She moved to Frankfort in 2007, thought of retiring, and had a brief stint on Frankfort City Council before returning to part time work as a psychotherapist and a domestic mediator. She served on the Recovery Court board in Benzie County for many years. Over time, it became apparent that there was also an urgent need for a recovery court that would address the drug/opioid epidemic and its presence in Benzie and Manistee Counties; such a court is now being constructed. While Susanne’s professional career has centered on mental health issues, she never dealt specifically with substance abuse. As a domestic mediator, she became familiar with the overlapping issues of addiction, abuse (child and domestic), and mental health. However, she only began a steep learning curve to educate herself (and hopefully now others) when one of her daughters acknowledged having a serious substance use disorder. As a result, she is guardian to her eight-year-old granddaughter, a cheerleader for her daughter’s recovery, and hoping to provide some of the support, education, and understanding to others struggling with similar circumstances.
Cyndi began working for Michigan State University Extension as a SNAP-Ed Community Nutrition Instructor in 1998. She has an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Northwestern Michigan College. Cyndi and her husband lost their 25-year-old son, Jeremy, to an opioid overdose in 2009. Soon after losing her oldest son, she became an advocate for raising awareness about the Opioid Epidemic. Cyndi attended the first FED UP rally in Washington DC, a rally to unite voices in a call for immediate, comprehensive, and sustained federal action to end the opioid addiction epidemic. Cyndi has attended numerous statewide conferences dealing with the Opioid Crisis and is a trained Recovery Coach. In 2018, Cyndi received the Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital’s Community Health Hero Award for her volunteer work to raise awareness and to educate about the Opioid Crisis. She enjoys volunteering in the community and has served on the board of directors for FiveCAP, Community Kitchen, NMRR (Northern Michigan Recovery Residences), and Manistee Friendship Society Drop in Center. Cyndi represents Manistee MSU Extension at the Human Services Collaborating Body monthly meetings, and is a member of HSCB sub-groups, LiveWell Manistee, and SEA (Substance Education and Awareness). As a member of SEA, Cyndi has been on the planning committee of the Manistee Regional Opioid Symposium for three years. She has organized International Overdose Awareness Memorial events in Manistee and has spoken to several youth at local schools regarding substance use disorder. She is passionate about making a difference in honor of her beloved son, Jeremy.
As the Victim Advocate in the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Karen Mallon advocates for victims of crimes ranging from juvenile petitions to misdemeanors and felonies. She worked the previous seven years in the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Bureau, providing administrative support to the detectives and deputies. While not working for the county, Karen is the Homestead Township Treasurer. She has worked more than 15 years in local government at the township level, and is passionate about serving her neighbors and the community in which she has a vested interest. Karen has worked as the Assessment Coordinator for the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University, where community and industry outreach was the focal point of the position. She is married and has three children.
Randy Arndt is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs. He presently works as a Recovery Coach for Centra Wellness Network (CWN) in the Opioid Health Home program. Arndt retired from General Motors in 2013, where he worked in toolmaking and metrology. Once he left, he took training to become a recovery coach, which included an internship with Catholic Charities of Flint. During the internship, he worked with people in Adult Drug Court, the Health Professional Recovery Program, Enhanced Outpatient, Anger Management, and 12-step recovery programs. After the internship, he became the first Certified Recovery Coach employed by Genesee Health System, where he worked on their Recovery Navigation Team. The team served people who were dual diagnosed with SUD and severe mental illness, plus were diagnosed with a chronic disease. During this time, Arndt also worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help develop the curriculum and credentialing for their new Certified Peer Recovery Coach program.
Arndt moved to Benzie County in November of 2016. He went to work at CWN a year later as a Community Skills Trainer and eventually became their Recovery Coach when they initiated the Opioid Health Home program. Arndt has been trained in several evidence-based programs for substance use disorder and mental health, and holds current credentials for the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals’ Certified Peer Recovery Mentor and MDHHS’s Certified Peer Recovery Coach. He is a certified CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) trainer for their Ethics for Recovery Coaches training of trainers and for Whiters Recovery Coach training of trainers. He attends 12-step fellowships to maintain his own recovery and had attended FAN meetings in Genesee County when he was a resident there. He also supports and practices holistic and multiple pathways to recovery.
Sara Swanson is the Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney. She attended undergraduate school at Central Michigan University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on public administration. Sara went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and practiced primarily in the field of criminal defense. In 2012, she ran for prosecuting attorney of Benzie County, a position she has held since winning that election.
For the past three years, Felice Kelley-Ware has worked at Centra Wellness Network in Manistee and Benzie County as the jail clinician. A Muskegon Heights Public Schools high school graduate, she went on to graduate from Ferris State University as a mainframe computer programmer. Felice worked in programming for about five years before she went back to school and got her teaching certification. She likes to say that she is retired from teaching after working as a high school teacher for 14 years, teaching computer and business courses at Muskegon Heights Public Schools. She has also worked at Ferris State University as TIP Coordinator helping under-privileged students gain access to high education. Married with four daughters, two granddaughters, one grandson, and a small dog, Felice loves attending church, serving God, and helping people in the community.
CLAYTON W. KELLEY
Clayton Kelley is Attorney Magistrate and Court Administrator of the 85th District Court in Manistee County, as well as the Director of the 85th District Court Sobriety Court and part of the Sobriety Court Team. Previously, Mr. Kelley was the Research Attorney and a Family Division Referee for the 19th Circuit Court. While in that position, Mr. Kelley also assisted in forming the 19th Circuit Court Drug Court in Benzie County. Mr. Kelley holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University.