CHIPPEWA COUNTY

Families Against Narcotics of Chippewa County was founded in response to a growing misuse of prescription drugs in our community and surrounding area.  In 2009 a Prescription Drug Task Force was started when the Chippewa County Health Department and the prosecuting attorney's office began to track the trend of prescription drug use/misuse. With the help of a Prevention Grant, FAN of Fraser came to our area in April 2013 and gave several presentations. This sparked a lot of interest with several concerned citizens.

 

Just days after the visit from FAN Fraser, a group began to organize community gatherings and share their experiences with drug addiction and the effects that it has had on their families and friends. There were so many people with so many questions. The passion at the weekly meetings was very real, and from that emotion, FAN of Chippewa County was born in June of 2013.

 

Our membership includes parents and families affected by abuse and addiction, grandparents struggling to understand, concerned citizens, law enforcement, school administrators, health professionals, and recovering addicts.

Our goal is to educate those around us about this drug epidemic, bringing awareness to the forefront in hopes that even more people affected by this insidious problem will feel comfortable joining with us to facilitate a major change in our community.

MONTHLY MEETING

3rd Wednesday of the Month
6:00pm
Avery Square
2nd Floor Conference Room
(Elevator available )
510 Ashmun St
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
 
CONTACT US:

906-440-6140
chippewa@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Lisa Gauthier
President
Term Exp 12/20

I have lived in Sault Ste. Marie since 2001 with my family.  I served in the U.S. Navy and I’m currently employed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. My daughter struggled with opioid addiction around the age of 18.  Ultimately her life became unmanageable and spun out of control.  She ended up going to prison when she was 22 years old. I’m not new to FAN, as I was one of this chapter's founding members in 2013, after my daughter was arrested.  I attended the first Fed Up rally in Washington, D.C. in 2015.  My passion was and still is to work for policy change to provide access to treatment vs prison.  Educating the community on the dangers of opioid use, and help change the stigma of addiction. Never in a million years did I think that my only daughter would become addicted to drugs and go to prison, but she did. Drug addiction has no boundaries, it can happen to anyone at anytime.

Mick Leppien
Term Exp 12/20
Vice President

I moved up to Sault Ste Marie in 1986 to attend Lake Superior State Univ.  After graduating with a BA in the Criminal Justice program in an Associates degree in Corrections in 1990 I was hired on with the City of Sault Ste Marie Police Dept. where I spent the next 25 years, the last 15 year of it as a Sergeant.  I have raised 4 kids in our community and this is now my home.  Upon retirement I took a part time job with the 50th Circuit Drug court, first as the compliance officer and then was hired as the Coordinator in September of 2017.  During my time with the police department and the drug court, I have seen the effects of drugs and alcohol on the citizens and families in this community and I see the need for a closer relationship between our recovery community and local law enforcement. I hope to strengthen that relationship. I can also see a need for more services for our addicts/alcoholics that this community is lacking, and I hope to assist in making changes to this. Our local FAN chapter has a very strong core group of people working hard for our citizens in recovery and their families and I’m honored to be part of this group.

Lynn Farnquist
Term Exp 12/20
Secretary

I am a retired high school teacher and recovering co-dependent.  I have lived in Chippewa County since 1973  My children are grown, but I have three grandchildren in Sault Ste. Marie yet and I am concerned about things I am hearing from them with regard to what they are seeing among their friends at the high school and middle school.  My hope is that our FAN organization will connect with these young people before they destroy their lives needlessly.

Kareen Brown
Co-Treasurer
Term Exp 12/20

I am a wife, mother of three sons, and grandmother to three granddaughters and two grandsons. I worked for 28 years in retail and gave up my job to care for two of our grandsons who lost their parents; their mother died of cancer and our oldest son died of a drug overdose. My son became a drug addict and the drugs took his life. Our lives will be changed forever. While my son was on earth,  I had the title of enabler from my husband and two sons. I learned a lot from my son, so with his death I decided that I wanted to get involved in trying to help other families that are going through the nightmare of drug addiction. It is a sad, sad time for the one addicted, for parents, for siblings, and for friends.

Lisa Moran
Term Exp 12/20
Co-Treasurer

Lisa was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie.  She is employed with the Sault Tribe Chippewa Indians as a payroll coordinator for the past 30 years.  She joined FAN in 2016 as a person in recovery.  She also has family members that struggle with addiction and in recovery. She can relate to the day to day struggles with addiction. It took her many years to realize that there was more to life than her addiction allowed her to experience.  She now helps others to find their journey to sobriety.

BOARD MEMBERS

Judge Jocelyn Fabry
Director

Jocelyn Fabry serves as the Chief Judge for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Among her other duties as Chief Judge, Judge Fabry presides over the Gwaiak Miicon healing-to-wellness court as well as the family healing-to-wellness court.  Judge Fabry serves on various committees and advisory boards, including the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (secretary) and Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum (co-chair), and facilitated her Tribe’s efforts to establish a Tribal Action Plan--a long-term strategic plan to combat addiction. As a judge and member of community, she has witnessed the devastating effects of addiction on the lives of not just the people struggling with addiction, but also those around them.  As a member of FAN, she hopes to raise the community’s awareness and erase the stigma of addiction, and help spread the message that recovery is possible.

Shirley Farnquist
Director

I am a retired human resources manager and currently business manager for a local North American hockey league.  I have been a resident of Chippewa County my entire life and am the mother of two sons, and two grandchildren; another grandchild is recently deceased.  I became interested in FAN after watching my son lose his job (and indeed himself) due to addiction, and after losing my granddaughter to a drug overdose.  Both were high functioning young adults gainfully employed in the community and respected by their co-workers, friends and families.   Addiction has torn my family apart.  If we keep even one grandparent, parent, or child from experiencing the terror, shame, humiliation, grief, and disbelief associated with such tragic circumstances, I truly believe that all of our hard work for FAN will not be in vain.

Anna Bonacci-Slater
Director

Anna is a life-long resident of Sault Ste. Marie and has been a realtor with Century21 Advantage Plus for the past 21 years. She understands and knows the heartache of addiction and the devastating effects it can have on a family. Several members of Anna's family have struggled with addiction, as have others she knows in the area.  Anna would like to make a difference in our community by alerting others to the prescription drug epidemic facing our nation and the fact that it does, indeed, affect those very close to us. Upset by the many overdoses, deaths, and the tendency to incarcerate rather than provide treatment for the non-violent offenders struggling with addiction, she hopes her efforts and affiliation with FAN will help save lives.
 

ADVISORY BOARD

Shane Albrecht
Concerned Citizen

Ailene Bitnar
Retired Michigan State Police Trooper

Kareen Brown
Concerned Parent

Linda Christie
Retired MDOC and Person in Recovery

Joan Claxton
Concerned Citizen, Parent of Son in Recovery

Matthew Cupp
Person in Recovery

Jay Gage
Sault Ste. Marie City Commissioner

Stephanie Gordon
Field Supervisor
Michigan Department of Corrections

Dr. Timothy Hall
Superintendent
Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools 

 

Molly  Davie
Concerned Parent

Brian Davie
Concerned Parent
 

Lisa Moran
AA Rep. and Concerned Citizen

Ciara Krantz
Former Executive Board Member
Concerned Parent
 

Lisa Gauthier
Former Executive Board Member
Concerned Parent

David Jahn
Chief Executive Officer
War Memorial Hospital

Christine Lundquist
Chippewa County Health Department

Denise Lyons
Concerned Citizen

Sherrie Lucas
Mother of Person in Recovery


LouAnn Miller
Service Coordinator KMG Prestige  

 

Dennis J. McShane
Chippewa County Prosecuting Attorney

Jeannie O'Brien
Concerned Citizen

Bob Pennington
Person in Recovery

 

Daniel J. Reattoir

EUP Intermediate School District

Education Director, Superintendent
 

Karen Senkus
Health Officer
Chippewa County Health Department

Joy Wondergem

Concerned Citizen

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