The Crawford County chapter of Families Against Narcotics was formed in the winter of 2020 because of the growing concern over the misuse of drugs and alcohol in the community, as well as the limited resources available to assist those seeking recovery. Local law enforcement agencies saw the value in programs such as Hope Not Handcuffs and the COMEBACK Quick Response Teams and wanted to bring them to the community through FAN.
Crawford County FAN seeks to educate our residents, raise awareness of substance use disorder (SUD) as a disease, help reduce the stigma surrounding SUD, and provide a support network for both individuals and families affected by addiction.
Note: Crawford County FAN's monthly FAN Forum meetings are temporarily on hiatus
JUDGE COLIN G. HUNTER
President Term Exp. 12/22
Judge Hunter was elected to his current position on November 8, 2016.
He is a lifelong Grayling resident who thoroughly enjoys Northern Michigan and all that it offers. He involves himself in many activities in the great outdoors, including such passions as hunting, fishing, shooting, and canoe racing. A second generation judge from Crawford County, Hunter also likes volunteering with many local organizations in his free time. He is a past board member and by-law committee chair of River House, Inc., a nonprofit agency that serves victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Judge Hunter also currently serves as a board member and secretary for the Crawford County Economic Development Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to managing the growth of the county, strengthening the local economy, and maintaining the high quality of life that Crawford County residents treasure. As president of the newly launched Crawford County chapter of Families Against Narcotics, Hunter heads a community-based program that seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription narcotics and other drugs, to dispel the stigma of addiction, and to provide resources and support for those who are seeking recovery or affected by addiction. Judge Hunter is also a member of the Grayling Rotary Club and is the president of the 46th Circuit Bar Association.
Vice President Term Exp. 12/22
Kristen is a graduate of Grayling High School and has come back to the community she grew up in after receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees. She studied both criminal justice and mental health/substance abuse while in school, and has gained firsthand knowledge by working in the area of substance dependence in the community. In addition to working at the GRACE Center, Kristen also works at the local jail. She has witnessed up close what substance use disorder can do to the community and the toll it takes on families. Kristen has worked to help change the language of substance dependence, and to see that those who are struggling get the proper help rather than continue the cycle through the criminal justice system.
Secretary Term Exp. 12/22
In Lynda’s work in the substance abuse prevention field, she partners with local schools, law enforcement agencies, and health service providers to educate people of all ages on the negative outcomes that result from drug and alcohol use and substance use disorder. She advocates for policy and system changes that prevent underage drug and alcohol use and adult misuse of legal and illegal drugs. Having seen the negative impact of drug and alcohol misuse in families, Lynda believes in the positive results that a Families Against Narcotics chapter will have in the community.
Treasurer Term Exp. 12/22
Ruth Pilon has lived in Crawford County for 34 years. She has been married to her husband, Jack, for 42 years and has 4 adult children and 4 beautiful, smart, and gifted grandchildren. Ruth has been retired for several years from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, where she held various positions, including nurse, case manager, and emergency services specialist. After retiring from full-time employment, Ruth decided to work part time as a case manager for Sobriety Court in Crawford County, a program that ended in 2019. Ruth says she joined FAN because she's "very interested in FAN as a community resource for the families of persons who are misusing or addicted to narcotics." She adds that she thinks FAN "is a much-needed benefit for our community that helps by providing ongoing information and by reducing the barrier of stigma." Ruth looks forward to helping FAN and the people who need it any way she can. In the summer, she enjoys riding her bicycle, kayaking, and gardening. In the colder months, Ruth keeps busy with book club, baking bread, origami, and traveling to southern climates.
Director Term Exp. 12/22
Angela is a youth development professional with a passion for helping kids develop and strengthen the life skills associated with substance use prevention. As a person in long-term recovery, she understands that substance use disorders often stem from unaddressed trauma or unmet emotional needs. Through her work, Angela tries to create environments and opportunities for youth to establish safe and supportive relationships with others. Through FAN, she hopes to do the same for all people with those same needs. Angela believes that lasting recovery can only come through on-going healthy relationships with ourselves and others, and is excited to play a part in growing the recovery community in Crawford County.
Director Term Exp. 12/22
A graduate of Baker College in Flint, Sherry has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2000. She has more than 20 years of experience dealing with patients who suffer from chronic pain and currently works at Munson Rehabilitation Services in Grayling. Sherry, who lives in Lovells with her fiancé Gary, has also served as a Crawford County Commissioner since 2019. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys several outdoor activities. "I have a strong passion to help others and believe everyone deserves health and happiness," Sherry says. She adds that she has dealt with family members and friends who have fought addiction. "I understand the need to beat this disease."
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