GENESEE COUNTY

The FAN Genesee County chapter was organized in response to the many families that are being affected by a loved one's drug addiction in this county. Home to the city of Flint, a city that is well known for its high crime rate and widespread drug problems, Genesee County families have welcomed this chapter with open arms.  The county is comprised of 11 cities and 13 townships. Often times, the families are left behind to suffer through this time alone, ashamed and stigmatized.  We strive to provide the family, friends and recovering person a place to come together and realize that they are not alone, that addiction is in fact a disease and this disease can be managed if we all do our part.

   

Our purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription narcotics, to reduce the stigma, and to support those affected by addiction.  Our mission is to save lives by empowering individuals and communities through education, to prevent and someday eradicate addiction. Through our Real People Sharing Real Stories, we reduce the stigma attached to addiction and create an open forum for families and professionals to receive valuable insight.  By partnering with insurance companies, medical professionals, legislators, the legal community, public safety, schools and other help organizations, we hope to facilitate change in the way addiction is viewed and treated.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

FAN Monthly Forums

4th Thursday of every month at 7pm

East Flint Church of the Nazarene

3515 North Belsay Rd. , Flint, MI 48506

NOTE: No meeting in November or December due to the holidays. Normal meeting schedule will resume in 2020.

FAN Weekly Nar-Anon Support Meeting

Held every Thursday evening at 7pm 

3515 North Belsay Rd., Flint, MI 48506

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

(810) 410-6010
genesee@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Judge Mark Latchana
President
Term Exp 12/20

Judge Latchana was elected to the 67th for a term that began January 2011. Prior to being elected, Judge Latchana served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for five years and was in private practice for 8 years. He attended Michigan State University 1994 and Wayne State Law School graduating Cum Laude in 1997.

 

Judge Latchana is a member of the Davison Chamber of Commerce and the Davison Optimist Club. He has presided over the Genesee County Adult Felony Drug Court and Adult Felony Urban Drug Court programs since the beginning of 2012. He views each and every session of drug court as an opportunity to change the course of the participants' lives and to learn more about addiction. Judge Latchana is committed to helping those that suffer from addiction. It is by helping those who break the law to feed an addiction that we can protect society from the effects of drug addiction. 

Aaron Rubio
Vice President
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Aaron's involvement with FAN began in 2014. He was dealing with addiction in both his immediate and extended family. He was on a quest for answers and resources, and after numerous calls and online searches, he was informed about a Nar-Anon support group in Lapeer. That same group of people also attended the FAN Lapeer County Chapter meetings. His quest for info was at a peak and FAN provided what he needed to get answers. It wasn’t long after this that he helped launch the Genesee County Chapter where he lived.  Aaron was caught off guard when this disease affected his family and information and resources were scarce. One of his passions is making sure that information is more readily available for those who would become entrenched in the world of addiction as well, both the person affected and their support system. FAN Genesee County was launched in 2014. This has allowed him to help create the information, resources and support needed for Genesee County. It has been a great journey and he will continue to press on and provide education and awareness throughout the community, inside schools, hospitals and any venue that we can enlighten. 

Haley Bukoffsky
Secretary
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Cheri Pfieffer
Treasurer
Term Exp 12/20

Cheri's involvement with Families Against Narcotics (FAN) began in Lapeer County.  She was looking for a support group that could help her cope with her oldest son's heroin addiction, and also hoping to meet people that had the same concerns as she did in regards to stigma,  lack of education on addiction and lack of adequate detoxification and rehabilitation facilities. As a parent, when your teenager or adult child tells you they are ready for rehab, it should not take two weeks on a waiting list. Through FAN she has been given the opportunity to be proactive in the community.  This now is her passion and her duty to help families afflicted with addiction and substance abuse.  Families are the core of a loved one's recovery and strengthening the family by education, tools for drawing boundaries and offering families support meetings, has been a huge success for FAN and she is so proud to be a part of it.  Her son has been clean and sober since August 24th, 2013.

BOARD MEMBERS

Angie Clark
Director
Term Exp 12/21

Angie became involved with FAN after discovering her son was a heroin addict and had been for about a year.  Her family was torn apart by this disease, she felt embarrassed and alone. Finding FAN helped het to get the support her family needed to move forward. She hopes to help bring that support to other families going through this.

Debbie Grantham
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Debbie recently felt led to join the Genesee FAN board because her family had been affected by the disease of addiction. FAN helped them find recovery over a year ago. She wanted to help educate others and help end the stigma about this disease.  It does not discriminate. It can start innocently with drugs prescribed by doctors.  Another mission for her serving on this board is to share the "Hope" she has found though God's word and uniting with others who have faced some of the same struggles.  She has been blessed to be married to her husband Mark for 31 years. They have a son, daughter, son in law and 3 beautiful grandchildren.  She enjoys volunteering at her church and community. She has also worked at Kroger in Swartz Creek for 10 years.

Daniel Martinez, BA, CADC-M
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Daniel was born and raised in San Antonio, TX.  In 1992 he moved to Saint Joseph, MO, where he worked as a Forensic Dual Diagnosis Counselor for the Saint Joseph State Hospital (currently named the Northwest Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center) until 2004. In 2004, he transitioned to Fenton, Michigan and became employed by Insight Recovery Services as an Addiction Counselor for the probation and parole population. In addition, he provided services at Catholic Charities followed by New Paths, Inc. until 2011. Presently he is employed by the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center as director of rehabilitation services.

Randi Novak
Director
Term Exp 12/19

Randi became involved with FAN Genesee County after becoming an Angel for Hope Not Handcuffs Macomb County. She was searching for information and guidance on how to handle her son’s heroin addiction.  After her first meeting at FAN, she found out she was not alone, they helped her to breathe again.  The group helped Randi learn how to care for herself, which also assisted her in her relationship with her son. She learned how to love without enabling. She is now a Certified Interventionist and a Certified Family Recovery Coach.  She transitioned to Hope Not Handcuffs in Genesee County once they launched in June of 2017 and became their Online Assessment Coordinator. She is very passionate about promoting recovery for our loved ones while fighting against the stigma and shame of addiction.  "Together we can stop empty chairs at our tables. Recovery happens!"

Erin McClelland
Director
Term Exp 12/19

A board member since October of 2017, Erin is currently the director of clinical services at New Paths, Inc. She has been in the substance use disorder field since 1999. Most of these years have been spent as a clinical therapist treating substance use and mental health disorders. Erin has her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Erin is the board president for the Genesee County Prevention Coalition and this is how she was introduced to FAN in Genesee County. She has played an active role in engaging the community and local police officials with the Hope Not Handcuffs initiative. She is currently a volunteer "Angel." Erin's focus is to assist those suffering with addiction by focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of recovery. Erin spends time educating others on the disease of addiction. It is important for families, friends, and loved ones to understand that addiction doesn't have one cure. It's a lifelong process and support is beneficial for those impacted by addiction.  

Wilma Webb
Director
Term Exp 12/19

Wilma joined FAN in 2016 after learning that her son had been addicted to meth and cocaine for many years. After becoming aware of his addiction, she found that she had no idea where to turn.  Then she discovered that FAN spreads the message that there is support for the disease of addiction and that the stigma needs to be removed. She is a graduate of St. Joseph School of Nursing and has worked for 49 years as an RN at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint and Genesys Health Systems in Grand Blanc. She is currently retired.

Jenna Pillow
Director
Term Exp 12/20

ADVISORY BOARD

Patrick Richard
D/F/Lt. Commander 
MSP - Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG)
 
Dr. Michael Danic 
Anesthesiologist, Genesys Medical Center

Celia Perez-Booth
Acupuncturist, Retired Counselor

Brighton Hospital, Mott Community College 

Stephanie Rubio
Executive Director,Surgical Center at HealthPark


Tara Moreno
The Serenity House of Flint


Bryon Boston 
Wellness Services

Miles Gadola
Court Liason, New Paths Inc.

Dana Baumgart
Coordinator, 67th District Drug Court

Jenna Pillow
Peer Recovery Coach, New Paths Inc.

Nicole Rose 

Peer Recovery Coach/Case Manager, Sacred Heart
    

Rylee Rubio
Student Nurse University of Michigan, Flint
 

Jessica Kuzawinski
Peer Recovery Coach Genesee Community Health Center

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