IONIA & Montcalm COUNTies
The Ionia/Montcalm (I/M) FAN chapter was originally founded in 2015 by 8th Circuit Court Judge Suzanne H. Kreeger, who presides over the Ionia/Montcalm Adult Recovery Court (I/M ARC), with assistance from Phil Pavona from the Ingham-Okemos FAN chapter. Judge Kreeger saw the work being done in Lansing and wanted that opportunity for her communities. It was I/M FAN’s hope that, with the help of community volunteers, the challenges of addiction would be more understood, and its grasp on our communities would be lessened, or even removed. Due to Covid 19, our I/M FAN chapter stopped meeting. Now it is our time to re-launch and welcome back I/M FAN to our communities!
Our goal is to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and the hold it continues to have on our communities, to reduce the stigma and change the face of addiction, to educate people about the dangers of prescription and illegal narcotic use, and to support those affected by substance use disorder. Through real people sharing real stories and the use of data, we will reduce the stigma attached to addiction and create an open forum for families and professionals to receive valuable insights on the prevention and treatment of this disease.
In Ionia and Montcalm counties, the "not my car, not my house, not my kid, not my problem" belief/philosophy is killing our families and communities. These are our husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters. We will educate to raise awareness and save lives by partnering with public safety, medical professionals, insurance companies, legislators, legal professionals, schools, families, and friends, facilitating change in the way addiction is viewed and treated. Making a difference one step and one life at a time.
1st Monday of the Month
New Hope Church of God
9840 Belding Rd.
Belding, MI 48809
Jamee is a FAN Stronger Together family support group facilitator and provides resources to people who have loved ones with substance use disorder (SUD). A retired speech/language pathologist who worked in that profession for more than 41 years, she has lived in the Greenville community for nearly 35 years. Jamee grew up with a mother in addiction, who never sought recovery before her death. An adult-aged brother also passed away from SUD. Jamee's 35-year-old son, AJ, has been in recovery for 30 months now.
Ann is a full-time addiction recovery coach for Montcalm Care Network. A lifelong resident of Belding, Michigan, in Ionia County, she and her husband of 41 years have been in recovery from drugs and alcohol for 36 years. Ann became involved with Ionia-Montcalm FAN at its inception. Her goal is to reach out and assist those seeking recovery from their addictions, and to help them obtain resources to achieve a healthy lifestyle, so they can become active members in their communities.
Glen is a peer recovery coach for the 8th Circuit Court and assists those suffering from substance use disorder. He's a resident of Belding, Michigan, in Ionia County and he and his wife, Ann, have been married for over 41 years. Glen has been in recovery from substances for over 36 years. He has been involved with Ionia-Montcalm FAN since its conception. His goal is to have a positive and lasting effect on those suffering from substance use disorder by helping them obtain the resources and education to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Kyle first became an assistant prosecutor with Ionia County in 2007 and became the elected prosecutor for the county in 2016. During his career, he has been exposed to the direct and collateral consequences of addiction in a criminal justice setting. He has witnessed addiction being a variable in many of the crimes he prosecutes, even those crimes not directly related to substance use disorder. Kyle has seen families get torn apart by and through substance misuse and addiction, and has worked directly with the specialty courts in Ionia, including the Adult Recovery Court. As a person who has seen--and continues to see--the result of substance use disorder in a criminal forum, he is motivated to partner with Families Against Narcotics in order to stimulate positive change in a person’s life and provide support for those family members who have been impacted.
SGT. WILLA GORNIEWICZ
Willa completed an Associates Program for Youth Services from Grand Rapids Community College, followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris University in 2010. In 2013, she started her career with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout the years, Willa has taken on different roles and responsibilities and was promoted to sergeant within the Corrections Division in 2022. Her goal in serving on the Ionia/Montcalm Families Against Narcotics board is to utilize FAN to provide more knowledge and resources to the community. She believes that I/M FAN can give individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder the ability to take a step forward into recovery.