Isabella County 

SAGINAW CHIPPEWA TRIBE

Within the last 10 years opioid overdoses have become more pervasive in the Central Michigan area as with the rest of the country.  The opiate epidemic is sweeping throughout our communities with widespread devastation and heartache, despite the fact of it being a rural community.

This epidemic has altered the course of future generations. Every overdose and death; the impact is devastating.  We as a community want to help. Family Against Narcotics more commonly known as FAN was presented to offer hope.  

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Leaders and surrounding counties are reaching out to join forces and support with the help of the Okemos and Fraser FAN chapters. Our communities have spoken and no one is immune from this terrible disease. Our mission is to “stand up against addiction.”

MONTHLY MEETING

1st Thursday of the Month 7:00- Support

Tribal's Operation Senior Room

Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
 

3rd Thursday of the Month 7:00-Forum

Ziibiwing Cultural Center

6650 E Broadway Rd,
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
 
CONTACT US:
1-517-515-0014
saginawchip@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Debra Schafer
President
Term Exp 12/20

Debra Schafer has 25 years in the Human Services field. She has worked with people who are homeless,
those in need of jobs, and those at risk of losing children to foster care due to abuse and neglect. For
the past 12 months she has taken a new path into the adventure of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Prevention and Outreach with Ten Sixteen Recovery Network. Her new position as the Prevention and
Outreach Manager covers two key areas: To manage the Prevention Programs and Staff in Clare,
Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta and Osceola Counties, and to manage the Project ASSERT program and staff
in the Emergency Departments in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola
counties. Project ASSERT stands for Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services, Education and Referral to
Treatment. This program places a Wellness Advocate in the Emergency Department of the hospital to
provide direct services to those in need. She also has been in recovery from a substance use disorder
since May 23, 1987.

Dawn Morrow
Term Exp 12/20
Vice President
Kt Bouchard
Term Exp 12/20
Secretary
Cheryl R. Gonzalez
Term Exp 12/20
Treasurer

Cheryl R. Gonzalez works as an Administrative Assistant and volunteers as a Wellness Advocate at Central Michigan University (CMU). She offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Leadership Studies with a specialized track in Public Sector Leadership, along with valuable work experience gained over a 23-year management career. She is currently working towards her Master of Science Administration (MSA) in Leadership at CMU. Cheryl joined the Isabella County Human Rights Committee (HRC) in March 2018 and the Isabella County – Saginaw Chippewa Families Against Narcotics (FAN) as the Executive Treasurer in July 2018. She is an advisor for the CMU Powwow Committee and is an active member of the Michigan Indian Family Olympics Committee. Cheryl was raised in Nebraska and has witnessed close family members struggle with addiction her entire life. She finds relief in working towards a better tomorrow by offering service to the Family Against Narcotics Isabella County chapter.  

BOARD MEMBERS

Candace Benzinger
Director

Candice is a married mother of two and a grandmother of one.  On August 6th of 2016, her life forever changed when her son overdosed on drugs and passed away as a result.  Since his passing, Candace has joined FAN as an alternate in the hopes of saving lives by telling her sons story.  In honor of her son, her mission is to educate, inform and spread awareness regarding the evil effects of drug abuse.  Candace has been employed with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for over 30 years and currently serves the community on the Saginaw Chippewa Healing to Wellness Alcohol/Drug Court team.
 
 

Heather Syrette
Director
Lupe Gonzalez
Director

Guadalupe Gonzalez, a tribal member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, is currently the Extension Coordinator at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in English.  She has worked in many facets of the tribal organization including, gaming, Ziibiwing, Youth LEAD, Tribal Court, Education, Language and Behavioral Health.  She is a lifelong resident of the central Michigan area and her career’s focus has been with the tribe for the betterment of Anishinabe people.

ADVISORY BOARD

Louanna Bruner
Anishinabe Workforce Developer
Saginaw Chippewa Human Resources

 

Lorna Call
Tribal Elder
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community

 

Kristen “Lucy” Cantu
Community Member
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community

 

Kim Douglas-Waugh
Speaker in Recovery

 

Ethan Hunt
President
Saginaw Chippewa Youth Council

 

Montana Hunt
Community Member
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community

 

Morgan Mena
Speaker in Recovery
 

Jasmine McFall
Speaker in Recovery

Christy Onstott
Alanon Participant
 

Marie Kequom
Elders Advisory Board
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

 

Sheilgh Jackson
Assistant Elders' Advocate
Andahwood Senior Care

 

Kelly Jones, RN
Registered Nurse
McLaren Central Emergency Department

Cameron Kole
Community Member in Recovery
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community
 

Barb Sprague
Elders Advisory Board
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

 

Joseph Sowmick
Healing Wellness Coordinator
Saginaw Chippewa Judicial Services

 

Carol Talley
Community Member
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community

 

Brian Wagner
Gratiot County Representative
 

Michael White
Community Service Trooper
Michigan State Police

 

Mandy Wigren
Tribal Victim Assistance Specialist

United States Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Michigan

 

Courtney Wemigwans
Administrative Assistant II
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Finance Operations

 

Nichola Wildy
Registered Nurse
McLaren Central Emergency Department

 

Daniel Wilkerson
Facility Medical Director
McLaren Central Emergency Department

 

Laura Yoder
Sponsor in Recovery

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