NOTE: Beginning in December of 2023, Macomb FAN's monthly forums will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Sterling Heights.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Founded in 2007, Families Against Narcotics is a grassroots organization originating in Fraser, Michigan. Twelve years ago, close to 100 angry and frustrated people gathered at a town hall meeting in the basement of Christ United Church in Fraser to discuss the recent deaths of several young people from heroin overdoses. Many of the attendees were grieving the loss of a loved one, others were suffering the nightmare of addiction themselves or dealing with an addicted loved one, some were in recovery, others were school personnel, law enforcement, community leaders, and concerned citizens. All shared a common concern, our kids were dying. Why was this happening and what could we do about it? Anger filled the room, and fingers were pointed, someone had to assume the blame. After several hours, tempers subsided and all who were present realized nothing would be accomplished until we found a common ground and positive avenues to tackle this issue. One of the young recovering addicts said, "Kids aren't listening to you (adults). Let us talk to them and share our real stories of addiction." Richard Ripicky, Superintendent of Fraser Schools, made it happen. The group that met in that church basement have continued their efforts, along with hundreds more, in the fight to make a difference.
We work tirelessly to educate young adults, parents, school personnel, law enforcement, judges, doctors, and other health care professionals about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, especially painkillers. FAN has grown to more than 20 chapters throughout Michigan and offers dozens of monthly support meetings across the state.
Our mission is to educate, change the face of addiction, and erase the stigma associated with the disease. Substance use disorder is at epidemic levels in the U.S., because people stay silent and keep addiction hidden. FAN members are brave people who refuse to stay silent, in hopes that we can raise awareness and support individuals and families who have been affected by addiction.
3rd Tuesday of the Month
St. Michael's Catholic Church
40501 Hayes Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
Willie has been a member of FAN since 2012 and joined as a person in recovery. He was born and raised in Macomb County, graduated from Fraser High School, and has been active in the local recovery community since he got sober in 2012. He received his bachelor’s of science (B.S.) degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2014. Willie is a successful entrepreneur and employs several people in recovery across his small businesses. Together with his family, they founded the Kyle Kalousdian Memorial Scholarship, a local charity that provides yearly scholarships to aspiring firefighters. In his spare time, Willie enjoys traveling and hiking with his wife, and spending time with family. He is honored to be able to serve on the board for FAN.
Executive Vice President
Karen Wood is the CEO of MyCare Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center which is in
Macomb County MI, operating multiple health care clinics providing primary care, podiatry, integrated
behavioral health, dental and medication-assisted treatment. Karen was born and raised in the metro Detroit area and has made Macomb her home. She received her bachelor's of science (B.S.) degree from Michigan State University. Karen is a Registered Dietitian, with a passion for serving the under-served of her community. Most of her 28-year career has been working in public health, 18 of which has been working at FQHC’s in multiple roles. She is a former FQHC Board member. She is on a journey to promote community collaborations to promote quality access to care for all. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and 3 children, trail
run with her rescued dog, boat, entertain, and travel. She feels privileged to be on the Board of FAN.
Ryan currently serves as the Magistrate and Deputy Court Administrator at the 41B District Court. He was previously a criminal defense attorney at ZemkeLaw PLLC where he served as co-defense counsel for the 41B District Court Drug & Sobriety Court Program, the 41B District Court Veteran’s Treatment Court, and the 40th District Court Drug Court. Ryan is also a former president of Helping Ensure Addicts Live (HEAL), a non-profit designed to help those suffering from addiction restore hope, gain courage, and achieve recovery by providing services designed to foster healthy life changes. He has attended training conferences through the both the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) and the National Associations of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). Ryan is an active member of local and state bar associations and has been a part of FAN since 2014.
Jeremiah is one of the founding members of Families Against Narcotics. He has been sober since July 2007 and is very active in the recovery community. He opened “Kyle’s House Sober Living” with a friend in honor of his little brother, who lost his life due to the disease of addiction. Jeremiah is a successful entrepreneur, husband, and father. His life mission is to inspire and guide people to live to their full potential.
Gregory Jakub has more than 30 years experience in health care public relations, marketing, and community relations. He has worked as manager of community relations for Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals since 2008. He is past chairman of the board for the Macomb Chamber of Commerce and former chair of its public policy committee. He received the Focus on People Award from the Henry Ford Health System Board of Trustees in 2013 and 2015 as a member of the Medical Education Government Advocacy Team. He earned a B.A. degree from Wayne State University, completed graduate studies at Central Michigan University, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Robert Lagrou
Robert J. Lagrou D.O. has dedicated his career to improving the care for patients suffering from psychiatric conditions and addiction. He has served in a variety of executive leadership positions throughout his career. Dr. Lagrou is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine. He completed Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation from Duke University. He has received numerous awards for quality improvements and has been named as HOUR Magazine's Top Doctors in Metro Detroit. Dr. Lagrou currently serves as the State Surgeon for Michigan Army National Guard. Dr. Lagrou believes in a holistic approach to patient care that combines traditional therapeutics with an integrative approach towards total mind and body health.
Roger J. Panella
Roger Panella is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Michigan Peer Review Organization (MPRO) and has more than 30 years of experience in automotive, logistics, and nonprofit charitable businesses. He is a strategic business, supply chain, and human resources executive driving process improvements and savings in the materials management, vehicle transportation, health care, compensation/organization planning, and finance functions. Prior to MPRO, Roger was COO at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council; VP Strategy, Safety, Quality and Risk Management at Allied Systems Holdings, Inc.; and was an executive at Chrysler, LLC. At Chrysler, Roger was the executive responsible for the company’s health care programs, covering 350,000 people at an annual cost of $2.5 billion. In that role, Roger co-led national negotiations with the UAW on health care programs in 2003 and 2007, collaborations that reduced costs and saved thousands of autoworker jobs. Roger has an MBA from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) and BA in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University (Broad College of Business). He has also completed an executive development program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Named 2021 Pharmacist of the Year by the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists, Rony Foumia has been a licensed pharmacist in Michigan since 1999 after earning his bachelor’s from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2017 to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and reappointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2019. He also serves as an executive board member on the Oakland County Pharmacists Association, executive board member for the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals and as a representative on the Lakes Area Community Coalition. Foumia is passionate about helping the less fortunate and those in need, along with mentoring dozens of pharmacy students across the country. He is also actively involved in helping combat the opioid crisis by holding community events throughout Michigan. He was named the 2020 National Person of the Year by Dispensary of Hope, a charitable medication distributor that delivers critical medicine--free of cost--to people in need.
With 29 years of sobriety under his belt, Brian Cousins uses his skills to “give back” or “pay it forward” in the realm of behavioral health services such as addiction, mental health, and recovery. He is a proven leader who took over in 2017 as Executive Director for Faith Recovery Center, a transitional home for individuals suffering from addiction and/or mental illness. Through mentorship and support, he led the efforts to implement best practices that made significant impacts in the lives of his clients, their family, and their friends. Brian continued to serve this population as Clinic Director at AIM Recovery, where he was the primary liaison between the medical and therapeutic side of the facility and his primary focus was in business development and admissions. Currently, Brian navigates the overwhelming path of entering treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and mental illness for individuals in need. Part of Foundations Recovery Network, the treatment division of UHS, Inc., Brian works with a portfolio of facilities throughout the country, including Skywood Recovery in Michigan. Most important, he is committed to finding the best clinical fit for an individual, regardless of the company. Brian is honored to join the Executive Board of Families Against Narcotics, where he will continue to impact lives with a team of like-minded people.
Adam Shammami, DO
Dr. Shammami attended Wayne State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in radiation therapy technology in 2002. He obtained his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and completed his residency training in family medicine at St. John Providence in Southfield in 2011. Following residency, Dr. Shammami developed an interest in addiction medicine and has practiced in both inpatient residential and outpatient addiction treatment centers. His professional interest includes addiction medicine and academic medicine. Dr. Shammami has an academic appointment at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and is faculty physician at the Beaumont Family Medicine Residency Program in Sterling Heights. In 2018, he was the recipient of substantial grant funding to develop a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Clinic at the Family Medicine Center, where he is collaborating with a multidisciplinary interprofessional team to expand and implement a Substance Use Disorder Clinic and serves as the SUD Clinic Medical Director. A co-leader of several committees at his institution that focus on continued expansion of SUD services within the community, Dr. Shammami enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and traveling in his spare time.
Dr. Bret Bielawski
William Beaumont Hospital
MSU-COM Internal Medicine Clinical Asst. Professor
First Vice President/Mortgage Consultant
First State Bank Mortgage Co.
President, Custom BioGenics Systems, Inc.
Supervisor, Clinton Township
Dr. Anthony J. Colucci D.O.
Team Physician, Detroit Red Wings
President, Gallo Companies
Chief Executive Officer, Pathway Staffing
Macomb County Executive
Beaumont Family Medicine Center
Peter J. Lucido
Macomb County Prosecutor
RN at Troy Beaumont Emergency
Owner, Luigi's "Original" Restaurant
President and CEO, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals
Executive VP of Business Development & Community Outreach, Trion Solutions
Dr. Raymond Skowronski, DDS, FADI, PC
Skowronski Family Dentistry
Macomb County Sheriff