MACOMB COUNTY

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, educating young adults, parents, school personnel, law enforcement, judges and most of all doctors of the dangers of prescription drug abuse, especially painkillers. We currently have 22 chapters in the state of Michigan, one in North Carolina, and several more in the making.


Our mission is to educate, change the face of addiction and erase the stigma of addiction. This problem is at epidemic levels in the U.S., because people stay silent and keep addiction hidden. FAN members are brave individuals that refuse to stay silent in hopes that we raise awareness and support families who are tortured by addiction.

MONTHLY MEETING

Fraser

3rd Tuesday of the Month
7:00 - 9:00pm
Christ Church Fraser
34385 Garfield Road,
Fraser, MI 48026

Romeo

1st Tuesday of the Month
7:00 - 9:00pm
The Masonic Lodge
231 N. Main Street
Romeo, MI 48065

Warren-

4th Thursday of the Month

Paradox Church
7:00 - 9:00pm
28241 Mound Rd
Warren, MI 48092

NOTE: No meeting in November due to Thanksgiving

All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
 
CONTACT US:
586-438-8500
fan@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

 

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ryan Zemke
Executive President
Term Exp 12/20

Ryan is 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.

Karen Wood
Executive Vice President
Term Exp 12/20

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.

Willie Kalousdian
Executive Secretary
Term Exp 12/20

Willie has been a member of FAN since 2012, and joined as a person in recovery. He is a recent Graduate of Eastern Michigan University and works as a field engineer for a local construction company. Willie has been an active speaker for FAN since joining. 

Renee Campion
Executive Treasurer
Term Exp 12/20

Renee has been an Officer with the Fraser Department of Public Safety since 1998.  She served as the department's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer from 2011-2014, which led to her involvement with FAN.  She currently works the road patrol division on day shift.  Renee became the Executive Treasurer for FAN in 2013.  

BOARD MEMBERS

Lisa Pettyes
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Officer Lisa Pettyes has worked for the Fraser Department of Public Safety for over 25 years.  As a Public Safety Officer, she has worked in several assignments including road patrol, Crime Prevention, DARE, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, and Community Policing.  She is currently assigned as the Community Outreach Program and School Resource Officer. Officer Pettyes is one of the original founders of Families Against Narcotics.  As a Public Safety Officer, her passion has always been community education and bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community. Officer Pettyes’ motto is “It takes a village.”  

Raymond Skowronski Jr., D.D.S., F.A.D.I., P.C.
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Dr. Raymond Skowronski Jr. is certified by the Northeast Regional Board of Dentistry.  After graduation from De La Salle Collegiate High School, Dr. Skowronski attended the University of Detroit, earning his bachelor's degree in biology and graduating summa cum laude.  He continued his education and received his doctorate from the University of Detroit, School of Dentistry four years later.  Dr. Skowronski was very involved in his academic community, serving as the president of Psi Omega as well as being an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Alpha Sigma Nu.  Upon graduation, Dr. Skowronski's academic and clinical excellence was recognized by receiving the oral and maxillofacial surgeon's award, the Pierre Fauchard Award, the scholastic Achievement Award as well as being inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the highest academic honor achievable by any dental student.  Dr. Skowronski also attended and completed the United States Dental Institute in 1990. 

Greg Jakub 
Director
Term Exp 12/20

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. 

Korrin Krieg
Director
Term Exp 12/19
Dr. Robert Lagrou
Term Exp 12/19
Director

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.

Anthony  Forlini 
Director
Term Exp 12/19
Anthony M. Rubino
Director
Term Exp 12/19

Anthony has been married to his wife Gina for 49 years, and they have been blessed with four children and eight grandchildren. He and his brother, Dan, own several businesses in the Metro Detroit area.  Friar Tucks Restaurant, ATD Development, and Proforma Marketplace Corporate Promotions.  A member of the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter, and the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame.  He is on the Philanthropy Committee for the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, He is a past Board Member of Italian American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past Board member with Metro Networking Professionals.  One of his latest volunteer efforts is to grow an event called the Thrilla at the Villa, a night of boxing, steaks, and cigars. This event, over the past 15 years has raised funds totaling over 1.3 Million dollars to support many worthy organizations. The beneficiaries include the National MS Society, JDRF, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154, Friends of Foster Kids and FAN to name a few. He has been chosen by the Italian Community as Italian American Man of the Year in 2000, and again in 2002.   He received the honor of being chosen in 2002 to carry the Torch for the Winter Olympic Games. He also received the Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award in 1998, a National Award from the advertising industry. One of the few people to be inducted into the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Fund-raising Hall of Fame in 1997 for his exceptional fund-raising efforts.   A modest man and committed achiever, he believes in benefiting society.
 

Annemarie Lepore
Director
Term Exp 12/19
Linda Davis
Executive Director
linda@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

 
Kelley Nahas
Director of Operations
586-808-4999
kelley@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

 
Diane Engardio
Program Director--Hope Not Handcuffs
586-630-6057
diane@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Marie Giannoni
Dean Dauphinais
Erin Whitkopf
Data Analyst
586-438-8500
erin@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Lisa Cattaneo-Boska
Angel Coordinator
586-855-4701
lisab@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Bret Bielawski

William Beaumont Hospital
MSU-COM Internal Medicine Clinical Asst Professor

Matt Baffo
First Vice President/ Mortgage Conultant
First State Bank Mortgage Co. 

 

John Brothers
President, Custom BioGenics Systems, Inc.

 

Robert Cannon
Supervisor, Clinton Township

 

Glenn  Carriveau
Retired Police Sergant City of Dearborn

Dr. Anthony J. Colucci
Team Physician, Detroit Red Wings


Tony Gallo
President, Gallo Companies

 

Mark Hackel
Macomb County Executive

Peter J. Lucido
36th District Representative

 

 

 

 

Jim McKnight
Chairperson, Warren Crime Commission

Tiffany Morelli
RN at Troy Beaumont Emergency 

 

Dr. David Richards
Superintendent, Fraser Public Schools

 

Barbara Rossmann
President and CEOHenry Ford Macomb Hospitals

 

Maria  Silamianos
President, Omega HR

Eric Smith
Macomb County Prosecutor

 

Anthony Wickersham
Macomb County Sheriff

Family & Recovery Advisory

Mark Rudolph
Dawn Beskange
Margaret Brune
Jodi Dale

Diane Engardio
Marie Giannoni
Mike May
Bonnie Phillips
Debby Winowiecki

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