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 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.

MONTHLY MEETING

Macomb

3rd Tuesday of the Month

7:00 PM

Paradox Church

7:00 - 9:00pm

28241 Mound Rd.

Warren, MI 48092

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

 

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Willie Kalousdian
Executive President
Term Exp 12/22

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.

Karen Wood
Executive Vice President
Term Exp 12/22

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 Zemke
Executive Secretary
Term Exp 12/22

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.

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Jeremiah Campbell
Executive Treasurer
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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.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Lisa Pettyes
Director
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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 12/22

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. 

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Greg Jakub 
Director
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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. 

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Annemarie Lepore
Director
Term Exp 12/21

Bio coming soon.

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Dr. Robert Lagrou
Term Exp 12/21
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.

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Anthony Forlini 
Director
Term Exp 12/21

Bio coming soon.

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Roger J. Panella
Director
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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.

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Stephen Brillati
Director
Term Exp 12/22

Bio coming soon.

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Rony Foumia
Director
Term Exp 12/22

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.

STAFF MEMBERS

Linda Davis
Executive Director
linda@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Dunya Barash
Director of Operations
dunya@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Diane Engardio
Hope Not Handcuffs Program Director
diane@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
LaTrice Jones-Berry
Accounting Director
latrice@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Marie Giannoni
Executive Secretary
marie@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Dean Dauphinais
Operations Assistant
dean@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
David Clayton
Outreach Coordinator/HARM:LESS Program Director
david@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Tom Nahas
Creative Director
tom@familiesagainstnarcotics.org
Erin Whitkopf
COMEBACK QRT Program Director
erin@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Lisa Cattaneo-Boska

Regional Angel Coordinator/Family Coach Supervisor

lisab@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Kim Baffo

Peer Recovery Supervisor
kimb@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Kate Kerr

Regional Angel Coordinator, Northern Michigan

kate@hopenothandcuffs.com

Joann S.

Sober Living Scholarships/Support Staff

joann@hopenothandcuffs.com

Laura Chapman

Naloxone Coordinator, Macomb County

laura@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Frankee Walker

Recovery Coach Onboarding Support Coordinator

frankee@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Cheri Pfeiffer

Support Staff

cheri@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Kim VanBecelaere

Support Staff

kimv@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Andrea Brockert

Support Staff

andrea@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

Sofia Osorio-Martinez
Support Staff

sofia@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Bret Bielawski

William Beaumont Hospital
MSU-COM Internal Medicine Clinical Asst. Professor

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

 

John Brothers
President, Custom BioGenics Systems, Inc.

 

Robert Cannon
Supervisor, Clinton Township

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


Tony Gallo
President, Gallo Companies

Shane Gianino

Chief Executive Officer, Pathway Staffing

Mark Hackel
Macomb County Executive

Peter J. Lucido
Macomb County Prosecutor

 

Tiffany Morelli
RN at Troy Beaumont Emergency 

Barbara Rossmann
President and CEO, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

 

Maria Silamianos

Executive VP of Business Development & Community Outreach, Trion Solutions

Anthony Wickersham
Macomb County Sheriff

Anthony Rubino

Proforma Marketing

Family & Recovery Advisory

Dawn Beskange
Margaret Brune

David Clayton
Marie Giannoni
Mark Rudolph
Anna  Sinagra

Debby Winowiecki