MARQUETTE COUNTY

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The Marquette County FAN chapter will be officially launching with their first FAN Forum on Tuesday, May 17th, at 5:30 pm, at Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855. Please come out and join/support us! 

It’s 2:30 am. You get the call. Your loved one has been arrested. Possession with the intent to sell.  What do you do? It doesn’t end. It keeps on going. You are living with a loved one who you know has a substance use disorder (SUD) and you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Your sister was in an accident, months ago, and was prescribed a painkiller. She comes to you asking for some of your leftover prescription Vicodin because she ran out and needs more. What do you say? Do you give it to her?

What do you do when you witness family and friends struggle with the crisis of addiction year after year? It wasn’t until attending a FAN chapter-sponsored conference on SUD that we learned that there is an organization able and willing to help communities support one another. Families Against Narcotics was formed as a community’s response to the real crisis in their midst. Our community is filled with caring and helping individuals who are affected by addiction in one way or the other and are willing to come forward to serve and support one another.

Marquette FAN has made a commitment to integrate cultural diversity awareness support and has made a point to address substance use disorders by educating and utilizing cultural teachings when beneficial for the community. As such, Marquette FAN recognized this important component and has made sure there is room for inclusion.

Marquette County Families Against Narcotics was established to serve our community, hand holding hand, step by step, working together to support each other in the fight against the stigma and judgment surrounding addiction.

 

We are here to help. You are not alone in this. Marquette FAN strives to assist those affected by addiction by utilizing community resources to aid in the recovery process. Together, with our partners in the judicial system, healthcare community, and educational system, along with individuals in the recovering community and all other elements of our community, we shall provide awareness, education, and solutions to this situation. Please join us and become a part of the solution.

MONTHLY MEETING

3rd Tuesday of the Month

5:30 pm

Peter White Public Library

217 N. Front St.
Marquette, MI 49855

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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RYAN REDMOND

President Term Exp. 12/24

Ryan was born in upstate New York and grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. He attended college at Oakland Community College, where he studied psychology and social work, and has since become state certified as a Peer Recovery Coach and as a Community Health Worker. Currently attending Northern Great Lakes Synod to become a licensed Lay Pastor, Ryan serves as the Campus Ministry Director for First Presbyterian Church. He identifies as someone who is in long-term recovery,  which means he abstains from drugs and alcohol. Ryan has five beautiful children: Ryatt, Luci, Rome, Ruby--who is their guardian angel in Heaven--and Ruth. In his free time, Ryan hikes, works out at the Y, volunteers, and teaches yoga as a certified yoga instructor. He is the founder and Executive Director for Superior Housing Solutions, which was born out of a need in his life for structure, purpose, and accountability. In and out of treatment centers for the better part of his early adult life, Ryan's experience put him in a unique position to understand where the need is for the vulnerable and people in recovery. His hope is that with Superior Housing Solutions and his involvement with FAN, he can continue to reduce stigma within communities, work a plan for the individual, reintegrate addicts and the vulnerable into their communities with happy healthy lives, and give back to the community in which he serves.

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STEVE HULL

Vice President  Term Exp. 12/24

Steve graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He is the co-founder of Youth Arts: Unlocked and is the current board chair. With more than 10 years of child welfare experience, Steve is currently the Program Manager of MDHHS (Marquette/Alger/Schoolcraft counties).  He enjoys engaging in the communities he serves. 

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TRECIA NICKERSON

Secretary Term Exp. 12/24

Trecia has worked for Community Action Alger Marquette for 20 years, starting as an aide in 2001 before becoming an Early Head Start Home Visitor. From there, she became a Head Start Family Advocate and eventually took the role as Family Services Manager. Trecia has two bachelor’s degrees from Northern Michigan University, one in criminal justice and the other in sociology. She is the chairperson of the local Marquette County Community Baby Shower and also on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity. Trecia believes FAN can bring the community together and fight the disease of addiction. She has personally seen what addiction has done to her community and is excited to be a part of bringing FAN to Marquette County.

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COURTNEY BRUSSO

Treasurer Term Exp. 12/24

Courtney is a licensed therapist and a certified addictions counselor. She is currently employed with NorthCare Network, the funding source for mental health and substance use services in the Upper Peninsula. Courtney has worked in mental health/substance use since 2005 and also has been clean and sober for the past 26 years. When first introduced to FAN at a conference, Courtney had the opportunity to hear one of the founders of the organization describe how he coped with a family member’s addiction. She was--and still is--very impressed with the principles of FAN and the how it effectively utilizes all of a community's resources to address this disease. "It takes all of us," Courtney says. "We all bring something to the table. I am very grateful to be a part of the solution."

BOARD MEMBERS

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BARBIE DUPRAS

Director  Term Exp. 12/24

Barbie was born and raised in Marquette, graduating from Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University. She has been in the early childhood field for over 45 years and loves working with parents and supporting their efforts to meet the demands of working and caring for their children. One change Barbie has seen over the years is an increase in the devastation of addiction in young families. She became interested in FAN at a conference in the Soo a few years ago. "FAN brings the whole community together to support one another without stigma or judgment," Barbie states. "I believe Marquette County can support our residents and help protect our children from this crisis. I am looking forward to Marquette County becoming a healthy environment for everyone."

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KRISTINE KIVELA

Director  Term Exp. 12/24

Being born in Marquette and raised in Ishpeming, Kristine has always loved her hometown. She is passionate about helping others and changed careers to do just that. Kristine has worked for Community Action Alger Marquette in the past and came back to work as a bus driver knowing that she could have direct contact with the community. When her first husband became dependent on opioids, Kristine did everything she could to help him. But she found that she had lost herself in the process of trying to save him and their family, including their twin daughters. "I wanted nothing more than to keep our family together," Kristine reveals. "But after nearly 12 years, and numerous overdoses, I made the decision to end the marriage and get my girls out of that environment." Kristine's first husband made it 17 months after the divorce before ultimately losing his battle with addiction. "FAN is something that may have been a wonderful resource back then, so I am all about bringing awareness and resources to our community," Kristine says. "Addiction does not discriminate."

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DR. DAVID GUINN

Director Term Exp. 12/24

Dr. David Guinn (DNP, FNP-BC) is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience caring for adults and adolescents. His passion is addiction medicine and the treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Dr. Guinn earned a B.S.N. degree from the University of North Carolina, completed graduate studies at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and received his doctorate from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. He currently sees patients at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, with offices in Marquette and Gwinn. In his spare time, Dr. Guinn enjoys traveling and watching movies with his wife and four children. He considers it an honor to serve on the board of Families Against Narcotics to help spread awareness of substance addiction/dependency among the community of Marquette and abroad.  

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KHADIJAH WILSON

Director Term Exp. 12/24

Khadijah--or, as her friends call her, Kaye--was born in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. She came to the United States so she could attend college, obtain a nursing degree, and become a registered nurse. After working as a nurse in Redbank, New Jersey, Kaye spent most of her time as a nurse for a cardiologist in Tampa, Florida. She also worked as an administrative assistant for the Sligh Masjid in Tampa and assisted members with translating documents. Following the death of her first husband, Kaye moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she served as campaign manager for Obama for Ohio and as an advocate for low-income residents in the state. Kaye's second husband, Dr. Carter Wilson, head of the Department of Political Science at Northern Michigan University (NMU), brought Kaye from Toledo to Marquette. While living in Marquette, Kaye has been involved with several community organizations. She was the President of Toastmasters International and has worked with Rotary West of Marquette, the SART team for the Women’s Center, and the Community Baby Shower. She also served on the board for the Women's Center and UPHP and is currently a member of NMU’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. A few years ago, Kaye created a nonprofit organization called the Queen's Heart. This organization provides household items to Marquette community groups that serve low-income clientele: homeless shelters, nursing homes, veteran centers, and others. A mother of two, Kaye enjoys arts and crafts, decorating, learning American history, kayaking, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her grandson.

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CHARLIE YEAGER

Director Term Exp. 12/24

Charlie dedicated his career to helping youth strive to be the best they can be. He has been an explorer, reclamation specialist, broadcast engineer, dog musher, teacher, technology coordinator, prevention specialist, and a regional school health coordinator. In Michigan, Charlie worked for the NICE Community School District and MARESA (Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency). Five years ago, he and his wife, Ann, started the only Nar-Anon Family Group in Marquette County. The father of three adult sons, Charlie is also a grandfather to three grandkids. Besides spending time with his grandchildren, he keeps busy maple sugaring, kayaking, canoeing, biking, hiking, building with timber frame and cordwood, gardening, keeping bees, and baking bread.

ADVISORY BOARD

Theresa Sell

Financial Advisor

Elevation Retirement

 

Deb Carello

MAPS Coordinator

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center

Mary Jenerou

Executive Membership Liaison

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Dr. T. Michael Kates, FABPM

Family Medicine

UP Health Systems Marquette

Jenna Luoma

Family Advocate

Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM)

Jesslyn Ward

Family Advocate

Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM)

Randy Perry

Community Member

Dana LaPorte

Community Manager

IMPACT Community

Barb Olsen

Supportive Services for Veterans and Families

CAAM Health Care Navigator

Samantha Ledbetter

MSU Psychiatry Resident

Michigan State University

Mandy Bonesteel

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
OPEN-MSU Opioid Prevention and Education Network

Tim Sholander

D/Lt UPSET Team

Michigan State Police

Kayleigh Babcock

Men's Case Manager

Great Lakes Recovery

Stephanie Bryan

Outreach Caseworker

Superior Housing Solutions

Melissa DeMarse

UP Behavioral Health Consultant

Michigan Opioid Collaborative

Ashly Gleason

Health Education Specialist

Coordinator, Marquette County Cares Coalition (MC2)

Ginny Machiela

Grant Writer/Compliance Manager

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