NORTHWEST WAYNE

The Northwest Wayne County FAN chapter began with conversations--among parents who had lost children to heroin overdose; among family members struggling with loved ones in active addiction; and among treatment professionals dealing with families in desperate need of resources and support. There was growing awareness of FAN chapters in other parts of the state that were offering families support, working to end stigma, and creating positive change in the treatment of addiction in the community.  FAN chapters existed in Macomb, Genesee, and Kent Counties, and at least eight chapter regions existed in Oakland County. But there was not a single FAN chapter in Wayne County.  A group of us living in northwestern Wayne County--all impacted by addiction in one way or another--decided it was time to change that.
 

Too often, families are left to struggle with the burdens of addiction on their own, feeling ashamed and stigmatized. We strive to provide families, friends, and recovering people a place to come together and realize that they are not alone, that addiction is in fact a disease, and that this disease can be managed if we all do our part.  Our monthly forum offers a support network for those affected by addiction.  Through guest speakers and personal stories, we aim to raise awareness and provide education.      
   
Our mission is to save lives by empowering individuals and communities through education, prevention, and support.  By partnering with treatment professionals, the legal community, public safety, schools, and other help organizations, we hope to facilitate change in the way addiction is viewed and treated in our community.
 

MONTHLY MEETING

1st Monday of the Month

6:30-8:30
Summit on the Park Banquet & Conference Center
46000 Sumit Parkway
Canton, MI 48188

All are welcome to attend.
(Children 10 and older please.)
 
CONTACT US:

248-767-9412
nwwayne@familiesagainstnarcotics.org

 

2019 Public Forum Schedule


Family & Friends Support Group

Grief Support Group

The Addiction-Trauma Connection

November 2018 Public Forum 

Steve Wiland

Stecker MI Marijuana Law Presentation 

Feb 2019.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Lauren Rousseau
President
Term Exp 12/20

Lauren Rousseau is a professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.  From 2010 to 2012, she was legal guardian of a young man who became addicted to heroin, and who lost his life after multiple attempts at treatment. Professor Rousseau’s experience with this young man affected her profoundly, starting her on a path of service to families struggling with addiction. In addition to her role as president of the Northwest Wayne County FAN chapter, Professor Rousseau serves on the board of directors of Access to Bankruptcy Court, a nonprofit corporation that provides free legal representation to low-income clients. Professor Rousseau has organized and presented at symposiums focused on addiction and the heroin/opioid epidemic, and co-presented a webinar for the State Bar of Michigan on this subject. She is one of the founders of Unite to Face Addiction--Michigan, which organized a statewide rally in June of 2016 to bring awareness and eliminate stigma associated with addiction.  In September of 2016, Professor Rousseau was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its “Class of 2016 Women in the Law," in recognition of her work to raise awareness regarding addiction and to improve access to treatment. Prior to joining WMU Cooley, Professor Rousseau served as vice president, general counsel of a local automotive supplier; senior litigation attorney at Ford Motor Company; and associate attorney at the law firm Dykema Gossett.

Dara Cockrum
Vice President
Term Exp 12/20

Dara Cockrum is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has been in the healthcare field for seventeen years, three of which have been in the area of addiction, working extensively with addiction medicine specialists, pharmacists, addiction counselors, and detoxification centers. She has been active in several community programs and organizations throughout metropolitan Detroit to help better our communities. Her hope is to educate the community, raise awareness of the disease of addiction, break the stigma associated with addiction, and provide resources and hope to those who are suffering. 

 Judge Laura Redmond Mack
Secretary
Term Exp 12/22

Laura Redmond Mack has been chief judge of the 29th District Court in the city of Wayne for the last 14 years. She is a director of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals, and serves on the State Court Administrative Office Trial Court Performance Measures, Mental Health Advisory, and Education Committees. In addition to her district court docket, Judge Mack presides over the Western Wayne County Regional Behavioral Treatment Court (RBTC), which originated in October, 2013. The RBTC is a dynamic collaboration between the criminal justice and community mental health systems. In 2015, the program expanded to include 11 Wayne County District Courts. Also during her tenure at the 29th District Court, Judge Mack started teen court, truancy diversion, and eviction diversion programs to further collaborate with disparate systems to solve community problems. In 2017, she was honored to receive a Woman in Law - Class of 2017 award from Michigan Lawyers Weekly for her mental health and other outreach activities. Before her appointment to the bench in 2003, Judge Mack practiced law in the areas of tax, estate, and retirement planning at Seyburn Kahn, P.C. 

Kelly O'Reilly
Treasurer
Term Exp 12/20

Kelly has a daughter who has been fighting the battle against heroin for more than eight years, and she knows all too well the hardships that parents face when their loved ones are struggling with addiction. Kelly is passionate about raising awareness about the dangers of drug misuse and addiction, educating the public, and helping to support families that are dealing with loved ones in recovery or in active addiction. Kelly is a warm-hearted, caring person who puts others before herself, and exhibits this as an active volunteer member in her community.  She is making it her life mission to positively improve the statistics in the battle against this ongoing drug epidemic.  

BOARD MEMBERS

Jacki McGowan
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Jacki McGowan is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in learning disabilities. Jacki has worked in the public education system for 30 years. She currently is a teacher consultant for students with disabilities at an alternative high school. Jacki’s oldest son has been battling active addition for more than 5 years. Her passion is to help promote education regarding the risks of opioid addiction to our community; to help stop the stigma of addiction; to work for policy change in providing access to treatment; and to provide hope to family members who are suffering, by sharing that they can not only learn to live a new normal, but can ultimately thrive.

Andy Hopson
Director
Term Exp 12/20

Andy Hopson is a person in long-term recovery, and for him that means he hasn’t had a drink or drug since 1991. Throughout his addiction journey, Andy has sponsored many people struggling with substance use disorder, and has supported many parents in helping their addicted children find recovery from their disease.  Andy owned and operated a recovery residence for two years, and has spoken on the subject of addiction at treatment centers in Michigan and California.  He has also mentored individuals in treatment from addiction.  Andy is a parent of four children, three of whom are (or were) struggling with addiction.  Andy’s daughter has been in recovery from addiction for five years; his oldest son is currently in prison due to his addiction; and his youngest son lost his life to his addiction in May 2016.  

Alfred Brock
Director
Term Exp 12/19

Alfred Brock is the director of The Wayne Focus, a literacy-based organization providing services to all ages.  He has 30 years of experience in the fields of information technology and communications. Some of Alfred’s relatives have been severely impacted by the opioid epidemic. He provides support information and educational materials to medical professionals, law enforcement departments, and educational institutions, including an elementary school, high school, and college. He writes extensively on the problems associated with addiction to raise awareness and the level of conversation about it.    

Scott Schadel
 
Director
Term Exp 12/21

Scott Schadel is the administrator of substance use disorder services at Hegira Health, Inc. and leads the oversight and development of substance use disorder services for the organization. He received his Master's of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor through the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.  Scott began his career in 1994 as a therapist working in residential and outpatient programs with adolescents and adults struggling with addiction. He was eventually promoted to multiple management positions and has served as a clinical supervisor and administrator for the last 13 years. Scott has been a speaker at many professional, collegiate, and community events, and enjoys sharing his experiences, knowledge, and passion for serving the SUD population with others.  Scott strongly believes that change is possible for all those struggling with addiction, especially those who want to make a difference in their lives today.

Samantha Carducci
Director
Term Exp 12/21

Samantha Carducci is a Masters Level Social Worker and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She is a proud member of the National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Chapter. She began her clinical career providing psychotherapy for geriatric clients with severe and persistent mental illness in the Older Adult Services program at Neighborhood Service Organization, a nonprofit community mental health provider located in Detroit. She currently provides mental health services to inmates at Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in the Michigan Department of Corrections. She has spent years working with dual-diagnosed clients that face the challenges of mental illness and co-morbid substance abuse disorders. She is passionate about political advocacy, restorative justice, and volunteer work in the community that supports all such clients and family members. She is in long-term recovery from addiction.

ADVISORY BOARD

Angela Bogota
School Programs Coordinator

Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities

Karen Bonanno

Executive Director, Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition

Sarah Bono
Foundations Recovery Network

Dr. Carl Christensen
Medical Director at Dawn Farm;
Christensen Recovery Services;
Specialist in Addiction Medicine"


Heather DeJesus
Grief Support Programs Coordinator
Northwest Wayne FAN


Dr. Michael Fox

Specialist in Addiction Medicine and General Practice 
 

Deborah Garrett

Director of Recovery Communication, R.E.A.L MI.; Certified Prevention Specialist and Peer Recovery Mentor

 

Chief Jeff Jedrusik
City of Westland Police Department

Lt. Richard Kummert

City of Westland Police Deptartment

 

Chief Alan Maciag 
City of Northville Police Department

Dev Matta
Pharmacist, Devz Pharmacy

 

The Honorable Kathleen McCann
Judge, 16th District Court, Livonia
 

The Honorable Mark McConnell
Judge, 18th District Court, Westland

Paul Motz

Director, Westland Youth Assistance Program
 

Breeda K. O’Leary

Attorney, Fausone Bohn, LLP

Prosecutor, City of Westland

Darlene Owens
Director, Substance Use Disorder Initiatives
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Joseph Paliwoda
Chief Executive Officer, Personalized Nursing Lighthouse.

 

The Honorable James A. Plakas
Judge, 35th District Court, Plymouth 


Lisa Sellinger

Yoga Instructor
 

Jason Schwartz
Clinical Director, Dawn Farm

Lt. Michael Steckel
Canton Police Department

 

Patrick Stropes, CPRM, CPRC, RCSS

Manager, Rescue Recovery Peer Support Services , Court Liaison 

Community Intervention & Treatment (CITx)

Growth Works. Inc.

Dr. Stanley Szczotka
Director of Student Legal Affairs, Wayne-Westland School District

 

The Honorable Jodi Debbrecht Switalski
Partner, The Stutman Switalski Group; Of Counsel, Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC; Judge, 51st District Court (ret.)
 

Pat Williams 
Canton Township Supervisor

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