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 FORUMS SUSPENDED THROUGH MAY 1ST DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
1st Monday of the Month
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Summit on the Park Banquet & Conference Center
46000 Summit Parkway
Canton, MI 48188
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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.
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Dara Cockrum is a Sr. Speciality Representative for Orexo. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and has been in the healthcare field for 20 years, 6 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. Dara's passion runs deep for this disease state. Because of her involvement with Orexo and passion for helping others, she wanted to give back and join FAN to help her community. Her main goal is to provide collaboration between legal, medical, law enforcement, and treatment and prevention groups. She hopes to help patients and families get their dignity back and not feel so isolated being caught up in the midst of this disease.
Judge Laura Redmond Mack
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Elise DuBois is a Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC) working toward full licensure, and clinical outreach coordinator for Newport Academy, a therapeutic treatment program for teens and young adults. She has worked in the mental health and treatment field for more than 10 years, and is a person in long-term recovery herself. Prior to working in the field of addiction, Elise worked for 13 years in automotive marketing in the Detroit area. She brings the combined knowledge of marketing, outreach, clinical treatment, and recovery to our FAN board of directors. Elise is looking forward to spreading the message of hope and healing, breaking the stigma of addiction and providing resources for the community.
School Programs Coordinator
Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities
Executive Director, Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition
Foundations Recovery Network
Dr. Carl Christensen
Medical Director at Dawn Farm;
Christensen Recovery Services;
Specialist in Addiction Medicine
Grief Support Programs Coordinator
Northwest Wayne FAN
Dr. Michael Fox
Specialist in Addiction Medicine and General Practice
Chief Jeff Jedrusik
City of Westland Police Department
Lt. Richard Kummert
City of Westland Police Deptartment
Chief Alan Maciag
City of Northville Police Department
The Honorable Kathleen McCann
Judge, 16th District Court, Livonia
The Honorable Mark McConnell
Judge, 18th District Court, Westland
Director, Westland Youth Assistance Program
Breeda K. O’Leary
Attorney, Fausone Bohn, LLP
Prosecutor, City of Westland
Director, Substance Use Disorder Initiatives
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Chief Executive Officer, Personalized Nursing Lighthouse.
The Honorable James A. Plakas
Judge, 35th District Court, Plymouth
Clinical Director, Dawn Farm
Lt. Joseph Bialy
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.)
Canton Township Supervisor