The Shiawassee FAN chapter was initiated in 2019, when a group of concerned community organizers came together in realization of the drug use epidemic in Shiawassee County.
In 2017, with the help of the community as a whole, the first individual graduated from Shiawassee’s individualized drug court program. Since then, the number of participants involved in the program has skyrocketed, in hopes of keeping individuals facing criminal offenses caused by their drug use out of jail. With the efforts of the court and the rehabilitation community, individuals are able to get a job and continue to work towards sobriety without being incarcerated. Shiawassee County works with a variety of entities to help make this happen. These include court programs such as Swift and Sure, mental health court, and community support agencies such as the Alliance for a Drug-Free Shiawassee, the Shiawassee Prevention Network, and Recovery Pathways, LLC.
According to the Shiawassee Health Department and Alliance for a Drug-Free Shiawassee, 21 opioid-related deaths were reported in 2017 in Owosso alone, and a staggering 10,917,012 tablets of hydrocodone were dispensed. This is the equivalent of giving 18 tablets per person, per month, to every man, woman, and child in Shiawassee County. Last year, there were 369 confirmed cases of overdoses treated in Memorial Healthcare's emergency department.
Shiawassee’s FAN chapter will provide a foundation of support and education, and let members of the community know that they do not stand alone in this fight.
Doug was born and raised in Durand, Michigan, and is currently serving his 26th year with the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office. His career began as a road patrol deputy and he was promoted to sergeant in 2001. Doug is responsible for all employee training and fleet requirements, as well as in command of court security services and the Shiawassee County Mounted Posse. He is a board member of the 35th Circuit Court Drug Court and Mental Health Court and serves as a member of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Victims Support Unit. As a result of personal loss and heartache, Sgt. Chapman founded the Drug Education for Youth (D.E.F.Y.). In addition to his work with D.E.F.Y., Doug is an advocate for Meghan’s A.R.M.Y. (Addiction Recovery Movement for Youth), which was founded by Molly Reid after the loss of her daughter Meghan in 2016.
Amanda is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, where she received her Master's Degree in Social Work. She started her career working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in Bay County, and has now been active in Shiawassee County as a substance use therapist at Recovery Pathways LLC for the past 2 years. Amanda is excited to expand community education on substance use and is eager to assist in providing a foundation of support to Shiawassee County.
Jayne has worked as a teacher and director of Blue & Gold, an after-school program at Owosso Public Schools. She also started a club for high school aged students called ACTION, through which students give back to their community by volunteering. In exchange, students can use ACTION for job applications, college applications, scholarships, International Baccalaureate, and community service. Jayne has raised two sons through the national opioid crisis, is involved in the community, and is a true leader at her school.
A native of the Upper Peninsula born and raised in Iron Mountain, Larry is in his nineteenth year working for the Shiawassee County Health Department. He started as an assistant sanitarian during the summer of 2000 and was hired full-time as a sanitarian in the summer of 2001. Larry became Environmental Health Director in 2008 and Health Director in 2014.
Larry received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is married to his wife Krista and has three children who attend Owosso Public Schools: 15-year-old twins Emma and Justin (who are high school freshmen) and 8-year-old Jason (who is in 3rd grade).
Most of Larry's time is spent chasing his kids around for their many sporting events and activities. He’s also a youth football coach in Owosso, and--when not busy with kid stuff--enjoys fishing, hunting, attending MSU football/basketball games, and Green Bay Packer football games. He enjoys spending a lot of his free time at his family cabin on the Yellow Dog River in the U.P. northwest of Marquette. Larry loves living and working in Shiawassee County.
Grace is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she majored in community health education. She started her career at the Shiawassee County Health Department, where she is an active member in the Alliance for a Drug-Free Shiawassee, Shiawassee Prevention Network, Shiawassee County Drug Court, Health and Human Services Council, and the Live Healthy Coalition. Grace is passionate about working with the community to promote drug awareness, prevention, and education.
A pastor’s kid, Todd was born in Michigan but has spent his life in different areas of the Midwest. He graduated from Milford High School in 1993 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Education from Taylor University, becoming a teacher and basketball coach for several years. Eventually, Todd went back to school and earned a Master’s in Ministerial Leadership to become a pastor. He has spent the last 12+ years as a senior pastor in 2 different churches. He came to serve Bancroft Congregational Church in 2016 and is currently working on a Master’s in Practical Theology. He has also spent 10 of the last 12 years as a law enforcement chaplain with 3 different departments. Evans currently serves as the chaplain for the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, working to provide pastoral services to the law enforcement officers and their families. He is also in charge of church security training and consultation services in the county. Through his work as a chaplain, Todd has achieved a 3rd Degree Black Belt rank in Cha Yun Do and is the chief instructor for David’s Warriors. He also serves on the board of directors for Christian Martial Arts Fellowship, which oversees the art of Cha Yun Do. He has become involved and passionate about drug awareness in recent years through his work with law enforcement, as well as having family members who have struggled with addiction. He feels that his addiction-related advocacy work goes hand in hand with human trafficking, another issue he cares deeply about.
Growing up with seven siblings molded Tamie into the compassionate leader she is today. She has been a part of the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years, beginning in 2000 when she joined the office as a correction officer. She continued to climb the ladder to Shift Sergeant in 2006, Assistant Jail Administrator in 2007, and Jail Administrator/Lieutenant in 2014. Tamie is an advocate for substance abuse, is a member of the Shiawassee County Drug Court, and has experience working with incarcerated individuals with substance addictions. In 2008, Tamie lost her youngest brother to substance abuse. His death affected the family in the blink of an eye, and has also made Tamie more determined--both professionally and personally--to take a stand and help abusers find help and gain access to treatment.
Mike is a graduate of Lake Superior State University, where he majored in criminal justice. He started his career with the City of Owosso Police Department 15 years ago, and is an active member with the Shiawassee Prevention Network, Shiawassee County Drug Court, Shiawassee County Mental Health Court, and Shiawassee County Human Trafficking Task Force. He is also the taser and MILO Range (training simulator) trainer for the Owosso Police Department. A certified ALICE (active shooter) instructor and Child Passenger Safety Technician, Mike has been the Community Policing Officer since 2013. Having seen firsthand what the opioid crisis has done to Shiawassee County and how it’s ruined families, he wants to assist in making the public aware of what resources are available to people/families in crisis.
Penny holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a focus on management and public relations. She is currently employed at Shiawassee Health and Wellness as a Public Relations and Prevention Specialist. Prior to county government, Penny was employed in state government for several years, promoting public health and food safety. A certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, she provides mental health awareness training to community members and school personnel. Penny serves on multiple state and local boards, including the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, Public Relations Workgroup, and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention, where she is currently the President. Locally, Penny serves on the Voices for Children board and is Chair of the Shiawassee Prevention Network, which addresses local social issues such as suicide prevention, substance misuse and abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault, and human trafficking. Penny believes prevention works and is dedicated to educating and promoting drug awareness to create healthy outcomes in our community.
Kevin has worked with students across the community in multiple school districts. In 2003, he was hired by the Owosso Public Schools as a Network Technician. Then in April of 2013, he was hired by the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District (RESD) and promoted to Network Engineer. Kevin is contracted to Shiawassee County for IT services through the Shiawassee RESD. He is very passionate about drug addiction, knowing close friends that struggle with the disease.