1st Tuesday of the Month
7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Masonic Lodge
231 N Main St
Romeo, MI 48065
7:00 - 9:00pm
(Children 10 and older please.)
Founded in 2007, Families Against Narcotics is a grassroots organization originating in Fraser, Michigan. Eight 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, educating young adults, parents, school personnel, law enforcement, judges and most of all doctors of the dangers of prescription drug abuse, especially painkillers. We currently have ten chapters in the state of Michigan and several more in the making.
Our mission is to educate, change the face of addiction and erase the stigma of addiction. This problem is at epidemic levels in the U.S., because people stay silent and keep addiction hidden. FAN members are brave individuals that refuse to stay silent in hopes that we raise awareness and support families who are tortured by addiction.
President, Judge Linda Davis
Judge Davis was appointed to the bench March 27, 2000 by Governor Engler. Prior to her judgeship, Judge Davis was an Assistant Prosecutor with the Macomb County Prosecutors office for 13 years. Linda played a crucial role in FAN's inception and has been instrumental in the success and growth of the organization. She has received several prestigious awards from the FBI, Care House, Girl Scouts of the USA, Macomb Community College Outstanding Alumna Award and Center Line High School, Most Distinguished Graduate. Recently she received a Humanitarian of the Year award in Macomb County. She is currently FAN's primary speaker and presents multiple times a week to groups across the state.
Executive Vice President, Katie Donovan
Katie has spent over the last 20 years in the marketing, events and communications industry. After experiencing the addiction journey with her daughter, Katie left her marketing career, in order to focus on education, awareness and a recovery advocate. She has now dedicated her life to guiding others through the overwhelming process of finding quality treatment for substance abuse, coaching families through their own recovery, and a consultant for the treatment industry. Katie is a public speaker on addiction, a featured author/blogger for national advocacy groups such as The Addicts Mom, Magnolia, Stop Frying Your Brain, and the publication The Sober World. Katie and her daughter Brittany also blog about their journey at www.amothersaddictionjourney.com, which reached over a million views within 30 days of its inception.
Executive Secretary, Diane Engardio
Diane joined FAN in 2009 after her son became addicted to opiates. She brings over 25 years of marketing experience to the FAN organization and is the director of marketing and media relations. Her son, with now over 6 years clean, has been speaker for FAN and has assisted with a variety of projects.
Executive Treasurer, Renee Campion
Renee is an Officer with the Fraser Department of Public Safety. Renee has 17 years of service with Fraser. She served as the department's DARE (drug abuse resistance education) Officer from 2011 - 2014. She currently works the road patrol and has been involved in many community programs. She has been involved with FAN since 2011 and became the Treasurer in 2013.
|Kathy M. Bartz, Director
Kathy was appointed Deputy County Executive by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel in 2015. She is responsible for municipal and governmental relations and acts as a liaison between the County Executive, Elected Officials, and local municipality leaders. She assists in the day-to-day operations of county departments, operations and services.
Kathy is a visionary executive with experience across diverse industries including finance, accounting and healthcare. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University in 1983. Kathy was employed at the Assessor/Treasurers office in Fraser, while attending high school and college. She worked as a branch manager at Manufacturers National Bank in Grosse Pointe. After leaving her banking career in 1991 to begin her family, she launched a payroll business out of her home. Kathy previously worked at Presbyterian Villages (PVM) as a Vice-President.
Kathy has served on the board of directors for Leadership Macomb, McLaren Foundation Board, Sterling Heights Regional Chamber, Michigan Chamber Health & Human Resources committee, Macomb Chamber Marketing committee and the Eastern Michigan University Health committee. She is a past officer of Anchor Bay Rotary. Professional affiliations: Michigan Chamber, Anchor Bay Chamber, Detroit Regional Chamber, Inforum member, Wayne State University Alumni Association and WSU Institute of Gerontology. Kathy graduated from the Southeast Regional Collaborative Emerging Leaders, Leadership Michigan in 2012 and Leadership Macomb XV.
Willie Kalousdian, Director
Willie has been a member of FAN since 2012, and joined as a person in recovery. He is a recent Graduate of Eastern Michigan University and works as a field engineer for a local construction company. Willie has been an active speaker for FAN since joining and continues his support now as the Director of Youth in Recovery.
Ryan Zemke, Legal Director
Ryan is an attorney at Zemke Law PLLC where he focuses on criminal defense cases in Macomb County. He serves as co-defense counsel for the 41B District Court Drug & Sobriety Court Program - which led him to FAN in 2014. Ryan is also the 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).
|Kelley Nahas, Administrative Coordinator 586.808.4999 | email@example.com|
Dr. Bret Bielawski
Dr. Anthony J. Colucci
Peter J. Lucido
Dr. David Richards
Family & Recovery Advisory