Our community will be healthy, safe and free from substance abuse.

Why We Exist

Because prevention is a community wide responsibility, we believe local organizations, businesses, agencies, concerned citizens, policy makers, educators, students, and parents have an important role to play in this effort. As a community coalition, we are committed to providing leadership, education, resources, and programming for our young people and those who support them.

Our Goals

  • Connect through common goals
  • Offer opportunities through involvement
  • Work together through collaboration
  • Reduce substance abuse in teens through deliberate preventative strategies

What We Do

  • Parent education programs
  • Kids in Charge: elementary school substance abuse program
  • Educational programs at middle schools and high schools
  • Survey students and parents to better understand the use of alcohol and other drugs by our youth
  • Plan and coordinate prevention activities
  • Community involvement and organizing
  • Build partnerships with other key community stakeholders and organizations
  • Collaborate with Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC) and its 19 Oakland County coalitions

What You Can Do

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs
  • Attend our meetings and our forums
  • Volunteer at youth and teen functions
  • Support local law enforcement efforts
  • Report underage drinking or sales to minors

Executive Board

Executive Director: Lisa Berkey
President: Miriam MacLean Babbitt, Parent, KIC volunteer
Vice President: Lisa Kaplan, LMSW, CAADC, ACSW, Program Coordinator for Maplegrove Community Education
Treasurer: Alan Levenson, Woronoff, Hyman, Levenson, Sweet & Alderman P.C. CPA’s V.P.
Members at Large:

  • David Flaisher
  • Judy Lipson
  • James Pettinato, West Bloomfield Police Department
  • Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal, West Bloomfield High School
  • Melissa Williams, Pastor/Counselor, MDCC
  • Rebecca Empson, Director of Finance, Henry Ford Health System – West Bloomfield
  • Jill Bickford, Coordinator of Youth Services, West Bloomfield Public Library
  • Kris D’Arcy, West Bloomfield Township
  • Kari Woloszyk Program Manager, Beaumont Health

Past Presidents:

  • Staci Goldman
  • Kristen von Bernthal, Parent, KIC volunteer
  • Marc Jeffries
  • Deborah Macon

About the Webmaster

Udit 2019 NJHS Ceremony
The Coalition’s committed and diligent webmaster, Udit Sarkar, works constantly to keep the website up to date. Udit is a competitive martial artist as well, having earned 5 State Championships and 3 Midwest Championships.