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: Staci Goldman, Parent and Certified Health Coach at The Exercise Coach
Vice President: Miriam MacLean Babbitt, Parent, KIC volunteer
Treasurer: Alan Levenson, Woronoff, Hyman, Levenson, Sweet & Alderman P.C. CPA’s V.P.
Members at Large:

  • Cindy Hill, KIC Volunteer
  • David Flaisher
  • Judy Lipson
  • James Pettinato, West Bloomfield Police Department
  • Lisa Kaplan, LMSW, CAADC, ACSW, Program Coordinator for Maplegrove Community Education
  • Steve Kaplan, West Bloomfield Township Supervisor
  • Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal, West Bloomfield High School
  • Claudia Halpern, Associate Regional Director, BBYO
  • Melissa Williams, Pastor/Counselor, MDCC
  • Rebecca Empson, Director Finance, Henry Ford Health System – West Bloomfield
  • Omeika Davis

Past Presidents:

  • Kristen vonBernthal, Parent, KIC volunteer
  • Marc Jeffries
  • Deborah Macon

About the Webmaster

Kyler Michigan Week Award
The Coalition’s meticulous and dedicated webmaster, Kyler Hwa, works tirelessly to keep the website constantly up to date. His commitment to helping the community has earned him a Youth Recognition award at the 2018 Youth Assistance Awards Ceremony and a Hidden Treasures Award at the 2019 Michigan Week Awards Breakfast!