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Who We Are

Our coalition is one of 21 throughout Oakland County which share a commitment to building healthy and drug-free communities, particularly for youth. We strongly believe in the significance of the words “Community Coalition.” By bringing together the diverse sectors of our community, we will have a powerful, positive impact on the choices our young people make regarding substance use. We serve Huron Valley Schools, Highland, Milford, White Lake and Commerce.

Coalition Staff
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Jordyn Najduk, MA,CPS

Executive Director

I joined the team in October 2016. I am a certified prevention specialist and completed my masters degree in youth development. My passion is to work with youth to provide safe strategies to cope with stress and negative pressure that could lead to use of drugs and alcohol.


My goal is to educate parents and the community on how to support the youth, especially in reducing the risk for substance use. I am determined to give youth a voice to share their thoughts and work side by side to improve the safety of their world. 

I live in the Huron Valley community, and am excited to raise my children in a community with a thriving coalition. 

Randy Root, CPS

Manager of Training and Special Projects

After nearly 40 years in the printing industry, I was looking for a chance to work with young people. I’d been on the board of a youth leadership camp and I’m the father of five adult kids. So, you could say I love kids. When the opportunity to become director of the Huron Valley Community Coalition was offered, I was thrilled.


I’ve come to realize that our name really says it all. My job is to build a coalition of people from every sector of our community which is dedicated to helping keep kids safe and healthy.


I encourage you to look around our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. There are many resources available to help you keep your kids safe.

Elizabeth Young

Community Outreach Coordinator

I’m excited to join the Huron Valley Community Coalition as the Community Outreach Coordinator! I’m a Community Health Educator with grant writing experience. I’m also a mom to two amazing young adults.


As a Coalition member and as a local resident, I care about the safety and well-being of our students. I was a Huron Valley student many moons ago; I know first-hand the good that comes from teachers and mentors guiding students towards healthy and safe lifestyles. I'm honored to fill that role.

 Coalition Sector Representatives

Sector Representatives each provide their unique perspective on substance use issues. They also help us network with others who might share in our work to help reduce youth substance use and make ours a healthier community.


Santina Marshall, Oak Valley Middle School


Dan Caldwell


Abbie Hess, Milford H.S. Senior

Law Enforcement

Chief Dan Keller, White Lake Township Police Department

Healthcare Professional

Marsha Cresmen, Oakland County Health Department


Jim Christopher, Leo's Coney Island


Julie Freer, Spinal Column

Religious/Fraternal Organization

Pam Barckholtz, Huron Valley Optimist Club

Civic/Volunteer Organization

Linda Busen, Community Sharing Outreach Center

State or Local or Tribal Government Agency

Christian Wuerth, Milford Village Manager 

Other Substance Abuse Reducing Organization

Katie Kokko, Carls Family YMCA

Youth Serving Organization

Denise Pistana, Huron Valley Schools School Board

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Federal, state and/or county funding has been provided through Oakland County Community Health Network-Substance Use Disorder Services to support the project costs.

"This website was developed, in part, under grant number SPO21560-01 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS

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