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.
Jordyn Najduk, MA,CPS
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.
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
Abbie Hess, Milford H.S. Senior
Chief Dan Keller, White Lake Township Police Department
Marsha Cresmen, Oakland County Health Department
Jim Christopher, Leo's Coney Island
Julie Freer, Spinal Column
Pam Barckholtz, Huron Valley Optimist Club
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
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