Who We Are

Our coalition is one of 18 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.

Coalition Staff
Randy Root, CPS

Executive Director 

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.

Jordyn Najduk, MA,CPS

Program Manager

I joined the team in October 2016. I completed my masters degree in youth development. My passion is to work with youth to provide safe strategies to cope with stress and negativity.

 

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 love that I work in the community where I live.

 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.

School

Santina Marshall, Counselor, Oak Valley Middle School

Parent

Trista Sutton

Youth

Brandon Werner, Lakeland H.S. Senior

Keilani Hess, Milford H.S. Junior

Law Enforcement

Chief Dan Keller, White Lake Township Police Department

Chief Tom Lindberg, Milford Police Department

Lt. Matt Snyder, Oakland County Sheriff 

Healthcare Professional

Romy Shubitowski, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Business

Jim Christopher, Leo's Coney Island

Media

Laura Colvin, Journalist 

Religious/Fraternal Organization

Father Paul Castelli, St. George's Episcopal Church

Civic/Volunteer Organization

Pam Barckholtz, Huron Valley Optimist Club

State or Local or Tribal Government Agency

Christian Wuerth, Milford Village Manager 

Other Substance Abuse Reducing Organization

Katie Kokko, Carl's 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

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Last Update: 3/22/2020

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