Member Since: 07/01/2006
Why did you choose to become a member of SACK?
SACK and I have the common vision and mission to have a substance abuse free county. Alcohol and drug abuse are the root of so many problems, such as, it is seen in the majority of the illegal behavior for both adults and juveniles. Also, drug and alcohol abuse are also the cause for so many broken families and a reason many adults and juveniles can never achieve their potential.
What is one talent or skill that you bring to SACK?
I have worked with juveniles and adults (that have legal problems) for about 40 years. I have worked in Kanabec County for almost 28 years as a probation agent and now as Director. I believe with my experiences and knowledge of the Courts and the resources we have available, I am able to help others understand some of the problems that we have in the community. Also, how many of these problems can be dealt with and the process that is involved.
What are you most interested in or passionate about when it comes to preventing youth substance use?
Having worked in the probation office for 28 years, I see that alcohol and drugs are a part of the problem in well over 90% of the adults and juveniles cases that come through Court. I believe education and drug testing are two valuable tools in preventing this abuse.
What you have gained by being involved with SACK?
We have so many other in the community who are dedicated to this problem and share the concern about the alcohol and drug abuse in our County.
What is one hope you have for future generations in this community?
I do hope that someday all parents and adults can be good examples for all juveniles. That the parents and adults will never contribute alcohol or drugs to juveniles. That our schools are alcohol, drug, and tobacco free. Which will allow the children of this community to have a much safer, happier, and productive life.