Drug Safe Worthington began in 2011 with the mission to “mobilize efforts in our community to promote a culture that prevents drug and alcohol abuse while supporting individuals and families affected by substance abuse.”  It is a coalition of our community – parents, city staff, educators, librarians, residents, businesses, fire and police, local service agencies and experts in substance abuse – who are concerned citizens taking an active role to diminish drug and alcohol abuse in our community through coordinated outreach, awareness and education.

The Drug Safe Worthington organization consists of a Coordinating Council and five standing committees.  There is also a Youth Council made up of middle and high schoolers. It operates under the auspices ofthe Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity that has served the community since 2003.


coordinating council

Lindsey Alli | Sgt. Columbus Police Department

Amy Ambrozich| Parenting Educator, Dare to Parent

Joan Bird | Former Director of Leadership Worthington

Brad Dunn | Worthington Fire Department/EMS

Jerry Strait | Chief Worthington Police Department

John Girard | Associate Pastor, Worthington United Methodist Church

Scott Holmes | Mayor of Worthington

Penny Jones | Keller Williams Capital Partners

Dave Kittredge | North Community Counseling Centers

Kathy Moore | School Counselor

Lori Povisil | Safe & Drug Free Schools Coordinator, Worthington City Schools

Robin Seymour-Hicks | Robin Seymour-Hicks, MSW, LSW

Holly St. Myer | Worthington District PTA Liaison

Denise Wollett | Special Education Aide, Worthington City Schools

Nancy Zajano | Education Program Evaluator


officers

Lori Povisil Chair

Lindsey Alli Vice Chair

Nancy Zajano | Secretary


chairs of standing committees

Penny Jones | Development/Fundraising

Dave Kittredge | Resource Committee

Penny Jones | Grant Writing

Robin Seymour-Hicks | Speakers’ Bureau

Jeremy Mumpower | Communications/Public Relations


Organizational Structure

COORDINATING COUNCIL

Membership composition:

  • Representatives from the entire Worthington community, including business, schools, city/police, courts, faith community, community organizations
  • Identified expertise in communications/PR; fundraising; program design/materials and resource identification; and addiction

Tasks/Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate activities of the organization, based on its mission.
  • Long-term strategic planning to affect the culture of Worthington.
  • Assess quality of programs provided by Drug Safe Worthington and measure their outcomes on the community (e.g., number of people attending, number of materials distributed, press coverage)
  • Ensure consistency with the organizational mission
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with other community organizations

YOUTH COUNCIL

Membership Composition:

  • 6th grade through high school

Tasks/Responsibilities:

  • Plan fun and safe activities for youth
  • Advise Coordinating Council

STANDING COMMITTEES

  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Grant Requests
  • Speakers’ Bureau
  • Resources Committee  
  • (Additional committees/task forces developed as needs arise.)