The Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition meets the second Thursday of each month.
Location: Presbyterian Church of Traverse City
2020 Meeting Dates:
January 9th August 13th
February 13th September 10th
March 12th October 8th
May 14th November 12th
There are currently over 100 members of the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition. Members represent various sectors of the community including, law enforcement, schools, parents, youth, families, religious groups, tribal groups, medical professionals, prevention specialists, and local non-profits and businesses. Each member brings a different perspective and expertise that provides the coalition with valuable input and resources.
Chair - Noelle Moeggenberg
Noelle was appointed Grand Traverse County Prosecuting Attorney in December of 2018, after serving as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 2013 to 2018, and as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney since 1998. Noelle has specialized in the areas of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and throughout her career has seen the effects of substance abuse on the families that she serves. Noelle believes that while a criminal justice response to the opioid crisis is important, it is equally important that we raise awareness and educate our community, especially our children, about the dangers of this epidemic.
Vice Chair - Dr. Dave McGreaham
As the former Vice-President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer at Munson Medical Center, Dr. McGreaham had major roles including in clinical quality initiatives, patient safety, physician performance, physician-hospital relations, and recruiting. Dr. McGreaham also chaired a medical staff committee that began exploring ways to tackle the opiate epidemic in our region, which led to his involvement in the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition, and the Substance Free Coalition of NW Michigan. Physicians have had a major role in creating the opiate epidemic, and must take a major role in finding solutions to it, and need to be highly involved with community and regional groups in order to have the most effective impact. Dr. McGreaham received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Michigan, and his medical degree from the MSU College of Human Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Secretary - Joe Soffredine
Joe has been a police officer for 20 years, and am currently with the Traverse City Police Department. He has been working for the Traverse City Police Department for 17 years. In his current position he is assigned to the Detective Bureau as the Traverse City Central High School Police Resource Officer. He has been in this position for 7 years. He has four children, Thor, who is in his sophomore year at Alma College, Odin, who is currently a Senior at West Senior High (WSH), Freya who is a Sophomore at WSH, and Vindarr, who is in the 8th Grade at West Middle School. He is engaged to Jennifer Maas, who has two children, Garrett Maas, who is graduating last year from WSH, and Ada Maas, who is currently a Freshman at WSH. Joe feels that this work that we are doing on the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition is very important, as he has seen first hand, opioid addictions greatly effect people's lives and their family. Meeting with the family where their loved one has died as a result of a overdose has greatly impacted him. Joe feels that as we the coalition move forward to continuously working to help curb this epidemic, the coalition can have an impact.
Treasurer - Nancy Dow
After losing her 32 year old daughter Dana on April 8, 2017 to an accidental overdose of prescription opioids, Nancy began her new journey as a “Mom on a Mission” to help educate & advocate in our community & beyond about addiction. She works continually to break down the stigma & shame that is attached to addiction, making recovery more difficult for those struggling with this disease.
Nancy sits on the Board of Directors for Addiction Treatment Services & FAN- Families Against Narcotics, Grand Traverse Chapter. She has partnered with our recovery community going into our schools to educate our students & has done numerous presentations to our local organizations like Kiwanis, Optimist Club & Zonta Club, hoping to gain community support.
Dana’s favorite quote that she lived by was “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Nancy is Dana’s voice & is trying to live by this quote.
Youth Chairperson - Lisa Anderson
Lisa is a Traverse City native who graduated from TC Central High School and Alma College with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. After college she joined the United States Army where she spent eight years on active duty in various assignments as an Intelligence Analyst. Upon discharge from the Army she returned back to Traverse City where she worked for over twenty years in welfare reform and youth employment and training programming. After federal funding cuts that eliminated the majority of youth employment and training programs, she became a Prevention Specialist with Up North Prevention, an initiative of Catholic Human Services, covering Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties. She is an active member of all three counties substance abuse coalitions.
Fiduciary - Chip Cieslinski
Chip is the President/CEO of Catholic Human Services, which provides a wide range of social services within the 21 counties of Northern Lower Michigan. Chip and his wife located to northern Michigan in May of 2016 after serving as COO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He has worked for over 30 years as both a treatment provider and administrator. Chip has had a long standing passion for treating mental health and substance use disorders, particularly with the education and prevention component. There is an unmet need for both that he wants to work with other treatment providers and community members to meet.