The Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition meets the second Thursday of each month.
Location: Hybrid - In person at Addiction Treatment Services' The PORCH (1010 S Garfield, Traverse City, MI) & Zoom
2023 Meeting Dates:
January 12th June 8th
February 9th August 10th
March 9th September 14th
April 13th October 12th
May 11th November 9th
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 - Dave Freedman
Dave Freedman recently moved to the Traverse City area after spending over four decades in South Florida as a leader in the field of substance use and mental health. He served as the Vice President of a large behavioral health treatment center in South Florida and shepherded the development of a nationally recognized Homeless Assistance Center in Fort Lauderdale. He also was the lead grant writer and subsequent director of a SAMHSA funded primary/behavioral health integration project in the mental health center of a large hospital system. His passion is the delivery, management, monitoring and development of quality health and behavioral health services. He consulted with numerous national and local organizations including the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Prior to moving to Grand Traverse County, Dave was a long-standing member of the Broward County Commission on Substance Use, his local Prevention Coalition.
Secretary - Chief Jeff O'Brien
A veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corps and a 38-year employee of the Traverse City Police Department, Chief Jeffrey J. O’Brien joined the department in 1983 as a reserve officer and was hired as a community police officer in 1991. As a community police officer, he was assigned as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Motorcycle Instructor, and Honor Guard. He was assigned to the Detective Bureau before being promoted to Road Patrol Services Sergeant in 2004. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in that division before being appointed Chief of Police in 2015. Chief O’Brien has guided the Traverse City Police Department back to the roots of the department of community policing for the 21st Century.
Chief O’Brien has earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff and Command and Central Michigan University’s Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute. He is a member of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He sits on several boards in the community to represent restorative justice and is an active member of Rotary Charities of Northwestern Michigan.
As a sixth-generation pilgrim family to the greater Grand Traverse Area, O’Brien has a passion for citizens’ well-being and ensuring Traverse City remain an inclusive community for all people.
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.
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.
Member at Large - Dr. Lyn Conlon
Dr. Lyn Conlon moved to Traverse City in 1998 after living in Baltimore, MD, where she did her residency in psychiatry at Sheppard Enoch Pratt Hospital. Conlon also served as outpatient chief resident and a psychiatric consultant for Emergency Psychiatry Associates. After moving to Traverse City, she not only started her private practice, but also started working as a staff psychiatrist at Community Mental Health and Munson Medical Center, where she eventually became the medical director for the inpatient psychiatric unit. Conlon became the medical director at the Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center in 2009. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is an associate professor at Michigan State University, teaching both family practice and psychiatry. In 28 years as a psychiatrist, she has served in multiple capacities in professional associations and on multiple committees, most recently with Families against Narcotics and the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition. Conlon is proactive in her community, is passionate about her profession, and has received multiple honors and awards. She has had her work published and has given numerous educational and informational speeches to educate both professionals and the public about mental health and addiction. Conlon acknowledges the part the medical community has played in the current crisis and wants to be advocate for change and education.
Member at Large - Suzy Cline
Suzy Cline and her husband, Bob, met in Philadelphia and moved to Traverse City in 1985. Suzy has been a member of the Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition since January 2019. Suzy graduated from Ithaca College in upstate New York with a degree in Communications - Television/Radio. She was hired by CBS News and worked for the NFL on CBS as field audio technician and sideline field parabolic operator. She has been on several non-profit boards throughout the Grand Traverse area and is an active member of the Community Crisis Advisory Board and Community Crisis Assistance Team. Suzy works closely with the Traverse City Police Department and the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office implementing the Michigan State Police Angel Program in Grand Traverse County and surrounding counties to combat the opioid and substance use/misuse epidemic - which allows individuals struggling with addiction to walk into a Law Enforcement Center during business hours and ask for assistance.
Member at Large - Lou Gamalski
Lou Gamalski is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), as well as a Certified Prevention Specialist (for use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs) in the State of Michigan (CPS-M). Lou believes substance use and other mental health disorders significantly impact not only individuals, but also their loved ones, and the community as a whole. Her passion and compassion arise from her personal experience living with loved ones’ addictions as both a child, adult and mother. She has experienced first-hand the fear, sadness, embarrassment, and other emotions that stem from living with active addiction.
Lou has actively supported those with substance use and other mental health disorders, and their families, since 2002, both as a volunteer and as a clinical social worker and therapist. She has delivered individual and group treatment in residential and outpatient settings. She has also facilitated psycho-educational, primary prevention programs with groups of children (as young as 5 years of age), and with adjudicated teens, college students, and adults. Lou has been committed to providing community prevention and harm reduction outreach, as well as community coalition building. She currently offers prevention, treatment and recovery services in individual, group and community settings. Lou currently resides with her husband in Northern Michigan, and enjoys hiking, swimming and crafts in her free time.
Member at Large - Diane Goodyear
Diane Goodyear lost her son, JR, on September 24, 2017 at the age of 28 to an accidental opioid overdose. Shortly after, Diane knew she needed to become involved with helping others who are currently struggling with addiction or those in recovery, as her family experienced both over the 10 years prior to her son’s death. Using her own experience seemed like the best way for Diane to do that – to break down the stigma associated with those struggling with addiction, help educate, and to discuss prevention at an early age. Diane reached out to Moms on a Mission and became involved with that organization. Diane also serves on the Grand Traverse Area Families against Narcotics (FAN) board, she is involved with fundraisers to generate financial help, she is a Hope Not Handcuffs Angel, and she speaks to junior high students in the classroom. JR spoke to her about his addiction very late in to it and he would not want anyone to go through what he did… no one wants to be an addict.
Member at Large - 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.