The Grand Traverse County Drug Free Coalition meets the second Thursday of each month.
Location: Presbyterian Church of Traverse City
2019 Meeting Dates:
January 10th June 13th
February 14th August 8th
March 14th September 12th
April 11th October 10th
May 9th November 14th
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 - Gerry Morris
Gerry retired, after serving almost 30 years, with the Federal Government. As a Vietnam veteran, he served honorably, off the coast of Vietnam, on the USS Kitty Hawk from 1965-1967. He has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and has provided classroom and individual instruction at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. Gerry is a former Traverse City Board of Education member, serving as President of that Board for three years. He was also the Finance Officer for the Board of the National Cherry Festival. He has extensive training in Zenger Miller Human Relations Training, Juran Institute Planning for Quality, Negotiation Arts and Skills United States Department of State, and is an MBTI Certified Instructor. Gerry is the Board President of Project Unity for Life Board of Directors. Project Unity for Life’s mission is providing persons who have experienced a substance use disorder and/or incarceration the opportunity to be a substance free, responsible, community member.
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.