Sector Representatives

Community relationships are vital to the success of community-level prevention efforts.

DAET works among 12 community Sectors to promote youth health & wellness and to reduce risky youth behaviors through our Strategic Plan. Sector Representatives work closely with us by providing their professional expertise and community knowledge to inform our work, serving as DAET ambassadors, and strengthening our connection with, and increasing involvement by, other members in those sectors.

SectorMember NameOrganization Name and RoleSpecific Contribution to Coalition
Business Denise Conti Ashland Branch Manager, Needham Bank

Also on the Ashland Business Association leadership team, Denise is responsible for fostering collaboration with local organizations and is a DAET Steering Committee member.

Civic/Volunteer Organization Betsy Emberley President of the Friends of the Ashland Public Library (FAL)

Betsy is Chair of the Community Programming (POWER) Working Group and mentors the Social Norms Working Group. She has coordinated more than 30 educational programs on behalf of DAET.

Healthcare Professional Audrey LaCroix Head Nurse, APS

Audrey provides information on current needs or areas of concern related to student behaviors around substance use.

Law Enforcement Chief Craig Davis Ashland Police Department

Chief Davis has been involved with DAET since 2013 and serves on the DAET Steering Committee, and on the Policy and Opioid Prevention Working Groups.

Media Al Porter Former Editor of Ashland Directions

Al provided space each month in Ashland’s local paper to publicize DAET activities and prevention-related information.

Other Organization Involved in Substance Abuse Lisa Ulbrich Recovery Coach

Lisa serves as a treatment navigator for Ashland residents and advises the Coalition in areas related to substance abuse and is a DAET Steering member.

Parent Jennifer Weiss Ashland Parent

A parent of two boys and long-time Harvard University Women’s Volleyball coach.

Religious/Fraternal Organization Brett Walker Deacon, Federated Church

A counter-narcotics prosecutor and a faith leader, Brett has extensive experience and knowledge about substance use prevention.

School Jim Adams Superintendent

A long-time supporter of DAET and liaison between schools and Ashland families, Jim also serves on the DAET Steering Committee.

State, Local, or Tribal Governmental Agency Mark Oram Health Director, Ashland Health Department

Mark assists with the engagement of the Health Department and the Board of Health in DAET strategies, particularly as they pertain to licensing and the potential impact on youth access.

Youth Neha Shabeer Student, AHS

AHS: A high school Senior and President of Breaking the Barriers (BTB), an AHS youth club aligned with DAET.

Youth Serving Organization Cara Tirrell Director of Ashland Youth & Family Services

Cara is a trained facilitator for small-group discussions to provide education, tools, and support for parents about teen substance misuse.

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