Interim Executive Director
Patrick Ripberger, a graduate of Indiana University East with a Bachelors of Science in psychology, currently works with Reid Health as a Community Benefits Specialist. Ripberger previously worked with Meridian Health Services as Operations Coordinator and Regional Outreach Coordinator. In addition to the partnership, Ripberger has served local community organizations including Girls Inc., HYPE, Systems of Care in Wayne County, and local advisory councils.
DFC Grant Coordinator
Megan Broeker is a a graduate of Indiana State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Public Health with a concentration in community health. Megan has 7 years of experience working within healthcare and community mental health organizations. Previously Megan served as a behavioral clinician with Meridian Health Services in their embedded school program.
President of the Board
Paul Stanley is the President of the United Way of Whitewater Valley and previously served as program manager at Centerstone. Stanley has a degree in health administration and has been working in the mental health field since 1998. He currently serves as president of the Partnership.
Secretary of the Board
Megan Sanders graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Social Work from IUPUI. Sanders is currently the Program Director for Forward Wayne County. Previously, Sanders worked one-on-one with patients, therapists, and behavioral clinicians in the Clinical Supervisor role at Meridian Health Services. In addition to the work she has done in the mental health sector, Sanders also provides field and classroom instruction for the Indiana University School of Social Work department at Indiana University East. Sanders has focused on local community engagement through involvement with Genesis and HYPE.
Treasurer of the Board
Ted Chalk is the pastor of Centerville Methodist and First United Methodist Church. Chalk involved in several organizations and coalitions across the county including Unchained Praises, the Richmond Ministerial Association, the Food Council and more. Chalk is the treasurer for Drug Free Wayne County Partnership.
Detective Nicholas Clevenger is a member of the Partnership’s board of directors. Clevenger was recently awarded Patrolman Of The Year for 2016 by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. Detective Clevenger is a Field Training Officer and recently completed Instructor Development School with a focus on teaching defensive tactics. Clevenger also volunteered to be on the advisory board for our Explorer Post and assisted the recruitment committee by speaking to students at Indiana University East in an effort to recruit for the agency.
– Graduate of the University of Indianapolis, BS Criminal Justice, December 2013
– Graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 13-200
– Employed by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2014
– Field Training Officer
– Certified Physical Tactics Instructor
– Certified TASER Instructor
– Advisor to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 89
– Board Member for the Drug-Free Wayne County Partnership.
Morgan Walker joined the partnership in late 2018. She is a resident of Richmond, Indiana and has been employed for three years as Training and Education Officer/Adult Felony Probation Officer who specializes in the Pre-Trial Drug Diversion cases. Morgan was previously employed through the Indiana Department of Corrections as a Counselor.
Morgan received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Indiana University East in 2014 and graduated with her Master of Public Administration Degree in 2018 from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently attending Indiana Wesleyan University to become a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor.
Morgan has been involved in Heroin in Here and has a passion for helping clients work through and overcome their addictions. She looks forward to serving on the partnership board and helping the community come together.
Dr. Carrie Mier
Dr. Carrie Mier is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at
Indiana University East. She completed her doctorate in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Her educational background additionally consists of a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology earned from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne and a master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. Dr. Mier has worked extensively in the community and
with those who are recovering from substance abuse. She also has experience with service learning, experiential learning, distance-learning education, and undergraduate advising. Dr. Mier is a member of the Board of Directors for Drug Free Wayne County and a member of several professional organizations like the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. Her research interests revolve around substance abuse and dependence; drug policy, legalization, and the
impact on the criminal justice system; and risk and resilience for substance abuse. Criminal justice education and pedagogical methods are also an interest for research. Dr. Mier’s prior work has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, and the International Journal of Progressive Education.
Past Executive Director
Stacey Steele served as the director of Drug-Free Wayne County Partnership, taking over this position at the end of 2015 after serving on the coalition for over 10 years. Steele also served as the Director of Grants & Program Assessment at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, where she has conducted several evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs. Steele completed her MBA in April of 2017 after entering to workforce with her undergrad from Earlham College in 2002. Stacey Steele passed away on December 21st, 2019 in Richmond Indiana. Stacey’s motivation, forward thinking, and passion influenced countless youth and colleagues to ask “what’s next”. Stacey’s relentless work to reduce substance use and improve the overall health of her community leaves a lasting impact for all of us.
Past President of the Board
Heather Buckland joined the Drug Free Wayne Co Board in 2015. She served as President from 2016 to 2018. Heather is currently a Master Level Therapist with Centerstone of Indiana on their Children and Family Team. Heather continues to be an online instructor for substance use disorder courses online for Indiana Wesleyan University, a job she has enjoyed since 2012. In addition to this, Heather is a SBIRT
trained trainer (https://www.samhsa.gov/sbirt).