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 vice president of the Partnership and also serves on the board of directors for the United Way.
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.
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 is also 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. Currently, she still facilitates Guiding Good Choices, a program for parents and caregivers. Steele will complete her MBA with a concentration in project management in April 2017. She is excited to be involved in the Partnership as it strengthens the community to prevent substance abuse.
Past President of the Board
Heather R. Buckland, MA, LMFT, LCAC, MAC is currently a Clinical Supervisor with Meridian Health Services in Richmond, IN for the Adult SMI Program. She is also an adjunct/online facilitator for Indiana Wesleyan University Adult and Graduate Studies, School of Liberal Arts. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN in 2005. Following graduation, she moved to southern Indiana, where she worked for 2 years, at a small private practice. She obtained licensure in November 2007 while working with then Dunn Mental Health Center (now Centerstone) in Richmond, IN. After working there she moved in 2009 to Indianapolis where she worked for the Chemical Dependency program of Families First of Central, IN. While at Families First she developed a family program to run in conjuncture with their intensive outpatient program. This program purpose was the education of family members and support people in order to help them better understand substance use disorders as well as providing them with helpful resources. In August 2012, she and her husband returned to Richmond, IN, when she took her current position with Meridian Health Services. Since returning to Richmond, she has worked to grow the substance use treatment programs with Meridian as well as assist the community in a better understanding of substance use disorder treatment and prevention. She joined the Drug-Free Wayne County Partnership in 2012. She became a member of the board in 2015, and President in 2016. She is a clinical member of AAMFT and NAADAC, as well as their Indiana affiliates. She obtained her MAC (addiction counselor national certification) in 2016.