Megan is a graduate of Indiana State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management, with a concentration in Recreational Therapy. Megan then received her Master’s of Science in Public Health with a concentration in community health through Indiana State University in 2018. Megan has 8 years of experience working within the healthcare and community mental health organizations, ranging from adult acute psychiatric inpatient services, long-term care and end of life care, to working with youth through Meridian Health Services in their embedded school based programming as a behavioral clinician. Although, not a native to Wayne County, Megan now calls Wayne County home and enjoys living in the community. Outside of work, Megan is actively involved with HYPE-Wayne County, Wayne County Kids First, and leading the Young Adults Ministry at Christ United Church.
Tim Pierson joined Drug Free Wayne County Partnership in December 2019 as Youth Coordinator. Prior to joining, Tim was in the field of social work helping families for both the purpose of family preservation and reunification. Tim also heads the non-profit agency in Wayne County, Bridges for Life. He believes in the need to connect with youth for the purpose of inclusion in prevention planning and has a passion to build strong student-led coalitions.
Dr. Carrie Mier
Carrie Mier, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science School of Humanities and Social Sciences Biographical Statement: 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.
Dana Sinclair is the Community Outreach Coordinator with the Natco Community Empowerment Center. Dana serves our community’s underserved, marginalized population in and/or at the poverty line with the mission of “Helping people live better lives.”. As a Lifetime Certified trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty, Dana understands the challenges of living in the poverty environment and how those challenges go hand in hand with substance abuse/misuse, hoping to empower individuals to make life changes for a better future. Megan’s Story 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.
Megan Sanders graduated in 2012 with a Master's degree in Social Work from IUPUI. Sanders is currently works one-on-one with patients, therapists, and behavioral clinicians in the Clinical Supervisor role at Meridian Health Services. Previously, Sanders works as the Program Director for Forward Wayne County. 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.
Heather R. Buckland, MA, LMFT, LCAC, MAC, CCS Heather 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).
Morgan Walker joined the partnership in late 2018. She is a resident of Richmond, Indiana and has been employed with Wayne County Probation since January 2016. Morgan is the Director of Community Corrections and Alternative Programming. She began as the Training and Education Officer/Adult Felony Probation Officer who specialized 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 currently serves on the board for the United Way of Whitewater Valley. In the past, she has been involved in Heroin Is Here. Morgan has a great passion for helping clients work through and over overcome their addictions. She looks forward to serving on the partnership board and helping the community come together.
Nick is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where he obtained a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. Nick later graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in November of 2013 and began working with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in January of 2014. Since joining the Sheriff’s Department, Nick has continued to develop himself professionally. Nick is a Law Enforcement Instructor and teaches Physical Tactics and Taser for the Sheriff’s Department. Nick was also recently accepted into the Master Instructor Course through Axon and will soon be able to host instructor level courses for Taser Instructors across the country. Nick is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit and serves as a certified Mobile Forensic Examiner. Although, not a native to Wayne County, Nick now calls Wayne County home and enjoys living in the community. Nick is dedicated to making Wayne County a safe community to live in and enjoys helping people. This motivation led Nick to become a board member for Drug Free Wayne County Partnership. Nick has served in this role since 2016.
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Jenny O’Brien, Director of Healthy Lifestyles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, has taught prevention programs for 12 years. She has been a member of the Drug Free Wayne County Partnership for the last 5 years and was previously a volunteer on the partnership data workgroup in 2011. Jenny’s passion for educating the youth of Wayne County is an extension of her passion to teach. Jenny holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with an Early Education of the Handicapped Validation along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Jenny is a train the trainer for Too Good For Drugs program, is able to teach Project Alert, LifeSkills Training, Positive Action, Project Alert, Smart Kids, Smart Moves, and AllStars prevention programs.
Char Snow is a graduate of the University of San Diego Where she earned outstanding accomplishments in the field of Education and attaining the highest level of the professional Clear Credential Certification. Char also is a retired (ROP) Regional Occupational programs for High School and adult Students. Char also volunteers her time and serves on the Board as president for the Two Twenty-Eight Club INC. in Richmond Indiana, where they have meetings for all addictions. Char also volunteers her time For the Recovery Church where they hold services for all additions, with a meeting after the services. Char is also on the Board for the Recovery Church. Char has been in the Recovery Community for 14 years.
Patrick Ripberger has worked selflessly to enhance the health and wellness of his community, both in his professional role with Reid Health and volunteer service with numerous organizations. His leadership has been invaluable to the Drug Free Wayne County Partnership, particularly when he assumed the Executive Director role after the unexpected passing of his predecessor. Patrick is no stranger to hard work and serves as a role model for all who meet him.