SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Program Coordinator
Executive Director She/Her/Hers
Louise Montag, Certified Prevention Consultant (CPC), has over 7 years of experience in the field and has been the Executive Director of Prevention Network since 2020. She has a degree in Wellness and Health Promotion from Oakland University and uses her personal experience, background in public health, and passion for mental health promotion to support effective local community prevention strategies across Michigan. Louise was awarded the Top 10 Alumni within 10 Years at Oakland University, the Arthur Ashe Award from ESPN, Michigan Preventionist of the Year in 2019 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service. She has presented at conferences, keynoted discussions, is a Mental Health First Aid and prevention ethics instructor, and has written journal articles on Substance Use Disorders and mental health promotion. In her free time, Louise enjoys exploring the Lansing area, cheering on MSU sports teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
Coalition Support & Community Change Program Coordinator She/Her/Hers
Ruth cut her teeth in community building growing up on the south side of Des Moines, volunteering on political campaigns, neighborhood revitalization projects, faith-based youth counseling, and literacy services. Before joining Prevention Network, Ruth was working as Prevention Specialist with the Community Mental Health Authority in the Thumb of Michigan for 4 years, helped high-risk youth apply their behavioral health interventions at Boystown Intensive Residential Treatment Center in Omaha, and cared for people with substance use disorder at the Moore Center for stabilization with what was at the time called Addictions Recovery Center in southern Oregon. Ruth holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and is a Certified Prevention Specialist in Michigan.
Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking Program Coordinator He/Him/His
Mike is the Coordinator for the Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (MCRUD) and has been employed with Prevention Network since June 2010. Prior to his employment with PN, Mike was involved with MCRUD for about 10 years and served as chair for some of this time. For leisure he enjoys camping, fishing, reading, attending concerts and sporting events, traveling, and spending time with his family. He has been in long term recovery for over 20 years, has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and is a certified prevention consultant.
Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose Related Deaths Program Coordinator She/Her/Hers
Ieshia graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A in Health Education and minor in Community Health. She has a passion for serving the community and has worked as a Diabetes Coordinator, Health Coach, and Family and Adult Prevention Specialist. Ieshia enjoys helping people with health issues, chronic diseases, adults with disabilities, and any related health prevention strategies. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors and camp out and enjoys traveling to hot places. One thing on her bucket list is to visit the Grand Canyon. Ieshia loves being with family. She always finds events to attend to create memories. In her spare time, she calls herself a handyman, as she loves to fix and create projects.
Michigan Higher Education Network Program Coordinator She/Her/Hers
Alex is a recent graduate from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Public Health Education and Substance Misuse, and took the position as the Michigan Higher Education Network (MIHEN) Coordinator through Prevention Network in August of 2021. Her passion is connecting with others in the community on prevention efforts for youth and those on college campuses regarding mental health and substance misuse. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, being outside, playing with her dog, and being with friends and family!
Parenting Awareness Michigan Program Coordinator She/Her/Hers
Sara is a CMU grad with a B.A. of Science in Family Studies and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. Sara enjoys working with people and has experience working with just about every population in the human services field with a focus on children and families. She has two young daughters and in her free time enjoys reading, crafting, gardening and camping. Sara is big on family time and cherishes making lasting memories with her daughters and dog, Murphy. Fire up Chips!!
Program Liaison She/Her/Hers
Effie Alofoje-Carr brings over a decade of non-profit experience to her position at Prevention Network as a Program Liaison. Her experiences with project coordination, program and case management, non-profit consulting, workshop facilitation and public speaking equip her for this role. A proud Detroit native and Michigan State University alumni, (GO GREEN!), she has a passion for public health and its intersection with policy and advocacy.
Effie and her husband have an elementary age son and in her spare time she enjoys bargain shopping for her family and friends.
SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Program Coordinator
Joshua is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach with over 7 years of personal sobriety and he is our SMART Recovery Facilitator. Joshua is a Junior at Michigan State University finishing his degree in Criminal Justice and plans to help reduce stigma with persons who are involved with the criminal justice system and who are dually diagnosed. He is an advocate for all things recovery-oriented and loves MSU. In his free time he enjoys catching games with his children, working out and hunting.
Mr. Newton has been in the field of treating substance use disorders since May of 1978. He has experience in all aspects of care from prevention to short-term and long-term residential treatment, sober living facilities, detoxification, outpatient, medical professionals, medication assisted treatment, adolescents, sobriety courts and developing all of these programs in his capacity as the CEO of Harbor Hall for 23 years. He also worked with veterans for a number of years and was a counselor at Betty Ford Center and Hazelden. He is presently retired and serves as a Rotarian. He also serves on the Northern Michigan Regional Entity advisory board in Northern Michigan and has aserved on the MAADAC Board for a number of years.
Board Member He/Him/His
Todd E. Bradley is a native of Flint, Michigan and is a graduate of Southwestern High School class of 1976. He then attended the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff graduating in 1981. Todd has been certified as an Addictions Counselor through the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Treatment Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals as well as a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist through the American College for Forensic Counselors. Currently he is a Certified Human Resource Specialist through the College of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Todd has worked in either behavioral health care or human services for over 32 years. He has been both a program and unit director for the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing. He has also served as a milieu therapist for Borgess Medical Center and a program director for a psychiatric hospital serving adolescent patients. He was a director of outpatient and residential services for Insight Inc., in which he was employed for 17 years. Currently Todd is employed by Michigan State University in Central Human Resources’ Organization and Professional Development unit as a Senior Learning and Organization Development Specialist. Todd also is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a board member for the Prevention Network and a past board member and supporter of the Care Free Medical and the Uplift Our Youth Foundation Board of Directors. Todd is a professional trainer, interventionist, and motivational speaker, providing workshops in such areas but not limited to Change Management, Workplace Violence Prevention, Cultural Sensitivity, Trauma, No Harassments, Anger Management, Customer Service, Assertion, Positive Thinking, Team Building and Conflict Resolution. He also delivers motivational messages to students, faculty, and parents from various school systems on Substance Abuse Prevention, Anti Bullying, Goal Setting and Positive Parenting.
Board Member She/Her/Hers
Ms. Burkett has been employed as the Director of Kent County Veterans Services since December of 2018. Ms. Burkett was previously employed as the Director of Amarillo Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs (ARAD), Substance Abuse Section Head at Headquarters Marine Corps, Counseling Psychologist for the United States Army in Europe, and Program Administrator for the State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program. She has also been employed as a counselor in the public and private sectors.
She has previously been a member of the Michigan Counseling Board, Michigan Certification Board for Addictions Professionals, Michigan Association of Addictions Counselors, and Finish the Mission. She is a current Member or the Lakeshore Regional Entity Oversight Board.
Ms. Burkett holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and Counseling Education. She has earned a Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Additionally, she has earned advanced level certification in Addictions Counseling, as well as certification as an Auricular Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Ms. Burkett is also a Certified Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Board Member She/Her/Hers
Tracy Johnson is the Director of Prevention Services for Great Lakes Recovery Center overseeing all Prevention services in 9 of the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula. After teaching for 10 years, Tracy found a great passion to help those struggling with Mental Health, SUD, and focus on Prevention. She currently has CPS Certified Prevention Specialist CISM Crisis Intervention Stress Management and CADC Certifies Alcohol Drug Counselor and MHFA Mental Health certifications. Tracy serves as a Board of Directors for the Superior Health Foundation. She has been a member of the volunteer Ambulance service for 27 years, has been an active member of the Dickinson County Crisis Team, and the VSU Victim Service Unit. Tracy lives in a very rural area in Upper Michigan where resources are very limited. It’s her goal to help this community in any way possible. Prevention is the key to making positive change.