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Meet The Team


Prevention Network programs are operated by a small staff and the efforts of its Board Members, both volunteer and professional. Board Members are community volunteers and persons working in systems, disciplines and organizations concerned with substance abuse prevention and related issues. Prevention Network includes a Lansing Office, contracted employees, inspectors and youth decoys around the state, and the Board of Trustees

Lansing Office
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Louise Montag (Harder)

Executive Director

Louise was hired in 2017 to coordinate the Michigan Higher Education Network (MIHEN), which oversees a group of over 200 College/University professionals and local coalition partners in Michigan aimed at discussing evidence-based prevention efforts on school campuses. She took the Executive Director position in August, 2020 and enjoys connecting with community partners on local and statewide prevention efforts. Louise was named one of the Top 10 Alumni within 10 Years at Oakland University and Michigan Preventionist of the Year in 2019 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service. In addition to her role at Prevention Network, she enjoys staying active, playing with her two dogs, and spending time outside.


Mike Tobias

Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (MCRUD) Coordinator

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.

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Alex Wray

Michigan Higher Education Network (MIHEN) Coordinator

Alex recently graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science and took the position as the Michigan Higher Education Network (MIHEN) Coordinator through Prevention Network in August of 2021. She enjoys connecting with others in the community on prevention efforts for youth and those on college campuses. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, being outside, playing with her dog, and being with friends and family!

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Ruth Schwendinger

Coalition Community Change Program Coordinator (C3PCo)

A science fiction fan and avid reader, Ruth recently relocated to SouthWest Michigan this winter after working as Prevention Specialist with the Community Mental Health Authority in the Thumb of Michigan for 4 years. Ruth served in Huron County as Naloxone Distribution Project Coordinator, Families Against Narcotics Interim
Treasurer, Chairperson of the Recovery & Prevention Roundtable, Chairperson of the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and served as an area representative with MCRUD and East-ROSC. Ruth holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and is certified as an instructor through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing in Adult, Youth, Older Adult, Fire/EMS modules of Mental Health First Aid.

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Ieshia Dawson

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention (PDO) Program Coordinator

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.

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Sara Kirkpatrick

Parenting Awareness Michigan (PAM) Program Coordinator

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!!

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Allyson Taylor

Youth Development Program Coordinator

Allyson is a C.M.U. Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education. Though new to the team as an official staff member, she is familiar with Prevention Network and is well on her way to becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist! Allyson is very excited to begin her role as the Youth Development Coordinator, a new position added to our organization that will help empower youth in prevention. In her free time, Allyson enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. When asked she will say, "I can cook anything pretty well. Baking, however, is a skill I have never been able to master!

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PAM Coordinator


Joe Thayer


Macomb Family Services

Tim Gill



Lisa Cattaneo-Boska


Families Against Narcotics

Todd Bradley


Melea Bullock
Eaton RESA

Terry Newton



Lisa Coleman

Achiles Malta

Regional Coordinator for SUD Prevention Services

Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health (SWMBH)

Rachel Rhodes

Regional Coordinator for SUD Prevention Services

Oakland Community Health Network

SFC Keith A. Kerrigan
Counter Drug DDRO OIC

Kasey S. Robbins

Counter Drug DDRO OIC

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