The Department of Drug and Alcohol Services was established by the Chester County Commissioners as a Public Executive Commission. The Department serves as the Single County Authority (SCA) for Chester County, responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of community alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, and treatment services. The Department also provides case management services.
Carol Rothera is the Supervisor of Student Services for the West Chester Area School District. She was a high and middle school counselor and a crisis counselor in the district for 26 yrs. She teaches at the graduate level for West Chester University in the counselor education department for the past 20 years. She is on the leadership team for the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force and is a board member for the Crime Victim Center.
Kim Porter, CFRS
Kim Porter is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Her Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person’s substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other family members to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.
Kim is the parent of someone in long term recovery, which led her to explore the impact of addiction on families and help create Be a Part of the Conversation in 2011. Before that time, Kim worked as a graphic designer and marketing consultant since 1985.
Kathy Collier is the Prevention Program Director at the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. She has been with the County nine years. Prior to that she was a Senior Director at the Upper Main Line YMCA. Her work has focused on using data driven decision making to effect community level change.
Kathy is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Prevention Coalition Advisory Council, Vice President of the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance and the Chair of the Pennsylvania Prevention Directors Association. Kathy received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1991 and her M.S.Ed from Duquesne University in 1994. A mother of two college students, Prevention is both a professional and personal passion.
Kate Genthert-Siolek is a Prevention Specialist at the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. Kate is also a member of the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force leadership board. In those roles, Kate does a lot of community outreach and trainings to increase education and awareness on various topics related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Tim Roberts is a 26 year old recovering Alcoholic/Addict. Tim is from the West Chester area and grew up in a loving family playing organized sports in the area. Tim enjoys skateboarding and painting and actively participates in recovery around the area. Tim is a sponsor and is willing to share his experience.
Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker that has over twenty years of experience providing direct clinical treatment for those who are dually diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues. Michael has worked in all levels of care in the treatment of addiction and mental health. Michael has extensive expertise in establishing and supervising residential and outpatient programs throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.
Michael is a leading expert in the field of prevention, specializing in middle school and high school prevention talks and staff development. Providing CEUs on the impact of technology, process addiction, complex trauma, young adult substance abuse and dual diagnosis are just a few workshop titles Michael has facilitated. Michael is known for working with complex individuals and their families assisting in difficult times of discerning the appropriate level of care or proper placement.
A member of the recovery community for 27 years, Marti helps facilitate the Monday Night Caron Parent Support Group in West Chester with her husband, Dave. She believes that addiction is a family disease and is passionate about spreading the message that recovery works. Besides her volunteer work with families, Marti is a teacher and had taught students in elementary, middle and high school.
Luis is a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of San Francisco where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Development. Luis and his wife, Dorothy, are proud parents of their three adopted children. Luis’ passion for supply chain management lead him into servicing some of the world’s Fortune 500 organizations in the medical, technology and pharmaceutical markets. Extensive travel in the US lead to a five year opportunity in Puerto Rico and ultimately the family settled to Kennett Square, PA where the family has resided for the past twenty years.
Luis’ family was not immune to the exposure of substance abuse as it claimed two of their three children that put the family through stressful and turbulent times. Through commitment of family and by working their own program, Luis and Dorothy can now look at the positive outcomes for all their children. All three children are in healthy places surrounded by loving and supportive partners, mom and dad could not be prouder!
The family’s journey drew Luis to volunteering with a local grassroots nonprofit known as Kacie’s Cause, which was started by the grieving Rumford family after having lost their daughter, still in her prime, to a heroin overdose. Dedication to fight for the disenfranchised culminated in Luis accepting the position of President with Kacie’s Cause. The organization provides resources, programs and a voice for families and their loved ones who can’t help themselves due to the thick, dark fog that engulfs all things. Kacie’s Cause has grown to eleven chapters in the seven years of its existence and is saving lives in more ways than one through the dedication of its strong volunteer community. Learn more about how you can help or donate by visiting Kacie’s Cause Facebook page or www.KaciesCause.org