Watch this brief video, MATFORCE – A Brief History
, to learn more about how MATFORCE began and some of the many community projects our volunteers and supporters have implemented to help reduce substance abuse.
The Vision – Working together reducing substance abuse in Yavapai County.
SUPPORT PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY
Work to increase the number of youth participating in coalition sponsored activities and provide support for successful prevention programs.
INFLUENCE PUBLIC OPINION AND POLICY
Implement a comprehensive plan that includes a media campaign, promotional marketing, a Speaker’s Bureau, educational programs and various community activities to raise awareness and to advocate for positive changes in substance abuse issues and public policies.
INCREASE THE CAPACITY TO INTERVENE AND TREAT
Provide educational resources for treatment professionals, strengthening treatment options and promoting prevention programs.
ADDRESS ISSUE OF UNDERAGE DRINKING IN YAVAPAI COUNTY
Develop a public awareness campaign to educate the community about the problem of underage drinking and develop strategies that produce change.
The MATFORCE Coalition
The Coalition consists of a Board of Directors, the Prescott Area Steering Committee, the Verde Area Steering Committee and various work groups, volunteers and supporters who work to accomplish the MATFORCE Goal Statements.
Board of Directors
Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, Chair
Tim Carter, Yavapai County Superintendent, Vice Chair
April Rhodes, CEO, Spectrum Healthcare Group
Erin Mabery, Executive Director, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters
Gay Lockling, Director, Yavapai County Juvenile Probation Officer
John Morris, Chief Adult Probation Officer, Yavapai County Adult Probation Department
Leslie Horton, Director, Yavapai County Community Health Services
Steve Gesell, Chief of Police, City of Cottonwood
Tamara Player, CEO, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
Merilee Fowler, Executive Director
Jennifer Bracher, YRP Program Assistant
Ivy Chamberlin, Grant & Education Specialist
Sandi Cheney, Parenting Education Coordinator
Lori Deutsch, Grant Manager/Special Projects
Jamie Juarez, Administrative Assistant
Maddi Lattin, YRP Program Assistant
Clarissa Nelson, YRP Program Coordinator
Nikki Rosson, Assistant Director
Vinnie Sorce, Education & Public Relations Specialist
Kendelle Wilkinson, YRP Program Specialist