Board of Directors

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LARRY WILLIAMS, CPU, CLU,ChFC

Chairperson
Agent, State Farm Insurance Company

Larry C. Williams has been a veteran of the insurance industry since 1979. He started his career as a Service Supervisor and became a State Farm agent in June 1984. A graduate of Illinois State University, Larry holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Political Science. He is a highly respected a

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DANNY K. DAVIS (EMERITUS)

Congressman, 7th Cong. District, Chicago, IL, Prevention Partnership Co-Founder

​Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. He has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses.

In the 116th Congress, Representative Davis has been reappointed to the Committee on Ways and Means

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GUIDO C. GIROLAMI, CPA

Secretary/Treasurer

Callero & Callero, LLP

Guido as been an accountant and partner with the accounting and business advisory firm of Callero and Callero LLP for over 42 years. He provided accounting, tax planning and compliance and business advisory services for a diverse clientele. The firm provided services to small and medium sized closely held bus

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BEVERLY WATTS-DAVIS, MA

Chief Officer for Program Support and Resource Development, WestCare Foundation; Senior Vice President, Texas Operations

Beverly Watts Davis is the Chief Officer for Program Support and Resource Development for WestCare Foundation and the Senior Vice President for Texas Operations. The WestCare Foundation operates in 19 States and 3 U.S. Territories to improve behavioral health, empower and sustain community residents, and reduce

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ROSARIO C. PESCE, PHD, NCSP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Pesce received his doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago where he researched adolescent egocentrism. Currently, he works as a school psychologist, clinical psychologist, and Coordinator of Clinical Training at Loyola University, Chicago where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is retired from the J

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JANICE ODA-GRAY, MBA

CEO, Gray Financial Enterprise Corp.

Janice is a Finance professional currently working with the City of Chicago, Office of Emergency Management and Communications in a Finance role. Janice has had several Finance positions in the private sector including AT&T, General Electric, and Exelon Nuclear.  Prior to her role at City of Chicago she was Dire

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MARCO E. JACOME

MA, LPC, CAADC, CEAP; CEO, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.

Marco E. Jacome has been working in the field of social services for more than 40 years. The last thirty-five years he has been with Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc. (H.A.S.), a behavioral health care organization and serving as the CEO for the last 25 years. As part of his involvement in the field of alcoho

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MICHAELANGELO MCCLENDON, MS

​Interim Executive Director, Drug Free Marion County

Michaelangelo was born in Chicago, IL and is a product of Chicago Public Schools, a bachelor’s degree from East-West University in Behavioral and Social Science with a concentration in Psychology.  His Master of Counseling Psychology at Martin University.  

He has held multiple positions in varies professional

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LOUIS FEIDER, MBA

Global Commercial Director, WPP

Lou is a Global Commercial Director with WPP, the world's largest advertising company. He leads the commercial, financial and operational activities for key clients in the organization, overseeing WPP’s partnership with some of the largest companies in the world.

He has been an active member of Prevention Partn

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VIRGINIA LATHAN

​Novelist, Storyteller, Videographer

Virginia Lathan serves as the recording secretary for the Prevention Partnership, Inc., board of directors, and from time to time she does other writing and research projects for the agency. Additionally, she’s a novelist, a storyteller, and a videographer. And as if that weren't enough, check her out on the pic

Staff

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ALBERT L. ORSELLO, MS

Executive Director, Co-Founder, Prevention Partnership, Inc.

Al is the co-founder of the Prevention Partnership Inc. and has over thirty years professional experience in educational program design, implementation, and evaluation.   His particular strengths are in the development of a systematic approach to prevention and health promotion programs that have high impact and...

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LUTHER SYAS

Director, Co-Founder

Experienced instructor, program coordinator, trainer and faciliator using Best Practices and Bassett Modules with certification through the State of Illinois. Under his leadership the Learning Network Center received awards of excellence from the University of Chicago, City of Chicago, and State of Illinois and ...

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LEE RUSCH

Director, Co-Founder

Lee Rusch currently serves as the Director of the West Side Heroin/OpioidTask Force through the auspices of Prevention Partnership, Inc. He has enjoyed a long career in the human service field with a primary focus on youth work and prevention. His experiences cut across a number of disciplines, including juvenil...

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NOVELLA BATES

Director of Operations

Novella Bates- Director of Operations, a Certified Senior Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Specialist, CSADP, working in the prevention field for 32 years and an employee at the agency for 29 years. She is responsible for planning, researching reporting and coordinating youth ATOD & Violence Prevention...

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DARYL EDWARDS

Senior Director

Mr. Edwards serves as a Senior Director and he assists the Executive Officer in the day to day management of the not-for profit organization. His skills include grant writing, program development & implementation, fiscal, contractual and fund-raising management. He is also a fellow of the CDC (Centers for Diseas...

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JOHN BECKER

Director of Finance, Prevention Partnership


John is an accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in strategic leadership, operations and business planning. Particularly adept at analyzing operations, setting priorities and disciplines to achieve corporate objectives. His experience spans four decades in industry and in non-profit financial...

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AIMEE BATES

Coordinator

Aimee Bates is a native of Chicago, IL. Since 2008, Aimee has been a Prevention Specialists for The Prevention Partnership, Inc. and responsible for the recruitment and implementation of school communities in educational programs that are flexibly designed to stimulate dialogue and self- awareness, promote healt...

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ADAM BATES

Director of Training & Technical Assistance

Adam Livingston Bates- Adam L. Bates is a master trainer and curriculum specialist, currently serving as the Director of Training & Technical Assistance for the Prevention Partnership, Inc. He has co-facilitated workshops and presentations on the state, regional level and national level for CADCA, the National H...

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SHELLIE COLEMAN

Director of Youth Services

Shellie A. Coleman’s service-oriented management career spans more than thirty years in both the public and private sectors, including service with the Region V Drug and Alcohol Center, the Illinois Prevention Resource Center, the State of Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, The Prevention Par...

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ERIC EDWARDS

Financial Planner

Eric R. Edwards is a licensed investment and insurance professional. Mr. Edwards currently holds multiple investment licenses which include the Series 7, Series 66, and Series 63. He's licensed with the State of Illinois in Life, Health, Long-Term Care, and Disability Insurance. Mr. Edwards is also a native Chic...