In 2009, a group of concerned citizens, worried about underage drinking parties and the dangers of them, came together and formed the Fountain Hills Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit organization made up of 12 community sector representatives including town leadership, law enforcement, school, Tribal representatives, healthcare, parents, treatment and youth. The coalition expanded its focus to work not only on underage drinking but also on preventing marijuana use and prescription drug abuse.
Four members of The Fountain Hills Coalition attended the three-week National Coalition Academy training sponsored by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the National Guard Bureau. http://www.cadca.org/training-events
This academy is a comprehensive training program that assists coalitions in building competency in five areas: partnerships, sustainability, cultural competence, assessment, prevention planning and implementation and evaluation.
The FH Coalition is a member of CADCA and sends several coalition members to the annual CADCA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Here we learn about best practices in the prevention field, emerging drug trends and are able to build partnerships with other coalitions across America.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
- 2020 -
Sector Meeting | January 23, 2020 at 9:00am - 10:30am | Fountain Hills Learning Center
Middle School Art Poster Contest Kick-Off | January 21, 2020 | Fountain Hills Middle School
High School Essay Contest Luncheon | February 27, 2020 at 11:30am | Fountain Hills Learning Center
Sector Meeting | March 19, 2020 | Canceled due to COVID-19 precautions
Fountain Hills Care | April 11, 2020 | Canceled due to COVID-19 precautions
Virtual Sector Meeting | May 13, 2020 at 9:00am - 9:30am | https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1326328089021953037
Board of Directors
Bob Ditta brings amazing leadership as well as levity to our coalition board. Prior to his retirement Mr. Ditta was a founding partner, President, and CEO of Dental Services Group. With dental laboratories in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Mr. Ditta and his partners grew his organization to be one of the largest privately held groups of Dental Labs in North America. Mr. Ditta dedicates much of his time giving back to local and national organizations. He currently is a Board member of the Fountain Hills Sunset Kiwanis and a former Board member of Dental Holding Corp, The Dental Trade Alliance, Dental Manufacturers of America and the National Board of Certification for Dental Technicians. He especially enjoys spending time with our FH Coalition Sector Leaders and likes the challenge of friendly competition whether on the golf course or in the gym. Mr. Ditta is the father of three children, two grown daughters and a son that attends Fountain Hills High School.
Doug Hebert has lived in Fountain Hills since 2003. He recently retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 26 years of service. During his career he worked in Southern California, Arizona and Washington DC; supervising DEA enforcement groups, state & local task forces, money laundering operations, training, and diversion. Before retiring as DEA’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Arizona, Mr. Hebert established two successful Tactical Diversion Task Forces in Arizona to address the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the State of Arizona. Mr, Hebert brings enormous experience and extensive prevention expertise to our board. Mr. Hebert is currently employed part-time doing investigative contract work for the federal government.
Dwight Johnson brings excellent marketing and management skills to our board. In 1981, after obtaining an MBA, Mr. Johnson began working for The Ford Motor Company as a Financial Analyst in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1984, Mr. Johnson changed employment to the Chrysler Corporation where he started as a Product Planning Manager. He worked at Chrysler for 15 years with his last 11 years in the Marketing Department. Mr. Johnson served in a variety of roles as a Market Planner, Advertising Manager and Marketing Manager. He oversaw a $1 billion annual advertising budget for the Dodge Division in the early 90s and was the Planning Manager of the 1991 Dodge Stealth roll out across the nation. In 1999, his family moved to Fountain Hills where he has focused his efforts in the public school system (PTO President and on the Board of Directors for 12 years), Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and presently serves on many philanthropic boards. Mr. Johnson has championed Junior Achievement in the Fountain Hills Middle School and works closely with the Boys and Girls Club. He enjoys mentoring not only youth, but also business owners and budding entrepreneurs. Mr. Johnson’s son, Lucas, attended the Fountain Hills public schools for 13 years and is presently a Senior at the University of Arizona majoring in finance.
Shelly Mowrey is an expert in substance abuse prevention and education. In 2001, she created Drug Free AZ while working at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Having numerous family members struggle with addiction, Shelly has witnessed the devastation substance abuse has on families, and she knows the power of prevention, intervention and treatment. Over the past 17 years, Shelly has developed prevention programs, media campaigns and professional development trainings that have been instrumental in reducing youth drug use in the state of Arizona. Shelly has received extensive training provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Arizona Department of Health Services, The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association. In 2012, Shelly was awarded the Kris Bell Excellence in Prevention award from Arizonans for Prevention. Shelly has a son in middle school and enjoys sports, reading and the beach!
Mike Scharnow has lived and worked in Fountain Hills for more than 30 years. He was elected to a four-year term on the Fountain Hills Town Council and assumed his seat on December 4, 2018. Currently a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, Mr. Scharnow was the long-time editor of The Fountain Hills Times before leaving that position at the end of 2015. In his role as editor, he enjoyed using the power of the pen to illuminate the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol among youths, and he has been the recipient of multiple state and national writing awards for his editorials and news stories. Married with two adult children, Mr. Scharnow has been active in many charitable, church and community efforts through the decades. Having seen Fountain Hills grow so much over the years, he’s witnessed the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol among youths. Mr. Scharnow remains committed to raising awareness on the topics of substance abuse, the coalition and its many prevention efforts.
Dushawn John (Armenta) is a Phoenix native and studies psychology at Arizona State University. She has seen first-hand the trends and impact of substance use disorder within her diverse urban and suburban communities. Understanding the effect of adverse childhood experiences, Dushawn takes a trauma-informed care approach in her work with youth. Before joining the coalition, Dushawn followed her calling and worked as a tribal prevention specialist for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. She has worked closely with the Fountain Hills Middle School staff and administration and has delivered evidence based curriculum to middle school students. Her personal life involves indigenous arts, street fashion, music, design and creating environments of accountability through awareness, confrontation, and honesty. She’s a firm believer that we are personally responsible for our growth and ongoing success; choosing to take action now, to live life boldly and on purpose, making each moment count, so we can achieve healthy communities.
Myla Stearnes has lived in Arizona for 5 years. From growing up in the Ozarks located in Missouri she has first-hand witnessed the impact of drug abuse and how it affects not only the abuser but the people around them. Before joining with the coalition, she primarily worked at Boys and Girls Club in Fountain Hills. With the relationships she has gained with the kids in the community she felt responsible to become a mentor and an example that you can make good choices for your life. Myla is currently studying at Scottsdale Community College and continues to pursue a career in Music Business. Myla is a firm believer that we have a choice everyday and how we make these choices are the influences we are shown and committed to provide an awareness of a substance free lifestyle.
Many sectors are represented in our coalition. Sector leaders and other volunteers work
together to outline and implement prevention strategies in Fountain Hills.
State and National Prevention Agencies:
Town Government: Community Services
Youth-Serving Organizations: Boys & Girls Club
Media: Fountain Hills Times
Law Enforcement: MCSO
Healthcare: FHUSD RN
AZ Parents Commission Grant: GOYFF