PMS 7th Grade Conference
November 14 & 15th 2017
Kittery Recreation Center
120 Rogers Road Kittery, ME
Workshops for parents and students covering: teen drug and alcohol use, safety and prevention; prescription drug risks, binge drinking, internet safety, peer leadership, bullying, and other high-risk adolescent behaviors.
Ed Gerety, Author/Speaker
Ed Gerety, CSP, does what he teaches others to do; live and lead your life with gratitude, respect, kindness, and a belief in yourself and one another. To play big in the game of life, go for your dreams, and seize the day!
Ed does extensive studying in the area of leadership, peak performance, and psychosocial development of adolescents and young adults. He has spoken to audiences in all 50 states, Canada, and Europe. He is an experienced keynote speaker and leadership trainer at national youth leadership conferences, colleges and universities, and schools across the country. Ed is recognized for his unique ability to connect with audiences about real issues. Through his personal experiences, humor, and insights Ed teaches the principles and skills that are essential to the development of leaders. His powerful programs leave a lasting impact.
Chucky Rosa established Chucky’s Fight, a charity dedicated to fighting teen substance abuse, after losing two sons to addiction. 100% of the money raised by Chucky’s Fight is distributed to organizations and programs, like Project Safety, that help educate teens and their families about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Because of his powerful commitment to helping keep teens safe, Chucky speaks from his heart telling his personal story about his family’s fight against teen substance abuse. He is a seasoned speaker, giving frequent presentations at various schools and organizations in and around the Seacoast. Chucky has participated in the Project Safety conference since 2009. The emotional impact of Chucky’s real life experience leaves our students and parents with a heightened awareness of the seriousness of drug and alcohol abuse.
New Heights: Adventures for Teens
New Heights is the Seacoast’s largest, most comprehensive out-of-school program for young people between the ages of 11 to 18 (those entering 6th grade to those in 12th.) Its over arching mission is to help teens make a successful transition to adulthood. They do this by providing teens with health-related opportunities and programs that foster respect for themselves, others, and the environment.
New Heights staff join Project Safety as facilitators of workshops that help teens communicate with each other and adults about the issues they face, as well as teaching them ways to create a more supportive and cooperative culture within their school and social environment.
Families First Health and Support Center
Families First Health & Support Center is the community health center and family resource center serving the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Southern Maine, with affordable primary health care for all ages, parenting and family programs, prenatal care, dental care and mobile health care for the homeless. Families First staff members have facilitated parent workshops for Project Safety in the past that give parents the tools they need to effectively communicate with their teen without arguing or attitude.
Northshore Recovery High School
The Northshore Recovery High School (NSRHS) is designed to meet the needs of high school students who have had a history of substance abuse but who have made a firm commitment to recovery. NSRHS provides sober students with a high school environment that is free of alcohol and drugs while fostering an ethic of honesty and mutual respect, promoting accountability to oneself and to the community, and helping to prepare students for higher education, military service or employment.
Several NSRHS students have attended Project Safety and shared their personal stories with our 7th graders in the past. We are happy to welcome them back again this year. Hearing these personal life stories from their peers gives our students an extraordinary insight into the potential consequences of substance abuse.
The New Hampshire Teen Institute
Located in Nashua, NH, New Hampshire Teen Institute empowers teens to lead healthy lifestyles and create stronger communities through community focused prevention and leadership workshops. They join us each year to provide student workshops on understanding bullying.
Portsmouth Police Department
The Portsmouth Police Department has generously donated time to PMS Project Safety conferences since 2009. The Department has facilitated workshops for our Project Safety conferences on several different risk behaviors. They have provided student and parent workshops on Internet Safety and parent workshops on the abuse of prescription drugs by teens. These workshops provide invaluable information to all of our participants.
Lisa Remick, DEA Special Agent (retired)
Lisa Remick retired in June 2011 after a 27-year career with the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Special Agent. During her career she was stationed in the Boston and Los Angeles Field Divisions and finished her career at the Manchester, NH Resident Office. From 2002 til her retirement she was the DEA's Demand Reduction Coordinator for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
As the Demand Reduction Coordinator, Lisa worked with the state's Governor's Councils, area coalitions, Colleges and Universities, school districts, hospitals, police and fire departments and concerned citizens in implementing demand reduction strategies throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
In retirement, Lisa is an Adjunct Professor for the criminal justice program at New Hampshire Technical Institute; she continues to talk at schools and with concerned citizens throughout New England about substance abuse and teaches DARE in several communities. Lisa was honored as the New Hampshire Federal Special Agent of the Year for 2006 and is married with two sons, ages 20 and 22.
Kirsten Hunter, DRE
Kirsten Hunter is the Director of Religious Education at South Church in Portsmouth. She manages programming for children and youth ages 6 weeks through 18 years.
Ms. Hunter is a trained facilitator for the program Our Whole Lives (OWL). This is a comprehensive youth health and sexuality class that is inclusive and developmentally appropriate with classes beginning in 5th grade through twelfth grade. While developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, the text is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference.
Keith Dominick, MD
Dr. Dominick attended Providence College for his undergraduate studies and UMASS Medical School for his MD. He performed his residency at Tufts Medical Center-Floating Hospital for Children and has worked at the Elliot Hospital as a pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Dominick is currently practicing as a pediatric physician at Pediatric Associates of Hampton and Portsmouth PC. He has a particular interest in adolescent health care. Dr. Dominick joined the Project Safety Advisory Board in 2010 and has been a strong advocate for Project Safety and our mission to bring teen safety prevention programs to the Seacoast. Keith joins us to present a parent workshop on Adolescent Health and Sexuality.
Dwight is a community activist, motivational speaker and a successful businessman in life after basketball -- joined the NBRPA Board of Directors in 2014 and is the Vice Chair.
Davis starred at the University of Houston from 1969-72 and was inducted into his alma mater’s “Hall of Honor" in 2006. He still holds many records for his rebounding, blocked shots and scoring at UH. Davis also has a BS degree from Houston and is a member of the Bauer Business School Circle of Honor.
After his college career, Davis was selected as the third overall pick of 1972 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers The 6-8 forward averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 340 career regular season games and was voted to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
In 2007, Davis was appointed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to the N.H. Workforce Youth Council and in 2008 he became the chair. He has served as a board member of the Greater Seacoast United Way, as the Community Chair, and a member of the United Way Mass Bay Board. Dwight has been a member of the NH Workforce Investment Board since 2009. He has since been reappointed to both positions by Governor Maggie Hassan.
Dwight spends much of his free time working with at-risk teens with lessons on and off the court. He is a member of the Seacoast Board of Realtors and has been among the Seacoast Top Producers since 2007. In 2009 Dwight received the National Workforce Leadership award from JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) for his extensive work with the youth of New Hampshire and leadership of the New Hampshire Workforce Youth Council.
Davis was recognized in 2013 by Rotary International by being awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship award. This is bestowed upon the Rotarians and members of the community that exhibit a better understanding and friendly relations for peoples around the world; past recipients of this award include Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela
Dwight was part of the. NBA/NBPA/NBRPA inaugural of MBK that took place Washington DC with President Obama.
Davis lives in New Hampshire with his wife Gayle Davis are owners of Senior Helpers of the Greater Seacoast.
Erin is an Assistant Professor of Family Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999, and earned her M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2006) in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Her graduate training was concentrated in the areas of adolescent development and prevention science. Her research, published work, and presentations focus on activity involvement as a context for the development of identity and future perspective; parental, family, and broader contextual influences on adolescent development; and prevention research and theory from a positive youth development perspective. She has taught courses across the lifespan, including prenatal and infant development, child development, family theory, adolescent development, and human sexuality.
Erin joins us to facilitate a parent workshop regarding the affect of substance abuse on adolescent brain development.
Hardy Girls, Healthy Women (HGHW)
Since its inception, Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s programming, resources and trainings are supported by the leading research on girls’ health and development. The HGHW philosophy is that it is not the girls, but rather the culture that is in need of repair. Their work revolves around media literacy, guiding girls to ask questions about the messages and values that are conveyed by popular culture in the form of magazines, TV, music, movies and advertising, and empowering girls to be agents of change!
HGHW joins us this year as a new facilitator of “Girlfighting Goes Online: Cyberbullying (And What we Can Do About It)”.
Sara Lauren, PHD
Dr. Lauren is a Psychologist with a private practice in Portsmouth, NH. She provides individual, couple and family therapy for adults, adolescents and children.
Marci Blanchette, PHS Student Assistance Counselor
Marci Blanchette believes that we all inherit the consequences of our decisions. She has based her work on the understanding that our choices impact not just ourselves but also the community that we all live in. “There is no limit to the positive life sustaining skills that can be put into place to support our youth.”
Marci specializes in adolescent development; She received her Associate’s degree in childhood development her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Masters Level Drug and alcohol counselor. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth in a variety of settings. Marci is also a certified prevention specialist. She was recently nominated and awarded the Tom Fox Scholarship for excellence and exemplary contributions to the field of alcohol and drug prevention. Over the past 8 years Marci has developed and implemented a successful student assistance program at the high school level, she co- founded and served on the reflections program board of directors, and she is an active member of the Portsmouth community coalition.
In 1972, Phoenix House became an independent nonprofit organization and has since grown to become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services operating more than 123 programs in eleven states. Currently, we care for a population of more than 6,000 men, women, and adolescents. We work with teens at risk, support clients in recovery, and offer a wide range of treatment options for adults and adolescents. These include assessment and evaluation, detoxification, outpatient and residential programs, sober living residences, after-school and day programs for teens, case management, special women’s services, and programs that serve substance abusers with mental health problems.
In 1983, Phoenix House opened its first Phoenix House Academy, a residential high school where teens can make up schooling lost to drugs and recapture opportunities for higher education and careers. Eleven Phoenix House Academies now operate in seven states. In 2005, the Phoenix House Academy was designated a “model program” by the U.S. Department of Justice, and the federal government subsequently has listed the Academy model in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Joanne Stella, Esquire, UNH Attorney for Students
Joanne Stella has been a criminal defense attorney since 1993. She started as a public defender in Rockingham, representing indigent defendants, including juveniles, on serious criminal charges. For the last 17 years she has run a legal office available to UNH students on criminal and civil matters, as well as a private practice of law. The vast majority of her cases are alcohol and drug related offenses committed by young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.
On a day-to-day basis, young adults contact Joanne and say this (a real email from a client): "Over Labor Day weekend, the Police gave me a violation for underage drinking (intoxication). It was awful and really embarrassing because I don’t drink that much. It just so happened that one of the few times I made the mistake of drinking, I was caught. I was hoping I could schedule a meeting with you to see what I could do to make things better."
No parent has ever said to Joanne, ‘I knew my kid would get in trouble at college’ and almost all of her clients describe their circumstances as ‘unusual and unlucky’. Joanne will talk about why -- why is it that when we all know the predictable circumstances of young adults and their desire to experiment with alcohol, and to some degree drugs, we are all shocked when it is our kids that do it or young adults who are shocked themselves because they feel it was out of character for them.
Joanne facilitates an open and frank discussion of practical tips from 20 years of anecdotal evidence and stories that uncover the truth about choices and why young people sometimes make the wrong one.
Sandi Coyle, Regional Coordinator Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention
Seacoast Public Health Network
Sandi Coyle has worked in the Greater Seacoast for the last four years as the Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator for the Seacoast Public Health Network: Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention. Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention has been fiscally managed and supported by United Way of the Greater Seacoast since 2007 and works to cultivate collaborative partnerships that support youth, families, educators, and community members who are committed to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of alcohol and drug use in Seacoast Public Health region of NH. Sandi brings three years prior experience of working with the prevention network system in Sullivan County, is a certified prevention specialist, Chair of the NH Alcohol and Other Drug Providers Association Board of Directors, and is a woman committed and active in over 10 years of long-term sobriety.
Laura Burbine - Wellness Coordinator, PMS/PHS
Laura Burbine, M Ed, is the Wellness Coordinator for PHS/PMS. This staff position us funded by our District's "Partners for Success" grant, awarded by the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Ms. Burbine has over 25 years of experience as a classroom health teacher, school wellness coordinator, and heath promotion specialist. She is the author of three health education curricula, one of which - MediaSmart: Media Literacy for Health is in the process of being designated an evidence- based health education curriculum by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Ms. Burbine is also a parent of two grown sons - and she survived!
FCD Educational Services
FCD’s mission is to work with schools and other organizations across the United States and around the world to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol and other drug use. We endeavor to:
- Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention;
- Educate students, parents, teachers and school administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs
- Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic and often fatal disease;
- Teach children and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately;
- Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use; and
- Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years.
FCD knows that each school community has unique needs. Fortunately, with extensive experience, we also know how to pair community needs with effective opportunities to enhance student wellness. FCD prevention specialists, a diverse set of highly-trained professionals passionate about prevention, are flexible, versatile, well-informed and eager to help keep healthy students healthy around the globe.
FCD recognizes that the growing years are a critical time for becoming an active participant in the world, acquiring social skills, establishing values, developing interests and passions, and learning to cope with the depth and breadth of one’s emotions. Young people who depend on addictive and/or harmful substances to relieve boredom, have fun, reduce anxiety or deal with feelings may never develop these capabilities on their own. FCD prevention specialists bring their vast experience to PSA providing our young people with knowledge about the risks and realities of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. We are confident that they will provide our next generation with the knowledge, nurturance and social skills they need to become healthy, responsible adults.
Media Power Youth
Media Power Youth (MPY) empowers youth to lead healthy, safe lives through smart use of media. Based in Manchester, NH, Media Power Youth is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) working locally and throughout the Northeast in collaboration with health and prevention programs, school districts, communities, research institutions, businesses and foundations to provide a continuum of evidence based, health-focused media literacy education for youth, parents, and professionals.
Sarah Shanahan, MAT Sarah is the Education and Training Manager for Media Power Youth, a Manchester, NH nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth to lead safe, healthy lives through smart use of media. In her twelve years as a prevention educator she has delivered Media Literacy, Personal Body Safety, and Healthy Relationships programs to over 100,000 students. Sarah has a BFA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College, a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNH, and is an ASTD Certified Trainer. She is also the winner of the 2011 NSVRC Visionary Voice Award for Violence Prevention and the 2009 NH Children’s Trust Fund Unsung Hero Award.
Kathi Sullivan, "Taylor's Message"
After a night of binge drinking and poor choices at a series of underage parties, Kathi’s 17 year old daughter Taylor wandered away alone in the woods, and drowned in only two feet of water. They found her 3 days later.
Two months later, Kathi started sharing Taylor’s story with students and parents in hopes that her message would enlighten others on the dangers of underage drinking and poor choices. Passionate about reaching students hearts and minds, she simply shares with students what happened that night, how it could have been prevented and how Taylor’s death has affected her family, Taylor’s friends and the community. Students and parents leave Kathi’s presentation feeling like it was their friend or daughter that was lost that fateful night. Her presentation goes far beyond binge drinking, underage drinking and poor choices! Each audience member takes away something different.
Kathi has made it her mission in life to spread Taylor’s Message. Kathi’s presentation is heart-wrenching but ends with an inspirational message of hope, love and a new found power for students to deal with peer pressure and tough choices they face every day. Her honesty, openness, and heartfelt message is packed with powerful take-aways and it is a presentation that will not be soon forgotten.
Barbara Sullivan, FCD Prevention Specialist
A teacher, education leader, public speaker, and author, Barbara Sullivan joined FCD as a Prevention Specialist in 2009. She taught for over two decades at the Biddeford Middle School, where she designed a substance abuse prevention curriculum, started an Alateen group, extensively studied alcoholism as a family disease, and presented on alcoholism at many conferences. In 2010, she was named one of the top ten teachers in her field nationally and, in 2010, nominated to be Maine's teacher of the year. She has degrees from Framingham State College and the University of Maine.