Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention
A Drug-Free Community Coalition

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A series of Coalition name changes led to today’s Coalition name: NCDP Drug-Free Community Coalition. A 501(c)(3) was formed in July 2007 that enables the Coalition to raise funds through the Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., non-profit affiliate. With fund-raising through this non-profit establishment, the Coalition continues to reach toward meeting its mission:

The Coalition's mission:

A community alliance working toward a healthy, substance free environment for youth.

The Coalition's vision:

To engage the community to respond to substance abuse issues by implementing strategies that transform community attitudes, perceptions and policies.

NCDP History / Steering Committee / Officers

The all-volunteer White Mountain Coalition Against Meth Abuse began in Autumn 2003 to educate citizens and raise awareness of the impact of drugs, methamphetamine in particular. A total of $85,000 state grant funds were attained from 2006 to 2009, specifically for coalition building and methamphetamine-awareness.

A part-time Coalition Director was hired in 2007 to structure and oversee the organization. Education, outreach and town halls were the strategy for delivering substance abuse prevention awareness to the community. Barriers to the group efforts included: a) limited resources and limited time contribution from an all-volunteer coalition; b) projects addressed the awareness level of community involvement only in methamphetamines; c) vast differences in the needs of a wide geographic area and d) limited community buy-in to work with the coalition members.

As the Coalition leaders reviewed the results of Arizona Youth Surveys conducted bi-annually by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission it became clear that a wider focus on youth substance use and abuse was needed. The primary state funding required focus solely on preventing the use and abuse of meth. Through data analysis and working within the community, the Coalition leaders realized that working with youth to reduce drug use also would impact adults, with the desired outcome of adult usage being reduced, also. One way the Coalition responded to changing community situations was with a focus on the emerging and quickly growing occurrences of the abuse of “legal” (synthetics and prescription) drugs among youth and anticipating a community shift in marijuana risk perception with the advent of Medical Marijuana in Arizona in April 2011.

In 2013, the Coalition was awarded a federal Drug Free Communities Grant for five years. This infusion allowed the organization to hire a full-time DFC Program Coordinator. Narrowing the target focus area to the Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside communities allows the outreach work to be more focused.

The Coalition continues to be headed by a Director (paid part-time through an Arizona Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Grant and through the DFC grant), overseen by non-profit Friends of the Coalition Board of Directors. Activities are decided and driven through monthly steering committee meetings involving members of the Board, the Director, representatives from the 12 sectors and other community members comprising a “steering committee”. Strategies and programs are developed in these meetings and feed into the annual objectives and strategies, approved by SAMHSA oversight, to be carried out by the staff, committee members and other volunteers.

Among the coalition’s accomplishments to date:

  • Cooperated with local law enforcement to pass new Social Hosting ordinance for the City of Show Low in 2009
  • Since 2011, quarterly community prescription drug take back programs garner an average of 500 pounds of returned drugs per year

*In 2013 and 2014, MedReturn prescription drug takeback units at police stations in Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside

  • Conducted two series of town halls in six communities; and one town hall on medical marijuana.
  • Completed a 2-hour fund-raising telethon centered on the Arizona broadcasting roadblock “Crystal Darkness”—in which we produced and aired our own parallel one-hour segment called “Into the Light”, about recovery from meth addiction.
  • Conducted 3 annual full-day substance abuse prevention educational forums for 100+ professional participants. Conducted 3 annual half-day substance abuse prevention educational fairs with 35 presenting agencies and up to 1,000 attendants
  • For nine consecutive summers, conducted 2-week summer day camps for youth, dedicated to goal setting, improving self-confidence, making good choices and having caring adults in their lives. This Junior Leadership Academy has grown from one school district with 18 participants, to up to five school districts with 125 annual participants.

The Organizations Under the Non-profit Umbrella

Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., is the non-profit umbrella for projects including NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition, White Mountain Junior Leadership Academy (JLA), White Mountain Youth Alliance, student-led Mpowrd Teen AA group and other pro-youth education activities clustered around youth substance abuse prevention in the White Mountain area.

The overarching goal is to engage the community to respond to substance abuse issues by implementing strategies that transform community attitudes, perceptions and policies. Organization programs work to create a substance free environment for youth, focusing on under age drinking, prescription drugs and marijuana.

The non-profit is in a recipient of the federal Drug Free Community coalition grant. We recently conducted a community conference with national speakers to address substance abuse in our community, region and state.

We welcome community members to attend a meeting to see what we are accomplishing and how they would like to be engaged.

NCDP Steering Committee

Youth (persons <= 18 years of age): Nichole Bratch

Parents: Rikkilyn Archibeque

Business: Robert Pico

Media: Aaron Casey

Schools: BRUHS Counselor Jill Stidham

Youth-serving organizations: Steve Campbell

Law enforcement agencies: SLPD SROs Brandon Clark & Alan Rogers

Religious or fraternal organizations: Cid Cota

Civic and volunteer groups: BRHS SADD Raphael Banuelos

Healthcare professionals: Trent Clatterbuck

State, local or tribal agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse: Barry Yoyhoeoma

Other organizations: Navajo County Juvenile Probation Lynda Wilson

NCDP 2016 Highlights (as of 12/01/16)
NCDP 2015 Highlights

Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition Current Officers


David Butterfield

BRUSD teacher,
JLA Director & Founder

Beth Schimmel

BRUSD teacher, JLA Director

Eduardo Coronado

Statutory Agent


Gil Alvidrez

BRUSD retired teacher, JLA Director & Founder

Diana Butler

BRUSD Administrator, WMNC Board


Debe Campbell

Executive Director
Arizonans for Prevention Credentialed Prevention Specialist Level IV  
BS Journalism & Public Relations, Northern Arizona University
MS studies, Communications, University of Nevada, Las Vegas  
Graduate, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Academy and
Arizona State University Non-Profit Management Institute

Stephanie G. Irwin, CPA

Vicky Solomon, AS
Program Coordinator

Brenda Willis, Program Assistant

William L. Brown, Consultant

Debra L.



Dr. Mary Jeanne Munroe

Coalition & JLA Founder

Judy Evans

SLUSD teacher, JLA Director

Dr. Thomas Barela

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Ruben Lizardi

Retired teacher/counselor,
JLA Statistics

Mindy Savoia

Sequoia Village School Principal





Friends Seek Board Candidates

The non-profit Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., seeks expressions of interest for candidates to sit on the board of directors. Interested individuals should email the organizations Executive Director for with letter of interest and resume.

The Board meets quarterly to oversee the operation of Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP), a federally-funded Drug Free Community coalition. Previous meeting minutes and financial statements are available through Finances in the menu above, or by clicking here.