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ABOUT THE

COALITION

The Coalition, a 501C(3) organization, is a group of concerned citizens and parents intent on keeping the youth of our community drug and tobacco free. The Coalition is a vital element to community health and well-being in Angelina County. Key successes since 1988:

  • Spearheading the Smoke-Free Lufkin movement which resulted in passing City Ordinance #429, prohibiting smoking in all public places

  • Training and educating over 1,500 youth as Angelina County Drug-Free All Stars

  • Assisting Angelina College, The Mosaic Center, Pregnancy Help Center and other organizations in establishing smoke-free campuses

  • Conducting education and media campaigns which ultimately reduced underage drinking from 36.8% in 1984 to 16.8% in 2018

  • The formation of the Drug-Free Business Partnership, to educate and assist businesses in establishing drug-free worksites, and the establishment of the Interagency Coalition, a forum to allow social service agencies to network and share resources.

STAFF

Sharon Kruk
Executive Director

Abby Baker
Community Coalition Coordinator

Sonia Smith
Youth Prevention Specialist

Carolina Lopez
Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Coordinator

STAFF

BOARD OF

DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE BOARD:

Suzy Childers, Chair 

representing the parent sector

Kim Garcia, Immediate Past Chair

representing the mental health sector

Breanna Murphy, Vice-Chair

representing the healthcare sector

Becca McMahon, Treasurer

representing a local civic organization

 

Maci Dover, Secretary

representing the business sector

DIRECTORS:

Koshy Alexander

representing the business sector
 

District Attorney Janet Cassels

representing local government

Matt Clifton

representing a local community (Huntington)

 

Viry Cruz

representing the business sector

Megan Dickinson

representing the parent sector
 

Justin Barkley

representing a local community (Diboll)

Jeff Walker

representing a youth-serving community

Leo Carreon

representing as a young adult

Hannah Keller

representing the business community

Janiece Metcalf

representing a local community (Zavalla)

Sarina Dowlearn

representing the media and faith sector
 

Kim Simmons

representing a substance use prevention organization
 

April Soderquist

representing the local schools (Lufkin ISD)
 

 Judge Paul White

representing local community
 

Brent Tanksley

representing the recovery community

Stephen Pinkney

representing the faith community

Wes Suiter 

representing the parent sector

Conssandra Williams

representing the higher education sector

Judge Todd Kassaw

representing local government

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COMMUNITY

SPONSORS

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS

The Bettye & Murphy

George Foundation

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SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS

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BRONZE LEVEL

SPONSORS:

Austin Bank

Carroway Funeral Home
Commercial Bank of Texas

The Heart Institute of East Texas

Higginbotham

Security & Guaranty Abstract Co.

VeraBank

 

DRUG-FREE ALL-STARS SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS

East Texas Asphalt

Whataburger/GVCS

Bartlett, Baggett & Shands

Contractor’s Supply

KSWP/KAVX

Southside Bank

Southwood Drive Animal Clinic

Abeldt’s Pharmacy

Loggins Plumbing

Brookshire Brothers

Copeland Square LLC

Pineywoods OB/GYN

COMMUNITY SPONORS
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MAKE A DONATION

 

Thank you for donating to The Coalition! We are striving to create a healthier Angelina County and with the support of individuals and businesses and the collaboration of our local partners, we will make that dream a reality.

 

The Coalition, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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