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Celebrating Drug-Free Businesses

Updated: Mar 9

The Coalition recently held its annual Drug-Free Business Partnership luncheon to recognize businesses in the community that value drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free workplaces. The luncheon featured Cynthia Schiebel, licensed professional counselor, consultant, and life coach, as the keynote speaker. Ms. Schiebel offered insight into how employers can identify and help employees who might be struggling with substance abuse including alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs.


The Coalition also recognized several businesses in attendance for their continued commitment to drug-free workplaces. Special recognition was given to the Drug-Free Business Partnership’s new and upgraded members. Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes, and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. The Coalition is one of the oldest substance abuse prevention community coalitions in the United States. For information about participating in the Drug-Free Business Partnership, contact The Coalition at 936-634-9308.


New Businesses

Four businesses were honored as new members of the Drug-Free Business Partnership of The Coalition. Pictured from left: Taniyah Shawn, Tome Catering; Natalie Mendoza, East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope; Kendall Beattie, Elite Medical Home Care; and Melissa Roberts and Tara Graham, Integra Insurance Services.







Not present at the luncheon but pictured right

is Emily Thornton, Angelina Beautiful/Clean.













Not present at the luncheon but pictured

left is Dr. Roy Guse and Angie Hathorn of Dedicated Home Health. Congratulations to

these businesses for partnering with The Coalition for a better community.













Upgraded Businesses

In appreciation of their dedication to a drug-free community, The Coalition recognized several businesses as upgraded members of the Drug-Free Business Partnership. Pictured from L to R: Suzy Childers, Security & Guaranty Abstract Co.; Jeff Pownall, Lufkin Daily News; Susie Jones, Central ISD (Not present, Jeff Barrett, Hyundai of Lufkin)





Angelina County Drug-Free All Stars and SAY WHAT! Member

Angelina County Drug-Free All Stars and local Say What! Teen Ambassador represented The Coalition at the annual Drug-Free Business Partnership luncheon.


Pictured back row, from left: Chancy Dodd, Huntington High School; Fabian Cordero, Central High School; Joseph Bridges, Zavalla High School; Breanna Marquez, Diboll High School; Suriyah Beamon, Pineywoods Community Academy.

Front row, from left: Hailey Christian, Hudson High School; Say What! Teen Ambassador, Jaydn Burns, Diboll High School; Kaitlyn Lea, Lufkin High School.

(The Drug-Free All Stars of Angelina County are funded by a grant through TxDOT with the goal of reducing underage drinking.)



Sustaining Platinum Members

Drug-Free Business Partnership Sustaining members at the Platinum level were honored at the annual Drug-Free Business Partnership luncheon.

Pictured, back row from L to R: Martha Hernandez, Angelina County & Cities Health District; Christian Dempsey, Pilgrim’s Pride; Geno Carrier IV, East Texas Asphalt Co., LTD; Kim Simmons, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council; Maci Dover, Whataburger/GVCS; Donnie Webb, Hudson ISD; Jennifer Baldauf, Angelina College; Kim Garcia, Burke; Jeff Pownall, Lufkin Daily News; Molly Amstutz, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial; April Soderquist, Lufkin ISD; Kayley Fraze, Lufkin Daily News; Susie Jones, Central ISD.

Front from left: Janice Wolfe, Karen Hadnot, Brittany Semien, Lillian Johnson, and Adriana Thomasee, City of Lufkin; Napoleon Shaw, Hospice in the Pines; Breanna Murphy, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial.



Sustaining Gold Members

Gold level Sustaining members of the Drug-Free Business Partnership include,

back row from left: Annie Henderson, Harold’s House-East Texas Alliance for Children; Al Charanza, Charanza Law Office, P.C; David Flowers, Huntington ISD; Michelle Briley, Commercial Bank of Texas; Suzy Childers, Security & Guaranty Abstract Co.

Front row from left: Sarah Wortmann, Harold’s House-East Texas Alliance for Children; Misty Boggs, MSGPR; Melinda Brausell, Diboll ISD; Jessica Knight, Abeldt’s Gaslight Pharmacy.



Sustaining Silver/Bronze Members

Silver and Bronze Sustaining members of the Drug-Free Business Partnership include, from left: Kendall Beattie, Elite Medical Home Care; Taniya Shawn, Tome Catering; Justin Barkley, T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library; Melissa Roberts and Tara Graham, Integra Insurance Services; Natalie Mendoza, East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope.


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