OUR STORY

The Wright County, Minnesota MEADA (Mentorship, Education and Drug Awareness ~ formerly Methamphetamine, Education, and Drug Awareness) Coalition was formed in 2004 when community organizations and county partners joined forces to help address the methamphetamine epidemic in our area. As stricter regulations were placed on products needed to produce methamphetamine and law enforcement cracked down on meth labs, the Coalition’s focus broadened to include awareness of other substances and also increased focus on mentoring programs for youth.

The MEADA Coalition continues to bring together families, neighbors, school personnel, law enforcement, county agencies, faith communities, and municipalities to address and prevent substance use. We take pride in supporting local efforts aimed at reducing substance abuse, addiction rates, and overdose fatalities by sponsoring events and funding projects or programs that are proactive, youth-focused, and sustainable. Learn more about grant opportunities through the MEADA Coalition. 

MEADA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with active board members from around the county.

The MEADA Coalition meets the second Wednesday of the even months from 4-5 PM at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center. 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to educate youth, families, and the community on the dangers of substance use and abuse by creating awareness and fostering mentorship through sustainable initiatives.

OUR BOARD

Tom Kelly

Chair
Tom began as a Wright County prosecutor in 1984, moved to the Chief of Criminal Division from 1990-1998 and was elected County Attorney in 1999. Tom is a founding member of MEADA (2005). He knew that to address the drug/chemical issues we needed a “Three-Prong Approach.” Law Enforcement/Prosecution, Treatment and Education.; MEADA was the “Education Prong.” Tom enjoys fishing and sports.

Christine Husom

Vice Chair

Pam Henry-Neaton

Treasurer
Pam Henry-Neaton works for HLWW schools as the preschool teacher and Adult Volunteer coordinator. She and her husband farm on her husband's homeplace by Watertown. She is proud to be a member of MEADA. The group has a long history of making a difference in lives.

Jacob Anson

Secretary
As a Health Promotion Coordinator, he works primarily on substance abuse prevention and well-being. Jacob works to expand medication-assisted treatment, improve prescriber guidelines, and implement screening processes for substance use in clinics, hospitals, jails, and County programs. Prior to working at Wright County Public Health, Jacob worked as a Youth Addiction Specialist with adolescents and discovered his passion for prevention.

OUR MEMBERS

Michelle Swenson

Sarah Grossheusch

Becky graham

During her 8 year career as a Wright County Public Health nurse, Becky has found a passion for helping people achieve health in all facets. She played an integral, and building cross-sector relationships. Her hobbies outside of work include spending time with her family and friends, being at the cabin, and biking.

Matthew Treichler

darnell brethorst

Darnell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice through St. Cloud State University. She has been a Probation Officer with Wright County Court Services over the past 25 years. She has had the opportunity to work with and provide services to juvenile and adult offenders throughout the Wright County area. She coordinated and assisted in the establishment of the Wright County Drug Court Program in 2016 in addition to other programming within the Court Services Department. She has a passion to help people make positive changes in their lives. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends.

Mark Benzer

Mark is the co-host of the Buffalo Community Podcast which highlights the people and businesses in Buffalo, MN. His day job is working as a COUNTRY Financial insurance agent, helping people protect and grow their assets. He is a lifelong resident of Buffalo, where he lives with his wife and children. Together, they enjoy sports, music, and trying new restaurants. Another passion of Mark's is serving as a mentor to at risk middle school children and volunteering as a youth sports coach.

Kaitlyn Main

Kaitlyn is a senior at Maple Lake High School. She is an active member of the Cross Country, Basketball and Track & Field teams. She is also involved in many school activities, including; band, choir and is an Irish Mentor. In her free time she loves spending time with family and friends, playing guitar and being outdoors.

Jon young

michelle miller

Michelle has been in the social services field for more than 25 years, serving individuals and families. As the manager of the Child & Family Services Division for the past 9 years, she has been instrumental in developing a leadership-focused workforce to successfully meet the ever-growing needs of Wright County.

rose weller

Abe Abrahamson

Rob Jarvis

Pastor Jarvis has lived in Wright County for 9 years and serves the congregations of Hosanna Lutheran in Buffalo and Bethlehem Lutheran in Middleville. Prior to coming here, he served in a congregation and campus ministry in Morris MN and in Menomonie WI. He is married to Joanne and together they have four adult children. He does triathlons, and after a long dry spell, is starting to pick up windsurfing again. He is honored to serve on MEADA, and hopes he can be an advocate for other congregational leaders in dealing with the drug problems in Wright County.

Ellie Vanasse

During her undergrad at the College of St. Benedict, Ellie developed a passion for working at the intersection of social justice and health. After graduating from the nursing program, she began working for Wright County as a Public Health Nurse. Part of her job is to pioneer and support initiatives that reduce opioid misuse. Ellie enjoys cheering for Wisconsin’s sports teams, reading, playing volleyball, and spending time at the cabin.

Brittany Steer

Rachel Hilyar

Andrew Sudbeck

Mona Volden

Tyler Reiss