Board of Directors


What is the mission?
CDFY’s primary service is to provide a pathway and support for children and youth who want to live a drug-free lifestyle.

How did CDFY get started?
CDFY was formed in 1983 by a group of local parents who were concerned about the well-being of young people in the area when it came to substance abuse.

What sets CDFY apart?
Our biggest distinction from other programs is how personally involved the students are in CDFY programs and activities. The work we do isn’t a competition but a collaborative effort. There’s not one person that is immune to substance use and/or mental health concerns.

What’s one thing you wish everyone knew when it comes to nonprofits?
Social media has expanded the problems and challenges exponentially. Substance use and suicide prevention are preventable and parents, role models, and guardians play an important role in preventing substance use.

What’s been your biggest struggle and how are you overcoming it?
CDFY continues to build relationships and establish credibility within the community by working with many other organizations, youth, and community members, and finding other ways to raise awareness. We strive to raise enough money and get as many volunteers as possible to get the messages and services out to the communities that need them.

How do you define success & how doyou celebrate a win?
Success can come in many different facets, but in some ways, it’s helping youth in our community. Whether that’s one, five, or 10 people, that’s a win in our book! Education is power and we empower youth with information. Smiles on students’ faces as they participate in events to educate their peers is certainly another measure of success.

What quote does CDFY live by?
“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I re-member. Involve me, and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin

Any awards or notables that we should know about?
CDFY is proud to be the recipient of Major General Arthur T. Dean Chairman’s Award which CDFY was chosen out of 170 other community coalitions from all over the U.S.

What’s one thing most do not know?
Our youth are facing challenges today that most of us never had to face. It is a privilege to work with them and watch them blossom.

How is community involvement important to your job/business?
Community engagement is critical to the success and continued operation of any organization. Without the support of the community in which we operate, we will have little chance for continued long-term prosperity.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to get involved in the community?
There are a lot of opportunities in our community. You must determine where your passions are and then follow them to the opportunities. Every organization is looking for volunteers and other resources.

What are you most thankful for in your line of work?
The ability to help people accomplish things they didn’t think they could do.

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