One County. One Cause.

About Us

Montcalm Prevention Collaborative is a grassroots coalition initially formed in 2009 as a collaboration between two previously existing prevention groups: Tobacco-Free Montcalm and Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (MCPUD).  While the Coalition’s name has changed several times over the years, what hasn’t changed is the member’s commitment to the community.

MPC members include concerned parents, community members, business leaders, organization representatives, and youths who are committed to making a difference in Montcalm County.  The coalition is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors with the day-to-day work being overseen by a Coalition Coordinator.

Our Coalition work is currently funded through a grant from the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program with approved work in two major areas: underage drinking and prescription drugs, and two minor areas: tobacco and marijuana.  Our primary goal is to continue to invite people, including yourself, to the table to help in building long-term coalition sustainability to continue the prevention work in Montcalm County.

About Montcalm Prevention

MPC Empowers Youth Leaders at CADCA Conference in Washington DC

In a transformative journey, six high school students from Tri County High School, Lakeview High School, and Greenville High School, accompanied by Montcalm Prevention Collaborative adult leaders, embarked on a meaningful trip to Washington DC for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) conference.

Amidst the brisk winds and cool temperatures, the students immersed themselves in the historical allure of Washington DC. The crisp air carried echoes of resilience as they explored iconic landmarks like the Washington Monument and delved into the wonders of the Air and Space Museum. The National Archives Museum, home to the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Bill of Rights, provided a rich sensory experience, enveloping them in the essence of the nation’s history. Additionally, a visit to the impactful Holocaust Museum left a lasting impression, deepening their understanding of historical significance.

During their stay, the group seized the opportunity to engage with policymakers, meeting with Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters’ aides to share their compelling stories. The pinnacle of their advocacy journey was a personal meeting with Senator Gary Peters himself, where they passionately discussed their pre-prom harm reduction program implemented in schools. The program aims to create a safe environment by addressing challenges related to substance use.

A moment of pride arose as the students presented their initiatives, including the introduction of amnesty boxes for an anonymous disposal of vaping devices. Senator Peters extended his congratulations and expressed unwavering support for the students’ hard work, acknowledging their commitment to creating a positive change.

In the heart of the nation’s capital, the Montcalm youth not only experienced the historical tapestry of Washington DC but also left an indelible mark by advocating for community well-being. Their journey stands as a testament to the power of youth-driven initiatives fostering positive change and shaping a brighter future.

Our Mission

The Collaborative’s mission is to reduce youth substance abuse throughout Montcalm County in a comprehensive and long-term manner. While its primary focus is on youth, the Collaborative is dedicated to valuing each life by creating a healthier community.

You're Invited to Join Us

If you are interested in attending a Full Coalition meeting or would like to become involved on one of our work teams, please contact the Coalition at

2024 Meeting Schedule
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Meet The Executive Board

We thank our Executive Board for the time and dedication they provide to our Collaborative so that we can keep our youth and local community healthy and safe.


John Johansen, Chair


John Kroneck, Past Chairperson


Tara Allen, Secretary Montcalm Care Network

Cario O'Conner

Cari O’Connor

MAISD Great Start Director

Jody Snyder

Jody Snyder
United Way

Meet The Coordinators

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative. They can be reached by email at:

Jodie Faber, Coordinator

Jodie Faber, Coordinator


Samantha Williams, Assistant Coordinator


Christa Jerome, Assistant Coordinator