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Mission Statement

To address substance abuse in Cayuga County and the surrounding area by assessing the scope of the problem, and identifying the risk factors that threaten the individual, the family and the community. This ongoing assessment will serve as the catalyst for developing environmental strategies to implement sustainable, prevention strategies that will reduce and prevent the substance abuse among youth and adults in the local population.

Vision Statement

To Create a drug free and violence free environment in which youth can thrive with strong alliances between the full community and the school district. These alliances will serve as the foundation from which policies are formed, programs are developed, awareness is improved and mobilization efforts originate.

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Meet Our Team

Kevin Hares

Coalition Chair & DFC Coalition Director

Works in partnership with the coalition with the goal of reducing the impact of alcohol on drugs on the youth of Cayuga County.

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of substance abuse prevention activities for the youth population using evidence-based practices, primary prevention, environmental change and behavioral change strategies.
  • Participate in leadership role of the Coalition to promote goals of the coalition for youth, student organizations, student leaders, and those who work with them, as well as community groups.

Provide public education regarding substance abuse issues:

  • Executive Director for CHAD an outpatient substance abuse treatment program licensed by NYS OASAS since 1979 (36 years).
  • Substance abuse counselor since 1977 (38 years) and has been credentialed (CASAC) since 1983.

JoLynn Mulholland

Project Coordinator

JoLynn is an Auburn Native who was hired by the Drug Free Community Coalition as the Project Coordinator. She provides leadership, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the work plan strategies identified by the Coalition to reduce the impact of alcohol on drugs on the youth of Cayuga County. She graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. JoLynn previously worked with Juvenile Delinquent youth and adults previously in recovery. She is also sits on the board of directors for H.E.A.L. (Heroin Epidemic Action League) .Her passion for Prevention, Awareness and Recovery strives from the passing of her two cousins’ from a heroin overdose. JoLynn is striving for change in the community in hopes to keep Cayuga County the great community it always has been.

Jennifer Schenck


Union Springs Student

Laura Lee Cummings


Sam Darling


Brew Funeral Home

Robert Forcey

Regional Publisher

Lee Enterprises Inc./The Post-Star
The Citizen
Glens Falls, NY & Auburn, NY

Steven Crosby

Auburn High School Representative

Chris Nucerino

Youth Service Organization


Mary Anderson

Religious or Fraternal Organizations

1st Presbyterian Church, Weedsport

Brian Schenck

Law Enforcement

Sheriff’s Office

Tim Donovan

Civic and Volunteer Group

Community Advocate

Kathleen Cuddy

Health & Human Services

Healthcare professionals

Jean Saroodis

State, Local or tribal agencies

Weedsport Mayor

Jennifer Frary

Recovery Counseling

Other Organizations involved in reducing substance abuse

Rosemary Radley


Julie Liccion

Auburn High School Representative

Ashley Short

Unity House – GRACE House

Other Organizations involved in reducing substance abuse