Meet the Prevention Team
Virgil Jones is the Associate Director of the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition. Virgil has been in the prevention field for over 5 years now, and has worked in the education field for over 10 years. He is trained in Botvin LifeSkills Training, Conscious Discipline, Strengthening Families Program, Applied Science Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Youth Mental Health First Aid, and PreVenture. Virgil was also named the Jay County Prevent Child Abuse President for 2021! Virgil has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership in Public Administration. Here at JCDPC, he helps the Executive Director with day to day tasks of running the coalition, and guides and supervises the project coordinators with their prevention work in the community.
Jake Martz is the Youth Life Coach for the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition. Jake is currently a Certified Peer Recovery Coach holding a CAPRC II certification, is trained in ACEs and Early Trauma, and is a trained facilitator of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Botvin LifeSkills Training, CRAFT, and PreVenture. Jake has been in the prevention, recovery, and youth activism field for over 15 years! His role with JCDPC includes leadership for social-emotional learning projects, action plans for grants and community collaborations, and increasing youth engagement and outreach.
Allyssa Raines is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition. Ally is currently a Certified Peer Recovery Coach holding a CAPRC II certification, is trained in ACEs and Early Trauma and Botvin LifeSkills Training, is a trained facilitator for CRAFT, and has attended Mental Health First Aid. Allyssa graduated from the National Coalition Academy and is a facilitator of A Better Life Brianna's Hope recovery support program. Ally's role at JCDPC includes leadership for Local Coordinating Council (LCC) requirements, timeline/action plans of JCDPC grants, and office administration oversight.
Grace Christman started as the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator here at JCDPC in October of 2021, and in the fall of 2022 took over our Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator as well! Grace graduated in December of 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration Health Care Management from Indiana University Kokomo, and is a trained facilitator of Botvin LifeSkills Training. Because of her coursework and knowledge gained in harm reduction, addiction studies, and public law and policy, she is well equipped to serve you and provide the community with resources and education about prevention. Grace is extremely passionate about health equity, prevention, and recovery, and wants to help everyone to be the best and healthiest version of themselves!
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The Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition (JCDPC) is part of the statewide network of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. The JCDPC is the Local Coordinating Council (LCC) for the community.