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Texas Lawmakers Should Prohibit the Sale of “Palcohol,” or Powered Alcohol; One of Only Three States That Allow While 30 States Have Bans in Place 

March 21, 2017

Media Contact: Summar Thomas-Mosby, IMPACT Garland Coalition Coordinator
Phone: 214-766-8969
Email: smosby@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Garland, Texas)— More than 30 states have banned “Palcohol” or powdered alcohol as a prevention measure under the advisement of public health experts. Texas remains one of three states in which Palcohol will be available for purchase if the state legislature does not take measures to prohibit its sale.

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports state and federal laws banning Palcohol in the United States. AMA stated that the product could “cause serious harm to minors and should be banned.”  

“Alcohol is the number one substance of abuse among young people,” says Becky Vance, president and CEO of Drug Prevention Resources. “To add another alcohol product, in the form of flavored powder that is virtually undetectable and has an unknown potency level, is not only irresponsible but reprehensible.”

The product can be snorted or combined with other alcoholic products, further increasing its potency. Palcohol is packaged in a way that makes it easier for youth to access, carry, and consume, increasing the potential for its dissemination in classrooms and other social settings.

IMPACT Garland and IMPACT Communities, programs of Drug Prevention Resources, believes that it is important to be proactive rather than reactive. Increasing community education and awareness about substances like Palcohol is the first step in preventing youth substance use disorders.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.  

 

Drug Prevention Resources Receives State-Certified Designation as Minors in Possession (MIP) Program Provider

March 23, 2017

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) — Drug Prevention Resources (DPR) has been granted designation to implement the Texas Minors in Possession program, designed to fulfill court mandates that require minors charged with alcohol-related offenses to complete a state-approved alcohol awareness course.

DPR has assigned staff member Angela Farr as lead instructor for the program. Angela is currently director of training and quality assurance. She is also a certified MIP Instructor and corporate trainer.

“Our agency is pleased to add the Minors in Possession training program to our suite of prevention programs since preventing—or diverting—young people from mishaps with alcohol and other substances is a part of our mission,” said Becky Vance, president and chief executive officer.

The course contains information about alcohol advertising that appeals to young people, effects on motor skills, accidents related to alcohol, symptoms of alcohol problems, laws and decision-making. It is hoped that by being involved in this course young people will not progress to more serious offenses related to alcohol (DWI, for example).

The Minors in Possession program is approved by the Department of State Health Services and will be offered locally at DPR offices located at 1200 W. Walnut Lane, Suite 2100, in Irving.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Senior Leader with Major North American Construction Industry Supplier Joins Drug Prevention Resources Board

January 17, 2017

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) — Bobby Barker, a long-time financial analyst and senior business manager for Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, has joined the Drug Prevention Resources board, Texas’ oldest non-profit agency focused on preventing substance use disorders among children and teens.

Lehigh Hanson is one of North America’s largest suppliers of heavy building materials to the construction industry.

Barker brings accounting/finance, leadership and communications skills to the board along with a deep-seated desire to promote and develop servant leadership among the board and staff.

“Bobby strongly believes that effective work and service in communities begins internally,” said Becky Vance, Drug Prevention Resources’ president and CEO. “He exudes incredible energy and passion for servant leadership and we’re excited to see his ideas for encouraging us to see through new lenses.”

Barker has an MBA in finance from the University of Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Texas in Denton. He and his wife and daughter live in Frisco. In his free time, Barker enjoys competing in endurance races, including marathons and triathlons. He's currently training for his fourth marathon this Spring and has an ultimate goal of completing his first Ironman within the next year.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Information Technology Exec Austin Hutton Joins Drug Prevention Resources Board

December 7, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) — Plano information technology and senior management executive Austin Hutton has joined the board of directors at Drug Prevention Resources.

Hutton has 20 years’ broad-based IT experience, including a contract Chief Information Officer role with a Fortune 50 subsidiary. Specialty areas include certified information systems auditing, information security, and IT governance. Currently, he owns Hutton Consulting.

“The staff and board welcomes Austin with open arms,” says Becky Vance, president and CEO. “Information technology, from global oversight and security to day-to-day operations, is a major driver of the success of any organization. Austin has a gift for asking the right questions that lead our non-profit to not only operate more efficiently, but better serve our students, families and communities. “Plus, he has a heart for helping us fill the information gap that leaves many students, parents, teachers and community members grasping to find alternatives to the negative influences vying for kids’ attention.”

Hutton has an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in business and computer science from Kansas Wesleyan University. He lives in Plano with his wife and three dogs. He also serves on the board of the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Karl Woolfenden Joins Board; Drug Prevention Resources Gains Major Brand Advocate

November 2, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) - International multichannel storyteller, audience development and brand engagement specialist Karl Woolfenden is a new board member at Drug Prevention Resources, Texas’ oldest non-profit agency focusing on preventing alcohol and drug use, misuse and abuse among children and teens.

“Woolfenden is the executive producer and operator of BizTV-Texas/TexasBusiness.TV which focuses on “Texas business, Texas style.” BizTV is in 33 million homes and has a growing online audience. He is also CEO and founder of Doddal Productions, where he heads up the Brand ConneXtion division. In that role he leads sponsorship and promotions teams as they create interactive experiences between client stories and destination themes.

“We are incredibly blessed to add Karl to our board,” says Becky Vance, president and CEO. “His experience, background and passion for our cause comes at a perfect time as we look for new ways to tell the Drug Prevention Resources’ story. In today’s competitive non-profit environment, we’re continually looking for innovative ways to develop brand equity. The bonus for us is Karl loves to have fun!”

Woolfenden studied advertising, business and marketing at Oldham Tech in the United Kingdom. His passions include the arts and culture, especially theater, which he says “gave him the foundation to do what I do today.”

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Local Coalition Receives $625,000 From White House Drug Policy Office; Will Use Funds to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Ellis County

September 21, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) - The IMPACT Coalition in Waxahachie is one of only two grant recipients in Texas to receive $625,000 in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant funds to involve and engage Waxahachie and Ellis County in preventing youth substance use, including alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and synthetic drug use.

“The evidence-based prevention work led by local DFC community coalitions is critically needed to reduce youth substance use and misuse, particularly in the midst of the national prescription opioid and heroin epidemic,” said ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli.

“The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is the sustaining force behind our prevention efforts in Waxahachie,” said Shari Phillips, IMPACT Waxahachie coordinator. “We’re grateful for these new monies so we can expand our work throughout Ellis County over the next five years and for the first time, address the teen use of synthetic drugs, identified as a problem by local law enforcement.”

IMPACT Waxahachie will evaluate and report their progress every two years, including past 30-day use, perception of risk or harm, perception of parental disapproval of use as well as peer disapproval of use.

“Our goal is to make Waxahachie and Ellis County a safe and drug-free place for youth,” said Becky Vance, president and CEO, Drug Prevention Resources, which oversees IMPACT Waxahachie. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract youth substance use and we will use this funding to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities and to reduce substance use among youth and, over time, among adults.”

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use, the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. It is the oldest prevention non-profit in Texas. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Drug Prevention Resources Announces New Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas is Statewide Alliance Partner for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

August 22, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas)—Drug Prevention Resources’ newest initiative, Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas, is also the newest statewide alliance partner for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit working reduce substance abuse among adolescents.

Based in Dallas, Drug Prevention Resources is the oldest drug prevention agency in Texas. Its mission is to unite students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. Since 1991, Drug Prevention Resources has provided drug prevention and life-skills training to more than 78,000 at-risk youth and families. Through this partnership, it will help raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and help amplify the Partnership’s drug prevention messages.

“Our team is thrilled to serve as the Texas state-wide partner for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids,” said Becky Vance, president and CEO of Drug Prevention Resources. “Both our organizations believe that addiction is 100 percent preventable and that prevention tactics are grounded by the ongoing conversations parents and their kids have about drugs and alcohol. Using the national Partnership’s incredible creative and messaging to reach Texas families is a national, state and local win.”

“We are grateful to have Drug Prevention Resources join our network of partners working to reduce substance abuse among teens,” explained Teri Christensen, SVP, Director of State and Local Operations at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Through this collaboration, we are able to reach families across Texas with the messages and resources to help parents raise healthy, drug-free kids.”

Broadcast PSA’s with the Partnership for Drug-Free Texas tag can be seen here: http://drugprevresources.org/pdftexas.

Drug Prevention Resources unites students, families and communities in a common desire to power change and flourish in positive, drug-free environments. For more information, visit DrugPrevResources.org.

 

Distinguished Dallas Mental Health Professional Appointed to Drug Prevention Resources Board

August 11, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas)—Board certified psychiatrist, author and speaker Dr. David Henderson has been named to the board of directors for Drug Prevention Resources, Texas’ oldest drug prevention agency.

Henderson is the founder and president of Four Stones PLLC, a mental health consulting practice in Dallas. He is also the author of the soon-to-be-released, My Teenage Zombie: Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent in Your Home.

“When it comes to intuitively understanding teenagers and their relationships with their parents, few are more enlightened than Dr. Henderson,” says Becky Vance, Drug Prevention Resources’ president and CEO. “Add his background as a clinician experienced with mental health and substance abuse issues and Drug Prevention Resources gains a gigantic advocate for our organization.”

For five years, Dr. Henderson served as the Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling at Criswell College, rebuilding its Masters in Counseling Program and starting the undergraduate major in Psychology. He also helped to develop a fully online counseling curriculum for the school. In addition, Dr. Henderson has served as an adjunct professor of Psychology and Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Henderson has presented nationally and internationally at conferences for the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, The Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

In his spare time, David enjoys fitness training and a good Russian novel.

 

Former DEA Chief of Global Operations Added to Drug Prevention Resources Board

June 29, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas)—James L. (Jimmy) Capra, author, speaker and CEO of Front Line Leadership Group, has joined the Drug Prevention Resources board of directors. Drug Prevention Resources is Texas’ oldest drug prevention non-profit.

Capra is known by many in the field for his 27+ years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, most recently as the chief of global operations responsible for 227 domestic offices and 86 foreign offices in 67 countries.

He is the author of Leadership at the Front Line: Lessons Learned about Loving, Leading and Legacy from a Warrior and Public Servant, and has recently published a children’s book called The Eagle and the Seagulls: A Wisdom Story for Children and Adults published by Lulu.com. 

Capra has been called on to speak about contemporary leadership challenges, national security issues as well as the challenges of raising courageous children in a cowardly culture.       

“Jimmy’s experiences and resources around the entire spectrum of drug abuse are second-to-none. He understands prevention because he’s seen the devastating results of abuse and all the potential consequences for individuals and communities,” Becky Vance, CEO, Drug Prevention Resources, said. “In his second career as a speaker, author and leadership coach, he is quickly becoming as renowned as during his career with DEA. We are incredibly fortunate to have Jimmy join our board.”

Prior to his DEA career, Capra served in the US Navy, US Navy Reserves, Air National Guard and was a Military Intelligence Officer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Marist College and a Masters of Education from Seton Hall University.  Jimmy has been married to his wife Shelly for over 34 years and they are the proud parents of six children.

 

Accomplished Dallas Turnaround Educator Named to Board

June 1, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas)—Sylvia E. Fuentes, the first recipient of the Dallas Association of Counselors’ Principal of the Year award and recognized as Principal of the Year by the Association of Hispanic School Administrators of Dallas, has been named to the board of Drug Prevention Resources.

Fuentes, who believes relationship building is key to the success of school communities, has served as a turnaround principal for every school level in urban areas of Dallas. She also has experience in central office administration. 

“Sylvia has a unique vantage point in what works and doesn’t work when it comes to serving students within a school system,” says Becky Vance, Drug Prevention Resources president and CEO. “Our school-based prevention programs and her institutional perspective are a perfect combination to provide the best services we can to families in North Texas. Plus, Sylvia understands the role our programs play in enhancing academic achievement, having previously collaborated with us in schools where she served as principal.”

Fuentes is an educational consultant with Stetson and Associates, Inc. She also served as vice president of Adults Relating to Kids, (ARK), a non-profit in Houston that teaches adults how to better relate to children, in the classroom and at home, to maximize student success. 

She holds a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas and is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Fuentes lives in Dallas. 

 

Longtime Marketing Executive Named to Drug Prevention Resources Board

May 12, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas)—Drug Prevention Resources’ President and CEO Becky Vance announces that Carol Dodson, managing partner of Sly Fox, an out-of-home and experiential agency/holding company of Moroch Holdings Inc., Dallas, has joined its board.

“Bringing Carol to our board represents a bit of an internal culture shift and an external shift in how we hope Drug Prevention Resources is perceived in North Texas,” Vance said. “Her creativity and marketing talents, not to mention her skills as a business owner, will help us become a nimbler prevention agency as we deliver services in our own increasingly creative ways.”

Dodson’s media clients are as varied as Shell Oil, Colorforms, Paramount Pictures, Stroh Beer, Goodyear, Midas, McDonald’s, Visionworks and Baylor Healthcare Systems. Her passion for media and marketing spans years, with companies such as Ogilvy & Mather and Levenson and Hill. However, she’s spent 25 years helping build Moroch Partners with, as she describes herself, “her combination of chutzpah and charm.”

A native New Yorker, Dodson believes her upbringing and heritage are part of her success.  She brings her trademark saying, “No, is just the beginning of the conversation,” along with humor and tenacious passion to the Drug Prevention Resources board.

Dodson and her husband live in Dallas. She has two adult children and one grandchild.  

 

Stuart H. Bright, of Bright Industries, Named Drug Prevention Resources Board Chair 

February 10, 2016

Media Contact: Becky Vance, CEO
Phone: 972-518-1821
Email: bvance@dpri.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Irving, Texas) – Drug Prevention Resources, the oldest non-profit prevention organization in Texas, has appointed Stuart H. Bright chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Bright previously served as vice chairman and is also chief compliance officer for Bright Equities, LLC, a boutique financial services firm operated by Bright Industries, a family owned and operated company with expertise in oil and gas, commercial and residential real estate development, home building, hospitality, and financial services.

Prior to working with Bright Equities, he served as vice president for State Bank & Trust Co., a family-owned and operated community bank with three locations in the Dallas Metroplex.

“Drug Prevention Resources is incredibly fortunate to have someone with Stuart’s expertise and community commitment leading our board,” said Becky Vance, president and CEO, Drug Prevention Resources. “Stuart is a true servant leader who will honor our 80-year history and guide us as we proudly serve the communities of North Texas with evidence-based prevention programming for many more years to come.”

Mr. Bright is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Heidi, live in Lewisville with their three daughters.  He is an avid hunter/shooter, spending as much time on the family ranch as possible.  He also enjoys golfing and is a member at The Lakes at Castle Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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