THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (New York, New York) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 30, 1998
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION ON DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES The President today announced his intent to appoint the members of
the Commission on Drug-Free Communities: Marilyn Culp, Thomas Dortch, Ruby Hearn, Jessica Hulsey, Scott King, Charles Larson, Henry Lozano, Claire McCaskill, Mary Ann Solberg, Carol Stone, and Hope Taft.
The Commission on Drug-Free Communities will advise the President and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on programs created by the act and the distribution of grants to community organizations. The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Barry R. McCaffrey, will oversee the commission.
Ms. Marilyn Wagner Culp, of Miami, Florida, is the President of the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community. From 1975-1988, she worked for the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office of Victim Assistance Programs. Ms. Culp was the recipient of the Florida State Distinguished Service Medal in 1996 and was named the Outstanding Community Leader in Dade County in 1993. She received a B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallage College and an M.A. degree in sociology from Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Thomas Dortch, Jr., of Atlanta, Georgia, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting firm. He also serves as National President of 100 Black Men of America, an organization with a focus on mentoring to African-American youth and the economic empowerment of communities. From 1978-1994, he held various positions with Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), including Administrative Assistant and State Director. Mr. Dortch was a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Medal in 1994 and a National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame inductee in 1995. He received a B.A. degree from Fort Valley State University and an M.A. degree in criminal justice from Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Ruby Hearn, of Princeton, New Jersey, is the Senior Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which provides millions of dollars to national, state, and local programs working to reduce substance abuse. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Science's Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Advisory Council. Dr. Hearn was a Fellow at the Yale Corporation from 1992-1998 and served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Dr. Hearn received a B.A. degree from Skidmore College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale Graduate School.
Ms. Jessica M. Hulsey, of Buena Park, California, has been nationally recognized for her drug prevention work. Affected by the prevalence of addiction in her family, she has long been active in the substance abuse prevention field. She has spoken to scores of high school and junior high students about substance use and devoted much time to community coalitions. She is a former board member of Drug Use Is Life Abuse in Orange County, California, and organized a drug prevention and mentoring program for Corner House in Princeton, New Jersey while attending Princeton University. Ms. Hulsey was a presenter at the 1997 President?s Summit for America?s Future in Philadelphia. After graduating from Princeton in 1998, she began work as Director of Training and Technology at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
Mr. Scott L. King, of Gary, Indiana, currently serves as Mayor of Gary, Indiana. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Co-Chairman of the Conference's Drug Policy Task Force. From 1984-1994, he practiced law in Gary, concentrating on criminal defense. From 1983-1984, he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana in the organized crime-drug enforcement task force, and from 1978-1982, he was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Lake County. Mr. King received a B.A. degree from Concordia College and a J.D. degree from Valparaiso University.
Mr. Charles W. Larson, of Des Moines, Iowa, serves as Chairman of the Iowa Board of Parole, and served for more than four years as the Drug Policy Coordinator for the state of Iowa. As Drug Policy Coordinator, he mobilized key sectors of Iowa's communities into coalitions known as SAFE Communities and administered federal anti-crime and state-wide anti-drug prevention and education programs. In addition, he currently serves as a board member on the Partnership for a Drug Free Iowa. From 1986-1993, he served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. Mr. Larson was on active duty in the United States Army from 1959-1960 and retired in 1998 as a Colonel in the United State Army Reserves. Mr. Larson received a B.S. degree from Kansas State University and a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Mr. Henry C. Lozano, of Big Bear Lake, California, is the CEO of Californians for Drug Free Youth, Inc., where he directs statewide and community level programs that promote a drug-free lifestyle. He is also the Western States Director for Youth to Youth International, with the goal of harnessing the powerful influence of today's youth within community based prevention endeavors. In 1990, Mr. Lozano served as the Executive Director of the Network for Drug-Free Youth, Inc., in Santa Barbara County, California. That year, the Network and Mr. Lozano were cited as one of the top ten anti-drug coalitions in America by the President's Drug Advisory Council. He has spent 24 years in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention field and has been active in the Hispanic and Native American communities.
Ms. Claire C. McCaskill, of Kansas City, Missouri is the elected prosecutor of Jackson County, Missouri. Ms. McCaskill is the immediate past Chair to the Board of the National Drug Court Professionals and speaks to national audiences about drug and drug-related crime prevention. She is the official responsible for implementation of the county's anti-drug program, Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT). This program includes community crime prevention, drug treatment, and prosecution. She served in the Missouri State Assembly from 1982-1988 and in 1994 she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. She received B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Missouri.
Ms. Mary Ann Solberg, of Troy, Michigan, is the Director of the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Coalition of Healthy Communities, which work to change community norms regarding substance abuse. She serves as an advisor to the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and to the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA). In 1998, Ms. Solberg was nominated for the President's Service Award and in 1997 received the award for the ?Outstanding Coalition in America? from CADCA. Ms. Solberg received a B.A. degree from Western Michigan University.
Ms. Carol Stone, of Portland, Oregon, is the Executive Director of the Regional Drug Initiative, a public/private coalition established to reduce substance abuse. She has held this position since 1987. Many national organizations recommend the Regional Drug Initiative as an effective model for community organizing to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse. Prior to her work in the field of substance abuse, Ms. Stone was a faculty member and trainer at two community colleges. From 1983-1986, she directed a statewide non-profit training corporation for the hospitality industry. Ms. Stone received a degree in management from Linfield College.
Ms. Hope Taft, of Hillard, Ohio, is a co-founder and former volunteer executive director and trustee emeritus of Ohio Parents for Drug-Free Youth. She is also a co-founder, former volunteer executive director and trustee of Citizens Against Substance Abuse from 1986 to 1990. Ms. Taft was awarded the National Leadership Award in 1995 by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Parent Award in 1996 by Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE). Ms. Taft received a B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University.