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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 9, 2000



President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint John J. Larivee, Jackie Rowe-Adams, and Michael Taylor to serve as Members of the Parents Advisory Council on Youth Drug Abuse.

Mr. John J. Larivee, of Danvers, Massachusetts, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Community Resources for Justice, a 120-year old non-profit corporation, since 1985. In this role he has been a pioneer in the field of community corrections and restoring neighborhood safety. His Safety First initiative is now underway in three Massachusetts cities and focuses on curbing drug abuse, juvenile violence, domestic violence, and neighborhood crime. He is a Founder and Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice. He is the father of two teenage children. Mr. Larivee received a B.A. degree from Boston College, a M.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany, and a M.B.A. degree from Suffolk University in Boston.

Ms. Jackie Rowe-Adams, of New York, New York, is a lifetime resident of Harlem, New York where she has dedicated herself to serving her community, her church, and her family. Since her time as a youth counselor at a young age, she has given back to her community as an activist and volunteer. Ms. Adams has received numerous awards from the community, the Police Department, and her peers. In her present positions as the Recreation Center Manager at Morningside Park and in running the Jackie Robinson Center, she has turned once drug infested areas into an oasis of youth and community activity; Ms. Adams is the mother of four sons, two of whom were lost tragically to urban violence in New York and Baltimore.

Mr. Michael Taylor, of Albemarle, North Carolina, is an attorney with twenty years of experience serving as legal counsel for state and local mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Taylor served as Assistant Attorney General of North Carolina and Assistant Counsel at Duke University. Mr. Taylor has been active in local and national politics, serving as a County Chairman and as the Democratic nominee for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, as well as in his church. He received two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V" for his service in Vietnam. He and his wife Susan, a North Carolina District Court Judge, are the parents of three children. Mr. Taylor received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

The Parents Advisory Council on Youth Drug Abuse was established in 1998 to advise the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on drug prevention, education, and treatment. The Council will also assist the Deputy Director of ONDCP for Demand Reduction in the coordination of the demand reduction programs of the Federal Government and in the analysis and consideration of prevention and treatment alternatives. The Council may issue reports and recommendations as appropriate to the Director and subsequently the Congress.