The public awareness initiative lead to the creation of; what became known as, the “Public Health and Safety Coalition”. Members of the Coalition became the supporting drivers behind the Southwest District Naloxone pilot program. In the spring of 2014, IMPD Southwest District officers were trained in the identification of opiate overdoses and the administration of Naloxone as a counteragent. As of the end of 2014, there were approximately 40 administrations of Naloxone by IMPD Southwest District Officers. This is in addition to the over 1,000 administrations by Indianapolis EMS in Marion County for the year.David Spurgeon obtained a degree in Criminal Justice in 2005 from Ivy Tech State College. He is completing a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. He is the recipient of the 2014 Drug Free Marion County Award.
Board Vice President
Tracey Lomax serves as the Board Vice President for the Decatur Township Drug Free Coalition. Tracey is currently a Detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Behavioral Health Unit. Detective Lomax has a very strong working knowledge in law enforcement and public safety where he has been involved in various projects over his seventeen year career.
Detective Lomax believes in being able to promote the intersection of public safety, mental health, personal and community wellness for individuals who may suffer from addictions while working to improve the quality of life for individuals along with connecting them to resources.
Recovery Committee Chair
Robin Paul serves as the Recovery Committee Chair for the Board of Directors for the Decatur Township Drug Free Coalition. Robin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with several years of experience in behavioral health and addictions counseling, medical and behavioral health case management, lean systems management, and organizational leadership and development. Robin has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, and a Bachelors Degree in Education from Indiana University. She is employed at Valley Mills Christian Church as the Ministry and Counseling Coordinator. She has seen many individuals and families suffer through the throes of addictions and is passionate about helping them find hope through recovery. She believes that effective recovery must be family-focused. She is married to Phil, and they have two children, Shelbi and PJ, and two grandsons. They have been residents of Decatur Township for several years, and she wants to continue to keep Decatur Township a great place for all families.
Prevention Committee Chair
Kellie Hamilton is employed by Aetna Better Health in the Medicaid Division. She has worked in managed care for over thirty years, and has an extensive background as a national contract negotiator in network development. Currently, she is a Business Program Project Manager with the Medicaid New Growth Team.
In 2015, her work team took on an opioid awareness project that opened her eyes to this crisis. When she learned that a coalition was starting at her alma mater, and in the community where she grew up, she decided to become involved. Since that time, she has become aware of numerous friends who have experienced this epidemic in their own families, and that has driven her to do her part in this effort. She chose to make a hands-on difference at the individual level.
Community Engagement Chair
Keyana Warren serves as the Board Community Engagement Chair for the Decatur Township Drug Free Coalition. Keyana is a long-time resident of Decatur Township and is raising her four children in the area. Her concern for the drug crisis caught her attention as she was looking for ways to serve her community. She has seen various family members and friends fight drug and alcohol addiction and is passionate about providing education, resources, and increasing awareness in her township.
She is a health insurance professional which she has worked in varies capacities including serving on the local and state board for National Association of Health Underwriters. Her leadership also includes the start of a new non-profit organization that focuses on sexual abused victims called Soul Healing who recently has been approved for their 501(c)3.
Pubic Safety Chair
At-Large Board Member
Chase Lyday was the past Executive Director for the Decatur Township Drug-Free Coalition and now is a current at large board member. He is also the Chief of Police for Avon Schools Police Department in the school system and is prior to his departure from Decatur Township Schools was the Project Director for a substance abuse prevention curriculum grant that serviced all nine school in Decatur Township. Chase serves the community in several other capacities including coaching football youth football coach, and Board Chair of the George T. Goodwin Community Center.
Chase is also a police officer by trade and holds many professional certifications as a police officer. In addition to his work in the community, Chase serves as the 1st Vice President of the Indiana School Resource Officers’ Association leading strategies and initiatives for school police officers around the state.
Chase has two children that are responsible for his greatest joys as well as the excessive premature gray hairs on his head. He coaches his son, Gavin in football, baseball, and basketball and pretends to know about gymnastics and cheer-leading to give his daughter some pointers. Chase is excited to continue to be a part of the Decatur Township Drug-Free Coalition and looks forward to the continued growth of the organization.
At-Large Board Member