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Casa Grande Police Department Narcotics Unit

As many of you know, Casa Grande sits smack in the middle of the most notorious drug smuggling corridor in the United States. Much of the meth and marijuana that enters our Nation comes through or near our town. This puts our children and families at great risk of substance abuse. Our local law enforcement officers do an outstanding job, and special recognition tonight goes to the Casa Grande Police Department’s Narcotics Unit. Sgt. Mark Bonsall and his team have really increased the number of drug seizures and arrests in the past year, and we appreciate all they do to help make Casa Grande a safe and drug-free community.


Against Abuse, Inc. Patricia R.J. Griffen and Mary Duarte

Against Abuse, Inc. served as our fiscal agent in the first five years of our Drug Free Communities grant, and continues to serve as the fiscal agent for our DFC Mentoring Grant. Executive Director Pat Griffen and Associate Director Mary Duarte have been wonderful mentors and supporters of the Alliance, and guides to our Executive Director. In fact, Mary is now the Finance Manager for our non-profit CGA, Inc. and we really appreciate her! Without their partnership we would never have become a DFC grantee, and we thank them for their ongoing support of the Alliance.


CG-Valley-Newspaper-Editor-Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Display Advertising Division

Three years ago, Kara Cooper helped us produce a one-page special in the Tri-Valley Dispatch to highlight National Meth Awareness day. Afterwards she said “Next year, we’ll do something bigger and better.” She wasn’t kidding. In 2007, she and Display Advertising staff member Jenny Scharf prompted and guided us in creating a 20 page insert called “Keep your family meth free”. In 2008, the two of them guided us in the development of another 20 page insert called “Broken lives – healing families”. Each of these went out to 17,000 homes as part of the Tri-Valley Dispatch. Amazingly, neither of the documents cost the Alliance a dime – Casa Grande Valley Newspapers covered the cost through ad space and their own generous donations. Our prevention work depends upon stellar community partners like Kara, Jenny, and Casa Grande Valley Newspapers.



Ironwood Elementary School Dr. Shirley Howell, Principal

Dr. Howell is completely dedicated to preventing drug abuse among her students. For the past two years, she has hosted an anti-meth rally for her 4th and 5th grade students. Every Wednesday since November 2007, Dr. Howell has worn the black Arizona Meth Project t-shirt and listened joyfully as hundreds of children greeted her with the promise of “Meth – not even once!” Thank you, Shirley, for your obvious commitment to your students and the work of preventing drug abuse!



Pinal County Public Health Services District JoAnne Galindo

The success of our coalition work depends on the participation of not only agencies, but individuals. On this special evening where we celebrate 20 years of coalition work, we want to recognize one member who has been an active, faithful member for most of those 20 years. Since coming on in the Pinal County Health Department’s Tobacco Program in October of 1997, JoAnne Galindo has attended over 100 coalition meetings and events over the years, taught tobacco refusal skills to many of our children, and represented the interests of Pinal County on the Arizona Liquor License and Control Board.




Incorporated December 7, 2007
And finally, we want to acknowledge the leadership and vision of our Founding Board of Directors by presenting them with a plaque to be displayed in our Corporate Offices.

CGA Inc.Board of Directors

  • Frank Davidson, President
  • Councilman Dick Powell, Vice President
    • Melanie O’Neil, Treasurer
    • Michael Brubaker, Member
    • Donna McBride, Member

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