Statewide Prevention Coalition Association

Strength in numbers. That’s what the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association is all about. SPCA brings together local coalitions, professionals, and community champions to strengthen substance misuse prevention efforts.

By bringing prevention coalitions and organizations of all sizes and makeups together, SPCA helps members maximize their resources, share their strengths, and foster solidarity, support, and solutions.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, on the odd months. Dates through 2018 are below. Our January meeting will take place at PAA headquarters, 6171 Huntley Road, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43229.    Members can register for any SPCA meeting by emailing Connie Kristof at

  • January 16, 2018 – 10 – 2:00 PM, General Membership, @ PAA
    Topic: Project Management Tools and Practices
  • March 20, 2018 – March 19-20 Coalitions Rising Conference (in lieu of membership meeting)
  • March 21, 2018 – Joint Youth-Led/SPCA Legislative Day, @ Columbus Statehouse
  • May 15, 2018 – 10 – 2:00 PM, Annual Meeting, Location TBA
  • July 17, 2018, 10 – 2:00 PM, General Membership, @PAA
  • September 18, 2018, 10 -2:00 PM, General Membership, @ PAA
  • November 20, 2018, 10 – 2:00 PM, General Membership, @ PAA

Member benefits include:

  • Six Statewide Prevention Coalition Association meetings that provide members the opportunity to share lessons learned, successes in strategies and practices, and interact with state and national experts in coalition development and environmental prevention.
  • Discounts on Prevention Action Alliance training and webinars to strengthen coalition infrastructure and enhance prevention effectiveness.
  • Advocacy support for local and statewide change, including monthly webinars, legislative updates, and access to position papers.
  • Bi-weekly SPCA E-News on upcoming training, events, and opportunities.
  • Access to online toolkits, sample action plans, and other templates to assist your coalition in implementing environmental prevention strategies and maintain coalition effectiveness.
  • Membership to Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) at a reduced rate.

Interested in becoming a member?

Please download the application form below, fill it out electronically or in print, and mail it to us at 6171 Huntley Road, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43229 with payment. A Prevention Action Alliance staff member will notify you when we receive your form.

To learn more about SPCA, contact Director of Coalition Programs and Development Brittany Sandidge at (614) 540-9985, ext. 18 or

SPCA Advisory Council, 2016-2018

(Left to Right) Jodi Salvo, Shelia Smith and Eileen Keller
(Left to Right) Jodi Salvo, Shelia Smith and Eileen Keller


  • Chairperson: Eileen Keller, Wayne County
  • Vice Chair:  Jodi Salvo, Tuscarawas County
  • Secretary:   Shelia Smith, Summit County
  • Past Chair:  Bobby Persinger, Licking County


  • Toni Ashton, Prevention Works for a Drug Free Fairfield Co
  • Tony Grotrian, Hancock Co Drug Task Force Coalition
  • Casey Hippenhammer, Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery, Warren Co.
  • Bobby Persinger, Pathways of Central Ohio, Licking County
  • Theressa Snyder, Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Inc, Perry County
  • Charla Van Osdol, CARSA, Seneca County


  • Amanda Conn-Starner, PreventionFirst!, Hamilton County
  • Brenda Foor, Family Recovery Center/ADAPT Coalition, Columbiana County
  • Fran Gerbig, Stark Co Anti-Drug Coalition
  • Milan Karna, Wood County Prevention Coalition
  • Eileen Keller, OneEighty, Wayne County
  • Jodi Salvo, Tuscarawas Co Anti-Drug Coalition
  • Shelia Smith, Community Partnership of Summit Co
  • Beth Thomas, Healthy Choices Caring Communities Fulton County