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

  • July 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, @PAA (date changed from July 17)
  • September 18, 2018, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM, @ PAA
  • November 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, @ PAA
  • January 15, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, @ PAA
  • March 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, @PAA
  • May 21, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM location TBD

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 fill out the application by clicking here.


To learn more about SPCA or if you have questions about meetings or joining SPCA, contact Director of Community Engagement Programs Rachael Kenter 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