Meet The Team

MaryClare Akers, MSW, LSW
Executive Director
(she/her)

MaryClare has been with DAC since July of 2018. She has worked in behavioral health, child welfare, and with women in crisis over her career. She is a social worker, mother, ally, and advocate. She hopes to impact community level change in Allen County to improve the skills and capacity of the public servants, treatment providers, volunteers and educators who are working to end the drug crisis through collaboration, prevention education, and strategic planning.

Monique Johnson, MEd
DFC Project Coordinator

(she/her)

Monique started at DAC in August of 2019. She has experience in working with youth and community systems to build upon the strengths of young people with significant barriers to success. She is compassionate and dedicated to improving the outcomes for the Allen County community. She is the Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator and she works with a 12-Sector Coalition to build a comprehensive community plan to combat youth substance use and underage drinking and plan for a healthy community for our youth, families, and schools. 

Tanya McKinney, BS MOL
Public Health Data Analyst

(she/her)

Tanya has been with DAC since Fall of 2018. She is the mother of two beautiful girls who have stolen the hearts of the whole team - especially during COVID, when we were all  deprived of human connection! Tanya compiles data and evaluates programming to ensure the outcomes we are seeking are effective and impactful. Tanya coordinates with our state partners to ensure we are communicating our work to them in a way that helps them understand what is needed in our community and what is happening. 

Emily DelGrosso, BS
Project Coordinator

(she/her)

Emily has been with DAC since August of 2019. She is a Human Services graduate of Purdue Fort Wayne who has plans to enter the Peace Corps once COVID-19 has settled to a manageable level. In the meantime, we have opted to keep her on at DAC to coordinate our new Handle with Care and Trauma-Informed Communities program and contribute to DFC efforts. Emily was married in the summer of 2020 and moved back to her home state of Oklahoma, where she works remotely. In Oklahoma, she serves as a board member for the Rogers County Literacy Council and is passionate about finding new ways to serve her community.

Meghann Hill, BA
Prevention Specialist and
DFC Project Assistant

(she/her)

Meghann is a Prevention Specialist and Project Assistant, spanning her talents across DMHA and IDOH programming. Meghann recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology minors in Psychology, Criminal Justice and Philosophy; she is also now pursuing her Master of Social Work. Meghann is passionate about seeing change in our community and her experience working in local law enforcement gives a fresh perspective.

Amanda Clemmer, BA
Executive Assistant

(she/her)

Amanda has been with DAC since July of 2020. She has worked for mission-driven organizations in both Washington, D.C. and northeast Indiana with a focus on advancing women into positions of leadership. With experience in development, event planning, and other administrative responsibilities, Amanda supports the DAC staff in carrying out their mission. When not at DAC, she is busy raising her family and finding other ways to move her community forward.

Ken Redmon
Prevention Specialist

(he/him)

Ken Redmon started at DAC in August 2021. He has over six years of experience in the social services field and working with at-risk populations. He is a Prevention Specialist, focusing on community prevention and youth substance use, as well as digital media outreach. Ken is passionate about helping his community and making an impact in the Allen County area. He is also “Fort Wayne Famous”, working as a local DJ and appearing as a regular guest on several news and radio stations.