Meet The Team
MaryClare Akers, MSW, LSW
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.
Darcy Robins, MSW
Program Development Specialist
Darcy has been with DAC since Fall of 2018. Darcy serves as the program development specialist for primary prevention programming in Allen County. Darcy is an excellent resource for providers of youth services in connecting resources, assessing community and organizational needs and developing a plan for programming that fits the capacity of the organization they are serving. Darcy is a community volunteer and organizer, working to improve outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness, discrimination, and trauma.
Tanya McKinney, MOL
Program Implementation & Data Specialist
Tanya has been with DAC since Fall of 2018 and she is the resident expert in data collection and dissemination and she provides technical assistance to organizations and schools working with youth in the Allen County community. Tanya encourages providers to reach their highest potential in primary prevention efforts, educating those providers on evidenced-based program implementation and putting the data produced to good use in their service to youth.
Monique Johnson, MEd
Monique Johnson 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.
Emily Anderson, BS
Emily Anderson is a Human Services graduate, who has plans to enter the Peace Corps once COVID 19 has settled to a manageable level. In the mean time, we have opted to keep her on at DAC to assist with programming needs, particularly assisting Tanya and Monique with data and informatics management. Emily was married this summer and moved back to her home state of Oklahoma, where she works remotely and very efficiently to improve DAC processes overall.
Abby Gabet, BA
MSW Student Intern
Abby Gabet started with DAC as an MSW Student at Campbellsville University in Tennessee in January of 2020. She is working with DAC through her practicum to gain perspective in macro social work practice, including advocacy, legislation, Systems Theory and environmental change. Abby is interested in working in medical social work after graduation. She will be sorely missed when she moves on to her next practicum placement in August of 2020.
DAC is the builder of the coalition that establishes and facilitates shared Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) priorities in Allen County
DAC is a distributor of funds & resources related to ATOD prevention in Allen County
DAC is recognized as a key evaluator of ATOD programs
DAC is the clearinghouse of information for effective ATOD programs and legislation for Allen County related to those issues
Our purpose is to provide an effective network to collaboratively prevent substance abuse, primarily by youth, and to reduce the negative impact of alcohol and other drugs in the Allen County community.
Community solutions require unified community collaboration
Diversified resources and interventions are required for successful impact
Research and data-driven methods are required to assure effectiveness
Centralized information, resources, and coordination is the most efficient approach
Health Disparity and Substance Use Disorder
One of the highest need populations we aim to serve includes those facing discrimination in their everyday lives. It is widely recognized that a supportive and affirmative adult can decrease the incidence of any youth engaging in underage drinking and substance use.
National and local data evidence that youth who identify to be in the LGBTQ+ community are at a higher risk for underage drinking and substance use than their heterosexual peers. Data also tells us that youth who are part of immigrant and refugee families, minority populations and those living in poverty have higher risk factors for substance use and underage drinking.
It is imperative that we listen to those whose voices have been stifled over time. You will notice on our social media feeds that we focus many of our prevention efforts on serving the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant and refugee families, and lower-income and minority communities within the boundaries of Allen County. We do this because we recognize the heightened need for this within these communities and because we want to express that we hear you, see you, and support your wellness.
Thank you for your interest in DAC and your continued support in our vision to prevent youth substance use and to end the negative impact of alcohol and other drugs on the Allen County community.
For more information on county, state, and national data, available programming, and other resources related to substance use disorder, please visit the resources page of this website.