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Marcie Seidel, Executive Director

Marcie Seidel became Executive Director of Drug Free Action Alliance on July 1, 2011 after serving as Assistant Director overseeing the areas of communications and public policy for the agency since 2007. In her role as Assistant Director, she also led the Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High-Risk Drinking as Project Director.

Prior to Drug Free Action Alliance, Marcie served eight years as chief of staff to Ohio’s First Lady, Hope Taft, and she served on the senior staff of advisors to the Governor. In this capacity, she worked extensively at the state and national level on alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention activities. Before coming to the First Lady’s office, she served as director of the Women’s Division at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services.

Marcie received her Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Ohio and is also an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I.

Tony Coder, Assistant Director

Tony Coder joined Drug Free Action Alliance as Communication Manager and Project Manager for the Ohio College Initiative to Reduce High-Risk Drinking in July of 2011 and became Assistant Director in 2012. Tony oversees program staff, as well as handles all issues dealing with public policy and communications.

Prior to joining Drug Free Action Alliance, Tony was the Assistant Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and also served as the Director of Constituent Affairs.

Tony also worked as Project Director for former First Lady of Ohio, Hope Taft, and helped create the Telly-award winning Smart and Sober campaign with Henry Winkler and hip-hop star Bow Wow, a project designed to bring awareness to the consequences of underage drinking.

Tony earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Toledo.

Brittany Sandidge, Director of Coalition Programs & Development 

Brittany Sandidge joined Drug Free Action Alliance in July 2015. In her role, she focuses on coalition development and enhancement. Brittany has a background in nonprofit development as well as coalition development. She was initially introduced to community-based prevention in her role as a consulting grant writer. For several years, she worked in the nonprofit community while volunteering and consulting with coalitions at the local level. In 2012, she transitioned  into a full-time coalition professional and advocate. 

Prior to joining the agency, she was the Director of Development for the Prevention Council of Roanoke County, located in Roanoke, Virginia. In that role she spearheaded funding and program development for the coalition, while overseeing the administration of the Strategic Prevention Framework- State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG). As oversight for the project, Brittany worked closely with a team of evaluators and community partners in order to develop strategic intervention and prevention plans around local underage and binge drinking issues. In addition, she served as an ambassador for Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA), a statewide prevention coalition. As an ambassador, she addressed concerns around coalition readiness, educational outreach, and policy issues connected to the changing marijuana landscape in the Commonwealth. Previously, Brittany served as the supervisor for the AmeriCorps*VISTA program at The Advancement Foundation, through which she worked with volunteers to address the sustainability needs of nonprofits in Southwest Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida.

Harim C. Ellis, Director of Youth-Led Programs

Harim came to Drug Free Action Alliance in 2017 to build and strengthen the agency's youth-led programming, including the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network. As director, Harim hopes to include youth from all walks of life into the Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network, provide training for adult allies, and coordinate the network's annual We Are The Majority rally. 

Prior to coming to Drug Free Action Alliance, Harim worked as the statewide youth-led coordinator for the Federation of UMADAOPs. Previous to that, he was the wellness and prevention manager for Cincinnati UMADAOP and has more than 10 years of experience working with youth. While studying at Northern Kentucky University, Ellis studied organizational leadership, an expertise he hopes to use for OYLPN and DFAA.

Krysta Bennett, Program Manager

Krysta Bennett joined Drug Free Action Alliance as a Program Manager in January 2016.  Prior to that, she spent many years in the field of prevention, beginning as a peer educator both in high school and college.  Most recently Krysta worked with Quest Recovery and Prevention Services in Canton, Ohio as the Manager of Prevention, bringing direct service prevention programming to middle and high schools across the county.  She served as Co-Chair of the Stark County Anti-Drug Coalition, where she expanded her knowledge of coalitions through her experience serving as a CADCA Ambassador.

At Drug Free Action Alliance, she will be focused on managing the agency's training programs and leading some efforts in the problem gambling resource center. Krysta has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri and is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I.

Cindy Clouner, Program Manager - Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness

Cindy Clouner is the program manager for the Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness. This role is a joint position with the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, where she serves as a Prevention Specialist through The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Prior to this position, Cindy spent eight years coordinating school and community based prevention. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, is a licensed social worker, and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I. 

Megan Ruetsch, Special Events Coordinator

Megan joined Drug Free Action Alliance as the Special Events Coordinator in November 2014. She assists program managers in coordinating and planning many of DFAA’s events, conferences and trainings. Prior to joining DFAA, Megan was the Outreach and Events Coordinator for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Megan is also an active member of the Red Shoe Society, a young professional group within the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. She serves as the Vice President of Operations overseeing the membership and service committees coordinating social and service events to help guests of the House.

Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Connie Kristof, Project Assistant

Connie Kristof joined Drug Free Action Alliance in 2014 to provide program staff support. She brings a cheerful persona and willingness to assist the staff and our customers. Connie has previous organizational work experience in both for profit and nonprofit business settings. Coordinating volunteers has been a part of these positions.

Connie is very passionate about the work we do at DFAA and is looking forward to being involved in the existing as well as the future programs we support.

SFC James Phipps, Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force

Sergeant First Class James Phipps has over 20 years service with the Ohio Army National Guard Transportation Corps, including two combat tours. SFC Phipps has been working in the prevention world for five years and has received substance abuse prevention, civil Operations and prevention training via the National Guard Bureau. His role in Civil Operations is to work with Coalitions via the Kaizen and Ohio Coalitions of Excellence. He also assists in the implementation of the Ohio Governor's initiative, KNOW! program.

SFC Phipps is a family man with a wife and three beautiful children that consume the remainder of his time when he is not working. 

Kelly Calhoon, Accountant

Kelly joined Drug Free Action Alliance in 2017 to serve as the agency’s accountant. In addition to running financial reports and looking over balance sheets, she ensures that the agency’s operations continue by drawing down grants, preparing for audits, and paying vendors. Previously, Kelly was the senior accountant for COSI and has a computer science degree from Kent State University. She is married, has a daughter and two dogs, enjoys traveling, and has been to Spain, Peru, Mexico, Canada, and India.

Nathan Kraatz, Communications Manager

Nathan left the newspaper business to become Drug Free Action Alliance’s communications manager in 2016. He handles media requests and social media and supports staff members and their programs. Previously, he worked as a reporter in Ohio and Mississippi, where he reported on several topics, including substance misuse. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Intermont College.