The mission of the Tri-Community Coalition is to work together to prevent substance abuse and related risky behavior and to promote a healthy community for our youth through education, partnerships and effective programming.
The Tri-Community Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through education, community action and involvement, and the promotion of a drug-free life-style. The Tri-Community Coalition is made up of volunteers representing organizations in Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park, including businesses, government, faith community, school districts, law enforcement, healthcare, homeowners and public and private agencies. The coalition works together to reduce substance abuse in their local neighborhoods. We educate parents, students and other community members on the impact and prevention of substance abuse. We also develop youth activities to encourage positive drug-free behaviors.
President: Ben Vineburg
Treasurer: Robert Koch
Secretary: Angela Taub
Members at Large:
Jodi Debbrecht Switalski
Executive Director: Judy Rubin
Judy Rubin is the executive director of the Tri-Community Coalition (TCC) and has been for the past fifteen years. Before coming to the TCC, Judy worked as a Judaic Consultant for JARC –the Jewish Association for Residential Care and prior to that position was a special education teacher in the area of learning disabilities in the City of Oak Park.
In her current role as executive director, Judy oversees the workings of this substance abuse prevention non profit for the cities of Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park. Ms. Rubin works closely with all sectors of the community to respond to the threats of illegal drug use and excessive alcohol and tobacco use especially among the youth of the community.
Judy lives with her husband Robert in Huntington Woods. They have three sons, one daughter-in law and two beautiful grandchildren. Her son Josh, a film editor, lives in Santa Monica, California. Ari, a voice over actor, lives in New York and Gabe, CEO of GAMERSALOON.COM and an entrepreneur along with his wife Tracy live in Huntington Woods with their two children, Ceila Jo and Jonah. When not working, Judy likes to knit, read, cook, spend time with her husband and walk her dog, Daisy.
Program Director: Regina Weiss
Regina graduated from Valparaiso University in 2009 with a degree in History and Secondary Education. From 2009-2011 she ran a high school service learning program with City Year Seattle/King County. From 2010-2011 she taught ESL in Valparaiso, Indiana and served on the Board of Directors for the Valparaiso International Center.
In 2011, she moved to Detroit as part of Teach for America and taught in the Detroit Public Schools for three years. Regina has served as the Program Director for the Tri-Community Coalition for three years, where she writes youth programming, plans trainings and events, writes grants for additional resources, and manages day-to-day operations of the Coalition.
Regina can be reached at: email@example.com or 248.837.8009
Program Coordinator: Corey James
Corey James, born and raised in East Texas, holds a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and an Associate of Arts degree in behavioral science from Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas.
Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Religious Studies with an expected conferment in June 2015 from Destiny Christian University, Winter Haven, FL. Corey enjoys traveling, reading and public speaking.
Assistant Program Coordinator: Dana Ocker
Dana Ocker is recent graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Social Work with Magna Cum Laude and Departmental Honors.
Her passion is focused on community organizing, social justice, and media reform.
She is delighted to be working with us:
"I'm very excited to work with Tri-Community Coalition. I have so much to learn, and I have three very amazing mentors looking after me. I'm blessed to be working here."
Dana works with TCC as an Assistant Program Coordinator, but also incorporates her several years of media experience photographing TCC events, updating the website, and designing flyers and brochures for the organization's events and activities.
Her hobbies include photography, web design, reading, socializing, and attending community events in Detroit.
Oakland University Intern: Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey is currently a social work student at Oakland University. She has completed her minors in sociology and political science. Kelsey belongs to the Phi Alpha Social Work National Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Tau Sigma National Honor Society.
Kelsey plans to continue her schooling, after graduating OU, in order to earn a Master of Social Work degree. She is interested in pursuing a career in community development or community organization.