About TCC

 

Our Mission:

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 lifestyle.  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.

Executive Board:

President:  Ben Vineburg
Treasurer: Robi Mitra
Secretary:  Crystal McLain

Members at Large:

Beverly Barra
Diane Duncan

Kevin Friedrich
Richard Halprin
Amy Ostrand

Angela Taub
Robert Wittenberg


TCC Staff

Executive Director: Judy Rubin

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Judy Rubin is the executive director of the Tri-Community Coalition (TCC) and has been for the past 18 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 and mental health wellness nonprofit 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.

She also works with her staff to provide events and programming that will increase the mental health and wellness of the entire community.

Judy lives in Royal Oak with her husband Robert.  They have three sons, two daughters-in law and three beautiful grandchildren.

Ms. Rubin can be reached at jsrtricom@tricommunitycoalition.org


Program Director: Regina Weiss

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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.

In 2017, Regina was elected to the Oak Park City Council, where she now serves. 

Regina has served as the Program Director for the Tri-Community Coalition for four 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: regina.a.weiss@gmail.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.

Corey enjoys traveling, reading and public speaking.


Program Coordinator & Media Specialist: Dana Ocker

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An Oakland University BSW graduate, Dana has worked with the Tri-Community Coalition since the beginning of her internship in 2014. In 2015 she was hired on as a Media Specialist. Since then she has assisted in coordinating annual events, creating attractive marketing material, has written grant applications, helped develop new programs, and continues to come up with innovative and creative solutions.

In 2018, she will be returning to academia to obtain a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University.

She enjoys attending community events in Detroit, cycling, creating art and designs, and loves to spend time with her family.

She can be reached at ocker.dmarie@gmail.com
248-464-0963


Assistant Program Coordinator: Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey is currently pursing her Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Michigan. Her concentration is in Management of Human Services and Community Organization. Kelsey received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Oakland University in 2017. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys refurbishing furniture and other DIY projects. Kelsey spends most of her time on the water or outdoors playing with her dog Zeus.


Oakland University Intern: Melanie Wasik

Melanie is currently a Social Work student at Oakland University. After completeting her Associates of Arts degree at Macomb Community College, she decided to pursue her bachelors degree at OU. She is currently a member of the Phi Alpha Honors Society.

Melanie plans to continue her education after OU to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree. Melanie enjoys baking, reading, and spending as much time outdoors as she can. 


Northern Illinois University Intern: Rachel Ungar

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Rachel has her Bachelors in Psychology from Wayne State University, and is currently completing her Masters in Public Health from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, Rachel hopes to create effective programming targeting health issues to better serve the community. 

She is a current resident of Oak Park, where she lives with her wonderful husband and two adorable children. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running and reading with her children.