meet our team
meet our team
sgt. kent van der KampPresident Drug Recognition Expert, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office my story
sgt. kent’s story
Kent van der Kamp has been in law enforcement as a full-time Deputy since 2008. He is currently assigned as a Sergeant with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division.
Kent’s current and previous experience as a Detective include investigating serious crimes against persons and property to include but not limited to: homicides, assaults, sex crimes, child abuse and neglect, burglary, major thefts, fraud, and computer crimes. In addition, Sgt. van der Kamp assists with serious crash investigations, DUII investigations, and proactive traffic enforcement and education.
As a Sergeant, Detective, and Deputy Sheriff, Kent van der Kamp has experience in the enforcement of DUII and traffic laws. Since beginning with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, he conducted about 200 DUII investigations per year. As part of his career training, he has completed several SFST/DUII Detection programs, Drugs that Impair Driving courses, the Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection Enforcement course (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. In addition, Sgt. van der Kamp is a certified SFST and DRE Instructor. Sergeant van der Kamp is also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in the State of Oregon and trained to detect and treat medical and traumatic emergencies, including symptoms of alcohol and illicit drug use.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Kent serves as a Teen Marijuana Education Course (TMEC) Trainer for CLEAR Alliance and was asked to join the CLEAR Alliance Board of Directors in 2018.
Kent has his pilot’s license and also owns and operates a west coast mortgage and real estate company. Kent is a seasoned entrepreneur with multiple multi-million dollar exits. He has an eye for analyzing trends, investing, asset acquisition, and a diverse sales and marketing background. Additionally, Kent has lead several investments in the mobile gaming space, one of which that generated 2.5 million active monthly users and $72 million in annual run-rate revenues, before executing a $100+ million exit to a leading media company. Kent remains the Executive Managing Member of a social game investment firm. Kent has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration, with cum laude honors.
pam pearceVice President Executive Director Community Living Above
Co-Founder of Oregon Recovery High School my story
Co-Founder of Oregon Recovery High School
Pam Pearce is a wife, mother, community leader, and a person living in long-term recovery. Currently in her 23rd year of recovery she takes advantage of every opportunity to share her passion for the gifts and hope recovery has given her.
Pam is a certified recovery mentor with a passion for prevention and currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Living Above in West Linn, Oregon. Community Living Above works to support youth and families, with substance use prevention education, access to support resources, and peer-to-peer encouragement.
Over the years Pam has been a contributor and prevention resource for online prevention and recovery sites and has shared her personal experience in recovery and as a prevention leader on blogs and through speaking engagements. Her passion for prevention/awareness education led her to get involved with local, state, and national groups supporting prevention, awareness, and recovery. She is a member of the Clackamas County Prevention Coalition the Mental Health and Addiction Council.
She has been honored at the local, state, and national levels for her work in prevention awareness and supports. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in the West Linn Wilsonville School district for her work with youth to engage, empower, and educate them on drug/alcohol prevention and recently won the Freedom Award, an honor given to those who help battle the stigma of addiction by sharing their story of recovery and giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
Pam’s impact on the prevention and awareness landscape in Oregon has also taken her to the national level, where she is part of Facing Addiction with NCADD’s (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence), action and affiliate networks.
Community Living Above was selected for Facing Addiction’s Pilot Project, making it one of just 15 cities to be selected by the national nonprofit — the project works to reform the public response to “face addiction” in communities via a grassroots-driven strategy.
Most recently Pam co-founded the Oregon Recovery High School Initiative, a diverse coalition of recovery advocates, educators, health system professionals and business leaders committed to launching the first recovery high school in Oregon for students impacted by substance use disorders. Pam feels this is her highest recovery calling thus far. Her mess is now her message and redemption is the blessing.
marlys algerSecretary Principal (Ret.)
Licensed Counselor my story
Marlys Alger is a retired educator who taught at the elementary and middle school levels (Redmond, 4 years), served as a school counselor K-12 (Madras, 5 years), and was a school administrator K-8 (Madras, 13 years).
Mrs. Alger earned a BS in elementary education and an MS in counseling, both at Oregon State University; and credentials for school administration at Lewis and Clark College. Mrs. Alger earned and maintains her Licensed Professional Counselor credentials in the state of Oregon. After retiring from schools Mrs. Alger served as a therapist at Best Care Treatment Center in Madras, after which she served as a Supervisor for students working toward their MS in Counseling at OSU-Cascades in Bend for 2 years.
Currently, she serves as a Board Director for Children Learning through Education and Research, CLEAR Alliance, and as an advisor for the curriculum development and teaching of CLEAR Alliance on their Teen Marijuana Education Course, TMEC.
Mrs. Alger has held a life-long passion for the education and development of students of all ages.
gary thompsonboard director Circuit Court Judge (Ret.) my story
Senior Judge Gary Thompson is a retired Circuit Court judge from the 22nd Judicial District. Judge Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his J.D. from Willamette University in 1972. Judge Thompson served as District Attorney from 1972 until 1990. While District Attorney he served as President of the Oregon District Attorney’s Association (ODAA).
Judge Thompson served as Judge from 1990 until 2008. While on the bench, Judge Thompson formed the 22nd Judicial District Drug Court and served as its judge until retirement. Judge Thompson served as a Plan B Judge from 2008 until 2013. He is currently a Senior Judge for the State of Oregon.
Gary Thompson is a founding Board Director of CLEAR Alliance.
connie ramaekersboard director Prevention Specialist my story
Connie Ramaekers is the Founder and Program Director for Tigard Turns the Tide.
Mrs. Ramaekers, a Certified Prevention Specialist with the Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, has been in the prevention field for more than 30 years. She has formed countless drug and alcohol youth movements including STUDD (Stop Teen Underage Drinking and Drug Use) with more than 100 students enrolled.
In 1982, when a group of moms were shocked to find out that many high school students were using alcohol and marijuana, Connie was spurred to action and decided to do something to influence students to make good choices. In 1984, they organized the first alcohol and drug free graduation party. Fast forward to 2007, when they applied for and received a grant to set up Tigard Turns the Tide. In 2012, they received another grant to continue the work. The program has been making a difference, as reflected in the drop-in alcohol use rate in 8th graders by 50% since 2007.
Connie Ramaekers is a founding Board Director of CLEAR Alliance.
belinda ballahBoard Director Certified Prevention Specialist
County Prevention Director my story
County Prevention Director
Belinda Ballah, CPS is Director for the Hood River County Prevention Department, received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University. She worked in the Hood River County School district for many years before transitioning into the Prevention field.
She received her Prevention Specialist certification from the Addictions Counselor Certification Board of Oregon in 2013 while working at the HRC Prevention Department. In 2015 she became the director. During her tenure, the department has received a Drug Free Communities grant to start an “underserved population” coalition, a federal STOP Act grant to reduce underage drinking, three Knight Cancer Institute-Oregon State University grants to reduce smoking and increase cancer survivor opportunities regionally, and a Juvenile Crime Prevention Youth Outreach worker grant to reduce risky behaviors at the high school level. During this time, our H.E.A.L.T.H. (Helping to Educate, Advocate and Lead Towards Health) Media clubs have led their peers in prevention education by producing multimedia products and impacted parents through their work in prevention.
Belinda is also a TMEC instructor.
mandi puckettexecutive director certified prevention specialist my story
Mandi Puckett, Certified Prevention Specialist, is co-founder and Executive Director of CLEAR Alliance, a statewide educational non-profit organization focused on substance abuse and impaired driving prevention education. Puckett has worked in public service for over 20 years (16 years in Substance Abuse Prevention and 4 years in Juvenile Justice Probation).
Prior to her statewide educational outreach, Puckett worked locally for a non-profit for 12 years as Prevention Supervisor and coordinator of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention efforts in Jefferson County Oregon. Her efforts included supervising other prevention specialists, developing community partnerships, spearheading the Jefferson County Prevention Task Force, its Meth Task Force subgroup, and numerous community prevention projects – including adopting the county-wide Jefferson County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Protocol (the first such protocol in the state of Oregon).
After graduating college in 1997, Puckett started her public service career as a Juvenile Justice Officer in 1999, which inspired and led her to move to the substance abuse prevention field in 2002. She received her certification as a Prevention Specialist (CPS) from the Mental Health Addiction Certification Board of Oregon in 2007.
During her 20 years of service, she has been recognized with several awards including:
- Special Recognition Award from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association
- Outstanding Prevention Program Award from Oregon Partnership
- Citizen Impact Award from the Jefferson County Sheriff
- Catalyst for Change Award from the National Smart Approaches to Marijuana non-profit
- Oregon DUII Prevention/Treatment Provider of the Year Award from the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force
In February 2020, CLEAR Alliance received the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) National Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll for “Outstanding Public Safety/Public Health Collaborative Effort” for its Tobacco Marijuana & E-cigarettes Course (TMEC).
Puckett is a Tobacco Marijuana & E-cigarettes Course (TMEC) Trainer who teaches the course to school students in Oregon, trains TMEC Instructors in Oregon, and has expanded to training TMEC Instructors across the nation.
tory kurtzassistant director my story
Tory Kurtz is a native Oregonian that has lived in Central Oregon since 2001. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management and was previously employed with the Forest Service as a Rangeland Management Specialist. Tory’s true passion lies with serving kids: connecting them to nature, helping them to be their best in sports, and identifying their natural gifts. Tory serves on the Children’s First of Central Oregon Board, the Crook County Kids Club Board, and coaches middle school basketball. She also advocates and volunteers to keep kids involved and actively engaged to help them achieve their goals.
darla engstromgraphic design project manager my story
kim johnstonfinance administrator my story
nicole mcAdaProject Coordinator my story
Nicole McAda was born and raised in Southern Oregon. She grew up ranching side by side with her parents and grandparents on their black angus cattle ranch in the small town of Bonanza. Nicole began her career as a State and Nationally Board-Certified Pharmacy Technician in 2007. She worked for a small independently owned compounding pharmacy for nearly a decade. After the pharmacy sold, Nicole took time to serve and take care of her family of three and to guide her ailing grandparents through palliative care while going back to school to become a phlebotomist. She has a work experience background as a vital statistics clerk, behavioral health direct support professional, and as a small business owner having owned and operated a daycare prior to joining the CLEAR Alliance team.
She and her family moved from the Southern Oregon area to Central Oregon in 2017 to better support her husband’s law enforcement career and son’s athletic and scholastic opportunities. In her off-time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and engaging with community through youth sporting events, kayaking, fishing, camping and exploring all the fun and exciting features Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have to offer.
Nicole believes that her former experiences have set the stage for success in her work with CLEAR Alliance. She has a deep passion for helping others, especially youth and young adults. Her hope has always been to find purposeful work that harbors bright futures and healthy childhoods, and she feels she has found the best opportunity to do that by being a part of the CLEAR Alliance team.
Malia KesselTemporary Intern my story
Along with being a senior in high school, I love to lift weights, do Mixed Martial Arts and take photos of family and friends. I love listening to music and podcasts when I am focused working on something. I love taking nature walks, hiking trails, or going out in the middle of nowhere and photographing the view. As I exit out of my senior year, I get to head down to my dream school on the coast of Texas, to eventually become a paramedic.
mikinley puckettgraphic design assistant my story
Mikinley Puckett joined CLEAR Alliance as a volunteer assisting with the development of the TMEC and IDEC curricula and offering her perspective as a teen who has taken the TMEC and IDEC courses as a high school student. She now assists CLEAR Alliance with creative design during breaks and seasons when she is not in college.
tony spinelliassistant my story
Tony Spinelli joined CLEAR Alliance as a seasonal employee in 2021 assisting with the development and business aspect of CLEAR Alliance’s social media campaigns to prevent substance abuse and impaired driving. Tony is outgoing and brings a unique perspective to prevention education on substance abuse and impaired driving for teens and young adults. He can be seen featured in CLEAR Alliance’s Tik Toks and Did you know? Ads.
Tony will be graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2022. Tony assists CLEAR Alliance during breaks and seasons when he is not in college.
berkley spinelliassistant my story
Berkley Spinelli joined CLEAR Alliance as a volunteer in 2016 assisting with the development of the TMEC and IDEC curriculums and offering her perspective as a teen who has taken the TMEC and IDEC courses as a high school student. In 2021, Berkley joined as a seasonal employee while attending college to assist CLEAR Alliance with our youth educational campaigns on substance abuse and impaired driving. Berkley can be seen featured in CLEAR Alliance’s social media commercials, Tik Toks, and “Did you know? Ads.
Berkley was a varsity athlete in softball all 4 years of high school and is in college majoring in dental hygiene. Berkley also has interest in criminology and prevention and assists CLEAR Alliance during breaks and seasons when she is not in college.
mckaylie cappsgraphic design assistant my story
McKaylie Capps joined our team in March 2019 as an intern with a focus on graphic design. She provides a unique and creative perspective to help educate teens.
McKaylie graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and was a three-sport varsity athlete in cross country, basketball, and track. McKaylie was an active member in her school and community as a member of clubs like National Honors Society, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is passionate about serving her community and getting involved as much as possible.
McKaylie is currently in college pursuing her major in Art and Technology. Someday, McKaylie hopes to become a graphic designer and follow her passion for art and design in her professional career. McKaylie assists CLEAR Alliance during breaks and seasons when she is not in college.
billy j. williamsFormer Board President of CLEAR Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP my story
Billy J. Williams, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, serves as a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Environmental & Natural Resources practice group. During his 20-year tenure with the Department of Justice, Billy became widely known as a consistent, balanced and effective litigator and leader who is dedicated to the pursuit of unbiased justice. Now in private practice, Billy serves his clients in Oregon and across the nation with this same fervent advocacy, always committed to solving the seemingly unsolvable.
Billy’s practice covers a full range of environmental and litigation issues. In addition to his government agency experience and relationships, Billy has groundbreaking and ever-relevant experience in land management, civil disputes, crisis management, tribal matters, corporate and government investigations, cannabis regulation and more. With meaningful and transferable skills in building trust to empower confidence of clients, he is a valued counselor, strategist and consensus-builder.
As U.S. attorney in Oregon from 2015-2021, Billy worked to forge relationships, foster understanding, and represent victim and state interests. He served on numerous advisory subcommittees and working groups, including the Native American Issues Subcommittee, Civil Rights Subcommittee, Border and Immigration Subcommittee, Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, Ninth Circuit Fairness Committee and as chair of the Attorney General’s Marijuana Working Group.
Before serving as U.S. attorney, Billy held additional leadership roles with the DOJ, including as first assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the Criminal Division, chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as the district’s Indian Country assistant U.S. attorney and tribal liaison.
Before launching his career in federal service, Billy served as a senior deputy district attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon. During his decade-long tenure, he specialized in prosecuting violent crimes, including homicide and sexual violence.
Billy and his wife, Teena Fife, enjoy spending time in the outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and international travel. Billy enjoys a long history of community engagement and building bridges of understanding between diverse communities, law enforcement and business leaders.
- Willamette University College of Law, J.D.
- Washington State University, B.A., criminal justice
- National Association of Former United States Attorneys
- Urban League of Portland, board member, 2010-2015
Honors & Awards
- Distinguished Service Award, United States Attorneys’ Office, 2021
- Oregon District Attorney’s Association Appreciation Award, 2021
- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Appreciation Award, 2021
- Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program Executive Board Appreciation Award, 2021
- Friends of the Muslim Educational Trust Award, 2019
- Citizen’s Crime Commission Northwest Hero Award, 2016
- Douglas County Oregon Appreciation Award for Service in Response to the Umpqua Community College Mass Shooting, 2015
- DOJ Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Indian Country/District of Oregon, 2014
- DOJ Special Commendation for Outstanding Service in the Civil Rights Division, 2014
- U.S. Attorney of Oregon for Contributions to Indian Country in Oregon, 2001
Nathan SaitoAdvisor Redmond High School Health & Physical Education Educator my story
Nathan Saito earned a BA in Kinesiology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, MAT from Eastern Oregon University and IAL from University of Oregon. He has taught physical education and health classes in Redmond for 23 years. He coaches tennis, basketball and volleyball and supervises several clubs including Sparrow USA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Coach Saito encourages students to engage life in healthy, productive, and fun ways. CLEAR ALLIANCE has provided valid and reliable information from experts to educate students and their life choices.
John CharlesAdvisor Treatment Aid Specialist, Rimrock Trails my story
John is currently a Treatment Aid Specialist at RimRock Trails. He owns and produces John John’s Barbecue Sauce that is being sold in over 20 stores. He’s also a substitute Teacher for the High Desert Education Service District; Currently a National Quarterback trainer (formerly AirOne)
John is on several public service committees throughout the Northwest. John serves as an advisory committee member with the CLEAR Alliance team. He serves on the City of Prineville Budget Committee, as well as being on the Board of Directors for the Fathers Group, in Bend. He serves as a Board of Director for SriPonya, of Central Oregon. He served as a Board Director member for Prineville Kiwanis and is still a regular Kiwanis member.
John earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Portland State University and an Associates of Art Degree in Psychology from Foothill Junior College.
John’s most notable accolades include Portland State Football Hall of Fame Inductee at Quarterback (2018); Atlanta Falcons Free Agent Quarterback (1993), San Jose Sabercats Quarterback (1996); Jefferson Award Recipient for Public Service (1993 Regional).
He’s also the father to a daughter.
Lieutenant Curtis ChambersAdvisor Chair of Redmond Area Community Coalition my story
Lieutenant Curtis Chambers has served with the Redmond Police Department for more than twenty years, becoming a police officer after attending the Oregon Police Corp Academy in Fall 2002 – Winter 2003. LT Chambers quickly developed a passion for traffic safety, excelling at DUII investigations, traffic enforcement and crash investigations, speaking regularly at driver education classes at Redmond High School, and formerly a regular speaker at Deschutes County DUII Victim’s Impact classes.
In 2005, LT Chambers became a Field Sobriety Test/DUII instructor, an Implied Consent/Intoixlyzer 8000 instructor, and attended the Oregon Drug Recognition Expert school. After completing DRE school, LT Chambers became a certified Drug Recognition Expert in 2006, holding certification through 2014.
LT Chambers has served as a patrol officer (2003-2008), a criminal detective (2009-2011), a patrol sergeant (2011-2016), a Lieutenant assigned to the Administrative/Investigations Division (2016-2020), and now a Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division (2020-Present). One of LT Chambers current duties is the management of the police department’s traffic enforcement officers.
Throughout LT Chambers’ career, a passion for traffic safety has remained. LT Chambers desires to ensure our roadways are safe for all users, drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and children. LT Chambers was the initial Redmond Police representative to the Redmond Area Community Coalition when it was founded and continues to be an active member and participant in the RACC’s vision of preventing alcohol, drug, and vaping use by youth.
Lee StewartAdvisor Parent Educator, Art Historian my story
Lee Stewart is an art historian who has taught Art History part-time while raising her three sons. She went to Princeton University as an undergraduate and received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University. Originally from the East coast, she moved to Oregon with her husband in 1992 and taught first at Portland State University and then at Oregon College of Art and Craft until it sadly closed in 2019.
Relatively new to the world of prevention, Lee has been fervently educating herself and is passionate about wanting to protect youth from the harms of substances. She is particularly alarmed by the increasing normalization of marijuana use among teens in Oregon. In the wake of legalization and cannabis commercialization, youth perception of risk has decreased while their actual risk has increased exponentially with the creation of high-potency products.
Aware that many parents do not know that marijuana today is nothing like the pot of their youth, she has become a certified parent educator through Johnny’s Ambassadors, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate on the dangers of today’s high-potency marijuana, particularly to youth, whose brains are primed for addiction and have a greater risk of brain impairment, mental illness, psychosis and suicide. She is also working to educate legislators and encouraging them to create policy that could help protect kids.
Lee is eager to learn from others in the prevention community and to help support the mission of CLEAR Alliance in educating kids, families and communities about the importance of abstaining from substances.
Jennifer EpsteinAdvisor Director of Outreach & Education for Nonprofit Song for Charlie my story
Jennifer Epstein joined Song for Charlie after losing her dear 18-year old son Cal to a fake pill in December 2020. Jennifer worked with Beaverton School District to develop their Fake & Fatal campaign, the first known fake pill awareness campaign by a school district in the country. Jennifer is now SFC’s Director of Outreach and Education, and is responsible for developing resources to help spread awareness and reaching out to organizations who work with kids. Jennifer brings with her 20 years of both Fortune 100 and start-up operations experience, and over 12 years of working with schools and youth.
dr. david rosenburgadvisor Central Oregon Emergency Physicians Medical Advisor my story
dr. david's story
David Rosenberg, MD is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He currently works for Central Oregon Emergency Physicians at St. Charles Medical Center (SCMC) in Bend Oregon, where he has worked for the past 10 years. He was born and raised in the Washington DC area. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before coming to Bend he worked at the Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Currently, he is physician advisor for Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and EMS, chair of the Bioethics Committee at SCMC Bend.
caleb ratcliffadvisor Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
Impaired Driving Advisor
TMEC Trainer my story
Impaired Driving Advisor
Caleb Ratliff is an active law enforcement officer, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), a DRE regional instructor, and a Tobacco Marijuana & E-cigarettes Course (TMEC) and Impaired Driving Education Course (IDEC) trainer for CLEAR Alliance.
april ratcliffadvisor Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
Impaired Driving Advisor
TMEC Trainer my story
Impaired Driving Advisor
April Ratliff is an active law enforcement officer, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), a DRE regional instructor, and a Tobacco Marijuana & E-cigarettes Course (TMEC) and Impaired Driving Education Course (IDEC) trainer for CLEAR Alliance.
marnae powelladvisor Parent
Parent & Youth Advocate my story
Parent & Youth Advocate
Marnae Thompson Powell is the devoted mother to four boys ages 15, 13, 10 and 7 and wife to Brian Powell. She recently became an independent Real Estate Broker and works with the Powell Team and Fred Real Estate in Bend, Oregon. Marnae received her Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1999. She majored and certified in Secondary Health Education with a minor in physical education/fitness. For the last 13 ½ years she has and does still currently teach 2-5 fitness classes per week at Redmond Park and Recreation. Marnae also helps out at CLEAR Alliance as much as she can help with various projects. She has been a stay at home mom for the most part for the last 15 years until recently working with Clear Alliance and Fred Real Estate. Marnae has always had a passion for health and wellness. She knew she wanted to help people live a healthy lifestyle from a young age. CLEAR Alliance and its cause became a passion for her in 2016 when she her son began to struggle with substance abuse. She has been down roads she never knew she would travel, roads she had only heard bits and pieces of from others. Until experiencing such a journey of her own, she did not fully understand or empathize with parents of struggling children. She is here today to help support the education of our youth. Marnae believes in the mission of CLEAR Alliance and wants to be a light for other parents who struggle and to help educate families and communities.
sgt. tim plummeradvisor Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)
Program Coordinator Oregon State Police my story
Program Coordinator Oregon State Police
sgt. tim's story
Sgt. Tim Plummer is Oregon State Police’s Program Coordinator of the Oregon Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.
rick nickelladvisor High Desert Driver Education Program Director
Driver Education Advisor my story
Driver Education Advisor
Rick Nickell and his wife Debbie, a teacher, have lived in Central Oregon for 40+ years. Rick served as a teacher for Redmond School District for 30 years and has taught Driver Education for 25 years. Presently, Rick is the Driver Education Manager for High Desert Driver Education Program, which has 40 instructors that teach around 1,000 students through the program per year in 11 high schools in Central Oregon.
eric martinadvisor Treatment Provider
Prevention & Treatment Advisor my story
Prevention & Treatment Advisor
Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS is the Past President & Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. Eric serves as both trainer and supervisor of the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Club and Peer Support Program. Eric is the Director of the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals. Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member with the University of Oregon SAPP program and a contract instructor with Oregon’s Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency Divisions. Eric is a state & nationally certified addictions counselor with 32 years of clinical experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential and Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Recovery Support Services and ATOD Prevention. Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate. Eric has served on several Governor’s advisory boards, the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of videos, including “Reunited” a video designed for methamphetamine-addicted mothers entering the child welfare system. Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor’s Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010. Eric currently serves in a leadership capacity to numerous community boards including; 4th Dimension Recovery Center, New Columbia CREW, Chair of the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Legislative Liaison for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, and immediate past Co-Chair of the State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission.
chris gibsonadvisor Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Director
Emerging Drug Threats Advisor my story
Emerging Drug Threats Advisor
Chris Gibson was appointed as the Oregon-Idaho (previously Oregon) HIDTA Executive Director on November 1, 2006. Mr. Gibson is a past Chairman of the National HIDTA Director Committee and currently serves as the Chairman of the National Emerging Threat Initiative’s (NETI) oversight committee and as Vice President of the National HIDTA Directors Association. On February 5, 2015 Chris was recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with an Outstanding Support to the National HIDTA Program award during the 2015 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C. Chris was again recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with the Edward Williams Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment as Oregon HIDTA Director, Chris served for 18 years in local law enforcement and achieved the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Chris graduated in 1990 from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice and again in 2011 with an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chris is also a graduate of the 205th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. In addition to his duties as Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Director, Chris serves as a member of the Lines for Life Executive Board and Vice President of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Executive Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Executive Board’s strategy and policies. The Executive Director provides day-to-day administrative, financial, and program management for the operations of the HIDTA; facilitates and encourages the development of innovative approaches to drug law enforcement; ensures that HIDTA Initiatives are in compliance with HIDTA program requirements; and advises the Executive Board concerning the performance of HIDTA Initiatives. The Executive Director oversees the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA Management and Administration Initiative staff, which includes a Budget and Program Analyst, Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant.
angela cappsadvisor Redmond School District
Health Curriculum Advisor
Health Educator my story
Health Curriculum Advisor
Angela Capps has been teaching Health and Physical Education since 1993-94. She began her teaching career at Myrtle Point High School where she was also the JV/Varsity Assistant girls basketball coach. After budget cuts, Angela landed in Redmond, taught at Hugh Hartman Middle School, Elton Gregory Middle School, and currently at Redmond High School. She has worked closely with CLEAR Alliance for the past 3 years, piloting the TMEC program in her Freshman and Junior level Health I and II classes. She has also worked closely with the Oregon Department of Education on the Curriculum Adoption Team. Angela received her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon University, along with a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Angela has been coaching Girls Basketball for 26 years and is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Redmond High School. She is married to Troy, a middle school science teacher at Terrebonne Community School and has 3 daughters. Capps was involved in focus groups and evaluation of the Tobacco Marijuana & E-cigarettes Course (TMEC) and is also trained as a TMEC instructor.
ramona mccallisteradvisor Media Reporter
Retired Teacher my story
Ramona McCallister has always been passionate about working with young people, especially for those who are struggling with challenges—whether that be physical challenges, family dynamics, or substance abuse. Although retired from the public school system, she is always looking for ways to give back to our youth.
History has also been a strong interest of Ramona’s for many years, especially local history. She has always loved to hear the stories of folks who have lived in the community she loves, as well as the stories of military veterans and those who have forged the hardships and adventures that have made up our country.
When Ramona retired, she joined the Crook County Historical Society Board, and continues to gather local historical stories from our community members in Crook County. In early 2000, she became involved in the Library of Congress History Project with the CTE class that she was teaching. It proved to be such a valuable history lesson that she continued with the project over the years, sometimes on her own, and sometimes with students interning and learning how to do interviews.
To date, Ramona has 10 interviews in the Library of Congress of veterans of Vietnam, World War II, and Korean War. She also has done several video interviews for community history as well as veterans’ history for Bowman Museum as a volunteer.
Ramona believes that her former experience as a teacher, media instructor, law enforcement instructor, and a writer/reporter, are experiences she can contribute in some way towards helping our youth in making good choices through this organization, CLEAR Alliance.
john trumboFormer Board President of CLEAR Sheriff (Ret.) my story
John Trumbo, retired Umatilla County Oregon Sheriff, began his law enforcement career in 1973 and rose through the ranks of leadership. Sheriff Trumbo served as Sheriff from 1997 to 2013. He retired in 2013.
During his career and even in retirement, Sheriff Trumbo has served in several capacities including:
- President of the Oregon State Sheriffs Association (2004)
- Executive Board of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association ( 2004-2013)
- President of Oregon Livestock and Rural Crime Investigators Association (2004-2011)
- Chairman of Umatilla/Morrow County Law Enforcement Association (2007- 2013)
- Director of Pendleton Round-Up Association (2007-2014)
- Board member of Pendleton Cattle Baron’s Weekend (2013-present)
- Vice-President of Pendleton Round-Up Association (2015).
Sheriff Trumbo was also an original member of the Governor’s Meth Task Force and an original member of the Governor’s Medal of Honor Commission (2010 to retired).
John Trumbo is a founding Board Director of CLEAR Alliance.