Program Staff

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My goal is to make sure every ACT team member has the most valuable learning experience possible during their term-of-service. The way I see it, service can be a stepping stone to personal and professional growth that's hard to find in a classroom. Drawing from my background in community health research, program evaluation and public health I coordinate opportunities for professional development, help members apply service to their individual paths, and ensure our members have the foundational skills and knowledge they need to deliver high quality, empathetic and collaborative service to our community.

Chelsea Schmidt

Member Support Coordinator

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Lauren Meloche

Program Director

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As Training Operations Coordinator, I work closely with member teams to prepare them to carry out overdose rescue training sessions. As a recent graduate of Wayne State with a degree in Public Health and Political Science and an ACT alum, I am passionate about providing harm reduction services to high need areas in my community. 

Parker Tomkinson

Training Operations Coordinator

AmeriCorps Members

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I joined AmeriCorps because I want to have a positive impact on my community.  

Marissa Huth

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps because waiting patiently was no longer a viable option. AmeriCorps provides people the opportunity to serve, support, and strengthen their communities. I hope that through my service, I may be able to grow into a more altruistic person and create everlasting bonds with my fellow members. Why did I join AmeriCorps? To do some good.

Bobby Riethmiller

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of AmeriCorps is definitely the people! Everyone in the program is so open-minded and dedicated to serving, so I feel very lucky to be a part of the team.

Alisha Belsare

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to gain hands-on experience with an important health topic that impacts our community. My favorite part of ACT is getting to teach community members about Narcan and hands-only CPR. 

Daniel McLeskey

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to gain valuable public health experience focusing on an often-stigmatized issue in the Detroit community. 

Ryan Lightheart

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined ACT to make a direct impact on members of the Detroit community. As an EMT, I see the impacts of the overdose crisis every week. This program allows me to teach others about the importance of Narcan.

Ky Oldham

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part about being an AmeriCorps member is seeing that we have opened up people’s eyes and minds. It is so fulfilling to see people come to a training with the intent of wanting to save a life.

Tavie Valdez

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of AmeriCorps is its welcoming nature. The members are very supportive and eased my nerves when I started my term of service. I joined ACT to educate my community. 

Dawn Henderson

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to gain experience serving in a community based health 
initiative. I looked forward to making connections with a cohort of members who share similar goals, along with working to improve ourselves and contribute our efforts to our surrounding communities.

Gabe Mohney

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of ACT is the sense of community. Everyone is extremely helpful and thoughtful. I instantly felt part of the team. I joined ACT to be an active agent against opioid overdoses.

Jessica Cach

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The best part about Americorps is being surrounded by truly remarkable people. Knowing I can work with such empathetic and passionate members gives me the drive I need to successfully continue in this program. 

Emad Kaid 

Overdose Rescue Trainer

Program Alumni

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I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted to make a difference and help save lives by increasing the number of trained community members equipped with Narcan. I also wanted to learn more about the Opioid epidemic and serve the community in a meaningful way. 

William Nolan

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps because I had heard a lot about the opioid epidemic and I wanted to learn more about it through first hand experiences and be a part of the solution. Also, being a Michigander my entire life, I wanted to give back to the communities that have harbored many of my lovely childhood memories.

Shaili Kothari

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The reason that I joined is because I have a heart to see people saved from drug overdose and free of drug addiction.

Eugene Cole

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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Quentin Venney

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The ACT Program has allowed me to explore my interests and work with others to raise awareness about opioid use disorder, Narcan, and harm reduction strategies.

Ayah Alghurabi

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The reason I decided to join AmeriCorps is because I wanted to make a difference.

Kamrin Dean

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to gain insight into how public health programming works! I hope to learn more about the history and people of the city of Detroit, and the unique health challenges it faces. I wish to connect with community leaders and members, spread ideas about the value of harm reduction, and prepare and build confidence in as many residents as I can to act.

Kristopher Janevski

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I believe for me the best part about serving as an Americorp member has been the people I’ve met during my service so far. My Americorps term has allowed me to interact with community members and give back in a way that I didn’t think was possible! 

Husna Khan

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps because I wanted an experience where I was not only learning, but helping my community in the process.

Gagan Kaur

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of being an Americorps member is connecting with people and community groups all over metro Detroit. There’s so much support for the ACT program from the surrounding communities, and it’s an honor to be a part of it.

Gabrielle Schmidt

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The reason I decided to join AmeriCorps is because I wanted to make a difference.

Paula Perry

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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The ACT Program has allowed me to explore my interests and work with others to raise awareness about opioid use disorder, Narcan, and harm reduction strategies.

Tristin Smith

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of the ACT Program is the encouragement that the staff has given me in exploring my own interests in relation to understanding the opioid epidemic. It has been very interesting to learn more about how the opioid epidemic is very interconnected to societal, cultural and medical issues within the USA.

Maheshram Madasamy

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined Americorps to better understand the overdose epidemic and immerse myself further into the community I grew up in so that as a physician I can better treat and understand patients’ backgrounds as well.

Dorothea McGowan

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps because I like interacting with members of the community to discuss real issues. I am a huge believer in addressing the needs of a community through its people. I want to educate and empower individuals to build communities with the training gained from this program.

Kamali Clora

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps because I want to educate and empower the community. Through the program, I hope to help save lives by training community members and equipping them with Narcan. 

Batool Alrabiey

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I choose to join AmeriCorps because I have a heart for service. I became aware of this while serving four years in the military and knew I wanted to dedicate my time and effort to serving local communities and providing the possibilities for change to those that had a need for growth within the environments that they often call ‘home’.

Brooke Elizabeth

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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 I joined AmeriCorps because the opioid crisis has touched my life and has become a passion of mine. Through AmeriCorps I hope to train people in harm reduction and overdose prevention, and hopefully those people will go on to save lives.

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Samantha McMyler
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I attended a virtual Narcan training in the summer of 2020 and realized I wanted to bring this information far and wide to my community so I looked up how to get involved and learned about the program and applied. Happy to have been selected. 

Danielle Kaltz

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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Through the ACT program I am hoping to develop a better understanding of the opioid epidemic and the ways I can get involved in reducing the number of lives lost of overdose.

Dyelle Frederick

Overdose Rescue Trainer

Through the ACT program I am hoping to develop a better understanding of the opioid epidemic and the ways I can get involved in reducing the number of lives lost of overdose.

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Ja'Lea Echols

Overdose Rescue Trainer

Through the ACT program I am hoping to develop a better understanding of the opioid epidemic and the ways I can get involved in reducing the number of lives lost of overdose.

I joined Americorps because
it was a way for me to not only learn about the opioid epidemic, but also make an impact on my community. Training community members on how to help save lives, is something I have also wanted to do, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

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I wanted to serve with AmeriCorps to enrich my public health background in the context of the opioid epidemic. I plan to attend Physician Assistant school, where my experience as an Overdose Rescue Trainer will certainly be of value and necessity. I look forward to serving with other individuals who share the same passion and determination to help those in the Metro Detroit area as I do!

Jonny Martindale

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined Americorp knowing it would allow me to familiarize myself with the diversity of the Detroit community and as a prospective physician I think it is very important to be aware of the various ways and faucets people's health can be addressed and improved including through community based intervention and training!

Maryam Mufti

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to have a better understanding of the effects of opioids in our community and to give back to the community. I hope to be able to implement this education once I am a provider in the medical field. 

Jessica Kontur

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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 I joined AmeriCorps for many reasons. Some reasons include: I am passionate about public health and I wanted to get more involved in the field and gain experience, I want to help my community and educate people on how they can save a live, and I want to make a difference.

Maggie Graham

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined AmeriCorps to give back to the community. When I moved to Detroit for school, I grew so much as a person and learned so much from the community, and I would like to give back to that. I also joined AmeriCorps to develop a better understanding about Substance Use Disorder and why society pushed it aside.

Ryleigh Arndt

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of being an AmeriCorps member is Having the opportunity to serve in a city that I love and meeting new people!

Madeline Renaud

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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By joining AmeriCorps I wanted to make an impact on my community by helping in a way that will have ever lasting results. I wanted to provide education to community members that would help to save a person’s life. 

Meet Patel

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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AmeriCorps has allowed me to fulfill my desire to help others and make a difference in my community,which is a part of the reason I joined. I get to do this with a wonderful group of people which just so happens to be my favorite part. 

Savanna Roberts

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I decided to join Americorps because I wanted to feel more connected with the community and participate in something that I knew would not only educate and empower not others but myself included. I hope to continue to do just that through ACT and raise awareness about opioid use disorder and harm reduction strategies. 

Pallavi Kurakula

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I chose to serve with AmeriCorp to help with my community. This opioid epidemic has taken the lives of so many I want to help put some life back into the community.

Briana Hayden

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of the ACT Program is being able to educate our community trainees about the stigma surrounding the topic of substance abuse and people who use drugs.

Naomi Evans

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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Serving with ACT allows me to engage with community members and educate them on what they can do to combat the overdose crisis. It’s amazing to be part of a team that shares a genuine passion for improving health outcomes in our communities.

Arefa Haque

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I joined Americorps because I want to make a real difference in my surrounding community while also being involved in really important education and community outreach efforts. 

Siddharth Tirumala

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part of being an AmeriCorps member is getting to meet people of different backgrounds, skills, and experiences. All of our members are connected by the same goal of reducing deaths caused by overdose in our communities. Hearing the experiences of speakers, staff, and other members is extremely rewarding. It has opened up my worldview already!

Rumyah Rafique

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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My favorite part about AmeriCorps is meeting so many people I wouldn’t have otherwise. Working with people from similar and completely different backgrounds than myself brings in new perspectives that I have never been exposed to before!

Farah Chammaa

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the opioid epidemic and substance use in general that I can use to inform my future medical career and how I care for my future patients.

Kathryn Lasich

Overdose Rescue Trainer

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Through my service with AmeriCorps, I would like to teach my community about Narcan and other harm red