Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner Award Recipients
Over the Years


Champion Honorees 

2020 - Larry P. Cote, Esquire, Founding Partner, Cote Law PLLC  
2019 - Brad Dombaugh, CEO, PSA Worldwide Corp, Inc. 
2018 - Chester “Chip” Davis, Jr., President & CEO, AAM 
2017 - The Team at BAV 
2016 - The Honorable Mary Bono, Principal, FaegreBD Consulting, Member of U.S. Congress (1998-2013) 
2015 - Karen and Jamie Moyer, Co-founders & VPs, The Moyer Foundation 
2013 - Jack Sammis, CEO, IMN Solutions 
2012 - Mary Wong, President, The Office Depot Foundation 
2011 - Frances Hesselbein, President & CEO, Leader to Leader Institute 
2010 - Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Actor, Author & Activist 
2009 - Andre Lynch, President & CEO, Ingenium Corporation  
2008 - Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) 
2007 - Taun Pham, Ph.D., President & CEO, Phamatech, Inc. 
2006 - Daniel Snyder, Chairman & CEO, The Washington Redskins 
2005 - Brig Owens, Retired Player, The Washington Redskins  

Humanitarian Honorees 

2020 - RALI, Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative  
2019 - Roger Krone, Chairman & CEO, Leidos  
2018 - The Team at Verde Technologies 
2017 - The Team at Alkermes 
2016 - Scott M. Melville, President & CEO, CHPA 
2015 - Mark Trudeau, President & CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals 
2014 - Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Johnson and Johnson  
2013 - Stacie Mathewson, Founder & Executive Director, Stacie Mathewson Foundation 
2012 - Kevin M. Warren, Corporate VP & President, Xerox Corporation  
2011 - Colin V. Reed, Chairman, CEO & President, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.  
2010 - Reckitt Benckiser 
2009 - Neil Austrian, CADCA Board Emeritus, Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Office Depot, Inc. & former President, The National Football League 
2008 - Home Box Office (HBO) 
2007 - DIRECTV, Inc.  
2006 - Office Depot, Inc. 
2005 - John L. Weinberg 
2004 - Commissioner Paul Tagliabue & The National Football League 
2003 - P. Anthony Ridder, Chairman & CEO, Knight Ridder, Inc.  
2002 - Gerard R. Roche, Senior Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.  
2001 - Gene Upshaw, Executive Director, NFL Players Association & Chairman, PLAYERS, Inc. 
2000 - Floyd Hall, Chairman, President & CEO, Kmart Corporation 
1999 - N/A
1998 - General Barry R. McCaffrey / Newt Gingrich 

Youth Honorees 

2020 - Andrea and Angela Ventura / Chase Taylor 
2019 - William Fleck / Vrushali Thakkar  
2018 - Curtis Mack / Stevi Johnson  
2017 Jarlath Riley / Andrea Marquez 
2016 - Ananth Ghosh / Jetter A. White  
2015 - Lauren Fiosy / DeJohn Taylor 
2014 - Joseph Yusuf / Melanee Piskai 
2013 - Sheri Jones / Carlos Martinez 
2012 - Teddy McCullough / Khiree Smith  
2011 - Nicholas Duclos / Kayla Scarbrough-Bell 
2010 - Melanee Piskai / Khiree Smith 
2009 - No youth honorees were selected this year 
2008 - Michelle Bartoshuk / Brandon Hersey 
2007 - Takara Taylor / Andrew Corey 
2006 - Jessie Brown / Joseph Wilkerson 
2005 - No youth honorees were selected this year  
2001 - Christina Johnson / Kai Tollkuhn 





National Leadership Forum
Award Recipients
Over the Years  

Advocate of the Year 

2022 - Virgil Boysaw, Jr., Cecil County Drug Free Coordinator, Cecil County Health Department, and Michael Mumper, Director of Programs, Fayette FACTOR, Drug Free Fayette
2021 - Andrea and Angela Ventura, United Way's Broward Youth Coalition 
2020 - Dan Falcitelli, Floyd Against Drugs, Jordan Esser, DuPage County Health Department
2019 - Lisa Roberts, Coordinator, Scioto County, Drug Action Team Alliance, and Victor Shi, Stand Strong Coalition In Vernon Hills, Illinois 
2018 - Lindsay Carver Stockman, The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County Coalition, Ananya Pati, Stand Strong Coalition 
2017 - Pat Bird, Deputy Director of Operations, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment  
2016 - Stephanie Strutner, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, Clinton, Tenn., Donna Foisy, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Consortium, Langhorne, Penn.  
2015 - Heidi Bainbridge, Becky Carlson 
2014 - Karen Murray, Deborah Williams, Bill Gentes 
2013 - Lee Rush, Kye Nordfelt 
2012 - Laura Hosley, Jerilyn Simpson Jordan 
2011 - Derek Clark, Clinton Substance Abuse Council of Clinton (IA) and Laura Fitzpatrick,  Coalition for a Drug-Free Muskegon County of Muskegon (MI) 
2010 - Michael J. Kramer, Drug-Free Noble County, Albion, Indiana, Sarah Dinklage, Rhode  Island Student Assistance Services, Warwick RI, Melody Heaps, TASC, Inc., Chicago,  IL 

Congressional Leadership Award 

2022 - Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Rep. David Joyce, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Steve Womack 
2021 - Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. David Trone, Rep. Harely Rouda, Rep. Ted Budd 
2020 - Rep. Tom Graves, Rep. Mike Quigley, Senator John Kennedy, Senator Jeanne Shaheen 
2019 - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Jim Jordan, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator James Lankford 
2018 - Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Shelley Moore Capito 
2017 - Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Mitch McConnell, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Kuster 
2016 - Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Coons, Rep. Brooks, Rep. Fortenberry, Rep. Tonko 
2015 - The Honorable Kelly Ayotte, The Honorable Tom Udall, The Honorable Jerry Moran, The Honorable Frank Wolf, The Honorable Nick Rahall, The Honorable Ander Crenshaw 
2014 - The Honorable William Keating, The Honorable Jim Gerlach, The Honorable John Boozman 
2013 - The Honorable Bob Casey, The Honorable Michael Fitzpatrick, The Honorable Frank Wolf 
2012 - The Honorable Hal Rogers, The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, The Honorable Karen Bass, The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr., The Honorable Frank Lautenberg, The Honorable Jerry Lewis 
2011 - The Honorable Jose Serrano, The Honorable Jo Ann Emerson, The Honorable Susan Collins, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein  
2010 - Rep. Mary Bono Mack, Sen. Leahy, Rep. Davis 


Distinguished Leadership Award  

2020 - Arthur T. Dean, Major General, U.S. Army, Retired, Chairman and CEO, CADCA 


Distinguished Service Award 

2011 - The Honorable Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States 


Dose of Prevention 

2022 - ACT Drug Free Community Coalition 
2021 - Futuro Latino Coalition 
2020 - Ainsley Erder and Kelsey Meis, Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition 
2019 - Drug Safe Worthington 
2018 - Pledge for Life Partnership 
2017 - Youth Drug Free Coalition, Charlotte, NC 
2016 - Shelby County Drug Free Coalition 
2015 - Collaborating for Youth 
2014 - Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE) 
2013 - Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities 
2012 - Youth Community Coalition 
2011 - Hunterdon Prevention Resources (NJ) 
2010 - Casa Grande Alliance, Casa Grande, AZ 

Got Outcomes! 

2022 - Prevent Coalition, Vancouver, WA, and Levittown Community Action Coalition, Levittown, NY
2021 - Link Together Coalition, Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition and Dedham Organization for Substance Awareness 
2020 - Coalition in Focus: Noble SWAT DFC | Noble, OK, Coalition of Excellence: Drug Free Fayette | Fayetteville, GA, Coalition of the Year: Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth Riverhead, NY  
2019 - Coalition of the Year: Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, Coalition of Excellence: Drug Free Fayette, Coalition in Focus: Noble SWAT DFC 
2018 - Short-term Outcomes: Together for Resilient Youth, Durham, NC, Intermediate Outcomes: Riverhead CAP, Long Island, NY, Long-term Outcomes: Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, Oakland County, MI, Coalition of the Year: DART Prevention Coalition, Ocean County, NJ 
2017 - Coalition of the Year: Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition, Coalition of Excellence Award for Short-Term Outcomes: Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, Coalition of Excellence Award for Intermediate Outcomes: Building A Safer Evansville, Coalition of Excellence Award for Long-Term Outcomes: Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community 
2016 - Coalition of the Year: Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition, Coalition of Excellence for Short-Term Outcomes: Building A Safer Evansville, Coalition of Excellence for Intermediate Outcomes: Vernon Coalition, Coalition of Excellence for Long-Term Outcomes: Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change 
2015 - Coalition in Focus: Healthy Communities that Care Coalition of Livingston County, Coalition of the Year: Hernando Community Coalition
2014 - Coalition as a Whole: Genesee County Drug-Free Communities Coalition, Intermediate Outcomes Award: Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, Single Substance/Substance-Related Problem Award: Santa Barbara Fighting Back, Single Substance/Substance-Related Problem Award: Tri-County Northland Coalition 
2013 - Coalition in Focus Award, Liberty Alliance for Youth, Inc., Milestones Award, Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition (NJ), Dose of Prevention Award, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, Bensalem, PA 
2012 - Coalition of the Year Award, Drug Free Charlotte County, Charlotte, Florida, Coalition in Focus Award, Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Fairfield, Fairfield, Ohio, Milestones Award, Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition, Bellefontaine, Ohio 
2011 - Coalition of the Year Award: Van Buren County SAFE Coalition (IA), Coalition in Focus Award: Prevention Council of Roanoke County (VA), Milestones Award: Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (MO) 
2010 - Coalition of the Year Award: Revere CARES, Revere, MA, Coalition in Focus Award: Missouri Partners in Prevention, Columbia, MO, Milestones Award: MATForce, Prescott, AZ 


International Partnership Award 

2010 - Lions Club Internations 


Life Achievement Award 

2012 - Lloyd Johnston, Ph.D. 


Lifetime Congressional Achievement Award 

2014 - The Honorable Tom Harkin 


National Red Ribbon Award 

2010 - Col. Ronald Shippee, U.S. Dept. Of Defense, Mark Weber, Office of Communications, SAMHSA 


National Newsmaker 

2022 - Craig Melvin, News Anchor, TODAY, Co-host, 3rd Hour of TODAY, Host, MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin
2021 - James Nachtwey, TIME Magazine 

2020 - Laura Monteverdi, News Anchor for Arkansas THV-Channel  
2019 - Allen J. West, Writer, Director, Executive Producer 
2018 - Pat Lawson Muse, NBC4 
2017 - Leon Harris 
2016 - Kimberly Leonard, U.S. News & World Report  
2015 - Tiffani Sherman, Video Producer, Center for Public Safety Innovation 
2014 - Jonetta Rose Barras 
2013 - Alison Knopf, Editor, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse 
2012 - Denise Mann, WebMD 
2011 - John Roberts, Senior National Correspondent, FOX News 
2010 - Donna Leinwand, USA Today 


National Leadership Award 

2022 - Admiral James and Mary A. Winnefeld, Safe Project Co-Founders and Co-Chairman
2021 - Arthur T. Dean, Major General, U.S. Army, Retired, Chairman and CEO, CADCA 
2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston, Massachusetts  
2018 - Dr. Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D. 
2017 - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse 
2016 - Congressman Harold Rogers (R-5th/KY)  
2015 - Dr. Howard K. Koh 
2014 - R. Gil Kerlikowske 
2013 - Mary Bono Mack 
2012 - Alan I. Leshner, Ph. D. 
2011 - The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (D-7th/MD) 
2010 - The Honorable Christopher Dodd (D-CT), The Honorable Charles Grassley (R-IA) 


Outstanding State Member 

2022 - South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services 
2021 - Commonwealth of Virginia 
2020 - Kimberly Koch, Prevention Program Manager, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services  
2019 - Diane Baugher, Alabama Department of Mental Health 
2018 - Craig PoVey, Utah Department of Human Services 
2017 - West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities 
2016 - Idaho Office of Drug Policy 
2015 - Washington, DC 
2014 - Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services 
2013 - Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Health Promotion and Recovery 
2012 - New Jersey’s Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse 
2011 - New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services 
2010 - Coalitions for a Better West Virginia


Outstanding State National Guard 

2015 - Civil Ops Program, Minnesota 
2014 - New York National Guard Civil Operations 
2013 - Puerto Rico 
2012 - Florida National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Program 
2011 - Missouri National Guard Drug Demand Reduction 
2010 - California National Guard DDR 


Outstanding Youth Leader 

2022 - Vinayak Menon, Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council 
2021 - Rebekah Jin, Stand Strong Coalition 
2020 - Delainey Allen, Action for the Betterment of the Community (ABC) | Sturgis, SD  
2019 - LaDarrick Smith, Washington Parish Youth Coalition 
2018 - Sheri Jones 
2017 - Robin Martinez, Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment (PAACE) 
2016 - Ananth Ghosh, SRSLY coalition, Chelsea, Mich 

2015 - Lauren Foisy 
2014 - Dejah Seth 
2013 - Ricardo Mendez, Quincy Communities That Care 
2012 - Teddy McCullough 
2011 - Alex Cook, Lopez Island Prevention Coalition (WA) 
2010 - Allana Chittick, CAMA Teen, Paris, IL 


Outstanding Academy Instructor 

2012 - Michael Sparks 


The Chairman’s Award 

2022 - Council for Drug Free Youth, Jefferson City, MO 
2021 - Partnership for Health Drug-Free Task Force, Hunterdon, NJ 
2020 - Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Milton, MA
2019 - Love Detroit Prevention Coalition
2018 - Alianza Latino Drug-Free Coalition
2017 -  Teen Health Connection, Youth Drug Free Coalition
2016 - Arlington Youth Health & Safety Coalition

2015 - Santa Fe Prevention Alliance 
2014 - Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition 
2013 - Safe Yakima Valley 
2012 - White Swan Arts and Recreation Community Coalition 
2011 - Vashon Healthy Community Network 
2010 - Kamiah Community Partners Coalition, Kamiah, ID