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Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards
Dinner Award Recipients

Champion Honorees

2023The Team at Oracle Health Government Services
2022Faegre Drinker Consulting
2021Larry P. Cote, Esquire, Founding Partner, Cote Law PLLC
2020Brian Knapp, President, IMN Solutions
2019Brad Dombaugh, CEO, PSA Worldwide Corp, Inc.
2018Chester “Chip” Davis, Jr., President & CEO, AAM
2017The Team at BAV
2016The Honorable Mary Bono, Principal, FaegreBD Consulting, Member of U.S. Congress (1998-2013)
2015Karen and Jamie Moyer, Co-founders & VPs, The Moyer Foundation
2013Jack Sammis, CEO, IMN Solutions
2012Mary Wong, President, The Office Depot Foundation
2011Frances Hesselbein, President & CEO, Leader to Leader Institute
2010Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Actor, Author & Activist
2009Andre Lynch, President & CEO, Ingenium Corporation
2008Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)
2007Taun Pham, Ph.D., President & CEO, Phamatech, Inc.
2006Daniel Snyder, Chairman & CEO, The Washington Redskins
2005Brig Owens, Retired Player, The Washington Redskins

Humanitarian Honorees

2023Sue Thau, CADCA Public Policy Consultant
2022Amerisource Bergen
2021Noelle Troost, RALI, Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative
2020RALI, Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative
2019Roger Krone, Chairman & CEO, Leidos
2018The Team at Verde Technologies
2017The Team at Alkermes
2016Scott M. Melville, President & CEO, CHPA
2015Mark Trudeau, President & CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
2014Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Johnson and Johnson
2013Stacie Mathewson, Founder & Executive Director, Stacie Mathewson Foundation
2012Kevin M. Warren, Corporate VP & President, Xerox Corporation
2011Colin V. Reed, Chairman, CEO & President, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
2010Reckitt Benckiser
2009Neil Austrian, CADCA Board Emeritus, Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Office Depot, Inc. & former President, The National Football League
2008Home Box Office (HBO)
2007DIRECTV, Inc.
2006Office Depot, Inc.
2005John L. Weinberg
2004Commissioner Paul Tagliabue & The National Football League
2003P. Anthony Ridder, Chairman & CEO, Knight Ridder, Inc.
2002Gerard R. Roche, Senior Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.
2001Gene Upshaw, Executive Director, NFL Players Association & Chairman, PLAYERS, Inc.
2000Floyd Hall, Chairman, President & CEO, Kmart Corporation
1998General Barry R. McCaffrey / Newt Gingrich

Youth Honorees

2023Ashok Kothamasu / Silema Garcia
2022Jaleyna Lawes / Sofia Ferreiro
2021Shali Holliday
2020Andrea and Angela Ventura / Chase Taylor
2019William Fleck / Vrushali Thakkar
2018Curtis Mack / Stevi Johnson
2017Jarlath Riley / Andrea Marquez
2016Ananth Ghosh / Jetter A. White
2015Lauren Fiosy / DeJohn Taylor
2014Joseph Yusuf / Melanee Piskai
2013Sheri Jones / Carlos Martinez
2012Teddy McCullough / Khiree Smith
2011Nicholas Duclos / Kayla Scarbrough-Bell
2010Melanee Piskai / Khiree Smith
2009No youth honorees were selected this year
2008Michelle Bartoshuk / Brandon Hersey
2007Takara Taylor / Andrew Corey
2006Jessie Brown / Joseph Wilkerson
2005No youth honorees were selected this year
2001Christina Johnson / Kai Tollkuhn

National Leadership Forum Award Recipients

Advocate of the Year

2024Jodi Salvo and Jeff Hanley
2023Sally Manninen and Carissa Anthony
2022Virgil Boysaw, Jr., Cecil County Drug Free Coordinator, Cecil County Health Department, and Michael Mumper, Director of Programs, Fayette FACTOR, Drug Free Fayette
2021Andrea and Angela Ventura, United Way’s Broward Youth Coalition
2020Dan Falcitelli, Floyd Against Drugs, Jordan Esser, DuPage County Health Department
2019Lisa Roberts, Coordinator, Scioto County, Drug Action Team Alliance, and Victor Shi, Stand Strong Coalition In Vernon Hills, Illinois
2018Lindsay Carver Stockman, The Partnership for Substance Free Youth in Buncombe County Coalition, Ananya Pati, Stand Strong Coalition
2017Pat Bird, Deputy Director of Operations, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment
2016Stephanie Strutner, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, Clinton, Tenn., Donna Foisy, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Consortium, Langhorne, Penn.
2015Heidi Bainbridge, Becky Carlson
2014Karen Murray, Deborah Williams, Bill Gentes
2013Lee Rush, Kye Nordfelt
2012Laura Hosley, Jerilyn Simpson Jordan
2011Derek Clark, Clinton Substance Abuse Council of Clinton (IA) and Laura Fitzpatrick,  Coalition for a Drug-Free Muskegon County of Muskegon (MI)
2010Michael 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

2024The Honorable Bernie Sanders, The Honorable Bill Hagerty, The Honorable Brad Finstad, The Honorable James Comer, The Honorable Linda Sanchez, The Honorable Jamie Raskin
2023The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, The Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi, The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers, The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick, The Honorable Frank Pallone, The Honorable Brian Fitzpatrick
2022Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Rep. David Joyce, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Steve Womack
2021Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. David Trone, Rep. Harely Rouda, Rep. Ted Budd
2020Rep. Tom Graves, Rep. Mike Quigley, Senator John Kennedy, Senator Jeanne Shaheen
2019Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Jim Jordan, Senator John Cornyn, Senator Maggie Hassan, Senator James Lankford
2018Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Shelley Moore Capito
2017Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Mitch McConnell, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Kuster
2016Sen. Donnelly, Sen. Coons, Rep. Brooks, Rep. Fortenberry, Rep. Tonko
2015The Honorable Kelly Ayotte, The Honorable Tom Udall, The Honorable Jerry Moran, The Honorable Frank Wolf, The Honorable Nick Rahall, The Honorable Ander Crenshaw
2014The Honorable William Keating, The Honorable Jim Gerlach, The Honorable John Boozman
2013The Honorable Bob Casey, The Honorable Michael Fitzpatrick, The Honorable Frank Wolf
2012The Honorable Hal Rogers, The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, The Honorable Karen Bass, The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr., The Honorable Frank Lautenberg, The Honorable Jerry Lewis
2011The Honorable Jose Serrano, The Honorable Jo Ann Emerson, The Honorable Susan Collins, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
2010Rep. Mary Bono Mack, Sen. Leahy, Rep. Davis

Distinguished Leadership Award

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

Distinguished Service Award

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

Dose of Prevention

2024Frenchtown Community Coalition
2023Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon County
2022ACT Drug Free Community Coalition
2021Futuro Latino Coalition
2020Ainsley Erder and Kelsey Meis, Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition
2019Drug Safe Worthington
2018Pledge for Life Partnership
2017Youth Drug Free Coalition, Charlotte, NC
2016Shelby County Drug Free Coalition
2015Collaborating for Youth
2014Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE)
2013Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities
2012Youth Community Coalition
2011Hunterdon Prevention Resources (NJ)
2010Casa Grande Alliance, Casa Grande, AZ

Blue Ribbon Coalitions

2024Drug Free Communities of Dallas County, Selma, AL, Communities for Positive Youth Development, Schaumburg, Palatine, Hoffman, Estates, IL, and East Providence Prevention Coalition, East Providence, RI
2023Jackson County Prevention Coalition, Maquoketa, IA, Partnership for Health, Drug Free Task Force, Flemington, NJ, and Engage Douglas County Lawrence, KS
2022Prevent Coalition, Vancouver, WA, and Levittown Community Action Coalition, Levittown, NY
2021Link Together Coalition, Lindenhurst Community Cares Coalition and Dedham Organization for Substance Awareness
2020Coalition 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
2019Coalition of the Year: Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, Coalition of Excellence: Drug Free Fayette, Coalition in Focus: Noble SWAT DFC
2018Short-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
2017Coalition 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
2016Coalition 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
2015Coalition in Focus: Healthy Communities that Care Coalition of Livingston County, Coalition of the Year: Hernando Community Coalition
2014Coalition 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
2013Coalition 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
2012Coalition 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
2011Coalition 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)
2010Coalition 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

2010Lions Club Internations

Life Achievement Award

2012Lloyd Johnston, Ph.D.

Lifetime Congressional Achievement Award

2024The Honorable Bill Johnson, The Honorable Dianne Feinstein (posthumous), The Honorable Joe Manchin III
2014The Honorable Tom Harkin

National Red Ribbon Award

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

National Newsmaker

2024Dan Schneider
2023Beth Macy, New York Times Bestselling Author
2022Craig Melvin, News Anchor, TODAY, Co-host, 3rd Hour of TODAY, Host, MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin
2021James Nachtwey, TIME Magazine
2020Laura Monteverdi, News Anchor for Arkansas THV-Channel
2019Allen J. West, Writer, Director, Executive Producer
2018Pat Lawson Muse, NBC4
2017Leon Harris
2016Kimberly Leonard, U.S. News & World Report
2015Tiffani Sherman, Video Producer, Center for Public Safety Innovation
2014Jonetta Rose Barras
2013Alison Knopf, Editor, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
2012Denise Mann, WebMD
2011John Roberts, Senior National Correspondent, FOX News
2010Donna Leinwand, USA Today

National Leadership Award

2024Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon
2023Roger Krome, Chairman and Chief Executive Office, Leidos
2022Admiral James and Mary A. Winnefeld, Safe Project Co-Founders and Co-Chairman
2021Arthur T. Dean, Major General, U.S. Army, Retired, Chairman and CEO, CADCA
2020Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston, Massachusetts
2018Dr. Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D.
2017Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
2016Congressman Harold Rogers (R-5th/KY)
2015Dr. Howard K. Koh
2014R. Gil Kerlikowske
2013Mary Bono Mack
2012Alan I. Leshner, Ph. D.
2011 The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (D-7th/MD)
2010The Honorable Christopher Dodd (D-CT), The Honorable Charles Grassley (R-IA)

Outstanding State Member

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

Outstanding State National Guard

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

Outstanding Youth Leader

2024Giovanni Rojas
2023Scott Wilbur
2022Vinayak Menon, Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council
2021Rebekah Jin, Stand Strong Coalition
2020Delainey Allen, Action for the Betterment of the Community (ABC) | Sturgis, SD
2019LaDarrick Smith, Washington Parish Youth Coalition
2018Sheri Jones
2017Robin Martinez, Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment (PAACE)
2016Ananth Ghosh, SRSLY coalition, Chelsea, Mich
2015Lauren Foisy
2014Dejah Seth
2013Ricardo Mendez, Quincy Communities That Care
2012Teddy McCullough
2011Alex Cook, Lopez Island Prevention Coalition (WA)
2010Allana Chittick, CAMA Teen, Paris, IL

Outstanding Academy Instructor

2012Michael Sparks

Major General Arthur T. Dean Chairman’s Award

2024The Community Alliance of Resources for Everyone (CARE Coalition)
2023Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change, Tangipahoa Parish, LA
2022Council for Drug Free Youth, Jefferson City, MO
2021Partnership for Health Drug-Free Task Force, Hunterdon, NJ
2020Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Milton, MA
2019Love Detroit Prevention Coalition
2018Alianza Latino Drug-Free Coalition
2017Teen Health Connection, Youth Drug Free Coalition
2016Arlington Youth Health & Safety Coalition
2015Santa Fe Prevention Alliance
2014Seneca County Substance Abuse Coalition
2013Safe Yakima Valley
2012White Swan Arts and Recreation Community Coalition
2011Vashon Healthy Community Network
2010Kamiah Community Partners Coalition, Kamiah, ID

International Coalition of the Year

2024Coalizão Pinada

International Leadership Award

2024Association of Anti Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines (AADAC)