We thank these members of Johnny’s Ambassadors Advisory Council, who represent allied organizations that help adolescents suffering from substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide ideation.
Heidi Anderson-Swan, A Night in Jail. Heidi’s brother was a homeless drug addict who went to jail 18 times. He is now in recovery. Heidi co-produced and wrote the short film A NIGHT IN JAIL based on this story to educate the public on the impacts of using marijuana during adolescence.
Debbie Berndt, Parent Movement 2.0. Debbie has been educating parents and teens since early 2017. She realized that parents – on the front line of youth drug use – understood very little about today’s marijuana. Additionally, kids are increasingly exposed to pro-use messages, which make them believe they are marijuana savvy.
Diane Carlson, Smart Colorado. Diane is involved in education, policy, and regulatory processes at Smart Colorado. Appointed by the Governor, Diane has served on the statewide marijuana education committee for over three years now. She remains a trusted information source for policy makers, media, youth, parents, and community members.
Jacque Christmas, A Voice at the Table. Jacque is a bereaved mother who became involved with A Voice at the Table and the Impacted Family & Friends movement in 2018 after the loss of her 27 year old son in 2012. Jacque is a member of the American Association of Suicidology, Impacted Family & Friends Division, and is a facilitator for A Voice at the Table, Impacted Family & Friends. Jacque shares her experience about her son’s death here.
John E. Davis, 2xtreme Foundation. John is the founder and President of the 2xtreme Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Colorado. John Davis carries a Clinical Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CACll). He works exclusively with males – teens and young adults.
Kari Eckert, www.robbies-hope.com. After Kari’s son died by suicide, she made it her mission to start a movement – an uprising of teens to help other teens. They have made it their mission to stop the suicide epidemic that’s taking the lives of their friends. Robbie’s Hope aims to cut teen suicide rates in half by 2028.
Lynn Riemer, ACT on Drugs. Lynn Riemer is an accomplished speaker, trainer and advocate on issues relating to substance abuse. Lynn is president of ACT on Drugs, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in their community.
Sally Schindel, Marijuana Victims Alliance. Sally is the Founder of Marijuana Victims Alliance. She is a frequent speaker on Victim Advocacy for Marijuana Related Death or Loss, Marijuana Role in Addiction and Suicides, and Networking with Other Families Suffering Loss. Additionally, she was instrumental in the formation of Moms Strong and is active in Parents Opposed to Pot.