Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Team

Mission: The mission of the AOD Prevention Team is to reduce substance use and related harm among Ithaca College students to maximize student health, safety, learning, and success. Toward this goal, the AOD Team membership works in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner to create policies, practices, and programs that align with best practices.

2022 - 2023: Workgroups and Identified Goals

  • Policy & Procedures: This group will be reviewing campus policies and procedures as well as looking at national and statewide policies relating to alcohol and other substance. They will make recommendations for updates and review data to ensure that campus policies are equitable and having the intended impact.  
  • Prevention Strategies: This group will be working on communications, outreach, alternative programming, and strategies to reduce harm during higher risk times of the academic year for substance use.
  • Recovery Support: This group will be working to create, implement and access a recovery ally training and bolster recovery resources (JED Recommendation)
  • Substance Access: This group will be working to implement 2 drug takeback events annually, pumpkins for pills (fall) and popcorn for pills (spring). Additionally, this group will increase communications and trainings for opioid overdose prevention (JED Recommendation)

Policy & Procedures

  • Chair: Katie Newcomb, Assistant Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Amanda Walrad, Housing Coordinator, Residential Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Elyse Nepa, Assistant Director, Clery Act and Prevention Education, Public Safety & Emergency Management
  • Joelle Albertsman, Program Coordinator, Case Management
  • Laura Davis, Director, Residential Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Theresa Gustaveson, Residence Director, Residential Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Tom Dunn, Associate Director and Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Emergency Management

Prevention Strategies

  • Chair: Michelle Goode, Program Director, Center for Health Promotion 
  • Jess Shapiro, Assistant Director, Office for Student Engagement
  • Jules Denning, Community Development Specialist, Finger Lakes Prevention Resource Center
  • Megan Williams, Assistant Director, Staff and Programs, Residential Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Sean Reilley, Associate Director, Recreational Sports

Recovery Support

  • Chair: Kaiden Girouard, Health Promotion Specialist, Center for Health Promotion 
  • Anne Carlineo, Administrative Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
  • David Harker, Director, Center for Civic Engagement
  • Emmy LoBrutto, Assistant Director, Case Management 
  • Julie Dorsey, Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy

Substance Access:

  • Chair: Brian Petersen, Director, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Brandi Riker, Administrative Assistant, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Elizabeth Bergman, Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Physical Education
  • Ron Trunzo, Associate Director, Residential Life and Student Conduct and Community Standards

Looking to join the Alcohol & Other Drug Team. The time commitment to join the group is 4 to 6 hours per month including biweekly, 1-hour full team meetings with 30-minute workgroup time built into meetings, 1-2 hours of outside work or ongoing learning opportunities. Meetings will be every other Friday from 10am to 11am beginning Friday September 2nd 2022. 

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