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2013 Florida’s Kids and Alcohol Town Meeting: More Information

Thank you for tuning in to the 2013 Florida’s Kids and Alcohol Town Hall Meeting: Partnership for Success: The Power and Promise of Community on WEDU!

Here you will find more information about the panelists and topics discussed. If you have comments, suggestions for next year or additional questions that were not addressed during the broadcast, please send them to:

About the Moderator:


Laura is an experienced journalist and media professional, who currently works for the Tampa Police Department. Laura has been involved with numerous town hall meetings over the years. This community initiative has expanded each year, adding a webcasts, a youth and coalition expo, and expanded online resources.

About the Panelists:


Charles is a junior at Manatee School for the Arts majoring in dance. He is a participant in his school’s competitive dance team called “MSA Heat”. Charles is also the Co-Captain of the school’s competitive go-kart racing team. His extra-curricular activities include participation in a scientific scuba diving team called, Teen Research Underwater Explorers (T.R.U.E). He is a photographer, the teen president of the Pinellas-Manatee County Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and a member of LiveFree!. He is also an active member of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Explorers Program.


LiveFree! Executive Director Jackie Sue Griffin, MS, is the Vice President of Development at Operation PAR, Inc. and has 22 years expertise in advocacy, leadership, sustainability planning and grant development for non-profit organizations and coalitions. She is an adjunct faculty at Springfield College, School of Human Services Tampa Campus and serves on its Community Advisory Board. Jackie is the Executive Director for the LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County and assists LiveFree! in building a responsive Recovery Oriented System of Care in Pinellas County. Ms. Griffin is on the Board of Directors for Floridians for Recovery, St. Petersburg College Health and Human Services Advisory Board, the Florida School of Addictions Studies Board of Directors and serves as Events Chair of the Grants Collaborative of Tampa Bay. She was selected by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration as one of the nation’s first associates of the Women’s Addictions Services Leadership Institute, graduating in October 2009.


Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was appointed Pinellas County Sheriff by the Governor in November 2011 and elected to his first full term as Pinellas County Sheriff in November of 2012. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office over 30 years ago. Sheriff Gualtieri earned his Bachelor’s degree at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and in 1998, he left the Sheriff’s Office to pursue a law degree. In 2002, Sheriff Gualtieri graduated cum laude from the Stetson University College of Law. He returned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as General Counsel, and was appointed Chief Deputy, second in command, by Sheriff Jim Coats in January 2008. Sheriff Gualtieri enjoys many community affiliations including serving on Board of Directors for the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board, Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast. Sheriff Gualtieri is originally from Syracuse, New York and a Pinellas County resident for over 30 years. He is married with three daughters.


McKenzie McWade is the Vice-President of the Pinellas Park High School LiveFree! Club. She joined LiveFree! three years ago because of the strong, positive message the club portrayed in the school and community. McKenzie says that being a part of the LiveFree! Club has helped her to develop strengths in public speaking and empowered her to stand up for making healthy choices. She is as determined as ever to continue on in leadership roles with whatever the future may bring.


Daphne Miller has 22 years experience in the prevention field. She has facilitated numerous workshops and trainings with children and adults in the areas of Goal-setting, Developmental Assets, Risk & Protective Factors and Improving Communication. Daphne earned her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Certified Prevention Professional. Her professional affiliations include Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Prevention Committee, Florida Certification Board. Mrs. Miller is the Chair of LiveFree!


Rev. Louis M. Murphy, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, which has grown under his 13 years of leadership to become the largest African American congregation in Pinellas County. Rev. Murphy frequently counsels youth, parents and families who are impacted by substance abuse. He also oversees ministries and programming that offer support to recovering individuals. This includes the Mt Zion CARE Ministry, which hosts weekly recovery support groups, and a Prison Ministry, which counsels and teaches hundreds of men and women whose lives are impacted by addiction. Rev. Murphy’s vision has dramatically increased the number of youth and families served each year through the Mt Zion Private Christian Academy, the Mt Zion Drum Line, Mt Zion Children’s Center, and a host of out-of-school time programs in academic enrichment, the arts, and leadership development.


Heaven Taylor-Wynn is a freshman student in the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School. She is a member of the school drama club and will perform in Goldfever in January. Heather is a cheerleader with the Rock Solid Allstars and a member of the National Achievers Society at St. Petersburg College, Jack and Jill Inc. Pinellas County chapter, and LiveFree!. Heather also volunteers as a tutor for elementary students at her church.


Sgt. Dan Zsido has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for over 29 years. He is currently with the Narcotics Countywide Strategic Diversion Task Force. He is the Supervisor in charge of Diversion and Pharmaceutical Investigations. Sergeant Zsido serves as Coordinator for the Pinellas County Operation Medicine Cabinet initiative. Community take back events are held twice a year in April and September.


Links to more information about important topics discussed during the 2013 Florida’s Kids and Alcohol Town Hall Meeting:


What is Molly?


The Attorney General’s ban on ‘bath salts’ synthetic drugs


What are bath salts?


Operation Medicine Cabinet


Local Pill Mills


Florida Health Bill 831: Controlled Substance Prescription


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Pharmacy Watch Program


SAMSHA’s Partnership for Success


Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE)


Pinellas County Schools


Operation PAR:



Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)


LiveFree! Blog


LiveFree! Clubs


National Strategies Public Relations




Power Broker Magazine


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