I choose to be involved in Start Talking Grandview because I am motivated to help our community realize the impact of substance misuse, and rise above stigma to understand the disease of addiction. As a health care provider, I have served individuals actively using drugs and as an advocate for access to health services. Through these experiences, I have come to see first hand that no community, family, or person is immune to the impact of substance misuse. Engaged with Start Talking Grandview since 2015, I work to bring forward current research based education, resources for support, and generalized awareness to model safe and healthy behaviors.
In my over 30 year career in Human Resources and Associate Relations, I have witnessed the risks and consequences that substance misuse can have on employment, community safety, family health and individual well-being. Substance misuse is a costly systemic issue across all demographics. My niece, who had a mental illness, succumbed to an overdose after multiple attempts at recovery. Substances were her escape from a world she didn't know how to function within. My passion is to talk openly about these complex subjects, and bolster the strength of youth and adults to make healthy choices, find mental and physical well being and keep their communities safe.
My husband Bob and I have lived in Grandview for the past 30 years and raised our four boys in Grandview. While raising our family and working part time as an accounting clerk/office assistant for the United States Trotting Association, I served on the RLS, Edison Intermediate and High school PTO's and other volunteer positions in the schools. I plan to apply the hands on skills I have developed over the past 30 years to collaboratively work with my fellow board members to develop initiatives that further enhance the mission of Start Talking Grandview. I have a heart for the Grandview Community and for the mission of Start Talking Grandview.
As a parent of two students who graduated from Grandview Heights City Schools, as well as the parent of a current fourth-grader, I obviously have a vested interest in our schools and our community and the types of information that my sons and others receive here. I also have 11+ years of recovery, so I am keenly aware of the temptations and risks students face with substance use and abuse. I’ve gone down paths that I don’t want my sons or others to take. Our job as adults in general is to guide those in our schools/community so they’re equipped with information and insight that will guide their decision-making in their formative years. Where substance use and abuse is concerned, it is even more critical that we exercise great rigor in that guidance and education. While we cannot guarantee students will always make the best decisions, we would be doing them a great disservice if we don’t guide them with candor and transparency. Prevention and education are inexpensive tools for preventing substance abuse. I’m living proof that people do recover, and I can be a resource for others as we all navigate this situation together
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Alison Gessner Rooney
We raised our 3 children in Grandview schools, so grateful for this caring and close-knit community. I have been part of STG since its inception, as a liaison from the Grandview Heights School Board. Student health and wellness has become a nationwide concern: suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens; 1 in 3 adolescents have an anxiety disorder; and abuse and misuse of prescription pain pills or ADHD medications ("study drugs") are on the rise. As our kids are introduced to this world where underage drinking is often accepted and marijuana is legal in many states, the messages are blurred; they need to understand the facts and know they have our support more than ever before.
Carrie Mollette is an at-large member of Start Talking Grandview. Experienced in project management and communications, Carrie brings expertise to craft messaging to parent and community groups. She is committed to advocating for wellness through awareness and education campaigns. Carrie lives and works in Grandview Heights, serving in an Administrative Support role at Edison Intermediate and Larson Middle School.
Communications - School Liaison
Being a Grandview Alumnus and person in recovery who spent most of his using/drinking days in the Grandview area I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be apart of this movement. Having moved back to the Grandview area I wanted to hit the ground running and share my experience with as many people as I could in the community. Understanding that this disease can take place any where anytime regardless of gender, race, or demographic must be understood. All students/ young adults can be at risk to the disease of addiction, my goal is to share my story and maybe plant a few seeds that could help anyone at risk or struggling in the future.