A new hire has been made at Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). ASAP is a coalition of community members devoted to cultivating a drug-free culture for children and teens in the Winona area. It works within community schools and the wider community to raise awareness and reduce substance abuse through education and programming.
Autumn Kusske-Anderson has been hired as Winona County ASAP’s new program coordinator. Her role is to manage the coalition for Winona County. She works with a 12-member team to create and implement substance abuse prevention activities for the youth of the community.
Kusske-Anderson is from Hastings, MNinn., and recently graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in public heath with a community health focus. She started her role with ASAP on May 11, 2020. Kusske-Anderson is excited to connect with the youth of the Winona community to help provide them with the support needed to choose sober living and become an ASAP Champion. Kusske-Anderson shared, “I love working with youth by connecting with them on personal levels. Every person has their own story, I want to connect with that individual where there at and provide them with resources needed to live a healthy life.” Her interests are watching and playing sports. She enjoys the natural beauty that Winona offers and enjoys exploring. Kusske-Anderson’s favorite activity is being outside or physically active with friends.
ASAP is very excited to welcome Kusske-Anderson to the team at Live Well Winona and Winona County ASAP. Not only will she bring a focus on community relationships but will also be a great role model for community members.
In addition to the hire of Kusske-Anderson, ASAP has also welcomed new board members, including Pastor Gooch of Cornerstone Community Church, Jessica Rivers (parent sector), and Winona Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Christie Ransom (business sector).