Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention wins 5-year, $577K grant


The Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program is the recipient of a federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) five-year grant award in the amount of $577,430. Established in 2015, this is the second DFC grant award received by the program. All funds must be matched with local contributions.

The mission of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention is to create a culture free from the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs for youth through community-wide collaboration. The ASAP program has the following focus points: to provide awareness and education for substance abuse prevention to the greater community, to be a community free from the negative consequences of alcohol and substance abuse and to support and encourage youth toward healthy life goals – unhindered by the misuse and effects of substance abuse.

The ASAP program welcomes Phil Huerta, LADC as the new Program Coordinator. Phil has been a resident of Winona County since 2007, graduating from Winona State University in 2011. Phil previously served as the ASAP coordinator from November 2015 to June 2019. His experience and connection within the community have been key to the program’s success in the past, and will continue to be an asset as the next grant year begins.

The ASAP board of directors includes the following community members: Deb McClellan, program director; Carin Hyter, chair and government sector representative; Helen Bagshaw, vice-chair and health sector representative; Ted Barthel, substance abuse treatment sector representative; Sheriff Ron Ganrude, law enforcement; Christie Ransom, business sector representative; Kenzie Antczak, education sector representative; Rev. Jon Spinillo, faith sector representative; Karrin Geier, youth-serving organization sector representative; Averie Beckmann, youth representative; and Travis Volkman, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council liaison.

The following board of director sectors are vacant: parent, civic/volunteer and media. Please contact Phil Huerta at if you are interested in serving on the ASAP board.

The ASAP coalition, consisting of concerned and engaged community members who support the mission and vision of the program, meets monthly. This coalition is open to the public and community members are encouraged to join. Monthly meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. All meetings are currently held remotely. Please contact Phil Huerta for the meeting link, or visit the ASAP Facebook page, Winona County ASAP, and for more information.


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