With the support of our community champions, we are creating a healthy, vibrant, drug-free community. Each year we recognize three champions at our Love of the Lakes volunteer appreciation banquet. Meet our 2022 Champions!
LACC Parent Sector Representative
Rony is pharmacist by trade and he currently works as the Pharmacy Michigan Area Director for Continuity of Care for Ascension. Rony was appointed by both Governors Snyder and Whitmer to serve on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for the State of Michigan. Rony is the current president of the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals and is an executive board member for the Oakland County Families Against Narcotics chapter. In spite of all his professional success, what Rony is most proud of is being a good son, a good husband, and a good father to his three children. Rony serves as the Parent Sector representative for the coalition and has volunteered as a speaker for several LACC parenting education webinars, helping to shine a light for other parents on the importance of communicating with your children about drugs and alcohol, awareness of the dangers of prescription medication in particular, and as an advocate for Narcan training and access. His commitment to preventing addiction and overdose, positive parenting, and creating community-level change make Rony a Community Champion.
Ann Marie Rutherford
Counselor, Geisler Middle School
Ann Marie has been a counselor in Walled Lake Schools since 1995, working at all three high schools and at Geisler Middle School, where she has been for the past nine years. A graduate of U-M and EMU, Ann Marie works with hundreds of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and their families every day, helping with academic, social, and personal needs. Ann Marie embodies the WLCSD philosophy of helping “every child, every day”. At LACC, we like to call Ann Marie our “early adopter”: if we have an idea for a program and share it with her, she will say “when can we start?”. She has been instrumental in all the prevention programming LACC has done with youth at Geisler including Keep Them Safe, Keep Them Healthy for 8th graders, Renewed for 6th graders, yoga workshops, the Zen Den, and Choices Court. Ann Marie frequently calls LACC to share a need that she sees with students or families and seeks our help to meet that need. She is also an advocate for our programming with the other counselors in the district and with her administrators, making it easy for us to expand our work with youth to all buildings in WLCSD. She is a true partner in prevention and her tireless work on behalf of kids makes Ann Marie a Community Champion.
Volunteer, therapist, educator
Cheryl is a therapist working in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Her programs focusing on drug and alcohol abuse as well as domestic violence, anger management and retail fraud have been implemented by the courts since 1998. Cheryl first connected with the coalition during FAN meetings in 2016 and has served as a coalition volunteer ever since. Cheryl heads up the Wixom Police Station Take Back Day site each October and April, helping remove prescription drugs from the community. She also conducts annual Synar tobacco outlet compliance checks and education visits for the coalition. Cheryl is the kind of volunteer that we can call on anytime and she will lend a helping hand with any task that needs doing. Her constant willingness to help out where she is needed, her heart for families struggling with addiction, and her endless public support of the coalition make Cheryl a Community Champion.
Previous Community Champions
Dr. Sophia Lafayette
former WLN assistant principal
Nikki O'Donnell, M.A.
Regina Nock, CPA
Accountant and former LACC Treasurer
former Walled Lake City Council member
former Supervisor, Charter Township of Commerce
Ronald W. Moore
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
The Honorable Travis Reeds
52-1 District Court
Dr. Christopher Delgado
former Deputy Superintendent, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
David & Liz Martin, Kelly Angelosante
Angel Wings For Angie