• Sydney Bayless
    Sydney Bayless Local Coordinating Council Assistant

    Sydney Bayless is the newest LCC Assistant for Drug Free Marion County. She brings her experience working in healthcare, with non-profit organizations and grant management.  She has a passion for helping others especially within communities that need it most.With an innovative and eager approach she hopes to bring a great new energy to DFMC!

  • Kristen S. Rivas
    Kristen S. Rivas Program Evaluator

    Kristen S. Rivas MS Ed, LADC, is an experienced grant writer, program evaluator, and researcher with over 23 years of experience designing and conducting program evaluations for a broad range of clients. Her research focuses on psycho-social determinants of sexual health, mental health, and substance use outcomes in undeserved and minority populations. She specializes in providing fund development, business development, program evaluation, applied social research, including randomized control trials and organizational development services to non-profits, community-based organizations, educational institutions, philanthropies, corporations, and state and federal agencies.

    Kristen has extensive experience assisting clients to ensure that they are utilizing data both to measure the impacts of their programming and to inform business and program refinements/strengthening. She brings to the practical, challenges involved in determining program effectiveness, extensive experience-based knowledge of the organization, program design, and a collaborative and inclusive approach to client engagements. She is committed to assisting organizations to accomplish immediate program objectives, to achieving longer-term organizational goals, and to building organizations’ intrinsic capacities.

    She has specific experience working within a University Student Health Center, University School of Social Work Master’s Program, University School of Public Health Master’s Program, Mental Health Psychiatric Wards, Women’s Substance Abuse Treatment Centers, Adult and Family Drug Courts, The National Judicial College, State Health Division, State Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services, State Division of Child and Family Services, and consulting nationwide with Non-Profits, School Districts, Health Departments, Faith-Based Communities, For-Profit Firms, Governmental Agencies, Consortia, and Governor Appointed Commissions.

  • Michaelangelo McClendon
    Michaelangelo McClendon Executive Director

    Michaelangelo is the Executive Director of Drug Free Marion County. Michaelangelo brings a passion for community engagement and partnerships with years of experience working in substance abuse and misuse, prevention and various other fields. Michaelangelo has experience both working directly in leadership and oversight roles, including work with FSSA/DMHA and SAMHSA, respectively.

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