Our Board of Directors.

Prevention First is guided by a board of directors who share our passion for promoting healthy behaviors and preventing substance misuse in every community.

The Prevention First board is highly active with our organization, meeting regularly throughout the year, participating in an annual board retreat, raising funds on behalf of the organization, and making personal financial contributions.

Join Us.

If you would like additional information regarding board membership or to request an application, please contact Ms. Karel Homrig at karel.homrig@prevention.org.

Applications to the board are accepted throughout the year and reviewed by Prevention First's Board Governance Committee. Eligible applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with one of the committee members to ensure that there is a mutual benefit for the applicant and the organization. The committee will recommend selected applicants to the board of directors during its regular business meetings, which take place 5-6 times per year.

Board members commit to a three-year term, which can be renewed twice, at the discretion of the board.

Board of Directors


Diana Derige
Director, Health Equity Strategy & Development
American Medical Association 


Rebecca Dieken
Research Psychologist
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
US Department of Transportation


Michael Varlotta
Labor Relations Director & Special Employment Council
Illinois Department of Transportation


Jill Grove
Retired School Administrator
Springfield Public Schools


Leah S. Bailey
Bailey Management Consulting 

Adrienne Bitoy-Jackson
Chief Executive Officer
Heuristics Marketing Consultants, LLC

Luigi Cabantog
Illinois Army National Guard

Gail Capps
BBSS Support Leader
Springfield District 186

Miguel Millett
City Colleges of Chicago