About Steele County Safe & Drug Free Coalition
Safe & Drug Free – Project Coordinator
Project Coordinator: Andi Gaffke is a native of Steele County with a long track record of community involvement. Graduating from Owatonna High School in 2001, she is taking pleasure in the nostalgia of working with youth in organizations she once enjoyed participating in herself many years ago. Gaffke attended Minnesota State University, Mankato with bachelor degrees in Art History and Fine Arts, minoring in History. In more recent years, she has taken continuing education courses in design through Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as Riverland Community College. Returning to her hometown after college, Andi worked in a variety of administrative and customer service roles in the insurance industry. During this time she was also building skills through extensive volunteer work at the following organizations: Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) Arts Advisory Generalist, reviewing and writing art grants, Big Brothers Big Sisters – mentor since 2012 and event volunteer, Owatonna Arts Center –committees, volunteer, class instructor, Owatonna Little Theatre –makeup artist and photography, Dreams Work of Mankato – working with disabled teen and adult artists to promote creative expression, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and most recently she joined Rotary and Owatonna Business Women. Gaffke started as coordinator in January 2017, she is grateful for the opportunity to work with the coalition and youth in an effort to make a positive difference in the community she loves to call home.
Safe & Drug Free – Program Director
Program Director: Kim Schaufenbuel, United Way of Steele County Executive Director, will serve as Program Director. Having lived in Steele County for over 17 years, Ms. Schaufenbuel has been active in many cultural and civic organizations such as the Owatonna Arts Center (Secretary), Little Theater of Owatonna, The Merlin Players (President), the Owatonna branch of American Association of University Women (Public Policy Chair), and Owatonna Business Women. Recently completing her Masters in Liberal Studies at Hamline University Ms. Schaufenbuel has studied Women’s leadership both formally and informally, as well as Community leadership, and was selected to attend the most recent Owatonna Cohort of the Blandin Community Leadership Program. Ms. Schaufenbuel’s master’s thesis was an exploration of the relationship between community health and corporate responsibility titled “Who Failed Fort Madison?” Additionally, Ms. Schaufenbuel worked many years in business as a sales person who is used to giving persuasive presentations and guiding process change in the hospital and medical environment.
Steele County Safe & Drug Free Sector Representatives
SAMHSA requires a minimum of 12 individuals in the following sectors: Youth, Parent, Business, Media, School, Youth-Servicing Organization, Law Enforcement, Religious/ Fraternal, Civic / Volunteer Group, Healthcare Professional, State, Local or Tribal Governmental Agency with Expertise in the Field of Substance Abuse, Other Organization Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse.
Tanya Paley - Parent
“I am part of the Safe and Drug Free Coalition because I believe that we owe it to all of our teens to support them in positive ways. I have a personal stake in this as the mother of two teenage girls.”
Ashley Schultz - Law Enforcement
"Surrender to win, must give it away to keep it. We must surrender as our way doesn’t work in active drug/alcohol use or abuse and we must give away our knowledge in order to help others. If I can save one from the horrors of addiction due to my experience then I have achieved my goal as a member of the board.”
Dan A. McIntosh - State, Local or Tribal Governmental Agency
“Investing time and resources into preventing youth drug, alcohol, and tobacco use now helps to ensure a safe and healthy community for tomorrow.”
Michelle Redman - Youth-Serving Organization
“Bringing awareness to the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, especially on our community’s youth, is important to me.”
Tim Schammel - Law Enforcement
“Being born and raised in Steele County I’m extremely invested in the health of our community. Our children are the future and I feel lucky to be a part of ensuring that they live a safe and healthy life.”
Jason Stricklin - Expertise in the Field of Substance Abuse
"I have an unfailing belief that a good life can be found without chemical influence."
The following are interim sector representatives until elections in October 2017:
Bill Cronin – Business
Autumn Van Ravenhorst – Media
Greg Schlicker – Religious/Fraternal Organization