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FCD at the 35th Annual Tri Association Conference


If you are attending the upcoming Tri Association Annual Educators’ Conference in Guadalajara Oct. 5-7, 2016, please join FCD for our session!

“The Teen Brain and Drugs:

What Schools and Families Can Do Together”

Desirae Vasquez
FCD Director of Program Services

Friday, October 7, 2016
Room F13

You can also visit us at our booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about how FCD can contribute to your school community’s alcohol and other drug prevention efforts.

Hope to see you there!



Does your school have an established Early Intervention Team? Are you thinking about creating one?

The FCD Early Intervention Team Summit can help you network with others in your unique role and help you to renew your energy in this important, health-promoting work.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (new and exploring group only)
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (all attendees)
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pace Academy
Atlanta, Georgia

(Includes dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday)

CLICK HERE for details and registration information

Introducing FCD’s New Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce that Kiersten Hewitt has been named the new Executive Director of FCD Prevention Works. In this role, Kiersten will be responsible for leading the organization in its mission to keep healthy kids healthy by managing the client relations, program services, administrative services, and worldwide operations of FCD.

Kiersten joined FCD in 2013 and since then has served as a Senior Prevention Specialist and Mid-Atlantic Regional Officer.  Kiersten brings with her years of clinical and supervisory experience specializing in adolescent substance abuse disorders from her work with Onward Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kiersten received her B.A. in Organizational Management from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Science and Education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She also received a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She has three young adult sons and is an active volunteer in her community.

As Executive Director of FCD, Kiersten replaces the beloved Tom Gee, who will be enjoying a well-deserved retirement beginning in September. Having joined FCD in 2001, Tom served as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President before being named the organization’s top administrator in 2011.

Tom has lived a life of service, including roles on the original staffs of both the Peace Corps and the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, which created Head Start, Upward Bound, VISTA, the Job Corps, and many other “war on poverty” programs. He is a former college president and a consultant to institutions of higher education and non-profits, having served more than 40 organizations as a manager, consultant, or board member.

Everyone at FCD wishes Tom the very best as we enthusiastically welcome Kiersten into her new role. She looks forward to leading the organization into a bright future and connecting with as many of our clients – past, present, and future – as possible!

FCD Student Video – Inspiring Stories: David Sherrell


We would like to share a wonderful video that a student in Switzerland was moved to create while one of FCD’s prevention specialists was visiting their school.   In the video, in addition to hearing about David himself, you’ll learn more about FCD’s approach and see him in action with students in a classroom. 

-December 4, 2015



In November, FCD Prevention Works joined fellow preventionist colleagues at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The largest international gathering of its kind, bringing together 13,000 public-health-minded professionals from across the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share experiences.

It was our honor to present multiple pieces of FCD’s ongoing prevention research in this forum, including three posters and an oral presentation on student alcohol and other drug use, attitudes, and correlates!


-November 9, 2015