About Us

Building The Bridge Of Awareness Together

Our Story

The Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) began in 2012 as a group of individuals concerned about methamphetamine and other substance use and the effects it was having on our community. Natalie Quint, LCSW, rallied local leaders to form a coalition. MCDAC brings together members from all sectors of the community to work to reduce substance abuse, including youth. We received a Drug-Free Communities grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 2019 to further our prevention efforts.

Executive Committee:

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Committee Member

Ms. Davis is a retired Health Educator in Massac County for Southern Seven Health Department for the past 5 years. She formerly worked with schools in programming such as sex education, physical activity (CATCH), nutrition, and Signs of Suicide and in community education programming such as Youth Mental Health First Aid, worksite wellness, smoking cessation. She has more than 20 years’ experience in medical laboratory science. Cindy has been a resident of Massac County for almost 60 years, and she and her 3 adult children attended schools in Massac County. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and is a past member of the Massac County Unit One School Board.

Summer Dixon

Summer Dixon

Committee Member

Mrs. Dixon is a deputy with the Massac County Sheriff’s Office. She has been employed at the sheriff’s office since 2015. She is the liaison for the Sheriff Willy Bear Program that is provided to all the elementary schools in Massac County. Mrs. Dixon is a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, and her family have been residents of Massac County for the past six generations.

Jim Corry

Jim Corry

Committee Member

Jim is a detective with the Metropolis Police Department. He has worked in Law Enforcement since March of 1994, serving with the Metropolis Police Department since August 2003, and was assigned to the investigations unit in December 2018. He moved to Massac County in December 2003. Jim attends Relevant Church in Paducah and serves on the music team. He is the father of three (two girls and a boy), and a grandfather of two.

Morgan Holt

Morgan Holt

Committee Member

Mrs. Holt is the Branch Manager of Legence Bank and has been in banking since 2013 where she has worked a number of positions throughout her years. She is the treasurer for the Metropolis Rotary Club, is actively involved in the community and a member of the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce. She has a true passion for getting involved with the children, schools and local organizations to make a positive change in our community. Mrs. Holt is a Massac County native of 32 years along with her husband Matt and they are now raising their two wonderful daughters here as well. Mrs. Holt has seen firsthand the effects from substance abuse and drug addiction in her family and is devoted to help make a difference.

Thelma Hunter

Thelma Hunter

Committee Member

Mrs. Hunter is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor).  She has been employed with Four Rivers Behavioral Health for the past 20 years.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment.  She has been the Director of CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men since 2010.   She has been a resident of Massac County for over 20 years.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Treasurer

Mr. Johnson is a father and grandfather. He has a vested interest in drug prevention education for our youth. Steve retired from Electric Energy, Inc. after 38 years. As a member of Metropolis Elk’s Lodge#1428, Steve serves as the Drug Awareness Chairman and Scholarship Chairman and has been instrumental in bringing the Elk’s Drug Awareness Trailer to Massac County. Mr. Johnson saw MCDAC as an opportunity to get involved and help bring awareness, as well as, solutions to the community. He and his wife of over 40 years attend St. Rose of Lima Church. Mr. Johnson is a lifelong Massac County resident.

Natalie Quint

Natalie Quint

Chair

Ms. Quint started her career as a mental health counselor in 1999. Then she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in social work and has been employed as a substance abuse counselor, school social worker, outpatient mental health counselor, and private practice therapist. In 2004, Ms. Quint received an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and currently holds a private counseling practice in Paducah, KY. She returned to the Massac County area in 2006 and is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross. Ms. Quint is a recipient of the Lois Lane Award 2015, Les Easterday Award 2013, and Massac County Helping Hands Award 2013.

Sector Representatives:

Lily Conkle

Lily Conkle

Youth

My name is Lily Conkle and I am a senior at Massac County High School. I am the daughter of JR and Lindsey Conkle and older sister of Libby Conkle. I have grown up in Metropolis my whole life and am very blessed to live in a place with such amazing people who provide me with ample opportunities to improve myself, others, and the community. I am very involved in both the community and school. I have multiple leadership roles at my church, First Baptist Metropolis, I volunteer at At The River Ministries, Weekend Blessings, and yearly food drives. At school I am the President of Key Club, Co-Captain of the girls varsity golf team, Treasurer of National Honor Society, member of the math team, WYSE team, Student Council, HOSA, FCA, and am honored to be the Student Representative for MCDAC. Next year I plan to attend Freed-Hardeman University. I will be a part of the Lady Lions golf team as I major in biology with hopes to later become a physician’s assistant specializing in pediatrics. I am forever grateful for the people in my life who have made long lasting impacts leading me to where I am today. Being the Student Representative of MCDAC I hope to help lead others in positive directions as well.

Chad Lewis

Chad Lewis

Business

Chad lives in Metropolis with his wife, Jessica, and his two sons, Hudson and Holden.

He works in Advertising/Public Relations at Harrah’s Metropolis. He also currently resides on the Massac County United Way Board; GMCVB (Tourism) Board – President; Massac Youth Soccer League Board – Secretary & Head Coach; Metropolis Rotary Member & Past President and Metropolis Chamber of Commerce – Past 1st Vice President and Past Board Director; and Metropolis Elks Club Member.

Chad states, “As a lifetime resident of Metropolis, I’ve witnessed the good and bad of drug abuse in our community. From family members to friends and beyond, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of watching the effects they have not only on the users, but also the indirect impact it has on our society. I chose to be a Sector Representative to MCDAC to help support and amplify the efforts put forth by the organization that help educate and assist in rehabilitation to make community stronger together.”

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Civic

A retired dentist, Dr. Miller is a fifth generation of “Millers” who have owned businesses and farms and been involved in community affairs in Massac County. He practiced 43 years with 2 in the Navy, 34 in Metropolis, and 7 with a mobile dental group servicing area schools. He has been married to his wife, Toni, for 50 years and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Community involvement includes membership in the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, Dental Society, Shawnee College Board of Trustees, and the First United Methodist Church. He also volunteers with the COPE food pantry and Week-end Blessings school food program. Dr. Miller says he is involved in MCDAC because of the drug and alcohol problems that affect our youth and their families, and wants to help in any way he is able.

Clarissa Shepherd

Clarissa Shepherd

Healthcare

As a native from Metropolis, our community holds a special connection to me. I have been working in substance use prevention for 6 years in various roles. I am currently working with Southern 7 Health Department as a Health Educator and am honored to be able serve our community as a sector representative with MCDAC and continue substance use prevention efforts.

Harry Masse

Harry Masse

Law Enforcement

Chief Masse has the honor of sitting on the board as the LE Liaison. He has lived in Massac County since January of 2005. He has been the Chief of Police of Metropolis since February 2012 and the Director of Public Safety (combined Chief of Police & Fire) since August 2017. He has over 40 years experience as a police officer. In his former career was with the IL State Police which I retired from in 2011 as the District Commander for the southern 7 Counties of IL (District 22), holding the rank of Captain. He firmly believes in the importance of private / public partnerships. Chief Masse states “The drug problems that we face here are not just in Massac County but in the entire region. None of us can tackle this problem alone. Putting people in jail for an addiction is not the solution. Unfortunately, most of our crimes here in Metropolis can be traced back to drug/alcohol abuse. I am proud of the dedication and commitment of the members of MCDAC and look forward to great results in the future. We must all realize that it takes assistance and commitment from the community as well. We have to take a stand and say enough is enough. WE can do this.”

Terra Temple

Terra Temple

Media

Raised in Metropolis, Terra Temple is a 1990 graduate of Massac County High School. After graduating in 1994 from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, she began her newspaper career at the Lauderdale Voice in Ripley, Tennessee, and was there for three years before moving on to the State Gazette in Dyersburg, Tennessee, for almost 10 years. In 2008, she returned home and worked at the Metropolis Planet until 2015. From 2016 until March 2020, Temple worked at the pagination design center at the Paducah Sun. In September 2020, Temple returned to Metropolis Planet as reporter. She is glad to be working again in her hometown and in a position where she can help others share their stories with the community.

Natalie Quint

Natalie Quint

Parent

Ms. Quint started her career as a mental health counselor in 1999. Then she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in social work and has been employed as a substance abuse counselor, school social worker, outpatient mental health counselor, and private practice therapist. In 2004, Ms. Quint received an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and currently holds a private counseling practice in Paducah, KY. She returned to the Massac County area in 2006 and is a member of Lutheran Church of the Cross. Ms. Quint is a recipient of the Lois Lane Award 2015, Les Easterday Award 2013, and Massac County Helping Hands Award 2013.

David Deem

David Deem

Religious

Rev. David Deem has served Lutheran Church of the Cross in Metropolis since June 1979, while also providing chaplaincy services at the Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Throughout his years in Metropolis at various times he has served the community in several capacities: working with the Red Cross Blood Drive, serving on the board for the Massac County Mental Health Center, and active in the Massac County Ministerial Association. Drug abuse and consequent related issues impact every aspect of the Massac County community and he and his congregation seek to be supportive of these efforts.

JR Conkle

JR Conkle

School

JR Conkle is currently principal at Metropolis Elementary School.  Mr. Conkle has been a school administrator for the Massac County school system for the past 16 years.  During his time in education, Mr. Conkle has seen firsthand what impact drug abuse can have on both children and their families.  His goal as a sector representative is to be a liaison between MCDAC and the school system which serves the majority of the youth in Massac County.  He states, “Being a member of MCDAC places me in a unique position to carry out our mission each and every day at school.  I share the belief that the more education and positive opportunities we offer the children in our community, the more realistic chance we have of reducing the number of adolescents using substances.  Breaking the generational cycles of substance abuse provides a future for the children they have yet to imagine.”

JR Conkle has lived in Metropolis, Illinois for the past 18 years.  He resides with His wife Lindsey and two daughters, Lily and Libby.

Josh Stratemeyer

Josh Stratemeyer

Local Government

Josh Stratemeyer is the Massac County State’s Attorney.  He was appointed as State’s Attorney in January 2019 and was elected as State’s Attorney in November 2020.  Before becoming State’s Attorney he served 6 years as the Massac County Assistant State’s Attorney.   Josh attended Murray State University and SIU Law School.  He is from Metropolis and is married to Molly Stratemeyer.  They have three children.  Mr. Stratemeyer sees first hand in his job the effects that drug abuse has on the local community.  It is his desire to work with MCDAC to help lessen the drug epidemic in our local community.

Thelma Hunter

Thelma Hunter

Substance Abuse Organization

Mrs. Hunter is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and a LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor).  She has been employed with Four Rivers Behavioral Health for the past 20 years.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment.  She has been the Director of CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men since 2010.   She has been a resident of Massac County for over 20 years.

Doris Vogt

Doris Vogt

Youth-Serving Organization

Doris has been a Director of Reaching For Kids and Youth of Massac County, Inc. for 22 years. During this time, we have implemented the IDHS TeenREACH Grant for after school for about 110 students at our 4 school sites in Massac County. We serve these students for about 230 days a year, 3 hours afterschool and in the June/July Summer Program.

Previously, she was a teacher at Franklin Elementary, Principal at Jefferson Elementary and Assistant Principal at the Massac County High School. Prevention Programs for alcohol/tobacco/drug abuse are part of our programming.

Staff:

Holly Windhorst

Holly Windhorst

Program Director

Mrs. Windhorst moved to the Massac County area in 2007 to start her career as a probation officer. She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2012. Mrs. Windhorst worked in probation until 2013 when she decided to become a stay-at-home mom to her two young children. Holly has been involved with MCDAC since 2012 and became Director in 2016. She is a member of the 32nd Street Church of Christ in Paducah, KY. In 2016, she received the Massac County Helping Hands Award from United Way.

Stacie Aycock

Stacie Aycock

Project Coordinator

Mrs. Aycock joined MCDAC as Project Coordinator in March 2020. She has over 8 years of experience in substance abuse treatment. Mrs. Aycock looks forward to working with the community and in the school systems to bring awareness to the destruction that substance abuse causes to individuals, their families and our community. She has been married to her husband, Allen, for 29 years. They have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Mrs. Aycock lives in Paducah, KY.

Randall Rushing

Randall Rushing

Business Official

Randall “Randy” Rushing of Metropolis is the Business Official for MCDAC. He is married to Kathy and they have two grown children, Zachary and Amanda and seven grandchildren.

Randy graduated from Metropolis Community High School and received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Murray State University.

Randy is a self-employed as a CPA and very active in the community. He is a current board member of Shawnee Community College Board of Trustees, The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board, The Massac-Metropolis Port District, and the President of the Board of Southern Illinois Electric Coop.  He has served as Past President of the Massac Unit One School District, and the Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce.  He also served on the Massac County Hospital District Board for many years. Randy is involved with MCDAC because he believes it is an important organization in the community.