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Meet the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Oversight Policy Board Members

Angelo Glenn, Chairperson

Angelo Glenn.JPGAngelo Glenn serves as Director of the Substance Use Disorder Prevention Programs at Mariners Inn, a residential treatment facility in Detroit, Michigan for men who suffer from the disease of addiction. Mr. Glenn began his career in substance abuse disorders with Mariners in 2006 and has held several key positions during his tenure. Most recently he was honored by the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards for his exceptional efforts in enhancing the perception of community health services and his commitment to breaking down the barriers of stigma on behalf of those served by the community mental health system.

He was appointed to the DWMHA Board by the Wayne County Commission in July 2013 and serves as Chairperson of the Substance Use Disorder Advisory Board and is a member of the Recipient Rights Committee.

Ghada Abdallah, RPh

Ghada AbdallahGhada Abdallah is an experienced pharmacist at Park Pharmacy. She is familiar with the patterns of substance abuse or misuse, especially concerning prescription medications. Also, it is personal for her because her cousin died of an overdose last year. She has several other cousins and family members who have or are continuing to struggle with addiction, are in recovery, or have relapsed recently. She has spoken about the current opiate crisis at many events, including churches and political gatherings.

Ms. Abdallah is working with MDHHS about making Narcan (Naloxone – the Opiate Antidote) available at pharmacies without a prescription. Increasing access to this life-saving medication will give some recourse to the high number of deaths associated with opiate overdoses.

Ms. Abdallah is involved locally as well as at the state level. She is a board member at The Family Center, serving Harper Woods & the Grosse Pointes. She has been a board member with the Wayne County Pharmacists Association since 2013, involved with the Michigan Pharmacists Association in Lansing since 2009, and in 2016 became the first Muslim woman to serve on their board. She also helped found SAFE, a substance abuse coalition in the Dearborn area.

Thomas J. Adams

Tom AdamsThomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University. He is the President and Founder of Detroit based TJA Staffing Services (TJAS), a full service Human Resources and Management Consulting firm, which specializes in executive search, and corporate training on both a local and national level. In 1974, Tom was appointed by Dr. Sidney Goldstein as the Administrative Manager of Cardiovascular Medicine for Henry Ford Hospital. Adams led the MDPH Project 659, and under that project he was responsible for rewriting the State’s nursing home rules. He was recruited by Harper Associates, an Executive Search Firm, to establish and direct the HMO department. He is currently a member of the National Baptist Convention, and heads the Deacon’s Ministry at Third New Hope Baptist Church.

Tom is affiliated with more than twenty (20) community, civic and business organizations. In 2011, he was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the City’s “Men of Excellence”. He is the President of the Chance for Life Organization, a prison-based transformational program that earned him the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award for the incomparable services him and his team has provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. Tom has worked for many years on various projects that deal with the problems facing the Detroit community. He has consistently demonstrated leadership, and a vision of the future that encourages people to get involved. Tom is a champion of just causes with the personal skills, intelligence and connections to make a difference.

Cynthia L. Arfken

Cynthia L. ArfkenCynthia L. Arfken, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She received her PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in alcohol research from the University of California in Berkeley. Before moving to Wayne State University, she was on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, in the division of Biostatistics and then in the Center for Health Behavior Research (Internal Medicine).

Her research expertise is on alcohol and drug abuse epidemiology and health services research. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH and foundation grants. As an epidemiologist, she was selected to monitor trends in drug use for the Detroit metropolitan area as part of a national sentinel system (Community Epidemiology Work Group) on the emergence of new drugs, new methods of administration, and new use by demographic groups. Locally, she has been active in the Detroit Wayne County Drug Surveillance Group since its formation.

Tom Fielder

Tom FielderTom is a lifelong resident of Belleville, a graduate of Belleville High School (1964), and a graduate of University of Michigan (1968) with a Bachelor of Art in History, Political Science and English. He was employed at Belleville High School (BHS) (1968-1996) as a teacher of government and history. Mr. Fielder also coached football and baseball at BHS. His accomplishments include: Mayor of the City of Belleville (1999-2008), Chairman of the Conference of Western Wayne (2003-2005) and Chairman of the City of Belleville Parks & Recreation Commission (1994-1999). Mr. Fielder was appointed to the Belleville Downtown Development Authority from 2012-2013.

Currently he is President of The Belleville Historical Society Board, a member of The Belleville Central Business Community Board as well as, President of the Belleville National Strawberry Festival. Tom Fielder sits on the Board of Directors of Growth Works, Inc. and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance Substance Abuse Services.


Margo J. Martin (Pic and Bio Coming Soon)


Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara Kevin McNamara currently serves as the Supervisor of the Township of Van Buren. McNamara previously served with the Wayne County Commission as Chairman of Public Services (Roads and Parks) for eight years and also served as Chairman of Wayne County’s HEAD START programs, on Southeastern Michigan Council of Government’s Executive Board as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as a past Board member of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. As a member of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's Board of Directors, McNamara sits on both the Strategic Planning and Policy committees.

James Perry

James PerryJames (Jim) Perry was appointed Executive Director of the Downriver Community Conference (DCC) in January 2000. Although James is the youngest person to serve in this capacity in its 34 year history, he has been active in public service for over 30 years, where he began his employment at DCC in early 1981. Serving as the current Executive Director of DCC, James is involved in extensive outreach with local municipalities to establish common, positive goals and strategies to develop human, social, and economic assets of the Downriver Communities. James earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Houston.

Jim is currently a member of the Allen Park Parks and Recreation Commission and observes college basketball officials for the Big Ten! Jim is a member of the Southeast Michigan Substance Abuse Services (SEMSAS) Board of Directors, from 2000 – Present; and a member of the Southeast Governmental Alliance (SEGA) Board of Directors, from 2000 – Present.

William T. Riley, III

William Riley pic.jpgWilliam T. Riley III is currently Chief of Police in Inkster. Chief Riley has over 29 years in command authority in law enforcement. He was Chief of Police in Selma, Alabama. He is concerned with public safety not only from a law enforcement view, but also from a prevention and treatment perspective. He believes in getting people the right help that they need, and he sees the behavioral health system as a partner in working with our communities. Chief Riley has held various positions in substance abuse areas such as major crimes, task forces, schools, narcotics units, and community relations.

Monique Stanton

Monique StantonMonique Stanton has a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication and History from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. Stanton also holds a Master's of Arts degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. Stanton began her career at CARE of Southeastern Michigan in 2005 in the Family to Family program. She left CARE to assist in the opening of a family learning center in northwest Detroit. In 2008, Monique returned to CARE of Southeastern Michigan to fill the Deputy Director position.

As of 2012, she is President and CEO of CARE of Southeastern Michigan. Monique is an active member of variety coalitions, task forces, and community groups committed to making the southeast Michigan region a better place to live, work, and recreate. In 2013 she was recognized as one of the 30 in their thirties group for Business Magazine.

William Ventola

William VentolaWilliam Ventola left teaching in 1982 and began working in sales and management at Central Distributors of Beer, the Anheuser Busch wholesaler for Western Wayne County. He has held positions such as coordinator of Consumer Education and Awareness Programs. He sits on numerous committees/boards such as: Romulus Mayors Drug Task Force, Growth Works Board of Directors, and Rotary Club.


Jewel Ware (Pic and Bio Coming Soon)


Angelo Glenn, Chairperson
Ghada Abdallah, RPh
Thomas J. Adams
Cynthia L. Arfken
Tom Fielder
Margo J. Martin
Kevin McNamara
James Perry
William T. Riley III
Monique Stanton
William Ventola
Jewel Ware

SUD Board Meetings

The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board
meets the 3rd Monday of every month from 10am - 12pm.

 NOTE: Per the SUD Policy and By-Laws, this Board meets at a minimum of 6 times per year. 

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