Kelly Ivey serves as the Coalition Director. She is a graduate of Decatur Central High School, has lived in Decatur Township her entire life and has made this community her home. Kelly loves the small town feel of the township and the close-knit community. Kelly tragically lost her niece, Alison, to an overdose in 2017. She knew then that she needed to turn her emotions into action and help fight this horrible epidemic. During this time, she decided to join the coalition attending her first meeting in April of 2017. She served as Board Vice President in a volunteer capacity before joining our staff team in March of 2019 and taking over her new role as Director in February 2020.
She is excited to be a part of this coalition and hopes that with the effort of involvement of the community and other partners, we are able to educate and prevent youth substance use, as well as aid in the recovery of those affected by addiction. She has been married to her husband, Don for 30 years. They have two children, Donnie (29) and Morgan (21.) In addition to her passionate work with the coalition, she also serves as the Director of the George T. Goodwin Community Center, on the Board of Directors at Charity House, Co-sponsor of the SOAR Youth Club at Decatur Central High School, and a leader for student ministries at Camby Community Church.
Jessica relocated here from Portland, OR in 2016 to return to her Hoosier roots. She is originally from South Bend, IN. Jessica has four girls, Kylie, Kennedy, Chelsie, and Rylie all of whom attend Decatur Township Schools. Jessica is also a M.P.A graduate with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Business. After taking a break to stay home with her youngest girls, Jessica wanted to get more involved with her children’s schools and joined us as the Coalition Coordinator in March 2022, she also assists with athletic events at Decatur Central High School.
Jessica lost her father to suicide in 1994 and recently lost a brother-in-law in 2020 who had a history of substance abuse. Tragic loss has provided more drive for Jessica to want to get involved and help implement prevention and assist the youth in her community as well as adults.