Mr. Synan’s wide experience has allowed him to have a unique look into the heroin crisis. Mr. Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran. A 26-year police veteran and is the Police Chief with the Newtown Police Department. A 10 year SWAT veteran serving 4 years as Team Leader. In 2014, after watching the last of an entire family die from drugs, the last two from heroin, Mr. Synan met with other members in Hamilton County and helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition where he sits on the Steering Committee and Chair Interdiction. Mr. Synan coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand. Mr. Synan was asked to testify in Washington D.C.at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee giving testimony on synthetic opiates and the impact Fentanyl and Carefentinal have had on the country. Mr. Synan was a speaker with President Clinton and other distinguished panelist for the Clinton Foundation discussing the opioid crisis at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Synan’s career and work with the opiate epidemic has been recorded and archived in the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. His work with the Coalition has been used in national and international publications and media outlets. Mr. Synan has spoken internationally on the heroin issue. Mr. Synan has been able to see all the ways that heroin touches lives and all the efforts it takes to help individuals, families struggling with addiction and the impact on communities; and has an in-depth understanding of the complexity of this issue.
Eric L. Anderson has been an attorney for more than 20 years, and he focuses his practice on family law, along with wills and estates. Mr. Anderson is a member of the Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. degree in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his J.D. degree from Capital University Law School.
Mr. Anderson, along with his wife, Jodi, are active members of Friendship Baptist Church. For the last ten years, he has been the director of a RU Chapter. RU is a faith-based recovery ministry that meets at his church every Friday night. He is also active in AWANA, Upwards, VBS, and he is a Sunday School teacher.
Eric and Jodi enjoy spending time with their 7 children and 14 grandchildren. They also enjoy traveling, reading and long walks.
Kimberleigh J Russo has over 16 years of non-profit experience, an Associates Degree in Legal Studies, and an Ordained Minister. Ms. Russo has been working on the streets with women for over ten years. Ms. Russo views helping women who have been trapped in addiction, domestic violence, prostitution, criminal behavior, human trafficking, and exploited by the sex trade as a personal mission and spiritual calling. She named the program Juliette’s Hope to reflect what her mother, Juliette, wanted in her own life – sobriety, and reunification with her children.