Spotlight On: Michele Previti
Galloway, N.J. – Michele Previti, assistant professor of Health Science at Stockton University, was recently named the 2020 Cape May County Municipal Alliance Volunteer of the Year by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Previti has been a member of the Upper Township and Ocean City Municipal Alliance for 20 years.
The work of the Alliances is coordinated with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Each year, GCADA recognizes the efforts of one volunteer from each county whose work has significantly advanced the mission of their Alliance.
As chair of the Alliance, Previti says she enjoys working with fellow members as well as community, governmental and educational leaders to promote healthy lifestyles.
I am greatly honored by this recognition. It has been my pleasure to work with a wonderful team of volunteers, community leaders, our local schools and the business community to improve the health and safety of our community members.
She has involved her Stockton students in her work with the Alliance in several ways. “Many students have engaged in service-learning with the Alliance by hosting fun, alcohol-free activities for teens on Friday evenings at the Ocean City Community Center,” Previti said. “Stockton students have served as activities leaders for a Dive-In Party at the Center’s pool, a Bonfire Extravaganza, scavenger hunts and holiday-themed parties. Stockton student participation at these events has increased teen attendance and given added weight to the implicit message that alcohol is not a required ingredient for a fun Friday night.”
Additionally, Previti’s colleagues on the Alliance and in the substance abuse prevention field have served as guest speakers in the Drug Epidemics course she co-teaches at Stockton with Kerrin Wolf, associate professor of Business Studies, Public Law. These colleagues have trained students to administer Narcan to save lives and have invited students to attend the Recovery Court graduation ceremony to witness the hard-earned success of former drug users.
“I am greatly honored by this recognition. It has been my pleasure to work with a wonderful team of volunteers, community leaders, our local schools and the business community to improve the health and safety of our community members,” Previti reflected.
Reported by Mandee McCullough