Gloria Mackaly, President
Gloria has worked for the Court system since 1990, but it wasn’t until she worked as a Judge’s Court Clerk in Nevada that she had her first glimpse of Drug Addiction. It was while working in Drug Court that she gained a great deal of admiration for addicts in recovery, watching them grow week to week, all the while, not knowing that one day it would personally touch her family. Gloria’s granddaughter became her inspiration for the Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness. Answers and help were not obvious when dealing with the beast called addiction. She believed that we could do better. Gloria, and other like-minded community members founded the Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness (MCCDA) in late 2016. Gloria assumed the role as President and during the Spring and Summer of 2017, the Coalition hosted several town meetings and other events. MCCDA was incorporated and the ROAR Center was opened in June of 2018. Gloria continues to work in the court system as the Intake Officer of the Domestic Relations Section of Mercer County. She spends a great deal of time supporting the ROAR Center and working on collaborative programs with area agencies and foundations.
Brian Davis, Vice-President
Brian moved with his family to Sharpsville, PA in 1976 and graduated high school in 1983. He attended Clarion University and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Business. While working full time, Brian earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), from Youngstown State University in 1998. In that year, Brian also became the Plant Manager at Greenville Metals. He accepted a position with Kalco Metals in 1999 as the company’s second employee, and helped grow the business into a success. In 2012 Brian Davis co-founded Davis Alloys. As part owner, he currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, Brian and his family were faced with the realization that a family member was struggling with addiction issues. Brian saw how much this affected their entire family. Perhaps due to stigma, community resources for both the individual afflicted and their supporters were lacking. Brian was a co-founder of the Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness (MCCDA) to help spread awareness about the complex impact of drug addiction. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children and are expecting their fourth grandchild. Brian intends to continue providing knowledge , experience, and support on this subject. He co-chairs meetings for Nar-Anon; a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction.
Tracy Weimer, Treasurer
Tracy is a Mercer County, PA native who graduated from Hickory high school and raised her son in the valley. Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She went on to earn her Masters degree at Youngstown State University in Health and Human Services Administration. Tracy has worked in the social service field for more than 20 years. Nearly ten of those years have been in drug and alcohol counseling. She is currently employed at Rainbow Recover Center, Mercer as a substance abuse counselor and outreach coordinator, providing individual and group counseling. Tracy is a member of the Addiction Action Team and Overdose Prevention board. She actively works with other area agencies to make change in Mercer County.
Courtney Lakatos, Secretary
Courtney is a primary addictions counselor at Rainbow Recovery Center, located in Mercer, PA where she provides individual and group counseling. Prior to working at Rainbow Recovery Center; she was employed with Diversified Family Services where she was Residential Program Supervisor, managing Community Living Arrangements and Habilitative Aide Services and as a Program Specialist, supervising adult daycare and workshops. She is a 2008 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Services. As a member of MCCDA, she hopes to make a difference in her community.
Tina moved to Mercer County, PA in 1995 after graduating from Clarion University with a BA in Sociology/Psychology. She works as Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) in Mercer County. She was personally touched by the impact of addiction when she realized her significant other was abusing drugs. He eventually succumbed to his illness and passed in 2014. While educating herself about the disease of addiction, she soon found that friends and family members were dealing with the same issues. She joined MCCDA to advocate for individuals with substance abuse disorders and to help eliminate the stigma associated with it.
Dan was born and raised in Brookfield, OH and relocated to Mercer County a little over a decade ago. He used drugs and alcohol most of his adult life. He entered treatment in April of 2017 and met others just like him. Dan believes that the ROAR Center was instrumental in his recovery. Material possessions were never able to provide inner peace and sobriety would not have been possible without the grace of God and his recovery and church families.