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Nancy started her teaching career at the age of seven, when her sister and she would take turns playing school teacher. At the age of twelve, she was an after-school Arts and Crafts instructor. Upon graduating from the Wickliffe City Schools, she attended Kent State University, majoring in Elementary Education. Graduating summa cum laude and Valedictorian, Nancy was then hired for a teaching position in the Lakewood City School system. During her teaching career, she was honored to receive the Lakewood Teacher of the Year, and Ohio PTSA District 11 Teacher of the Year awards.
Retiring in 2008, after 32 years in the classroom, she was able to become much more actively involved in the community. She served on the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation Board of Directors, as Secretary for the East Cleveland Bridges of HOPE Coalition, as a member of Westshore Drug Task Force committee, the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force, the Ohio Drug Free Action Alliance, and the Cleveland Community Relations Citizen Board.
Nancy’s teaching career led to her interest in substance abuse prevention. In 2005, she recognized the need for prevention education, after seeing how social issues interfered with student achievement. As a community board member, she witnessed the devastation that addiction created in families and neighborhoods.
In the summer of 2008, Nancy founded the nonprofit, Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. (DAP), with a mission to lessen the demand for illicit drugs. DAP received its 501(c) (3) nonprofit status in June of 2009. In 2012, DAP became an Ohio-certified Prevention Agency.
Working with Senator Tom Patton and the Ohio General Assembly, Nancy was the driving force behind Senate Bill 101, designating May as “Ohio Substance Abuse Awareness and Education Month.”
Nancy also is a licensed Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist. As the Executive Director of the agency, she directs prevention initiatives in businesses, school systems, and communities. Currently, DAP programs include Drug-Free Workplace Safety training, community presentations, Drug Take-Back initiatives, and classroom-based prevention programs for school children. She was recognized by the DEA for outstanding contributions in the field of Drug Law Enforcement and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.
Mrs. Pommerening has become involved in many local prevention initiatives. One such program is Operation: Medicine Cabinet, a drug take back program that is helping to remove Rx drugs from family medicine cabinets.
“Generation Rx believes using medications prescribed by a doctor to another family member are a safe way to get high. They are wrong. Rx drug addiction to opiate-based pain pills has been linked to heroin addiction,” warned Mrs. Pommerening, the director of Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. "Since 2007, unintentional drug poisoning has become and continues to be the leading cause of injury death in Ohio, surpassing motor vehicle crashes and suicide."
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Drug Awareness at 2010 S.A.D.D. Rally
Drug Take-Back Event 2011
Ohio Opiate Summit - Governor Kasich
Crack pipe found in 2007
SAI Drug-Free Run
Adams County, Ohio - Ground Zero for Rx Pill Mills
Sanford Brown Pharmacy Tech students volunteering at last Rx Pill collection for Operation Medicine Cabinet.