Help Us Go Beyond Awareness and Spark Change at the 2024 Northland Prevention Conference!

Calling all coalition members and caring adults! Join the Northland Coalition, with support from Beacon Mental Health, on Thursday, March 7th for the 2024 Northland Prevention Conference! Breakfast and registration will be from 8:00am-9:00am. The day will officially kick-off at 9:00am with a welcome message from the Northland Coalition President and awards will be presented to those who have made an impact in prevention this year. Following awards, attendees will hear from featured speaker, Yvonne Williams. After a short break, attendees will pick two breakout sessions to attend. These two breakout sessions will be broken up by lunch, a networking session, and resource fair. Together, we can use the power of prevention to  go ‘Beyond Awareness and Spark Change’ to reduce youth substance use and improve their mental health/wellness. 

The Missouri Behavioral Health Council (MBHC) has approved this program for up to 3.4 behavioral health continuing education contacts hours. MBHC will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education hours earned.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available!

The Northland Coalition is seeking conference sponsors to provide financial support for this event. Your generous contribution will help cover various costs including speaker fees, swag, food, and materials. With your help, we can mobilize more individuals to promote healthy and safe environments for youth! 

  • Six conference admissions
  • Your business/organization will be announced/have the opportunity to speak at the event, alongside other Platinum-level sponsors
  • Your logo included prominently on all marketing materials including the conference program, scrolling PowerPoint, and workshop welcome PowerPoint slides, as well as Northland Coalition social media and website, and conference promotional item
  • Opportunity to host a resource table, if you choose
  • Event outcome data will be provided to share with your organization’s stakeholders
  • Four conference admissions
  • Your business/organization will be announced at the event, alongside other Gold-level sponsors
  • Your large logo included on all marketing materials including the conference program, scrolling PowerPoint, and workshop welcome PowerPoint slides, as well as Northland Coalition social media, website, and conference promotional item
  • Opportunity to host a resource table for your organization, if you choose
  • Two conference admissions
  • Your small logo included on all marketing materials including the conference program, scrolling PowerPoint, and workshop welcome PowerPoint slides, as well as Northland Coalition social media, website, and conference promotional item
  • Opportunity to host 1/2 a resource table for your organization, if you choose, on a first come, first-serve basis
  • One conference admission
  • Organization will be listed in the scrolling PowerPoint, conference promotional item, and on Northland Coalition social media.
  • Opportunity to host 1/2 a resource table, for your organization, if you choose, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Organization, or individual name, will be listed on the scrolling PowerPoint, conference promotional item, and on Northland Coalition social media.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Friend of Prevention

The Nurtured Path

Featured Speaker

Yvonne Williams

Born in Paterson, NJ, Yvonne attended Eastside High School and studied Business Management at Passaic College. She was employed at a sales firm for The New York Times and rose to a senior-level training manager. Since then, she has used her life experiences of overcoming adversity as a platform to encourage individuals to be and do their best. Yvonne has motivated audiences nationwide, ranking as the top youth speaker for 9 years, and received the 2023 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. Yvonne is the CEO of Speak2Inspire, LLC, has authored 5 books, and launched the i-inspire: Stop Bullying campaign. Her motto is, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish... so finish BIG.”

Workshop Speakers


Shanetta Cooper

Shanetta Cooper, a devoted Social Worker in the North Kansas City School District, combines formal education in clinical counseling with hands-on experience, fostering a profound understanding of challenges faced by vulnerable populations. Grounded in empathy and active listening, Shanetta employs a person-centered approach to empower individuals, equipping them with tools to surmount obstacles. Advocating for social justice, she facilitates access to vital services and implements effective interventions. Fueled by a genuine passion for societal impact and social change, Shanetta continuously enhances her skills. With unwavering dedication, she strives to create a more equitable and inclusive world, committed to serving those in need.


Sherri Miller

Sherri Miller is the Youth Prevention Team Supervisor at Beacon Mental Health. She holds a Doctorate in Teaching and Leadership from the University of Kansas. After 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the public-school systems in Missouri, she retired in 2017. Sherri works closely with the student-led coalition, Youth With Vision (YWV) from the 14 school districts in Clay, Platte, and Ray counties. She also provides training to students, staff, parents, and community members on substance use, suicide prevention and mental wellness. Sherri is a Hope Squad Master Trainer, a certified instructor for YMHF, tMHFA, QPR, and the nationally recognized Signs of Suicide program.

Ashley Halter

Ashley Halter

Ashley Halter serves as the Program Director (PD) of Park Hill Community Alliance For Youth, leveraging over a decade of experience in the fields of mental health, prevention, and child welfare to drive impactful change. As PD, she has led the implementation of various strategies and initiatives aimed at supporting youth within the Park Hill community. Under her leadership, Park Hill CAFY has successfully launched multiple youth-focused interventions, including SOAR/BRICK, Grow GatHERIng, and the Youth Advisory Council. Beyond her role at Park Hill CAFY, Ashley demonstrates her passion for advocating for the well-being of young people by serving the mental health and child welfare community in various capacities. Ashley continually seeks innovative solutions and opportunities to empower youth and strengthen communities.

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Erin Gabert

Erin Gabert is the Senior Community Impact Director for the American Heart Association in the Kansas City metro area. In her 13th year with the organization, she focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes aimed at creating a healthier Kansas City. Much of her work is focused on tobacco prevention, food insecurity, CPR and hypertension among others. With a wealth of experience in driving positive transformations, Erin is committed to creating a healthier community through strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts. Her passion lies in fostering a sustainable and equitable health environment for all citizens in Kansas City.


Dawnne Dehne

Dawnne Dehne is a professional family support provider with credentials from the Missouri Credentialing Board. She is a dedicated individual who balances her roles as a wife and mother, caring for her four wonderful children. Through the journey of adopting their youngest children via foster care, Dawnne developed valuable skills as an advocate and took the initiative to educate herself on meeting the mental health needs of her children. Harnessing her personal experience, Dawnne utilizes her expertise to help families with children who also face mental health challenges.

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Roshan Dasari, MD, MPH

Dr. Dasari, a Psychiatrist with a Public Health background, focuses on integrating mental health and preventive care. His unique perspective, shaped by a major in Epidemiology, emphasizes early detection and addressing risk factors to prevent mental health disorders. Committed to reducing the burden of mental illness, he provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and tailored treatment plans in his clinical practice. Dr. Dasari is dedicated to patient and family education, breaking down mental health stigma, and promoting wellness strategies to achieve his goal of preventing mental health issues before they escalate.

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Michelle Lane, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CMSRN, CHC

Michelle Lane is a Certified Nurse Leader and Health Coach. Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in nursing, psychology, prevention, and wellness. She currently serves as the Sr. Director for Community Wellness and Corporate Health. Previous roles include Sr. Director of Critical Care, Emergency, Trauma, and Education; all at North Kansas City Hospital.

Who We Are

The Northland Prevention Conference is hosted by the Northland Coalition, a dedicated group of volunteers whose goal is to prevent and reduce substance use among our youth. This one-day conference is hosted for coalition members and concerned adults in our communities to gain tools, resources, and knowledge that fuel effective prevention efforts across the Northland. The Northland Coalition receives technical assistance from Beacon Mental Health (formerly Tri-County Mental Health Services), the Prevention Resource Center for Clay, Platte, and Ray Counties.

Calling Coalition Members and Caring Adults!

Who should attend? Any adult concerned about youth! This includes, but is not limited to, parents, caregivers, educators, law enforcement, health care professionals, youth-serving organizations, civic/volunteer organizations, government officials, and faith leaders.

Conference Schedule

Click on the agenda item to see workshop descriptions.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Yvonne Williams

10:45 AM - 11:45 PM

Workshop Session #1

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch + Networking Session + Resource Fair

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Workshop Session #2

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Resource Tables Open

Workshop topics include Opioid and Narcan Education, Fostering Resilience, Supporting Youth Through Lived Experience, Family Connection Through Culture, Tobacco Advocacy, and Youth in Prevention.

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