Meet the Team

While developing Drink Safe Florida, one of our biggest focuses and challenges was choosing the right team to build, promote, and fund our program. We know we needed a strong team of community members around us to build a program that is effective, efficient, and can make a real difference.  

One aspect that has remained very important to us is ensuring we bring together a diverse group of men and women from all walks of life to garner different perspectives. These men and women share our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

After much searching, we are fortunate to have a starting task force that represents this diversity, particularly in the areas of victim’s advocacy, law enforcement, the service industry, higher education, and LGBTQ+ organizations.

Together with our amazing team, we have developed a strong brand identity and an informative, engaging curriculum that is the cornerstone of the Drink Safe Florida Program.

— Janell Williams and Ann-Marie Willacker, Co-Founders of Drink Safe Florida

Ann-Marie Willacker

President of Drink Volusia, Owner of Odd Elixir MeadWorks

Ann-Marie was born and raised in Florida and is a respected champion of positive social change in her community. An entrepreneur and a well known face in the craft beverage industry, Ann-Marie brings years of experience in graphic design, marketing, and promotions to the table.  

“Through Drink Safe Florida, I want to help create a community where my children and their children can be themselves without fear of being taken advantage of just because of how they are dressed or what they are doing; a community where the blame for violent crime is placed as it should — on the perpetrator, not the victim.”

Helen Fussell

Commercial Lines Manager at Ryan Insurance

Helen Halverson Fussell moved to DeLand to study at Stetson University. She fell in love with DeLand’s small town charm, rich history, and vibrant community programs and chose DeLand as the location to start her career and family. She is the Commercial Lines Manager at Ryan Insurance, serves as a member of the Junior Service League of DeLand, and is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand.

“It’s scary being a single person and dating — even scarier when you know the dangers of being alone and about town on the bar scene. I was in a sorority and an RA in college. I had heard all of the horror stories, sat through all the trainings, been lectured,  bought the t-shirt. So in my mid-twenties when I found myself going on date after date (most of them horrible,) I discovered that where the date was going to be was the most important element. So I chose to meet at a bar that I knew would help if I needed to get out of there. Several years later, members of that same bar and this community are banding together to bring the Drink Safe Florida ideal to every bar – to educate, break stigmas, and make sure that bars are a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.”   

Blair Willacker

Community Educator with Craft Beverage Marketing, Brewer at Odd Elixir MeadWorks

Blair is a graduate of Elon University.  He spent much of his youth immersed in the dog show community before entering the veterinary medical field, eventually managing animal hospitals. After leaving the veterinary field, Blair spent 5 years teaching science to at risk high school students.  Currently he splits his time between brewing for Odd Elixir Meadworks, tending bar at Abbey Bar, and representing craft beer brands through Craft Beverage Sales and Marketing.  

Cecil Chik

Director of Collective Cares

Cecil currently works as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Stetson University. In her spare time she serves as the Director of Collective Cares, an LGBTQ+ Community Center in the city of DeLand, FL. She works on providing programs, workshops, and training on various social justice topics at Stetson University and the DeLand community.  

Jeanna Malines

Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Black Cauldron Brewing

Jeanna is the Florida correspondent for AmericanCraftBeer.com where she writes about the always evolving craft beer community throughout the state. Last year she took her passion for beer and turned her homebrewing hobby into a career as the owner and head brewer of Black Cauldron Brewing.  Jeanna believes in supporting and giving back to her community. She is active in the revitalization of the Downtown Orlando Parramore District and is the Chairperson of Ruckus Cares, a charitable organization whose goal is to make Orlando a better place.

Janell Williams

Bartender at DeLand Abbey, Journalist at The West Volusia Beacon

Janell is a well documented feminist and women’s rights activist. Raised in Alabama, she traveled as a freelance theatrical stage manager and technician for several years before settling down in Florida. With years of organizational experience under her belt, Janell brings her love of research, spreadsheets, and a willingness to jump into uncharted waters headfirst to the team dynamic. 

“I would never want anyone, man or woman, to walk into my bar and feel unsafe. If there is any way we can prevent even one instance of sexual assault in any establishment, it will all be worth it.”

Siegfried Schlieper

Sergeant with the Daytona Beach Police Department

Siegfried is a 17 year veteran of the Daytona Beach police force, serving as a road officer, boardwalk officer, hostage negotiator, detective (fraud and sex crimes), patrol sergeant and in his current administrative sergeant assignments. In 2006 he was recognized as Sex Crime Detective of the Year by the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. One of his cases was published in Vanity Fair and he has been a speaker at Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner conferences. He has received his department’s Medal of Merit, multiple Unit Commendations, multiple Letters of Appreciation, the Chief’s Award and over forty individual commendations for his service. He currently oversees the Field Training Officer Program at the Daytona Beach Police Department, as well as payroll and disciplinary proceedings.  He is his department’s representative with the Volusia/Flagler Coalition on Homelessness. 

“As a former sex crimes detective, I live under the weight of hundreds of unsolved cases; Even in those cases that did result in successful prosecution, a victim must still live with the memory of the crime. I believe in the work of Drink Safe Florida because it is a safe and efficient way to prevent these horrific crimes from even occurring.”

SARAHROSE MINISTERI

Grant Writer and Community Organizer

Sarahrose is a graduate of Stetson University. She has 10 years of experience as a bartender and manager and service staff trainer. After moving on from the alcohol industry, Sarahrose became a writer and vital member of the local Florida community, working at a local non-profit coordinating special events for the community. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Florida Guardian ad Litem program, as a voice in court for neglected and abused children.  

CORY MANTHEI

Managing Partner and NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor for Certified Firearms Instruction, LLC.

Cory co-owns and manages the highest recommended security training facility in Central Florida. Her company, Certified Firearm Instruction, provides firearms training, self-defense, and safety classes for a variety of purposes. Cory is a retired Sergeant of the Saint Paul Police Department in Minnesota. Her expertise with deescalation techniques and training are a crucial part of building Drink Safe Florida’s training program.  

 

Drink Safe Florida is a program provided by Drink Volusia Inc., a 501(c)3 corporation.

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