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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAExpertise: Public Policy, Strategic Planning, Training and Facilitation, Community Coalition Building, Public Speaking, Organizational Development, Systems Improvement, Evaluation and Accountability, Government Relations, Communications, Fund Development and Community Policing

Content Knowledge: Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic and International Development, Gangs/Youth Violence Prevention, Juvenile Justice, Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment, Global Education, Crime Prevention, Homeland Security, Public Health, LGBT, Methamphetamine, Criminal Justice, Service Learning, and Mental Health Interventions.

James E. Copple has a long and distinguished career in youth work, education, substance abuse, and crime and violence prevention. A nationally recognized speaker and writer in this field, Mr. Copple has served as the Founding President of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D.C., President of the International Institute for Alcohol Awareness, and Senior Policy Analyst for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. He is a Founding Partner of Strategic Applications International, LLC and President of Servant Forge, an international non-profit focused on leadership development in the non-profit and government sector.

In 2015, Copple facilitated President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and was the principal writer for the Implementation Guide for the Department of Justice. Over the past ten years, Mr. Copple facilitated 22 statewide summits on Methamphetamine Prevention and Enforcement, numerous summits on violence prevention, gun prevention, and comprehensive planning on alcohol prevention among underage youth. He has delivered major addresses in every state of the union and spoken in twenty-two different nations, including a major facilitation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on youth substance abuse and violence prevention at the request of the State Dept.

Mr. Copple specializes in designing and implementing comprehensive system responses across local, state, and federal governments to address the major social issues of our day. Recently, on behalf of SAI, Mr. Copple has worked in International Development working with governments and communities to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa. Mr. Copple has mobilized projects in Swaziland, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. He is the Global Policy Advisor for the Kenyan Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Copple has authored two major pieces of legislation, the Drug Free Communities Act and the Crime Free Rural State and Communities Act in the Department of Justice Reauthorization Bill. He regularly consults with states and communities on model state statutes and local ordinances related to drug abuse, gang violence, and underage drinking. While at NCPC, he played a major role in the design and implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Mr. Copple has done doctoral work in education at the University of Kansas, History at Boston College and The Johns Hopkins University. He taught history at Eastern Nazarene College, and Boston College. He served as an adjunct professor of education at the Wichita State University and Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in Wichita, Kansas. He loves sailing, reading, and spending time with his eight children and 19 grandchildren.

Copple has authored Fatal Attractions: America’s Youth and their Affair with Alcohol (Lulu Press) and Voices from the Night (Amazon Press).

Mr. Copple recently received the Towel and Basin award from Nazarene Theological Seminary for his years of humanitarian work in global service and mission.

Colleen ItalyColleen K. Copple is a founding member of Servant Forge, a non-profit focused on driving change in the helping professions. She is also a founding partner of Strategic Applications International, LLC. SAI is an internationally involved consulting firm specializing in helping organizations and communities respond to crime, violence, substance abuse, educational change, and security issues. Ms. Copple is a Senior Research Fellow with the Sagamore Institute for Public Policy and serves as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Capacity Development Office. Her work at CCDO focuses on creating national strategic partnerships for the Weed and Seed Program that increase resources and support for community based coalitions addressing crime, prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.

Ms. Copple served as a former Weed and Seed site coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT in the mid 90′s and brings her collaborative approach to her work at CCDO. Prior to launching SAI in December of 2003, Ms. Copple served as Senior Advisor to the President for New Initiatives at the National Crime Prevention Council. Ms. Copple came to NCPC in 1999 as the Associate Deputy Director and oversaw a number of responsibilities during her five year tenure at NCPC including Youth Programs, Training, and the Crime Prevention Coalition of America. New initiatives that Ms. Copple was responsible for designing, funding, and implementing include: a national Weed and Seed training and technical assistance program; a national response to methamphetamine funded by the COPS Office and SAMHSA that included statewide Meth Summits, and a national clearinghouse on methamphetamine; and the Center for Faith and Service, which included major grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts to launch their faith-based technical assistance project FATEN, and the training/ta grant for faith-based initiatives with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Other examples of her contributions include: designing and funding two national school safety initiatives, “National Youth Safety Corps” and “National Safety and Security Council;” increasing membership in the Crime Prevention Coalition of America from 120 to 4,000+; training more that 200 community teams in the 3 day executive seminar “Cutting Edge” in collaboration with the DEA; and developing a 32 hour training curriculum for law enforcement on underage drinking.

Ms. Copple joined NCPC after shepherding a series of successful community initiatives in Salt Lake City, Utah. These include the Glendale Community Mobilization Project, a gang prevention project recognized by OJJDP as a national model, the Comprehensive Communities Program recognized by Attorney General Janet Reno for its innovative design in reinventing government, the Salt Lake City Weed and Seed program which generated over $10 million in resources committed to her neighborhood to address youth violence, and the COPS Methamphetamine Initiative which created the first comprehensive response to methamphetamine and generated over $1 million to support prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts. Responding to an emerging gang problem in Utah, she co-founded Mothers Against Gangs In Communities (MAGIC) in 1991.

A former school board member, state PTA leader, and mother of six, Ms. Copple has over 20 years of experience working at the local, state, and national levels. She has organized neighborhoods, redesigned city infrastructure, changed the ways state and federal agencies do business, and designed and implemented national initiatives, all in the process of naming and claiming our children and our communities. Her organizing motto is: Now is the time. This is the place. We are the ones.

History of Service

  • Co-Founder and Board Member, Glendale Community Improvement Association (1991-1997)
  • Coordinating Council, Utah Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (1992-1997)
  • Board of Directors, Utah Council on Crime Prevention (1994-1997)
  • Commissioner, Utah PTA (1991-1996)
  • Vice President, Westside Community Council (1989-1996)
  • Trustee, Salt Lake City Library (1989-1995)
  • Board of Directors, Salt Lake City Habitat for Humanity (1993)
  • Chair, first-ever “Women’s Build,” Salt Lake City Habitat for Humanity (1993)
  • President, Glendale Middle School PTA (1990-1992)
  • Co-Founder, Mothers Against Gangs in Communities, (1991)
  • President, Mountain View Elementary PTA (1989-1990)
  • Trustee and Legislative Chair, Utah School Board Association (1986-1989)
  • Member, Salt Lake City Board of Education (1985-1989)

jessica-drake-bio-pic2Jessica Drake has worked in development and volunteer engagement for over 12 years. Specializing in youth and corporate engagement, Jessica has overseen the partnership of over 700 schools and 300 business partners with the agencies she has worked for. A master at volunteer engagement, Jessica’s skills have regularly been highlighted at corporate conferences and social entrepreneur events as the “How to” in corporate social engagements.

Jessica served as the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteerism at the Living Classrooms Foundation before joining the Strategic Application International team full time. Specializing in turning volunteers to donors and vice versa, Jessica increased Living Classrooms’ volunteerism by 200% in just two short years and brought nearly 1 million dollar’s worth of volunteer engagement to the Foundation. Having forged her corporate responsibility trainings at Living Classroom around a distinct knowledge of Baltimore’s neediest communities, Jessica successfully paired communities/ community organizations with corporate partners to create long lasting relationships of engagement and sponsorship.

Prior to Living Classrooms Foundation, Jessica served as the Advocacy and Youth Engagement Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. The first in her role at the agency, Jessica created Habitat Clubs in area middle and high schools as well as at local universities. Jessica utilized her public speaking skills to engage students in social activism while helping facilitate their efforts to raise money to build homes. In her time at Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Jessica was instrumental in the creation of the Build-A-Block program. A coalition of private and public schools joining together to help East Baltimore through the rehabilitation of an entire city block. In its first year Build-A-Block raised over $150,000 through student led initiative and helped rehabilitate 5 homes in East Baltimore forever transforming the community and changing the lives of 5 families forever.

Jessica has also worked for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland in youth engagement and fundraising contributing to over $500,00 worth of funds raised for research by area children school children through the Pennies for Patients Campaign. Jessica has an under graduated degree in Public Policy from the University of Baltimore and is currently seeking her Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Non Profit Management. Jessica is the mother of three boys and in her spare time she is President of their school’s PTA

close up for workJason R. Drake, MBA is a management professional with a career in marketing, financial services, and new business development. Currently Mr. Drake holds the position of Chief Operations Officer for Strategic Applications International & Servant Forge. In addition he is a Regional Consultant for Ambit Energy, mentoring a team of consultants and enrolling customers for discount electric and gas supply in energy deregulated states. He also serves on the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s Family Selection Committee and Chairperson for U2Can’s Marketing and Communications Committee.

Prior to his current ventures he helped with a business start-up, Widespread Concierge Services, and was a marketing and business development manager in the mortgage lending industry. Jason has extensive experience in non-profit fundraising through his work with Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, The Luke Commission and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. In addition to grassroots fundraising, the coordination of large fundraising events include the 2008 Bachelor Auction for LLS, 2009 Ghoul and Oyster Roast for LLS, and 2009 & 2013 Servant Forge Humanitarian Inaugural Ball.

Mr. Drake attended Towson University for his BS in Business Administration and obtained his MBA from the University of Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter @jasondrake.