L.E.A.D., Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence, a nationwide nonprofit that works with communities to help students understand the dangers of drugs and violence, awarded “National Corporate Administrator of the Year” to Kevin Haney, a resident in Point Pleasant and CEO of Colliers Engineering & Design.
The award was recently announced at L.E.A.D.’s Eighth Annual 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference in Atlantic City. It was presented to Haney for his excellent work as first vice chair on L.E.A.D.’s executive board, whose role is helping students throughout the country to be educated, during the school day, on the proven-effective curriculum implemented by L.E.A.D.
“Kevin’s award is well deserved, and we congratulate him on his contributions to our organization as first vice chair,” Nick DeMauro, CEO of L.E.A.D., said. “Kevin is an integral part of our executive board, and we can confidently say that his commitment and service is continuing to help us accomplish our goal of preventing kids from becoming involved with alcohol, drugs and violence as well strengthening police-community relationships.”
L.E.A.D. provides services “On the Street” and “In the Classroom” as it brings law enforcement and communities closer together. The “In the Classroom” program is taught by 3,800 trained instructors in 41 states. L.E.A.D. has a proven effective, law enforcement-focused anti-drug, anti-violence curriculum for K-12 students in the U.S. The L.E.A.D. curriculum is taught over the course of a 10-week program to educate youth on how they can make smart decisions without the involvement of drugs or violence.
Haney has been involved with L.E.A.D. for about five years. He started out as a member on the program’s advisory board and was elected as an executive board member about three years ago, and he just became L.E.A.D.’s first vice chair last year. Haney said the reason he wanted to become involved with the organization was to be part of something that works toward having a positive impact on today’s youth.
“I’m sure that every family has been affected with drug abuse, drug overdose or bullying in some way, shape or form. When I discovered L.E.A.D. and found out that it teaches students about the negative effects of drugs and violence through an evidence-based curriculum, I knew I wanted to get involved so I could help to stop tragedies from occurring,” Haney said. “I knew that I wanted to help drive the direction of L.E.A.D. and grow the program when someone very close to my family tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of 23, so I’m grateful that I was named to the executive board.”