FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2015
Lisa Scates, Alcohol Education Coordinator, Montana Department of Revenue
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Mary Ann Dunwell, Public Information Officer, Montana Department of Revenue
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Dept. of Revenue announces awards from Montana’s 2015 Alcohol Education Summit
HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Division and 2015 Alcohol Education Summit Committee announce their alcohol education award recipients for 2015.
“These awards represent the best community programs, agencies and individuals who are dedicated to the responsible sales, service and consumption of alcohol, public health prevention efforts, and making positive community change in our state,” said Lisa Scates, alcohol education coordinator for the division.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glendon Barcus received the award for individual law enforcement personnel. Sergeant Barcus is a drug recognition expert with the highway patrol and chairs the Gallatin County DUI Task Force. He worked with the county attorney’s office to publish a DUI survey that led to system improvement.
Erin Inman of Inman Training, Inc. received the individual community member award. Inman has trained law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors since 2008. She also strengthened communication among law enforcement, attorneys and other groups, and helped to amend the state’s DUI laws.
The award in the community program/coalition/DUI task force category went to the Youth Advisory Board of the Great Falls Substance Abuse Prevention Alliance. The board is a group of youth who promote responsible and healthy lifestyle choices. Members are Natasha Walker of Great Falls High School, Keagan Stroop of Belt High School, and Allie Phillips, Kendall Such, Tyler Nicholson and Hagan Vincent from Great Falls Central Catholic High School. The group launched a successful social media campaign, developed a movie trailer, and coordinated more than 3,000 prevention contracts with youth and parents.
State-certified trainers Tracie Kiesel of Helena and John Hayes of Great Falls received awards for volunteering their time to instruct liquor license holders and employees about the state’s requirements for safely selling and serving alcohol. Kiesel consistently completed paperwork clearly and on time. Hayes trained the most people, more than 600 in 2014.
“We have 230 dedicated trainers and I wish I could give each and every one of them an award,” said Scates.
The awards were presented at the state’s first annual Alcohol Education Summit held in late May in Bozeman. A total of 175 people attended. They included members of law enforcement, addiction counselors, prevention specialists, attorneys and judges, state-certified trainers and community coalition members.
Funding for the summit was provided by a grant received from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. Partners that hosted the summit were the Interagency Coordinating Council on State Prevention Programs, STOP Underage Drinking in the Flathead, Montana Departments of Revenue and Transportation, and the Columbia Falls and Missoula Police Departments. For more information about alcohol education, contact Lisa Scates at (406) 444-4307 or visit AlcoholServerTraining.mt.gov.