Chairperson of the Board of Directors
About Priss Parmenter
Ms. Parmenter is a Consultant in ATOD Prevention and Restorative Practices from Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Priss has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of ATOD prevention and community organizing. She just retired as the Project Director for Safe Schools/Healthy Students for Wabash Community Unit School District #348. She was the Director of Prevention Services for 18 years with Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers, Inc., and has served on the Teen REACH statewide task force developing standards for the states after school initiative.
She involves herself at the local level as Chair of the Juvenile Justice Council as well as being a sponsor of Mt. Carmel High School’s Peer Jury.
Board of Directors Chairperson
About Tim Buss
Tim serves as the Community Unit School District #348 Superintendent of Schools in Wabash County. The 2014-2015 school year will be his 11th as Superintendent. All of his 30 years in education have been with Wabash C.U.S.D. #348 where he has been a Teacher, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Tim is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Wabash County Project Success. Additionally, he is involved with many statewide, area and local activities, serving as a director on the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) Board, and as Vice Chair of the Wabash and Ohio Valley Special Education Cooperative (WOVSED) board, as well as holding active memberships in the Mt. Carmel Area Economic Alliance, Mt. Carmel Kiwanis Club, Mt. Carmel Eagles Club, Mt. Carmel Elks Club, Mt. Carmel Knights of Columbus, and Mt. Carmel Booster Club.
About Shelley Richardson
Shelley currently serves as President of Wabash County Project Success, but feels as though her “real” job is that of Director of Instruction for Wabash CUSD #348. She has been with Project Success from the beginning, which nudges her well over the 30 mark! Shelley loves being a resident of Wabash County and having had the opportunity to raise her family here. Now, she enjoys watching her grandchildren being raised here as well. “I count it a privilege to live in a community where rearing children to become healthy, productive young adults is viewed not only as a parents’ responsibility, but also that of the community. After all, these children are the future here in Wabash County. They are our hope!”
About Janice Alka
Janice Alka is a retired educator with over 34 years of experience. She has served as the Second Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Coordinator; is currently serving on the Wabash CUSD 348 Board of Education; is active in her church, First Christian Church Disciples of Christ; holds a leadership position in the Rotary Club of Mt. Carmel as well as Rotary District 6510; and is active in several other community organizations including serving as Treasurer for Project Success.
Finance Committee Chairperson
Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs//Violence Prevention Chairperson
Nominating and By-Laws Committee Chairperson
About Cassandra Goldman
Currently serving her second term as Wabash County State's Attorney, Cassandra Goldman has served our community with dedication to reducing alcohol and other illegal drug use among youth and adults. As a former public defender for Wabash County and twice elected school board member for District 348, she understands the role of community collaboration in strengthening families and forming a stronger community. In 2007 she prepared the documentation to incorporate Wabash County Project Success and obtain 501(c) (3) status for the not-for-profit corporation, and has continuously served on its Executive Committee since that time.
About Greg Hart
After 8 years as a computer programmer for the USAF, Greg joined the Bossier City (LA) Police Department in 1993. In 2000, he moved back to Mt. Carmel after being hired by the Mt. Carmel PD. In 2006 Greg became the department's first Juvenile Officer. He helped form the SHOCAP Committee, which evolved into the Wabash County Juvenile Justice Council. In 2009, he became the first School Resource Officer thru the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant and began serving on the Project Success Executive Committee.
Board of Directors & Past President
About Judy Larson
Judy was born many years ago (when St. Louis was a prairie) and has seen alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention evolve and change. One thing that does not change is the need for adults to stand in the gap for kids – and that is what she wants to do.
She is a mother of three, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of two – wow, they keep her busy! She has experienced firsthand the devastating effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs within her own family as well as others. Having been involved with ATOD prevention and Wabash County Project Success for the past 25+ years, Judy feels compelled to continue to assist other families in any way she can.