During this hour-long CADCA-TV broadcast, Getting Heard Through All Media Channels,
learn how to be everywhere and how to get the word out in places you might not have thought of, without ignoring the old faithful forms of media outreach and marketing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn media language
  • See how social media can help keep costs down and still get the word out
  • Discover how new media and traditional media can work together
  • Hear how coalitions are utilizing media to promote themselves and their activities

Originally Aired: May 28, 2009


Gem Benoza

Deputy Director for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Gem Benoza has been with the Media Campaign for more than eight years. Benoza most recently worked on the development of the prescription drug campaign for parents, launched in 2008. She also directs advertising and outreach for the Above the Influence campaign for teens, news media outreach, multicultural advertising and outreach, and a variety of other community and partnership initiatives.

Prior to coming to the Washington, D.C. area, she worked as the Public Relations Director for the City of Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership, a national demonstration project working to develop a continuum of care to address substance abuse through a community-wide collaboration. Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this initiative involved multiple strategies, ranging from community organizing, coalition building, public education, advocacy, prevention, and treatment programs.

LaDonna Coy

Media Consultant, MHR, CPS, CDLA

LaDonna Coy works with coalitions and providers to adopt and adapt social media technologies that bring people together online in new ways – ways that help them connect, communicate and collaborate to improve local conditions and create a better future.

Her current work emphasizes social media technologies and specializes in the design, weaving, development and production of web-based learning sessions, virtual conferences and online communities of practice.
LaDonna holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma as well as certification as a Prevention Specialist and Distance Learning Administrator/Instructor.

Kevin Mullan

CEO, The Community Partnership in Toledo, Ohio

The Community Partnership is a substance abuse prevention coalition which brings community resources together to address alcohol, tobacco and other drug intervention and prevention issues to promote an environment that encourages healthy lifestyles.

Prior to being named CEO in 2009, Kevin was the Public Information Officer, responsible for crafting and disseminating organizational statements and positions, and developing relationships with the media to promote efforts of The Community Partnership.

Kevin has also worked in the media, as a local news reporter and anchor, and as a sports talk show host on the radio. He is currently the Public Address Announcer for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens and University of Toledo Rockets.