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President

Norma Norris, Reality Tour developer and Executive Director of CANDLE, Inc., has been a civic leader throughout the years Norma and her husband Charles raised their three sons in Butler, PA. In an effort to preserve the integrity of her community when heroin first appeared in early 2000, Norma created the parent/child drug prevention program called Reality Tour. In the research phase, dozens of community members were interviewed – both adults and youth. It became increasingly apparent that there was an urgent need to get parents and their children on the same page by educating them at the same time. A comment from a college freshman she interviewed would become the spark for action. Norma asked this young man how he kept from getting involved with drugs when his best friend did. His answer, “Because I could always see beyond the next 10 minutes.” would become the catalyst for Reality Tour. Norma left her 20 year career in radio in 2004 to start the nonprofit CANDLE, Inc. that oversees Reality Tour.

Email: NormaNorris@candleinc.org

 

Vice President

Frank Cichra, "I currently work for the Butler Area School District as a school Police Officer. I retired from the Pa State Police where I was a Trooper and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). I became involved with Reality Tour approximately six years ago when I was stationed at the Butler Barracks. I volunteer for the Butler tour and I am on the CANDLE, Inc. Board of Directors because the abuse of drugs affects everyone in our community one way or the other. Helping to make our youth and parents aware of the dangers and what alternatives and prevention's are available, is a very worthy cause.

Email: Cichra@zoominternet.net 

 

Member

John Walchesky, Mars Tour Director, "I have been a tour director for a number of years and always look forward to each presentation. The reactions that we get from the young people and parents who attend each program constantly motivates me and reinforces the knowledge that CANDLE, Inc. and The Reality Tour are doing the right thing, every time, all the time, in every community that offers this remarkable program. Our message is consistent, timely and another positive educational tool to help families cope with the scourge that wants to get its grip into our children."

Email: JWalchesky@zoominternet.net 

 

Treasurer

Jerry Bowser, "I am a board member of CANDLE, Inc., to help assist the organization in its continuance of helping families in education of the warnings, effects, and results of drug abuse. I hope and pray that with my participation as a board member and Reality Tour member that I can help families from the damaging effects from drug abuse."

Email: JerryGMan_2000@yahoo.com 

 

Secretary

Terri Helfer earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration focusing on Human Resource Management from Walden University and her Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the Human Resources Institute. Terri is the Director, Employee Relations and a Certified Investigator for Lifesteps. Along with over 20 years of Human Resource experience, Terri has knowledge of owning and managing a successful business and has also provided sales and marketing assistance to CANDLE, Inc. Terri has previously served as Board Member to the Butler County Symphony, Butler Arts Council, and Butler Health System Foundation and served as Chairperson for Butler Health's System's Crystal Ball. Terri has a 16 year old son, Nicholas and resides in Butler County.

Email: THelfer@zoominternet.net 

 

Member

Tara Maziarz is a Special Events Associate at the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Before she was at the UMDF she was the Public Relations Coordinator for CANDLE, Inc. and Reality Tour. She is so happy to sit on the board of directors and believes wholeheartedly in the drug prevention mission that CANDLE, Inc. / Reality Tour offer families. With 1 in 4 American families having a member who suffers from addiction, prevention is necessary.

Email: TRM417@gmail.com 

 

Member

 Lexie Elliott has graciously served on CANDLE, Inc. Board of Directors since 2012. She has been working with Reality Tour and CANDLE, Inc. since 2008 in many different capacities including AmeriCorp worker, summer employee, and Tour volunteer. Lexi graduated from Knoch High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology-Criminal Justice from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Lexi currently resides in Columbia, SC where she works as a House Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina. When reflecting about CANDLE, Inc. she shares that 'It has been a pleasure to serve CANDLE and Reality Tour for over seven years because of the important service it provides to Butler County residents and residents all over the country. Substance abuse is an epidemic in the country and families can play a huge role in prevention. Norma Norris, Executive Director, is huge role model of mine and her passion for ending this epidemic is contagious."

Email: AElliott896@gmail.com 

 

Member

 Darren Norris, Darren served as Operations Manager for CANDLE, Inc. from Feb. 2004 until April 2014 and developed the operational and accounting database functions, assisted with strategic planning and the sustainability platform. Darren was involved in the evaluation structure and fidelity reporting for the Reality Tour. Darren's service on the Board of Directors for Family Pathways, a family service provider gave him insight to the myriad of family issues that result when the family structure is disrupted due to poor lifestyle choices on the part of the parent. Darren has trained in Tae Kwon Do for almost 20 years and has competed nationally and internationally. Through is Tae Kwon Do teaching he has helped children and adults cultivate the respect, discipline, and integrity necessary to form strong life skills. He and his wife Brianne own a Taw Kwon Do school in the Fox Chapel area near Pittsburgh, PA. Darren regularly volunteers for Young Brothers Taw Kwon Do demo team fundraisers that benefit charities like the local chapter of the Autism Society & Salvation Army. Darren is a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in Finance. During his senior year, his studies took him ti Athens, Greece which was a complement to his minor in Philosophy. Darren and his wife Brianne welcomed their first child Roman Alexander in June of 2014.

Email: DarrenNorris@candleinc.org 

 

Member

 Dr. Matthew McKinley serves as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction, grades 7-12 for Seneca Valley School District. Prior to his assistant role, he served for six years as principal of the Seneca Valley Senior High School. He also served as assistant principal of the Seneca Valley Senior High School and as a mathematics teacher at the same building for six years. In 2002, Dr. McKinley wrote the Seneca Valley Random Drug Testing Policy, for students who are involved in athletic programs, extra-curricular activities or drive to school. This policy has been lauded locally as well as nationally and was cited as a model program by the White House Drug Policy Council. "During this time, I have seen many families provided with the gift of knowledge that their son or daughter was using drugs; an important first step in recovery. Being elected to the board of directors of CANDLE, Inc. will allow me to continue helping students fight against drugs and alcohol. I believe The Reality Tour is a great deterrent that provides students with the tools to choose a path that is drug-free. I look forward to serving and continuing the growth of the program as we assist more students and families."

Email: mckinleyme@svsd.net