We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people
28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease
The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old
Linda Wegner, the Program Director, joined ATFC-DOS in June 2015. She resides in Central Bridge, New York with her husband and college-age daughter. Linda has an educational background in marketing and public policy. She has many years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluating youth development programs. Many of her work initiatives have focused on educating diverse audiences about civic engagement, health, and environmental issues. Linda has extensive experience in building partnerships with non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, government organizations and decision-makers to help communities grow and thrive.
Bonnie Peck, the Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator, joined ATFC-DOS in April 2018. She resides in Gloversville (Fulton County) with her husband. Bonnie has an educational background in elementary education and many years of experience in positive youth development as well as planning, implementing and evaluating programs. She has managed programs for young people from diverse backgrounds in the areas of STEM, civic engagement and healthy lifestyles. In addition, Bonnie has collaborated with many other community organizations.