Drug-free group leader steps down | TheUnion.com

Drug-free group leader steps down

Kelly Newell said she is stepping down as coordinator for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County to work with the United Methodist Church as a youth camp director.

Newell plans to continue to work for the coalition but “not in a primary leadership role,” she said. Newell was hired in December and said she intends to stay on until the end of August to allow time to find a replacement.

The Coalition for a Drug-Free Nevada County was established more than a year ago when a $500,000 federal grant was awarded through the Community Recovery Resources, or CORR.

The coalition works with various volunteers from 12 sectors in the county – including law enforcement, parents, schools and faith-based organizations – to educate youth about drugs.

Newell is the spouse of county District Attorney Cliff Newell.

She has a background in education, teaching and youth development. Newell has been a member of the United Methodist Church her entire adult life, she said.

As a director of youth and camping ministry for the Northern California and Western Nevada division of the United Methodist Church, Newell will continue to pursue work she enjoys.

“I’ve been in camping since I was 15 years old,” Newell said. “It’s a job that allows me to continue in youth development.”


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail lbrown@theunion.com or call 477-4230.

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