Building a Resilient Community

The Power of Prevention

About Us

Prevention and Resiliency Services, Inc. (PARS), is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that has provided
prevention services in Shawnee County since 1965. The organization has undergone several name changes as the prevention industry has evolved. When PARS was initially incorporated, it was known as the Topeka Council on Alcoholism and then updated to National Council on Alcoholism, Kansas. The agency’s original focus was on increasing the understanding of alcoholism, its nature, and its treatment and decreasing the harms and incidence of alcoholism. In 1993 the name was changed to Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services to include other substances and alcohol. The name was changed one last time to Prevention and Resiliency Services Inc, also known as PARS, in 2020.

As issues have changed and knowledge has evolved, PARS has continually responded to emerging trends, research on the prevention of addiction, and how programs, practices, and policies influence individuals and the environment in which they live. Our programs and activities recognize that the individual, family, school, and community domains are interconnected, influencing substance use, school dropouts, violence, suicide, teen pregnancy, and other problem behaviors. PARS has a strong foundation of community, neighborhood, and school partnerships and is committed to evidence-based programming that educates, engages, and empowers our community to reduce substance use and create a more resilient community.

Key Values

  • Evidence-based and researched-based strategies are effective in reducing substance abuse and crime.
  • Community members play an essential role in preventing crime – it takes a community to impact change.
  • We must be current with substance abuse and behavioral health trends and learn from our work with community members.
  • To affect change within our community, we must partner with diverse stakeholders.
  • We must employ multiple strategies to reach our target audience; this is critical to our work.
  • Our community is defined by the people we serve.

Meet The Team

Mandy Czechanski

Executive Director

mczechanski@parstopeka.org

Lynn Smith

Community Prevention Consultant

lsmith@parstopeka.org

Sarah Coats

Substance Abuse Counselor

scoats@parstopeka.org

Eric Tweedy

Communications Specialist

etweedy@parstopeka.org

Haley Gil

Community Prevention Youth Coordinator

hgil@parstopeka.org

Meet The Board

Deb Grunst

President

Tracey Stratton

Vice-President
Advisors Excel

Sandie Bayless

Secretary
Evergy

Neb Cabrilo

Treasurer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Mike Brozek

Blesk Consulting LLC

Zachary Thompson

Mainstreet Credit Union

Nicholas Casarona

Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center

Navise Clark

Midland Care

Brynn Mroz

Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

Lt. Matt Danielson

Topeka Police Department

SFC Angel Romero

Stormont

Aaron A Starr

Edward Jones