OUR MISSION
To support youth and communities in creating healthy and safe environments through crime prevention, substance abuse prevention, resiliency promotion, and other behavioral health services.
OUR VISION
Healthy, safe and resilient communities.
A Few Words

About Us​

Prevention and Resiliency Services, Inc. (PARS) has provided prevention services in Shawnee County since 1965. When PARS was incorporated, it was known as National Council on Alcoholism, Kansas Division. The agency’s original focus was on increasing the understanding of alcoholism, its nature, its treatment and decreasing the harms and incidence of alcoholism.

As issues have changed and knowledge has evolved over the years, 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 all interconnected and influence not only substance use, but also impact school dropouts, violence, suicide, teen pregnancy and other problem behaviors. PARS has a strong foundation of community, neighborhood, and school partnerships and has been nationally recognized for its substance abuse prevention and crime prevention services.

As a health and safety connector, PARS will continue to educate, engage, and empower our community to reduce substance abuse and crime in our community.

How We Operate

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 trends related to substance abuse and behavioral health and we must 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.
GET TO KNOW US

Meet the Team

Mandy Czechanski

Executive Director

Lynn Smith

Community Prevention Consultant

Judy Wilson

Office Manager
National Night Out Program Coordinator

Dana Schwarz

Licensed Master Addictions Counselor

Irene Caballero

Bilingual Community Mobilizer

Madi Thimmesch

Communication & Education Specialist

GET TO KNOW US

Meet the Board

Deb Grunst

President
VP IT Applications
Evergy

Pamela Johnson-Betts

Vice-President
Executive Director
Topeka Public Schools Foundation

Neb Cabrilo

Treasurer
Commercial Loan Officer
CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Sandie Bayless

Secretary
Manager, Corporate Security
Evergy

Gary Blitsch

Past President
Retired Owner
Framewoods & Southwind Gallery

Ahjah Alexander

Operations Manager
Target

Brian L. Carver CISSP, CISM

Manager, Information Technology and Services
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Bennie Davis

Community Volunteer
Retired, Goodyear Tire Company

Cheri Faunce

Vice-President of Resource Development
Communities in Schools of Mid-America

Angel Romero Sr.

SFC, USA (RET) 

Aaron A. Starr

Financial Advisor 
Edward Jones

Tracey Stratton

Public Relations Manager
Advisors Excel