Pivot, A New Direction

Pivot's Mission: Working toward an addiction-free community through prevention.

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The Pivot Vision

  • To reduce the negative impact of alcohol, other drug abuse and addictions in our community by facilitating a unified approach to prevention involving all sectors of our community in the provision of services, education and advocacy.

Pivot's Goals


The Board and Staff of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, Inc. are convinced that alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and problem gambling are preventable. In conjunction with New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services the Pivot goals are to:

    • reduce the prevalence of substance use and abuse and problem gambling in Jefferson County;
    • delay first use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and gambling behavior among youth as long as possible;
    • decrease the negative health, social, and economic consequences and costs associated with substance use and problem gambling; and,
    • prevent, through early identification and brief intervention and referral, the escalation of substance use and gambling behaviors to levels requiring treatment.
      Prevention -- the most cost-effective method of obtaining these goals.


Pivot's History


On a winter night many years ago, a small group of concerned Jefferson County citizens traveled to Syracuse to hear a talk by Marty Mann, the first woman to achieve long term sobriety in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Mrs. Mann spoke of the need to spread the word that help was available for the suffering alcoholic and that recovery was possible. She believed the most effective way to spread this message was through a local grass roots organization made up of recovered alcoholics, friends, family members and concerned citizens.

Following their return from Ms. Mann’s impassioned talk, the individuals who attended formed the Jefferson County Committee on Alcoholism. The goals of this early group were to raise the level of public awareness to the problem of alcoholism, provide information and education, and reduce the stigma associated with this disease.

Today, all these years later, this organization, now known as the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, Inc., has evolved from that small group of empowered individuals into a professional organization that continues to have a powerful impact on the entire North Country community. And although the original goals of the organization are as valid as they were at its conception, the organization provides a wide range of science-based, research driven prevention programs to all age and demographic groups in Jefferson County.





Pivot’s prevention services are licensed through New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).




Pivot's Board of Directors

      ...shall manage the affairs and direct the activities of the Council.

    • Ms. Melinda Gault - President
    • Mr. Mark Taylor - Vice President
    • Mr. Anthony Marra - Secretary-Treasurer
    • Attorney Mark Gebo
    • Ms. Darlene Jobson
    • Mr. Timothy Ruetten
    • Rev. Donald L. McGrew
    • Officer Shane M. Ryan
    • Mr. Ralph Marcellus
    • Mr. Timothy Sweeney
    • Dr. Katy Troester-Tate

    Pivot's Executive Director

        …shall be the chief administrative officer of the Corporation

    William "Bill" Bowman is the executive director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, Inc. Bill has over thirty years of service in the addiction field, working in both substance abuse prevention and treatment, and became Pivot’s executive director in 2001.  He is active in the community, having served on the directorial boards of several local and state organizations and is currently the chairperson of Jefferson County Community Services. Bowman is the recipient of several local and state honors acknowledging his contributions to the field of addictions; additionally, he is a charter member of Friends of Recovery New York. 


    Mr. Bowman possesses over twenty years of experience as a state and national trainer, and serves as a consultant to many organizations, including Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). His areas of expertise include substance abuse prevention, treatment, community organization, workplace policy, and not-for-profit management.



       The Pivot Foundation Board of Directors

        …shall be the chief administrative officer of the Corporation

  • Attorney Mark Gebo - President
  • Ms. Cheryl Matson - Vice President
  • Mr. Anthony Marra - Secretary-Treasurer
  • Mr. William Bowman
  • Mr. David Corey
  • Mr. Stephen Foy
  • Ms. Darlene Jobson
  • Mr. Gerald Loch




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