About Us

Bristol Eliminating Substance Use Together (B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol)

Teaming Up for a Drug Free Community

Bristol Eliminating Substance Use Together (B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol) is a Drug-Free Community Coalition that began in the early 1990s as the Bristol Youth Prevention Council. In the twenty-five years since, the Coalition’s name may have changed, but its focus on reducing youth substance abuse has remained constant.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to work toward unifying the community to promote wellness in our culture through increasing education, implementing strategies and enforcing policy to prevent substance abuse by youth and those who impact their development.

Our Vision is to develop a culture of awareness and sustained action that will promote positive youth development and a healthier community.

Our Purpose

1. To engage and collaborate with the community
2. To prevent as many Bristol youth as possible from turning to drugs and alcohol

How We Accomplish Our Mission

B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol plans to use a comprehensive approach to achieve its goals. In order to make an impactful and lasting difference, the entire community–parents, teachers, youth, police, health care providers, faith communities, business and civic leaders and others–have to be involved and working together. Once this is accomplished, specific prevention initiatives and programs can then be planned.

If you would like a more detailed look into the types of strategies that coalitions like B.E.S.T-4-Bristol use to promote drug-free communities, check out these links.


Our People: Coalition's 12 Sector Leaders

  • Business Sector

    Cindy Bombard

    President & CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce

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  • Government Sector

    Marco Palmeri, M.P.H., R.S. 

    Director of Health Bristol-Burlington Health District & designee Catherine Plourde, BSN, RN

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  • Youth Sector

    Juan Calderon

    Bristol High School Student

  • School Sector

    Dr. Catherine Carbone

    Assistant Superintendent of Bristol Schools & designee Chris Cassin, Supervisor of Athletics Physical Education & Health of Bristol Schools

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  • Religious Sector

    Pastor Todd Williams

    Bridge Community Church

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  • Civic/Volunteer Organization Sector

    Dave McAllister

    President of Rotary Club of Bristol

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  • Healthcare Professional Sector

    Susan Walkama, LCSW

    President and CEO of Wheeler Clinic and designee TBA of Wheeler Clinic

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  • Parent Sector

    Laura Lewis

    Bristol Parent and Resident

  • Youth Serving Sector

    Michael Suchopar

    President & CEO of BBGC, and designee D’Andre Esposito, West Street Unit Director at BBCG

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  • Other Organization Involved with Reducing Substance Use Sector

    Samantha Rajotte

    Scholarship & Program Officer, Main Street Community Foundation

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  • Law Enforcement Sector

    Acting Chief Brian Gould 

    Bristol Police Department or designee, Lt. Richard Guerrera

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  • Media Sector

    Community Health Worker