About Us



President & CEO

Mary Haag is a registered nurse and certified prevention specialist with over 19 years of achievement in substance abuse prevention, coalition building and non-profit management. Haag currently serves as President & CEO for PreventionFIRST! She is past-President of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, ADAPAO, and has served as a coach/mentor for the National School for Prevention Leadership. Mary participates with various regional, state, and national conferences, collaboratives, and think tanks. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Mt. St. Joseph.

Nicole Schiesler, M.Ed., CHES, OCPS II

Director of Coalition Strategies 

Nicole Schiesler is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist with over 17 years of experience in the substance abuse prevention field. She currently serves as the Director of Coalition Strategies at PreventionFIRST! and oversees all prevention strategies that are implemented through the Coalition's three strategic pathways: Prevention Science, Community Engagement, and Prevention Action. Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Community Health from Ohio University and a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Cincinnati. Nicole participates on the Program Advisory Committee through the Health Promotion and Education Program at the University of Cincinnati and is the co-chair for the Prevention Drug Abuse Action Group, a workgroup of the Ohio Department of Health.

Amanda Conn Starner, B.A., OCPS I

Local Coalition Development Manager

Amanda Conn Starner is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I and serves as the Manager of Local Coalition Development. She is responsible for building, growing and sustaining drug prevention coalitions across the Greater Cincinnati region. Amanda graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and a Journalism Writing Certificate. She is a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Coalition Academy. Amanda worked for the public sector for several years including as a member of senior staff at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Senate. She began her professional career as a journalist including winning an Emmy Award. Amanda is currently an Advisory Council member for the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association.

Laura Allen, B.S.

Community Coordinator

Laura Allen is PreventionFIRST!'s Community Coordinator.  She is responsible for building, strengthening and supporting substance abuse prevention programs, partnerships, and coalitions in the greater Cincinnati region, and is currently an Advisory Council member for Southwest Ohio Gambling Prevention.  Laura has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education, with a focus on Community Health from the University of Cincinnati.  She is also a member of Ohio’s Society for Public Health Education. 

Amber Mayborg, M.S.

Program Coordinator

Amber Mayborg is PreventionFIRST!’s Program Coordinator.  She is responsible for providing leadership to ensure coordination between activities and she also educates, builds, and supports relationships within organizations throughout the greater Cincinnati area. Amber obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion and Education, with a focus on Community Health from the University of Cincinnati.

Jason Soles, B.S.

Program Coordinator

Jason serves as a Program Coordinator for PreventionFIRST!  Jason is responsible for all community change/environmental strategies related to the local conditions targeted for change throughout the greater Cincinnati area. Jason recently received a Bachelor's Degree in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Cincinnati, and will begin his Masters in Public Health this fall.  

Brandie Miller

Administrative Assistant

Brandie Miller serves as the Administrative Assistant for PreventionFIRST!.  Prior to joining PreventionFIRST, Brandie worked with Cincinnati Public School's and Cincinnati College Prep Academy, as the School Secretary.  Brandie will begin work toward her degree this fall.  She provides support for the entire staff.