William Matteson (Executive Director - motivational speaker) I am a Master Sensei Instructor in the Martial Arts. My life direction has always been to help improve the futures of children. This is why the Cope Foundation came so naturally to me. I am a "life oach counselor". My son died 1-05-2019 from opioid abuse leaving 3 beautiful children behind. I have 2 other sons who I love dearly. I am clean from a heroin since 1983. I enjoy writing poetry, taking scenic drives and going to coffee shops.
Kristine Matteson (Executive Assistant) I work with Seniors and special needs individuals daily. I am an award-winning powerlifter with USA powerlifting and enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, and reading. William Matteson and I are married and have a passion to reach out to all children who need our special love through Cope. I have no child, but adore his son Cameron and my bunnies and dog.
Amy Spagg (President / Board Member) I grew up in Homer, NY, and then graduated from Alfred University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have lived in Bolivar, NY ever since. I have a wonderful husband, Randy, an amazing daughter, and son-in-law, and 3 perfect grandchildren. My son, Zachary, passed away from an overdose in 2019. Recently retired after 33 years of teaching, I look forward to helping families deal with struggles associated with addiction.
Tom Burns (Treasurer / Board Member) I was an ER Doctor with 27 years of experience. My duties consist in evaluating Children and adults for potential life-threatening problems and acute care of Urgent medical care needs. I see personally, so many opioid cases and realize it is a severe concern. I am Married with 7 children. I enjoy telescopes, astronomy, physics, and 3D printing
Ross Vallone (Board Member) I have over 35 years of counseling experience working with individuals caught up in addiction. I have worked for The Private Industry Council of Chautauqua, TLC Health Network and New York State Department of Corrections seeing firsthand how this disease affects the lives of generations creating feelings of abandonment and mistrust. My focus has been in working on early childhood traumas.
Brandon Graham (I.T. ) My wife, 2 children, and I were recent additions to the Fredonia Community. I am a Geologist at the US Geological Survey and a tech enthusiast on the side. The impacts of opioids has affected both my wife and my hometowns in rural Pennsylvania. My hobbies are computers, Amateur Radio, R/C, and being outdoors.
Tracy Parmenter (Grant Specialist) - I am employed at Cummins Engine Plant. I have a bachelor’s degree in writing, Associates degree in accounting, associates degree in forest technology and enjoy doing freelance writing. My son and I have a cat and too many chickens. I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and fishing.