TASC President Melody Heaps Receives White House Award

Melody Heaps receives award from White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Melody Heaps receives award from White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

(Washington, DC) — TASC Founder and President Melody Heaps was recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at a Washington reception in her honor on May 21.

Ed Jurith, General Counsel and recent Acting Director of ONDCP, presented Ms. Heaps with a framed award embossed with the White House seal.

Mr. Jurith cited Ms. Heaps’ lifelong professional commitment to applying public health and safety solutions to the complex and interrelated issues of drugs, poverty, and crime. The award read, in part, “Your contributions have been instrumental in guiding and developing major national initiatives, and your leadership has played a key role in the development and expansion of community-based treatment alternatives amd nationally recognized program models throughout the state of Illinois, and in the development of international policy.”

Leaders from National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and numerous national organizations also expressed their gratitude to Ms. Heaps for her continuing leadership and service to the field.

After 33 years as head of Illinois TASC, Ms. Heaps will become TASC’s president emeritus and independent consultant on July 1.  Pam Rodriguez, TASC’s current executive vice president, will assume leadership of the statewide agency, which annually serves nearly 30,000 people in Illinois and provides training and consultation nationally.

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