About Us

Coalition Staff

Jonathan Lewis

Chief Operating Officer

In 2010, Jonathan began volunteering with the Levy County PIPSA Coalition.  After a year of volunteering, the Coalition was able to acquire a small amount of funding and subsequently hired its first ever paid staff member, Jonathan Lewis.  Since 2011, Jonathan has worked to build the infrastructure of the Coalition providing a strong foundation for acquiring additional funding and services.  Over the past eight years the Coalition has doubled its membership, increased annual revenue by 550% and added multiple programs and strategies for county youth. 

Deedee Merando

Coordinator of Coalition Development

“Children need models rather than critics.” ~Joseph Joubert
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men/women.” ~Frederick Douglas

I became a part of the Levy County Prevention Coalition Team in September of 2018. I love that I can use my education and experience in teaching and business administration to be a part of something that I feel makes a difference in our community; not just a job, but a mission. As a mother of three grown children I know it “takes a village” to see our children become healthy, happy, and successful adults and the LCPC is part of that “village” as they offer many programs that provide guidance, education, and mentors to help our youth make better choices for their future. They also have a strong commitment to see Levy County be a healthy and thriving community.

When I am not at the office I enjoy being the Director of the Fine Arts/Worship Minister and Business Administrator at Cornerstone Church Williston.

Samantha Dean

Community Projects Coordinator

I have been working with children and youth in Levy County for 15+ years. I love helping and building a rapport with them and their families. I began working with the Prevention Coalition in March 2019. As a former Early Childhood Educator, I’m excited to bring my passion to the Prevention Coalition!

Octavious Lee

Senior Project Assistant

Emmanuel Leath

Project Assistant

Keirstan Crumpton

Project Assistant

Molly Miller

Project Assistant

Board Members

Crystal Seley
Mission Family Williston

Chris Cowart
Jac-Pac Distributors

W.O. “Brett” Beauchamp III
Undersheriff Levy County Sheriff’s Office

Robert Wells
Meridian Behavioral Health

Edith Brown
Retired Levy County Sheriff’s Office

Annie Battles
Honorary Board Member
Bay Area Youth Services, Inc

Chief Dennis Strow
Honorary Board Member
Williston Police Department

Sheriff Robert McCallum
Honorary Board Member
Levy County Sheriff’s Office

Superintendent Jeff Edison
Honorary Board Member
School Board of Levy County


The Coalition’s General Body, the general membership of the Coalition meets throughout the year to discuss upcoming events, implementation of programs and strategies, assess community needs, update community planning documents and present new information to the general public. If you are interested in joining the Coalition, please contact us.

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