Community Forums

Relationship Abuse – Recognizing and Ending Relationship Violence

Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Gillespie Center
2590 Commerce Blvd.
Mound, MN


  • Carol Arthur, Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Project
  • Helen Chargo, Executive Director Sojourner Project
  • Leah Weycker, Executive Director of WeCan.

Panel Discussion:

  • Chief Farniok, Orono Police Department
  • Chief Paul Falls, Minnetrista Police Department
  • Superintendent Kevin Borg, Mound Westonka Schools

A relationship that starts out happy and caring turns into one marked by fear, control and violence. Abusive relationships can happen to anyone regardless of age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, education, or gender. The one and only goal of the abuser is to gain and maintain complete control of their partner. Abusers can and do harm their partner, as domination and threats escalate to verbal abuse and physical violence.

The goal of this forum is to educate the community about the realities of relationship violence and the common warning signs, to provide critical resources, and to encourage a community-wide commitment to identifying and ending such destructive behavior in our midst.

Current Trends in Drug Abuse and What Parents Need to Know

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Gillespie Center
2590 Commerce Blvd.
Mound, MN

Keynote speaker:

  • Carol Falkowski, Nationally recognized drug abuse expert and author of Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals

This fast-paced presentation will address the newest trends in youth drug abuse:

  • Heroin
  • Prescription Drugs and the non-medical use
  • Why the increases in abuse?
  • How far reaching is the impact?
  • How can you tell if your child is using?
  • What is being done to lessen the number of people abusing?

Other topics include:

  • An update on heroin use in our communities- West Metro Drug Task Force
  • Paul Trobiani, a personal story
  • Local awareness and prevention, Q & A – Kevin Borg, Correy Farniok


  • Lili McMillan, Orono
  • Sarah Reinhardt, Spring Park
  • Mark Hanus, Mound

Council Member:

  • Ray Salazar, Mound

Police Chiefs:

  • Correy Farniok, Orono
  • Dean Mooney, Mound
  • Paul Falls, Minnetrista


  • Kevin Borg, Westonka I.S.D

School Resource Officers:

  • Jami Wittke, Mound
  • Pat Cummings, Minnetrista

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office:

  • Major Kip Carver

West Metro Drug Task Force Officer:

  • Tim Sonnek, Orono

Recovery Community Professionals:

  • Charles Hilger, Treatment Program Director, Valhalla Place, Inc.
  • Howard McMillan, LADC, MN Recovery Counselors

Sponsors for the public awareness meetings:

  • Mound Crime Prevention Association
  • Cities of Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Spring Park
  • Westonka School District
  • Orono School District