Gail M. Weil is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Addictions Counselor, and is certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist/Learning Professional. Throughout her career, Gail has worked in a variety of social service settings in both direct service and administrative roles, including work with victims as well as offenders. These experiences have given her a deep appreciation for and insight into the complexity of issues faced by people from all walks of life. Since very early in her career, Gail has been passionate about educating youth as to the dangers of substance abuse. She has done considerable community education and public speaking on the drug and alcohol issue facing our youth today. She authored the article “Why adolescents should not drink alcohol….at all,” co-wrote a high school curriculum on substance abuse awareness that was offered to students for credit in D128, and created an Alternative to Suspension Program that is now utilized by 11 schools in Lake County. Gail is the Chair of the Public Awareness Committee for the Partnership for a Safer Lake County, the Treasurer of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, and the Co-chair for the Lake County Behavioral Health Anti Stigma Sub Committee.