Susan Wagener, M.Ed., LCDC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Certified AEPM instructor
Certified Grief Counselor
Thomas (Bodie) Wagener, M.Ed.
Principal, Career & Technology Eduction
Certified AEPM instructor
Educators with 30+ yrs. experience working with middle school, HS and
As a counselor and principal we have
experience with youth dealing with alcohol and/or other drug related issues,
including alcohol poisoning.
However, we never thought we
needed to speak with our own son.
Michael wasn’t the ‘drinker’ or ‘partier’.
He was ‘taking care of business’ at college.
We had ‘driven-home’ the point of a designated driver.
(Michael had a d.d. that last night.)
All our lives changed in one night.
In response to such a senseless tragedy, we developed an
alcohol awareness program, Reaching Others
through Teaching, Tragedy, and a Personal Touch.
It has been so important to us as parents
to get a message out:
This can happen to anyone.
It is not a matter of
Passing out is not the same
as sleeping it off.
It is illegal if you are
Excessive drinking even in
one night can kill.
Our goal is to educate our youth and adults responsible for them
and have concern about their well-being.
Reaching Others through Teaching, Tragedy & Personal Touch
As a parent, educator or community
leader you are a powerful influence in any young person’s life.
Your awareness of this information will assist in opening lines of
communication with regards to alcohol consumption.
People focus on drunk driving, but we really don’t communicate too much
on alcohol poisoning. We need to
focus on both; the necessity for a designated driver and the lethal limit of
Education alone cannot make the same impact as real people,
INITIATIVES & PROJECTS
· 21st birthday
card project (every student at A & M will receive a card prior to 21st
birthday with prevention and intervention information on alcohol poisoning)
to share alcohol awareness (to be used especially in Health and Fitness
on alcohol awareness with the Federation of TAMU Mothers’ Club, Aggie Moms’
Clubs across the state, and Fish Camp counselors, TAMU Corps of Cadets
Work with Mothers’ Against
group support facilitator for traumatic grief
assistance program & alcohol awareness program
Work with Sam Houston
State University on alcohol prevention programs:
21st birthday card project similar to TAMU
on alcohol awareness during RID week
for Alcohol Summit, 2007, 2009
Work with SAMHSA, Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on
educational video, 2007
Work with Harris County
Juvenile Probation First Offender’s Program
Gave testimony in 2004 & ’05 before the Texas House of
Representatives Committee for reviewing underage drinking & assisted in
encouraging legislation to protect our youth (three bills filed)
In 2004 gave testimony before the Texas Sunset Review
Committee for TABC
Contact us for more info