Board Members

Ted Huntington

Ted Huntington

President

Ted Huntington is a retired Law Enforcement & Proficiency Skills Subject Matter Expert – Police Academy Instructor / Training Specialist.
Jason Hutchings

Jason Hutchings

Vice President

Jason is the Executive Director of Awakening Recovery Center. He is passionate about helping individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

Edward Upshaw

Edward Upshaw

Secretary & Acting Treasurer

Commander Edward “Ed” Upshaw is a thirty-two year veteran of the Chandler Police Department with over twenty-four years in supervision and leadership.
Michael Japenga

Michael Japenga

Member at Large

Mike Japenga has served as pastor at Chandler Presbyterian Church, which houses the “Chandler I AM Project”, since 2015.
Melissa Kowalski

Melissa Kowalski

Member at Large

Melissa joined the ICAN team in 2012 and is the Chief Program Officer, overseeing ICAN’s Youth, Family and Community Programs.
Randy Melle

Randy Melle

Member at Large

Randy is a grieving parent, a member at large and hopeful. His son Adam passed away at the age of 25 after years of battling his opioid addiction.

Our Story

The Chandler IAM Project is a collaborative effort initiated by the Chandler Police Department in response to the growing tide of overdoses in our community. Through partnership with those in the recovery field, families of loss, Chandler Fire Department, Chandler Substance Use Task Force, Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, and other community leaders we created the Chandler IAM Project which offers hope, access to quality treatment, resources, and support for those affected by opioid addiction. We believe that every person should be afforded the opportunity to receive treatment regardless of their financial means.

Since 2015, the Chandler Presbyterian Church has housed the Chandler IAM Project, offering a neutral ground where those suffering from addiction can find safe haven. The space for the Project was donated for free.

Values & Beliefs

Everyone deserves help

We believe every person should be afforded the opportunity to receive treatment regardless of their financial means.

Family is important

Family is always welcome and will also have support available to them during this process.

Each path is different

We aim to determine an individuals needs and what resources might be appropriate. We work with you to develop a plan together

Don’t Wait Any Longer. Start Forging Your Own Path Today!