Biography – Ted Huntingon
Ted has a passion to see individuals overcome challenges and experience breakthrough. During his childhood Ted experienced the death of his father, a mother who suffered from mental illness & addiction, being placed in numerous foster homes, and his two biological sisters losing their lives to the disease of addiction. It was his faith, his family, and amazing people he encountered in his life that gave him encouragement & tools that empowered him to Thrive & Breakthrough his challenges, develop Resiliency and experience success. Ted is passionate about paying it forward and affording the same opportunities to others.
Ted is an Internationally “Certified Prevention Specialist” and has a diversified background with experience in Substance Abuse Prevention, Law Enforcement, Pastoral Care and Social Work. He is currently the Community Programs Manager for ICAN in Chandler, Arizona where he manages the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse and coordinates the multi-sector and city “Chandler / Gilbert Substance Use & Treatment Task Force.” He is also the Substance Coordinator for Gilbert’s “East Valley Behavioral Health Coalition”, sits on a variety of committees from the Governs Office of Youth, Faith & Family and is the president of the board for the “Chandler I Am Project.”
Ted has an ability to connect with individuals of all ages & speaks to hundreds of teens, parents and community members every year focusing on empowering individuals with resiliency and success tools.
Ted retired from the Mesa Police Department where he specialized in Violent Crimes Investigations and Training as an AZ POST Subject Matter Expert for Police Proficiency Skills specializing in preparing officers to maximize performance under stress and survive physical & deadly encounters. Ted worked as a Field Training officer and taught at 3 state police academies. He obtained 13 Train the Trainer certifications and has been classified as a “Use of Force” Expert in Superior court..
Ted was also fortunate to have served as the Pastor and Children’s Services Director for the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa, Arizona where he counseled youth & parents from challenged backgrounds and managed a staff of 28-20 professional care providers & counselors.