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About Us

Be enough for yourself first. 
The rest of the world can wait!

 

Love, Cassidy is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization based in Grapevine, Texas that was founded in 2012 after Cassidy’s passing of an accidental drug overdose.  The foundation honors Cassidy’s memory by striving to help youth and their families overcome substance use disorders, as well as prevent underage substance abuse from even beginning.

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Why Love Cassidy
 

What Drives Us

When we lost Cassidy, we knew that we had to do something to help kids struggling with addiction. Losing Cassidy taught us that no one sets out to become addicted and self-destruct. No. They just happened to find something that changes the way they feel, and they want more. And for some people more turns into never enough. 

 

We’re driven to help kids avoid even trying substances by helping them embrace their personal power, and the hopes and dreams of their future. When they feel purposeful and empowered, then they are more apt to make powerful choices in the face of pressure.

 

Families and communities drive us too. We’ve all seen the devastation that addiction leaves on families and communities. Stigma and judgment keep people from understanding the scope of the problem, and seeking help. This is why we are driven to start conversations with families and communities. No one is immune to the damaging effects of addiction. When one person suffers, many people suffer. We truly are all in this together. And that’s what drives us.

What We Do

Prevention through education is a powerful tool for addressing the deadly disease of substance dependence. Love Cassidy provides both education and prevention programs for those affected by drug and alcohol dependence. We teach extracurricular courses for youth in Dallas-Fort Worth area schools, we lead support groups for parents, and our speaking engagements include community organizations, police departments, professional groups, and other venues where people are open to learning more about the signs and prevalence of substance abuse among youth.

About Love, Cassidy
 

OUR VISION

Love Cassidy inspires healthy and happy communities free of alcohol and drug abuse. With community engagement, Love Cassidy offers adolescents drug alternatives and opportunities to lead purposeful, creative lives.

Meet Our Board of Directors

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SUZANNE MITCHELL-SEWARD

Executive Director

Every single thing that Suzanne has experienced in her life has prepared her for what she is doing now, no book could have taught her these things.  And it is Suzanne’s Faith that keeps her going. One of Suzanne’s favorite quotes is “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them to become what they are capable of being.”  by Johann Wolfgang von Goth.

Helping others is the core of who Suzanne is.  Her passion is to help them find who they are, showing them self-awareness and what it means to be real, in the crazies of life. Building upon their strengths, helping them to find THEIR passion. To think strong ~ to be strong!

Suzanne has worked in the design field most of her career and has a home redesign/staging business.  Zach ~ Samantha ~ Cassidy are the three loves of her life. She always has a house full of dogs and a cat named Mitties, likes to travel, loves chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends.

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ZACH SEWARD

Communications Director

Zach is currently a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide at their corporate offices in Addison, Texas. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Merchandising and Digital Retail from The University of North Texas.

 Zach holds a close, personal passion for raising awareness through Love, Cassidy and will bring an invaluable perspective to driving the cause of awareness and prevention. Zach is the son of Executive Director; Suzanne Seward and he is also Cassidy’s brother. Zach has been involved with the foundation since its inception in 2013 and has assisted with multiple different fund-raising events throughout that time. He is a Grapevine native and currently lives in Uptown Dallas. He can be found on the weekends spending time with his girlfriend Whitney, playing soccer, and hanging out with his Lab-Border Collie mix, Stormy.

DON ELLIOTT

Treasurer

Don Elliott joined the foundation in 2019 as treasurer. He has an extensive background in treasurer experience and oversees all aspects of the foundation's finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements. Since the 1960s, Don has been instrumental in the management of multiple organization’s assets such as Tom Thumb Employees Credit Union, Xerox Laser Printer National Users Group, Knights of Columbus, and many more! 

 

During Don’s free time, he enjoys volunteering at the Senior Citizen Center and playing a round of golf. He is also an avid dog lover and enjoys spending time with his beautiful daughter, Sara, and his granddaughter, Brooklyn.

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KELLY SHIELDS

Program Director & Secretary

 

Kelly has an extensive background working for mission driven companies, previously working for Teach for America and Uplift Education and is currently an Executive Assistant Business Partner to the Vice President of HR at Uber Technologies. She holds a Bachelors of Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Kelly has been involved in various projects that Love, Cassidy has put on over the years. Kelly is a GCISD alumni, elementary through high school, and has recently moved back from living in California. Upon her return to DFW, she knew she wanted to get involved at a deeper level with Love, Cassidy to help serve the community in which she grew up. During her spare time, Kelly enjoys yoga, comedy shows, trying new restaurants, traveling and spending time with family and friends. 

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Advisory Team Committee

TINA CRAWFORD – CHAIRMAN

PARADISE COVE

JENNI HUBBY

J-HUB CONSULTING

DR. KAY TROTTER

KALEIDOSCOPE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

SGT. REBECCA GRAVES

GRAPEVINE POLICE

JENNIFER SARTIN

ALCOHOL AND ADDICTION SUPPORT

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