atTAcK addiction is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group created in memory of Tyler Armstrong Keister after his accidental overdose. Our goal is to help young people realize the dangers of alcohol and drugs so that they and their families never have to experience the pain, tragedy and loneliness that accompany addiction.
Our mission is to raise awareness about the disease of addiction. Through educating communities, assisting families in their quest for information and supporting those in recovery, atTAcK addiction seeks to remove the stigma of addiction by effecting positive change in Delaware.
The main purpose of the group is to educate and bring awareness of addiction as a disease, rather than the stigma that is suffered in shame by the person with the disease and their loved ones. Attack Addiction seeks to educate by speaking at schools, prisons and any other venues where there is an interest in learning more about the disease of addiction. We strive to bring real and effective change to existing drug policy, We are not a support group, but we end up supporting those in recovery, those who have a loved one in recovery or those who have lost a loved one to the disease.
atTAcK addiction Leadership Team
Don Keister, Tyler’s dad, has been serving as the Headmaster at Caravel Academy since 2003. Caravel Academy is a private college preparatory school nestled in the community of Bear, DE.
Dawn is the mother of two young adults in recovery, where she has encountered endless hours, expenses, multiple recovery facilities and lots of “tough love” for her family. She is dedicated to raising awareness for the disease of addiction along with assisting to remove the stigma associated with it. Addiction is a family disease and she wants to help families have resources to cope with the downstream impacts.
Dawn resides in Wilmington, DE with her husband, Karl and their three dogs; Jazz, Ginger and Bear, where she is a senior vice president at Bank of America.
Dave lost his son, Gregory Hill Humes, to the disease of addiction in May of 2012. He is proud to have been asked to serve as a board member of atTAcK addiction, and is also a board member of Brandywine Counseling & Community Service and the Coordinator Public Policy of Shatterproof.
Dave lives in Wilmington with wife, Gail Oakford Humes, who is also an active member of atTAcK Addiction. He is the owner of Fluid Detection Technology, LLC, a company that provides protection to data centers and for environmentally sensitive areas.
Becky has been a school nurse and is a past president of the Delaware School Nurses Association. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and serves on their board of directors as the Delaware representative. Becky is the mother of a daughter in long term recovery and knows both personally and professionally the impact the disease of addiction has on families and communities.
Bernie is the father of a drug abuser who has been in recovery for over 14 years and he has been involved with Nar-Anon (a 12 step recovery program for the families and friends of addicts) for more than 28 years. Like all of the other members of atTAcK addiction, he is anxious to have the stigma attached to the disease of addiction removed. Great steps towards this goal have already been reached through aTAcK addiction and much more is being accomplished. Bernie recently retired after working in the hair fashion industry for over 50 years and resides in the Wilmington area.
Doug is a retired Delaware State Trooper, and corporate security executive, who brings over 25 years of emergency service to the table. Doug is a parent of a recovering addict and is dedicated to educating families about the dangers of addiction as well as offering support to those families in need.
Joyce is the mother of Jeanne Keister and Tyler’s grandmother. She is retired after working for many years for a local C.P.A. firm and as the secretary for the general manager of Hotel duPont.
Chapter Leader, Sussex County
Pauline, with the support of her husband Bill, started the Sussex County Chapter of atTAcK addiction, following a very difficult period of trying to find appropriate services for her son who was asking for help with his addiction to heroin. Some of the goals of the Sussex Chapter are to break through the denial that exists in this county, to raise community awareness through education, and to offer support to individuals and their families who are impacted by Substance Abuse Disorders.
Pauline came to the States as a trained British Nanny, and over the years graduated from Delaware State University with a degree in Social Work.
Coordinator of Volunteers
“Bob” and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three adult children, two of whom are in long-term recovery after battling the disease of addiction for a number of years. He joined atTAcK addiction after learning how the group was making a difference educating about the disease of addiction, and supporting individuals and family members impacted by the disease. Bob is excited to be part of the group’s positive messages of hope and support and is honored to serve as atTAcK addiction’s Coordinator of Volunteers.
Bob is retired from a 38 year career in accounting and finance with DuPont.