A Message from our Executive Director
Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, Inc. (PAAN). This year marks our 30th year in existence and, more importantly, 30 years of never wavering in our efforts to prevent violence and drug abuse in the City of Brotherly Love.
Our fundamental strategy is best exemplified by our motto, “we make house calls”.
PAAN’s commitment to outreach is a reflection of our realization that a helping hand must sometimes be attached to an extremely long arm. You may see our vehicles anywhere at any time as our programs operate every day of the week and nearly all day. We concentrate on the neighborhoods hardest hit by violence. Some may be ready to give up on these areas, but PAAN knows that in even the most violent parts of the city, the vast majority of the residents want peace. We also recognize that the vast majority of potential offenders would welcome an alternative to their violent lifestyle. For that reason, we work to support anyone who wants a better way.
The most important word in our name is the word Network. James Mills, our founder, recognized that violence prevention and substance abuse reduction require tremendous collaboration. We are very thankful for all of our partners including every Philadelphian who wants to make this city become the safest in the world.
Together, we can make that desire a reality.
George D. Mosee, J., Esquire
George D. Mosee, Jr.
Board of Directors
Ms. Mills is the widow of the founding Director James J. Mills. where she actively participates in late husband's life work. She retires from Hahnemann Hospital in 2018, as a Pharmacy Technician.
Sidney M. Grobman, D.O., J.D.
A Generational Practitioner for 60 years and a Lawyer for 30 years, Dr. Grobman has spent his career as an advocate for the underserved. Dr. Grobman is the founding member of Susan G. Koman Medical Advisory Board.
Sharon Coates, M.Ed
Ms. Dawson-Coates is an accomplished educator and program planner. She has spent over two decades working to improve urban elementary and middle schools, and is currently employed by Trenton Public Schools. She is an active leader in her community serving as Secretary for the Friends of the Free Library, Eastwick Branch, and is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Quaker City Alumnae Chapter. She joined the Board of PAAN in 2017.
Dr. Joel Fein
Joel A. Fein MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Rev. Blane J. Newberry
Reverend Blane J. Newberry is a native Philadelphian, married to Cathy Leigh Newberry. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia. Reverend Newberry has worked previously in Philadelphia as a Gang Prevention Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Recreation Leader; and U. S. Probation and Parole Officer for the Third Circuit Court in the Eastern District of Philadelphia.
Meet Our Executive Team
Director of Intensive Prevention Services
Angela E. White
Director of Operations
Director of Field & Community Relations
Director of Human Services
School, Faith-based & Government Relations
"Never cheat a child"