Dr. Curt Scarborough, author of the FreeWay
and PeaceMaker curricula, was born in Benton, Illinois in 1935. The son of a coal miner, he is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University. He holds several graduate and post-graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Columbia Pacific University.
Curt joined FreeWay in 1975 as Vice President and Director of Education. He was promoted to
President and CEO in 1983 and retired in 2007 after 32
years of service. FreeWay is "America's premier resource for safe and drug-free schools."
Additionally, Curt has served in many civic and volunteer roles, including as executive director of the American Council on Alcohol Problems for eleven years. He has authored more than 40 books, including FreeWay drug prevention (6 volumes) and PeaceMaker violence prevention (3 volumes), which together make up the core curriculum used by hundreds of school districts in 40 states.
For many years Curt wrote a weekly column, "Drug Quiz," which was syndicated in more than 2,400 newspapers throughout the United States. Hundreds of his essays, feature articles, and short stories have been published in national monthly magazines and scientific journals.
Curt was married to his wife RuthAnn for 57 years (deceased in 2013). They are the proud parents of two married children, grandparents of seven grandchildren, and devoted caregivers to a rescued retired racing greyhound named
Wendell Thompson, FreeWay Project Coordinator & Trainer, has served with FreeWay Foundation since 2004. Wendell's passion for
teaching children has driven him to teach over 15,000 area public school students to live a life free
of drugs, alcohol and violence. As FreeWay Project
Coordinator, he oversees the operation of the program
and is responsible for training new prevention
specialists. He recently received his Doctor of Christian Counseling degree from Pillsbury College & Seminary in St.
Meet Keisha Thompson
Keisha Thompson is the Program Administrator for FreeWay Project. She is responsible for fundraising and managing the daily operations and activities of FreeWay Project. Keisha received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has served in a variety of administrative roles for other nonprofit organizations. Before joining FreeWay Project, her work experience included working as a Certified Child Life Therapist with Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and working as an elementary teacher for a private school.
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