About the center
About the center
About the center
                            Terree Schmidt-Whelan, Ph. D.
                                           Co-Director of the National Meth Center

                                           Terree Schmidt-Whelan has been at the Pierce County (Wash.)
                                           Alliance since 1980 and currently services as its executive director.

                                           Dr. Whelan's primary responsibility is for overall management, planning
                                           and operation of this large, private, non-profit corporation supporting a
                                           variety of social service programs. Primary programs include treatment
                                           court programs in support of the Pierce County Superior Court for
                                          adults, and family court. Other programs include government-subsidized
                                          drug and alcohol treatment programs and specialized programs for at
                                          -risk youth and foster care recruitment and support.

She also maintains legislative liaison and oversees grant development funding and resource allocation. Government relations/education for contract chemical dependency services in Washington State and at the federal level on forensic toxicology issues, methamphetamine and Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative.

The agency has been consistently recognized for managerial, program, excellence and innovation by outside evaluators and governmental authorities.

Appointments and boards:
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Operation: Allied Against Meth Task Force Committee
  • Operation: Allied Against Meth – Demand Reduction Committee
  • Safe Streets Campaign
  • Governor’s Methamphetamine Coordinating Committee
  • Washington State Association of Drug Courts, treasurer
  • Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative
  • Washington State HIDTA Board
  • Participant on Subcommittee on Sentencing Reform for Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

  • Recognized by the Washington State Patrol Investigative Assistance Division for “Leadership role with the Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative”
  • Recognized by the Washington State Interagency Network Against Substance
  • Abuse for “Commitment and Leadership to the YES on Referendum 43Campaign”
  • Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency recognizes Alliance for “Outstanding Achievement by a Non-Profit Organization”
  • Washington Council on Crime and Delinquency recognizes Alliance for “Outstanding Achievement by a Non-Profit Organization”
  • Alliance received “Excellence in Management Award” from the Medina Foundation
  • Selected as one of “12 Outstanding Young Women in America”
  • Recognized by the Tacoma TASC for “Outstanding Lobbying Services”

  • Ph.D. in Health and Human Services/Forensic Toxicology, 1997
  • Masters work, Public Administration, 1987
  • B.A., Psychology, 1973

  • Innovative Treatment Protocol for Cocaine & Methamphetamine
  • Methpedia.org – A Virtual Web Training Site
  • Monograph: Fighting Meth in Washington State
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Creation of Urinalysis Testing Laboratory
  • The Educator: Pierce County Alliance Drug Court leads Washington State Drug Court Movement