Denise Williams | Outreach Coordinator
Denise Williams, a long-time Pasadena Community member is a mother and grandmother. She worked as a floral designer at Lauer’s Supermarket for 18 years before accepting a position as outreach coordinator for Northern Lights Against Substance Misuse after losing her son Ryan to an accidental overdose in 2015. In 2018, she lost her second son Matt (Ryan’s twin brother) to an overdose complicated with mental health issues.
Denise was a frequent panelist on the “Not My Child” program that ran from 2016 through 2018. She and her son Matt were featured in the 2016 documentary bringing awareness to Anne Arundel County’s opiate epidemic filmed by the University of Maryland film students. (to view google Univ. of MD viewfinder, search for 2016 Opiate Epidemic, click on “The Missing Half”). Denise has also been featured in a podcast (Drug Stories – My Twin Sons), radio shows, and tv segments on addiction and mental health. She has worked with SADD students at Northeast Sr High since 2016 on the Haunted House of Addiction. Denise is a member of Recovery Anne Arundel to bring awareness and education to addiction and mental health in the area. She also participates in the current Sound of Silence program to educate our youth on the dangers of untreated mental health issues. Denise along with her friend Ann Youngblood started the nonprofit “The Lance and Ryan Fund” to assist those in recovery financially. Denise, joined by her daughter Katie Williams Wargo, wrote and published a book titled “Hindsight the Unraveling Effects of Addiction”. A true story about her sons and living through addiction within the home. The book is available to purchase through Barnes and Noble’s website.