Michael Gray is the CEO of Actus Analytical, Inc., which
develops spectroscopy solutions for public safety
compliance, illicit drug detection, agricultural
productivity and other applications. Nancy Gray has
spent the bulk of her adult life – and the Gray’s 32
years of marriage – dedicated to the loving care of her
family and has now joined with Michael in support of
The introduction of Synthetic Opioid Chemicals (a.k.a.
Fentanyl) into the illicit drug supply stream is nothing
less than a paradigm shift1 to the decades-long “Opioid
Crisis” in the USA. This means all aspects of illicit
drug use must be considered to save lives, since any
single instance of illicit opioid use may lead to death.
The time to see the threat as related only to “addicts”
and “overdose” is long past; indeed, it is the old
Michael is a popular speaker, offering unique analyses
and suggestions for creative solutions to a new problem,
i.e., an old problem with a recently altered paradigm1.
Michael walks participants through the murky world of
the drug problem clarifying the threat and dispelling
myths. He is advisor to numerous Congressional Members
and a close partner to the Chairs and Ranking Members of
key committees. He has testified before Congress and has
three times been a guest of the White House. The
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
(the “Drug Czar) and its Director, Mr. James W. Carroll,
is a close partner.
The Actus Foundation also advocates for the mentally
ill, striving to deliver the message that mental illness
is a disease the entire family suffers, and suffers in
isolation; there are no well-worn paths to solutions
available to those in chronic states of mental illness,
as there are for medical patients. For all our success
in medical science – diagnostic practices,
treatment/care and patient advocacy – our nation has
left behavioral science in the stone age. Our practice
of psychiatric care – diagnostic practices,
treatment/care and patient advocacy – is the ugly
stepchild hidden in the attic as the country proudly
displays her medical science wonders to the world.
Virginia Krieger is a former nurse and investigative
analyst for The Hartford specializing in disability
fraud. She has applied her extensive background in
investigative analysis to the growing issues surrounding
this drug epidemic and illicit fentanyl. She has
completed two independent research projects studying
high impact areas in Ohio, which is ground zero for this
epidemic, and around the nation. She has presented her
findings to leadership in the State of Ohio and the
Federal Government, including Ohio Senator Rob Portman
and Congressman Jim Jordan. Additionally, Mrs. Krieger
has testified before the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee
in opposition to Ohio Senate Bill 3 (which would lower
penalties associated with drug trafficking);
successfully opposed Ohio Issue 1 which would have
lowered penalties for possession of illicit fentanyl and
will be the keynote speaker at the next National
Sheriff's Association (NSA) annual meeting; she has been
a guest on numerous radio stations and podcasts
educating the public and sounding the alarm regarding
illicit fentanyl; has spoken at recovery events and
rallies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.
Most importantly, she suffers an anguish shared by more
than 100,000 American families: she lost her lost her
only daughter Tiffany to counterfeit pills (“Percocet”)
containing heroin and illicit fentanyl, on February 2,
2015. Tiffany was not a drug user, nor was she addicted
to anything. She was given a single dose of “Percocet"
(fake) by someone she knew, when suffering an injury for
which, ironically, she was not prescribed pain
medications due to the newer, more restrictive
prescribing practices. Tiffany was the victim of the new
paradigm of the Drug Crisis; the non-addicted victim.
Like so many bereaved parents, Virginia wanted to save
other children in the crosshairs of Fentanyl, and with
that save other mothers and fathers the anguish she
feels each day without her precious Tiffany. To do so,
she founded Parents Against Illicit Narcotics (P-A-I-N)
to promote drug awareness and prevention efforts in our
communities. This is accomplished through collaborative
efforts with local grass roots organizations who promote
drug awareness and education to the general public
through a website and ongoing research projects. Mrs.
Krieger is a founder and Board Director of the Fentanyl
Awareness Coalition, a national organization bringing
together the voices of those living victims of Synthetic
Virginia Krieger brings a unique perspective to the
Opioid Crisis. Losing a non-addicted, non-user child to
this Crisis, while suffering the anguish of addiction as
well, since her youngest son Zachary fell into substance
abuse due to the intense grief he experience when losing
his sister. Zach nearly died in October 2020 from meth
contaminated with acetyl-fentanyl. Such contamination
(a.k.a. “lacing” is part of the new paradigm). He is now
sober, but anyone suffering the anxiety of a family
member with a Substance Use Disorder knows that her fear
and suffering are a constant, and, much like the grief
of losing a child, permanent.
Jaime Puerta is a United States Marine Corps Veteran, and the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Puerta & Associates, Inc.; a small Interpreting business which specializes in furnishing Certified Interpreters to Attorney’s, Doctors and Courts working in the Workman’s Compensation field in the State of California. He resides in Santa Clarita, California, with his wife Claudia and dog “Birdie”.
Jaime became involved in the fight against Fentanyl when his only son Daniel passed away due to Fentanyl Poisoning on April 6, 2020.
Once he became involved, he immediately came to the conclusion that it was imperative to bring as many Fentanyl Advocacy and Awareness groups under one umbrella, noting that there is power in numbers; hence, the idea for a coalition came to light.
Jaime is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, and rides his motorcycles whenever time permits him to do so.
Ed Kobilis worked in a research lab for a large chemical company for 18 years before switching careers in 1998. He has been owner and operator of Elite Personal Training and Wellness for the past 23 years. Ed is a bereaved parent who lost his son to illicit fentanyl in 2018.
Steve Filson retired in 2009 after a 31 year career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff, and San Bernardino Police Department. Steve is the owner of a private security company, and a member of the Administrative Staff of the Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino. The Academy, serving grades 6-12, is designed for students desiring to enter the public safety career field. Steve is a bereaved parent who lost his daughter to illicit fentanyl in January 2020. He lives in Highland, California with his wife, Cheri, and their 4 year old granddaughter, Elara.
Amy is a yoga & fitness instructor, small business owner, board member of Alexander Neville Foundation (ANF), and mother of two from Laguna Niguel. Alexander, her first-born son,
lost his life from fentanyl. He was fourteen with high school and his whole life still ahead of him. Alex was in an experimental phase,
took a single pill one night and never woke up.
Since losing her son, Amy has devoted her time to continuing to raise her daughter and bringing greater awareness of
fentanyl to the general public. Her efforts have brought her in touch with experts in every area of the fentanyl/opioid crisis including:
DEA officials, prosecutors, Southern California county sheriffs, California state legislators, rehabilitation counselors, teachers,
and young adults like her son, Alex. Each interaction informs her efforts and allows her to spread this message.
Amy is currently working with Capistrano Unified School District PTA organization to share her knowledge with parents and students.
In addition, she is actively persuing legislation at a state level and building a network and larger base of volunteers to
inform the public.