About Us

Michael L. Hecht

President of REAL Prevention LLC

Michael L. Hecht (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is President of REAL Prevention LLC (with Dr. Miller-Day) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University. Hecht specializes in developing and evaluating culturally grounded, narrative health messages to engage diverse communities. RP's evidence-based substance use drug prevention intervention, keepin' it REAL (kiR), started as a small R01 in the 1990s and has since been successfully disseminated and implemented in all 50 states and 53 other countries to 1 million youth each year. Hecht's work with Miller-Day spurred the creation of Real Prevention LLC., a business that provides consulting, training, support, and evaluation services to organizations interested in adopting kiR or developing new interventions. Current technology-based projects involve collaborations with the 4-H Clubs, Planned Parenthood, the US Embassy in Nicaragua, and the Miami, Florida schools on topics as diverse as sex education, HPV prevention, and media literacy. These projects utilize face-to-face delivery, e-learning curriculum, interactive video games, and apps to promote health among children, youth, and adults and has been supported by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Marchionne Foundation, Council for European Studies, Arizona Disease Control Commission and the Nemours Foundation among others. Hecht has served on NIH's Community-Level Health Promotion Review Group, including being selected as its chair, as well as on numerous editorial boards in communication and other fields.

Michelle Miller-Day

President of REAL Prevention LLC

Michelle Miller-Day (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is President of REAL Prevention LLC (with Dr. Hecht) and Professor of Communication at Chapman University. Dr. Miller-Day specializes in research, development, and evaluation of culturally grounded intervention programs. Her specific area of expertise is in designing narrative health messages for diverse communities, and in researching the relationship of family communication to health. Drs. Miller-Day and Hecht have been supported by numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and others. REAL Prevention's evidence-based drug prevention intervention, keepin' it REAL (kiR), started as a small R01 in the 1990s and has since been successfully disseminated and implemented in all 50 states and 53 other countries to 1 million youth each year. This led to the creation of Real Prevention LLC., a business that provides consulting, training, support, and evaluation services to organizations interested in adopting any of REAL Prevention's program or who are interested in developing new interventions. Current technology-based projects involve collaborations with the 4-H Clubs, Planned Parenthood, the US Embassy in Nicaragua, and the Miami, Florida schools on topics as diverse as sex education, HPV prevention, and media literacy. These projects utilize face-to-face delivery, e-learning curricula, interactive video games, and apps to promote health among children, youth, and adults. This work has been supported by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Marchionne Foundation, Council for European Studies, Arizona Disease Control Commission and the Nemours Foundation among others. Dr. Miller-Day has also participated in the Commercialization Acceleration Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to support rapid translation of research into programs that organizations can use. Dr. Miller-Day has more than 100 publications and is on numerous scholarly journal editorial boards in the fields of communication and heath.

Ms. Ann Bolser

Business Manager/CFO for REAL Prevention LLC

Ms. Bolser is the Business Manager and CFO for REAL Prevention. She has 35 years of experience in business, grants, management and education. While at Arizona State University she served as Executive Business Manager in the office of the President, then as Business Director for Arizona State's Public Events. As owner/manager of PaperworkPlus Ms. Bolser consulted with various including a charter school as well as other non-profit and for-profit organizations. As CFO/Business Manager for REAL Prevention, Ms. Bolser is responsible for grant and contract submission and administration as well as overall financial management, personnel, and planning.

Shannon D. Glenn

Research and Staff Assistant

Shannon D. Glenn (BA., Rutgers University) serves as the Research and Staff Assistant. Ms. Glenn is currently attending Rutgers University Graduate School of Communication and Information where she is studying communication and media research. She has worked on projects collaborating with the 4-H clubs focused on youth substance use prevention and with the Coalition of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey focused on youth gambling online gaming disorder. She is trained to conduct interviews and other research tasks, and has previous experience in customer support. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Glenn took part in the Euroscholar Research program where she lived for four months in Leuven, Belgium.

Erin Gillespie

Customer Service

Graduating with a degree in Strategic and Corporate Communication from Chapman University in 2018, Erin has a background in customer service and practical experience in client focused communication. She is passionate about health messaging and helping today's young people become educated about the risks involved with substance abuse.