Teen SmokeStoppers Educators

Teen SmokeStoppers Educators, Sue Richards (left) and Mary Ellen Bolcer (right) pose with Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal at the SWIM Across the Sound's 8th Annual Cancer Survivor Breakfast on November 15, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. Blumenthal is an avid supporter of the SWIM program that both helps prevent teens from starting to smoke and helps them quit.



Mary Ellen Bolcer
SmokeStoppers Program Instructor, St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound

Maryellen Bolcer, Director of the SWIM's Teen SmokeStoppers program, is a former smoker who has developed dramatic and effective teaching techniques for teen smoking prevention and cessation. Drawing from personal experience and the adult SmokeStoppers program, she illustrates the dangers of smoking in innovative and unique ways for students. Bolcer is a dynamic speaker who has testified before the State Public Health Committee at the request of State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. She was recently named Health Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Association for School Health and a Woman of Substance by the Connecticut Post.



Susan Richards
 SmokeStoppers Program Instructor, St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound

Susan Richards spent more than 20 years working for Jacques Cousteau and his environmental organization, The Cousteau Society, as expedition coordinator for his ship, Calypso. The mother of two, she later volunteered her expertise in nonprofit fundraising for her children's school to help raise more than $100,000. A former smoker, Richards enjoyed working with young people so much; she approached St. Vincent's SWIM Across the Sound and asked to be a part of Teen SmokeStoppers so she could help teen avoid tobacco use.


Teen SmokeStoppers Program