Board Members

Meet the I AM Projects leadership

Edward Upshaw

Edward Upshaw

President & Treasurer

Commander Edward “Ed” Upshaw is a thirty-two year veteran of the Chandler Police Department with over twenty-four years in supervision and leadership.

Randy Melle

Randy Melle

Vice President

Randy is a grieving parent, a member at large and hopeful. His son Adam passed away at the age of 25 after years of battling his opioid addiction.

Katrina Wiggers

Katrina Wiggers

Secretary

After moving to the Gilbert area, Katrina connected with the I AM Projects, through her daughter and son-in-law, who work in the recovery  community.

Jason Hutchings

Jason Hutchings

Member at Large

Jason is the Executive Director of Awakening Recovery Center. He is passionate about helping individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

Our story and values

About the I AM Projects

The I AM Projects is a collaborative effort initiated by the Chandler Police Department in response to the growing tide of overdoses in our community. Through partnership with those in the recovery field, families of loss, Chandler Fire Department, Chandler Substance Use Task Force, Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, and other community leaders we created the I AM Project which offers hope, access to quality treatment, resources, and support for those affected by opioid addiction.

We believe that every person should be afforded the opportunity to receive treatment regardless of their financial means.

Since 2015 the Chandler Presbyterian Church, has housed the “I AM Projects”, offering a neutral ground for those suffering from addiction. This safe haven was donated for free to support the project.

Everyone deserves treatment and support

We believe that every person should be afforded the opportunity to receive treatment regardless of their financial means.

Family can play a vital role in recovery

Family support is very important not only for the individual but for the families as well.

Every path to recovery is different

We determine your individual needs and what resources might be appropriate. We will walk side-by-side as you take this journey.

Don’t Wait Any Longer. Start Forging Your Own Path Today!