Founder and Executive Director
Alexis Pleus, Board President, Founder of Truth Pharm. Alexis Founded Truth Pharm in January 2016.
Alexis Pleus is the Founder and Executive Director of Truth Pharm. In addition, she serves on the National Action Committee for “Facing Addiction” assisting in developing their advocacy and action agenda.
Alexis is a licensed professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction industry and was an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome in the Civil Engineering Technology program. She developed and provided in-house corporate education at each of her employers and has also taught for the Corporate Education and Continuing Education Program through SUNY Broome at local corporations such as Lockheed and Link.
In August of 2014, Alexis lost her oldest son, Jeff, to a heroin overdose. Though sympathetic and compassionate to her son while he battled his substance use disorder, Alexis learned only after his death that the dogma as to how to respond to the disease of heroin/opioid addiction that was taught to her while he was alive, was false. Determined to spare other parents or individuals from facing the same discrimination she faced and desire to provide all of those touched by addiction with accurate information, Alexis founded Truth Pharm with a primary focus on raising awareness, reducing stigma and providing education on substance use disorder, with particular emphasis on the opioid/heroin epidemic.
Alexis is a dynamo who has accomplished more in one year since founding Truth Pharm than most fully staffed organizations fighting this Epidemic could hope to accomplish in a decade. For an exhaustive list of her achievements please click here.
Some highlights of Alexis’ accomplishments for 2016 are:
- She assisted SAMHSA in developing tools for families who have lost loved ones due to substance use related issues.
- She was a Keynote Speaker for Genesee County Victims Assistance week in 2016.
- She was a panel speaker at Greene High School, Bainbridge High School, Oxford High School, Sherburne-Earlville High School and Walton High School
- She was a Keynote Speaker at Binghamton University, Binghamton Blueprint Launch in 2016
- She published an article in The Fix in February 2016
- She had an article about her and her son published in The Guardian in April 2016
- She provides corporate training on substance use and substance use disorder