The Children's Friend Foundation
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Together, We'll Bring Hope & Healing to Those Suffering From Addiction

The Children's Friend Foundation

The goal of The Children’s Friend Foundation is to bring awareness and understanding about the disease of addiction. One of our purposes is to promote addiction prevention by seeking out and supporting those who effectively communicate strategies that prevent addictions of all types, and encouraging the creation of powerful media that disseminates information about the latest neuroscientific research.

Nearly 12% of children in the United States under the age of 18 live in homes with a substance-dependent or substance-abusing parent. The choices their parents make “can have profound effects on children, including child abuse and neglect, injuries and deaths related to motor vehicle accidents, and increased odds that the children will become substance dependent or abusers themselves” (NSDUH, “Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parents: 2002 to 2007”).

Marie Jim


Marie and I started the Children's Friend Foundation to help other people experiencing the helpless and hopeless feelings that come with having a loved one with addiction.  We struggled with our son Mike as we desperately tried to help him.

We know about the overwhelming need to find answers to some of the following questions about addiction:

  • Why are our attempts to help failing?
  • Was this our fault?
  • What is addiction?
  • Is it really a disease?

Sadly, we received answers to these questions too late to help our son, Mike. But through this great loss in our lives was born a deep desire and determination to help other people find answers, hope and recovery.


Marie Clegg

Co-Founder of The Children’s Friend Foundation

Marie Clegg is the co-founder of The Children’s Friend Foundation with her husband Jim. They organized the Foundation in 2009.  Marie was born in Provo, Utah, graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City, and attended Brigham Young University.  She is the mother of five children and twenty-three grandchildren.  She is a professional home maker.

Jim Clegg

Co-Founder of The Children’s Friend Foundation

Jim Clegg is the co-founder of The Children’s Friend Foundation along with his wife Marie.  Jim was born in Park City, Utah, graduated from Granite High School and has a B.S. Degree in Management and Marketing from the  University of Utah School of Business.  His professional career has included working for the Firestone Corporation, Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceuticals, O.C. Tanner Company, Impact Imaging,  IHC Transportation, and the Institute for Addition Study.

Kim Griesemer

Board Member

Kim is a retired executive, having worked in varied industries, including law, construction, hazardous waste removal and printing.   As part of her encore career, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah in 2007 with a BA in English and served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Quito, Ecuador.  She has four accomplished children, nine perfect grandchildren and a strong desire to make the world a better place for them.

Steve Clegg

Board Member

Steve graduated from the University of Utah in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Health Administration. His professional career includes sales for major Fortune 500 companies and 25 years with Feature Films for Families, Inc., working in sales, the schools program, as manager of the Commercial Program and Payroll and Benefits Administrator. For the last four years, he has been a facilitator in the Addiction Recovery Program for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Reece Openshaw

Board Member

With an MBA and over 20 year of marketing and business development experience, Reece is a strong addition to the team. Reece is a Utah native and proud graduate of the University of Utah. If asked, Reece will tell you that his biggest key to success is to “Always look for ways to create value and improve the life of others”.

Mark Petersen

Board Member

Mark Petersen was born in Denver, Colorado.  He has a History B.A. from the University of Colorado and a J.D. from Brigham Young University.  He has worked for Carlson Associates in Colorado, NuSkin Enterprises, Franklin Quest (Covey), USANA and 4Life Research.  Mark has been involved in building businesses in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe and Latin America.  Next to the love of his family, church and country he has a focus on helping people succeed through his career opportunities and various voluntary associations including the Children’s Friend Foundation, the United States Naval Academy and youth sports.

Brant Blanch

Board Member
Brant Marsden Blanch is currently attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City Utah and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health as well as a second baccalaureate in Neuroscience.  He is employed by the Institute for Addiction Study and has been a part of the institute for more than 5 years.   He currently sits on the advisory board of the Children’s Friend Foundation, a charitable organization focused on addiction prevention and recovery.  He has an interest in understanding the science of addiction and in using modern medical practices and research techniques to make recovery a reality.

Cory Reich

Board Member

Dr. Cory A. Reich received his Ph.D. in Child Studies and Human Development from the University of Maryland where he was honored as a Graduate Fellow.  He also earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Reich is guided by his deep interest in the human condition and the desire to understand the factors that lead to a joyful and meaningful life.  His goals are to help people eliminate their weaknesses and maximize their strengths.

Dr. Reich’s experiences in private practice, life and corporate coaching, residential programs and multiple clinical supervisory positions have allowed him to reach his ultimate goal of helping people.  Dr. Reich is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, which was created with the intent to provide instructional materials, understanding and support to those affected by addiction.  Dr. Reich has worked with the Pretty Shield Foundation, serving the Crow Tribe in Montana, providing remedial services for families affected by meth addiction.  He has also been involved in publishing articles and books dedicated to helping those impacted by addiction.  Dr. Reich is currently the Executive Director for The Phoenix Recovery and Counseling Services.

Dania Rice

Board Member

Dania has a B.A. in Journalism from Brigham Young University. She emphasized in broadcasting, launching her into the world of television. In 2013 she became Miss Lehi and partnered with The Children’s Friend Foundation to educate dozens of schools in Utah about the disease of addiction. Dania worked closely with the Utah High School Film Festival, helping start the Addiction Prevention PSA category. Currently, she hosts a Comcast travel show and works for a large production house in Salt Lake City working as an editor and associate producer on TV series and commercials.