Jo McGuire has served as an advocate for youth drug prevention and drug-free workplaces in Colorado for over 10 years. As a member of the board of directors for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and co-chair of the International Marijuana Education Committee, she seeks to provide educational resources for employers worldwide. A DATIA Certified Professional Collector Trainer (CPCT), a Certified Designated Employee Representative Trainer (CDERT), and a certified Lifeloc Trainer for evidentiary breath alcohol testing, Ms. McGuire has provided training to collections franchise operations, EMTs, membership associations, and trade groups across the United States. She also provides consultations and trainings for professionals overseeing Safety Sensitive Employees in the compliance of federal guidelines for drug and alcohol screening programs to include writing workplace drug policies.
As a member of the Pikes Peak DUI Task Force, a community effort to improve road and driver safety by reducing incidents of impaired driving, Ms. McGuire educates local high school students and soldiers at Fort Carson on the risks associated with marijuana-impaired driving and the effects of marijuana on the ability to perform duties safely. She also assists educators with presentations aimed at preventing drug use among young people and raising awareness among parents through Colorado’s Drive Smart program.
Ms. McGuire’s career began in the non-profit sector, where she spent over 15 years in the development of projects focusing on risk-reduction, increased education, and drug use prevention in the field of youth intervention and school safety. As the program manager for a statewide school violence prevention initiative, Ms. McGuire received recognition from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, the Colorado State Patrol, the Safe2Tell Board of Directors, and the Colorado Springs Police Department for outstanding achievements in the field of school safety and critical infrastructure management.
As an accomplished writer and speaker, Ms. McGuire has traveled extensively to deliver seminars, trainings, and conference keynote addresses for the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In 2013, she was appointed to serve on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force, convened to recommend a legislative framework for the regulation of marijuana after the passage of Amendment 64. As a part of the Taxation, Banking and Civil Law work group, she lent her expertise in the form of recommendations for maintaining safe and drug free workplaces. Ms. McGuire works closely with nationally recognized health experts to educate state and federal policy makers on the importance of public health pertaining to drug and alcohol prevention and best practices in screening services.