Barbara Cofer Stoefen is a drug prevention activist in Oregon and advocate for recovering addicts. She presently serves as president of the Meth Action Coalition, a nonprofit organization providing education and community awareness on all drugs of abuse. Barbara is a graduate of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) National Coalition Academy, and is an active member of several coalitions working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse among minors. She is a requested speaker on addiction in schools, colleges, churches, and community events, and has been featured on local TV and radio.
Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and spent her early career in human resource management at well-known high-tech Silicon Valley companies. She currently earns her living as owner of a Northwest physician recruitment firm. Barbara has been married to Pete for thirty-two years. Their two adult children, Annie and Jeff, are the joys of their lives.
Barbara is the author of A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith and Crystal Meth, an intimate memoir of her all-American Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime. Bright and beautiful, Annie is an unlikely candidate for meth. Living hard and fast on the streets of Bend, Oregon, she commits crimes against herself, the community, and her own family. A story of despairing loss and impossible choices, it is also the revelation of a journey where both love and faith are tested, and ultimately redefined.