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Farmington, NM

August 7, 2022
4:00 PM


SunRay Park & Casino
High Desert Room
39 Road 5568
Farmington, NM 87401

The Living Undeterred Tour is a nationwide exploration aimed at bring attention to the mental health and substance use epidemics in our nation. 

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Johnston
Better, Not Bitter: The Living Undeterred Mindset


On October 4, 2016, the trajectory of Jeff’s life changed with one phone call. Prior to that day, Jeff was living the American Dream. He had a great family, was a successful entrepreneur running a financial services firm in Iowa, and was seemingly coasting through life. The morning of October 4, 2016 Jeff received the phone call that is every parent’s worst nightmare. His oldest son, Seth, had died from fentanyl poisoning. He was 23 years old. 

Jeff soon realized that he had two options. He could go down a road of anger and despair and become bitter, or he could use his situation as motivation to become better. And while it was not an easy journey, Jeff chose the road of better. Jeff's resiliency would again be tested in June 2021, when he lost his wife, Prudence, to alcoholism. 

Jeff shares his experience through grief, addiction, and battling with his own mental health and the coping mechanisms he has developed to remain, undeterred.  

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About Capacity Builders

The CBI  Board and staff strive to improve the lives of diverse populations of the Four Corners region. This is accomplished by providing direct services and community coalitions that include teen pregnancy prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, academic and service-learning programs, transportation solutions, and workforce development.

CBI also encourages love, appreciation, and understanding of one’s culture, while respecting others, by incorporating cultural learning components in all programs. The central goal driving our organizational endeavors is to equip as many nonprofit and public leaders with financial resources, research and evaluation resources, information and training resources, leadership building resources, and much more. 

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