Phyllis Cole is the owner and director of the Weekend Intervention Program (WIP). While working full time as a single mother of two, she enrolled in classes at the Miami University Middletown campus and earned her B.A. from Miami University in 1986. She immediately began working with Dr. Harvey Siegal in the Weekend Intervention Program at Wright State University in 1986. Phyllis went on to earn a Master’s in the Applied Behavioral Sciences Program and credits the program for encouraging students to investigate real world problems and develop applicable solutions to them. As a result of her master’s training she was able to effectively complete NIAAA, NIDA, and Ohio funded research evaluating the efficacy of a program like WIP in a range of areas including veterans, probationers, and women who suffer from substance use disorders.
In 2015, when the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine discontinued their affiliation with the Weekend Intervention Program, Phyllis opted to take ownership of the program. WIP offers a 72-hour and a 48-hour educational, counseling and assessment program that focuses on individual clients, helping them deal with the impact of their substance use related driving conviction (OVI) and the use of mood-altering substances in their lives. The first year as an independent program has been extremely successful and Phyllis remains proud of the important work she has continued in the fight against drinking and driving.