Jorea M. Kelley Hardison
In 2011, PARfessionals was established by 32-year-old Jorea M. Kelley-Hardison, a consumer peer with lived and professional experience while she completed an internship at MHMR of Tarrant County. After experiencing discriminatory and biased treatment both personally and professionally, she felt that a sincere effort needed to be made to reduce stigma and discrimination faced by peers and their families in the community and workplace.
Ms. Kelley-Hardison, along with assistance from medical doctors, clinicians and other behavioral health professionals across the globe participated in the development of PARfessionals and its unique, specialized Workforce Development Credentialing Program. It was 100% funded by several members of Ms. Kelley Hardison's family, The AR SJM Family, (formerly The SJM Group and The SJM Family Foundation).
In 2008, she self-published the book “Getting Ahead: An Ex-Offenders Guide to Getting Ahead in Today’s Society”, where she encourages ex-offenders to participate in clinical research trials. She is also mentioned in Dr. Jon Marc Taylor’s book “Prisoners’ Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs in the United States and Canada, ” published by Prison Legal News in 2008.
Jorea Kelley-Hardison earned a B.S. degree in Management in 2009 and completed degree requirements in order to graduate with a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the American (Military) Public University System the following year. She has also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology Services from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she has obtained certificates in mental health, home health assistant, nonprofit management, applied forensic psychology services, family and business mediation, substance abuse, as well as emergency management. In addition, she has received training throughout the years in various important topics such as rape/domestic violence crisis intervention, hospice, and health unit coordination from various organizations and colleges including Parkland Health & Hospital System, Lakewood College, Center for Degree Studies, Brookhaven College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Thomas Edison State College, University of Texas at Arlington-Continuing Education Division, Richland College, and many more.
In 2009, Jorea Kelley-Hardison received her CCJP – A status from the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) and has been granted numerous credentials from the board, including the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS), Peer Mentor/Peer Recovery Coach (PM-PRC) and the Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) credentials, but has since retired those credentials.
She is currently a Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician for the past 8 years and is a former Addictions Counselor Intern (CI) before she transition into becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC).
Her Personal and Professional Achievements includes:
Founded PARfessionals private, independent vocational school which provides to be a vehicle for continued clinical educational training in best practices and standards, and is the only institution in the world to create job competencies/professionals standards for Peer Recovery Support professionals (to be credentialed globally and for a lifetime).
Approved training provider for many states (eg. Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, South Dakota, Illinois, California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Texas, Florida), national and international regulatory boards (eg. Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation) and professional associations (eg. Association for ADEC: Association for Death Education and Counseling, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., The International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, International Coaching Federation) for many years.
It also received a Career School exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and College division since 2012.
Advocated for and receive national professional malpractice and liability (employment related) insurance coverage for certified peer recovery support professionals in the United States through CPH & Associates, a national professional liability insurance provider for Nurses, Allied Health Care and Mental Health providers.
Created the concept with private contract assistance of Anita Barnes, MA-PSY, MAMFT (candidate), a Law Enforcement and Domestic Violence Trainer, and sponsored the Lunch Break Series courses (2014). The PARfessionals' brand courses can be seen on mobile and online @ResearchGate, a professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 15 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research.
Created the opportunity for healthcare providers and students worldwide to earn continuing education credit from the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, the first international regulatory board for addiction specialists, expert clinicians and researchers.
Created the opportunity that allowed global students to be educated in Peer Recovery Behavioral Health studies using diversified methods of peer recovery support services flexible learning settings (self-paced distance learning, hybrid or classroom) in order to create a culturally competent and inclusive peer behavioral healthcare workforce.
Inclusion in the German National Library, a central archival library and national bibliographic centre for the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the leading partner in developing and maintaining bibliographic rules and standards in Germany and plays a significant role in the development of international library standards.
Inclusion in the National Peer Services Toolkit funded by Optum HMO Healthcare and ACMHMA: The College for Behavioral Health Service.
Developed and contributed two (2) college level preparatory guides (with the AR SJM Family, LLC and privately paid contract assistance of Trudi A. Griffin, MS, LPC, NCC) for the global healthcare workforce in 2016-2017. The guides were located in over 1200 stores (e.g. ) and 240,000 digital libraries worldwide including schools, universities and public libraries for the past THREE YEARS.
Additionally, the guides are also commemorated through the Alene Delaney Simmons Mobile Library Garden and Pocket Park, Centennial, Texas, a registered member of The Little Free Library Book Sharing World Network which includes over 65,000 libraries in 80 countries.
The two (2) college preparatory guides were translated in Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Bengali, Hindi, Hebrew, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, French and Portugese.
Under the direction of PARfessionals' Founder Jorea M. Kelley, the garden and library pocket park is also a registered garden with The "Urban Farming 100 Million Families and Friends Global Campaign™" in early 2017.
The global campaign empowers people who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, malnourished, have unhealthy diets, suffer from hunger or food insecurity. It is supported by Atlantic Records, Coca Cola, Farm Credit, , Home Depot, rapper Snoop Dogg, rapper T.I., artist Prince, actress KeKe Palmer, Latina artist Taja Sevelle, comedian Richard Lewis, country star(s) Zac Brown Band, singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser Denise Rich, former NFL star Chris Draft and Family Foundation, Country Music singer-songwriter Uncle Kracker, American singer and daughter of singer Tony Bennett and actress Sandra Grant, and many more.
The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.
Another critical component of their mission is the Urban Farming Coexistence Model™ which raises awareness about the following areas of coexistence: Business Growth, Job Creation, Urban Redevelopment, Urban Agriculture, Health and Wellness, and Global Investment.
Featured in the Directory of Consumer-Driven Services (CDS), a project of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse (affiliated with Temple University), that offers essential information on consumer-run programs across the country, and provides links to education, training and technical assistance resources throughout the nation.
Featured in the Florida Peer Specialist Certification Study Guide.
Developed specialty educational apps, in partnership with others, which have been used as training resources in 164 countries and territories since 2016.
Initial Member of the Global Network for Peer Support of Peers for Progress, an international network of peer support researchers, experts, and advocates.
Peers for Progress is a program of the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Department of Family Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine.
Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 as a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in conjunction with the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Inclusion as a reputable International Recovery Coach Training Organization by Celebrity Recovery Coach/Executive Coach Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil since 2013.
The first peer recovery support and coaching training provider to incorporate Addiction Science and Clinical Research subject matters in our (specialized, privately funded) curriculum since 2014.
Instrumental in becoming the first peer recovery support training program (with assistance from ICF Accredited Coach Gail Tucker Whipple, MTP, PCC) to receive Continuing Education approval by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), an international professional association that creates professional standards within the coaching profession, and provides independent certification board for professional coaches and coach training programs worldwide.
ICF is also known as the "the main accrediting and credentialing body for both training programs and coaches " worldwide with approximately 30,000 members in 140 countries.
Creator of the World's Largest Behavioral Health (Peer Addictions) Training, PARfessionals' Peer Recovery Workforce Development for Healthcare Workers (© Publisher: PARfessionals Behavioral Health Research Development Corporation).
The curriculum is the world’s first college level training and certification material on the field of Peer Recovery.
The program was privately funded and developed with contracted assistance from behavioral health clinicians, medical doctors, social workers, and peers (eg. Dr. Laura Pipoly, LPC, E.D.D, NCC, Celebrity Recovery Coach/Executive Coach Melissa Killeen, MSOD, MPhil, Trudi A. Griffin, LPC, MS, NCC, Shira Goldberg, MFTt, PCCt, CATCi, Julie R. Cotton, MSW, MLIS, Bradley K Gillespie, PharmD, National Institutes of Health, Director of Drug Development, National Institute of Health Vienna, VA, Robert Kent Dean, Ph.D, LAC, CCGC, Director of Outpatient Services, Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling Managing Editor, Dan J. Talley Memorial Training Institute Lecturer, CADA School of Addiction and Behavioral Health (CSABH) Shreveport, LA, Beth Leeman-Markowski, MD, MA, MMSc, Harvard and Washington University-trained neurologist and the CEO of Neurology Research Consultants, PLLC, which provides support for medical writing projects and research studies. Through the NRC Advisors Program, she has also assisted with medical school, residency, fellowship and academic job applications. Dr. Leeman-Markowski received a combined MD/MA degree from Washington University. This was followed by residency in Neurology at Washington University, a two-year Epilepsy/EEG fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and a three-year clinical and research Cognitive Neurology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also completed the Scholars in Clinical Science Program (SCSP), a two-year Master’s degree program in Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certiﬁed in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry, Amabelle S. Equio MAN, RN, BSN, Ph.D In Nursing (candidate) Sillman University, Dumaguete (Dumaguete City, Philippines) US Licensed Nurse Amabelle wrote her PhD thesis, “Empowering Staff nurses, Valuing Relationships and Creating A Caring Workplace: A Phenomenological Study of Head Nurses”. Inakka Collins CNA, PBT, PCT, B.A., MBA (candidate) Certiﬁed Dietician (candidate pending receipt of ofﬁcial scores) Jeanne Brown-Williams RN, BS, Rosie Morland, MSci, MSc, MPhil Clinical Research Coordinator Imperial College, (London, United Kingdom), Dr Sumaiya Petiwala RD Registered Dietitian BUMS Bachelor in Unani Medicine and Surgery CDE Certiﬁed Diabetes Educator PGDD Post Grad Diploma in Dietetics (Mumbai /Maharashtra, India), Sonia Copeland MD MPH Board Certiﬁed and Registered by the Medical Council of Jamaica (Jamaica) , Dr Chaithanya Ratakonda MBBS Medical Doctor, Medical writer, Medical Researcher (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India ), Chris Ifeanyi Ezeh Founder / Executive Director EuroAfrica Central Network Ahmed Abdulaziz Chief Editor & Publisher EuroAfrica-Magazine Online B.Pharm., Cairo University Intercultural Health Mediation /Communication Consultant (Cairo, Egypt) Lecturer Intercultural Medicine and Intercultural Nursing BG Trauma Hospital Hamburg Boberg Germany, (Hamburg, Germany), Qori Stafford LVN, Special Needs Pediatric Nurse , Megan Krout Kenosha, WI , Neuroscience and Psychology Major, German Minor, Carthage College Class of 2017 , Reviewer #354 MBBS*(identity remained anonymous) Albert Henderson Powell M.D. (retired), Former Family Physician, Private Practice Former Social Security Disability Determining Services Consultant Former Attending Physician for Mental Health/Addiction Ward at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center Shreveport, LA , Dr. Waqas Rasheed MBBS (Lahore, Punjab,Pakistan), Madhushi Fernando Clinical Study Lead B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology -University of Delhi M.Sc in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, (New Delhi, India) Craig McNally JP, MA, Ph.D (candidate) University Counsellor, University of Technology, Jamaica Lecturer/Research Supervisor, International University of the Caribbean Adjunct Facilitator, Youth Reaching Youth , Qazi Muhammad Zarlish MD and many more) worldwide from addiction recovery entities, governmental agencies, community recovery organizations, and schools, including Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Health to define peer recovery navigation as a profession.
Since 2011, the approved Continuing Education open to volunteers, interns and employees of behavioral health and addiction recovery entities, government agencies, humanitarians agencies, community recovery groups, other Human Services related organization and employer types with no high school diploma or GED required. However, the recommended requirements for our course content is 16+ with "working" experience as a volunteer, intern or employee, dealing with special populations (eg. minorities, LGBT, veterans, disabilities, prisoners, ex-offenders, rural, women, children, low-income, etc.) in a behavioral health, medical, community, educational or criminal justice setting.
Globally recognized, competency-based lifetime credential grounded in evidence-based best practices with only 150 practicum hours required (pending).
Submitted the PARfessionals for college credit and credential evaluation through Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College from 2015-2017, with a new review pending in 2019.
The Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP) by Charter Oak State College reviews and provide college credit recommendations, along with record keeping for non-collegiate training programs.
Charter Oak State College (COSC), located in New Britian, Connecticut, USA, is a state institution conferring associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and is accredited by the State of Connecticut and the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Inclusion in The Addiction Recovery Guide.
Developed the latest Job Analysis for Behavioral Health Peer Providers.
Participated and sponsored the 7th Annual Conference of the International Association of Peer Supporters.
Past speaker and marketing sponsor for OMICS International Scientific Research Conference and Exhibition.
Personally donated copies of PARfessionals' Cultural Intelligence in Addictions series, college level healthcare preparatory guides developed and designed by Jorea M. Kelley (with private paid contract assistance of Trudi A. Griffin, MS, LPC, NCC and graphic designer Muhammed H. of India ) to in 2016.
Worldreader is a 501 global non-profit organization that provides people in the developing world with free access to a library of digital books via e-readers and mobile phones. Since 2010, 7.6 million people across 50 countries have read from Worldreader's digital library of over 35,000 e-books.
Mentioned as a Recovery Champion in "Stories From The Road" : The Many Faces of Peer Supports in North Carolina
Advertised the former PARfessionals' Correctional Peer Course in Prison Legal News
Former Texas Champions for Coverage" (2013) for the Health Insurance Marketplace of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/Health & Human Service. ( Training for Health Navigators and Counselors can be found here: https://marketplace.cms.gov/technical-assistance-resources/training-materials/training.html )
Featured in the Online PrisonTalk International Directory
Author of the "Keys to a Successful and Sustainable Global Recovery Workforce" presentation (scheduled for re-print in 2019)
Created the concept for "The Voice: An International Journal on Research in Peer Recovery and Addiction Recovery Coaching "Tip Sheet (2014) (with private paid contract assistance of Karen Estrada, M.S., of Military Health Matters, LLC)
Karen is a Medical Health Writer, Researcher; Military Veteran's Health Advocate Educator; Health Literacy Educator and military mom.
Review the article on and Android/IOS mobile apps. (Scribd is a digital library, e-book and audiobook subscription service that includes one million titles.It hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform, and has 80 million users.)
Created the concept for the " Substance Abuse Treatment: The Case for Providing Job Opportunities " article (2014) (with private paid contract assistance of Dr. April McDowell, Ph. D, a marriage and and family therapist)
Review the acticle on and Android/IOS mobile apps. (Scribd is a digital library, e-book and audiobooksubscription service that includes one million titles.It hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform, and has 80 million users.)
Featured in Serene Scene Magazine, and "Continue What You’ve Learned in Treatment Through Recovery-Based Education" by the Lakehouse Recovery Center
Featured in the HEALTH LAW ANSWERS GUIDE
Special thanks to everyone that was privately paid from personal pockets that helped and contributed to making the development of the PARfessionals program 2011-2015 a fabulous success!
Danyelle Mulin is a new addition to PARfessionals as a Social Blogger. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Rhode Island College in 2014, spending her last semester studying Russian in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She is now located in southern California, where she is a stay at home mother of two. In addition to spending time with her children, she volunteers as a docent at the Temecula Valley Museum, reads as much as she can, works on her garden, and enjoys the pleasant southern California sunshine.
Social Media Intern
Maxwell Liaw is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California (USC), currently working towards a degree in psychology. He is also studying pre-law, and plans to pursue a career in law after earning his degree. Before attending USC, Maxwell attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked as a lab assistant in a conversation lab, administering psychological tests and collecting and coding data. In his youth, he also worked with underprivileged children under foster and government care.
He has now been hired as a Social Media intern for PARfessionals. He will be helping with the management of PARfessionals’ Facebook page in order to share vital information on the significance of peer recovery workforce development. We are anticipating great things from Maxwell!
Social Media Intern
Miseth Luna is an undergraduate student at Regent’s University in London, UK. She is currently working towards a Film, TV, and Digital Media Production degree. She has worked behind the scenes and collaborated on promotional videos for companies such as Hillsong Church London and Percy & Reed. Miseth has also created websites and managed social media for student productions with a specific focus on allowing viewers a different perspective on the films. She has also volunteered at the organization known as “Feed My Starving Children” and assisted in packing boxes of food for children fighting against hunger.
She has now been hired as a Social Media Intern for PARfessionals. She will be assisting with their social media pages in order to create a visual insight into PARfessionals and the significant of peer recovery. We are excited for all that Miseth has to offer!
Twitter Post : Miseth Luna is an undergraduate student @regentsuni. She is our new Social Media #intern! #workforce #development
DANA SPARKMAN, Ph.D.
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Dana Sparkman, Ph.D., is a university professor in the fields of Elementary and Special Education. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Elementary Education, Special Education and Education Research; a M.S. from Syracuse University in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism & Community-Referenced Curriculum; and a B.S. from the University of North Alabama in Special Education with a focus on Intellectual Disabilities.
She taught in primary and secondary schools for over 10 years before she became an instructor in higher education. For an additional nine years, she was a professor in teacher preparation programs at Alabama A & M University; Georgia Southern University; and the University of Alabama. In the most recent six years, she has been teaching online exclusively at Northcentral University; Walden University; the University of West Alabama; and Capella University where she has developed thirty courses in the field of education.
Dr. Sparkman focuses her current research on the areas of effective mathematics instruction for students with disabilities, as well as the enhancement of mathematics numeracy for teachers before and during employment.
Furthermore, she was awarded the “Jack Miller Award for Teaching” through the School of Education at Georgia Southern University. She was also the recipient of the Learning Disabilities Association’s “Teacher-Educator Stipend”. Finally, she has written a test preparation book on middle school mathematics certification titled “The Best Teacher’s Test Preparation for the GACE Middle Grades” which was published in 2010.
Kimia Eslah is a writer, editor, researcher, and instructional designer. She makes content out of concepts for visionaries, entrepreneurs, and technical wizards.
She has been an Instructional Designer and Technical Writer at BlackBerry. She is highly trained in the fields of human resources, business administration and adult education.
She has a Teacher/Trainer of Adults Certificate; and a HR Management Post-Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
Find her portfolio at http://kimiaeslah.journoportfolio.com
TINA DUNCAN, SPHR, CIR, CPBC
Human Resources Consultant
Tina Duncan has graduated from Indiana University and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR); Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR); and a Certified Professional Business Consultant (CPBC).
She has a comprehensive background in the field of human resources with more than 20 years of experience. During her professional experience she has focused on all vital aspects of human resources such as recruitment; on-boarding; employee benefits; workers’ compensation; unemployment claims mediation; performance reviews; evaluations; and self evaluations.
She has also collaborated with diverse populations and industries in multiple states assisting employers in the compliance of local and federal requirements.
Furthermore, she has worked with a variety of small, medium and large organizations in the preparation of workforce development surveys as well as organizational satisfaction surveys from employees.
PARfessionals has successfully collaborated with Tina Duncan in the development of a new “Peer Recovery Global Leadership & Workforce” Survey which is the most comprehensive survey in the field of Peer Recovery to date.
MELISSA DORAN AIUDI, RN, BSN
Melissa Doran Aiudi, RN, BSN is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Goodwin College and Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her nursing career has included nursing education, behavioral health, rehabilitation and social services. She is currently working as a freelance nurse consultant.
SHIRA GOLDBERG, BSc., RRW
Goldberg Sober Coaching & Host of The Addiction Show
Shira Goldberg is a sober coach, host of The Addiction Show and a graduate student at the University of San Francisco where she is studying to become a psychotherapist. Shira graduated from Kaplan University in 2011 with a degree in psychology, her emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Prior to that, she attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was in the pre-medicine program. She was awarded the Ronald McNair Scholarship, a Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and a fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she did cancer research. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is in Psi Chi, Psychology’s International Honor Society.
After surviving her own battle with alcohol, she had an awakening and began focusing her efforts and dedication on the recovery community and became a sober coach.
Her motivation is to encourage and celebrate recovery by promoting its message of hope. She is the host of The Addiction Show (theaddictionshow.com), an online effort that reduces the marginalization and stigma that surrounds addiction and to help those that have a need find not only resources, but community.
“By supporting and encouraging clients to achieve their life goals, within the context of long-term recovery, I get to see not only collectively, but individually, the benefits of recovery and their new lease on life. I cannot imagine doing anything more important than that.”
SHEMA CARTER-HANKS, Ph.D (c)
Shema Carter-Hanks currently a Ph.D. candidate is a mental health professional with more than 8 years of experience in working with adolescents, youth, and adults with mental health & substance abuse disorders. She has dedicated her professional career to creating therapeutic relationships with clients with the intentions of empowering them and teaching to achieve attainable goals. Mrs. Carter-Hanks hold a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and currently seeking licensure as LPCA candidate. She has dedicated herself to being a mentor, lifecoach, and counselor to those that thrive and desire to change. She lives her daily life by the ACA Code of Ethics and strives to be an inspiration for the youth of today’s society teaching them to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Russia Robinson is currently a freelance writer out of Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA in English Creative Writing and American Literature from San Francisco State University and post graduate studies at Kennesaw State University in Technical Writing. With an extensive background in social services including youth mental health, behavioral counseling, and education, she has more than 10 years’ experience with helping young people achieve emotional and social well-being. As a writer, she promotes quality standards of care and evidence based, best practice approach to mental health. Creating articles, essays, and blogging, she educates others about the significance of mental health. This includes the impact mental disorders has on individuals and their families and approaches to treatment.
Russia Robinson is a certifiable Language Arts Teacher for the state of Georgia, with professional documentation training in mental health, counseling, and management. Her research articles describing mental health and its effects on society can be viewed on her website at russiarobinson.wordpress.com.
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Racquel has an Associate degree in Sociology from Burlington County College and B.S. in Workforce Education & Technical Writing from Southern Illinois University. She is currently the lead life skills trainer at the outreach center at the Beacon of Hope facility where she has created and implemented classes on Financial Management, 21st Century Employment, as well as a re-entry program for those re-entering from incarceration.
Racquel is also the visionary behind Virtual Business Management Solutions, which is an organization created to assist companies with their needed administrative tasks, which also in turn incorporates a network of skills from at-home moms. They have secured over $1 million in funding for various community projects and organizations. Racquel’s heart is also dedicated for the at-risk youth, therefore spending her time volunteering, advocating, and working on projects that contribute to their development. She can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERRENCE “GANGSTA” WILLIAMS
Contributing Writer, Correctional Curriculum
Terrence is the co-founder of Cash Money Records.
GAIL TUCKER WHIPPLE, MTP, ACC
Gail has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology (MTP) from Sofia University (formerly ITP) and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. She holds a black belt in To Shin Do, and a pastoral ordination from the Saint James Community Church. Her area of academic study is courage and creativity: She believes we are each brave and brilliant, with our own gifts to uncover and use in the service of humanity. She employs her talents as a coach, teacher, mentor and writer to help others discover and express their potential.
Don Cleveland has been working with substance abusers for the past 15 years both as a senior pastor and as a counselor at treatment centers. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and is currently working on an M.A. in Counselor Education at the same school.
Don is also working towards becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Rehab After Work in Brandon, Florida. It is here that he practices his passion of living in the moment with clients and writing about personcentered and cognitive behavioral interventions.
DR. LAURA PIPOLY
Laura Pipoly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hiram College. She then graduated summa cum laude with her master’s degree from Youngstown State University in education in both school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. She is a Professional Counselor (PC) and a certified K-12 school counselor. In addition, Laura is recognized as a National Board Certified Counselor. Laura completed her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University with a dual concentration in instructional technology and distance education (ITDE) and special education. Her dissertation focuses on distance education counseling students and is titled Counseling Students Perceptions towards the Efficacy of Online Counseling.
Laura enjoys teaching courses for Grand Canyon University and University of Phoenix. Most recently, Laura authored the book foreward to an E-book titled, “Meeting the Challenges of Bipolar Disorder: Self Help Strategies that Work!”
Due to the tragedy in Newton, CT, SJM Family Foundation has contracted the services of Anita McCrary. Ms. McCrary will prepare a CE training series on Civilian Critical Incident Education, specifically for prevention, addictions treatment and recovery professionals.
Anita has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and currently pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology as well. As a collegiate team leader, she prepares lessons and assignment regimens on a range of psychological concepts including Critical Incident preparation and resilience, military conceptualization and PTSD, schizophrenia characterization, and adult learning abstraction. Possessing the ability to conform difficult theoretical conceptions into real-world applications, Anita has published several academic guides including situational awareness, antianxiety modems, delusional disorders, and Jungian theory. As a mother of two U.S. Army National Guard specialists’, she volunteers at the Ft. Benning Georgia Soldier and Family Assistance (SFAC) Unit and Wounded Warriors. In her spare time, Anita is a country radio promoter and a regular contributor to the Jani Foundation and Bipolar Nation Radio based in Southern California.
Jennifer Souza earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College. She has worked with survivors of sexual assault, felons seeking to re-enter society, prostitutes seeking a career change, recent immigrants to the US and youth at risk for failing out of high school.
She completed her MA in Liberal Arts with a focus on International Human Rights through economic development and education.
The thread that weaves in and out of the myriad positions she has held is a belief in the human spirit to succeed over adversity and the idea that every person deserves a second chance. It is her fervent wish that all being be safe and protected from harm and experience happiness.
Yonason Gordon has earned a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Yeshiva University.
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REBECCA BARNESON, RN, MSN, ACNP
Rebecca Barneson RN, MSN, ACNP is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who has spent 13 years in Emergency Medicine and Nursing Education. She received her MSN at the University of California in San Francisco, where she graduated with honors. Rebecca currently teaches for a collegiate nursing program and as a freelance writer and consultant for nursing and social welfare projects. Additionally, she runs a website dedicated to assisting new graduate nurses entering the job market, named newgradsuccess.com. Rebecca can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is the supplement writer and lecturer for the Accessing Social Services and Health and Wellness Programs component of the Peer Recovery course.
KASIE S. MORGAN, CRC
Kasie Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Political Science from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She taught Special Education and became a Behavioral Specialist in 2009. In 2010, Kasie was accepted to the Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, she established the UNC Chapel Hill Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) On Campus.
Kasie Morgan served as a Psychology Intern at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, NC where she served individuals experiencing mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with her master’s degree in May of 2013. She is currently employed as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and serves as a Vocational Case Mana ger for a private rehabilitation firm out of Virginia.
Kasie has joined our PARfessionals team as a Curriculum Developer/Consultant for our online 6 hours Prevention Ethics course.
MARY BETH SCOTT
Mary Beth Scott received her BS degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Thomas University in 2004. She began her career working as an Intensive Family Therapist while earning her undergraduate degree. Afterwards, she went into a career in education and earned an Interrelated Special Education teacher certification from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
In 2009, Mary Beth received her MS in Counseling Psychology from University of West Alabama. She has taught Psychology and Reading part-time for the University System of Georgia. Currently, she teaches at a public high school where she has been employed since 2003.
Mary Beth has joined our PARfessionals team as a Curriculum Developer/Consultant for our online 6 hours Prevention Ethics course.
DR. GRANT D. NELSON
Dr. Grant D. Nelson received his doctorate degree in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from Northcentral University, Prescott, Arizona.
He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota in Developmental & Child Psychology and his Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services and Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Dr. Nelson is also a Board Certified Professional Counselor from the American Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Nelson practices Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine and works collaboratively with other healthcare professionals in the treatment of acute and chronic health conditions as well as those suffering from a dual diagnosis of a mental health disorder along with their medical condition. He holds a special interest in autoimmune disorders, sleep medicine, and acute & chronic pain disorders.
In addition, Dr. Nelson works with children and families who are dealing with the challenges of developmental disorders. He also works with individuals, couples, and families who have succumb to the challenges of substance abuse/dependency.
Dr. Nelson works with those suffering from a major depressive episode or a hypomanic/manic episode find their way back to a place of peace and stability. Along with that, he works from a position of the here-and-now to help those diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorders, attention deficit disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) learn to quiet their mind.
Dr.(s) Grant and Phoebe Nelson is a husband/wife team that contributed to the 6 hours Prevention Ethics course.
DR. PHOEBE P. NELSON
Dr. Phoebe P. Nelson received her doctorate degree in Educational Management from De La Salle University, Manila Philippines. She also finished BS Commerce major in Marketing Management and AB Philosophy at the same University. She finished her Master of Arts in Education at the Southern Luzon State University in Lucban, Quezon.
Dr. Nelson has over 16 years of work experience as an educator. She was the team leader in the preparation of the feasibility study for the creation of the City College of Lucena. She became its first College Dean from 2002 to 2007.
Dr. Nelson is currently working as the Dean at her family owned school Digital Communication and Technological College Inc. (DIGITECH College) in Lucena City since 2007.
Dr. Phoebe Nelson also works as a freelance researcher, writer and editor.
Dr.(s) Grant and Phoebe Nelson is a husband/wife team that contributed to the 6 hours Prevention Ethics course.
Research Assistant, Online Prevention Ethics course
In addition to being a freelance writer, Andrea is attending graduate school, where she is pursuing her MS in mental health counseling and desires to specialize in trauma therapy and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse and PTSD.
JENNA MARKS, B.S., J.D.
Editor, Grab ‘N Go CE Course Articles
Jenna Marks, B.S., J.D., is a professional editor with a graduate degree in law and an extensive editing experience both as a legal professional and as a long-time freelancer.
Her editing work includes full length books, e-books, periodicals, course materials, and short articles. Jenna has been working as an editor since 2007 and is located in the United States. She has worked extensively with both students and professionals, helping them to create polished products and effectively get their message across to their audiences. Jenna believes that a second set of eyes can help any writer catch mistakes and improve the overall quality of a writing piece.
Jenna can be contacted at email@example.com.
Editor, Grab ‘N Go CE Course Articles
Gaile Campbell is a university Instructor and published writer with a Master’s Degree in English. Academic writing and professional editing is her specialties. She can edit in a variety of formats: deep line, track changes, and rewrites. She can also edit your writing for flow and consistency. In the field of academic writing, her specialties are theses and dissertations, research, reports, proposals, and APA and MLA formats. In addition, she brings the skills of critical thinking and analysis to your project. If you want your writing project to reflect an excellent command of the English language and meet professional standards, she can make that happen! Gaile can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor, Train the Trainer Workbook
Ryan Behrens is an experienced writer, government planner, and passionate social services advocate who helps non-profit agencies secure funding, improve operations, and enhance their brands. With ten years of experience working with government and social services agencies, he understands the vital role these organizations play in promoting economic development, providing mental health and other social services, and connecting the community to valuable arts and cultural opportunities to reduce disorder, crime and human suffering.
Ryan specializes in writing business plans, grant applications, fundraising proposals, donor appeals, annual reports, newsletters, press releases, research reports, policy and procedures manuals, social media content, and website/ blog copy. In particular, he has written dozens of successful grant proposals worth more than $15,000,000; crafted and managed standard operating procedures for an agency with 1,000 employees; delivered professional reports to department heads, local government leaders, and business owners/managers; produced business communications for a professional property management company; collaborated with college professors to develop peer reviewed project proposals; created and managed a blog for a large condominium building; published book reviews in a local newspaper; and contributed content to two published collaborative books. You may contact Ryan at rybehrens@ gmail.com.
REV. DALE TAYLOR, PRS, PM-PRC
Rev. Dale Taylor is an ordained minister with over 35 years of experience dealing with those in Recovery. He is a graduate of East Texas Bible College with a diploma in theology and holds dual degrees in Criminal Justice and Applied Science. Dale is a former Texas state certified Peer Mentor of the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. He has primarily worked in the Christian, faith-based area of peer recovery support and assisted PARfessionals as a trainer for our hybrid onsite classes (2013-2014) in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.
FAITH A. COLEMAN, M.D.
Consultant, Train the Trainer workbook
Faith A. Coleman MD is a family doctor and award-winning journalist and artist. She graduated from the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, which is the nation’s first medical school to implement change in its curriculum in recognition of the importance of primary care. It served as the prototype for curriculum change at the Harvard Medical School and many others. Dr. Coleman trained in Family Practice at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Troy, Michigan, consistently listed among the nation’s top 100 hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. She has trained new medical graduates in the art and science of Family Practice and held clinical faculty appointments at three medical schools including the renowned University of Michigan Medical School.
Dr. Coleman has a passion for kids and young families. She was awarded two commendations by the United States Army for her service to soldiers and their families, including spiritual guidance and marriage-enrichment activities. She is the recognized Expert on Gifted Children for the New York Times. Readers describe her as caring, kind and knowledgeable.
Faith’s son and daughter have contributed to her medical expertise at least as much as formal training. God is her guide and reins her in at times. She writes poetry and skydives, but not simultaneously (yet). Her credo is “give”.
Instructor, Accessing Social Service and Wellness module
Michelle Zehr received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Professional Writing from Chatham University. While employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Michelle received an M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently employed at the University of Pittsburgh but is also a freelance writer that focuses on health, fitness and health promotion. Michelle has designed health promotion programs for a variety of companies throughout the United States.
Lecturer, Cognitive Disorders module
Lesa has recorded a lecture on Mental Health Advocacy for the Cognitive Distortions module in our online Peer Recovery course.
Lesa Weller is an award-winning, internationally-known artist and author, and is an advocate for mental health care. Her colorful multi-media artwork, which is inspired by her recovery journey, can be found at lesa-weller.artistwebsites.com. She is the co-author of the daily inspirational book The Trail Is the Thing published by the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas in 2010. Weller has served on state-wide mental health panels, committees and funding boards. She is a presenter, trainer and consultant for non-profit organizations. Weller’s experience as a consumer of mental health services in Kansas has led her to be an advocate for those dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Weller is currently working on her autobiography I Lie: A Journey through Mental Illness.
MARILYN LESTER, Ph.D
Train the Trainer Program Consultant
Dr. Marilyn Lester, a Ph.D. Sociologist, now an academic researcher, writer and editor. Her articles are published in leading journals. She has also coded, analyzed, and written up qualitative research projects and helped young professors extract articles from their dissertations.
She received her Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, an Assistant Professor at Indiana University, and taught her own classes while a grad student. Dr. Lester was known as a child prodigy in sociology and was heavily involved by the second semester of her freshman year at Pitzer College. She has now retired from university service and derives enjoyment as a freelance researcher, qualitative coder and analyst, editor, writer, and mentor of young academics.OTHER FACTS ABOUT DR. LESTER:
- Completed Master’s level coursework in Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute of Marriage and Family Counseling, Encino, CA.
- Seminars in qualitative methodology, particularly Grounded Theory Methodology
- Counselor, 15 years, Los Angeles Unified School District; worked with poor students with assorted difficulties: academic, personal, familial.
- Coordinator, Special Education, state school for students unsuccessful in public school; tested and wrote IEP’s
- Computer Coordinator, Los Angeles Schools: took care of student and staff data for 10 years, using interrelated set of software programs
With a strong interest in helping individuals with serious physical disabilities, Dr. Pfister practiced as a physiatrist at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey and at Herrick-Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California. She was employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Medical Consultant for disability entitlements.
Dr. Pfister obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and is board certified in this specialty.
After a brief sojourn into the field of teaching, Dr. Pfister became a medical editor for the Audio- Digest and now devotes much of her time to freelance medical writing.
Brandy Buckholt is a recent graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a professional and creative writing minor. She has previously worked as a copy editor for the college campus newspaper and as an editor intern for the college campus literary magazine. Brandy is currently residing in her hometown, Merrill, Wisconsin, with her family and their 10 beloved pets.
ATTORNEY GREGORY SAMUROVICH
Instructor/Course Writer, Legal Overview for Peer Supporters
Attorney Gregory Samurovich, is a senior trial attorney with the law firm Wright & O’Donnell, P.C. in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. He has focused his practice on complex civil litigation in the medical device, manufacturing and transportation industries. Attorney Samurovich has represented national and international Fortune 500 companies. His experience includes matters involving product liability, serious injury and wrongful death claims, catastrophic motor vehicle and industrial accident liability, chemical exposure, property damage and fire, and construction and workplace accidents, as well as complex insurance coverage litigation and strategic advice.
Attorney Gregory Samurovich was selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
THE MASTERWORK GROUP
Consultant for Peer Recovery Training Course
The Masterwork Group provides services that enhance performance and position. It is based in Ontario, Canada where it delivers services worldwide such as in-house training, telephonic coaching and counseling. A team of a husband and wife administer this organization. Bret is a certified life coach and is ordained for ministry. He is also a member of the Christian Coaches Network and the Center for Creative Leadership. Lynn has been a counselor through private practice for over 20 years, ordained for ministry and is a Career Management Consultant. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Christian Coaches Network.
MELISSA KILLEEN, MSOD. MPhil
Melissa Killeen earned both a MSOD and MPhil in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the CEO of Melissa Killeen Recovery Coaching MK/RC which focuses on coaching for executives that are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Her client list includes Allstate and Comcast and privately held health management businesses, high end retail and real estate firms.
Prior, to opening her own executive coaching business, Melissa has worked for several organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania, GMAC Mortgage, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Melissa Killeen is the former President of Recovery Coaches International.
She serves as a consultant for our Peer Recovery Training course.
Global Healthcare Impact
Deloitte provides an annual look at the topics, trends, and issues impacting the global health care sector. According to its 2017 Global Healthcare Sector Outlook Infographic, "Peer support, self-management education, health coaching, and group activities, along with workforce training, and investments in the right technology" are " potential enablers of patient activation and engagement" and " key ingredients for productive health care operations".
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