Welcome to the August edition of the STAR Center newsletter!
The STAR Center was in the US Virgin Islands, New Mexico and Oklahoma and we had the chance to participate in some exciting initiatives and meet with even more amazing people we want you to know about.
Pictured with me on the left is Abigail Cyntje from St. Thomas in USVI. In a past issue you may have met Dina Cruz, from St. Croix. Ms. Cyntje and Ms. Cruz are both passionate advocates and leaders from USVI who are working towards mental health systems transformation in the US Virgin Islands and advisors to the STAR Center.
Pictured with me on the right are the leaders of the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery, an exciting peer run organization in New Mexico. They are Elise Padilla (Executive Director), Maxine Henry (Co-Director) and Gabrielle Gutierrez (Employment and Economic Development Initiatives). Elise Padilla will be a featured discussant on our next Executive Director’s Roundtable on Marketing and Promoting Your Peer-Run Organization!
Mark Garnand (pictured above) is New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Division new Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement (OPRE) Director. I was honored to be a guest presenter and facilitator at a gathering of peer run organizations across New Mexico. We hope to support their work in valuing the organizational development and sustainability of peer run organizations in New Mexico.
In Oklahoma and pictured above with me from left to right is Dakota Wahkinney, Jennifer Dell and Sabina Gurung who are all working on mental health systems transformation and youth leadership development strategies in Oklahoma.
Where will the STAR Center be next?
In August we will be at the Hearing Voices Congress and the Alternatives Conference in Boston! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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