Mary Jadwisiak graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University. She is an internationally sought out consultant and trainer for her expertise in behavioral health recovery and suicide prevention. Mary provides insightful and practical workshops based on 20 years of advocacy work, 14 years of work in the field of suicide prevention, and her personal recovery journey. Her consultation services provide practical tools for systems, agencies and front-line staff to apply to their work. The power of Hope is infused throughout her work. As the spokesperson for hope she will educate, inform, entertain and inspire.
Area of Focus
Hope – Behavioral Health Recovery in clinical practices. Suicide prevention, postvention and intervention strategies for schools, workplaces and communities.
Leatha Gore has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. Her undergraduate studies were clinically focused with a strong scientific basis, while her graduate degree emphasized a mind, body spirit, approach. These two educational experiences provide Leatha with a unique perspective through a solid clinical base combined with an openness to the individual experience. Leatha has obtained certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Associate of Trauma Professionals. She has provided consultation and professional trainings to peers, law enforcement and social service managers in crisis management, workplace trauma and professional resiliency including supervisory skills in this area.
Area of Focus
- Compassion fatigue and professional resiliency for both those in the field and those on the front-line of care.
- Comprehensive consultation and training to instill skills for both the front-line professional and managers of teams.
Sharon Holmes has over 20 years of business consulting experience and education. She holds a master’s degree in Education from SIUC, IL, a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University now Brandman University in Orange, CA, and an Associate of Art and Science Degree from Pierce College, Lakewood, WA. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (CDPT).
Sharon has experience as a recovery educator, peer supporter, and manager in the behavioral health industry. Her varied experiences give her an advantage for designing and implementing programs. Sharon is the owner of Ms. SharCo LLC and Inspiring Here & Now LLC. She works with Holding the Hope providing coordination of Washington State’s state-wide continuing education campaign.
In addition to organizing the program, Sharon is also a gifted trainer and facilitator. She is an Advanced Level WRAP co-facilitator and Certified Therapeutic Options trainer and wrote and delivered several more continuing education curricula for peer supporters. Sharon is passionate about educating others. She sees the power of education as a tool to work for other as it has for her. The focus of her work continuing to be teaching, consulting and advocating.
Area of Focus
- Organizational consultation for implementing state-wide, regional or agency wide training campaigns.
- Her passion is WRAP and her expertise is implementing WRAP into an integrated health care setting.
Stephanie began her career in public service right out of college and worked for the King County Regional Support Network for seven years. She co-founded the youth organization Youth ‘N Action (now called Youth Sound) while working on the Children, Youth, and Families System of Care grant. Stephanie began working for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) doing System of Care grant site visits and then was recruited to work on the Mental Health Transformation Grant administered by the Office of the Governor of Washington State. Stephanie then worked as the Clinical Director at Capital Recovery Center.
Stephanie was brought on as a consultant to work on the Youth and Family Certified Peer Counselor strategic planning process. She collaborated with more than 40 youth and family leaders across Washington giving input into what is now the current Youth and Family Certified Peer Counseling Curriculum.
Stephanie Lane has been a youth engagement specialist for 15 years and works within the boundaries of system of care values and principles. She co-created a youth organization called Youth ‘N Action, for youth leaders with previous system involvement. She has presented at over 40 conferences on youth engagement. She is currently the Program Director for the Workforce Development Collaborative. She has expertise in creating and licensing Behavioral Health Agencies, writing policies and procedures, training on certified peer counseling and she facilitated the creation of the Youth and Family Certified Peer Counseling training. She is fun, energetic and knowledgeable. She received two awards from two different Governor’s in Washington State, and received three ECCO awards for excellence in communication and community outreach. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for CVAB, a Washington state peer run organization, Cascade Pacific Advisory Board for Medicaid Integration and Transformation and is a member of the Office of Consumer Partnerships Certified Peer Counseling Ad Hoc Advisory Committee.
Area of Focus
Stephanie provides consultation in creating and licensing behavioral health agencies, writing policies and procedures, training on certified peer counseling and the creation of Youth and Family Certified Peer Counseling training. Stephanie’s focus is on ensuring at plans for the supervision, care and treatment of children, youth and families are delivered in a holistic and person-centered manner.
Dr. Miller is the co-owner and CEO, Evaluator & Researcher at MCS Counseling Group/MCS Research & Evaluation. He has degrees from Walden University – Doctor of Philosophy, (PhD) Research & Evaluation Psychology and from the City University of Seattle – Master of Arts, Counseling, Psychology. Dr. Miller has extensive experience consulting with communities to create Systems of Care – with or without supporting grant dollars. Dr. Miller believes in a holistic approach to systems development and individual treatment. His work fosters empowerment and recovery for service delivery systems and the people who access care.
Area of Focus
Dr. Miller and his firm, MCS Evaluation & Research specializes in System of Care program development and evaluation for rural communities. He assists rural communities in identifying mental health and chemical dependency service needs for youth and families. Dr. Miller has been very successful fostering collaboration with the community champions and stakeholders using System of Care principles. He and his firm work to establish a collaborative partnership to address the community’s specific needs, with evidence based and best practice treatments.
Holding the Hope and Dr. Miller have teamed up to bring customized training, consultation and specialized evaluation plans to your System of Care grant, using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Our evaluation plans assure fidelity to the logic models and to the evidenced based treatments utilized in addressing the specific needs, and to achieve positive outcomes. Our training and consultation will help you to create sustainable methods of service delivery.
Inspired by her own recovery from trauma, addiction, and mental health challenges, Ann Rider made it her life’s work to promote peer support. She wrote, taught and developed the first peer support training for Medicaid-funded peer support. Since then she has written two other distinct peer support curricula and has taught and developed peer support training in multiple states and three countries. Over 17 years she has been the Executive Director of two peer-run mental health agencies in two states. After earning a Masters in Social Work, Ann taught in the graduate school of social work at Arizona State University. In her “retirement,” she continues to write, teach, consult and advocate. She is currently the Board President of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy.”
Area of Focus
Springing from years of practice in peer support, peer-run programs and mediation, Ann offers consultation in the role of peer support, in documentation practices to pass audit, and in organizational culture.