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My Specialties

Mental Health Education Trainer

I am certified to teach the Evidenced Based NAMI Family to Family 12 class Education course.  I have taught hundreds of family members over the last 20 years.  I am also a certified Teacher Trainer for this and other NAMI Signature programs.

I have over 16 years experience presenting to local law enforcement officers training to be certified as PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) Officers, county CHP, and other county law enforcement departments.

Conference Workshop Presentations

  • 2023 NAMI CA State Conference

  • 2023 Forensic Mental Health Association Annual Conference

  • 2018 SD County HHSA Mental Health Awareness

  • SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Workshop 2017

  • California Behavioral Health Association State Conference 2017

  • Beyond the Bench State Conference 2015 &  2016

  • National Alliance on Caregiving Conference 2016

  • NAMI National Conference 2015

  • NAMI California State Conference 2012

Links to Interviews and Articles

Mental Health Program Design

I performed the staffing design for a new Peer and Family Engagement program with the lead contractor.  I worked within the program as the sub contract Program lead responsible for hiring and training of  staff.

I oversaw design of the first 70 hour training curriculum for Family Members seeking to or already working in the Behavioral Health Field using lived experience. Provided technical assistance to modify into 20 hr and 40 hr. Webinar based courses.

I designed the training curriculum for Faith leaders to present mental health topics to congregations or community.


60 minutes CARE Act  Interview with CA Gov. Newsom


WebMD-Impact on Caregives of those with Schizophrenia

Presenter CA BH System Overhall with Gov. Newsom

NAMI African American Voices Interview

KPBS​-The Stigma of Mental Illness Interview

KPBS Son missing Interview​

Board Affiliations

  • Governor's Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

  • NAMI California State Board

  • PERT( Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) Advisory Board

  • CRF(Community Research Foundation) Board

  • A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) Ambassador

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2021 NAMI San Diego Color Ball Lifetime Champion Award

  • 2015 A New PATH Recovery Ambassador Honoree 

  • 2015 NAMI National Program Leader Award

  • 2013 NCNW of SD Community Service Unsung Hero Award

  • 2012 NAMI California Criminal Justice Advocate Award.

My Specialties
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