Board

Ronda Speight

Board Member, White Plains, NY
“I lost my mind and found my truest self, I enjoy seeing the potential in abstract ideas for positive change, putting invisible concepts together and making them real”

Ronda “Ro” Speight, New York Certified Peer Specialist, is committed to pioneering the advancement of Professional Peer Support in the mental health field. Specifically, helping to define what are “collaborative practices” between peer professionals and traditional mental health professions. Ro has been trained in various peer professional and progressive clinical methodologies, which benefit from integrating the peer professional perspective.

In the interest of this commitment, she has been trained in Social Networking, derived from Open Dialogue, currently aiming to utilize the strengths of both clinical and peer facilitation in the United States. Ro is trained as a Hearing Voices Network Facilitator, which is transforming traditional stigmas and perspectives of voice hearing and other alternative sensory phenomena. She is currently working as a Peer and Recovery Specialist at Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester, New York. MHA programs include On Track New York, a comprehensive program for young individuals experiencing first-episode psychosis and the Westchester Recovery Network, a peer-directed in-community peer support program.

Ro is also active in the larger New York community, modeling and applying peer professional competencies in traditional medical model settings. She is currently supporting the peer professional presence at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Westchester Division, developing comprehensive Peer Professional led wellness groups on inpatient units. Ro is enjoying being an agent of positive change after years of trying to personally navigate her identity and purpose through a complicated mental health system.

Seana O’Callaghan

President & CEO

Jessica Pratt

Chief Communications Officer

Malea Stockton

Chief Administrative Officer

Sandra Steingard, MD

Board Chair, Burlington, VT

Keris Jän Myrick, MBA, MS, PhDc

Vice Chair, Los Angeles, CA

David Hughes, PhD

Board Secretary/Treasurer, Cambridge, MA

Giovan E. Bazan

Board Member, Chicago, IL

Gayle R. Berg, PhD

Board Member, Roslyn Heights, NY

Christopher Gordon, MD

Board Member, Framingham, MA

Yana Jacobs, MFT

Board Member, Santa Cruz, CA

Peter Kinderman, PhD

Board Member, Liverpool, UK

Hannah Lingley

Board Member, San Francisco, CA

Andy Smith, JD

Board Member, Portland, OR

Rob Cotes, MD

Scientific Advisory Council Chair, Atlanta, GA

Lee Combrinck-Graham, MD

Scientific Advisor, Stamford, CT

Judith Cook, PhD

Scientific Advisor, University of Illinois, Chicago

David Healy, MD, FRCPsych

Scientific Advisor, McMaster University, Ontario, CA

Swapnil Gupta, MD

Scientific Advisor, Yale School of Medicine

Bonnie Kaplan, PhD

Scientific Advisor, University of Calgary

Jeffrey R. Lacasse, PhD

Scientific Advisor, Florida State University

Rebecca Miller, PhD

Scientific Advisor, Yale School of Medicine

Judith Pentz, MD

Scientific Advisor, University of New Mexico

Tony Stanton, MD

Scientific Advisor, Bainbridge Island, WA

Joseph Stoklosa, MD

Scientific Advisor, Harvard Medical School

Kenneth Thompson, MD

Scientific Advisor, University of Pittsburgh

Ursula Whiteside, PhD

Scientific Advisor, NowMattersNow.org

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