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National Advisory Board

Valerie Bradley Cambridge, Massachusetts

Human Services Research Institute, President
2356 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
vbradley@hsri.org  / 617.876.0426

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Oryx Cohen Lawrence, Massachusetts

Director, Technical Assistance Center
National Empowerment Center
599 Canal Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01804
oryxcohen@gmail.com  / 978.685.1454

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Judith Cook Chicago, Il

Professor and Director
National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability
University of Chicago at Illinois
1601 W. Taylor Street / Room 482
Chicago, Il 60612
Cook@ripco.com  / 312.355.1696

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Kristin Dean Minneapolis, MN

Director / College of Direct Support
Research and Training Center on Community Living
Institute on Community Integration /University of Minnesota
150 Pillsbury Dr. SE / 212 Pattee Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
deanx032@umn.edu / 612-624-7621

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Terry Farmer Washington, DC

ACCSES – American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services
1501 M Street, NW / 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
trfarmer@accses.org   / 202.349.4258

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Laurene Finley Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Private Practice
2122 north 18th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121
lyfinley@aol.com  / 267.872.2223

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Leticia Huttman Augusta, Maine

Director, Division of community Partnerships
Office of Adult Mental Health Services / Department of Health and Human Services
11 State House Station / Second Floor / Marquardt Building
Augusta, Maine 04333
Leticia.Huttman@maine.gov  / 207.287.4253

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Cynthia Johnson


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Tom Lane Urbana, Illinois

National Director of Consumer and Recovery Services
Magellan Health
902 E. Burkwood Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801
tlane@magellanhealth.com  / 217.384.4332

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Ron Manderscheid Washington, DC

Executive Director
National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW / Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001
rmanderscheid@nacbhd.org  / 202.942.4296

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Kim Mueser West Boston, Massachusetts

Executive Director
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation / Boston University
940 Commonwealth Avenue
West Boston, Massachusetts 02215
mueser@bu.edu  / 617353.3546

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India Sue Ridout Richmond, Virginia

Assistant Director of Human Resource Development & Management
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
1220 Bank Street / P.O. Box 1797
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1797
India.ridout@dbhds.virginia.gov  / 804. 840-9837 (cell) /804.786.4146 (fax)

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Joseph Rogers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chief Advocacy Officer / Mental Health Association of Southeast Pennsylvania
Director, National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut Street / Suite 1207
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
jrogers@mhasp.org  / 215.751.1800

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Ed Schwenk Posttstown, PA

Certified Peer Specialist
70 Moser Road / Aprtment #2
Posttstown, PA 19464
edwardmoser2@comcast.net  / 610.323.4221

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Cheryl Sharp Washington, DC

Special Advisor on Trauma Informed Services
National Council of Behavioral Healthcare
1701 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
cheryls@thenationalcouncil.org  / 202.670.0178

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National Editorial Board

Responsible for the accuracy of information throughout the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion.

Karen Escovitz, MA
MA, Mental Health First Aid Project Coordinator, The Behavioral Health Training and Education Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., OT, CPRP, FAOTA
Director, Institute for Wellness and Recovery Initiatives, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Freehold, New Jersey; Part time Assistant Professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions
Mark Salzer, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matthew O. Hurford, M.D.
hief Medical Officer, Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Clinical Associate, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Laurene Finley, Ph.D.
Private Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Craig Strickland, Ph.D.
Director of Organizational & Employee Development, Horizon House, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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