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This training was developed by people who have learned from their own experience how to get through an emotional crisis and integrate the experience into a broader understanding of themselves and others. Our approach is based on time-tested, basic common-sense principles of deep listening and interacting in a respectful manner. The developers of eCPR have been users of the mental health and/or substance use service system and have also provided services themselves. Based on lived experience, they have learned what kind of help can be most useful in the short and long-term.

Some of Our eCPR Trainers

Maria OstheimerMaria Ostheimer: Maria works for the National Empowerment Center (NEC) as the Emotional CPR (eCPR) coordinator and trainer (English and Spanish) and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Coordinator. Maria translated the eCPR program into Spanish, which has been embraced by Promotores (Community Outreach Workers) and in Puerto Rico. Her passion for her work comes from her own personal background as both a survivor of trauma and a family member. Maria is committed to support, strengthen, and promote projects like eCPR that promote community-based education of mental wellness. “I believe in dialogue to build a common path of humanity. eCPR gives us a voice individually and collectively and opens a sense of wonder and humility.”

Oryx Cohen, M.P.A.Oryx Cohen, M.P.A.: Oryx is a leader in the international consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement.  Currently he is the Director of the National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center. Oryx is featured in Agnes’s Jacket, a book by Gail Hornstein, where Oryx and fellow Freedom Center co-founder Will Hall are compared to the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Before coming to NEC, Oryx was the Co-Director of the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community.

Sam AhrensSandra (Sam) Ahrens, BSW, MA, CSP: Sandra (Sam) Ahrens:  A certified eCPR trainer for the National Empowerment Center since 2010, Sam she has conducted eCPR certification and facilitator trainings across the United States as well as abroad. In her home state of Wisconsin, she has worked on peer-led initiatives for mental health recovery and wellness, with a focus on training. She has also worked as a teacher, social worker, and advocate in the areas of mental health, poverty and homelessness. Sam is recently retired and happy to have more time to devote to eCPR and other community-based projects. 

Jenny SpeedJenny Speed
Sisters Inside Inc.
Jenny Speed has worked for more than thirty years in health administration, planning and policy, disability and mental health advocacy. Since her own experience of severe distress, she has been an energetic mental health consumer activist locally, nationally and internationally. She is currently working at Sisters Inside, an organisation providing support and advocacy for criminalized women, eighty per cent of whom experience mental illness, overseeing the development and delivery of services to criminalized women and their children. Jenny is committed to the restoration of the rights of people with a lived experience of mental and emotional distress to enable them to participate fully in their communities.

Jode Freyholtz-LondonJode Freyholtz-London is the founder and Executive Director of Wellness in the Woods (WITW), Minnesota’s largest mental health consumer organization. Jode lives in Todd county Minnesota a few miles from where she grew up on a dairy farm. She has her AA in Business Management. Her vocational life includes human service in senior living, coordination of a rural detox unit, 15 years in supported employment, housing support, mobile crisis stabilization services as well as her present identity of social instigator, advocate, and mental health educator.

Wellness in the Woods now has a staff of 40; it began in March of 2013 with a dream of being a voice for individuals with mental health challenges and advocating for improved services with a focus on rural MN. Jode is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Emotional CPR trainer, Suicide prevention trainer, and public speaker across Minnesota. She was chosen as the Rural Health Hero of 2017 by the Rural Health Conference Committee.

Erin TuckerErin Tucker is Executive Director of On Our Own, Charlottesville where she has worked for 10 years. Erin is a Trauma-Informed Care Trainer and TIC Trainer for Peers through SAMHSA and the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. She is a Certified Advanced Level WRAP facilitator, Advance Directive facilitator, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist trainer, and an eCPR trainer. She is on the steering committee for the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition. She advocates for peer recovery and equity and believes that recovery is possible for all assuming equity and access are present.

Sean PerrySean Perry was born February 1st, 1977 in Wallingford CT. The oldest of four biracial children, Sean felt the effects of being different at a young age. Now a father of five and in his early 40s, Sean has taken his life experiences and transformed them into changing how we all address the mental health crisis. Sean began working for a residential treatment center in 2011; during that time Sean learned all that he could about anxiety, depression, OCD, suicidality and ongoing mental health issues. Sean is now the President / Co-Founder/ Executive Director of We R H.O.P.E. and host of We R H.O.P.E. Breaking The Stigma Through Change on the Voice America Empowerments Network. He hopes to create change in the public schools by bringing support at a much younger age and breaking the stigma of mental illness. Sean’s program is currently in nine schools in Vermont and New Hampshire and continues to grow. Sean has spoken at a variety of universities and he has hosted his own radio show on the Voice America Empowerment Network. Sean captures his audience with truth, passion, and the commitment of creating real change in the lives of children.

Latosha TaylorLatosha Taylor is a childhood trauma and psychiatric survivor who has transformed her lived experience into a passion for building community-based approaches to support others in finding value in their own experiences. She is an eCPR trainer and has 10 years of community building experience. Latosha is a founding member of the Personal Empowerment Recovery Coalition of Arkansas and now works as the Recovery Support Specialist Coordinator and Facilitator for Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. in Connecticut. She sits on many boards and committees to ensure that people with lived experience help direct and change policy in systems of care. Latosha is committed to making sure that people are supported and understood through all human experiences.

Carla HeathCarla E. Heath has twelve years’ experience in the peer field, developing, providing, and overseeing peer services. She feels her experience and skills acquired in serving as a cofounder and Executive Director of a non-profit center, combined with her work at Community Service Boards, gives her a unique perspective regarding peer and recovery-oriented services.

 

Dianna TaylorDianna Taylor is a survivor who passionately believes that eCPR is a way of life and has become one of her sustaining guides. Prior to coming to Virginia a few years ago, Dianna served in several peer and leadership capacities and engaged in program development, grant writing, and administrative collaboration at the state and regional levels in California. She also worked closely with business leaders and other stakeholders in a number of capacities to gain support for program start-up and peer development.

In her current role as Region 4 Peer Recovery Specialist Coordinator, for Richmond Virginia Behavioral Health Authority, she is tasked with growing and developing the peer workforce.   She is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, CPRS Trainer, ECPR Trainer, and a Digital Peer Support Certification Trainer. Dianna was privileged to be quoted in a Forbes Magazine article about Digital Peer Support.

Karen Iverson RiggersKaren Iverson Riggers is a writer, survivor, advocate, entrepreneur, and community volunteer. She owns her own nonprofit consulting practice and was the founding director of Iris Place, the first peer-run respite in the state of Wisconsin, as well as the co-founder of a local food start-up Reinvent Ferment. Karen is passionate about using writing and storytelling for healing and believes that eCPR holds incredible power to shift the framework of the way we connect with ourselves and others by sharing our stories. She lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, with her partner and their three children.

Shira CollinsShira Collings is a Master’s student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Growing up Jewish and queer in a conservative part of Birmingham, Alabama, she was bullied and struggled with mental health challenges throughout her childhood and teenage years. As a result of her own experience, she is passionate about supporting people who are struggling with the effects of marginalization, bullying, and other kinds of trauma. Shira’s goal is to create spaces in which people can express their thoughts, feelings, and lived experiences without fear of judgment. She is an advocate for trauma-informed, person-centered approaches to mental health care.

Donna Pollard-BurtonDonna Pollard-Burton, MA, retired in 2017 from private practice as a Trauma-specialized Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana and moved to Arizona with her husband and four senior rescue dogs. Donna worked many years as a Board-Certified Chaplain on the staff of a large Level One Trauma Center. As a seminary graduate specializing in psychotherapy and spiritual care, her work has been with survivors of violence, adults recovering from childhood abuse, traumatic injury, and post-disaster care. She has spoken nationally on topics of disaster response, stress and anger management, grief and bereavement (including pregnancy loss and infant death), coping with chronic and terminal illness, and adoption-related issues. Her passion now is introducing people to the gift of Emotional CPR.

Cathedra WinstonCathedra Winston is a local “Wellness Expert.” Cathedra has a bachelor’s degree in biology, is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, a Florida Certified Wraparound Trainer/Coach, an Emotional CPR Practitioner, and an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. Cathedra facilitates wellness workshops where she teaches individuals how to manage stress. Through the utilization of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) individuals create personal wellness plans to help them stay physically and emotionally well despite life’s daily challenges. Cathedra has worked with both youth and adults in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola Counties, FL. She has been recognized professionally by FADAA (Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association) for her work with youth and families in Orange County, FL. Cathedra specializes in youth engagement with a focus on emotional wellness. Cathedra lives a life of wellness and uses her own lived experiences to show others how they can “intentionally” live better lives. Cathedra believes “Good Emotional Hygiene” starts here!

Krzysztof HenczakKrzysztof Henczak is the coordinator of the Polish Open Dialogue Institute and the eCPR coordinator in Poland. He is studying at the Institute of Applied Psychology in the Department of Psychotherapy. He is a speaker and works for change in the Polish mental health system. He runs a crisis support telephone line for individuals and families. He was a co-organizer of the 24th International Network Meeting for the Treatment of Psychosis which brought together - for the first time in Poland - practitioners and enthusiasts of Open Dialogue from all over the world. He promotes both Open Dialogue and eCPR in Poland.

Susanne ArmstrongSusanne Armstrong, MTngDev, DCA, is a peer support worker and holds lived experience advisory roles with Australian national suicide prevention organisations. She has a background as a grief counsellor, nurse, and adult educator. Her Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) research focused on intergenerational trauma, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and family violence; exploring the utilisation of creative writing and art to generate recovery and post-traumatic growth. Her Master of Training and Development (MTngDev) research investigated workplace performance improvement. Susanne has held senior management roles in government, private sector, community-based health and welfare organisations. She is passionate about people, social justice, holistic health, the arts, and protecting our environment for future generations. 

Braunwynn FranklinBraunwynn Franklin is a proud, Black single mother, a certified peer specialist in three states, and a Train-the-Trainer for NAMI’s Peer to Peer Workshop and for Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Personal Action Towards Health course as well as a Second Chance Reentry Master trainer and an eCPR facilitator. Using her lived experience of overcoming childhood trauma and incarceration, she has worked in the field of mental health for over 13 years. Braunwynn has trained over 200 Peer Wellness and Peer Support specialists, helping to develop and grow the Peer Wellness program at Cascadia Behavioral Health and a NAMI curriculum on Gender Based Violence for Peer Supports. She co-championed the Trauma Informed Committee of the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Operation Nightwatch (Portland), Folktime (Portland), and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. She is also an active member of the Michigan Peer Recovery Coalition and Surviving Race: Intersection of Injustice, Disability, and Human rights.

Jose SalinasJose Salinas is an eCPR trainer and also a trainer for the State of Michigan for Certified Peer Recovery Coaches. He is also certified as an International Recovery Coach and has been working for the Kent County CMH Network180/Access Center for over six years. Jose works with individuals who come in with crises related to substance use as well as mental illness. He has struggled with heroin addiction among other drugs, mental health conditions, and homelessness. Jose is passionate about sharing his story of resilience in an effort to inspire hope and motivate others in their personal recovery. He is very involved in giving back to the community by volunteering for various community organizations and events.

NaKaisha Tolbert-BanksNaKaisha Tolbert-Banks is an Advocate for self-care and a sought after Mental Health and Wellness Speaker. She believes in equitable mental health care for all, to afford individuals the ability to live the best mentally healthiest lives possible. She is the Founder and CEO of D.U.O. EmpowerMEnt Services, a mental health counseling and life coaching firm in Indiana, USA.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Certified EmpowerMEnt Coach, and eCPR Youth and Adult Trainer.  NaKaisha cherishes her diverse work for over 22 years in the social services field and embraces opportunities to speak to, empower, and engage communities in becoming mentally healthier by fighting stigma attached to mental illness, especially within minority communities. She is a two-time Published Author, volunteer in her community, and enjoys the time in which she is able to spend with friends and family, graciously serving as a loving wife and mom of two beautiful angels.

Chris RothbauerChris Rothbauer, MDiv, MA (they/them), is a Unitarian Universalist minister currently serving in Auburn, Alabama. Chris is known as a leader in social justice in the area and has been an advocate for racial, environmental, economic, and LGBTQIA justice. As a eCPR Educator, Chris uses their lived experience as a queer mental health consumer and survivor to help people find ways to connect with others in an empowering way in times of crisis. They are passionate about finding ways to bring eCPR into the larger communities they serve.

Flora RelefordFlora Releford: has over three dedicated decades of experience with Texas county, state, and federal health and wellness agencies. She uses her knowledge, experiential wisdom, and education in emotional wellness, whole health, and healing arts to support others in a conscious transformation from mental, physical, emotional, or artistic blocks by releasing trauma through a variety of traditional and alternative healing modalities. She has a private Alternative Healing Arts holistic health and wellness practice and a passion for guiding individuals to lifestyle behavior changes and providing evidence-based educational practices in Emotional CPR. Flora is an ECPR trainer, Reiki Master, Life and Recovery coach, CHW, PRSS/ ICPR /PM, MCSE, and NLP.

Daniel Fisher, MD, PhDDaniel Fisher, MD, PhD: Dan’s life purpose comes from his lived experience of recovery from schizophrenia, which inspired him to dedicate himself to helping others find their voice and recover. He earned an MD, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has practiced as a board-certified, community psychiatrist for 30 years. In 1992, he co-founded the federally-funded National Empowerment Center and serves as its executive director. He was a commissioner on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2002-03.

Lauren Spiro, MALauren Spiro, MA: Lauren is the coordinator for eCPR South Asia and Africa and she lived in Africa for several years. Lauren’s work focuses on developing our capacity for compassion, appreciating the vast creativity of the human mind, and building pathways so everyone may come home. She co-founded two non-profit corporations and is a schizophrenia survivor, educator, artist, consultant, community developer, and the co-founder of Emotional CPR. She has an M.A. in clinical/community psychology. Her memoir, Living for Two: A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace was published in 2014. For more information see www.Laurenspiro.com

Caitlin Fisher (MSc)Caitlin Fisher (MSc): Caitlin is a former professional soccer player turned gender-justice activist and community organizer. She works on labor rights and LGBTQI discrimination in sport. She does movement research and performance on gender (re)presentation, embodied resistance, and the commons and is currently involved in the integration of eCPR with movement and the body. She has an MSc in Gender (London School of Economics) and a BA in Biological Anthropology (Harvard University).

Carolyn Pifer is a Michigan Certified Peer Support Specialist, and eCPR Trainer, She currently works for Central Wellness Network in Manistee, MI. Carolyn is part of the DBT team and works closely with ACT. She has been a leader in for Michigan health and wellness training. Facilitating workshops in; Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), Stanford University's Chronic Disease and Chronic Pain Self -Management Programs, Smoking Cessation, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) as well as e-CPR. Prior to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Carolyn was a Corporate Sales and Training Manager and a former bank vice-president. "I am a strong advocate for integrated health. I understand the devastation that mental illness and addiction can have on a life, and the resilience of the human spirit to overcome and rebuild a life worth living."

Deborah Louise TrueheartDeborah Louise Trueheart is a nationally known educator, eCPR trainer, counselor, writer, artist, speaker, and change agent. She has transformed her own trauma experience through counseling, alternative therapies, spirituality and artistic expression. Debbie is passionate about helping to birth a new paradigm in mental health care by moving away from a pathological, disease focus toward wholeness-based perspectives. She has developed a curriculum called, “Living Into Wholeness” that teaches principles and practices to access and live from our authentic state of Beauty, Divinity, and Wholeness.

Deborah lives on the gulf coast of Florida and is involved in a grassroots county-wide trauma informed community development initiative called Sarasota Strong. She is promoting eCPR to enhance trauma-informed skills in this initiative. She is former Director of the Technical Assistance Center at the National Empowerment Center and holds degrees in Human Services and Behavioral Science. Debbie is the 2018 recipient of the Howie the Harp Arts award and the 2011 NYAPRS Faith & Fellowship award.

Lynn McLaughlinLynn McLaughlin is a communications professional with 25 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Lynn’s life experience, education, training in peer support systems and trauma (including her personal release of a belief system resulting from sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression and addiction) make her an exceptional peer support provider and trainer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marian University. She is a trainer of the State of Wisconsin Peer Specialist curriculum and serves on the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force. Lynn has facilitated workshops at the Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference, Wisconsin Mental Health & Substance Use Conference, and the Wisconsin NAMI Conference. Lynn embodies the principles of Emotional CPR and her passion for sharing it with others is evident in all facets of her life.

Erica_Ruvalcaba-Heredia Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia is the Program Director for the Center for Family Strengthening. She oversees the Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County and Innovative Partnerships, a regional grant funded by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP), in partnership with Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Erica is also a parent educator and mother of three beautiful sons. For twenty-five years she and husband have called the Central Coast home.

Erica is a graduate of the University of Santa Barbara and earned her Master’s Degree in Spanish and BA in Spanish and Latino and Iberian Studies. She holds a PhEd in Organizational Leadership from the University of Laverne. Her own personal experience and knowledge of Latino culture helps to bridge gaps, create effective outreach opportunities, and empower the community. Today she works in collaboration with other agencies to ensure children and parents are receiving equal access to healthcare and services/resources needed to live a healthy life. She is an eCPR trainer and her passion is to provide the support needed to the most vulnerable community.

Marki WebberMarki Webber, RN M.Ed. has decades of experience and training as an RN and experiential educator which has enabled her to bear witness to life's most poignant and moving transitions. From assisting women giving birth and welcoming babies into the world to offering care to patients and families as a Hospice RN, her work has truly spanned the full range of life's experiences. Additionally, her many years of experience working in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings has enabled her to offer deep listening and compassionate presence to those suffering with addictions and mental health challenges of every kind.

Her approach, arising in part from her early training as an experiential educator, is rooted in the bedrock of nonviolence and arises out of a profound respect for the humanity, integrity and inner wisdom of each person. She holds training and certification in multiple modalities including NLP, Focusing, Motivational Interviewing, NVC, and Trauma Informed approaches to care. In addition to her work as an eCPR trainer she works with individuals and groups teaching Guided Focusing skills and offering Transformational Coaching and loves helping people discover their own inner wisdom.

Dwayne KellyDwayne Kelly is a Michigan Certified Peer Support Specialist and peer support trainer for the state of Michigan. He currently has dual careers working for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Vocational Development Specialist in Battle Creek MI. He also works part-time for Summit Pointe as a peer support specialist. Dwayne is a seven-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Dwayne enjoys serving his fellow Veterans sharing his recovery story to assist with their recovery journey and obtaining benefits. He is a E-CPR Trainer, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator, and Employment Training Specialist. He recently completed all the requirements for his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and will receive his degree November 2020.

Reid SmithdealW. Reid Smithdeal, MSW, LCSW, CPSS, holds a Master of Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reid has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, homeless shelters, and academia. When Reid was first exposed to eCPR in 2011, he had the thought, “this training teaches people to be human again.” Through his lived experiences he realized that his challenges have been created by being disconnected from his true being, which has disconnected him from others. Reid believes that we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves from the traumas we have experienced in life and that eCPR can help us learn to tap into our natural healing abilities. Reid has facilitated trainings across the United States for the past 20 years and eCPR trainings for the past 9 years. He is fulfilled by the experience of joining with others as they grow together.

Cheryl Simmonds Molyneaux, EdDCheryl Simmonds Molyneaux, EdD is Co-Executive Director of Peer Support Coalition of Florida, the statewide peer network. Twenty years of her nonprofit career were spent at Disability Rights Maryland. As an adult educator she served many years in various capacities from adjunct faculty to campus dean. After moving to Florida, Cheryl founded and continues to be active in the Central Florida chapter of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She is passionate about helping individuals involved with the criminal justice system and has provided wellness education in jail for many years. As a person with lived experience and a family member of individuals with lived experience, she is passionate about advocating for appropriate and accessible individualized supports.

Lisa E. A. Watson Lisa E. A. Watson is one of our Canadian certified eCPR facilitators, who has her own past history overcoming anxiety, panic attacks, depression and suicidality, which led her into a rewarding career helping others overcome similar mental health issues. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Behavioural Psychology, Lisa also holds several Masters-level accreditations in Trauma Recovery, Grief Support, Suicide Intervention, and Ambiguous Loss (MMIW/M). Lisa is also a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor and a strong mental health professional who is a passionate advocate for Canada’s Indigenous peoples. She was a valued member of the National Mental Health and Wellness Crisis Response Team, and in that capacity has lived and travelled extensively throughout Canada’s Arctic, assisting many First Nation and Inuit communities and reserves in times of crisis. She now runs her own Mental Health, Wellness and Crisis Response company, Behaviour Aid, both nationally and internationally. For further information, please see www.behaviouraid.ca.

Richarde DonelanRicharde Donelan, EdD is the CEO and Founder of Turn North Now and an active eCPR Lead Trainer in Indianapolis, IN. Richarde currently serves as a Life and Wellness Coach for education professionals and college students. He also designs and facilitates seminars and webinars for mentors and mentees engaged in STEM college-degree courses. He is a “card carrying” life-long learner and Educologist with decades of experience in service to individuals, groups, communities, and organizations. Among these experiences and roles are included Ordained Pastor, Biology Teacher, School Leadership Professor, Husband, Father, and Non-Profit Board Chairperson. Richarde identifies and advocates the merits of eCPR for crossing liminal spaces and living at levels of authentic human-to-human connections and self-empowerment capable of consistently redirecting and recovering harmony possible in our shared humanity.

Susanne ArmstrongD. Yarrow Halstead, MA, CPPS has been working with the principles of eCPR as a trainer and facilitator for several years. She earned her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in communication/theater arts. She works as a certified peer support specialist with Washtenaw County Community Mental Health. Yarrow facilitates DBT grad group and began the Wellness: Body, Mind and Spirit group focusing on all aspects  of healing, particularly alternative healing paradigms. Through the University of Michigan, Yarrow works as part of a research team studying the importance of peers working with others, whom, like herself, have survived suicide. She is passionate about this work. She is also a person in long-term recovery from both substance and mental health challenges. As a Reiki Master, massage therapist and musician, Yarrow understands and is sensitive to the exchange of energy. “What matters to me is the sacred connection we make with each other. Being with another person experiencing crisis, I know that connecting with the heart begins the process of movement from crisis to safety. I understand the power of being listened to, being seen and being heard.”

Briana StricklandBriana Srickland is an impassioned advocate for healing and transformation. As a survivor of many traumas and adversities that began in early childhood, she has dedicated her life’s journey to various practices and disciplines that embody a heart, mind, and body approach. She believes that when we step into a true, authentic relationship with ourselves, we mend the wounds we all carry-individually and collectively. Briana is an artist, an activist, and a Peer Support Specialist at The Promise Resource Network, as well as an educator for eCPR. She is working towards completing her RYT certification for trauma-informed yoga teaching and one of the founders of a newly formed artistic center in Greensboro, NC that promotes arts, expression, social justice, community, and wellness. 

Shontelle ProkipcakKimberly D. Ewing is an emotional CPR (eCPR) coordinator and trainer through Allies of Indiana which promotes mental wellness. Allies of Indiana is a peer-run community-based organization that provides recovery, inspiration, hope, support, and education to individuals working toward mental and lifestyle wellness. In addition, Kimberly is an Implicit Bias Trainer, Anti-Racist Trainer, Diversity Trainer, a Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and a Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) Facilitator. Kimberly holds a BS in Communications from the University of Indianapolis and a MS in Higher Education from Indiana State University. As the President of KDE Motivates, Kimberly is dedicated to mental wellness, racial healing, social justice, racial equality, human right, bullying prevention, empowering allies, educating humans of all ages, and celebrating diversity. 

Shontelle ProkipcakShontelle Prokipcak MSW, RSW, CCAC, CCS-AC has been practicing social work and psychotherapy with individuals and families for over 20 years. She owns and operates Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa in Ontario Canada. She is the first coordinator and trainer for eCPR in Canada.

 
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