Cameron Wood is the Co-Executive Director of the Peer Support Coalition of Florida, the statewide peer network of Florida. He is dedicated to empowering peers to lead, promoting the concepts of wellness and recovery, and providing peer support, certification, and services technical assistance to peers, providers, and community members. Since joining the Peer Support Coalition of Florida in June 2016, he has assisted in providing and coordinating wellness and recovery training to over 300 individuals across the state of Florida.
Prior to joining the Peer Support Coalition of Florida, he worked as the Program Assistant of a peer-driven recovery community program at the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. During his time, there, he provided training to over 200 individuals in Orange County, facilitated support groups, and assisted in educating providers and the community about the value and importance of peer support and services.
Cameron’s passion for recovery comes from his own personal experience of recovery from a mental health challenge. He believes recovery is expected and can be achieved by all and continues to show this through his work with the Peer Support Coalition of Florida. He has been a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist in Florida since 2015 and currently pursuing certification as a National Peer Specialist. He is facilitator trained in the Introduction to Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Whole Health Action Management (WHAM), Intentional Peer Support (IPS), and the 40-hour Helping Others Heal: Peer Specialist Training. He currently serves on the Substance Abuse Mental Health (SAMH) Planning Advisory Council, Statewide Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) Steering Committee, Peer Support Workgroup for Suicide Prevention Strategies, and the BRSS TACS Policy Academy Team.
Cheryl Simmonds Molyneaux brings to the table over 25 years of experience in the leadership of nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals living with mental health challenges. As an educator, Cheryl has served in various capacities from Associate Campus Dean to Professor of Accounting and Business. Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Virgin Islands, MBA from the University of Baltimore and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is the founding president of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Central Florida. Cheryl serves on the board of the Federation of Families of Central Florida. Cheryl is trained as an NLP Life Coach; Florida Certified Recovery Peer Specialist; Facilitator for WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), DBSA Living Successfully with a Mood Disorder and Peer Support Whole Health and Resiliency classes. She has completed training for Guardian Advocate and Mental Health First Aid for adults and youth.
Cheryl’s dedication to this work comes not only from professional experience but also from the schooling gained from lived experience. She is committed to using her multifaceted background to model and be a supporter of recovery for others.
Until January 2018, Denise L. Barber was employed by the State of Florida for 33 years, with over 20 of those years in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office within the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During her time with DCF Ms. Barber supervised staff responsible for suicide prevention and awareness, crisis mental health responses to disasters, and the implementation of federal SAMHSA grants to provide services to individuals with mental illnesses who were homeless through the state’s 23 PATH providers. Additionally, she oversaw the development of policies related to housing and employment for individuals with mental health/co-occurring diagnoses, served as staff person for the State Mental Health Planning Council, coordinated with Florida’s 33 Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams, helped develop SAMHSA block grant applications, served as Subject Matter Expert on several training-related contracts, liaisoned with other DCF Program Offices, including the Office on Homelessness and the State Mental Health Treatment Facilities Unit, and carried out a plethora of other mental health related responsibilities.
From 2012-2014 Ms. Barber was a Program Specialist for the Independent Living Program within the Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and worked closely with Florida’s 16 Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
Ms. Barber began her state career in the Executive Office of the Governor, Office of Planning and Budgeting, in 1988, and left there to join DCF in 1996. She is a 2000 graduate of Florida State University, and a 2010 graduate of FSU’s Certified Public Managers Program (CPM).
During her years of employment with the State, Denise long considered herself an “advocrat”, and now that she is no longer in that role, spends her time advocating for individuals with mental health diagnoses. She also enjoys community volunteer work, and currently serves as vice president on the NAMI Tallahassee Board, where she is a NAMI Basics teacher and a Family Support Group Facilitator. Ms. Barber is the former president of the NFCPM Alumni Association, and past secretary for the Tallahassee Parrot Head Club. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of four, one of whom has autism, and one has ADHD. She feels that her children and grandchildren are her greatest accomplishment, and works hard to ensure a safer, stronger, and better future for them.
Kimberly Comer is a multiple award-winning Certified Recovery Specialist and Community Health Worker whose integrity, compassion, and continued success have all earned her the reputation as a service-centered leader. Over the course of two decades, she has garnered extensive recovery expertise, receiving an array of certifications and completing various trainings along the way. Currently, she serves as the Southern Regional Network and Outreach Coordinator (RNOC) for the Peer Support Coalition of Florida. Prior to that, she held numerous roles of leadership, including the Executive Director for NAMI Greater Indianapolis and a NAMI Indiana Board Member. No matter what she takes on, Kimberly’s lifelong mission is to help people pave the way to optimal recovery.
Gayle Schurig, B.A., Behavior Specialist, has spent her career in the field of education and social service. She worked for the state of Missouri and then the state of Florida as a Foster Care Case Manager for years with children and families. She then took courses to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). As a BCaBA she created individualized programs for children with behavioral and developmental problems. Currently, Ms. Schurig works part-time so that she can devote her energy volunteering in the mental health field as a support group facilitator, board member of the DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance), and the Peer Support Coalition of Florida. She has taken courses such as WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator training and Peer Specialist Training. As a peer managing a mental illness for over 25 years, Gayle believes in personal responsibility and promoting overall health and wellness.
As a Board Member of the Peer Support Coalition of Florida, Michael brings a lifetime wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. He has survived a military service-connected disability and experienced personal triumphs surviving substance abuse with the dual diagnosis of mental health issues related to those life events. After leaving the United States Air Force, Michael spent over thirty years working in the Hospitality Industry prior to obtaining his Master’s Degree in Social Work with minors in Substance Abuse and Child Welfare. With over seventeen years of sobriety, he shares his survival skills with others less fortunate than himself. As an advocate for veterans, he provides case management services for the non-profit AHERO organization which provides unique recreational activities for wounded warriors and sits on the Board of Directors of another 501 C 3 human service organization: POE In Action, Inc. As a member of the POE in Action team; following its namesake “Peace On Earth,” Michael strives to empower others to learn to help themselves by helping others. For over two decades working with various agencies and organizations, Michael has engaged the mentally ill, the homeless, the hopeless, the ex-offender, and those whom society has failed by offering them resources for survival. Michael gains immense satisfaction of “paying it forward” by sharing what he has learned with others who are struggling with the issues in their life.
Danielle Hill has her Bachelors in Psychology and is currently a graduate student at the University of Central Florida in the Masters of Social Work program. Her time is spent working as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at Optum where she assists individuals with struggles pertaining to mental health, psychological trauma, and substance use as they work through their own recovery. She is committed to providing peer support from a strength-based perspective to help others take control of their own lives in meaningful and sustainable ways.
Prior to her current position, she was the Program Director for Orlando United Counseling at the non-profit organization the Mental Health Association of Central Florida where she gained program development, administrative, and community betterment experience.
She has over two years’ experience as a support group facilitator for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Central Florida where she also serves as a board member. She is the founder of a for-purpose project Care Packages of Central Florida that has focused on bringing life-essential items to homeless and in-need community members in Central Florida for over two years. Additionally, she is a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator. She is dedicated to using her lived experience as a foundation to help others.
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