Cameron Wood is the 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.
Crystal Lilly has been working in the mental health field helping children for the last decade. Crystal has her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Criminal Justice. She is one class shy of her Ph.D. in Psychology. Crystal is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. Crystal is a certified trainer for WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Wraparound, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Family Assessment of Needs & Strengths, and Child Adolescent Needs & Strengths. Crystal serves on the Board of Advisory of the Reflections Program at Mental Health Association of Central FL. Crystal lives with her husband and their six children in Central FL. Crystal has navigated the mental health system and school system advocating for her children that were diagnosed with mental health challenges. She also has experience navigating the Child Welfare System when she adopted her daughter out of foster care. She and her husband enjoy traveling and seeing the sites that Florida has to offer. Her favorite hobby is shark tooth hunting on the beaches in Manasota Key.
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Prior to joining the Federation of Families team in April 2016 as Lead Family Coordinator, Seminole County, Michael spent the last two years working with Wraparound Seminole as both a Family Advocate and then Wraparound Facilitator. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Social Work and scheduled to graduate Fall 2018. Michael is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator. Michael currently provides training in Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, as well as Individualized Education Plan Workshop to caregivers. Michael serves on the Peer Support Coalition of Florida Board as Treasurer. Michael has compiled both personal and professional proficiency navigating the education system advocating for his own children and youth in the community striving to meet their academic needs. Michael has experience in the Mental Health System supporting/advocating for families who are experiencing mental health challenges. Michael lives in Central Florida with his wife and two daughters. Michael enjoys traveling with his family, reading, and photography. Michael is also a 23 year Veteran of the United States Air Force.
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.
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Missy Sword Lee is employed with the Florida Department of Children and Families as the Director of Substance Abuse & Mental Health in the NW region. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.
Missy is a native of NW Florida, raised in Panama City. She is involved as a youth leader at her church as well as the community. Missy has been working in the field of social services for over 10 years in several different capacities such as case coordinator with the Guardian ad Litem program, investigator with DCF child welfare, community liaison and fetal infant mortality review coordinator for Healthy Start, supervisor for case management in the Family Intervention Program and worked as the DCF Coordinator for the Mental Health System of Care. Most recently, as the Director of SAMH, Missy has had the opportunity to help build a true system of care for families which includes cultural competency and a broader implementation of peers. She has lived experience in substance abuse and mental health through her immediate family so this is a true passion.
Missy is a member of numerous boards and coalitions at the community and state level. She loves training in the community and is certified to do so in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Florida State University’s Partner for Healthy Babies and is also certified in evidence-based wraparound. Missy currently lives in Holmes Co with her husband and 4 children and will soon start work on her under graduate studies in psychology.
Rebecca Thomas, MSW, LCSW graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Rebecca has versatile experiences working in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, child welfare, school-based counseling, forensic social work, community organizing, and in public speaking/education and training. She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
Rebecca has a strong passion for her work specifically in the area of Substance Use Disorders. Currently, she is serving as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Community Drug and Alcohol Council in Pensacola, Florida specializing in working with pregnant and postpartum substance using women and substance using parents involved with the Department of Children and Families. Additionally, Rebecca has a private practice in Mary Esther, Florida working primarily with individuals struggling with addictions to substances, anxiety-related disorders, and codependency. She provides quarterly addiction training for all child welfare staff employed in the panhandle of Florida.
Rebecca lives in Niceville, FL with her husband and children. She is very involved in her church and finds her faith to be her greatest source of strength. Rebecca is very passionate about the inclusion and integration of Peer Specialists in traditional Behavioral Health Care settings and looks forward to participating in activities to advance these efforts.
Christopher Dykes is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist celebrating ten years in recovery from drugs and alcohol this year. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs and became a Peer Specialist to use his lived experience to serve others. Christopher supports the use of a twelve-step program model for recovery but leans strongly on his faith as the backbone for his long term sobriety.
Christopher is a Certified WRAP facilitator and Certified to facilitate the 40-hour Helping Others Heal Peer Specialist Trainer as well. He has provided his testimony at many public speaking engagements to include two ROSC summits in Northwest Florida. He has facilitated and co-facilitated recovery support groups and has supported community trainings in the Pensacola area in subjects such as ethics, mental health first aid, and wellness concepts.
Christopher has a very strong passion for the integration of Peer Specialists in recovery based programs due to his personal experience during periods of active addiction. His goal is to improve recovery oriented services and influence advances in recovery across the state with his target area being in Northwest Florida. Christopher has spent much of his personal time working as a youth sports official and youth minister and lives in Niceville, Florida with his wife and children.