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.
Cheryl Simmonds Molyneaux brings to the table over 25 years of experience in 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 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.
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.
Kristi Krug is a lifelong Floridian, whose experiences of the behavioral health and criminal justice systems inspired her to work with other advocates organizing for change. Relying upon the wisdom, grit, and hope demonstrated by her peers to her sustain her passion for justice, Kristi advocates for freedom, choice, dignity and opportunity for individuals receiving services. She believes lived experience is a resource of immeasurable value, and that peers are crucial to the revolution that is needed in community behavioral health. As Peer Support Liaison for Cenpatico, she provides a peer perspective to clinical staff; facilitates provider and community trainings; and partners with key stakeholders to increase access to peer support services. Kristi is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and WRAP facilitator. She lives in Fleming Island, Florida with her husband and daughter.
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.
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.
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