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Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill, ALWF has over 20 years of experience as an activist on behalf of people experiencing emotional distress and trauma. As a public health professional, she develops systems-level strategies to reduce negative health impacts through person-centered and resilience-focused services for people experiencing homelessness. She is advocates both for civil and disability rights through a lens of health equity. Her professional experience includes serving as the Recovery Support Services Program Administrator at the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies in the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and implemented the Peer Navigator...

Wendy Sachs

My name is Wendy Sachs and I’m thrilled to be part of the new Experts by Experience Advisory Committee for Mental Health Colorado. I am a Colorado native who is married and has two amazing twenty-something children. I recently changed jobs and I currently work as a Forensic Peer Navigator for the Denver County Courts. I work with the Alternative Courts and help the participants with getting whatever resources they need, to help them build their Recovery Capital, and to provide support and connection to the outside Recovery Community. I am lucky enough to be a person in long-term recovery (10+ years) and I want to share my knowledge and experiences ...

Lisa Fields

Over the past 17 years, Lisa Vega-Fields has been actively committed to working on behalf of students and their families in the Jefferson County Public School District. She continuously applies diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in supporting diverse student and family populations with the appropriate, programs, resources, and community-based health and social services necessary to support achieving their goals, gaining success, and ensuring their safety, independence, health, and wellbeing. Lisa is an advocate for promoting mental wellness and ending the stigmatization of mental illness due to the loss of her father by suicide, her own ...

Ashleigh Jones

Ashleigh Jones she/her: I've been working as a peer support specialist for a year and a half now. I am an activist, mother, runner, reader! I am a suicide attempt survivor.  I am in “recovery” from Mental health disorders,  substance use disorder, and childhood trauma. I'm not a real big fan of the term recovery I feel like it's a constant work in progress and I have good days and bad days but mostly good days. I also sit on the guiding council for the pier expansion project in Larimer County. I'm also a part of the zero suicide initiative in Larimore county

Scott Brasselero

Scott is a credentialed Colorado Peer and Family Specialist as well as a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAC II) currently working as a Peer Recovery Navigator for a non-profit, multi-faceted substance use treatment organization in southern Colorado. Scott is in long-term recovery, which he attained after receiving intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment at Peer 1 Therapeutic Community in Denver, Colorado from early 2014 through late 2015. Although clinically credentialed, Scott chooses to work as a Peer Specialist as it affords him the opportunity to directly share his lived experience with individuals still struggling with SUD and mental health ...

Ty Smith

Ty Smith is a Colorado native and long-time peer advocate, specializing in the mental health system, quality of life measures, and trauma-informed care. He created and implemented Youth Voice, a cross-disability coalition that focused on creating youth subject matter experts, providing training for effective policy and advocacy activities, and providing ongoing supports to encourage community engagement. At age 36, Ty has thirteen years as a state and federal public health policymaker and eight years as a peer provider in the Colorado behavioral health system and is a Bachelor of Science Candidate, Administering Nonprofits for Youth. He is currently ...

Mary Sanders

My name is Mary. I serve on several boards such as the Medicare experience advisory Council and I am an advocate for persons with disabilities. I am a person with a disability myself. For hobbies, I enjoy watching TV, going on walks with friends, and cooking.

Sarah Humble

A recognized leader in the Peer Support space, Sarah’s professional background includes facilitation, training, curriculum design, supervision, and a commitment to accessibility in mental health, substance misuse, and connected communities. In her roles, she’s been able to work in large community mental health organizations, experienced opportunities to work in urban centers as a Peer Navigator, and has been fortunate to supervise the work of Peer Professionals. Her learning and development background includes curriculum and content design and delivery, effective and engaging learning in onsite and virtual environments, and creating participat...

Madison Krumwiede

Madison is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Masters in Human Services & Counseling. She joined Mental Health Colorado in order to make a difference in the lives of those who struggle with mental illness. She knows firsthand how difficult it can be to find the appropriate help and support and therefore wants to ease that burden for others. Currently, she lives in northern Colorado with her husband and two children. She loves to be in nature and to fill her iCloud storage with pictures of her family and dogs. At the end of the day, she loves being a mother & wife, being a Coloradoan, and thriving in all she does despite living with ...

Erin Kavaney

Erin grew up in Tucson and graduated from ASU with a degree in business and communication. She's worked in the world of business in sales, marketing and customer relations for the last 20 years. She is excited to join up with Mental Health of Colorado because she has had her own personal experiences with mental illness for most of her life. She wants to use her past struggles to help others going through similar hardships. She hopes that her voice can make a difference for others, and that by joining up with a like minded organization the combined effort can greatly reduce stigma and improve lives for so many people suffering unnecessarily. She ...