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  • Advocate to the Texas Legislature on behalf of mental health consumers throughout the state, 1997 to present
  • Answer advocacy-related and consumer related phone calls in house, 1999 to 2007
  • Plan biennial Advocacy Rally on the Capitol steps, 1999 to 2003
  • Create, publish and distribute the NAMI Texas monthly issue of the Legislative Messenger, a newsletter detailing recent state and national Legislation affecting persons with serious and persistent mental illness, 1999 to 2003
  • Represent NAMI Texas in state mandated workgroups
    • Olmstead Promoting Independence, January 2000 to May 2001
    • Medicaid Buy-In mandated by 78th Legislature, 2003 to 2005
    • Social Security Benefits Interim workgroup, 2001
    • Seclusion and Restraints Interim Workgroup, 2000 to 2002
    • Mental Health/Criminal Justice Consensus Group, 2002 to 2004
    • Mental Health Parity Workgroup, 1999 to 2003
  • Supervise online groups about pertinent and timely issues, i.e., public hearings, Legislative updates, recent research for mental illness, affiliate news, 2000 to 2007
  • Collect data and needs assessments from the NAMI Texas membership about issues regarding mental illness, 2000 to 2007
  • Consumer Representative for DSHS Institutional Review Board (IRB), January 2000 to 2006
  • Present to UT School of Social Work, Rehabilitation and Psychology, 2000 to 2006
  • Staff Liaison to the NAMI Texas Public Policy Committee, 2001 to 2005
  • Volunteer Coordinator, 2001 to 2004
  • NAMI Texas Newsletter Editor, 2003 to 2007
  • NAMI Texas Conference Coordinator, 2003 to 2007
  • NAMI Texas spokesperson to the media, 2003 to 2007
  • Research policies and issues regarding the state and local mental health service delivery system, 2003 to 2006
  • NAMIWalks Coordinator, 2004 and 2005
  • Crises Intervention Team Training, 2004 to present


  • High School: Ursuline Academy, Dallas, Texas, graduated 1973
  • College: Texas Christian University, BS in Early Childhood Development and Sociology, graduated, 1977
  • “Partners in Policymaking” graduate, sponsored by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, 1996
  • Media training in techniques to create effective media strategy and skills to deliver key messages to the public, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Education in Peer Support, Voter Empowerment, Consumer Advocacy and Recovery, 1999 to 2006
  • Peer Support Facilitator, 2000
  • NAMI Consumer Education - In Our Own Voice - Graduate, 2001


  • Several interviews by media in Dallas and Austin on my story of recovery-television, radio and newspapers, 1998 to present
  • NAMI Austin Board Member 1999 to 2006
  • Member of Unity Church of San Marcos, 1999 to present
  • Editorial in Austin-American Statesman on my story of recovery, 2003
  • 2003 Appointment by the Governor to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to serve 6 year term
  • Award of Special Recognition from NAMI Texas membership presented in September 2003 for my work in support, education and advocacy for persons with serious mental illness
  • Board member of Goodwill of Central Texas, 2004 to present
  • Mental Health Speaker at Conferences in Sherman and Nacogdoches, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Advocate of the year award from NAMI Austin in 2005
  • Reintegration Award from Eli Lilly Company, 2005
  • NAMI National Convention Speaker, 2006
  • New Milestones Spirit Award, 2006
  • Contributed to Safe Place Manual, 2006
  • Personal story in Schizophrenia Digest Magazine, Summer 2007
  • Article in The Catalyst, Newsletter of the Treatment Advocacy Center, Fall, 2007
  • Founder of EXPECT RECOVERY!, 2005,

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